You may have heard by now that a California county supervisor has proposed that several counties secede from California and create the new state of South California, based on the principles that taxes and illegal immigrants are bad and that state legislators should work part-time. It’s pretty clear that he didn’t really think this through: “South California” is a terrible name for the state he’s proposing, for a couple of reasons:
- Parts of regular California would be south of large sections of South California.
- Geography was never my strong suit, but I’m pretty sure there’s a state called South Carolina. People are always going to confuse the two, especially when addressing envelopes, since South Carolina already has the “SC” state abbreviation.
So I think we should help this guy out, and try to think of a better name for the proposed state. Here are a few ideas:
- East California, because that’s what it looks like on the map.
- Dry California, because it would be cut off from most of the coast and other California water sources.
- West Arizona, because it would be politically more like Arizona than California. Also, it’s just to the west of Arizona.
- Texas Lite, because parts of the South California proposal sound kind of Texas-y.
- LI (pronounced “Fifty-One”), because it would be the 51st state. Also, it could be its own postal abbreviation.
- Fifty-One (pronounced “LI”). This would be the nation’s first hyphenated state name.
- Some other name, to be chosen by a corporate sponsor. It seems only natural that the new state would look for corporate sponsorship to raise revenue as a way to minimize taxes.
I have to admit, I’m feeling a little rejected — the county that I live in was “purposely excluded” from South California because it “just enacted a ban on plastic grocery bags”. I understand the reasoning, though — South California supporters care deeply about their plastic grocery bags, which is why they will probably choose the plastic grocery bag as their official state bird. And just to show that there are no hard feelings, I’ve designed a new flag for the new state. It’s based on the California state flag, with a few subtle differences:
Of course, this is just a first draft — if they change the name, then the lettering on the flag would change, and if they get a corporate sponsor, that sponsor’s logo would replace the teapot in the upper left corner.
You can also help by suggesting an official South California state bird, state tree, or state flower.