As Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a treaty on Tuesday making Crimea part of Russia, a far-away spiritual ally of Russia has also pleaded to join the country.
Tea Party loyalists in Kansas asked the state legislature in Topeka to write new laws that would allow them to join the Russian Federation.
The state of Kansas has tirelessly attempted to roll back the clocks to a cold-war period that many of its leaders consider to be simpler and whiter. As a way to get the ball rolling they have now requested unity with Russia.
Up until now the Kremlin had shown little interest in absorbing the region as it offers little strategic and economic benefits.
"There are 2.8 million citizens of Kansas who claim a bitter distrust and contempt for the government of the United States. " Governor Sam Brownback told CNBC.
"Russia has no soldiers currently based and Kansas. They are not in a strong position as they are in Crimea and Russia does not have common borders with Kansas, so it would be difficult to service as a territory," a few meek reporters solemnly reported after treating the governor's words with great reverence.
The Kansas Senate leader Steve Morris has warned that any further saber-rattling by President Obama or further attempts to curtail discrimination against same-sex couples will be met with the strength and manly leadership of President Putin.
The United States and the EU imposed travel bans and asset freezes against a number of officials from Russia and Ukraine following Sunday's referendum and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called Moscow's action a "land grab". The Kansas congressional delegation are eager to be included on EU sanctions, as they are sure that it will ultimately prove whatever point they are making.
At the time of the collapse of the USSR, Kansas was a state in the USA and appeared to be filled with normal people of average, or above average intelligence.
Governor Brownback said many citizens living in Kansas have no passport, so becoming part of Russia will require some paperwork.
The Kansas state legislature hopes to hold a referendum on the decision to join Russia as soon as they finish re-writing laws that will carefully decide who will get to vote in such referendums. They expect to be able to beat the 96% pro-Russia vote held in Crimea this past week.