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Texit war game 3: expulsions

Third installment of the Texit war game, detailing the mutual expulsions as Texans and non-Texans sort themselves out–imperfectly.

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) figures in the Texit war game - he might have to bug out.

Kyle Biedermann and Dan Miller have started something, called Texit, that represents a kind of divorce. But divorce between two incompatible peoples disputing the same real estate is not pretty. Ask a Middle Easterner if you doubt that. In this installment of the Texit war game, Texans and non-Texans start to sort themselves out, as each side prepares for war.


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 Battleship Texas Foundation, the United States military, the Abbott and Biden administrations, or any Senator, Representative, or District or Circuit Judge in any Federal district in Texas or in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Rather, it bases its speculation strictly on certain attitudes that certain persons, particularly on the Washington side, have expressed.

CNAV also acknowledges its debt to Daniel da Cruz, author of the Republic of Texas series. Please note that Mr. da Cruz does not endorse CNAV or this series in any way, shape or form.

The Texit war game thus far

Before continuing below, CNAV suggests catching up on the Texit war game series and its preview.

The following events have taken place in real life, or are on a definite track:

Kyle Biedermann introduced his Texit bill on 25 January. Debate will begin when the Texas State House reconvenes.

Elon Musk is building a massive factory in Travis County, Texas. He hopes to have this on-line in May 2021. The factory will start producing his Semi® and Model Y® immediately, and the Cybertruck® toward the end of the year.

Elon Musk also purchased two decommissioned oil rigs in a “fire sale.” He is converting these into marine launch-and-landing platforms for his Starship® heavy-lifting reusable rocket ship.

Dan Miller, head of the Texas Nationalist Movement, has already given one interview to Steven Turley, PhD, founder of Turley Talks and the most prominent “nationalist populist” in America today.

The Texas Military Department sent a contingent of the Texas Army National Guard to Washington, D.C. for the Inauguration of President Biden. Since then, Governor Greg Abbott (R-Texas) recalled his contingent. He objected to the rude treatment of all Guardsmen in Washington (bivouacking in a parking deck!!!).

From present day to the not-too-distant future

The war game then assumes that the following events take place in the rest of 2021 and through 2022:

Large numbers of people move to Texas, some of them severing ties with nationwide professional associations and joining Texas counterparts.

The Texit bill passes. Democrats introduce bills to force new residents to wait longer before they may vote. Those bills fail.

The Texit Referendum passes. The Speaker of the State House resigns his position and seat. Kyle Biedermann becomes Speaker in his place, and Dan Miller fills the Speaker’s old House seat.

The Texit Committee considers and rejects applying to the U.S. Congress for an Article V convention. Instead they send a deputation to lay an ultimatum before President Biden: let Texas go, or see Texas subdivide and field ten Senators instead of two. President Biden is willing to compromise, but Vice-President Harris is not. After invoking the Twenty-fifth Amendment and failing to get Congress to sustain her, she—or someone else—has the President assassinated.

The Texas deputation find themselves under arrest, and then released on order of Justice Samuel A. Alito. Who then suffers a Justicial assassination, as does his colleague Clarence Thomas.

Rigged elections radicalize the U.S. House and Senate in a leftward direction. Governor Abbott first orders the Battleship Texas Foundation and Elon Musk to make preparations to go to war. After the disastrous Election of 2022, Governor Abbott declares unilateral secession.

And now…

War game continues: the Texans in Congress crash the border

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) calls a private meeting with his colleague, John Cornyn (R-Texas). Neither Senator had to stand for re-election, of course. But with two-thirds of the Senate in the hands of the maniacal Senator Charles M. Schumer (D-N.Y.), they know they face expulsion, merely for being Republicans.

Or rather, Senator Cruz does. John Cornyn insists that an accommodation is possible. Cruz asks him scathingly to consider what has happened to Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska): “voted” out of her Senate seat when an ungrateful Democratic Party gimmicked the election even in Alaska. The two of them part ways. Cruz takes one sweep of his office, then picks out three books out of his library. Putting them into his “bug-out bag,” he calls his wife and daughters and tells them it’s time to flee.

Cruz sends messengers to the Cannon, Longworth, and Rayburn House Office Buildings. Their orders: gather together all former Republican Texans in the House. Cruz’ plan is simple: they and their families must make their way to Texarkana and crash the border. Two non-Texans join this group:

  • Rep. Donald Young (R-Alaska), the Dean of the House, and
  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-Ga.), who introduced Articles of Impeachment against the late President Biden, without success.

The group “makes it,” with the aid of sympathetic homeowners in Virginia (beyond Fairfax County), Tennessee, and Arkansas. The same squad who got the Texas deputation across the border, come to their aid near Texarkana and infiltrate the border away from Interstate 30.

The great expulsion

The first order of business of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Speaker of the House, and Vice-President Ralph Northam (D), is to expel from the House and Senate all who are not on the “Squad Page.” That “Squad,” of course, consists of Representatives:

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.),
  • Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.),
  • Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.),
  • Ayanna Preston (D-Mass.), and
  • Cori Bush (D-Mo.)

Immediately after doing this, they remove every conservative from the bench on impeachment for, and conviction of, any “high crime and misdemeanor” they can invent. Justice Elena Kagan becomes Chief Justice. President Harris turns to Justice Barack Obama for recommendations for judges worthy of elevation to the High Court.

Bills of attainder

The escape of Senator Cruz, the Texas Republican (Party) House delegation, and Reps. Young and Taylor-Greene enrages Rep. Ocasio-Cartez. She roars that she will have Senator Cruz back to face trial for subornation of murder (in the “storming” of the U.S. Capitol on 6 January 2021, never mind that this was the act of two or three sets of double agents). Then she introduces a warrant to arrest the conservative contingent of the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. These are the first bills of attainder in the history of the United States Congress. They will not be the last.

Most of the conservative Fifth Circuit judges who do not already have their duty stations in Texas, “go to ground” in Mississippi and rural Louisiana. Chief Judge Priscilla Owens, having her station in Austin, quietly asks President Abbott whether he can repatriate Circuit Judges Leslie Southwick (Jackson, Miss.), Kyle Duncan (Baton Rouge, La.), Kurt D. Engelhardt (New Orleans, La.), and Cory T. Wilson (Jackson, Miss.) into Texas. The now-famous Rescue Squad succeeds in repatriating Judges Southwick and Wilson but cannot safely extract Judge Duncan or Judge Engelhardt. On Judge Owens’ advice, President Abbott expels Judge Gregg Costa from his duty station in Houston. Senior Judges Carolyn Dineen King and Fortunato Benavides ultimately “take the bus” (see below) out of Texas. President Abbott manages to exchange them for Senior Judges Grady Jolly and Rhesa Barksdale of Jackson, Mississippi.

A heroes’ welcome goes wrong

Dallas, Texas, sees a controversial display: an “office-paper parade,” like a New York ticker-tape parade, at Dealey Plaza. It celebrates the Rescue Squad and all their “evacuees.” Ted Cruz is on hand to bestow upon each Rescue Squad member the Lone Star Medal of Valor.

As the parade rounds the corner near the Texas School Book Depository, it comes under sniper fire. The Rescue Squad’s leader takes a fatal wound—the first casualty of the Texit War. The crowd then storms the Depository and takes custody of a BLM activist. Only the timely intervention of “cooler heads” saves that activist from instant defenestration. The crowd instead turns him over to the Texas Rangers.

Pitched battles then break out in Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Galveston takes a different attitude—universal anger and bloodlust at anyone who dares question Texas independence. A militia contingent drives northwest from Galveston to Houston to quell the riots there. The Rangers have Dallas and Fort Worth in hand, and the State Guard secures San Antonio.

Evacuation, unclaimed property, and currency

A deputation of left-leaning Travis County residents petitions President Abbott’s staff asking for safe conduct out of Texas. Happy to oblige, the President charters a long caravan of buses to carry them to Texarkana. Where they then have to get off, walk into Arkansas, and hitch-hike. These are the first to “take the bus.” President Abbott offers to do the same favor for any other resident of Texas who does not agree with independence. He offers this choice: stay and obey Texas law, or leave.

Most leave-takers sell their homes, often at foreclosure prices, to Texans wishing to “move up.” If they can’t, the Unclaimed Property Office in the Treasury Department takes title to, and sells, their homes. But this office keeps careful records, intending to pay such emigres back—after the war everyone knows will soon come.

A temporary excess of rental vacancies and existing-home sales occurs in various real-estate markets. But this fills quickly, as vast “Biden-Harris Refugee” camps empty out.

Among the refugees are several IT techies conversant in Blockchain. They barely succeed in transferring about 90 percent of “Bitcoin” holdings of Texans and other refugees before DARPA cuts off all Internet ties. The Texas Gold Depository starts issuing paper and Blockchain crypto scrip, with the gold to back it, as a new currency.

Internet service and hosting

Elon Musk immediately sends up a Starship laden with Starlink® satellites and offers to install Starlink rooftop ground stations. He creates a “Texas Patriotic Special” discount rate.

A key Internet hosting firm in Houston decides it does not want to remain a part of a “renegade” Texas. Happily, another hosting firm in rural Washington State wants to migrate to Texas, where most of its customers have now relocated. But their customers suffer about a week or two of down time before the Rescue Squad—now a Rescue Platoon—can safely evacuate their personnel and physical servers.

The Battleship Texas: the war game gets serious

An unusual new training school starts near San Jacinto Harbor. The students: the officers and crew of Pre-Commissioning Unit 35 of the Texas Republican Navy. The faculty: several 90-year-old (on average) Navy veterans, all of whom once served on the then USS Texas BB-35 during World War II. These men—some defying their distraught loved ones—sign on as Master and Command Master Chiefs to train a new crew for what is now TRS Texas.

PCU-35 eventually becomes BB-35, as a Texan “defects” from the United States Navy. He joins the Texas Republican Navy at the rank of Captain, and now takes command of the Battleship Texas. His first act in command is to confirm the enlistments of some of those chiefs as members of his crew. He gently reminds some of them that theirs might be a suicide cruise. That is, until the senior of them shoots back, “With all due respect to your rank, stow it, Captain. We know what we’re signing on for. And we wouldn’t miss this for all the ‘tea’ in Mexico.”

The young captain counts himself lucky, and not merely to have such brave, dedicated men in his crew. He knows many other Navy personnel, officers, chiefs, petty officers, and lower ratings, who didn’t quite “make it out.” And he makes the grim assumption that many of his “buddies” have by now landed in the brig.

But what’s really happening?

That assumption might seem reasonable but is in fact unwarranted. President Harris, true enough, does contemplate throwing every dissident service member into prison, stockade, or brig. But in fact she dares not. How dare she, when she knows that half the country opposes her rule? She can steal primary and general elections. But she can’t change people’s minds at the press of a button, or the click of a mouse.

A gradual—and sick-making—feeling begins to dawn on her that she has started something she will live to regret. Yet her pride will not let her back down.

So she settles—for the moment—on an intimidation campaign. Isolate all dissidents, and threaten them with confinement or even execution if they step out of line. How long can she keep that up? Long enough, she hopes, to make people accept it.

Without conscious awareness, she counts on these words by Thomas Jefferson, though she likely never read them:

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes. And accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

So she takes balance rod in hand and starts a tightrope walk across a deep canyon.

As the war game continues:

What incident will shake her off the tightrope? How disastrous will be the fall?

Don’t miss our next exciting episode!

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Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.

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