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Committee to Restore the United States of America
Abbreviation CRUSA
Motto Novus ordo seclorum
Formation 1995
Type Non-government organization
Purpose/focus Restoration of the United States
Headquarters Canberra
Location Australia
Region served Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand, North America

The Committee to Restore the United States of America (CRUSA) is a non-government organization dedicated to the re-establishment of the United States.

History[]

Founding[]

In 1995, President George Bush, after talks with the prime ministers of Australia and New Zealand and the governors of Hawaii and Alaska, announced the dissolution of the American Provisional Administration. He was stepping down as President with no successor. It was the end of the U.S. presence in the Pacific: its role was passing to the ANZUS Commonwealth (soon to rename itself the Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand). The United States Constitution was held to be suspended - though the door was left open for a future federation on the mainland to take up the American mantle; for this reason, Bush euphemistically called his order the Continuity Act. Most rankling to many American expatriates, refugees and veterans, Bush in his statement encouraged Americans in Australia to "become part of Australian life and culture".

CRUSA was founded very shortly after Bush's speech. Its founders were a group of American expatriates living in Australia. They felt deeply betrayed by the now ex-President and argued that he lacked the authority to suspend the Constitution, even in the post-Doomsday world. One of the first acts of CRUSA was a letter to the Governor of Alaska urging him to restore some kind of American federal presence, not follow Hawaii toward declaring independence. CRUSA also opposed laws and referenda that were changing the statuses of the remaining territories under the American Provisional Administration. However, as the organization had about 30 members at the time and was based entirely in Australia, the effect of these protestations was minimal.

Expansion[]

From 1996 to 2006, CRUSA membership grew in Australia and other places where there were large numbers of Americans. CRUSA established local chapters to better provide contact to Americans in different parts of the world. Five were established in the Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand, specifically in the cities of Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney, Wellington, and Auckland. The chapter at Canberra became the headquarters of CRUSA. Chapters were also established in Micronesia, Samoa, and the Marshall Islands. There were failed attempts to establish chapters in Hawaii and Alaska, a crushing blow to the morale of CRUSA who hoped to have a presence in the former American states. The Hawaii attempt was a particular setback as it led to fighting between CRUSA agents and local police.

Despite CRUSA's expansion, it remained on the fringe of local politics with a minority of Americans claiming membership in the organization.

Foothold in America[]

With the establishment of Municipal States of the Pacific in 2006 there was a growing movement inside CRUSA to establish a chapter on the continental USA. Instability in the region, however, held off such an undertaking until 2009 when the first CRUSA chapter was opened in Crescent City, MSP. The Northern California region has taken up much of CRUSA's focus since the establishment, with a significant portion of its budget directed toward recruitment and activism there. During the decade of the 2000s, the organization argued for stronger central government for the MSP, downplaying the ultimate goal of re-establishing the United States for fear of alienating to powerful civic leaders in the region. CRUSA offered financial support to MSP leaders in favor of a stronger central government and free classes on American history to the general public. In support of these goals, CRUSA built strong ties with the Jefferson Nationalists, a local political party that also wanted to create a strong central government for the MSP.

CRUSA was also an enthusiastic supporter of the Field Expedition, hoping the exploration of the interior of the continental United States would provide more accurate information on the independent survivor communities there. As communication and trade grew easier between Oceania and the North American Union, the Republic of Superior and Utah, there was hope to increase the CRUSA presence in the interior of the continent. Subsequent discoveries of surviving city-states and republics in the southern and midwestern United States - and that a number of people still considered themselves U.S. citizens first and foremost - emboldened the CRUSA, at least in the ANZC. Increased contacts with the then Provisional United States, one of the NAU's leading and founding members, further helped build CRUSA's momentum, with a chapter soon established in its capital, Torrington.

Planned expansions include establishing chapters in Puerto Rico, Mexico and the southern U.S. However, Virginian hostility to the organization has closed the borders of that nation to it.

The Republic of South Florida supported a chapter in Naples with funds from citizen donations as well as government surpluses.

American Spring[]

Following the official restoration of the United States in 2010, a wave of pro-US activity swept through the country's former territory and major diaspora communities: a movement dubbed the American Spring. CRUSA helped to organize the first major demonstrations in the MSP in March of 2011. The new atmosphere created by the movement was very good for the Committee. A successful chapter was finally established in Hawaii. In other places, restoration and reunification was put on the agenda, and CRUSA members tried to harness this energy.

Lobbying in PUSA and Modern Influence[]

Following the American Spring, CRUSA would try a timeless strategy aimed at marrying its resurgent appeal across the mainland North American survivor state milieu to the self-declared successor to the old United States based out of tiny Torrington - lobbying. CRUSA funds and "influence engineers" were crucial in cultivating the sentiment in Oregon and the isolated, sparsely populated husk of a government in the eastern Dakotas towards unifying with the new USA. Although in some cases this amounted to handing "golden tickets" of ample funds to local leaders to push sentiment towards this unification, CRUSA leadership, including top donors in the American diaspora, found themselves satisfied with the fruits of their work. Notably, CRUSA had never been able to gain a foothold in the Missourian rump government at Hannibal, with its own reunification movement being "entirely homegrown" and "organic".

Likewise, the new United States was also influenced on the domestic level by these activists - while some of the staunchest supporters of "rebuilding America", CRUSA often found themselves out of touch with the immediate desires of the domestic American populace on the Great Plains. Many contemporary analysts complain that CRUSA-backed politicians led the United States into a "distracted decade", wherein funds were misappropriated towards an "unnecessary spending" on its armed forces and push towards remilitarization alarming neighbors. After the annexation of the Republic of Jefferson, CRUSA's offices were bombarded by complaints, especially within the Pacific diaspora, with the move's perception remaining politically divisive to this day.

Mission[]

CRUSA was created for the primary purpose to re-establish the United States of America as a viable and stable nation-state reunited with all of its former territories. In furtherance of this goal, they attempt to protect and promote American culture, history, and values. They also finance any American politician or organization who follows their agenda. In North America in particular, CRUSA has praised the restored U.S. as being a testament to the relevance of their cause.

Chapter houses act as regional centers to promote the goals of CRUSA, while also providing services to any Americans in the area.

Financing[]

CRUSA is financed mostly from membership dues and donations, particularly from the estates of deceased members.

Criticism[]

The main criticism of CRUSA is the questionable need to bring back the United States. Since 1983 there has been a considerable cultural and economic divergence between Americans surviving in the ANZC commonwealth, on the American mainland, and in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Critics say that uniting these now different people into one single country would be a forced and unstable union. Some also suggest that bringing back the United States would destroy each surviving community's sense of self-determination, and instead advocate independence for these different regions from each other.

CRUSA supporters, however, say that all Americans share a common history and values with each other, and that the cultural differences between the American refugees are largely exaggerated. They also state that the economic problems would be better solved if a single American government could coordinate economic corporation between the survivors. CRUSA states that the principles the U.S is founded on are the fairest and just in the world, and that bring them back will only enhance the people's chance for prosperity and democracy. With the revelation that the U.S. had indeed been re-established in the Midwest while the APA dissolved, this only served to further give a sense of "vindication" among CRUSA supporters.

CRUSA has been targeted by critics for having a right-wing, anti-Commonwealth political platform. CRUSA counters by pointing out they have always been supporters of democracy and bringing back the United States will not be a threat to the Commonwealth's rule or its principles. Several state that the entire goal of CRUSA, while just, is impossible or nonviable given the huge logistics and resources it would take to form a new country in a post-Doomsday world. The media of several countries have agreed with this and derided CRUSA for their "sad devotion" to a lost cause. Many CRUSA supporters counter this with their often-used slogan: "America will rise again!" The Virginians have compared the CRUSA to the pre-Doomsday neo-Confederates.

Further controversy arose in 2010 in the wake of the American Spring, which critics content was incited by both elements in the CRUSA and the U.S. government in Torrington.

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