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Monday, February 27, 2012

U.S. States Begin To Prepare for Collapse Of Federal Government

Sinking of the Titanic
(Trib.com) - State representatives on Friday advanced legislation to launch a study into what Wyoming should do in the event of a complete economic or political collapse in the United States.

House Bill 85 passed on first reading by a voice vote. It would create a state-run government continuity task force, which would study and prepare Wyoming for potential catastrophes, from disruptions in food and energy supplies to a complete meltdown of the federal government. 
The task force would look at the feasibility of Wyoming issuing its own alternative currency, if needed. And House members approved an amendment Friday by state Rep. Kermit Brown, R-Laramie, to have the task force also examine conditions under which Wyoming would need to implement its own military draft, raise a standing army, and acquire strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier.

The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. David Miller, R-Riverton, has said he doesn’t anticipate any major crises hitting America anytime soon. But with the national debt exceeding $15 trillion and protest movements growing around the country, Miller said Wyoming — which has a comparatively good economy and sound state finances — needs to make sure it’s protected should any unexpected emergency hit the U.S.

Several House members spoke in favor of the legislation, saying there was no harm in preparing for the worst...

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: This is very intelligent, and if you live in the United States, you need to forward this story to your state congressmen, urging them to support similar measures in your state. As the article says, there is no harm preparing for the worst, and I'm afraid that in all likelihood, the worst will indeed happen, with the only question being 'when?'

Yes, the United States federal government in Washington DC, what many are beginning to call 'The Columbian Empire,' will collapse eventually. With a federal debt surpassing the GDP, combined with over a trillion dollars in annual deficits, and matched by a trade deficit that is just as large, it is clear that America's eventual demise is inevitable. Combine this with political and social unrest in the Union, and these problems are just compounded all that much further.  Just as sure as I am writing this, that day will come. What we don't know is when it will come. Will it be sooner (within 20 years) or later (beyond 20 years)? That is unpredictable right now, but it WILL happen. That much is sure.  The watery grave of history demands it.

WHEN it does happen, it will be kind of like the sinking of the Titanic, and it will be hard for the world to watch. When the USA goes down, it will likely take Canada and Mexico with it. Much of North America will be thrown into economic, social and political chaos. The effect of this will reverberate outward economically, bringing great harm to America's primary trading partners. Other regions of the world will be thrown into economic upheaval as well. The European Union will not likely survive such upheaval, that is, if it still exists at all by the time this happens. China and the Pacific rim will also be negatively effected, as well as South America. However, the effects of America's sinking will vary on different regions, directly related to their economic dependency on the United States. I suspect the worldwide economic upheaval (when it finally happens) will last approximately five years, before the world settles down into a new economic-political paradigm. This upheaval will likely include war in some places. Hopefully, it won't be a world war. Of course, there is always the chance that the United States could go out with more of a whimper than a bang. The upheaval may simply be localised to North America, while the rest of the world seeks ways to manage the new world paradigm without the United States. The first order of business however, would be moving the United Nations out of New York and into some other international metropolitan. It may involve changing the charter of the UN as well. Who knows how the world will handle this. The best advice I could give to people of other nations is that if you want to reduce the effect of this catastrophe on your nation, pressure your leaders to get your nation less dependent on the United States.

As for Americans, our time has come to get ready, and the smart people of Wyoming are on the right track. With just a handful of exceptions, most U.S. states are economically solvent, or very close to it. Many states, including my own (Missouri) are energy independent when it comes to electricity. We actually sell our electricity to other states. Most states have access to coal and natural gas as well. Then of course there is crude oil. States liberated from the restricting powers of Washington DC (The Columbian Empire) will have unhindered access to their own oil reserves and the ability to sell it or build refineries as needed. Timber is abundant in many states, and then of course there are farmlands that can be used to sustain our local population. Yes, for the most part, many states do have what they need to not only survive, but even flourish and thrive, in the absence of the United States federal government. As for military defence, this will not be a problem either. The emerging independent states of America will have the finest retired military veterans to draw from, including leftover equipment from the imperial arsenal, and that will include nuclear weapons. Of course these will have to be secured somehow, and it is highly unlikely that the independent states of America will allow some foreign power to do that for them. So you see, unlike the Titanic, the sinking United States of America has plenty of lifeboats available for everyone. The sinking process will be painful to be sure, but when it's finally over, there will be a new beginning. Yes, it will be the end of an era, but not the end of the world. Personally, I believe the sinking of America actually began in September of 2008. That's when we hit the iceberg, so to speak, an iceberg of economic collapse thanks to reckless government policies, and the chambers of the ship have been flooding ever since. However, thanks to the Federal Reserve, we have good pumps that are keeping the ship afloat for now, but just barely. Those pumps WILL fail eventually. It is inevitable. Sooner or later, we are all going to have to get on the lifeboats.

Those states, like Wyoming, which are officially exploring this, are getting ready in advance. They are inspecting the lifeboats, so the speak, which is a restoration of power to state governments, and securing the supplies they need from the ship before the inevitable happens. Of course, it would be wise for such independently thinking states to start looking at alliances with neighbouring states with a similar culture. Cultural alliances (based on language, values and religion) have historically proved to be much more reliable than proposition alliances (based entirely on economics and politics) as currently exist in the United States and the European Union. Proposition alliances (such as USA and EU) have a history of falling apart sooner or later.  Sometimes they even result in civil war. Cultural alliances have a long-enduring history. Fortunately, besides what we know to be the obvious cultures in America, there have been studies of the dominant cultural make up of the North American continent. The following is a map created in 1981 by Joel Garreau and was published in a book entitled 'The Nine Nations of North America' (read more here).  It is a map of culture. This is not a prediction of political divisions. As we know politics will likely produce different results than what is seen here. However, it would be wise for the future political entities of the independent states of America to use cultural maps such as these to help them determine what will produce the most lasting and reliable long-term alliances....


As I said, this is a cultural map.  It is not intended to represent future political boundaries.  Rather, it is designed to outline the cultures that already exist as expressed in religion, values, music, art, dispositions and temperaments.  You will notice that much of this has to do with how North America was settled by European immigrants.  For example; the Germans and Swedish settled much of the green area labelled as 'Breadbasket,' while the Scots and Irish settled much of the red area labelled as 'Dixie.'  The English settled much of the light blue area labelled as 'New England,' while the Spanish originally settled much of the brown area labelled as 'Mexamerica.'  The area labelled as 'Empty Quarter' simply means there is currently no dominant culture there, and so it's open to whatever culture wants to settle it.  As you can see, Mexico is not labelled, simply because Mexico is already established as a dominant Spanish culture.  This in no way insures the survival of the political entity known as 'Mexico.'  Who is to say what will come of that?

Whatever balkanisation comes from the fall of the United States will inevitably be drawn up somehow along these cultural lines.  Of course, political boundaries will likely look a bit different than the general cultural boundaries we see here.  For example, I cannot, for the life of me, imagine the State of Texas allowing itself to be divided three ways.  Texans will fight and die to keep their borders intact.  Missouri on the other hand, is a different story.  Missourians are less particular about political boundaries, and are more inclined to 'go along with whatever works,' as the state has a long history of political compromise.  That being said, I can easily see a cultural split between the German north, and the Scottish south, turning into a political division if Missourians are so inclined to go that route, and I can guarantee, based on cultural temperaments, that such a split would not only be peaceful but agreeable as well.  With Missouri however, you never know.  Missourians may simply decide to stay together in spite of their cultural differences, as they do have a lot in common, and there has never been any significant problems between them.

In the mean time, before the sinking is complete, individuals states would do well to imitate Wyoming and simultaneously explore interstate alliances in the absence of The Columbian Empire (Washington DC).  In my own region of Dixie, the League of the South and the Southern National Congress are designed to do just that.  It would be wise for other regions of the United States to explore the creation of similar organisations.  The time has come to start thinking outside the box.  The ship is sinking and it will go down eventually.  The damage is too great to repair, and the pumps keeping us afloat will fail eventually.  Start getting the lifeboats ready.  Talk to your local state congressmen.  Tell them to imitate Wyoming.  Then start exploring interstate alliances based on cultural similarities.