It should like an April Fools joke or an Onion headline, but apparently it's for real. Keith Paul Bishop reports that:
Earlier this month, California’s Secretary of State announced that the proponent of a California nationhood proposal may circulate the initiative for signature. The proponent must secure the signatures of 365,880 registered voters (five percent of the total votes cast for governor in the November 2014 general election) in order to qualify the initiative for the November 2016 ballot. According to the summary prepared by the Attorney General, the initiative:
Places question of whether California should become a separate nation on the ballot every four years, beginning November 2020. Voter approval of nationhood in any such election would then require California to demand federal recognition as a separate nation and distinct society. Federal government refusal to recognize California’s nationhood would require future placement on the ballot, every four years, the second question of whether California should unilaterally declare independence from the United States. Voter approval of unilateral independence from the United States in any such election would require California to declare independence and request admission to the United Nations. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potentially large changes in California public budgets, assuming that this measure can be implemented legally, that voters approve changes to California’s relationship with the United States in later elections, and that these changes actually occur.
(emphasis in original). Earlier this year, the same proponent received the green light to circulate for signature initiatives that would change the Governor of California’s title to President and require the display of the California state flag in a position of “first honor” when displayed with the national flag.
All of which leads to a serious question: Since when is secession up for a vote? Great Britain seemed prepared to let Scotland walk if the commies that run the SNP had won the referendum. Spain may let Catalonia walk--or, at worse, fight it in the courts--despite some rumblings from the Spanish Army to the contrary.
What if Abraham Lincoln had taken that attitude towards when the slaveocracy tried to secede from the USA?
Since when do nation-states let secession movements vote themselves out as opposed to letting the tanks roll?