A coup is "a sudden, violent, and illegal seizure of power from a government." This basically means that someone else comes in and forcibly takes power.
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”
― Taylor Caldwell, A Pillar of Iron
The biggest part of surviving a coup, is to see it coming and recognize it for what it is. In order to do that, you need to understand how a coup is done. There are 3 primary things needed for a coup, and 12 steps to take to get there.
- Control of the Media
- Control of the Military
The 12 Steps of a Coup
"Having studied the techniques of the CIA and related organizations, I am pleased to announce the following simple steps in overthrowing a democratically elected government." - Ty
- Find some opposition...ANY opposition in the country.
- Come up with some reasons that the current government must go.
- Buy and/or infiltrate significant media outlets.
- Destabilize the economy.
- Protesters in the streets.
- Shoot some of the protesters and blame this on the government.
- Ramp up the anti-government rhetoric from the media outlets you control.
- Begin reporting on the opposition movement in ways that make it look legitimate.
- Kill the Leader
- Wait until the leader is deposed and then send in "peacekeeping forces."
- Condemn the coup attempts ("It wasn't me! - They are criminals!")
- Any talk that it was a U.S. orchestrated coup becomes a "conspiracy theory"
How to Survive Step 1 - Evacuate
The second you suspect a coup, you need to leave! Your bug out supplies already needs to be packed, ready to go and in easy reach. (The free download below includes a suggested list of what to pack.)
Practice getting out of your home with everything you need in under 30 minutes (the faster, the better.) Evacuate the city and go somewhere rural.
Do not take this step lightly - I've been the guy that enforces martial law over seas. We were like a wave of death. Trust me, you don't want to be around when they come to take your guns and your freedom. *If you're unable to get out in time, the free download also teaches you about escape*
How to Survive Step 2 - The Gathering
*Intel* Don't trust major media broadcasts. Local radios may not have been corrupted yet, however, take their information with a grain of sand.
A ham radio is your best method of communication and information at this point. *Important note* These radios can be tracked - do not store or operate your radio near where you are staying.*
*Safety in Numbers* I cannot stress this enough. Don't believe me? Ask anyone who has survived a coup. They'll tell you not to worry about feeding so many mouths. You can work together to grow and acquire food. But most importantly, you can keep each other safe. The ones that lone wolfed it died first.
Teach the people you colonize with. Not just about military tactics, but the Constitution as well.