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People I encounter overseas are interested in Cascadia, the virtual nation..
Many of the people I speak with overseas think of the US as mainly consisting of the Eastern Seaboard (NY and Washington DC) with a little L.A./ Hollywood thrown in. We on the West Coast, Oregon/Washington/British Columbia especially, know that we are of a different mind-set than many on the East Coast and especially the car obsessed people of L.A. Call us more "progressive" or more ecologically sensitive or whatever, we Cascadians feel as a "nation unrecognized". Now I agree that the world would be better without territories and borders, but the idea of Cascadia as a region is a natural one. I believe that if we have territory boundaries they should be based on the bio-region. Laws governing a nation should be based on ethics sprouting from the environment. Anyway, we can discuss exactly what Cascadia is, but the reason I am writing this article is that I want to educate people of other countries about the idea of Cascadia and I am asking for any sources of information.

Does anyone have info about Cascadia the region, the idea, the possible political party? Please share.

yes A Bioregional Cooperative Commonwealth of Cascadia 08.Mar.2007 17:43


Its way passed time we manifest what we were to be:

"free and independent empire" on the banks of the Columbia
A Jeffersonian Democracy on the banks of the Columbia

Republic of Cascadia (Bioregional Cooperative Commonwealth of Cascadia)
please continue at  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Cascadian_Bioregionalism/

"On May 2, 1843, one hundred and two settlers met at Champoeg on the edge of French Prairie, halfway between Lee's Mission and Oregon City in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Fifty-two Canadians had instructions from the Hudson's Bay Company to head off any attempts at organizing an independent government. Fifty Americans stood united in favor of doing just that. Chaos almost prevailed, but when a vote was called for, two Canadians -- Etienne Lucien and Francois Matticaux, who were former Astorians and thus probably not as loyal to the HBC as the other Canadians -- joined the unified American bloc for a 52-50 vote. In principle, Oregon's Provisional Government was born that day."

"The last gasp of the independence movement was headed off in the revision process. The preamble originally read, "We, the people of Oregon Territory, For purposes of mutual protection, and to secure peace and prosperity among ourselves, Agree to adopt the following laws and regulations." At the insistence of the ultra-American party the words "until such time as the USA extend their jurisdiction over us" were added. The three leaders of the pro-independence movement left for California and the history books before the Organic Act was adopted on July 5."

The Cascadian National Party disbanded some time ago, but there is the Cascadian Bioregionalism yahoo group, the cascadians.tribe.net and there is now Cascadian Independence Project (in Seattle)


Cascadia Now Chapters Seek Student Organizers


Why Bioregional Cooperative Commonwealth of Cascadia (BCC of Cascadia)?

bi·o·re·gion (b-rjn) n.
An area constituting a natural ecological community with characteristic flora, fauna, and environmental conditions and bounded by natural rather than artificial borders.

Cooperative Commonwealth
In some Cooperative economics literature, the aim is the achievement of a Cooperative Commonwealth; a society based on cooperative and socialist principles. Cooperative economists - Federalist, Individualist, and otherwise - have presented the extension of their economic model to its natural limits as a goal

Also by focusing on the word commonwealth with bioregion and cooperative we can again restore the stewardship towards the commons (land, water and air or simply Mother Earth/Mother Nature) and the general well being of those that dwell in this bioregion. Hence a bioregional cooperative commonwealth.

Both the name "Pacific Northwest" and the name "Cascadia", which is derived from the Cascade Range, are commonly used without a definition, although the term Pacific Northwest is considerably older, having its origins in the early 19th Century. "Cascadia" is of recent coinage (1980s) and is sometimes used in geology, ecology and climatology, as well as by the Cascadia independence movement and a very few small businesses and organizations with a regional-marketing identity. Of the two terms, only Pacific Northwest is in general use, and also encompasses more area than the Cascadia concept, which tends to be more coastal and limited to the Evergreen Triangle area of Washington and Oregon. The Pacific Northwest, broadly defined, extends from the ocean to the continental divide and includes all of Washington, most of Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia, and adjoining parts of Alaska, Yukon Territory, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada and California.

past articles

Memetic Cascadia

So you want to do something to manifest Cascadia as a autonomous bioregion?

So you can not afford or need a Cascadian Flag (Doug) now!

Getting the word out: Free Cascadia!

May 2nd 1843 Founders Day Champoeg

The New American Revolution is Coming


Colour Revolution stuff for the revolution in Cascadia (An Evergreen Revolution)

Tools fora Revolution

Video of Gene Sharp on non violent revolution

Want to STOP Amerikan Fascism? Then STOP supporting it! Tax Rebellion 2007


Then there is these stickers and t-shirts that can be gotten through cafepress:
Cascadia Freedom From Empires (sticker)

Amerika it's time for a Divorce/Free Cascadia (sticker)

Amerika it's time for a Divorce/Free Cascadia with bioregional map (sticker)

US out of Cascadia (sticker)

US out of Cascadia with Amerikan Swastika flag (sticker)

US out of Cascadia with Doug or Cascadian flag (sticker)

Be the Evergreen Revolution/Re-Unify Cascadia (sticker)

Free Cascadia (sticker)

Free Cascadia/bioregion on back(women's T-Shirt)

Free Cascadia/bioregion on back (men's T-Shirt)

Free Cascadia (men's T-Shirt)

Free & United Bioregional Cooperative Commonwealth of Cascadia w/Ecotopian Star (women's T-Shirt)

BCC of Cascadia w/Ecotopian Star (women's spaghetti tank top)

Bioregional Cooperative Commonwealth of Cascaia w/Doug flag (European style oval sticker)

Doug Flag or bioregional Cascadian flag w/symbols (oval sticker)

Doug Flag or bioregional Cascadian flag (oval sticker)

Doug Flag (bioregional Cascadian flag) with US out of Cascadia

Wake Up Cascadians w/mula stik (sticker)

BCC of Cascadia w/ Ecotopian Star and bioregion-flag morphed on back (hooded sweatshirt)

a Commonwealth of Cascadia 08.Mar.2007 17:47

Ecotopian Yeti

"These, then, will be some of the features of democracy... it will be, in all likelihood, an agreeable, lawless, parti-colored commonwealth, dealing with all alike on a footing of equality, whether they be really equal or not."


"Hence we must now conceive of this whole universe as one commonwealth of which both gods and men are members... "
Marcus Tullius Cicero

"If something is done for the common weal, it is done in the interests and for the benefit of the majority or the general public."

weal 1 (w l)
1. Prosperity; happiness: in weal and woe.
2. The welfare of the community; the general good: the public weal.
[Middle English wele, from Old English wela; see wel-1 in Indo-European roots.]

"Opinions are formed in a process of open discussion and public debate"
Hannah Arendt

why a (bioregional) cooperative commonwealth 08.Mar.2007 17:55

Ecotopian Yeti

"... .I will say what I mean by being a Socialist, since I am told that the word no longer expresses definitely and with certainty what it did ten years ago. Well, what I mean by Socialism is a condition of society in which there should be neither rich nor poor, neither master nor master's man, neither idle nor overworked, neither brainŽslack brain workers, nor heartŽsick hand workers, in a word, in which all men would be living in equality of condition, and would manage their affairs unwastefully, and with the full consciousness that harm to one would mean harm to all-the realisation at last of the meaning of the word COMMONWEALTH ."

-William Morris, How I Became a Socialist

wiki on Co-operative Commonwealth:

A Co-operative Commonwealth is a society - real or hypothetical - based on cooperative and socialist principles. It is a recurring concept in Co-operative literature, and in Co-operative economics.

"Anarchism promotes mutual aid, harmony and human solidarity, to achieve a free, classless society - a cooperative commonwealth. Anarchism is both a theory and practice of life. Philosophically, it aims for perfect accord between the individual, society and nature. In an anarchist society, mutually respectful sovereign individuals would be organised in non-coercive relationships within naturally defined communities in which the means of production and distribution are held in common."

"On November 1, 1897, E. G. "Ed" Pelton and 14 other progressive-minded individuals gather in a farmhouse in Skagit County, near Edison, to organize a socialist community, which they call the Equality Colony. The group is part of the National Union of the Brotherhood of the Cooperative Commonwealth (BCC), which seeks to put theories of the Progressive movement into daily life and to convert the new state of Washington to socialism. What they mean by socialism is a system of cooperative production and distribution of goods, plus selecting leaders by means of a direct democracy. The experiment will endure less than 10 years."
E. G. Pelton and other socialists found Equality Colony (in Washington State) on November 1, 1897

bioregion as oppose to nation; bioregionalism as opposed to nationalism 08.Mar.2007 17:57

Ecotopian Yeti

A bioregion is not the same as an ethno-linguistic nation. Modern nations are often defined by commonality of language, ethnicity, shared iconography, sometimes religion and historical experiences. And historically nationalism is the exclusion from all diversity in favour of a specific language, ethnicity, race or religion in association with ethnicity as well as the solidification of gender roles into simplistic terms. Ultimately nationalism pushes for monolithic thought in culture, art, lifestyle and anything else that nationalists claim as inherently theirs. In essence nationalism is the freedom from thinking as individuals in favour of the collective blandness of the same. Bioregionalism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Where as nationalism is the effort to impose singularity in the wide spectrum of the anthrodiversity (human variety in all aspects of being from genetics to culture) and even biodiversity within ecosystems, bioregionalism is the celebration of uniqueness and diversity. Bioregionalism is the recognization of the interconnectedness and the uniqueness of our being within the dynamic network of the myriad of communities. For a bioregionalist, monolithic thought or blandness of being that nationalists purpose or imagine as idyllic is infact tragic at the very least and dangerously foolish at most. For it is out of diversity in thought and being that has repeatedly given birth to innovations and survival.

Thank you 08.Mar.2007 19:35


Thanks for the info and thoughts.

I would add this: a bioregional territory is based on simple necessities (arable land, clean waterways, healthy and mature forests, varied wildlife etc.) and simple necessities are TRUTH. There is no place for patriotism or other abstract concepts in bioregions because they lead to imbalance which is not part of the bioregional Way. And GREED would be anathema, the most shunned.

Everyone needs a healthy, sustainable, in-balance local habitat to live in, whether the coast, mountains, forest, desert, plains... that is TRUTH, anything that upsets and counters this truth should be abandoned. ALL decisions by the people should stem from the FIRST PRIORITY, that of healthy food production, clean water and clean air. What is more important than this? If the First Priority is obeyed then all laws, policies, decisions that follow would be beneficial.

(the FIRST LAW would be "respect life")

Chinook 08.Mar.2007 20:58

Nona Bow

Was in a cafe in SE portland yesterday three men were speaking in chinook. FWIW.

Paradigm Shift 08.Mar.2007 22:41

Brian the Green

Our bioregion will not survive within the current paradigm. A healthy change would be the end of capitalism (as it currently exists) and a cultural shift where people are valued by what they give rather than what they have.

response to the FIRST LAW would be "respect life" 09.Mar.2007 01:42

Ecotopian Yeti


(For) Ecology, Equality and Equity

(through) Respect, Reverence and Responsability

(supporting) commons, communities and cooperatives
Ecology, Equality and Equity (3Es3Rs3Cs)
Ecology, Equality and Equity (3Es3Rs3Cs)
Free & Re-United
Free & Re-United
Free Cascadia
Free Cascadia

Hear hear! 09.Mar.2007 04:07


Right-on!, Ecotopian Yeti! Thank you!

deja vu 09.Mar.2007 12:01

bear flag republic in reverse

Looking at the "Cascadia" map on the sticker, I was struck by how it looks just like the settler-carved map of California, but with the invaders sailing in through the Strait of Juan de Fuca instead of the Golden Gate, drawing an imperial radius around themselves in the same way.

Whatever that map is, it's not a "bioregion." What species thrive in Mendocino County, and also in western Wyoming and Montana, and also on Prince William Sound? The coast redwood and the western red cedar, iconic flora of northern California and Puget Sound, don't grow anywhere near each other. And who the hell knows what grows in Alaska -- nobody living down here, that's for sure.

The Cascades are a mountain range. The Cascadia concept is geological, not biological, from 40°N at Lassen Peak to 51°N at Mt. Silverthrone. East of the Bonneville Dam or north of the Queen Charlotte Strait you're in some other country. Don't forget your official Cascadian passport.

Toward A Bioregional State 10.Mar.2007 09:22


A lot of people probably already know this link, though it's another bioregional view and resource that discusses the governmental implications of such a view:

Toward A Bioregional State

Cascadia 10.Mar.2007 17:07


The Cascadia bioregion is the land that is watered by rivers coming from the Cascade mountain range.

that would make 10.Mar.2007 20:00

too much sense

> The Cascadia bioregion is the land that is watered
> by rivers coming from the Cascade mountain range.

Well, that wouldn't include Valdez or Juneau then, and it wouldn't include Vancouver Island
or Idaho or even the Oregon Coast. In short it wouldn't include most of this map:

Again Bioregions are based on the Great Water Cycles (hydrologic cycle) 11.Mar.2007 01:36

Ecotopian Yeti


Ecoregions are are smaller regions with ecological commonalities and shared watersheds as well as possible cultural homogeniality. Where as a bioregion is composed of ecoregions and is defined by the Great Cycle of Water (hydrologic cycle) in regards to the life its nurishes (biogeochemical cycle). To determine the potentially porous "borders" of a bioregion we must include the bioregions water source, water reservoirs (glaciers, snowpack, lakes and other temporary holds), routes (drainage basins, flood plains, streams, creeks, rivers and others) on that waters return to the source (large body of water like the Pacific Ocean or Great Lakes or Mediterranean Sea). Because bioregions are made up of ecoregions which are dependant on this great water cycle to replenish the ecoregions' watersheds, bioregions often appear homogenius in some characteristics, but are in fact rich in biodiversity and anthrodiversity.

With the water-life cylce (biogeochemical cycle) in mind we can map out the Cascadian bioregion by understanding the flow of water from ocean to mountains and from spring run off through the watersheds back to the ocean. The bioregion can be defined by this great water cycle that is powered and fed back into the Pacific Ocean. All the regional rivers, streams and creeks eventually flow back towards the Pacific. The region's farthest eastern frontiers lay on the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains where the spring melt begins its return to the Pacific. This is a region rich in biodiversity, history and cultures. It is a land that is shaped by geologic, oceanic, climatic and perceptional forces.

bioregionalism -
"The conscousness or awareness of the interconnectedness of the water-life
cycle within a given region. Hence a bioregionalist is one that advocates for the awakening in conscousness and the protection of the water-life cycle."

Again Cascadians should NOT be focused on where the fuck is a border which will eventually change over time (now thanks to global warming), but on how to PROTECT and maintain that Great Water Cycle and the biogeochemical cycle that is based on it.

order a bioregional Cascadian flag (Doug) 11.Mar.2007 01:59


For those wanting to show solidarity with the Republic of Cascadia (The Bioregional Cooperative Commonwealth of Cascadia), smALL FLAGs offers this fine 3x5' Nylon flag.


Ecology, Equality, Equity 12.Mar.2007 03:40

Ecotopian Yeti

correction in spelling