posted on Feb, 22 2014 @ 06:46 PM
A wealthy US investor got the go-ahead for his campaign to carve up California into six separate states, according to the Secretary of State's
Office. Critics call the plan just another scheme for the wealthy to hoard tax dollars.
While initiatives to split up America’s most populated state have been floated since at least around the time of the Civil War, Silicon Valley
venture capitalist, Tim Draper, may just have the clout and connections to pull it off.
Draper, who has made a fortune investing in internet startups, like Skype and Hotmail, believes that California is simply too populated and diverse to
adequately address the demands of its residents, according to Draper's plan.
"Vast parts of our state are poorly served by a representative government dominated by a large number of elected representatives from a small part of
our state, both geographically and economically," the plan reads.
The initiative aims to carve up the state of some 38 million inhabitants into "six smaller state governments, while preserving the historical
boundaries of the various counties, cities and towns."
With the current structure, California is "ungovernable," Draper told USA Today.
"'Six Californias' allows a refresh," he added.
While this is interesting, I'm personally doubtful we'll actually see California get broken into 6 new, separate states.
I'm more of the opinion this is a bit of propaganda in pandering to the 'revolution' fringe with an alternative some might take up in advancing their
own controversial separatist/exclusive/insular/self-governing whatever experimental twists on whatever utopia they imagine possible, including this
particular scheme that would seem to appeal to some rather wealthy companies which could concentrate their tax expenditures more in favor of local
What's ATS think?
Will we see a California breakup?
If so, will it catalyze other states to fracture into smaller micro-states with attentions on more locally concentrated regional autonomy?
Once again, I doubt we'll see this actually occur, but, it's something to consider in thought of weighing the pros and cons such schemes might bring
Here's an additional source from USA Today that has maps and more information:
Plans to Split Up California Closer to
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