#CalExit spurs dreams of Cascadia

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The Cascadia Doug flag was designed in 1994 by Portland native Alexander Baretich. The blue stands for the sky and ocean, the white represents snow and clouds, and the green stands for the Northwest’s forests and fields. The lone Douglas fir symbolizes endurance, defiance and resistance. (Credit:

In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, true-blue California is talking about making a #CalExit – and that’s stirred up some buzz about a blue breakaway for Washington state and Oregon as well.

One manifestation is the renewed interest in the Republic of Cascadia, a “bioregion” that would take in sections of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. (Washington is the only state that’s wholly within Cascadia as it’s conceived.) The rationale is that the region is environmentally and economically distinct from its surroundings. notes that the concept is picking up steam thanks to websites like Free CascadiaCascadiaNow! and Yes Cascadia, as well as a Reddit subgroup that’s on the rise. More than 200 people already have signed up via Facebook to attend a “Cascadian People’s Assembly” in Seattle on Nov. 19, with follow-up meetingsplanned for the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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