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Following the election of Donald Trump, a group of political activists in California have voiced their desire to secede from the nation.

And last week, this group took its first steps toward sovereignity...at least in its own view.

The Yes California Independence Campaign, which has promoted the hashtag #Calexit, held an opening of its embassy in Moscow on Dec. 18, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The group, led by San Diego resident Louis Marinelli, wants a 2018 state ballot measure that, if passed, would bring California one step closer to becoming its own independent nation.

"We want to start laying the groundwork for a dialogue about an independent California joining the United Nations now," Marinelli said in an email to the Times Monday.

If the 2018 measure passes, the secession movement would then be subject to a subsequent election in 2019 as well as other legal obstacles.

An important note here: A state has not seceded from the union since the early 1860s.

You might remember from history class what happened next...the Civil War!

Currently, the U.S. Department of State does not recognize the Yes California's Moscow embassy.

Should California secede? Tell us what do you think in the comments section.


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