Two men have launched a campaign to divide rural California from coastal cities, motivated by what they called a "tyrannical form of government," which does not follow the state or federal constitution, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Unlike the failed 2016 campaign to divide California into 6 states, the "Nueva California" movement, founded by Robert Paul Preston and Tom Reed, seeks to consolidate rural California into a dynamic economy separated from the coast.
Preston and Reed say that the citizens of the state live "in a tyrannical form of government that does not follow the Constitutions of California and the United States."
The "founders" have evoked Article IV Section 3 of the Constitution of the United States as justification for establishing a new economy with a new state constitution.
States that California state legislative assemblies and Congress must reach consensus. The process, according to the representatives of New California, could take 10 to 18 months.
The New California movement released a "Declaration of Independence" earlier this week that called for a "free and independent state" with "total power to establish and maintain law and order, to promote general prosperity. "