Supporters of a long-running effort to see California secede from the rest of the USA, have revamped their plans to include the creation of an “autonomous Native American nation,” which would encompass almost half of the new state.
The Calexit campaign held a rally at the California state capitol in Sacramento on July 4, calling for an end to the American “occupation” of the state. A statement released by the campaign said that US Independence Day was “no longer a day to celebrate.”
‘Calexit’ supporters were given the go-ahead in April this year to begin collecting signatures to get the question of Californian independence on a special 2021 ballot.
According to a map published by the Yes California ‘Calexit’ campaign, the long-term plan would see the state sliced down the middle from Oregon in the north to the Mexico border in the south.
The new version of California would take up the western, coastal half of the state, which is already home to two-thirds of California’s population. The inland, less-populated regions would make up the Native American ‘autonomous’ zone.
The boundary between the new California and the autonomous zone was decided based on the fact that most of the federal land is located in the eastern regions of California – but there are also be some recognized Native American tribes living in the western part of the state.
There have been many attempts over the years by various campaign groups to see California secede from the federal USA, but the idea picked up steam with the election of Donald Trump as president in 2016. A 2017 poll, taken after Trump’s election, showed 32% support for California secession.
Instead of simply seceding from the USA, however, the new plans for Calexit involve creating a special Native American “autonomous nation” within the new independent state, creating a “buffer zone between between Donald Trump’s America and the new independent California Republic,” according to Yes California co-founder Marcus Ruiz Evans.
The current fake anti-Russian political climate in the USA, however, meant the connection to Moscow did damage to the Calexit campaign.
Another movement co-founder, Louis J. Marinelli, whose wife is Russian, explained at the time that while the new California was not requesting any military assistance from Russia, it would request “recognition” of independence if a referendum was successful.
Ruiz Evans told the Bee at the time that people had become “spooked” by the Russian connection and assumed the Calexit movement was somehow the work of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
RT.com / ABC Flash Point US Autonomy News 2018.