Anybody else feel the US would have taken Baja California from Mexico either after the FGW or the SGW? It just seems for the US having their main Pacific base for the USN be a handful of miles from a generally hostile country would be seen as iffy. Plus the Mexican population of Baja would be pretty tiny. And from the Mexican perspective Baja has little value other then a chip at the negotiating table.
Baja California got nicked in The Grapple and is a state as of 2020. I always imagined it as being a cross between San Francisco, Las Vegas, and South Florida- a place where people come to gamble and have a good time, where there are lots of retirees, and where there's something of a reputation for loose living. Just my two cents, though.