As a result of the oil crisis of the 2050s and the economic crisis of the 2030s in 2079 the Canadian government passed the independent Republic. This basically acknowledged the any Canadian territory that was facing economic ruin, environmental disaster or economic chaos could apply to become an independent republic. Even though parts of Canada had already become independent republics this was the first time the Canadian government affirmed that these republics or legal entities. Most scholars now believe that the Canadian government approved this act as a way to reduce the national debt. Allowing republics to break off from Canada meant that the Canadian government could save money because they could spend less on social programs and economically. However this policy failed and was one of the primary reasons for the entire breakout of the country of Canada which occurred. In 2122 after the independent Republic of the Maritimes was founded.