Hi - yes I know about Anderson and Bend and have had conversations with folks who are so anti-government they actually want to split the State of California, without the slightest thought as to what that would mean in practical terms.You see more signs about the "State of Jefferson" north of Bend, between Redding and the Oregon border, where things get less populated and more "wild"...but the sentiment is spreading south.
The notion concerns me because I think about the devolution - perhaps the "balkanization" - of the US as a bad thing, using the historical context as my guide. We'll see.
Thanks for your support in forum and your personal kindness here. It is encouraging to learn of kindred spirits, in any form.