Link Based on exit polls, Montenegro is due to become Europe's newest state. It has a population of only 650,000, a beautiful stretch of the Adriatic coastline and a rather poor population. Greater Serbia will now be but a byline in the history books as it's doubtful that Kosovo will ever return to the fold. Although it's possible that the Republic of Srpska will at some point in the future detach from Bosnia. The last few months I've been pondering the rise of the ethnic regions throughout Europe. Montenegro, Catalan, etc. It would seem that the umbrella of the EU has made it possible for ethnic minorities to declare semi-independence from the states they were lumped with in the last century. Is this the future in Europe? Will the Lapps, the Sorbs, the Ruthenians, etc follow suit in some way? More importantly, is this something that could happen in the US? Will coastal California, Oregon, Washington, Baja California and coastal BC create some loosely organized state? What about New England or the south? Or are the cultural bonds in the US too weak for any of us to want to break away from our "Great Father" in Washington? It seems the more globalization takes hold around the world, the greater the desire to maintain one's cultural/religious/ethnic identity.