A year ago the Cascadia Independence Party was born. The idea however is far from new. Within the Cascadian movement the idea of forming a party had been kicked around over the years. A party was even formed for a brief stint in 2001, but due to the tragic events that transpired on 9/11, it was overshadowed instantly. But the idea persisted: it hung around in the shadows amongst a dialogue steeped in rhetoric dominated by ideas of nonpolitical decentralized paradigm shift and cultural celebration.