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  1. Alright, so. Last year when I was still in high school, this guy decided that he wanted to join the Cascadian independence movement. For those unfamiliar, Cascadia is a hypothetical nation typically composed of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, although borders vary. They have a pretty sweet flag, and you'll see it around the Pacific Northwest fairly frequently, but it's mostly a symbol of regional pride, rather than an expression of secessionist spirit. However, there are some (like the guy at my school) who genuinely do want Cascadia to become a sovereign nation. So I got to talking with my bud Griffin about how if Cascadia were to become a country, we'd love it if they had soccer leagues structured like Europe's countries. The result is the Cascadian Premier League, and to a more limited extend Cascadian Leagues 1 and 2, and the Cascadian Football Association–the governing body of soccer in Cascadia. It's structured like this: 20 teams in the CPL, with the bottom 3 being relegated to League 1. We're up in the air on if there would be playoffs or not to determine a champion. The top 2 teams from League 1 are automatically promoted, and the next 4 play for the last promotion spot. Just as in the CPL, in League 1 the bottom 3 are relegated, with the top 2 teams of League 2 promoted directly, and the third spot going to the winner of a 4-team playoff. There are also a few non-league teams scattered about. The other day I finished designing the CPL, so I'll now be releasing teams fairly steadily. If you guys have C+C that is welcomed, but it might take a while for me to make adjustments. Is this whole project unrealistic? Of course. A sustainable league system? Not at all. But it's me and Griffin's little dream of what the ideal situation would be if Cascadia were to become a country. Some teams are pre-existing, like the Timbers, Sounders, and Whitecaps, others would be connected to other sports teams as if they were truly a "club," and some are entirely new. As for the thought process behind each of the logos: The CFA logo is a soccer ball with a center shape made up of 6 circles. 2 sections are blue, 2 are white, 2 are green–each representing one of the states that make up Cascadia, with the colors matching those of the flag. The CPL logo is a stylized map of BC, Washington, and Oregon, with chevrons running through them to symbolize the forests of the Northwest and the Cascade Range of mountains. I've taken inspiration from raysox's Yakball and APL series, as well as pcgd's America League, all of which are amazing series both in concept and execution. I'm not nearly as good as either of those guys, but they're what I'm striving for, and I hope you'll join me as I take you through Cascadia's soccer system. Beaverton SC Bellevue Rainiers Bend FC Burnaby Eagles Delta United Eugene FC Harbour United FC Hillsboro Hops Medford Rogues North Coast United Portland Timbers FC Puget United Richmond Lords Rose City Thorns FC Seattle Sounders FC Spokane FC Springfield Isotopes Tacoma SC Vancouver Whitecaps FC Victoria Royals SC
  2. So as you have likely heard, in 2014 three referenda were held in the American states of Oregon and Washington, and the Canadian province of British Columbia. Residents of these three territories overwhelmingly voted in favour of seceding from their current country in order to found the Independent Nation of Cascadia. This new country came into existence on January 1st, 2015. One of the most controversial steps taken by Canadian and American authorities in the aftermath of this seismic change was to ban all Cascadian franchises from the major professional sports leagues, a threat that was made during the campaign period to try and dissuade the independence movement, and followed through on once the votes were tallied. As the government of the fledgling nation was struggling with the difficult tasks of lawmaking and peacekeeping, the new department of culture and sport knew that sport could be an important catalyst for building national pride and developing a Cascadian culture. As such, the first Cascadian Classic was organized, in which the Seattle Seahawks and BC Lions franchises were brought together to play an exhibition series of Cascadian football, a new hybrid of Canadian and American football. When this initial series proved popular, the seeds for a league were sown, an all-Cascadian league to unite the country from north to south. - My original thought was to outline the rule differences between Cascadian, Canadian and American football. I naively thought there were only a dozen or so differences between the gridiron codes, turns out there are hundreds. But suffice to say I imagine a quick, high scoring 4 down version of football played on the larger Canadian surface, but with 10 yard end zones to maintain the highlight reel toe-dragging catches so popular in the NFL. I’ll be presenting teams chronologically as they enter the league over the years, growing from 2 to 12 teams over the course of 10 years. Join me on my first major foray into gridiron football design.