Re. your portion of my post, you already understand the /United part of it. During WWII FDR asked for plans for postwar Germany. Secy. Morganthau advocated splitting Germany up into >= four smaller countries, and restricting their economies to agricultural.
- At first the victorious allies started such a plan. All the manufacturing equipment was removed as ‘reparations’ to other countries, and Germans were prevented from reopening certain worksites. Eventually US economists concluded that recovery in Western Europe would go faster if Germany was allowed to recover as well. And persuaded other European nations of that. - The political division turned into East Germany and West Germany, and Austria by the Austrian State Treaty ending WWII for the Austrians forbade Austria from ever politically combining with Germany. Those divisions lasted to 1990 for East and West Germany, and a few years later everyone agreed that Germany and Austria in the EU did not violate the Austrian State Treaty.
Divide up the USA. May be a “Velvet divorce” like the Czech Republic" and “Slovakia”. Don’t know into how many pieces, but would we be better off divided up? Then only some of us would have Trump or ‘son-of-Trump’ as President.
As for the Skeptic Tank portion, put a question and I will try to answer.