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Walking down the destroyed wreck that used to be Van Ness Street in San Francisco, I look for people alive in rubble that fell from the buildings when they collapsed. The last time something like this happened to the city was in 1906 with the big quake. This time though was different. Very different.
This time, there was no quake.
Instead, it was missiles.
That’s right, the military bombed us. No, not North Korea’s warheads. It was our own. It’s the start of the Second American Civil War. You see, two years ago in 2018, the CNP (California National Party) won the gubernatorial election and many local elections as well as a majority of of California’s House and Senate seats up on Capitol Hill. They ran on a platform of secession from the United States of America. And you know, who could blame them? California was made a sanctuary state which was kind of like a giant middle finger to the Trump administration. For every dollar we gave to the federal government for taxes, we only ever saw seventy-eight cents of it in federal funding, and even that measly amount kept going down before we were cut off completely. So we stopped paying taxes. They didn’t like that very much. So they flooded the streets with ICE agents and mercenaries who raided, searched out, and deported every illegal immigrant, and sometimes even the legal ones. Families were separated, everyone was held in overcrowded, miserable, makeshift detention centers. The ACLU had a field day with that. They started restricting our economies, the travel of everyday Californians, and our access to national services. The partisanship in Washington was so intense that the government couldn’t function, and the legislature was shut down because the upstanding, moral elected officials couldn’t stop themselves from hurling obscenities, threats, and sometimes even fists at each other. So the CNP called for secession.
It seemed crazy at first. California seceding from the Union. But then others joined. First, it was those closest: Oregon, Nevada, and Washington. Then Colorado, New Mexico, Hawaii and Illinois. We got ten more from the Northeast. Seventeen states in total. Not so crazy anymore.
But thing was, we thought they’d keep it civil. Fighting, pain, and death to soldiers and combatants only. They did that at least until this morning. Then the missiles came down. New York City. Los Angeles. The Big Island in Hawaii. Seattle. Boston. Denver. San Francisco. They weren’t targeting armies. They were targeting us, normal civilians. I was on my way home from school with my friend Misha. She is, no was 16. Now, I search the rubble for her body in the ruins of the BART station she disappeared into moments before the missiles hit.
The labeled us enemies. We could have had cooperation on Capitol Hill. Immigration reform that kept our country and economy safe without creating terror in the streets. We could have had a government that listened to and worked with us instead of one who decided to oppress and punish us instead.
Look what it has gotten us.
A bloody civil war. They’ve hurt us but not our missiles. Next, we will fire back. Perhaps we will win, or maybe they will. But none will get away without feeling the pain of this war.

Although this story may be fake, it is based off the current partisanship, a recent bill to make California a sanctuary states, and the immigration debate. It’s brutality is based off of brutality seen in past and current ongoing civil wars around the globe. The numbers cited about how much California pays and receives in terms of federal taxes and funding is accurate according to a study from 2007 by the Tax Foundation. Below you will find the CNP’s platform (I do not endorse or support them).
California National Party
California’s federal tax and funding study

In class today, we discussed the traits of the dystopian genre of fiction and identified some of the key elements required for a text to be considered dystopian. We worked off of the discussion questions you all put together via Twitter while reading the chapter.

This definition of the genre (both from the textbook and from our discussion) will be useful to you as you begin to think about how you might define “YA Dystopia” for your infographic assignments. We spent some time today talking about the infographic assignment, what it entails and how we will choose teams on Monday.

The last 20 minutes of class were reserved for participants in the study to take a survey; all students were asked to bring their laptops and work quietly for the last 20 minutes of class.



  1. Complete Blog Post 1 by Monday, January 23 at 11:55pm (Optional: Tweet link and description to course hashtag)
  2. Read CCUL Chapter 6 and Part 1 of The Hunger Games and LIVETWEET your reading (3-6 tweets and Discussion Question, may include responses to classmates’ tweets)
  3. View The Hunger Games film and LIVETWEET your viewing (6 tweets) (Optional: attend screening at 4pm on Friday in Hall 102)
  4. Think about the infographic assignment and which prompt you want to work on – we will choose partners on Monday