Three Visions of a Shattered America

Mr. Travis and I were recently traveling around and discussing the current tensions in America.  He told me of a book he’d read some time ago called “The Nine Nations of North America.”

With that added to the list, it became the third vision of a shattered America that I had encountered recently, and I thought it might be interesting to document those three ideas here.

Starting with…

1.  Igor Panarin’s “Six Pieces” Prediction.

I’ve written about this before (see here: “USA: 1776-2010?”) and most have heard about it recently, as the media really played it up not too long ago.  That blog post contains a reference to a WSJ article on the matter, and Wikipedia has an image showing the US divided up in the manner predicted by Panarin:

Panarin's predicted divisions of the U.S.


2.  Joel Garreau’s “Nine Nations” of North America.

In his book The Nine Nations of North America, published in 1981, journalist and editor of the Washington Post Garreau delved into the fractured nature of the continent’s loyalties, cultures, interests, and plans identifying what he saw as nine distinct “nations”: New England, The Foundry, Dixie, The Islands, MexAmerica, Ectopia, The Empty Quarter, The Breadbasket, and Québec.  (He also discusses some individual “aberrations” to his divisions.)  It’s not a literal “carving up” of the U.S., like the previous vision (and the next), but it is of a similar spirit, so I thought it worth including here:


And finally…

3.  2K Games’ “Shattered Union”

This 2005 video game begins with civil unrest in the U. S. leading to a nuclear attack on Washington D.C. by domestic terrorists.  The European Union sends peacekeeping forces to take over the area around the devastated capitol to “secure international interests” while other major states (e.g., California, Texas, etc.) declare the sovereignty of their own regions in the face of the crisis.  Like most video games, the premise is simply an excuse for the desired gameplay action — in this case, I assume the designers’ goal was to allow players (read: “teenage boys”) the chance to fight with American weapons against other American weapons on American soil.  The game’s trailer is available on YouTube (as always: I can’t control content that may show up on sites outside this one, so let the surfer beware)…

…and here’s a screenshot showing the game’s map of the divided U.S. (from IGN):

Shattered Union Various

I post these mainly because I find the fascination with fracturing the U.S. to be, in itself, fascinating.  I’m sure that many of you out there are aware of similar “Divided America” maps, theories, and predictions — if so, feel free and share them in the comments section below.

For me, personally, the more captivating vision of a future “Shattered Union” is that given in Scripture — and I choose the word “captivating” for a reason, as the Bible does refer in multiple places to citizens of the U.S. being taken into captivity and spread amongst other nations in the future (e.g., Ezek. 6:8-10) due to our national sins.  Civil unrest may play a serious role (cf. Amos 3:9), as may national indebtedness (Deut. 28:43-44).  And the European Union will most certainly have a hand in the matter…

Anyone interested in the details is welcome to check out our free booklet on the matter: The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy.  You can read the booklet online or — better yet — order a free copy of the booklet to be mailed to you (since all of our material is free for the asking).  Forget the hopes of Russian professors, the speculations of WP editors, or the entertainment focus of video game makers: the Bible lays out the real thing.

10 thoughts on “Three Visions of a Shattered America

  1. Norbert

    The American wise man Benjamin Franklin gave an insightful speech on last day of the Constitutional Convention on Monday, September 17, 1787. It just may be his statement about the begining of nationhood is relevant to the end.

    Where he said,… “Sir, I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such; because I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of Government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered, and believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in Despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other.”

    It could be that America will have been conquered from within before there’s a consensus to stabilize its power from without. Where the other world powers may warm up to the idea someone needs to do something.

    But when it comes to the USA and GB in prophecy, I believe there is a gap, a void within the great painting of the biblical prophecies. You see, having thorough knowledge and understanding of the broad brush stroke of prophecy is one thing. However knowing and understanding the logistics of warfare, the massive amount planning and co-ordination it involves. The specific political events and alliances that happen in sequence, before the maps of the world are re-written again is another.

    It’s a fascinating subject to say the least, to try and connect the fine dots, which does produce a great many specific speculations. For the average person like myself, it’s no biggie to claim just about any statement and prediction. “The End is Nigh!” “Nuclear Bombs over our cities!” “Sneak Attack!”. But handling those prophecies as an official spokesman in public becomes a dangerous tight rope act. Where many people are just waiting, knowing how some like {This Particular Fellow} have fallen off.

    COMMENT FROM WGS: Thanks Norbert, and I hope you don’t mind my edit in the last paragraph! I don’t want to give {That Particular Fellow} any more publicity than he deserves — which means any publicity whatsoever. 🙂

    And I agree: it is a difficult thing to explain prophecy with the proper urgency on the one hand but with a firm and clear recognition that the details of how prophesied things will come to pass is in God’s hands, alone. I certainly don’t claim to always get that balance right, but I can say truthfully that it is always on my mind. — WGS

  2. I see nothing wrong with a certain amount of speculation regarding end time events. Up to a point.

    Personally, I don’t believe the US will experience a gradual break down. I believe that the destruction of our country will happen suddenly.

    In a similar fashion, I don’t believe the beast power will gradually arise. I believe the ten nations will suddenly snap together in a moment of crisis.

    But that’s just my view. I won’t get dogmatic about it.

  3. Norbert


    Your welcome, I have no qualms about being edited or even deleted. (Pr 27:6) 🙂

    The urgency that prophecy influences a person is undeniable, it happened to me. And I wouldn’t necessarily disagree with Steve either, seeing the theme being caught with one’s knickers down when these events occur is plain enough.

    But the only difference I would have with whatever speculation someone wants to proclaim, each person will either have a long or short run in those final hours. Look, around 100,000 people were united in some form of worship that Mr. Armstrong somehow would see the second coming with them. And what happened?

    It wouldn’t be hard to think through that for many of them the prophecies failed, that they believed there was a greater meaning in pursuing a different love with someone else. But to them who remained faithful, the stick-to-it-tiveness by those proclaiming the same prophecies today. Is it by the speculations and the prophecies alone that keeps a person safe? Or is it keeping the commandments with the faith of Christ that keeps a person grounded on the solid Rock?

    Whether whatever form of government the USA and British people find themselves at those wrathful moments prophesy points towards, I am always mindful of a kindly friend and old time member who remained and is now in the LCG. I asked him what was the difference, why did he remain? If I could sum it up, he said, “Keep the commandments!”

  4. Leona D.

    I find it interesting that the quote in the game trailer (at 2:04), “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” is attributed to Abraham Lincoln, rather than its far more original Source.

    BTW, I have to note that if Igor Panarin’s “Six Pieces” Prediction is indeed how it will all go down, I’m happy to see that I’ll be living in Canada. 😀

  5. As usual, Norbert, you comments are appreciated. While not disagreeing with you in the heart of what you are saying, we are pressed as well by the obligations of Ezekiel chapters 3 & 33, as well as sobering passages like Proverbs 24:11-12 that make crystal clear our responsibilities.

    There is good reason to believe that even in the first century many believed Christ would return before their demise in this world. I can, of course, easily parallel your statement (without countering its point) by saying in the end times many will not expect to see the second coming (2 Peter 3:1-4), and what will happen? Those who passionately thought that the second coming would occur before the death of Mr. Armstrong, may have been mistaken, but I consider them to be in good company that many in Paul’s day — apparently including the Apostle, himself — thought it would occur before his death.

    I do believe speculation can be dangerous (though it is generally not in the same league as heresy). Consequently, I personally try not to engage in it or mention my own without qualification. But we can know many things without knowing the fine details. We believed for quite some time (while it was still improbable to many) that Germany would reunite in order to fulfill its prophesied place. The when and how was as much a surprise to us as it was to the rest of the world. But the fact of its happening? Not so much. For we “are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake [us] as a thief. [We] are all sons of light and sons of the day” (1 Thess. 5:4-5).

    The biblical points I made in this post I do not believe are speculation (unlike Mr. Panin’s prediction, for example). I do not know the details of how the prophecy will unfold — though I have several speculative scenarios in mind — but I am not in doubt that it will unfold.

    And you are absolutely correct: It will not be “prophetic expertise” that will protect anyone in that day, but rather their relationship with Christ and the Father! And if we are seeing to that, then we can trust Them to take care of the details — and of us. 🙂

    Thanks, again, for your thoughts!

  6. Hey, Leona — you know, that quote came across the screen and that didn’t even occur to me. Good catch! I’ll have to give you a quarter or a (gluten free) cookie or something.

  7. John Clifton

    I don’t think Panarin’s map is exactly right. I don’t think the people in those southern states are going go along with being part of the EU…lol

  8. Lest we forget — the USA in fact was divided, about 150 years ago.

    Did anyone prophecy about the shattering end of the USA at that time? If so, what reasons were given for God bringing that about? And why did God actually allow the Union to be restored in 1865?

  9. Of course, whether the USA was actually divided or, rather, a portion was seeking to divide it is a matter of debate. 🙂 And I don’t know if anyone “prophesied” at the time about the Civil War, though I am unsure of any mention of the event in Bible prophecy. At least I’ve never seen it.

    However, the outcome — the preservation of the Union (or restoration, depending, again, on point of view) — needed to be as it was to satisfy the implied contrast between Manasseh and Ephraim as, respectively, a single great nation versus a great multitude of nations in Genesis 48:17-20.

    By the way, as a general aside concerning this post: I did not mean to imply in this post that I believe the U.S. will be divided up in a manner similar to the prognostications (purposeful or fanciful) of any of these ideas, and I hope I have not been unclear. There is no need for the U.S. to be “drawn and quartered” into politically distinct regions like these for biblical prophecy to be fulfilled. As I mentioned in the post, I simply find others’ fascination fascinating. 🙂

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