[ ] Buried beneath some highly boring details about how the republic's resources were to be transferred to the federal government in Washington is language stipulating that "[n]ew States, of convenient size, not exceeding four in number, in addition to said State of Texas, and having sufficient population, may hereafter, by the consent of said State, be formed out of the territory thereof, which shall be entitled to admission under the provisions of the federal constitution."
Put plainly, Texas agreed to join the union in 1845 on the condition that it be allowed to split itself into as many as five separate states whenever it wanted to, and contingent only on the approval of its own state legislature. For more than 150 years, this right to divide—unilaterally, which is to say without the approval of the U.S. Congress— Jeff Turrentine, Nov 14 2012, "How Texas Could Mess With Us"[ ] Bob Smiley, "Secession, y'all: Why Texas can pull it off"
[ ] Bob Smiley May 8, 2012 "Don't Mess with Travis: A Novel"
[ ] What An Independent Texas Would Look Like
[ ] Texas Succession Facts
[ ] Chuck Thompson, Nov 14, 2012 "Go Ahead and Secede, Texas. I Dare You"