The Silicon Valley has, what Texans threaten to do almost yearly, seceded from the Union. When President-elect Trump won the 2016 presidential election, the Silicon Valley was terrified about what kind of president he would be. With President Barack Obama’s second term coming to an end in December, political and business leaders of the Silicon Valley held meetings to leave the Union before president-elect Trump stepped into office.

On January 19th 2016, the day before Trump’s inauguration, the Silicon Valley announced that they are leaving the Union. Gavin Newsom, who is the president pro tempore, lead the announcement stating that, “Trump is not our president, and will never be our president. Today, I announce that we are leaving the Union and will be known as Silicon Valley Republic.” Mere hours after the announcement, the SVR had sent Congress a declaration of separation of the United States of America, as well as a petition to the United Nations to recognize it as a sovereign state.

During Trump’s  inauguration speech, he announced that, “I will bring back the Silicon Valley, kick out the losers who think they have succeeded from this great country, and we will make america great again.” By mid July, President Trump had signed 43 bills, some of which were, against the SVR for leaving the Union. Newsom’s response was, ”[t]he SVR is its own sovereign state, and does not recognize any of the new bills that Trump has passed to bring us back the the Union.”

The declaration of the SVR has left many Americans split; on one hand it has left one side upset that there are people who would leave this country, and on the other, there are other cities that are having meetings about leaving the United States. The United Nations has been the de facto negotiator between both nations as they try to settle how the SVR can officially leave the the United States. There is a a meeting set for July of 2018 to see if both sides can resolve the issue, and get a deal done before conflict escalates between both nations.