California Counties Declare Independence From Liberal Coast, Creating ‘New California’ (Video)

The movement will almost certainly fail in the legislature, despite support from 21 of California’s 58 counties. Californians have long considered dividing the state into several parts, but to no avail.

Numerous rural California counties declared independence from the state Monday, announcing a legislative effort to divide the state in two to create New California.

The founders of the state are appealing to Article 4, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution and plan to bring legislation to the California legislature in the next 10 to 18 months to legally divide the state in two, CBS Sacramento reported Monday. West Virginia was created by the same method in 1863. The founders say that high taxes and poor government have forced the rural counties to take action against the more wealthy coastal areas.

“Well, it’s been ungovernable for a long time. High taxes, education, you name it, and we’re rated around 48th or 50th from a business climate and standpoint in California,” founder Robert Paul Preston. “There’s something wrong when you have a rural county such as this one, and you go down to Orange County which is mostly urban, and it has the same set of problems, and it happens because of how the state is being governed and taxed.”

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