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Don't want to divert the "Asteroid" thread, but when reading it I was struck (stricken?) by an Alpo-esque thought:

 

Now, if some such calamity did occur (Heaven forbid!) and the entire city of Washington was to be obliterated along with it's denizens... what would happen to the country?  Assuming the titular heads of government were all at home in said city, what would the succession be?  Would the oldest Governor step up?  The nation's most senior surviving military leader?  Tallest Scoutmaster?  Reigning Miss America?  Oh wait - she'd be too young.  

 

Could we nominate Alpo?  Would we want to?  Confused or I don't know

 

 

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Jack Ryan would become president.

 

Chuck Norris would be everything else.

 

 

 

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If POTUS, VPOTUS, Speaker of the House, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and Secretary of State are all killed or incapacitated, it devolves though the members of the Cabinet.  I don't think there are provisions beyond that.  My guess is that it could be argued that the senior surviving member of the House of Representatives should take the reins, but it would have to be hashed out in the Supreme Court.

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Not sure what they do If all of em bought the farm. Guess it would be an arm wrasslin contest.
 

succession. The line of succession of cabinet officers is in the order of their agencies’ creation.

If the President of the United States is incapacitated, dies, resigns, is for any reason unable to hold his/her office, or is removed from office, he/she will be replaced in the following order:

  1. Vice President
  2. Speaker of the House
  3. President Pro Tempore of the Senate
  4. Secretary of State
  5. Secretary of the Treasury
  6. Secretary of Defense
  7. Attorney General
  8. Secretary of the Interior
  9. Secretary of Agriculture
  10. Secretary of Commerce
  11. Secretary of Labor
  12. Secretary of Health and Human Services
  13. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  14. Secretary of Transportation
  15. Secretary of Energy
  16. Secretary of Education
  17. Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  18. Secretary of Homeland Security
 

 

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 Sounds to me that in the OP's opening post everybody got wiped out leaving none of the normal succession line.

 

 This happened in an early Tom Clancy novel, I cannot remember which.  I'm certain there was some excellent discussion and prognostication involved.

 

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6 minutes ago, Marshal Mo Hare, SASS #45984 said:

So, Secretary of Defense inherits his position from Secretary of War?

 

and there is no allowance for Secretaries of Army, Navy, Air Force.

I don’t catch your drift. Secretary of War title was abolished in 1947. 
 

 

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40 minutes ago, Dantankerous said:

 Sounds to me that in the OP's opening post everybody got wiped out leaving none of the normal succession line.

 

 This happened in an early Tom Clancy novel, I cannot remember which.  I'm certain there was some excellent discussion and prognostication involved.

 

 

That is at the end of "Debt of Honor" and segues into the start of "Executive Orders."
 

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and there is no allowance for Secretaries of Army, Navy, Air Force.

 

Those are not Cabinet positions.
 

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1 hour ago, Forty Rod SASS 3935 said:

...Actually, we'd likely fall to what ever country was big enough to take us away from everyone else.....and that will be bloody.

 

Well, except Texas.  :D

 

The bloody part, yes.

 

 

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7 hours ago, Utah Bob #35998 said:

Not sure what they do If all of em bought the farm. Guess it would be an arm wrasslin contest.
 

succession. The line of succession of cabinet officers is in the order of their agencies’ creation.

If the President of the United States is incapacitated, dies, resigns, is for any reason unable to hold his/her office, or is removed from office, he/she will be replaced in the following order:

  1. Vice President
  2. Speaker of the House
  3. President Pro Tempore of the Senate
  4. Secretary of State
  5. Secretary of the Treasury
  6. Secretary of Defense
  7. Attorney General
  8. Secretary of the Interior
  9. Secretary of Agriculture
  10. Secretary of Commerce
  11. Secretary of Labor
  12. Secretary of Health and Human Services
  13. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  14. Secretary of Transportation
  15. Secretary of Energy
  16. Secretary of Education
  17. Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  18. Secretary of Homeland Security

 

 

Who ever we select will be completely capable of screwing things up as well as an elected official.

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11 hours ago, Abilene Slim SASS 81783 said:

I don’t catch your drift. Secretary of War title was abolished in 1947. 
 

 

The order of precedence in succession is set by the date of creation of the office. Department of State was created before Department of Treasury, before Department of War, etc.  Department of Defense would be way down the list unless there was an exception because department of Defense inherited its position from War.

 

 

Aha, Presidential Succession Act of 1947, including later amendments

 

 

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