Mr Bean wrote:
FYI DW we have everything we need in Germany to form a Government in exile, you underestimate the number of active duty American soldiers who are in Europe and deployed in Iraq and A-stan. Toss in foreign bases and your talking about a quarter million people who have a chain of command to fall back on.
No, you do not
have what you need in order to form a government. The number of military personnel is irrelevant, unless you're planning to attack and occupy something. You do not have the mandate of the people. You do not have any legal recognition by the people living in the land that was once occupied by your nation. You have no sovereign territory; the colonies are from 1776, and they do not recognize your authority in any way whatsoever.
Further because of the size of American government there actually is a chance for if not a current but a former Government Secretary or possibly even current secretary. Hillary does a lot of traveling as does Leon Panetta as part of their jobs as Secretaries of State and Defense respectively. We also have literally hundreds of diplomats and senior state department people abroad constantly. So the possibility we might have a Laura Roslin take over the US Presidency since there are 17 other people besides the VP who are in the line of succession for US President.
So? There's nobody back home to recognize the authority of any of these people. The government is gone
; a government is far more than the leaders who sit atop its vast structure.
Second we have enough stock on hand in most military bases to last a few weeks at the very least. We are not talking lasting until the rebirth of the Glorious American Empire Part II to the modern day area. Fact is however that a great deal of American military personnel will be left in the present with a large pile of guns, tanks and nukes.
So? What are they going to do, attack somebody? In the near term, they need food
. Bullets don't do you much good if you run out of water, and you seem to forget that all of them suddenly have no money
. Even their chain of command suddenly has no money. The American dollar has just become worthless, remember?
An American Goverment in Exile will form, the question is Darth Wong on how many will form and around who. If Hillary is out of country at the time there's an excellent chance the German/ME/Korean/Japanese units will affirm her control but without a powerful unify figure to rally around we might see six or seven America in exile governments.
No matter how many form, none of them are legitimate governments because they are not recognized as governments by the sovereign territory they claim to represent.