Post by NoFixedAddress on May 9, 2020 15:14:03 GMT 8
It took a referendum of the population of the then colonies to decide to come together as a Commonwealth.
The State of Texas has a population of approximately 29 million, which I doubt includes border jumpers, and a 2019 GDP that ranks it the 9th largest economy in the world at USD$1.896 trillion with a land area of approximately 696 thousand square km divided into 254 counties and municipalities.
The Commonwealth of Australia has a population of approximately 25 million and a 2019 GDP that ranks it the 16th largest economy in the world at USD$1.376 trillion with a land area of approximately 7.692 million square km divided into 6 States 2 Territories subdivided into 563 Aboriginal councils, Aboriginal shires, Boroughs, Cities, Councils, District councils, Municipalities, Regional councils, Rural cities, Shires, Towns, Regions and Unincorporated areas which mostly comprise tourist areas managed by State Government appointed boards.
Texas has an Elected Executive of 10 and a 31 member Senate and a 150 member House of Representatives plus elected county and municipality representatives including elected Sheriffs and Judges. Apart from the Secretary of State, who is appointed by the Governor, most heads of State Agencies and State Judges are elected by ballot.
Australian Parliament currently has 76 member Senate and a 151 member House of Representatives, whilst the States have 430 Lower House and 140 Upper House Members (Qld, ACT and NT have only one House). Local Governments will have their own elected representatives.