I know this Six Californias proposal is the brainchild of a shitty tech millionaire who wants the poors to stop a-suckin' at his teat, but it still inspires some wistful imaginings of western Washington standing on its own as Cascadia.
Supporters of a long-shot measure that would split California into six states plan to submit 1.3 million signatures to election officials on July 15. The quixotic effort, spearheaded by venture capitalist Tim Draper, needs officials to deem at least 807,615 of those signatures valid in order to qualify for the November 2016 election.
If every signature were valid, that would mean one in about every 30 Californians is ready to cleft America’s most populous state into sixths—or at least vote on the issue in two years. The borders would be established along county lines outlined in the proposal, creating the states of Jefferson, North California, Silicon Valley, Central California, West California and South California.
There's no way this measure would pass—or if it did, there's no way the federal government would allow California to balkanize like this—but just about every state claims some sort of an ideological fracture, usually based somewhat along geographical lines. In the minds of millions of Americans every day, a tiny Civil War unfurls in their fantasies. All Draper is doing is capitalizing on that low-scale hatred.