Red Queen addendum
Another aspect of ZMANS proposal was local and state governments. Most of them March on lockstep to federal demands. Secession may be possible, but not widespread enough for effect. I do believe that if Texas were to jump the barrier, a large enough percentage of others would follow suit.
On another note, I awoke from dreaming about 3 this morning from the most dreadful REM analysis. I recall from the dream news broadcasts in mid November after Trump took the election. The broadcasts were about NY city and one other, though not DC, had been nuked. Guess where Trump was?
I will leave the further ramifications of such an event as an exercise for you.
Further, in said dream, the broadcasters were swearing that said attack was solely the work of Russia, with no forensic fact checking. They were pounding the drums of war hard in the dream. My feelings (just before coming fully awake) were “Reichstag, Pearl Harbor, etc”.
Just wanted to share that, just in case we see such. Keep your wits and be prepared to de-escalate others before we go chasing hare’s down holes.