New California? 5 times Californians failed to split the Golden State

January 18, 2018

Monday’s declaration of “the State of New California” marked the latest in more than 200 long-shot efforts to split the Golden State.

All so far have failed. And many, like this week’s, aim to pit the state’s largely rural areas against its denser urban coast. But breaking up California remains no easy task: A formal secession means getting approval from both Congress and California’s legislature itself.

But that hasn’t stopped folks from trying. Hundreds of times. Here are five recent tries to divvy up the state.

An effort to hijack California’s three northernmost counties came from just over the border in Port Orford, Ore. That town’s mayor, Gilbert Gable, found himself fed up with the region’s crummy roads that hampered local timber and ore businesses, as Christopher Hall recalls in Via.

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