New England Independence Campaign
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The New England Independence Campaign (aka NEIC), formed in 2015, is a political organization that promotes the eventual independence of the New England region from the United States. It would be composed of the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. It follows a non-partisan big tent policy focused on uniting New Englanders and eventually holding a referendum.
See also: Climate of New England, Demographics of New England, Geology of New England
The region is defined by the political boundaries of the states Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. It geologically sits upon the New England province; and its characteristically rocky soil and natural deep harbors contributed to its early history as a shipbuilding colony. It spans several climate regions, with northern states being humid continental and the coast of southern states being a temperate climates.
New England has a population of 14 million people. The majority of New England residents are racially white, though there is a significant minority of Black, Hispanic and Asian peoples. More than 90% of all New Englanders have completed high school, and more than 30% have completed some form of college. 
The NEIC's goal is to create an independent national government in New England, separate from the USA government. It lists 7 principals that guide the movement.  The organization condemns the federal government's response to the COVID-19 crisis and current protests, among other issues; and also claims that the federal government has become too authoritarian in recent years.
The goals of the NEIC is to:
- Form a more transparent political system,
- Lessen the federal presence and give the states more autonomy,
- Protect individual privacy and rights,
- Remove the handicap of supporting other states in the USA,
- Allow for New England to use its own solutions to federal problems,
Their webpage states:
"The New England Independence Campaign is committed to restoring American democracy by supporting that which the U.S government has forgotten: Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As we grow in interest and support to build a grassroots movement, the New England Independence Campaign intends to work toward development of a peaceful democratic framework for organizing rallies and pride throughout all of New England."
The Yankee Party, formed in 2019, is a party "that stand in favor of greater regional, state, and local autonomy; and that seek to enact policy that works for the good of the many, not the few."  The party advocates to elect people in local and state offices to support a focus on local autonomy. While its platform is similar to that of the NEIC, it does not include secession as a goal.
Its Facebook page hosts news and information about the campaign's activities. This can include rallies, speeches, and any other media concerning the NEIC. There's also independent outlets that keep up on news about the NEIC (most notably, the NEIC News Service).
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