After Brexit, Californian separatists have created 'embassy' in Moscow to push for independence

Campaign group Yes California call for the state's independence and create 'embassy' in Moscow

Yes California are calling for independence

Monday, December 19, 2016

Six months on from Brexit, a group of people of California are pushing for their own independence.

A campaign group calling for California to secede from the United States have opened an "embassy" in Moscow.

The group, named Yes California, have said the centre will not deal with diplomatic issues, but instead be a cultural centre to educate Russians about California's history.

Leader Louis Marinelli says he wants bilateral relations between an independent California and Russia.

They describe themselves as a: “nonviolent campaign to establish the country of California using any and all legal and constitutional means to do so.”

The movement gained more traction after Donald Trump's election victory and has been dubbed Calexit. 

Yes California hope to hold a referendum in 2019 over California’s independence. In order to do so they need to gain 500,000 signatures agreeing to the vote.

Marinelli has previously filed other proposals relating to the withdrawal of California from the United States, however none have been successful enough to get enough signatures.