West Virginia was clearly the only part of the legislature of Virginia that could be considered as representation for the state of Virginia in the federal republic.<quoted text>
Homer has the US Constitution on his side.
You've got ignorance and excuses.
""Article IV, Section 3, Clause 1 reads as follows: New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress."
WVA is clearly in violation of Article IV, Section 3, Clause 1.
Therefore, WVA is not a state, per the rules laid down by the founders.
Funny how you nitwits hate the Constitution when it disagrees with your ignorance.
In case you are ignorant of history, the other members of the legislature of Virginia became a functioning element of another country. According to the Constitution, such joining with a foreign country is prohibited. Therefore, the legislators that joined that other country could not have been part of the legislature that didn't join that other country. The part of the legislature that remained part of the federal republic became the legislature of the state of Virginia and representation in the federal republic.
Therefore, they had the constitutional right to petition to split the state which they were the sole representation of in the federal republic. And, Congress had the right to grant that wish.
Thus, the state of West Virginia was born in accordance with the Constitution.