Are you aware that United States of America’s most populous state, California, wants to become an independent country?

The secession plan has suffered a major setback after the group's leader, Louis Marinelli, announced plans to relocate to Russia, according to reports.

According to US state rules, the California Freedom Coalition needs 585,000 signatures to qualify for a ballot measure on independence.

But the secession movement, known as ‘Yes California’ has gotten only 97,463 registered supporters.

However, Marinelli, who pushed for California to secede from the union, has now distanced himself from the controversial effort.

Marinelli, in a letter to his supporters, referred to the Golden State as “Occupied California” adding that he is withdrawing his petition for a “Calexit” referendum.

Marinelli said in a statement posted on Yes California’s webpage: “As I have stated in the past, I do not wish to live under the American flag.

“I do not wish to live under the American political system or within the American economic system.

“I have found in Russia a new happiness, a life without the albatross of frustration and resentment towards ones’ homeland, and a future detached from the partisan divisions and animosity that has thus far engulfed my entire adult life.

“If the people of Russia would be so kind as to welcome me here on a permanent basis, I intend to make Russia my new home.

“Until then I will continue to serve as the representative of the Republic of California to Russia,” he concluded, not clarifying who gave him this authority or what the role would actually entail”.

The effort to make California its own country gained support after 2016 election of President Donald Trump.

Should the effort succeed, California would become a country of about 38 million people, with what would be the world’s sixth-largest economy.