New California declares 'independence' from California in bid to become 51st state

'New California' declares independence, wants to break off from rest of state to form new one

Under their plan, most of the existing state would be carved away to form New California, leaving "old California" only a narrow strip of coast running between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

During a reading of their Declaration of Independence, the founder of New California, Robert Paul Preston said the state has been "ungovernable for a long time".

Despite previous failed attempts to divide the state - the most recent being the Six Californias intitative, which would have split the state into six regional states but failed to make it onto the 2016 ballot - the New California movement intends to continue working toward their dream. A map on the movement's website (which has the theme: A more flawless union) shows the proposed "new" state as including most of California's counties, except those along the coast from Sonoma County south to Los Angeles - or basically all the places with big money.

In a statement issued on Tuesday 16 January, the group said: "The current state of California has become governed by a tyranny".

Their proposed map for New California leaves only the costal, more urban counties to the original California, and incorporates all the rural counties.

For the members of the New California Movement, these harsh words aren't just rhetoric; the movement declared independence from the state of California on January 15th, hoping to see New California admitted as the 51st state of the Union. "Coastal elites" are increasingly alienated from much of the country, while recent Hollywood and media scandals have eroded their moral credibility.

But in the unlikely event that California's legislature ever approved the separation; the national Democrat Party would never let it get through Congress. Democrats will never surrender 55 sure Electoral votes.

To the members of the movement, the only solution is to form an entirely new state, New California.

This is not the first effort to split up California. This where the majority of the Black and brown people, while the other cities in "New California" are overwhelming white and segregated.

The group is organized with committees and a council of county representatives, but say it will take 10 to 18 months before they are ready to fully engage with the state legislature.

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