51st state of "West Arizona" or ??

The attempt to split California to create the 51st state has big hurdle—the movement needs to come up with a better name. "South California" won't work, because, well, it not southern Cal. (If you don't have Los Angeles, you can't really be South California.) In an earlier post we suggested "Republicania,"and it seems we are not the only ones mulling this conundrum. Andrew Malcolm at the Los Angeles Times offered a number of choices recently, including New California, English Mexico, and Newer Mexico. Our personal preference was his suggested "West Arizona." After all, the people proposing the split have a lot in common with the prevailing politics in (East) Arizona.  Let us know what you think the new state should be named!

6 comments:

  1. I think it should be more original I think states who pick "North", "South", "East" or "West" don't really want to leave the state they're splitting from. if you're going to split, make it original.

    I think something like San Joaquin, or San Bernadino

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  2. I like "Mojave."

    The rest of the state below the 39th parallel should be renamed "Pacifica."

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  3. A better choice would be either "Imperial", "Sonora", "Salton", "Blythe", "Reagan", or "Greater California". Of course, if the name "Salton" is selected it would then have to be immediately renamed "Sonny Bono Salton", right?

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  4. I'm a strong supporter of the Republic of California and would never recognize a new state of "South California".

    I consider myself from Los Angeles and yet I'm part of that map.

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  5. I think potential names include "Socal", "Southland", "San Angeles", "Mojave", or just plain "California". Northern California can be named "Norcal"

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