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  • When nuclear bombs obliterate the earth or a virus wipes out the human race or robots

  • push mankind out of existence the US Government believes that democracy should continue on.

  • The country believes that, even if the population of the US ceases to exist, the country should

  • go on.

  • Akin to its almost paranoid nature, the US government has a series of defined protocols

  • on how to continue the country when the country is no longerthe Continuity of Government

  • Plans.

  • You probably already know about part of these plans because you probably know about the

  • US president's line of succession.

  • If the president dies, there's a list of 17 people ranging all the way from the Vice

  • President down to the Secretary of Homeland Security who would take their place.

  • With such a long list, the chances of the US going without a president are near none.

  • The one time a year when the entire line gathers togetherthe state of the Unionone individual

  • in the line of succession is appointed designated survivor to wait out in a bunker to run the

  • government if the rest of it dies.

  • But the line of succession is the basic stuff, the stuff people already know.

  • What's far less known is the semi-secret protocols and places that the government has

  • spent billions of dollars and decades building.

  • However, until just 60 or 70 years ago the US felt it was untouchable.

  • At no time in history had an enemy existed as relatively close to the US as during the

  • cold war.

  • The US' foreign policy always kept in mind that an ocean separated it from its enemies

  • but with the invention of nuclear bombs an enemy could go from declaring war on the US

  • to toppling its government in a matter of hours.

  • During these days the US government began actively preparing for doomsday.

  • There are four main bunkers from which the US Government would run the country following

  • a world-ending eventthe Presidential Emergency Operations Center, Raven Rock Mountain Complex,

  • Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center, and the Cheyenne Mountain Complex.

  • The President is the most important person to survive doomsday both for symbolic and

  • logistical reasons.

  • If a nuclear warhead is inbound to Washington, he or she would most likely evacuate downstairs

  • from the White House into their underground bunker but that's not guaranteed.

  • During the Truman administration, the President refused to leave the oval office during what

  • was believed to be an attack.

  • This ended up being a false alarm, but some presidents have said that they believe they

  • should ride out an attack with the rest of the population.

  • It's just like saying “a captain should go down with their ship.”

  • The Oval Office, and even the White House Bunker is not the safest place someone can

  • be during an attack, but morale saves lives and seeing a President braving out the fight

  • can help create a sense of national unity that would keep the country together.

  • A single person is replaceable, but the government as a whole is more delicate.

  • Raven Rock, Pennsylvania would serve as the underground Pentagon.

  • All the leaders of the armed forces will evacuate by helicopter to this facility in the event

  • of an attack and command their troops across the country and the world.

  • During an attack of an apocalyptic scale, it's likely that Martial Law would be imposed

  • meaning that the military would take over day-to-day control of the country.

  • The commanders would have wide-ranging almost dictatorial powers and habeas corpus would

  • be revoked.

  • From distributing food, to serving as law enforcement, to keeping the lights on, the

  • armed forces would truly work on the front line of rebuilding a destroyed country.

  • The Cheyenne Mountain Complex just out of Colorado Springs, Colorado would serve as

  • the home to NORADthe agency responsible for controlling and tracking the skies above

  • the US and Canada.

  • So, if the above ground world proved too dangerous for the country's leadership, these four

  • underground bunkers would serve as home to the bare bones of the US government, but what

  • about the rest of it?

  • Nearly 4.5 million people are employed by the US federal government and they all work

  • to keep it running.

  • Where would the hundreds of government agencies go?

  • Well, nobody knows exactlyat least publiclybut we do know how they would relocate.

  • You might have heard of the DEFCON systemit makes frequent appearances in moviesbut

  • few have heard of COGCON.

  • COGCON is a readiness level system that directs agencies how to prepare for an activation

  • of the government's continuity of government plans.

  • At COGCON 4—the lowest levelevery US Government agency must be able to relocate

  • to an alternate facility and perform basic functions within 12 hoursit's an incredibly

  • ambitious plan.

  • At COGCON 3 this number goes down to 8 hours then at COGCON 2 is when things get real.

  • At this level doomsday is imminent.

  • Every agency has three sites for their continuity plan—A, B, and C—and the agency would

  • split into three corresponding teams—A, B, and C. The A team would relocate to a secure

  • facility near its normal headquartersprobably bunkers under DCthe B team would relocate

  • near the Mount Weather Facility, and the C team would relocate to another undisclosed

  • facility.

  • Each team would be ready to take over operations at a moment's notice.

  • The A team would continue operations for as long as possibleeither until they're

  • dead or communications are cut off.

  • Then the B team would seamlessly take over operations.

  • If the B team falls, the C team would serve as the final chance for the survival of the

  • government agency.

  • When the surface of the earth is unsurvivable, there is one other place to go other than

  • undergroundto the sky.

  • The traditional Air Force One has redundancy upon redundancy and dozens of classified defense

  • measures, but there's a different plane from which the President might command the

  • country after doomsdaythe Boeing E-4 Advanced Airborne Command Post.

  • It became increasingly clear to leadership under the Carter Administration that the bunkers

  • would do little to protect against a direct nuclear strike.

  • In fact, they would just concentrate the very individuals that the enemy would attack into

  • a few holes in mountains.

  • Surviving a nuclear blast while seven miles above earth, however, is far more conceivable.

  • This plane is sometimes referred to as, “Air Force One when it matters.”

  • Whenever the President travels, one of these planes is stationed at most a couple hundred

  • miles away.

  • From this plane, the President can command the country indefinitely.

  • It can be refueled mid-air by tanker so, barring technical issues, it can remain flying for

  • as long as the food and water lasts.

  • In a doomsday scenario, this plane could literally stay airborne for weeks at a time to keep

  • the country's leadership safe.

  • After armageddon, the United States' goal would be to rebuild the ailing country with

  • however many survivors remained, but how would the country continue as the same country when

  • most everyone was dead?

  • Because of the line of succession, the President could be an unknown unelected official with

  • a bare-bones government of just a few thousand people so what's to say to a survivor in

  • Texas or Oregon or Alaska that it's still the same country continuing on.

  • Well, what binds America together is a common culture and legacy.

  • Art and historical artifacts are the physical representations of this and their survival

  • would pose a powerful message about the state of the Union.

  • On Doomsday resources would be scarce and disjointed so officials have had to make decisions

  • about which items to save and which would be left behind.

  • For example, priority would be given to Leonardo Di Vinci's Ginevra de' Benci over Rogier

  • van der Weyden's Saint George and the Dragon and the Declaration of Independence would

  • be saved before the Constitution.

  • Ideally, though, all three of the nation's most important documentsthe Declaration

  • of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights would be evacuated from Washington.

  • Grouped together they would be calledFreedom Documents Group I” and while some high level

  • officials would evacuate Washington by road, these three documents would get their own

  • helicopter straight to Mount Weather to continue the powerful legacy of the United States.

  • Nobody knows exactly how or if the US Government will survive doomsdayall we know are some

  • of the plans.

  • Plans are just plans though and do not account for the unknown.

  • In the event that the United States is truly threatened by nuclear war, pandemic, or any

  • another world ending event, who knows if the population will even believe they are still

  • in the United States.

  • Little distinguishes one country from another other than what people think and if people

  • believe they are part of the country of Alaska or the Kingdom of California then for the

  • most part they are.

  • If the principles of separation of power, judicial review, checks and balances, limited

  • government, federalism, and popular sovereignty live on past the end, the continuity of government

  • plans have succeeded even if the members of government die.

  • These plans are not about saving the president or the secretary of defense or any one personthey're

  • about making sure the structure of democratic government continues on through thick and

  • thin.

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How the US Government Will Survive Doomsday

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