Charles C. Lindstrom, elected mayor of Seattle in 2018, was a man with a penchant for fiery speeches and daring action. His greatest wish was to make Seattle the economic capitol of the West Coast by annexing the small towns surrounding it. Critics dubbed him “Lindstrom the Conqueror. In 2019, Bellevue, Renton, and Kent voted overwhelmingly to become part of greater Seattle. By summer’s end, Seattle grew to include all of King County and most of neighboring Pierce and Snohomish Counties as well. On September 6,2019, the citizens of Everett and Tacoma also voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining with Seattle.
The Seattle city government now controlled all of the land the Native American Nations had ceded to the U.S. government in the Pacific Northwest. On November 16, 2020, U.S. President William Jarman signed a resolution officially dissolving the state of Washington and recognizing the creation of the Seattle Metroplex, with Charles C. Lindstrom as its first governor.