|It’s 1941 again in northern California|
However, Modoc County, an original 1941 Jefferson county, promised to put the matter to a vote as well. They did, and on September 20th voted 4-0 in favor of joining Siskiyou in a State of Jefferson.
And they have their sights set on pulling more counties up onto the bandwagon as well. On September 24th, Rex Bohn, a district supervisor in Humboldt County, on the coast, an original Jefferson county to Siskiyou’s southwest, told a reporter, “I think this is resonating in some of our more rural counties, like Siskiyou and Modoc. Maybe this will wake the sleeping giant.” He added, “If there’s a group of citizens that would like to see this further looked into, I think as elected officials we have to look at everything.” But he said he feared “taking a bunch of poor counties and forming a poor state.”
|Humboldt County—“Home of the Redwoods!” ... and, um, all sorts of vegetation, actually|
|From Indian-fighting to Japanese-American internment,|
kicking people when they’re down is an old Modoc County tradition.
It’s also worth noting that Siskiyou, Modoc, and Humboldt do not have very substantive complaints about being in California other than ideological differences, as rural Republican strongholds in an overwhelmingly liberal Democratic state. Water is, as always, an issue, but local fears of a looming apocalypse of gun confiscations, gay group marriages, yoga and astrology in the public schools, and shari’a are, to say the least, overstated. As the 51st state, Jefferson’s main exports would be water, marijuana (especially if Humboldt joined), and ignorance.
[Also, for those who are wondering, yes, this blog is tied in with a forthcoming book, a sort of encyclopedic atlas to be published by Auslander and Fox under the title Let’s Split! A Complete Guide to Separatist Movements, Independence Struggles, Breakaway Republics, Rebel Provinces, Pseudostates, Puppet States, Tribal Fiefdoms, Micronations, and Do-It-Yourself Countries, from Chiapas to Chechnya and Tibet to Texas. Look for it some time in 2013 or 2014. I will be keeping readers posted of further publication news.]