This was a great post. It got me thinking though, could the size of U.S.A. have some delay in the conflict being "hot" on a national stage. Clearly there are regional conflicts and lost states.Already in a civil war. Doesn't require the military to be patrolling the streets - we have factions fighting each other all over. ANTIFA vs Proud Boys, BLM vs the police / citizens, ANTIFA vs police. Cities across the country have had numerous riots, parts of said cities have burned. Lots of lives lost. Businesses destroyed. People injured. Lives ruined. They are vying for political control. The factions have political backers - the lefty radicals support BLM and Antifa - while the RINOS/NeoCons/Conservatives generally back police and give lip service to the people. Libertarians aka Lolberts sit back, scream about the "atrocities" from both sides, and don't really go anywhere because they are a shit-show in their own right.
We don't have sides going at one another with tanks and automatic weapons - yet. We do see one side especially like incindiary devices/molotovs, lasers employed to cause blindness, etc. The other side employs "chemical weapons" aka tear gas (except where their lefty masters forbade it) and impact weapons mostly. There have been live rounds exchanged, multiple times, from both sides.
One side has set up numerous "occupied zones" and taken over government buildings, even with the support of certain government agents and officers. Same side has extorted people for resources, murdered innocents, and engaged in other unspeakable acts.
We've been in a hot civil war for over a year. The power players behind the scenes like it. It will ultimately lead to them having more authoritarian control, or the downfall of the Republic and balkanization. No more American super power. There's a slim chance a second American Revolution would happen and patriots would regain control and right the wrongs, execute the traitors, and life could, maybe in a generation, get back to "normal" - but that doesn't seem to be the most likely outcome.