The California Secretary of State announced on Tuesday that a proposed ballot initiative, the Six Californias proposal, can move forward. Only 800,000 valid voter signatures are needed to put the initiative on the ballot. It is then up to the voters of California, the idea being that if successful the state of California would be divided into six independent states. The Six Californias are: North California, Central California, South California, West California, Silicon Valley, and Jefferson (the northern-most counties). If California voters okay the plan it goes to Congress for its approval. Although the last step in the procedure is said to be uphill, this and all the other steps that go before it, even if unsuccessful, will serve as an encouragement to other succession movements thanks to the amount of publicity it will generate.
There are also seccession movements in New York (see here), northern Colorado, western Maryland, and among the Lakota people (an Indian tribe in the Dakotas) who wish to form The Republic of Lakotah. The reason for these seccession movements is that many, many Americans deeply resent, and rightly so, that they are supporting large, metropolitan areas with their bloated budgets and that these places or distant state capitals force them to comply with heavy handed regulations that do not in any way reflect their values. Furthermore these parts of states have no say in various state laws due to their minority status.
In addition there is a now a strong State Sovereignty (remaining with the union, but with greater and independent power) movement and Arizona, New Hampshire, Washington (state), Montana, and Missouri, Texas, and Oklahoma are all engaged in it. Other states that have passed or had substantial bills on this issue include: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, the Carolina's, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia.
All of this is very good news in Texas for those who have long desired seccession. Texas is reputedly the only state that seems to have joined the United States with the proviso that it could leave the union, for Texas this would mean a one year notification. The Republic of Texas joined the union in 1845 after 10 years as an independent country and not only has it maintained a distinctive culture, but it also has laws that set it apart from the rest of the United States.
That the movement to divide up a state is actually occurring in California is evidence that something is happening. Historically California is where so many movements have begun, spreading throughout the country, and from the United States spread to the rest of the world. In the United States it is becoming increasingly clear that a very high percent of the population outside of Washington, D.C. want less government, more freedom, and more autonomy.
Recent rioting in the streets of the Ukraine and Venezuela (both are opposing their communist governments) may also be explained as part of this movement. Are these early warning signs? Possibly.
It is now the end of February and between the 22 and 25 of May the European Union Parliamentary elections will be held, these too will provide an opportunity to express the desire for greater autonomy, less government and more freedom. In Britain, the Netherlands, and France it is fully expected that there will be major upsets with UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party), VVD (Netherland’s People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy), and FN (France’s National Front) expected to be extremely successfully in these elections. Each of these parties stands for independence and wants their country to loosen ties, or remove itself completely, from the tyranny of the European Union which has harmed their specific nations. Plus there are other succession movements or greater autonomy movements in other parts of Europe that are increasingly active like the Lega Nord in northern Italy.
What does this all mean? What will happen in these states? What will happen in these countries? Will new states or countries emerge? Will countries remove themselves from the European Union? One thing is certain, the map will not remain the same as some major changes will be happening soon.