Death of EJ Davis
The military governor of Texas, Edmund J. Davis, has passed away suddenly. The fragile Texas government has been highly unpopular, both with old Texas residents and with the large numbers of refugees. Davis seemed only interest in fortifying his own position of power in Texas. He made habits of institutionalizing his political opponents, suppressing newspapers, and refused to share power with any except a core group of Radical Republicans, who had served with him during reconstruction just before the Fall. His government abused not only the many landless refugees arriving in Texas, but also any Texan who associated as a Democrat or even moderate Republican before the Fall.
However, this harsh government, backed by remnants of the Federal Army that became loyal to Davis, was useful for providing a stable buffer to the Western territories. With the Rockies extremely difficult to cross due the climate effects of the Fall, any refugee who wished to go West had to go through the southern route--which meant across Texas. Davis made the hard but sound decision early on to set up a perimeter along the Mississippi River. Texas had already absorbed many refugees by this point, but things were sustainable.
With Davis' sudden death, however, it is unlikely the military regime will be unified or able to continue repressing the discontent population.
New Regime in Texas
Democrats are in no position to seize power in Texas--most of their leaders returned to Washington after the end of Reconstruction in 1874, and thus were in Washington DC when that city was struck directly by an impact during the Fall. More importantly, the demographics of the state have been tipped by the large influx of refugees from the North.
Instead, a large, armed group of refugees have taken control of the region and are insisting on a return to democracy, and institution of progressive programs to ensure the future survival of the strained populace. At the head of this rebel group are experienced law men of the frontier, who were forced southward by the Fall. The most visible members are two Dakotan sheriffs, Seth Bullock and Theodore Roosevelt
The military that had been loyal to EJ Davis, increasingly busy with security concerns and preventing cannibal bands from crossing the Mississippi, seems unwilling to fight with this popular uprising. It seems to be standing aside for now. But it is clear to everyone that there is a vacuum of power in Texas--the new government is weak and can likely be bent towards further, deepening cooperation with the Territorial Governments. In fact, the new Texas government may be even more willing than EJ Davis was to follow our aims. Theodore Roosevelt in particular, who had dabbled in politics before moving out to Dakota just before the Fall, has been calling for the restoration of a Federal government to care for and defend the whole American people.
Special report signed,
W. F. Cody, Special Scoutmaster
Utah Territory Army