“Texit” supporters might be happy to hear that our state’s size is definitely big enough to stand as its own country.
And we all know our home state is big but according to storage facility finder SelfStorage.com, if Texas was a country it would be the 39th largest by land area. Considering there are roughly 200 countries in the world, that means majority are smaller than the Lone Star state’s 268,597 square miles. So just how many would fit inside?
The website answered this question by using thetruesize.com, a tool that runs on top of Google Maps and allows you to drag and drop countries around the map to compare their relative size. Here’s what they found:
The Netherlands, Slovenia, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Luxembourg and Hungary would all fit inside Texas. That’s 10 whole countries in our beloved state.
First it was Donald Trump saying “Texit” would never happen because “Texas loves me.” Now it’s Gov. Greg Abbott saying a Texas secession won’t happen because “what Texans believe in is that we need the United States to be more like Texas.”
“Candidly, Sean, what I think is that what Texans believe in is that we need the United States to be more like Texas,” Abbott said. “In fact I believe America longs to be the way the Texas is.”
Abbott added that nations and states “asserting sovereignty” is essential, saying the idea of a Texit isn’t just in the U.S. but across the globe.
“And there’s a reason for it,” he said. “Sovereignty is a key component of a nation and we’ve seen the United States, we’ve seen Great Britain, we’ve seen countries in Europe, sacrifice their sovereignty and we’ve seen the way their citizens have suffered because of it.”