Thursday, July 12, 2012
Knights of the Golden Circle (KGC)
EXCERPT: "In 1854, Virginia-born George W. L. Bickley organized the covert Knights of the Golden Circle to establish a commercial empire based on the expansion of slavery into the West Indies, Mexico, and parts of Central America. With the southern United States included, the area would become a “Golden Circle” intended to control commerce in tobacco, sugar, rice and coffee; the annexation of Mexico was the ultimate goal.
Bickley’s scheme was one of many that simmered beneath the surface of America’s republican crisis exacerbated by congressional decisions over the extent of slaveholding: the Missouri Compromise of 1820, the Gag Rule of 1836, the Wilmot Proviso, and the Compromise of 1850. Because the extension of slavery into the Mexican cession was part of the controversy, Texas became the location of thirty-two local chapters of the Knights. In 1860, these “castles” provided support for unsuccessful attempts to invade Mexico from Texas.
Although the organization became less visible as the American Civil War progressed, it operated as a fifth column and boasted that its membership included prominent Americans from both sides of the conflict. The Union arrested Bickley for spying in 1863 and held him as a prisoner until the end of the war."
The Bylaws of the Castroville Castle of the KGC (5 image files | 1 PDF)
An Exposition of the KGC (1 image file | 2 PDF’s)
Military Degree (13 image files | 1 PDF)
The Knights of the Golden Circle Research and Historical Archives
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
“Strength and honor”
Regional Influence: Minnow
The Empire of Knights of the golden circle is a tiny, genial nation, renowned for its devotion to social welfare. Its compassionate, hard-working, intelligent population of 7 million have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.
The government -- a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass -- is mainly concerned with Social Welfare, although Commerce and Religion & Spirituality are on the agenda. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 30%. A substantial private sector is led by the Soda Sales industry, followed by Automobile Manufacturing and Trout Farming.
Voting is compulsory, employers may fire workers without giving any reason, the automotive industry soaks up huge government handouts, and the grizzly bear is a protected species. Crime is moderate, probably because of the country's utter lack of prisons. Knights of the golden circle's national animal is the grizzly bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its currency is the gold dollar.
Knights of the golden circle is ranked 826th in the West Pacific and 19,803rd in the world for Nicest Citizens, with 13 Smiles Per Hour (net).