A Nation Without A Country, Part IV: A Civilized Secession

by Tom Baugh

In this series thus far we have discussed the framework of secession via a hypothetical example of how simple events can easily spin out of control and lead to a populist demand for a national clampdown. We also saw how our situation today differs significantly from that faced by the quintessential example of government oppression, the Jews in Germany prior to the Holocaust. Hitler wishes he had had our technology at his disposal.

As mentioned earlier in the series, secessionists are probably one of the most pro-liberty movements afoot. In this installment, we examine the fallout from even a civilized secession, and how even the most well-meaning intentions will be twisted in the public eye to destroy those involved. And, so, we return to our italicized narrative, this time in the mythical State of Wytana.

The Governor of Wytana, who had run on a secessionist platform and won a resounding majority in the recent election, watched the unfolding national events in horror, and knew that his time had come. More than half the legislature had also expressed secessionist leanings, and was even now voting on the proposal to formally secede. When the secession bill arrived on his desk shortly after midnight, he was not surprised. Also not surprisingly, the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a challenge in the State Supreme Court before his ink was even dry, but by noon the next day the Court had heard, and dismissed, the case. The secession was on. The Governor held a press conference to announce to the world that the Republic of Wytana was henceforth an independent nation. To avoid confusion, his title of Governor would remain.

In this article, we are going to assume a best case, in which the state legislative, executive and judicial branches, as well as the populace at large, are all overwhelmingly in favor of secession. Without these preconditions, a secessionist movement will have an even worse time than depicted here.

The same bill, which had authorized secession, also granted the Governor several specific executive powers. One of these was the establishment of a Republican Guard, with the Governor its supreme commander. He was further authorized to take any action necessary to protect the rights of the citizens against any actions of newly foreign national agents within the boundaries of the Republic, and to negotiate any mutual defense pacts with other Republics who might spring into being. By the time the Court had dismissed the SPLC case, the Governor had completed a teleconference with all counties and cities within the Republic, and explicitly authorized the responsible officials there to deputize all non-felons as they saw fit.

Individuals who had previously been convicted of federal crimes, including non-violent weapons possession, tax evasion, or drug possession, were henceforth pardoned and no longer considered felons in the Republic for the purpose of deputization. By sundown, the Republic could draw on the volunteer services of over a million armed adults, most of them military veterans.

Per the Governor’s instructions earlier that morning, the local sheriffs had begun submitting lists of the militia members with significant prior military experience who were willing to take positions in the Republican Guard. A military commissions board began assigning the Republican Guard’s officers and senior enlisted billets by noon the next day.

The Governor also authorized the detaining of any foreign national agents within the boundaries of the Republic, and the seizure and receipting for any assets of the formerly United States. Within hours, most of the foreign national overseers which had been posted in the local sheriff and police offices had been disarmed, and their equipment and credentials taken from them. Some of these overseers fled at the announcement of secession. Some of these were apprehended at the state border. Many fled to the national building in the capital, but the influx of refugees from various national agencies, and their families, were flooding the grounds, and many were turned away.

Other nationals fled to various national military reservations, but due to the jumpiness of the military police there, were shot by accident. Each base within the boundary of the Republic went into lockdown, and had to contend with a stream of off-base residents trying to gain access. The harried base commanders did their best to take in military dependent refugees, but some, particularly those families of active duty Wytanans sympathetic to the secession, refused to enter and preferred to stay outside. Those that did come were quartered in base gymnasiums, auditoriums, maintenance hangars, and anywhere else that cots and family partitions could be erected. Essentially, these bases were under quarantine.

Some nationals, particularly those staffing the DEA, BATFE, IRS and FBI, simply disappeared and were never seen again. A few shot it out with the locals, but were eventually subdued. Every single TSA agent at the Republic’s three airports left on available outgoing flights the first day.

As noted in our story above, a successful secession will immediately have to deal with inheriting the remnants of United States property and personnel within their borders. This becomes a problem in-being, rather than something which can be carefully negotiated first. And, to even attempt to address this issue or make policy beforehand will, in some eyes, be considered seditious, which is of course ludicrous unless free speech has already been suspended. Fortunately, we’re just considering these issues academically here.

By noon on the second day refugees at the federal building had exhausted all the available food. The administrator of the building agreed to accept the Governor’s offer of a writ of safe passage out of the Republic in exchange for surrendering of the building and grounds. The Governor, a man of his word, had the State, ahem, Republic police ensure an orderly loading of the refugees onto school busses and escort those busses to neighboring states. The nationals would be allowed to return on visas later to collect their personal belongings and make arrangements for the sale of their homes. A few decided to stay, move back into their homes and become Wytana citizens.

As a precaution, the Governor ordered the seizure of other non-military federal reservations, such as national forests. These, the legislature restored to the counties and localities within whose jurisdictions they lay. Several counties decided to offer these lands to refugees on a homestead basis.

The military bases were a tougher nut to crack. Stocked with better food, weapons, and the firm belief that national orders supercede the demands of the treasonous Wytanans, these base commanders saw their allegiance elsewhere. None agreed to surrender. Events would soon prove their judgment right.

Wytanans weren’t the only player here, of course. Within hours of the secession, the national media sprang into action and began filming human interest stories. Interviews with Wytanan senior citizens, welfare recipients, government contractors, CPAs, etc., all revolved around the same theme “where am I going to get my check?” One particularly tear-stained single welfare mother of five became the poster child of news reports backed by stirring refrains of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”. These competed with news segment titles such as “First Secession, Is Slavery Next?” which filled the flat panel screens in homes across the nation. Lines into Washington were jammed with calls as worried citizens demanded action to save their family members in Wytana against slavery and mistreatment. President Obama’s staff revived his campaign Lincoln comparisons with his speeches about “Saving the Union” and “The New Gettysburg” and “Emancipation In Our Time”. His ratings were never higher, and the incipient events of the previous spring had been entirely forgotten in the public consciousness.

Foreign powers got in on the act almost immediately. Wytana, as it turns out, was the home of several dozen nuclear missile silos. Housed in bases stretching for hundreds of square miles, they were thinly guarded out there in the heartland. That fact made China in particular nervous, since many Wytanans found themselves out of jobs after several mills shut down and sent their work there in the past decade. China immediately offered President Obama their assistance in routing out the rebels, and hinted that if strong action wasn’t taken, and fast, China would be forced to take “defensive” measures on their own.

Briefed on this information, and flicking their political abacuses, Congress declared war for the first time since the age of FDR against the breakaway republic, and suspended Posse Comitatus. Wytanans living within the remainder of the United States, including families of military members, were rounded up by military units “for their own protection”, and Wytanans serving on active duty within the military were “reassigned” to administrative positions. These Wytanan dissidents, or worse, were joined by military members from other states which had strong secessionist movements, and who had voiced their opinions prior to the crisis. Oathkeepers in particular joined the Wytanans in being shuttled off to positions of no particular importance. The remainder of the military prepared for a blockade and attack on Wytana, as horror stories, most of them complete yellow media fabrications, filtered out from the state capital.

When the attack began, much of the assault on Wytana was conducted by Chinese special operations forces, while Americans provided security and logistics support, including transportation and attack drones. Chinese snipers were inserted by American helicopters at night to attack county and state leaders. The Governor’s Mansion was singled out for a dramatic “shock and awe” attack by a two-thousand pound GPS-guided bomb, as was the state capitol while the Legislature was in session. Within hours, the leadership of the secession had been effectively decapitated. Soon, the Lieutenant Governor capitulated as watchful drones hummed unseen high above his quarters.

Atrocities committed during the attack were chalked up to the Chinese forces. As a mock atonement, the Chinese responded with public execution of thousands of emaciated dissidents in poorly-fitting military uniforms. No one seemed to notice the incongruity, or was willing to point it out. The trials of the Wytanan survivors spanned decades, and secessionists were shunned from the public discussion for another century and a half. Gun elimination, not control, became a matter of public policy. Further, all law enforcement was reserved for a national civilian security force, in which no member is assigned duty in his home state, or any adjoining state.

Bummer. But, likely to happen pretty much that way. Remember, this was best case scenario in which the Wytanans themselves were overwhelmingly in favor of secession. How much harder will secession be in any circumstances short of that?

In his last moments as the blocks of the mansion came tumbling down upon him, the Governor of Wytana realized what Sheriff McGee knows, which is that the precipitating crisis just wasn’t big enough.

In the next installment, Crisis Secession, we discover how secessionists might plan for an alternate ending.

Tom Baugh is the author of Starving the Monkeys, Fight Back Smarter. He is also a former Marine, patented inventor, entrepreneur and professional irritant.

8 Responses to A Nation Without A Country, Part IV: A Civilized Secession

  1. striker101 says:

    Interesting scenario. Nobody really can know just how secession might go, but the prospect of a federal declaration of war seems real; that’s already part of history per the Civil War.

    China getting involved? Doubtful. Their concern will largely be protecting themselves against loss of their dollar holdings.

    The things which bothers me most is federal rule being replaced by state rule. This vision of the governor becoming the effective dictator of Wytana is only too real, and if it comes down that way, where’s the improvement?

    I’m sure you have answers forthcoming. I’ve been championing refusal, withdrawal & tax-strike for some while now, and guessing that your “Starving the Monkeys” will be somewhere along that same vein.

    The dilemma at the moment is getting the word out, and generating the charge to action amongst the people as a movement rather than talk. Way too many people agree in principle but will not act until some great act of intolerable oppression occurs.

    Which it surely will. Look forward to more in your series.

  2. Don’t discount the Chinese and their ability to become involved, especially at the request of the current administration, the United Nations, and the Global-Elite Money-Master Grand-Overlords.

    China currently has 750 million peasants, some of which would like nothing more than to sign-up for a peace-keeping mission to Amerika. Of course, by some we really mean anywhere from one to ten percent. 7.5 million to 75 million that would gladly volunteer to put on the UN Blue Helmets, clean uniforms, hot meals, and a shiny new rifle with plenty of ammo waiting state-side in both hidden shipping containers and the private stashes of Ramboacus Amerikonus.

    We can agree to disagree but those 750 million peasants are really still there…just sitting there…waiting…watching…and willing to take a chance on dying to give the Amerikans some payback for decades of war crimes in Asia and elsewhere.

    We’d bet big money on China and Asia before we’d piss a penny on Boobus Amerikonus Obamanation.

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  3. Dean Striker says:

    Not really a huge disagreement there, I’d just bet against China electing to rock the dollar-boat. But that said, it is no secret they have been bailing out of the dollar buying oil and gold. There are so many scenarios possible. You covered a bunch of goodies in Wytana! Most anything is possible, and a lot of that will depend on the mood of the moment; scary indeed.

    One thing is certain, the poop will hit the fan in due course, in a very big way. Not gonna be fun. I haven’t bought your book, but I have acted to starve the monkeys for many years. You might enjoy the tax-strike category on morality101.net/blog/

  4. Hi, Dean. I’m enjoying your comments. The Chinese could, but I doubt that they would. Bush 2 and the Canadian Premier agreed two years ago to swap troops in case of “civil unrest.” The solution I am pursuing is to restore the Republic of Texas. The law is on our side (for what that’s worth!) including a 2004 decision in a federal court. Still, Tom makes a lot of dreary points about how those in thrall to the Feds could fail to see the benefits while concentrating on their pay checks. It is our position that Social Security is a contract between individuals and the government of those united states and “old age pension” checks should be collectible.

  5. Mark Matis says:

    Your scenario is quite plausible. I believe the solution, then, is to strike first. NEVER let your foe define the Rules Of Engagement.

  6. Mark Matis says:

    Sorry I’m adding this so long after your original article, but you are a newly-found resource.

    Let’s expand on my previous post. In light of the expected FedGov response, as demonstrated by their Ruby Ridge Rules, Waco Rules, and Serbia Rules, it would be apparent that the first objective of Wytana should be to secure at least two missile silo fields located well apart from each other, and rapid modification of at least two missiles in each field to target both DC and the Federal hidey-hole with at least 6 warheads each. This will require some significant preplanning to be able to override the National Command and Control Authority, possibly enabling initial launch capability with only one command. As soon as practical, of course, dual command should be reinstituted, along with acquiring control of enough missiles to also target initially target New York and Boston, with growth capability to add Chicago, Atlanta, and then Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. Once the initial capability is obtained (but NOT BEFORE then) FedGov should be notified that ANY aerial attack on Wytana will result in destruction of Washington and their hidey-hole. As capability is added, they should be notified of that as well. Again, DC first, then East Coast, then downwind of Wytana, and then finally West Coast where the fallout would potentially impact Wytana. The bottom line is that if FedGov is so fond of Mutually Assured Destruction, then let them enjoy it!

  7. Mark Matis says:

    One final (hopefully) comment:

    The longer term goal would be to transform several of those missiles to be able to generate an EMP at the appropriate altitude, with retargeting capability to do so WHEREVER it makes the most sense. That would protect Wytana not only from FedGov but from China and Russia as well. However, this country’s ICBMs are not currently designed to be able to do that, so significantly more modification would be required than the retargeting mentioned earlier.

  8. […] I: Understanding the Battlefield • Part II: The Second Shot • Part III: Warm Live Hands • Part IV: A Civilized Secession • Part V: Crisis Secession • Part VI: Stacking the […]

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