If at first you don't secede, try, try again. Ten counties in northeastern Colorado are still consideringseceding from the state
. Cheyenne County (population 1876, appropriately enough) has already gotten the proposal on the November ballot; Weld County could do the same soon. In this week'sWestword
, we offer somealternative slogans, symbols and names for this proposed 51st state
, including Uncolorado, Near Nebraska, Southern Wyoming and Coloraduh. But why should northeast Colorado have all the fun?
Here are nine other possible spinoffs:
Potopia : Perfect should Denver and Boulder, as well as that handful of other spots around the state that are respecting the will of the voters on Amendment 64, decide to secede as other local governments ban recreational marijuana sales. (Pairs nicely with Methopotamia, a potential title for the 51st state.)
Crackpotopia: Early contender for the name of the new 51st state, but also available to other crackpot quarters.
Crankerado : Adams County as well as any other county that has more than three curmudgeons show up at county commissioner meetings -- not counting the commissioners themselves.
Little Texas: Vail
Little L.A.: Aspen
Continue for more of the nine new states that could secede from Colorado. Coolerado: The Capitol Hill, RiNo, Baker and LoHi neighborhoods of Denver; a slice of Boulder; La Veta, Salida and Crested Butte (the original town, not the resort).
Western Kansas (or Might as Well Be Kansas): An alternative for all those eastern counties that don't want to be part of Near Nebraska.
Almost Oklahoma: An alternative for all those southeastern counties that don't want to be part of Might As Well Be Kansas.
New New Mexico: Following the green chile trail from the southern border up to the San Luis Valley, with a few strongholds in Pueblo and metro Denver.
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