Following similar moves by more northerly counties, Sutter County, in north-central California, is expressing interest in joining a secession movement to create a separate State of Jefferson within the United States. Late last year, the boards of supervisors of Siskiyou and Modoc counties, along the Oregon border, voted to secede, and three California counties—Glenn, Siskiyou, and Tehama—will have questions about secession on the ballot in June elections this year. In Siskiyou, there will be a separate question about a vaguely defined “Republic of Jefferson,” which proponents claim is more an autonomous region than a move to declare independence from the U.S.
|This map, showing one of many possible boundaries of a State of Jefferson,|
counties with active formal explorations of joining are circled in red.
|Mark Baird giving a State of Jefferson presentation|
|Is this the right metaphor?|
Isn’t toilet paper supposed to take crap?
|The original State of Jefferson flag and seal|
(before the recent addition of a Gadsden rattlesnake fondling an assault rifle)
|Sutter County supervisor Ron Sullenger taking the oath of office last year.|
And no, I have no idea what’s up with that particular flag.
Are four-pointed stars a Jefferson thing?
There is also emerging pro-Jefferson sentiment in Yuba County.
[For those who are wondering, yes, this blog is tied in with my 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. The book, which contains dozens of maps and over 500 flags, is now in the layout phase and should be on shelves, and available on Amazon, by early fall 2014. I will be keeping readers posted of further publication news. Meanwhile, please “like” the book (even though you haven’t read it yet) on Facebook.]