Or…the State of Sussex?
Is it possible aggrieved Sussex Countians could form the State of Southern Delaware?
Perhaps—if they follow the example of some counties in Colorado.
According to the Denver Post, several counties in Colorado want to separate from the rest of the state and form a 51st state named North Colorado. Officials in eight northern Colorado counties are increasingly angry at the state’s new gun control laws and the plethora of oil and gas regulations.
It’s not impossible to create a new state, though the U.S. Constitution requires that Legislatures must first approve any state that is to be created within its jurisdiction.
One state commissioner said that Weld County’s main economic drivers, agriculture and energy, are under attack, even though those sectors contribute significantly to the state’s economy. In the meantime, the commissioner continued, the county’s return on its financial contributions to the state are minimal, funding for infrastructure is not forthcoming.
Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., says:
“The people of rural Colorado are mad, and they have every right to be,” Gardner said. “The governor and his Democrat colleagues in the statehouse have assaulted our way of life, and I don’t blame these people one bit for feeling attacked and unrepresented by the leaders of our state.”
Are the grievances of Northern Colorado’s citizens reflective of some Sussex County residents, some of whom have felt increasingly alienated from the Northern counties of Kent and New Castle? Is there a potential separatist movement? Could a new state be in the offing?
After all, there are great differences in outlook among the three counties.
It’s an interesting question—and worthy of discussion.