Monday, April 20, 2015

Introducing Left Coast, the magazine

Last week saw the launch of a new web-based magazine, Left Coast, which credits American Nations as its conceptual inspiration. Here's an excerpt from their About Us page:

"Living in a Left Coast city, you have more in common with people thousands of miles away in other Left Coast cities than you do with people in inland cities much nearer to you geographically. Left Coast reflects this shared experience and culture, allowing us to get to know ourselves in a deep and meaningful way.
Perhaps like us, you’ve grown weary of the rancorous national debate that seems to go nowhere—especially when so many of the topics are a nonissue on the Left Coast. It’s like we had this debate maybe 30 years ago, and now we’re over it and we’ve moved on, and it gets exasperating to debate these things with people who live elsewhere. It can also leave us feeling like our own region is stagnating.
Wouldn’t it be great if we, like Dash in The Incredibles, could simply run as fast as we wanted to? Yes it would."
The early articles include a look at how the hybrid Appalachian/Yankee origins of the region are reflected in some of its music and a take on how to make the best of rising seas.

Good fun. Now someone needs to start Yankeedom.


  1. About Yankeedom, I remember some people objecting that New England and the northern Midwest don't fit together that well. Also objecting that Quebec and southern Louisiana don't fit well together, despite originally being French colonies.

    BTW, I've thought of some flag ideas for the nations.

    For Yankeedom, a lighthouse shining in darkness. New England has lots of lighthouses for indicating the presence of its rocky shores. The lighthouse also expresses the pretension of being a bringer of moral enlightenment.

    For the Left Coast, a modification of the Douglas Fir flag that some people have composed for Cascadia (Our Flag — Cascadia Now!). Instead of a literal Douglas Fir profile, it has a stylized conifer, to include California's redwood trees. Stylized to make it easy to recognize and draw.

  2. Flags of the American Nations | JayMan's Blog has a nice collection, inspired by the flags in the American Nations article.

  3. Here's another set of flags too: