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If At First You Don’t Secede…The California Story

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Much has been written about the possibility of California seceding from the United States.  I say let them go.  Nothing would please me more than watching California turn into a third world country.  No one really believes California could or would secede from the US.  They see it as a foil to attack Donald Trump.  Let’s examine what it would take to secede and what the results would be.

What would the process for secession be?  First there could be a voter’s referendum on the matter.  If that referendum were passed, the California legislature could let that stand or they could confirm the will of the people.  The vote would likely fail badly because people aren’t that stupid.  But for the sake of the argument, let’s say it passes.  Now, it goes to the United States congress and they would have to vote to allow California to leave.  The republicans wouldn’t be their biggest foe, the democrats would be.

Why is that?  They would lose two senate seats and 53 House seats.  Democrats would find it difficult to ever get the majority in either house of congress without them.  And forget the UN.  They can’t do a thing.  But for the sake of argument, let’s say congress approves California’s request and they become their own country.

The gross state product for California is 2.496 trillion.  How would that be affected by secession?

Military bases of course would be abandoned.  Here is a list of military bases in California:

Camp Haan Army Base in Riverside, CA

Riverside, California Military Bases

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In November 1940, development began for a Coast Artillery Antiaircraft Replacement Training Center that as next to March Army Air Field now called Marsh Air Reserve Base. Known as Camp Haan, the base opened in 1941 at the height o…
Camp Parks PRFTA Army Base in Dublin, CA

Dublin, California Military Bases

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Camp Parks (PRFTA) is one of the less active bases within the United States, but one of the oldest ones in the area. Located in the eastern side of San Francisco, the base can be described as a sleeping giant. It is currently semi…
Camp Roberts Army Base in Monterey, CA

Monterey, California Military Bases

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Located on either side of the Salinas River in California, Camp Roberts is situated right in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties. The land here once belonged to Native American Indians who hunted and fished these lands exploring…
Camp San Luis Obispo Army Base in San Luis Obispo, CA

San Luis Obispo County, California Military Bases

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Camp San Luis Obispo at one time served as an Infantry Division Camp and Cantonment Area for the US Army during the second World War. Today, it’s still maintained and includes a heliport, warehouse complex, workshops, mainte…
Fort Hunter Liggett Army Base in Monterey, CA

Monterey, California Military Bases

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There are hundreds of military bases scattered all throughout the United States as well as many other countries. They are owned and operated by each of the five branches of the military. Among these bases is Fort Hunter Liggett, o…
Fort Irwin Army Base in Barstow, CA

Barstow, California Military Bases

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Fort Irwin has a rich and varied history that goes back almost 15,000 years. It is believed that the Native Americans of the Lake Mojave Period lived in the area, though the first recorded Native American settlements and pioneer e…
Presidio Of Monterey Army Base in Monterey, CA

Monterey, California Military Bases

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Presidio of Monterey, California is an active military base in Monterey run by the US Army. It is among the oldest in the area and has tight connection with the Spanish times. History The Spanish orders were clear in the 18-th cen…
Sierra Army Depot Army Base in Herlong, CA

Herlong, California Military Bases

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Base Contact Information Sierra Army Depot: 530-827-4343, DSN-312-855-4343 Public Lodging: 530-827-4662, DSN-312-855-4154 ID and Visitors Information: 530-827-4108 Geography and Area Information The Sierra Army Depot is located at…
That would be a loss of over 190,000 military personnel.  That number doesn’t include civilian employees who would now be out of work.  Of course, now California will need to build up their own defenses at a cost of hundreds of billions if not more.  Let us not forget the Coast Guard.
ISC Alameda Coast Guard Base in Alameda, CA

Alameda, California Military Bases

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Integrated Support Command Alameda is a wide installation located in the western part of California, in Alameda. The base belongs to the United States Coast Guard. It is located on a small island that can also be accessed through …
Tracen Petaluma Coast Guard Base in Petaluma, CA

Petaluma, California Military Bases

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TRACEN Petaluma is one of the three training sites operated by the United States Coast Guard to educate and improve the skills of its military units. The other two centers are located in Virginia and New Jersey. The one in Petalum…
California will have to pick up the tab to replace them too.
Of course, defense contractors would be forced out of California because as a foreign government, California would not be eligible for military contracts:
State California (CA)
Dollar Amount of Defense Contracts Awarded to Contractors in this State from 2000 to 2015 $537,311,342,851
Number of Defense Contracts Awarded to Contractors in this State from 2000 to 2015 723,841
Number of Defense Contractors in this State 29,594
Number of Counties in this State 58
Defense Contract Totals for Contractors in this State
Contract Count/Contract Dollar Amount
2015 67,976/
$31,262,715,793
2014 54,688/
$31,950,237,707
2013 52,841/
$35,553,059,892
2012 54,307/
$41,219,307,375
2011 56,334/
$41,694,649,191
2010 59,457/
$41,430,873,638
2009 58,764/
$43,309,244,116
2008 62,378/
$40,605,976,926
2007 57,586/
$35,903,371,784
2006 50,594/
$33,956,034,265
2005 54,739/
$32,965,464,492
2004 27,242/
$30,270,089,168
2003 23,272/
$30,670,711,145
2002 17,507/
$25,447,963,680
2001 13,422/
$20,982,438,478
2000 12,774/
$20,097,348,06

How about piers?California has some of the biggest and busiest piers in the United States and they will practically dry up and blow away.  Why?  It’s a simple matter of logistics.  When exporters send merchandise into the United States, they have to have people help get the products into the country, but if they were to ship to California for goods meant for other states, they would need to cross two borders.  That freight will begin docking on the East Coast and into the Gulf of Mexico.

California is rich with oil and gas but they refuse to allow drilling, so there is no income from that.  Companies will move out of California if they sell their goods throughout the fifty states.  And the agriculture industry that brings in so much money for California will face even more problems.  It’s harder to import druits, vegetable and meats into the United States and many other countries.

Other problems inclde:

Will need to negotiate trade agreements before they can export their goods.

Will have to pick up the tab for projects like the high speed rail bondoggle.

Will have to come up with the money to support the tens of millions of illegals they have welcomed.

Current SS recipients should be able to continue to collect from the US but all future ones would need to be paid for by California.

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