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!

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