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Second US civil war before July 2021?
Although democracies are generally unlikely to enter civil war (see this list of civil wars for a rough overview), the United States faces a particularly unusual situation at the moment. The current COVID-19 pandemic, social protests, effects of social media platform manipulation, and the upcoming presidential election all have the potential to disrupt social cohesion and garner negative attitudes toward the government.
This question asks, Will the United States of America (USA) enter a second civil war before July 2021?
This question will resolve as positive iff on or by 1 July 2021 at least two reputable news agencies describe the USA as being in a state of civil war. For the purpose of this question, reputable news agencies are: Agence France-Presse (AFP), Associated Press (AP), Reuters and EFE.
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