Such rules would prevent incorporation of jagged natural boundaries, such as rivers or mountains. When such boundaries are required, such as at the edge of a state, certain districts may not be able to meet the required minima.
There has been no solution forthcoming to the political problem, and one big reason behind this is that there isn't any agreed-upon rational criteria as to what "best districting" is.
Even if academics simply agree, "This is the best redistricting" and politicians ignore them, this is a big step forward.
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