So there’s a rumor floating around about California seceding from the union and setting up it’s own shop in the wake of the election of Donald Trump. I wrote about the idea of a Pacific Republic in my latest fiction work, and as a Californian (non-native, that’s important somehow), I can sort-of understand this reasoning.
California does exist in its own kind of island: economically, socially, politically, and internationally. The trifecta of agriculture, Silicon Valley, and the entertainment industry give the state an economic advantage that no other in the union can boast. In addition, its University system adds a wealth of research and technology advancements that often benefit the rest of the world. Socially, Californians are laid back and we’ll pretty much accept anyone as long as they’re willing to work as hard as they play. Sexual orientation, race, or religious creed doesn’t matter (in most of the state); your brain and ideas matter instead, and there is a nod of respect given if you can also put together a mean barbecue. Social programs are important to the state and keep it relevant and vibrant: California standardized its education parameters long before NCLB came along; millions of children benefit from state supported, robust after-school programs; birth control and education is abundant; and strict gun laws keep us safer than the rest of the nation. Politically we are a progressive, bell weather republic that carries it’s clout to the world stage without being intimidated.
So can this island exist on its own entirely?
We’d have to demand a few things in the process. The Republic is likely to want to dis-assemble its military installments in the state. The state, in return, could offer up its breadbasket filling abilities as leverage to keep some sort of national defense in place. There’re several hundred thousand people that wouldn’t want to live in a “Pacific Republic,” and perhaps thousand more who’d want to move here. Agree on a time period for an exodus and migration, keep it totally free of charge, then close the border and maintain an entrance limit. Tourists and visitors pay only a buck to get into the new Nation State: something is better than nothing and a small investment means a richer experience, presumably. We’d have the opportunity to expand our trade to China and India, especially focused upon green energy and efficient Tesla’s. Reasonably tax our local corporations but engage in vigorous trade policies to keep the demand-side in pace. There would need to be some forethought of an earthquake or other natural disaster infringing upon our land resources, this is where asking our northern neighbors to join in a ‘republic’ becomes a feasible, logical step; many of their social and political tendencies are similar, making a neat fold for all the states involved. Reach to the east just slightly in southern California to embrace Las Vegas, thus ensuring the flow of electricity from Hoover Dam to L.A., and you’ve got yourself a nice little setup actually.
Is it plausible? Eh. It would take an enormous effort and the rest of the union would have be in the process of crumbling as well in order for any real impetus to hold sway, but it’s not entirely inconceivable.
Hell, after this past election, I have a feeling many historians, sociologists, foreign policy strategists, economists, and most politicians have wadded up any plans they had for the future and thrown them into the fire. Anything is possible at this point.
Stay vigilant to the truth…