If conservative advocates in the Golden State’s northern counties have their way, a redesign of the American flag might soon be in order. So far, four counties have expressed a desire to explore the possibility of seceding from the increasingly leftist state to form what would be called Jefferson – America’s 51st state.
Upcoming votes in surrounding counties are set for next month and, according to supporters, as many as 16 counties could potentially be included in the initiative.
As one might expect, a common complaint among secession proponents is the lack of influence the state’s more conservative, rural northern counties have in forming California’s policies. As Del Norte County resident Aaron Funk explained:
“We have 11 counties up here that share one state senator. Essentially, we have no representation whatsoever.”
By the end of next month, a total of seven counties – representing nearly 500,000 Californians over an area twice the size of New Hampshire – will have had an opportunity to vote on the proposal. While opponents say Jefferson could not survive without California state resources, Funk disagrees.
“We would be the wealthy state if we were allowed to go back and use our natural resources ourselves.”
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