Sutter County, named for the Swiss-American settler who founded Sacramento and on whose Sutter’s Mill property the 1849 Gold Rush is presumed to have begun, this week joined several other counties in northern California in voting to ditch the Golden State and join a future 51st state called “Jefferson” straddling the California–Oregon border.
The measure before the county’s board of supervisors was adopted unanimously in a vote on July 22nd. This follows a presentation before the board in March (reported on at the time in this blog) by Mark Baird, who heads the Jefferson Declaration Committee.
|An original 1941 “State of Jefferson” flag on display|
at a museum in Klamath County, Oregon.
|Ron Sullenger of the Sutter County board of supervisors taking|
the oath of office. (Can any readers identify this odd flag?)
|A map of one proposed shape for a State of Jefferson, with counties that have|
held referenda or adopted county board resolutions on secession highlighted.
[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.]
Related: hear the author of this blog discuss the Cascadia independence movement in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia in a recent interview for Seattle’s N.P.R. affiliate station KUOW-FM. Click here to listen.
Related articles from this blog:
“‘State of Jefferson’ Backers Remain Optimistic, While 6-Way Partition of California Heads for 2016 Ballot” (July 2014)