Moving the conversation away from geopolitics for a moment, and back to my favourite obsession ("Hindu Lives Matter", or the destiny of Indian-- specifically Hindu-- immigrants to the USA).
One learns that the great state of North Dakota has a grand total of 750,000 inhabitants.
In the current domestic political climate of the United States, it is estimated that a senator (for example) can win North Dakota with 150,000 votes. Indeed, even 15,000 votes could be enough to swing an election. (Source: https://www.politico.com/newsletters/mo ... day-370031
In addition, the great state of Wyoming has altogether 600,000 residents.
Applying the same ratio of estimates, one could conclude that ~120,000 votes en bloc will deliver a senatorial, gubernatorial, etc. seat to a candidate. And a bloc of ~10-to-12000 votes would be of substantial consequence.
Consider what this means. North Dakota and Wyoming each have two senators. In Presidential elections, they each send three delegates to the electoral college.
This is more than enough to permanently secure the interests of any community that lives in these states and votes, en bloc, in substantial numbers. Also to ensure a substantial level of influence over foreign policy (comparable to that wielded by Jewish Americans).
Muslims in America are already increasing their political clout by their substantial concentrations in certain areas, notably some counties of the swing state Michigan. One Rashida Tlaib is running virtually unopposed, for Congress, from such a district. Chinese, similarly, have large concentrations particularly on the West Coast and some areas of New England.
Indians meanwhile (particularly Hindus) are tucked away in huge urban/suburban conglomerations: NY metro area, SF bay area, Chicago area etc. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Am ... opulations
Our numbers in any of those areas are easily enough to decide a WY or ND election; but in their current locations, they are of relatively little consequence.
Is it a pipe dream to imagine Make North Dakota/Wyoming Indian Again?
What would it take to settle these regions?
Is it really as unthinkable as it appears at first glance? These days, the internet makes remote work a possibility for many professionals. Quality of life, schools, access to services in these states is not horrible (yes, ND, can get cold, but that doesn't stop Desis from flocking to Boston or Chicago). And of course, there is always a snowball effect once any community gains critical mass: enough desis in one location needing turmeric powder means someone will come along to open a Patel Brothers, and that in turn will make the location yet more attractive to more desis, and so on. That's how all the US' "Little Indias" were populated.
Also, the vast size and rarefied populations of ND, WY etc. mean that migration could take place without potentially-resentful locals obviously noticing anything. It's different if even 50 Indian families suddenly turn up in a white suburb of relatively-crowded Massachusetts or Ohio (the whites will feel under siege immediately). In the wide open spaces of the west, however...
Also note that another thing the information age affords, at least for people who don't (yet) have phemilys, is greater mobility. One doesn't have to move permanently to a state in order to register to vote there. Only long enough to establish residency, which varies from state to state but is usually on the order of a few months before elections. So for example if a Sadhguru or Sri Sri (type) set up an ashram (or five) somewhere in a state, and people went to stay there on say 6-month remote-working rotations, or sabbaticals from academia, or taking time to write up a Peechidee thesis... such processes could pave the way for a transitory phase before Yindoos begin moving hearth-and-home to these places.
Again, I strongly advise people to watch the Netflix documentary series "Wild Wild Country". Rajneesh, many people don't realize, almost succeeded in taking over the state of Oregon via Rajneeshpuram. He failed because he was just too in-your-face, too noticeable, took too many pangas too early with the locals (and thus united them in a massive, multi-pronged political and legal effort against him).
A slower, gentler, more persistent effort could really pay dividends.
At the very least, it's worth doing a serious feasibility study over.