California, in many ways, has an embarrassment of riches, with its lush supply of farmable land, booming tech companies, massive coastline and dazzling entertainment industry.
Nigel Farage and Arron Banks, known as the 'Bad Boys Of Brexit,' "who led the campaign to break Britain away from the European Union," believe it's really too much for one state to handle, notes the Daily Mail.
'Bad boys of Brexit' Nigel Farage and Arron Banks
As such, they were recently part of an effort to raise $1 million in donations from a number of Californians supporting a plan to split the Golden State into two.
According to Salon, "Farage and his finance partner ... Banks have reportedly been recruited by Republican operatives Scott Baugh and Gerry Gunster to help raise money to fund the drive to get more than 500,000 signatures from around the state in order to put the proposal before voters on California's 2018 ballot."
The proposal is called "Calexit" and its supporters suggest that the conservative eastern reaches split away from the left-leaning west.
Said Banks, "It would be portrayed as the Hollywood elites versus the people, breaking up the bad government. Seventy-eight percent of people in California are unhappy with their government. It's the world's sixth largest economy, and it's very badly run."
The Daily Mail notes that "if broken apart, the eastern part of California would more likely vote Republican, giving the party two more senators and electoral college votes for a 2020 presidential election. The Western side of the state would likely continue to vote Democrat in elections."