So this post isn’t political. It’s about Strategery. And, maybe an anthology in the making that you get to decide the course of future historical events for. In other words: you get to shape it. Over on my Facebook Page this week I floated the “Hey! Let’s (John Ringo, Larry Correia, Brad Torgeson, Vox Day, Tom Kratman, to name a few… and me and some other writers) write a what-if “Turtledove-esque” Anthology about California actually seceding and a subsequent Civil War…”
I got a lot of feedback on that Facebook post, to say the least, from people who wanted to tell what they thought would happen if the Snowflakes revolted and they had to man the barricades against some highly motivated armor and infantry. I also heard from a lot of writer’s who wanted to make this happen. In a book. Mostly. Some were very willing to go Live Fire. So a lot of crazy and really interesting ideas surfaced.
We were gaming a future war, conflict, invasion, rebellion that might actually take place.
Tom Kratman’s idea involved a plan that California go ahead and secede so we can recognize it, mobilize against it, invade it, conquer it, and then restructure it as a territory sin suffragio en perpetua, never to be allowed to vote in national elections like Guam and Puerto Rico.
Good times. Did I mention I live at Ground Zero of this little plan.
Others, like Larry Correia, were interested in merely encouraging the Golden State to go for it. Larry hates California.
Some, like Mark Wandrey, author of Cartwright’s Cavaliers, advocated going Roman. Seriously Roman. Literally. It got scary.
So the question I want to ask here at the Castalia House Blog is:
What would you do if your were a General? Politician? Line Commander? Guerrilla Leader? SOCOM Shot Caller?
How would you fight this little action? Would it get totally out of hand? Or, would it be handled rather handily? Feel free to cite any relevant Strategic Games with similar scenarios.
You can pick either side. You can highlight a particular moment, objective (strategic or tactical), or plan the whole invasion. Who has the momentum and who reacts? Yeah, it’s probably not gonna happen… but what if it did?
Maybe its not as pat as the 82nd drops into Bakersfield and destabilizes the State while three armored divisions roll up out of the Southwest and the plains. Maybe Cali gets its hands on some game changers. Some nukes. Or even foreign aid and mercs (China.) What if Cali withholds its Federal Revenue? What if the U.S. turns off the Colorado? What if Nevada and Utah get all “Hey, Let’s go for it too!”
If the ideas get crazy and cool enough then we’ve got a timeline to set an anthology in. Readers of the Castalia House Blog are gamers, strategists, veterans and thinkers. So this is your chance to play with the end of the U.S. as we know it, and, maybe I can twist some arms and get an Anthology going along these lines. An anthology you help create. So go ahead: Ruin California in the comments. All options are on the table, as they tell the President in those scary loose-nuclear-weapon thrillers. Let’s game the Secession of California…
And while you’re at it check out this future California after the Zombocalypse book I wrote.
Nick Cole is a former soldier and working actor living in Southern California. When he is not auditioning for commercials, going out for sitcoms or being shot, kicked, stabbed or beaten by the students of various film schools for their projects, he can be found writing books. He won the Dragon Award in 2016 for CTRL ALT Revolt!