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From 1836 to 1845, before it was annexed by the United States, the Republic of Texas was an independent state. Now some Texian citizens, as they prefer to call themselves based on historical usage, claim their country never lost its sovereignty to the USA. They have formed a volunteer alternative government, complete with its own mint. RTD travels to the Lone Star State to meet those who, faced with an encroaching Federal government, want their home state to be independent of the union.

Copy of vintage map of the Republic of Texas with the date, 1836. Still taken from RTD documentary The Republic of Texas.
At independence in 1836, the borders of the Republic of Texas reached all the way up to present-day Wyoming. Present day activists Republic of Texas activists claim the annexation of Texas by the United States in 1845 is illegal.

Republic of Texas Senator Bob Wilson recalls how Texas got its independence from Mexico in 1836 following the battle of San Jacinto. The activist lays out why subsequent historical developments mean the Republic’s annexation by the USA in 1845 is null and void.

Republic of Texas Land Commissioner Ed Brannum carrying a cardboard roll visits the Texas General Land Office in Austin. Still taken from RTD documentary The Republic of Texas.
Republic of Texas Land Commissioner Ed Brannum often travels to Austin to remind State officials that the people of Texas still have sovereignty over their own land.

The Texians also believe in Texas’ economic self-sufficiency. So instead of following the call to “end the Fed” issued by their guru, libertarian politician Ron Paul, they’ve decided to just ignore it instead. RTD visits the Republic’s very own mint and learns why the workers making the silver coins don’t have to pay income tax.

Two men and a woman handle silver coins at the Republic of Texas mint. Still taken from RTD documentary The Republic of Texas.
According to Republic of Texas Senator Bob Wilson, the Republic mint underpins a better financial system, since it is based on barter rather than speculation.

RTD sits in on a session of the Republic’s government to see how ordinary citizens are fighting back against big government and a financial system they argue is on the verge of collapse. Republic officials share why they are sacrificing their golden years to the cause of limited government. John Steinbeck wrote that “Texas is a state mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word.” For these Texians, that requires exercising the sovereignty that has always been theirs.

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