Better for Syria to become a federal state. Separate the country into autonomous regions with some law making power and then there being a federal government to deal with national issues. An Alawite state can't survive because once it become an independent entity it needs to think about issues like economics, they would also probably want and need an army to protect them against the Sunnis who they would have good reason to fear and all that takes money. A separate Alawite state won't work in the modern world. Syria is a country of 26 million, its a big country and has a diverse population so a federation is probably the best system of government. Of course before any kind of government can be installed there must be stability and there is a very good chance that once Assad the strongman who kept order is gone Syria will become Iraq 2 with sectarian rule being order of the day so lets not getting ready to make to many plans for a post Assad Syria because its probably going to get worse before it gets any better.
Man shot dead in northern Israel town of Bi'ina, police say the murder was gang related (Haaretz)
from the article: Time to put an Alawite state on the map