Update: the 2016 election has been cancelled, except in southern states. Western states are due to be auctioned off to settle the National Debt on January 31st, 2013, with China and Japan the leading contenders for the choice states, and India a dark horse. New York City has been bought by a Saudi Prince as a theme park: the New England states will be paved for parking. Midwest states have petitioned Canada for admission. The District of Columbia will secede as an independent kingdom, with five royal golf courses in Virginia and Maryland (this took some negotiating, and repeated Air Force flyovers) to settle the Royal Nerves after the close reelection victory.