The Big Citian state of Dezo had two separate zones, the Eastern Side and the Western Side. The Eastern Side lies to the East of the Artota Mountain Range and covers about 85% of the state’s area while the Western Side lies to the West of the Artota Mountain Range. The Western Side was Called Leyland.
Culturally, the areas were pretty similar but there was one major factor due to which people wanted separation of the areas. In Big City in October 2042, after the introduction of the heavily-criticized Benn Hem’s Act which allowed states to sell goods from one state to another at much higher rates, Leyland was a much more mineral-enriched area as compared to the rest of Dezo. The rest of Dezo was the largest producer in all of Big City while Leyland was the area with one of the highest production levels of natural resources, people knew if Leyland became a state, they would be able to export material to Dezo and earn money, easing the tax burden on the common man.
The protests started occurring very regularly and people started appealing to the national government to overturn the Benn Hem’s Act in order to diffuse the situation. Not wanting a domestic riot, the government granted the wish to the Leylanders and announced that Leyland would become the 6th state of Big City on 1st January, 2043.
This decision led to the Governor of Dezo, Piotr Douglas resigning and highly condemning the decision and saying in his resignation speech:
“If this is the way Mrs. Cascarret wants the politics of the country to be run, she should be ready for the demise of this great nation.”
Piotr Douglas then went on to join the Goggle Party and left the Peace Party.
After a huge political backlash from everywhere, the government of Big City allowed the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision and after a few weeks, on 1st December, 2042; the Supreme Court repealed the Benn Hem’s Act and also overturned the decision to make Leyland a separate state.
There was heavy protesting in Leyland for a few months but soon after, the situation settled down and it’s remembered as a rough patch in the long history of Big City.