On 25 January, Texas State Rep. Kyle Biedermann (R-Fredericksburg, Comal Co.) introduced his Texas Independence Referendum Act – the Texit Bill. After the Texas House reconvenes, the debate will begin. For Texit to succeed, the bill must first pass, and then the people of Texas must vote Yes. And if they do vote Yes, the Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the State House appoint a committee to work out Texit. So that’s two votes that must take place: legislative and popular. How can Rep. Biedermann and his ally Dan Miller of the Texas Nationalist Movement score their goal? By convincing their fellow Texans that they can do this. To do that, they need a war game. Herewith an attempt at one – the beginning of a saga that would lead to Texas independence.
Like any war game, this is speculation, and therefore fiction. How an actual Texit plays out (assuming Texans get to vote on it, and vote Yes) depends on the attitudes of the principals involved. CNAV does not represent that it has any inside information concerning definite plans, by either the Texas Nationalist Movement, the Texas Military Department, the United States military, or the Abbott and Biden administrations. Rather, it bases its speculation strictly on certain attitudes that certain persons, particularly on the Washington side, have expressed, and a certain Justicial death that CNAV has reason to believe was in fact murder.
The war game begins
Readers will remember this article detailing the assumptions (and CNAV’s evaluation of them) and initial conditions of the war game.
In constructing this scenario, CNAV humbly begs leave to offer Mr. Miller some practical advice. Some of what CNAV will describe, the TNM can do itself. Other things, it will have to persuade some key actors to do, far enough in advance. These actors include:
- Mr. Elon Musk, of Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink, and the Boring Company,
- The Battleship Texas Foundation,
- Current Texas Army and Air National and State Guard members,
- Members of the United States Armed Services who hail from Texas, and
- All able-bodied adults, in or out of Texas, who love freedom and its ideals.
For many of the principles of this war game, CNAV relies on, and acknowledges, the fictional work of Mr. Daniel da Cruz. This applies particularly to his first Republic of Texas novel, The Ayes of Texas (New York: Del Rey, 1982).
2021: first year of the war game
Tesla’s “Terafactory Texas” comes on-line in May. The Tesla Semi goes into production as soon as possible. Tesla hopes to bring out the tri-motor version of its Cybertruck® by year’s end.
SpaceX pushes as hard as practicable on the development of its Starship heavy-lift rocket. At the same time, it lays on a crash program to convert two oil rigs into marine launch pads. The new pads will support not only launch but also landing.
The debate on the Texit Bill begins in the Texas State House, amid a welter of publicity. Dan Miller, as a frequent guest of Steven Turley, PhD, promotes Texit as hard as he can.
This publicity, along with worse excesses by the Biden administration in Washington, starts a trickle of “able-bodied adults” to move to Texas. The trickle soon becomes a torrent. Real estate in Texas, particularly in Comal, Williamson, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Montgomery, and other counties, sees a boom. The National Association of Realtors retaliates by disallowing many Texas real-estate agents from using the Realtor® logo. So the next rejoinder of those Texas agents is to form their own accrediting agency, without the Realtor name. The tremendous fees available to selling agents prompt many “Realtors” to ditch the trademark and move to Texas themselves. Home building companies, finding themselves subject to “cancel culture” in Delaware, reincorporate in Texas to build new homes.
Tesla expands, and the “progressive” opposition begins
Tesla announces its plan to build a second Terafactory in Comal County, to handle increased demand for its Powerwall®, PowerPack®, and MegaPack® batteries (for, respectively, home, commercial, and industrial/grid-scale use), Solar Roof tiles, and, of course, Cybertrucks and Model Y® crossover vehicles.
The National Rifle Association, having reincorporated in Texas, changes its name to Texas Rifle Association.
As the “able-bodied adults” move in, they start registering to vote. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles must open new offices to handle the demand for new driver’s licenses and registrations. Public-interest groups in Travis County take alarm. They introduce bills to extend the waiting period between registration and voting. In reply, Dan Miller organizes a massive March on Austin in protest.
Rep. Biedermann lays an ultimatum on his Republican colleagues: pass my bill, or face “primarying” next year. His is no idle threat. He also threatens to “primary” anyone who dares take up any of the “silly” wait-period extenders the Democrats try to introduce.
The bill passes. The wait-period extenders fail. The Austin American-Statesman scathingly questions the motives of the “nouveaux Texans” pouring in from States like Virginia, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada, and California. Rep. Biedermann asks equally scathingly where the foxtrot they were when people from so-called Democratic constituencies moved into El Paso and other counties. The Austin American-Statesman loses half its circulation. Dr. Steven Turley moves to Texas himself and announces his intention to open his own newspaper to rival it.
On 2 November 2021, the Referendum takes place. Antifa and BLM partisans disrupt the voting in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston. But when they try the same thing in San Antonio, Galveston, Corpus Christi, Lubbock, and Amarillo, local hospital emergency rooms see a drastic influx of patients complaining of blunt trauma.
The Referendum passes.
Rep. Biedermann buys out the Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels for a special day of celebration, called “Novemberfest.” When Six Flags announces plans to do the same thing at Six Flags over Texas (Fort Worth), Antifa and BLM try to blockade the park. But members of the “Unauthorized Texas Militia” intervene. The celebration goes on to match that at New Braunfels.
The Texas House Speaker, who had voted against the Texit Bill, resigns his Speakership and seat. The Texas House Republican Caucus promptly elects Rep. Biedermann as the new Speaker, to take the gavel next year. Dan Miller announces his candidacy in a special election in the former Speaker’s House district.
2022: the war game continues
The Texit Committee convenes, under the effective chairmanship of Speaker Biedermann. (Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick does pretty much what Kyle Biedermann tells him to do.)
The Committee first considers having the Legislature “apply” to the U.S. Congress “to call a convention for proposing amendments.” Andrew L. Schlafly, one of many new Texas residents, argues persuasively that such a convention would lend itself to manipulation by the same corrupt cabal that “stole” the Presidential Election of 2020. The result would be a far cry from what Speaker Biedermann and new Rep. Miller want. The Committee listens, and rejects the idea.
Instead the Committee sends a deputation to Washington to deliver an ultimatum to President Biden. Let Texas leave quietly, or else Texas will exercise its option, under the original Congressional Joint Resolution admitting Texas to the United States, of dividing itself into five States, each entitled to send two Senators. President Biden at first seems willing to accede. But then Vice-President Harris circulates a “written declaration” among the Cabinet “that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” Easily obtaining the required majority, Vice-President Harris becomes Acting President. And definitely refuses to speak to the Texas “deputation” any further. Not only that, but she orders the arrest of that deputation!
What’s a war game without serious preparation for war?
Attorney General Ken Paxton, of course, files an immediate lawsuit seeking the deputation’s release. But Governor Abbott, seeing what is to come, summons two people to his office. First comes the head of the Battleship Texas Foundation. Abbott’s orders are simple: Get the Battleship Texas seaworthy, able to move under her own power, and battle-worthy. And do it now. For the Texas will soon become the flagship of the Texas Republican Navy.
Next comes Elon Musk. Abbott’s orders to him are a little more complex: Consider SpaceX’ ships commandeered for service under the Texas Military Department. You are to make sure your marine launch platforms can launch and land jets as well as rockets. The Texas Air National Guard will be in touch. And while you’re at it, start drawing up plans for a Cyber Tank. The State Guard will need it.
President Biden contests the Harris Declaration. But within four days, Harris and her Cabinet majority “double down.” With the result that Congress must “decide the issue.” But Congress cannot muster two-thirds of both chambers to uphold the Harris Declaration. With the result that President Biden resumes the powers and duties of his office. And demands Harris’ resignation. Big mistake on his part. For within forty-eight hours he turns up nastily dead.
Chief Justice John Roberts, with trepidation, swears in Kamala Harris as the forty-seventh President of the United States. President Harris promptly nominates former Governor Ralph Northam (D-Va.) to take her place as Vice-President. But Roberts has another problem. Mr. Justice Samuel A. Alito, the assigned Justice for the Fifth Judicial Circuit, has granted the emergency injunction to release the Texas deputation. Now Roberts CJ calls Alito J into his chambers and reads him the Riot Act. Alito coldly tells his nominal boss to go pound sand. Forty-eight hours later, a motor operator on the Blue Line of the Washington Metro must slam on the brakes of his train. This after Justice Samuel Alito has gone to meet his Maker in a shower of sparks from the Third Rail.
Upon hearing the news, the Texans decide to get out of town. Now.
President Harris promptly nominates Barack H. Obama to take Alito’s place. A week later, Justice Clarence Thomas will die of apparent hypoxia, cause “unknown.” President Harris will nominate Judge Emmett Sullivan to take his place.
FBI Director Christopher Wray receives orders to re-arrest the Texas delegation before the body of Alito J grows cold. So he sends two agents to attempt the re-arrest. But a squad of armed militiamen intercept the Texans first. Taking them under their protection, they kill the two FBI agents in a firefight. They then take a desperate drive along Interstate Highways 66, 81, 40, and 30. Pursuing U.S. Marshals must turn back after a no-nonsense team of Texas Rangers and State Guardsmen block them at Texarkana. President Harris angrily demands extradition of the Texans and the militiamen. Governor Abbott indignantly refuses. With the result that the Marshals set up roadblocks at every highway that enters Texas.
Comes primary season—and the Democrats nominate candidates who have the personal blessings of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Preston (D-Mass.), and Cori Bush (D-Mo.). Republicans nominate utterly nondescript candidates, mainly in the mold of former Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)
Millions of outraged voters, knowing the Republican establishment stole the primaries, plan to move. To thwart them, President Harris introduces a bill to require all citizens to have an “internal passport” to travel. She cites SARS-CoV-2 as her excuse, but everyone knows this has everything to do with the:
- Illegal arrest of the Texas deputation,
- Subsequent deaths (some say murders) of Alito and Thomas JJ, and
- Rescue and flight of the Texans and their militia allies, who now take on the status of folk heroes.
The war game moves to the brink
The bill passes the House, but thirty-four determined Republican Senators bottle it up in that chamber. With the result that Senator Charles M. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Majority Leader, proposes a rule change to abolish the “filibuster.” The rule change, and the bill, pass. For though Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) vote against the measures, Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) vote for them. Vice-President Northam, of course, breaks the tie. Accordingly, several platoons of militiamen crash the Texas border at Interstates 10, 20, 30, 35, 40, and 44. Other militia groups “hunker down” in Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee.
Comes the Election of 2022. Democrats capture two-thirds majorities in both chambers of Congress.
And Governor Abbott, with Speaker Biedermann and Lieutenant Governor Patrick by his side, announces solemnly that Texas unilaterally declares its independence of a United States that has, in his words, changed beyond recognition.
To be continued…
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