In the age of Trump, where the federal government continuously slams and attacks California and Oregon, I think we Californians should take a different approach.
Trump acts like California is a burden to the United States. Far from it. California pays far more to the federal government than it gets back.
But be that as it may, we don’t want to be a burden, do we? I think we should form a new nation, called Pacifica. Some people have called the California secession the Calexit. We should invite Oregon and Washington to join us.
Then, for good measure, we should also invite Baja California and British Columbia to join us too. There is a good chance they might be interested. This would be the map of the new nation Pacifica:
We would have six states, named from north to south:
- Columbia – we would drop the “British” part.
- Washington – the current Washington State
- Oregon –
- Jefferson – that would be what is now California north of the Bay Area
- California – Bay Area to the Mexican border
- Baja – current Baja California and Baja California Sur.
Our capital should be Portland, Oregon, since it’s centrally located.
We would be the most diverse people in the world, with significant Asian and Latino populations.
To make the economic case, this is a chart of the current population and GDP of the component states:
Pacifica would be the 4th largest economy in the world, according to the chart below, with a $4 trillion economy.
Not only that, Pacifica would have the highest GDP per capita (see yellow cell above) in the world. We would be by far the richest nation of all the large economies.
All of the leading tech companies, and the largest and most valuable companies in the world would be in Pacifica, including Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Tesla, SpaceX and Boeing.
SpaceX would no longer fly out of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Since Pacifica does not have an ocean to its east, we’d go back to Kwajalein Island, an atoll between Guam and Hawaii, where SpaceX flew its very first rockets back starting in 2005. We would invite Kwajalein Island, a U.S. Territory, to join us, or we’d rent part of the island for a space port.
Alaska and Hawaii would always be welcome to join Pacifica if they so chose.
We would have great forests in the north in Columbia, thousands of miles of pristine beachfront property in Baja to fuel a real estate boom on the peninsula never seen before. Tourists from all over the world would flock to Pacifica’s southern peninsula for vacations in the sun.
Given our massive economy, great weather, and enormous natural resources, we would have an unprecedented economic boom, and with a population of only 60 million in our large country, we would welcome immigration.
We would not build any walls. Refugees coming into Pacifica through the deserts of the Southwest from Idaho, Nevada, Arizona and Mexico, would always be welcome, and we’d issue guest worker visas for them if they wanted to get jobs in Pacifica. We’d have a guest worker program that would provide a path to citizenship within five years of residency.
I am ready to start drafting the constitution.
Let’s get started!