I for one am all for seceding from the union, and fully support the creation of a Republic of Cascadia, let the U.S. crumble like the other evil empire before it. There is a slight problem though, having grown up in Roseburg, I happen to know that they hate your guts out there. Most of rual Oregon see Eugene and Portland as evil bastions of godless liberalism. I really don't think they will want anything to do with a new nation directed by leftist from the urban centers. Even if one was to try and impose it upon them, we have to remember they have the guns and they're the ones who know how to use them. For all the militant posing, I doubt one member of the black bloc can properly use a fire arm.
That's not to say that there isn't a speratist sentiment in the rual regions, there is for sure, it runs deeper out there then in the cities. I just don't think thery're going to go for anykind of socialist or social saftey net, kind of programs. One solution would be the formation of the state of Jefferson as has been proposed by people in that region, but that would cut off Cascadia from Northern California, were support for a Cascadian Republic should be strong. Another problem would be feeding the new nation, without the rual farms.
The only solution I can think of for these problems, would be to grant almost total autonomy to the rual regions. The problem with that idea being, that it would be a hot bed of racsim and religious fanaticism in our back yard. Maybe help the farmers make some money by becoming the primary supplier of industrial hemp in the world, prospertiy would certainly soften the prejiduces agaisnt city dwellers. We could also consider creating massive public works projects to employee the loggers, who would lose their jobs with the creation of an eco-topia.
So those are just some problems I forsee with any serious movement for the creation of an independent nation in the North West. Any ideas or suggestions about bringing the rual sector into the movement?