Portland, Oregon, Pacific Northwest States
I’m an old man.
“By the power vested in me by Article Ten of the Oregon Constitution, and by Oregon Revised Statute 399.065, I am hereby declaring a state of martial law in the State of Oregon. Pursuant to that declaration, I am mobilizing all Oregon National Guard ground and air forces, and calling all members of the Oregon State Defence Force to active duty. I have instructed the PBS affiliate radio and television stations around the state to continually broadcast the locations of each National Guard armory and recruiting installation. All citizens between the ages of 18 and 45, preferably with military experience, are requested, but not required, to report to your nearest National Guard installation.
We sympathize with our fellow citizens to the south – but we are not in a position to deal with nearly a million refugees. To that end, I am ordering our southern border closed to any and all traffic until further notice.
I realize this will place economic hardship on some of you. Oregon purchases millions of dollars annually in agricultural products from California; many of the warehouses used to ship other goods are located in the Golden State. While I realize the temporary economic difficulty this may cause, it is of greater importance that we avoid the turmoil which would be caused by the arrival of such a desperate group of people, the relocation in our state of whom would increase our total population by twenty five percent overnight.
Lastly, please remain calm. I’ve every confidence that our existing forces can and will do the job required of them in this desperate time.
Thank you. God bless you, and good luck.”
(Submitted for your approval; a view of one man's future; the Tomorrowland of a country no more or less 'exceptional' than its peers; a Cautionary Tale writ in the certain knowledge that It Can Happen Here....)