Brexit masterminds Nigel Farage and Arron Banks want to split California into 2 states

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.

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BRISTOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Leader of Ukip Nigel Farage (L) holds a press conference with the party's new donor Arron Banks on October 1, 2014 in Bristol, England. Former Tory donor, businessman Arron Banks has pledged to give Ukip a £1,000,000 GBP donation. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Leader of Ukip Nigel Farage (L) holds a press conference with the party's new donor Arron Banks on October 1, 2014 in Bristol, England. Former Tory donor, businessman Arron Banks has pledged to give Ukip a �1,000,000 GBP donation. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Leader of Ukip Nigel Farage (R) holds a press conference with the party's new donor Arron Banks on October 1, 2014 in Bristol, England. Former Tory donor, businessman Arron Banks has pledged to give Ukip a £1,000,000 GBP donation. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Leader of Ukip Nigel Farage (L) and Ukip party chairman Steve Crowther (C) holds a press conference with the party's new donor Arron Banks on October 1, 2014 in Bristol, England. Former Tory donor, businessman Arron Banks has pledged to give Ukip a �1,000,000 GBP donation. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Leader of Ukip Nigel Farage (L) holds a press conference with the party's new donor Arron Banks on October 1, 2014 in Bristol, England. Former Tory donor, businessman Arron Banks has pledged to give Ukip a �1,000,000 GBP donation. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Leader of Ukip Nigel Farage (L) holds a press conference with the party's new donor Arron Banks on October 1, 2014 in Bristol, England. Former Tory donor, businessman Arron Banks has pledged to give Ukip a �1,000,000 GBP donation. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage (L) and major donor Arron Banks leave the party's head office in central London on May 15, 2015. A week after an election in which it won the third-biggest share of the national vote but just one seat in parliament, Britain's UK Independence Party is tearing itself apart in spectacular fashion. First there was charismatic party leader Nigel Farage's short-lived resignation, then a big fallout over finances and on May 14 a stunning attack on him from the head of his election campaign. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
British businessman Arron Banks (C) and UKIP leader Nigel Farage (3R) pose with volunteers after a press briefing by the 'Leave.EU' campaign group in central London on November 18, 2015. Britain will decide in a referendum to be held by 2017 if they should remain within the European Union. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
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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."

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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."

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