A campaign group in California has declared independence from the the rest of the state - and, rather unoriginally, named their country New California.
The putative state has issued a declaration of independence which says it wants to create a "free, sovereign and independent state of New California due to the past and current government of California having failed."
New California claims the government has failed in "their oath of office, obligations, and responsibilities."
The declaration of independence states: "When a long train of abuses and acts to seize and hold the people’s power without legal authority and pursuing invariably the same object that clearly demonstrates a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."
The state the group wants to create would be made up of several different counties spread over the northern area of the current state of California. These areas are quite sparsely populated and are seen as more conservative than areas like Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The group is still calling on other counties to add their names to the new state, so there is still a chance its proposed area could grow. Although one imagines the US Government will have something to say.
The campaigners have also created their own website, in which they say they want a low-tax utopia, an education system which prioritises proficiency in English, and return to traditional industries such as timbering. The site also contains videos lamenting the fact that people are leaving in California and that "English is dying."
Some have branded the move as "Calexit," in a comparison to Brexit.