As many have pointed out, California has a robust economy in its own right - the sixth largest in the world, in fact, as Fortune points out - and is one of the few places on Earth that grows enough food to sustain itself.
"Our continued statehood means California will continue subsidising the other states to our own detriment, and to the detriment of our children".
HollywoodLifers, do you think California should secede from the United States?
So as Donald Trump completed his electoral college triumph on Tuesday night, some Californians decided the only response was to declare independence.
YesCalifornia rejects revolution. So independence could come only after a series of increasingly unlikely events - assuming the referendum gets on the 2019 ballot at all, something California voters will first have to decide in 2018.
But this time, the YCIC could have the backing of some powerful friends in northern California.
"It's the most patriotic thing I can do", he said. "The country is at serious crossroads". "I want California to be all it can, and our group feels the political and cultural connection to the U.S. is holding us back from our potential".
The phrase, along with #Caleavefornia, began to trend on social media shortly before it was announced that Trump beat his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, in the polls.
In July, a number of notable Silicon Valley business people published an open letter denouncing Trump, saying his presidency would limit innovation and the exchange of ideas.
Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk.