|The eight core secessionist counties in Colorado in red, and two that are thinking about it in yellow|
|State of Jefferson supporters in northern California|
|Nice logo—too bad nearly all the actual grizzlies in the area referred to have been killed.|
The insurgency started in Weld County, which includes the University of Northern Colorado, in Greeley, but also includes rural voters fed up with environmental regulation, gun control, and now legal marijuana in an increasingly urban and liberal state that used to be a swing state. The eight core secessionist states had been getting support from other rural counties, not all of them in the northeast, but on August 27th commissioners of the separatist counties met with their counterparts in Las Animas and Herfano counties, in the south of the state, along the border with New Mexico.
|One proposal for a North Colorado flag|
Tom Gilley, president of the Weld County–based organization 51st State Initiative, said that commissioners in Las Animas and Herfano might bring the question to voters too. It wouldn’t be in time for the November 5th ballot, but it raises longer-term questions of just how, geographically, “New Colorado” (as they would now have to finally settle on calling it) would look.
|As you might imagine, the parking lots at Boulder’s University of Colorado|
have very few pick-up trucks with gun racks and fetus bumper stickers.
... and now Maryland
|A possible proposal for a State of Western Maryland.|
The current movement also includes Carroll County,
even though parts of it are almost suburban Baltimore.
|Maryland’s counties, shown in shades of red or blue|
based on their respective vote shares for Mitt Romney or Barack Obama, respectively, in 2012
|One vision of a partition of Maryland (and D.C.),|
from a recent article in Michael Trinklein’s excellent and highly recommended Lost States blog
|It seems unlikely Western Maryland would come up with a flag more impressive|
than Maryland’s current one, based on the coat-of-arms of Lord Baltimore.