Not only was Michael Jackson brought down by his own demise, he also posthumously took down the entire state of California with him.
Footing the bill for the Jackson Memorial in L.A. at a time when the state was almost bankrupt, the multi-million dollar expense of the funeral and the accompanying police presence, street control and cleaning was the straw that broke the camel's back. California went belly up the next day. Somehow the irony of putting the expense of a wake for one of the richest men in entertainment upon the back of the taxpayers seems to be lost on the Californians. Remember, this is the state that has been paying businesses and people that it owes money to I.O.U.'s.
"Dis is really, really bad." stated Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Now Ah cannot make the payments on my Hummer!"
The state of California officially filed for bankruptcy the next day and, like GM before it, was broken up into smaller entities and sold or reestablished politically. The entire L.A. area was annexed by Mexico which didn't change much because the official language has already been Spanish for some time. Northern California became the state of Ecotopia, but was shortly thereafter attacked by and absorbed into Oregon. Nevada grabbed the entire Sierra Nevada area and immediately started setting up casino's on its new territory.
San Francisco set itself up as the 'Free State of Free Love' and declared its borders open to all who wished to enter. They were suddenly deluged by so many foreign nationals that within days they had to close their borders and rename themselves the 'Free State Of Free Love For Those Who Have Already Been Here A While.' Meanwhile San Diego declared itself an independent republic, built a castle wall and moat around itself and shot any one who dared try to enter.
Sacramento, the starting point of the whole downward spiral, dissolved into chaos and anarchy. At last report Schwarzenegger and his aides have walled themselves in the State Capitol with futuristic weapons from his science fiction films even though the Senate had officially impeached him. He could be heard shouting "Ah'll be back!!!" from a broken window in the upper floors as he brandished a laser gun.
No one wanted the southern central valley cities and their accompanying vast stretches of desert. For all anyone knows they may be the only place that at all still represents the entity that was once know as California.