Imperial Knights of Sierra
|Motto||Tradition, Purity, and Preservation|
|Predecessor||Ku Klux Klan|
|Formation||May 20, 1851|
|Type||White nationalist organization|
|Purpose||Promoting white supremacy/nationalism|
|Headquarters||Phoenix, MA, Sierra|
|Round Table Center|
Remove Kebab Party|
Founded in 1851, the Imperial Knights of Sierra was formed in response to Chinese and Mexican immigrants arriving to the country, seen as a threat to both the social and economic integrity of whites. A major leader in the 19th century nativist movement, the IKS gained prominence during the Sierran Cultural Revolution when it led and organized the counterrevolutionary movement including officially orchestrating several violent race-related incidents.
By the end of Great War I and persecution by the Purpleshirts, membership in IKS plummeted dramatically, and the organization officially renounced the use of violence although the organization remains active, occasionally stirring national controversy and media attention through its rallies and protests. Members affiliated with IKS have also been involved in several prolific hate crimes in the post-Revolution era, a responsibility denied by the IKS which currently promotes itself as simply a defender in the "white rights movement" and white nationalism.
The IKS has been identified as a hate group by the Sierran Poverty Law Center, a claim that the IKS has denied, asserting that it is simply promoting "white pride", although acknowledges that it has historically targeted ethnic minorities, sometimes even violently. The organization has been accused or criticized of promoting neo-derzhavism, antisemitism, homophobia, and Islamophobia. The IKS is headquartered in Phoenix, Maricopa and claims to have a membership of more than 20,000 "racially conscious" whites. The bulk of its membership are concentrated in rural areas and populations with higher instances of white populations.