Many have posted articles about the west coast bioregion seceding from the USA. the idea is especially appealing to folks who feel marginalized and/or persecuted by the current administration. Beautiful as these plans are, how might a seperation actually take place? As the adage goes "timing is everything."
Scientific study of plate tectonics has revealed that the Juan de Fuca plate (and it's auspiciously named "cascadia subduction zone") may provide the spark-- the opportunity -- needed for drastic political re-organization and perhaps even independance.
We live in a region of immininent "natural disasters" - especially earthquakes. Most of the geo-physical stress in our region is relieved out along the oceanic ridge, where a number of oceanic plates are pulling apart and deforming at the slow, inexorable rate of geological time. About 150 miles off the coast, at the bottom of the ocean, is a volcanic spreading ridge, where hundreds of small earthquakes (magnitude 3 and less) are happening every single day.
Nearer to the shore lies the cascadia subduction zone, where the heavy, water-saturated oceanic plate (the juan de fuca) is being pulled down under the lighter, thicker north american plate. (this subduction accounts for the mountains, btw)
It so happens that the juan de fuca plate is currently locked with the north american plate. Stress is building, day by day, second by second between these two plates. When the stress exceeds the binding force, there will be a massive quake-- like nothing we've experienced (magnitude 9). Think about it, the epicenter wont be a single point, many miles beneath the surface (like the mag. 6 nisqually quake a few years back), the epicenter will trace the entire subduction zone for hundreds of miles, and be much nearer to the surface.
Native american legends from the 1700s tell of a huge quake that shook the trees down, and a great wave that washed away entire coastal tribes. Entire forests of submerged trees were found and dated that match the story, as do accounts from japan of a tremendous tsunami.
All this is to say, that was 300 years ago, and the projected timeframe for another massive quake is somewhere between the 300-800 year period.
Natural disruption at this scale will bring all business, commerce, transportation, etc. to a halt. There will be many people in desperate need. Low-lying coastal areas will be submerged. How would the local,state & federal govmt's respond? How might we respond?
If we start planning now, preparing ourselves and our children for the big quake, we might leverage the power of the earth to win our own freedom.