Cascadia flag flying above international cargo Terminal 5 at the Port of Seattle
Cascadia flag flying above at the Peace Arch border crossing on the US/Canada border
The following post was one which I intended to post in this thread In a post SHTF world
where the USA cease to exist which state government is more likely to survive?
Most people are aware of secessionist movements in places like
Quebec, Texas and overseas in Scotland and Catalonia.
I'd like to tell you about another I came across locally.
I live in Seattle, a major, well-educated, somewhat futuristic and ecclectic city within a region of the USA's northwest. This region which spans the
US and Canadian border encompasses Oregon, Washington and British Columbia and traces it's history back to when it was an autonomous region known as
the Oregon Territory:
Currently it encompasses of over 15 million is also known as Cascadia and where it its own nation it would have an economy generating more than
US$675 billion worth of goods and services annually. It would cover about 1,384,588 square kilometers (535,000 square miles) making it the 20th
largest nation on the planet.
Politically while fairly independent in general, Cascadia has a generally left-leaning political identity. (Depending on which parts of Cascadia you
are in of course):
Cascadia autonomy sentiment seems reactive to things done on a national level in For instance there is a Cascadia
scouting program for kids
which started as a result of the Boy
Scouts of America's anti-LGBT policy
The Cascadia Scouts
Most people up here are aware of the Cascadia autonomy or independence movement and occasionally you see a Cascadia flag (pictured atop this post -
explanation of its symbology above) flying somewhere or on a car bumper sticker particularly during times of great political division. i.e.: during
the Iraq war or the Snowden domestic spying revelations, etc:
"Free Cascadia" protest stickers and flyers are fairly common throughout the region during times of national distress and a misgivings
about the path the U.S. at times seems to be on.
Cascadia march and protestors
There are even microbrews involved:
But beyond left-leaning activists, perhaps surprisingly you also may see the Cascadia flag flying over a campground, at schools, in the stands at
sporting events or in the crowd at music festivals.
I've come across CascadiaNow flyers at college and they seem to have a decent presence on campus at UW and I hear down in Portland and in Vancouver,
BC as well. There are also Cascadia groups on Pinterest
where people post photos and organize.
Cascadia stickers. flyers in Seattle
Anyway, having seen this other ATS thread on Texas's latest threat to leave the U.S.
I thought that Cascadia was worth it's own thread as I think out of all of the places in the US which could actually become a country, Cascadia would
be the most likely due to a number of socio-economic and even environmental factors as I will outline.
So as my reply to the first thread I linked grew to epic proportions as I researched the topic I made this post. I hope you find it informative. My
days lately are very busy with coursework so I might not be able to reply immediately but I will be around this weekend.
originally posted by: JadeStar
originally posted by: dreamingawake
Would have to go with "Cascadia"/Pacific NW. The more interior
region(inside of the Cascades continuing down through Utah) is
regarded as one of the safest areas to live. Actually if the fault
goes, as more and more projected, there might be a test for survival
of the region soon enough. Of course though, an obliterated
infrastructure to the main center of the region, it's sure to be a lot
worse than a non natural disaster SHTF scenario.
I second your suggestion of Cascadia. Already have a flag, a mayors
council and a bunch of other things. I saw a flyer for a
CascadiaNow.org meeting recently and I know that it made a Time
Magazine Top 10 list of Aspiring Nations.)
So, located the Time Magazine article I referenced in my previous reply. It's from January 2011, when
Cascadia made the list at #8 on their list of
Cascadia on Time Magazine's list of Aspiring Nations.
Texas doesn't even appear though interestingly Vermont does. Since the time of that article's publication it would seem that the region has made
several moves towards autonomy. There is a Cascadia-wide mayor's council which spans three states/provinces and two national governments.
Presumably it could easily form the core of a new national parliament or congress. The Cascadia flag is often seen flying in official places like the
the border crossing with Canada (shown at the top of this post) as well as outside of schools and at sporting events.
A BBC photographer snapped this photo and featured it in its July 4th Day in Pictures in
Screenshot of BBC's Day in Pictures from July 4, 2012.
Cascadia banner inside Seattle's CenturyLink Field stadium.
Cascadia banner inside Vancouver's B.C. Place stadium.
Cascadia flag flying above and Cascadia themed displays inside Portland's Providence Park stadium.
Cascadia flag at Red Bull Flubtag.
Some do their nails up in Cascadian colors:
Some have even had the flag tattooed on their body:
edit on 20-8-2015 by JadeStar because: (no reason given)