Goodbye to the Hotel California?

I’m sure readers are aware of the efforts of ‘Yes California‘ and other parties to have California secede from the United States.  In the light of that state’s increasingly frenzied, illogical, irrational liberalism, many in the US wish they’d do it . . . but don’t predict a successful separation.

That’s what gave rise to a new anthology put together by J. L. Curtis, better known to many as blogger Old NFO.

The blurb reads:

When California declares independence, their dreams of socialist diversity become nightmares for many from the high Sierras to the Central Valley. Follow the lives of those who must decide whether to stand their ground, or flee!

  • In San Diego, the commander of Naval Special Warfare Group One finds his hands tied by red tape, even as protesters storm the base and attack dependents.
  • In Los Angeles, an airline mechanic must beg, borrow, or bribe to get his family on the plane out before the last flight out.
  • Elsewhere, a couple seeks out the new underground railroad after being forced to confess to crimes they didn’t commit.
  • In the new state of Jefferson, farmers must defend themselves against carpetbaggers and border raiders.
  • And in the high Sierras, a woman must make the decision to walk out alone…

Featuring all-new stories set after Calexit from JL Curtis, Bob Poole, Cedar Sanderson, Tom Rogneby, Alma Boykin, B Opperman, L B Johnson, Eaton Rapids Joe, Lawdog, and Kimball O’Hara.

Many of the contributors are my friends and fellow writers.  I’m very glad they were able to collaborate on this project.  (Yes, I was invited, but I’m so swamped by other work at present that I simply couldn’t come up with a project worth submitting.  It wasn’t so much writer’s block as writer’s overload!)  I’ve read the pre-publication drafts of many of the stories, and they’re good.  Highly recommended reading. hasn’t linked the editions at the time of writing, so you’ll find them at these links:

Within a day or two, the first link should get you to both editions.




  1. No offense to NFO & Co., and what I'm sure is a splendiferous series of fictional novelizations (based on the tease NFO posted on his own site prior to publication), but I've already got the BTDT-Got The T-shirt concession on this sewed up:

    The CalExit-that-never-will-be would be a Superbowl-commercial-length drama, if only because depriving the Democrat party of 55 electoral votes in perpetuity would render them irrelevant nationwide in about a minute, forever, and the strongest supporters of putting down the 5-minute rebellion rebellion would be the reddest Leftards in the other 49, plus the homegrown ones.

    In a "Thanks for your voter input, but we don't want to be Arkancided by the entire rest of the DNC by noon tomorrow" kind of way. It would be referred to a committee, and never heard from again, should it somehow ever get as far as a vote.

    The current ballot initiative is merely an agreement to decide to talk about talking about ever, someday, maybe, perhaps, possibly, eventually going rogue.

    It makes the UN look decisive by comparison, but it's great copy for people whose entire fund of knowledge about the state is exhausted after mentioning Hollywood, and Disneyland. Which is about 99% of the media, including the ones that live here.

    If Califrutopia seceded (Sh'yeah, as if…), as I'd then be suddenly unconstrained by any oaths to the US Constitution, it'd be open season on the liberal hordes and illegal aliens infesting my native homeland, and the culling would begin in earnest, and with gusto. I would only have about 15M fellow partisans, and between the two sides, we're the ones with one or three million AR M-4gery clones, and a billion rounds of ammunition. The other side can't figure out which bathrooms to use.

    In a state where all the king's horses and all the king's men were overwhelmed for a week by one Chris Dorner.

    The last time anybody saw anything this one-sided, it was thousands of Japanese JSDF soldiers fleeing from Godzilla, as he stomped Tokyo into flaming debris.

    Antifa heads would be car hood ornaments, and the police would either join in, or be hiding at home looking out for themselves and their families.

    The down side is we'd probably start forcibly evicting the toothless banjo-playing kinfolk here back to the other 49, and Mexican illegals would be as welcome here as they were in 1850.

    Even odds we'd seize Baja as a protectorate, send the illegals there, and turn the Pacific side into a 300 mile-long resort that'd put Vegas and the French Riviera out of business, and turn the eastern side on the Sea of Cortez into the most pristine eco-tourism destination in the world.
    The entire thing, freed from cartels and Mexican endemic corruption, would be run by repatriated illegals, on a 299-year lease, and we'd let one Mexican work there for every barrel of Mexican crude handed over for free every year by PEMEX and the Mexican government.

    They'd have 100% employment in their own country, and in return, Mexico gets 50% of the profits from the territory of Baja California in perpetuity, and 30M illegals flock out of the US. The waiting time of the line of cars on the I-405 south would be measured in days.

    Then, on Tuesday, we'd enter talks about maybe straightening out Oregon and Nevada. Because we'd need a lot of lumber, sand, and gravel, to build those resort hotels and the ancillary facilities.

    And having reconquered the territory here, all those unfunded pension liabilities of the former state of CA, mainly owed to retired Democrats who retired to tax-free states far from here, would be negated and discharged.

    And the prospect of that has folks like Governor Moonbeam, Lt. Gov. Gabbin' Nuisance, DiFi, and Babblin' Nancy Pelosi scared spitless.

    Just sayin'.

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