The race is on for citizens of the United States to leave the country now that Donald Trump has been sworn in. However, rather than flee to Canada, Mexico, or somewhere in Europe individuals may soon have the option to flee to the nation of…California?
In what has been described as “Calexit”, which is a movement for the state of California to secede from the United States, individuals who are interested in furthering this movement have moved one step closer to the possibility. For “Calexit” to happen, which is the brainchild of the “Yes California Independence Campaign“, they must first gather 585,407 signatures in the next 180 days. If they only collect 585, 406 their efforts will be for naught. If they are successful it will trigger an initiative to be placed on California’s 2018 ballot asking voters to do two things. The first would be to change California’s constitution to allow a secession to happen by removing the language that says California is an “inseparable part of the United States.” The second initiative would simply ask California voters if they wish for California to become its own independent country.
The most daunting aspect of pulling Calexit off is the requirement that 50% of all registered voters in California would have to participate. With voter turnout at an all-time low, it seems nearly impossible to obtain such voter participation.
How the government of the United States would choose to respond to California attempting to leave the union, assuming the measures succeed, is up for debate. As California would not have a standing army to protect its borders the United States military could simply invade California and take the new nation back under its wing via annexation. Anything is possible.