Northwest Territorial Imperative

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The Northwest Territorial Imperative (often shortened to the Northwest Imperative[1]) is a white separatist, neo-Nazi idea popularized since the 1970s within white nationalist and white supremacist groups in the United States. According to it, adherents of these groups are encouraged to relocate to a five-state region of the Northwestern United Statesviz., Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, and Western Montana (or the western part at least to Interstate 15). Northern California, Northwestern Colorado, Northern Utah, and Alaska. The Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta are sometimes also included. The intent is to eventually declare the region an Aryan homeland.[2]

The primary proponent of this idea was Richard Girnt Butler (1918–2004), leader of the Aryan Nations.[3] A secondary supporter was Robert Jay Mathews (1953–1984),[4] who lived in Metaline Falls, Washington and advocated further colonization of the area along with David Lane[5], author of the Fourteen Words who wrote a fictional short story advancing a form of the idea titled KD Rebel advocating for a white "territorial imperative" (described in 88 Precepts) through the now-defunct 14 Word Press. The defunct Oregon-based white power skinhead organization Volksfront advocated for the Imperative as a way of preserving the white race in their own words. Harold Covington (1953–2018), founder of the Northwest Front was a notable exponent of Northwest migration.[6]

See also[edit]

  • American Redoubt – a Northwest survivalist movement based on Libertarian and Conservative politics
  • Republic of New Afrika – a black nationalist separatist movement in the American South
  • The Order - a paramilitary group that engaged in domestic terrorism to establish a white territorial imperative in the Pacific Northwest
  • Volkstaat - proposal for self-determination for Afrikaner/Boer minority in South Africa
  • White ethnostate - a term used by the alt-right and white nationalist groups to refer to a white territorial imperative


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  2. ^ Martin Durham (2007). White Rage: The Extreme Right and American Politics. Routledge. p. 140. ISBN 0415362334.
  3. ^ Christopher Buck (2009). Religious Myths and Visions of America: How Minority Faiths Redefined America's World Role (1st ed.). Praeger. p. 114. ISBN 0313359598.
  4. ^ Barry J. Balleck (2014). Allegiance to Liberty: The Changing Face of Patriots, Militias, and Political Violence in America. Praeger. pp. 122–123. ISBN 1440830959. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  5. ^ Jeffrey Ian Ross (2010). Religion and Violence: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict from Antiquity to the Present. Routledge. p. 542. ISBN 0765620480.
  6. ^ George Michael (2012). Lone Wolf Terror and the Rise of Leaderless Resistance. Vanderbilt University Press. pp. 51–53. ISBN 0826518559.