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Central Texas (1983: Doomsday)

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Central Texas saw several strikes, mainly centered on the state capitol of Austin and the city of San Antonio, as well as Fort Hood, 20 miles west of Waco.


Refugees rallied in the towns of San Marcos; College Station; and Bryan. Strict rationing of food and medical supplies helped 60 percent of the 1983 population to survive to the end of the decade.

Unfortunately, the town of Waco did not make it.

Waco was affected by a blast believed to be centered over the eastern half of Fort Hood. It is known, through interviews with town residents who managed to escape the town, and from records recovered by West Texas Army soldiers and explorers from Texas A&M University in College Station that town officials attempted to restore order through October of 1983 but that Waco was finally abandoned after many of the survivors fled for other area towns and after a series of riots leveled much of the town by November 1st.

Bryan and College Station opted to join the Republic of Texas government centered in Nacogdoches in 1990. The towns of Cameron, Caldwell, Giddings, Bastrop and San Marcos did not; they have and still do officially deal with "outsiders" under the banner of The Association of Central Texas Cities, Towns, Villages and Farms.

Starting from the late 1990s, the Association began receiving visitors, and aid, from eastern Texas, West Texas and Mexico. While rejecting overtures towards joining West Texas and eastern Texas, leaders and voters both expressed preferences towards joining a reunified Texas.

The Association supports West Texas and eastern Texas rebuilding of Waco, hoping the rebuilt town would serve as the state capitol.

Texas reunification

The Republic of Texas is a proposed unification of various entities within the borders of the former U.S. state of Texas:

On June 23, 2010, Eastern Texas Governor Roger Van Horn and West Texas President Mike Conaway held a joint press conference at Stephen F. Austin University to announce their countries would seek to merge into one entity, the Republic of Texas, by June 2010 pending voter approva. The press conference was predicated by newspaper reports in Nacogdoches, Midland and Monterrey, Mexico the past weekend detailing Conaway's "secret" negotiations with eastern Texas, South Texas and various survivor communities throughout the former U.S. state of Texas. Radio stations in Nacogdoches and Edinburg, Rio Grande Valley, reported that both men would travel to the RGV in the next weeks to "finalize" the RGV's merger with the proposed Texas republic.

Northern Texas also is likely to join the proposed republic, although a sticking point is believed to be local political leaders' preference for a 'State of North Texas' and some political power that would supersede that of the national government.

In July 2010, political leaders in Midland and Nacogdoches began formal discussion of merger of their two countries by January 1, 2012.

The process involved drafting a constitution for the new country, and then presenting it to voters across the former state in a referendum to be held in May 2011. A majority vote (51 percent or more) was required for full passage.

The constitution was overwhelmingly approved in all of the recognized Texas survivor states on May 31. The breakdown is as follows:

  • West Texas 92% yes, 7% no, 1% undecided
  • Eastern Texas 94% yes, 5% no, 1% undecided
  • RGV 96% yes, 2% no, 2% undecided
  • Graham 83% yes, 13% no, 4% undecided
  • Paris 86% yes, 8% no, 6% undecided
  • Borger 67% yes, 11% no, 22% undecided
  • Association of Central Texas 84% yes, 12% no, 4% undecided

As the measure was approved, the seven states have begun to choose delegates for a constitutional convention at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches in August 2011 to approve the new constitution.

Upon approval of the constitution, West Texas, eastern Texas, South Texas, RGV, Graham, Paris and the association of Central Texas towns would each nominate their heads of state for a special Presidential election in November 2011. The winner of that election would be inaugurated on February 20, 2012.

Any union or official association with the United States, North American Union and/or the East American Alliance has been put on hold until the formal re-establishment of the Republic of Texas; in the interim, all seven states have established solid relations with each of those entities.

One likely alliance is a sort of NAU/East American Alliance-type alliance with nation-states in Broken Bow, Hugo and Stillwater in former Oklahoma; the state of Louisiana (including Lake Arthur); Hattiesburg and Natchez in former Mississippi; and possibly Hot Springs in former Arkansas. This alliance would in turn be allied with Mexico and be more allied on the international stage with the ANZC than with the South American Confederation.


For years industry in the region was reduced to 19th century levels. Even in 2010, after 12 years of investment from West Texas and Mexican firms, farming is still the largest industry in the region. In fact, farming has increased, as West Texan/Mexican development has helped grow the amount of farmland in the region and increased the types of crops that are grown there. Long-term, it is hoped by 2020 that central Texas will become one of the primary suppliers of food for the Texas region.

Cattle and cotton also are important industries for the entire region.

San Marcos will be part of the Texas Superhighway linking Midland and Odessa to Nacogdoches.


Three radio stations - KSM 1000 AM in San Marcos; KCAM 1140 in Cameron and KALD 710 in Caldwell - operate in the region and are affiliated with Texas Public Radio. Many stations from West Texas and eastern Texas, along with the powerful 50,000-watt stations from around North America, can also be heard by local radio listeners.

There are no official local television stations, although a few residents have sets and antennas that can receive signals from Nacogdoches and Midland and occasionally Mexico.

Weekly newspapers operate in San Marcos, Caldwell and Giddings.

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