One key element of nationhood is international recognition. Once we have voted in favor of independence through an honest referendum, we will be able to request international recognition of our independence. As such, California will then apply for membership in the United Nations and ratify its Charter. Joining the United Nations will provide California with many benefits, including a greater platform and more influence to affect changes in the world.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is just that – an alliance established by treaty between several North Atlantic countries. California will be a Pacific country and therefore will not join this alliance between North Atlantic countries even if just for simple geographic reasons. Beyond that, joining NATO will keep California too entangled in Washington’s military affairs, which would be counterproductive to our campaign for independence. There are a host of other international defense and security arrangements and alliances California can join outside of NATO.
Although this campaign draws many comparisons between Brexit and Calexit, one of the key differences is that Brexit is about the United Kingdom becoming more isolationist while our campaign is about California joining the international community. Therefore, one way to fully integrate an independent California and our diverse population is to join the International Criminal Court and that will be an option available to us as an independent country.
Meanwhile, California is currently the fifth largest economy in the world based on its Gross Domestic Product. At more than $2.75 trillion, our GDP is larger than the GDP of the United Kingdom. That means an independent California will be a major economic player on the world stage and be deserving of a seat in the Group of Eight (G8), a political forum of the world’s eight major industrialized countries. This will provide California yet another platform to participate in world affairs and steer the course of history on the world stage.
Aside from gaining a new platform to exert our positive influence around the world in the United Nations, the International Criminal Court and in the Group of Eight, California as an independent country can and should join many other intergovernmental organizations. Some of these organizations include the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Organization of American States, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. From combating global poverty to collective security, the possibilities and influence we will have on the world stage as an independent country far eclipse our influence as an American state.