Why shouldn't California become its own country?
If California were a nation, its economy would be ranked 10th in the world (The World Factbook, published by the US's Central Intelligence Agency). (Sources within California claim it would rank 6th or 7th place.)
"California is responsible for 17% of the United States' gross domestic product (GDP). The state's GDP is at about $1.5 trillion (as of 2004)."
Blair's agreement with Schwarzenegger this week brought me to this question.
For Schwarzenegger's criticism of Bush's leadership regarding global warming and the environment: