03/12/2014 03:30 EDT | Updated 03/12/2014 03:59 EDT

What Is Cascadia, Anyway?


You have probably heard the odd rumble about a place called Cascadia, but has anyone ever really explained what it was?

Cascadia is an independence movement and proposed country combining Washington and Oregon states as well as British Columbia, according to a grassroots group called Cascadia Now!

So what would life be like for British Columbians if we lived in Cascadia?

  • We would look something like this
  • And this would be our national flag
    Created in 1994 by Portland's Alexander Baretich, the flag represents the sky above, the ocean, Salish Sea, lakes, and inland waters below, according to CascadiaNow!
  • Our national holiday would be on May 18
    Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980. According to the CascadiaNow!, the date was chosen "because of it's visceral reminder of the dynamism of our region. We live under massive forces that shape our world, in a region defined through it's geography, geology and topography."
  • We would have our own soccer league
    Actually, we already do. The Cascadia Cup is comprised of the Vancouver Whitecaps, Seattle Sounders, and Portland Timbers. And competition is FIERCE.
  • The Mariners would really be ours!
  • We would get to hang out with these two all the time
  • This would be our national beer
    It's called Cascadian Dark Ale.
  • This would be our national swag
  • We would still tell rain jokes
    OF COURSE we would.
  • And we would have as much national pride as ever

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