In a way that I don't think I've seen seriously suggested anywhere else.
For a small country wishing to leverage its influence or protect its interests, the exchange of some of its sovereignty for other benefits can be useful. Over the last few decades, movement towards global governance and regionalization has been the usual manifestation of this desire. There is another method that hasn’t been implemented since 1959—and for a small country desiring to leverage the power of a large country in a banded association, an effective path to consider might be to become one of the United States.Gentle reader, I hope you didn't spit too much of your coffee out.
Read the whole thing... it's well worth your time.