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"The place I'm from... I'm not gonna tell you where it is, I'm not gonna tell you what it's called, but there is something I will tell you. (...) It's bigger than me, it's bigger than you -- it's bigger than all of us. (...) And we're the past. And right now, it's the only thing that matters. (...) Al... you don't wanna go there. If someone finds the tape, if they figure out how to read the map, it makes what we have -- what we're working towards -- vulnerable. I need you to give me the tape. This isn't about me, or Beckett. This is about the future, and rebuilding what we all once had. I will die here if I have to, and I understand why you would leave me, why you think the tape is more important. But if you choose the story, if you do not destroy the tape... then Beckett's death, my death... it might not amount to anything. You want your brother's death to mean something? You want stories to matter? You have to make sure there's people around to hear them one day."
Isabelle to Althea about the organization.[src]

The Civic Republic Military, (known by the abbreviation "CRM"), is an organization that serves as a military and a police force within the Civic Republic, an advanced and authoritarian civilization. They were first introduced in Season 8 of AMC's The Walking Dead. They also appeared in Season 5 and 6 of Fear The Walking Dead, where they are encountered by Morgan's group, particularly Althea, and also appear in World Beyond. The force possesses multiple helicopters that are used as transportation to collect new survivors and search for supplies. They serve as the primary antagonistic group for all of World Beyond and an antagonistic force for the entire TV Universe.

Pre-Apocalypse

Nothing is known about the members of the organization prior to or as the outbreak began. According to Anne, one of the communities that the organization belonged to is situated somewhere very far away, so presumably, their base of operations is not within Virginia.

Post-Apocalypse

At some point following the outbreak, the Civic Republic formed somewhere in the United States. With the help of advanced equipment, the Civic Republic formed a strong military organization within the community. Although their purpose is still unknown, it involved the rebuilding the future of civilization. The organization came into possession of helicopters that were utilized as a means of long-distance transportation and to scavenge areas for valuable supplies and resources. It is not known how many helicopters any of these communities possess. Shortly after the outbreak, the Civic Republic came into contact with two other military safe-zones in Portland, Oregon and Omaha, Nebraska. Forming the Alliance of the Three, the Civic Republic Military was connected with Portland and Omaha thereafter, with a three-circled figure as their symbol.

Two years into the apocalypse, Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth Kublek and Major General Beale devised a new initiative called "Project Votus". The project involved scientists developing a means of slowing, if not nearly outright stopping the reanimation process after death using gas. In order to test their work, the CRM started bringing the scientists recently bitten survivors. They would also use outspoken individuals as tests subjects. Eventually, the Civic Republic encountered a large group of survivors situated in a junkyard in Virginia and made an arrangement with their leader, Anne (under the alias "Jadis"). In exchange for her supplying the Civic Republic with either strong survivors or recently infected captives per their request, they would supply her and her people with much-needed resources. Among them were solar panels, a helipad, an apartment disguised as a container, and various canned goods such as applesauce. The grading system this organization used for captured survivors was marking them as an "A", which are survivors recently infected and meant to be used to study the virus, or "B", a strong survivor who is willing to fight, which Anne would assign to the captives herself before delivery. It is not known how many survivors were given to the organization by Anne and her people or what fate befell them after they were taken away, or if the group made similar arrangements with other survivor groups or settlements.

One notable survivor captured by Anne and her people was Heath, a supply runner from the Alexandria Safe-Zone who was separated from his ally, Tara, while on a scouting mission and was taken away by the helicopter group to an unknown fate. Anne would later reveal that she was planning on infecting and trading Gabriel Stokes after he was captured by her lieutenant, Tamiel, though he was rescued by his own group before this could occur. It is highly likely that Anne made a deal with Negan Smith and the Saviors to help fight back against Rick and his people in order to obtain 12 new survivors to be traded to the Civic Republic for supplies. This however never occurred. During the war, Anne also had captured Rick Grimes and Negan Smith, preparing to infect and trade them off as well. Anne was convinced, however, to release both of them.

Season 8

"The Big Scary U"

While traveling to the Heaps to confront Anne and her people to enlist their help in fighting against the Saviors, Rick Grimes spots a black helicopter flying away from the Heaps, presumably after trading supplies for survivors captured and delivered by the Scavengers. After it flies away, Rick continues on his way confused over the helicopter.

"The King, the Widow, and Rick"

Following this presumed exchange, Rick arrives to offer Anne and her people to enlist in the war. Anne refused and had Rick stripped and detained in a container designating him as "A."

"Time for After"

Anne, an artist who finds Rick attractive, takes pictures and sketches of him so that she can sculpt him "after". When brought back out of the container, the Scavengers prepare to have Rick bitten by a leashed Walker. Anne clarifies that Rick getting bitten, turned, and offered to the Civic Republic as an "A" is the "after" she was referring to. However, he manages to fight back, overpower Anne, and convince her and her people to fight in the war.

"Still Gotta Mean Something"

After capturing Negan, Anne plans on trading him to the organization. Her watch beeps. She leaves Negan alone for a moment and returns with a walker tied to a cart. Negan fires at her with a gun he managed to get hold of, and threatens to burn a pile of sentimental photos with a flare that he found in her bag. Her watch beeps again. She rams the walker into Negan and wrestles the flare away. To her dismay, the flare falls in a puddle of water and the flame is snuffed out. A helicopter appears overhead and hovers. Anne runs to get another flare, but by the time she ignites it, the helicopter turns and leaves. As he leaves, Negan attempts to find out about the helicopter, but Anne refuses to explain.

"Wrath"

Anne is invited to live in the Alexandria Safe-Zone and as such, she cuts off contact with the Civic Republic.

Season 5: Fear The Walking Dead

"Here to Help"

At the plane crash site, a zombified member of the organization is amongst the herd that attacks Morgan's Group. The man goes after Al who is unable to stab him in the head due to his helmet. Al manages to fling him backwards, impaling the man on a pole and records him with her video camera, interested in his black armor.

Al later returns to the crash site, believing that there is a story there. Finding the zombified man still impaled on the pole, Al removes his helmet and puts him down. Searching his body, she discovers laminated documents with maps of the United States and possibly other locations around the world. As Al radios to Morgan that she was right about there being a story, she is tasered from behind and captured by another member of the organization.

"The Hurt That Will Happen"

After returning to the crash site, John Dorie finds no sign of Al or the body of the zombified member of the organization, suggesting that the group removed it after capturing Al. Unaware that Al put the man down, John speculates that the rain allowed him to slip free of the pole he was impaled upon and walk away, possibly followed by Al.

"Skidmark"

While repairing one of their walker traps, Max and Annie spot a member of the organization nearby putting down walkers and quickly hide, complicated by a radio call from Dylan that almost draws the soldier's attention. However, they succeed in hiding until the member is gone.

After talking down Max, Annie, and a group of children, Morgan and Alicia ask them about the organization, having learned from Dylan that the kids saw them when they first arrived and were scared by them. The children agree to lead them to the camp and Max explains that they first saw them a few weeks back and the members had uniforms and weapons. While the children only saw two, there could be more.

As the group gets close to the camp, a helicopter of the organization suddenly takes off and flies away. Annie states that the members had come in the helicopter and when Max wonders why they are leaving, she suggests that they got what they came for.

"The End of Everything"

After being captured by Isabelle, Al witnesses her cremate Beckett's body and escapes briefly to hide her tape of him. With Isabelle's helicopter out of fuel, the two women are forced to work together to retrieve fuel for the helicopter with only 72 hours before a retrieval team arrives. Isabelle eventually reveals that she and Beckett were on a supply run for the organization when Beckett went insane after seeing the power plant that melted down and the radioactive walkers, forcing her to kill him.

Isabelle eventually explains that the organization is bigger than them all because it's the future and everyone and everything else is the past. Isabelle states that the organization is about the future and rebuilding what humanity once had and they can't risk being found due to Al's tape. Al eventually leads Isabelle to where she hid the tape and allows her to destroy it. The group's protocol then requires Isabelle to kill Al as their mission means that no one can know anything or even see them. However, Isabelle chooses not to kill Al due to her attraction to Al.

After refueling her helicopter, Isabelle contacts her superiors to assure them that the mission was successfully completed. With Isabelle returning to base and not telling them about her encounter with other people, the organization calls off the retrieval team. To ensure that her brother's story will live on, Al sends the tape with that story with Isabelle. Al subsequently keeps her promise to Isabelle and lies about what she saw and what happened to her.

"Still Standing"

In order to refuel the plane, Al leads June back to CRM's fuel drop that she had visited with Isabelle. The two are able to retrieve enough fuel to get the plane over the mountain if only barely.

"Today and Tomorrow"

While observing Virginia and the Pioneers, Al suspects a connection to CRM from some of things that Virginia says sounding like what Isabelle said about the organization. However, Virginia has no idea what Al is talking about and she concludes that she was wrong about a connection between the two groups.

Season 9

"The Bridge"

About 19 months after cutting off contact with the organization, while on a guard post, Anne spots the helicopter flying above and looks on very nervous.

"Warning Signs"

After fleeing from her allies, Anne returns to the Heaps and retrieves a long-range walkie-talkie. She radios the unknown man from the organization. He asks her if she has an "A or a B". She asks for an extraction for herself and claims she's paid her dues but the man says for their deal to be on she'll need an A, and she promises them one the next day.

"What Comes After"

On the road, Anne's van breaks down and the organization contacts radios to see if she has the "A". She lies and confirms she does, saying they're ready for transport. Abandoning her vehicle, Anne continues on to the meeting spot on foot.

Later, Anne hears panicked radio calls about Rick apparently blowing himself up to stop a herd at the bridge and Anne spots walkers floating down the nearby river. The helicopter arrives to pick up Anne and her supposed "A" and she pulls out her gun but suddenly spots a wounded Rick on the riverbank, still alive. She quickly radios that she has a "B" but he's strong and needs help immediately. She promises it's not a trick and explains she's just trying to save a friend who once saved her. They agree to her deal and lower the helicopter.

Inside the helicopter, Anne assures Rick that he'll be fine and that "they" will save him. Rick falls asleep as the helicopter flies away into the unknown.

Season 6: Fear The Walking Dead

"Alaska"

Al and Dwight come to a building in Dallas, Texas that has a drop spot for the CRM. Al contemplates signaling Isabelle despite the risk of death, but instead warns her of the building being infested with bubonic plague without revealing her identity. Isabelle offers her supplies in a box that contains beer and antibiotics as a thank you before departing to another drop spot, warning her superiors that the drop site has been burned. Al is able to use the antibiotics to cure the survivors in the building of the plague.

"The Holding"

Amongst the hidden maps in Derek's possession, Al discovers a set of CRM maps identical to the ones that she had found on Beckett. Al is shocked to see them, telling Wes that the Doomsday Cult shouldn't have them. Later, as they pass through a room full of embalmed walkers, Al spots a zombified CRM soldier, presumably where the cult got the maps from. Al checks to see if it's Isabelle, but it is another woman who is put down by Alicia Clark. Seeing the embalming fluid coming out of the soldier's corpse, Al comes up with the idea to use the embalming fluid in the walkers to set the Holding on fire and Al removes a tube of matches from the dead soldier's pocket to help.

After returning to Valley Town and reporting in to Morgan, Al looks over the CRM maps that she had taken from the bunker. Al tells Dwight that she doesn't think that the cult was targeting Nora and her people when they hit the Creative Visionaries Agency but were instead aiming for the CRM drop site on the roof. The maps reveal CRM drop sites all over the region and if the cult manages to hit one of their choppers, they could take out a lot of people. Al decides that she must find Isabelle and CRM and warn them of the threat to them, suggesting that CRM might be able to help them against the cult.

"The Beginning"

Daniel Salazar receives a garbled transmission with coordinates leading to a field where a CRM helicopter lands. The transmission turns out to have been from Al who had sent the helicopter, piloted by Isabelle, to rescue them. Communicating over a radio, Al orders Daniel, Sarah, Wes, Luciana and Jacob not to ask pilot any questions, stating that she is there to help them. The helicopter flies the group to safety as nuclear warheads begin striking the area.

Season 7: Fear The Walking Dead

"Reclamation"

Following Isabelle going AWOL in order to rescue Morgan's Group from the nuclear destruction in Texas, the CRM sends a Reclamation Team to hunt her down and kill her. As Morgan and Al return to Al's SWAT van, the team arrives in a helicopter shortly after Al hears them on the radio. Morgan, Al and Grace are forced to go on the run from the CRM soldiers with Al attempting to keep her friends safe and out of the fight as best as she can.

Al sends Morgan and Grace to refuel the SWAT van using the CRM helicopter's fuel while she lures the Reclamation Team to Fort San Vicente where Al sets up an old cannon to kill them. However, the CRM soldiers are able to capture Morgan and Grace and threaten their lives in order to force Al to admit that Isabelle is hiding out in Beckett's Cabin. As the men try to kill Morgan and Grace, they manage to break free and escape in the SWAT van, only to have the CRM helicopter chase them before pressing on ahead.

Morgan and Grace arrive at the fort alone, but Al's attempt to ambush the Reclamation Team with the cannon fails when a walker accidentally tears out the fuse. While Morgan resets the cannon, Al distracts the CRM soldiers, hiding the cannon behind the SWAT van. Once the soldiers are in position, Al has Grace drive the SWAT van out of the way and Morgan blows up the Reclamation Team with the cannon.

The next day, Al returns to the fort and searches the body of one of the soldiers, who has reanimated despite being blown to pieces, for his maps. Boarding the CRM helicopter, Al poses as a member of the Reclamation Team and learns over the radio that the CRM has tracked Isabelle to where she landed her helicopter. Concerned for her girlfriend's safety, Al flies the CRM helicopter to Beckett's cabin where she warns Isabelle and joins her in finding a new life together, albeit one where they will constantly have to be on the run from the CRM.

Season 1: World Beyond

"Brave"

The group arrives at the Campus Colony for "Monument Day" with Kublek as the spokesperson. Five helicopters come but only one is shown to the survivors while the remaining are only seen by Hope Bennett. Kublek secretly gives Hope and her sister Iris a map to their father's location in New York State as a sign of trust. Despite this, Kublek and her soldiers carry out a massacre in Campus Colony, wiping out more than nine thousand people, though the Bennett sisters, along with Elton, and Silas, had already left the settlement for New York, with security officers Felix and Huck going after them.

"The Tyger and the Lamb"

Barca appears at Elizabeth's apartment, clearly shaken up and struggling from his involvement in the massacre of the Campus Colony community. Elizabeth invites him in and proceeds to turn on all the appliances in her apartment to demonstrate a point - they have energy, manufacturing, agriculture, water, and other functions that represent a successful society, and that everything they do is for the good of the city, stating that they are the "light of the world". She then invites Barca to sit down and enjoy some soup, unbeknownst she had summoned her bodyguards to her apartment. After a knock is heard at the door, Barca is ordered to open it, where two bodyguards take him in custody to the CRM Health and Welfare Complex. She orders that he will stay there until he is feeling better and will be re-assigned to a position that involves physical labor instead of resuming his role as a Sergeant Major and one of her bodyguards.

"Shadow Puppets"

Tony Delmado reveals that his truck used to belong to the CRM, Percy having earlier explained that they had found the vehicle skidded out on some ice the year before with the driver in the process of turning into a zombie. Tony warns Felix that the CRM doesn't mess around and that they are close, Tony having seen their helicopters flying around the area. Tony reveals that, having checked the CRM driver's pockets when they searched the truck, he has found something that points to a refuelling station nearby. Tony and Percy have a routine down to get what they need and avoid the CRM in the process. After Felix promises that his Alliance of the Three patch can get them out of trouble if they run into it, Tony agrees to help the Endlings.

"Truth or Dare"

Tony reveals that he and Percy have possession of one of the CRM's coded maps and have discovered that the key to decoding it is to shine a bright light through the plastic squares onto the map. The decoders will then cause symbols to appear on the map representing various locations with oil drops representing refuelling caches across the country. Using the decoders that Tony found, Iris is finally able to decipher the CRM map that Elizabeth Kublek had given to her and Hope which reveals that the Civic Republic Research Facility is located in Ithaca, New York, taking the form of a DNA strand on the map.

Later, the Endlings raid the CRM refuelling station for the supplies that they need in order to reach the research facility.

"The Sky Is a Graveyard"

The Civic Republic Military will appear in this episode.

"The Deepest Cut"

The Civic Republic Military will appear in this episode.

"In This Life"

The Civic Republic Military will appear in this episode.

Season 2: World Beyond

"Konsekans"

The Civic Republic Military will appear in this episode.

"Foothold"

The Civic Republic Military will appear in this episode.

"Exit Wounds"

The Civic Republic Military will appear in this episode.

"Family Is a Four Letter Word"

The Civic Republic Military will appear in this episode.

"Quatervois"

According to Dennis Graham and a newspaper article that he reads, the CRM is supposed to fall under civilian oversight soon which was always supposed to happen after ten years as part of the Founding Compact. However, the CRM are pushing for an emergency delay of it. Dennis suggests that they are back at square one after the destruction of Omaha and when Huck asks why the civilian government is pushing for it so hard, Dennis states that there has always been friction between the military and the politicians, but everyone has bought into what they're doing.

"Who Are You?"

The Civic Republic Military will appear in this episode.

"Blood and Lies"

Lyla Belshaw reveals that the Civic Republic has no idea what the military does outside its walls. The military used a modified version of chlorine gas created by Belshaw in her experiments to wipe out Omaha and the Campus Colony, but she doesn't know why. Later, Anne has Huck use a reanimated Barca to kill Belshaw.

"Returning Point"

Leo Bennett reveals to the other scientists the genocide that the CRM has enacted upon the Campus Colony and Omaha and the one that they intend to enact in Portland. The scientists agree to abandon the CRM with their research, but before the escape plan can be initiated, Brody betrays his people and he warns Anne who orders the Civic Republic Research Facility locked down and Sergeant Mills' team sent to kill everyone at The Perimeter. After Brody tries to blackmail her for a new life in the Civic Republic, Huck kills him. The Bennett's, Felix, Percy, the scientists, their security details and a captive Mason Beale end up locked in the bio-containment lab where the group begins digging into the old mining tunnels below the facility as an escape route, using the two hours needed for the lockdown to be lifted to their advantage.

In the Perimeter, Mills and his men prepare to execute the residents who haven't already left. Indira fails to talk Anne down, but a hidden Will Campbell instigates a gunfight, joined by Dennis Graham and Silas Plaskett who had come to inform their friends of the plan. Silas, Dennis and Indira are able to kill Mills and his men with only a few casualties on their side, but Dennis is severely wounded in the process.

After the lockdown is finally lifted, Lieutenant Frank Newton and his team enter the lab only to have the C4 that was left behind kill four of the soldiers and collapse the tunnel entrance, keeping Frank and his men from following. Anne reports to Huck that the scientists had wiped all of the research data from the mainframe and are in full rebellion. Concerned that this could potentially spell the end of "the last light", Anne has Corporal Diane Pierce send teams into the tunnels with orders to kill everybody as an example to others.

"Death and the Dead"

The Civic Republic Military will appear in this episode.

"The Last Light"

The Civic Republic Military will appear in this episode.

Members

Formerly

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims the Civic Republic Military has killed:

Deaths

Appearances

TV Series

Season 8

Season 9

Fear The Walking Dead

Season 5

Season 6

Season 7

World Beyond

Season 1

Season 2

Trivia

  • Angela Kang has confirmed this organization is responsible for the abduction and disappearance of Heath. This is proven when the RV he and Tara used in "Swear" is seen in the Heaps multiple times, and Anne used this same RV in "What Comes After" in order to reach the rendezvous point with the helicopter.
  • In "Here to Help" and "The End of Everything", more details are discovered about this organization:
    • The official name of the organization is represented by the initials CRM.
    • The symbol is a three-circled figure which can also be seen on their helicopter in "What Comes After".
      • Scott Gimple confirmed the three circles of the network's symbol represent three communities, and one of those communities is in World Beyond.[1]
    • Some members of the organization wear a black armor suit and a helmet that covers the whole face.
    • They have laminated documents with maps of the United States and possibly other locations around the world.
    • Their jackets act as protection from bites by zombies.
    • According to Isabelle, they are about the future and rebuilding the world which is more important than anyone.
    • Secrecy is critical to the organization so they destroy any trace of them with gunpowder and matches should a member die or evidence of the Civic Republic Military be discovered, and they will kill witnesses if necessary.
  • In AMC's "How to Name Walker Herds and More Easter Eggs" it's revealed the meaning for the labels "A" and "B" this organization use for their captives:
    • "A" refers to people with leadership abilities and willingness to fight.
      • As revealed in "The Wrong End of a Telescope", people referred to as A are bitten and infected, and are taken to be studies for their progress.
    • "B" refers to people who are unable or unwilling to fight.
  • So far, Civic Republic Military is the only faction to appear in every major continuity of the television universe.
  • In the teaser trailer for the first film, a skyline of Philadelphia is seen, hinting at the possible location of one of the Civic Republic Military's bases of operation.

References

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