Mar
22
2018
2

Kansas Cities [The Day After Ragnarok]

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Kansas Cities

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

City: Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas

Population: 100,000/700,000

Controls: Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas

Government: Strongman

Problem: Unrest

Heroic Opportunity: Technology

City Aspect: Extremely tense.  

 

Kansas City, Kansas managed to get through the first few months better than Kansas City, Missouri: there were more people in the Missouri city, which meant more chances for cholera to rip its way through the population.  The city fathers of KC-Missouri compounded their problems by planning a raid on the granaries KC-Kansas had barely managed to keep safe during the first bad year. Their sneak attack did manage to kill most of the elected leadership of KC-Kansas, but that simply allowed one Corporal Theodore Bronson, to effectively and decisely seize power in the confusion.  The invading Missourians were first turned back, then defeated, then conquered outright in the spring and summer of 1946.

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Mar
06
2018
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Sirens [The Day After Ragnarok]

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Sirens

(Pseudobranchus axanthus contranaturam)

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

The southern dwarf siren was a small (4 to 10 inches) aquatic salamander that lacked back legs, and lived in the swamps of Florida.  However, since the Serpentfall evolution for the species has gone into overdrive. Each year’s new clutch of dwarf sirens eggs doubled in size; currently, newly-mature sirens range from three to six feet in length, although that’s mostly tail.  

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Mar
03
2018
2

River-Walled Cincinnati [The Day After Ragnarok].

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River-Walled Cincinnati

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

City: Cincinnati, Ohio

Population: 90,000/510,000

Controls: SW Ohio, a small portion of NW Kentucky

Government: Machine

Problem: Hostile City (Dayton)

Heroic Opportunity: Mercenary Work

City Aspect: Ambitious and militaristic.  

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Feb
23
2018
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Golden Vegas [The Day After Ragnarok].

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Golden Vegas

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

City: Las Vegas, Nevada

Population: 18,000

Controls: Las Vegas (part of the USA)

Government: Despotism

Problem: Factions

Heroic Opportunity: Bounty

City Aspect: Free-wheeling

 

Most people think that, if it weren’t for the Serpentfall, Las Vegas would be a wide spot on the side of Route 91 instead of a rapidly growing metropolis.  Before Ragnarok it didn’t have much; desert, cactus, some casinos — but it does have Hoover Dam nearby, which means that the electricity in Las Vegas is some of the most reliable in the Western United States.  The changed climate doesn’t hurt, either: the colder, wetter weather actually helps grow more crops in the area.

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Feb
22
2018
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Gem-Doomed Burningtown [The Day After Ragnarok]

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Gem-Doomed Burningtown

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

City: Burningtown, North Carolina

Population: 8,000

Controls: Not even itself.

Government: Squatters

Problem: Unrest

Heroic Opportunity: Trade Goods

City Aspect: Red in tooth and claw.  

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Feb
20
2018
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The Free City of Ancient Dubuque [The Day After Ragnarok]

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Free City of Ancient Dubuque

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

City: Dubuque, Iowa

Population: 13,000/50,000

Controls: Dubuque County, portions of Mississippi banks

Government: Machine

Problem: Hostile City (Iowa Soviet)

Heroic Opportunity: Mercenary Work

City Aspect: Tense  

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Feb
12
2018
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Crimson-Rivered Alexandria [The Day After Ragnarok]

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Crimson-Rivered Alexandria

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

City: Alexandria, Louisiana

Population: 8,000/40,000

Controls: Rapides Parish and portions of central Louisiana

Government: Despotism

Problem: Fuel Shortage

Heroic Opportunity: Trade Goods

City Aspect: Tense. Louisiana Governor James Davis happened to be in Hollywood at the time of the Serpentfall, and he still operates out of California, while styling himself ‘Governor of Louisiana.’ However, former Lt Governor Earl Long has also claimed the title, and has set up a new capital in Alexandria.  Earl Long has both his family name and the almost ungrudging support of the Army and Army Air Force troops at Fort Beauregard, which is why Texas takes Long’s claims more seriously.  The Stevenson administration is also rumored to be taking seriously Long’s offer to join a hypothetical Texan Republic.

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Jan
30
2018
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The Ayn Atas People’s Experimental Memorial Agricultural Research Collective [Day After Raganarok]

I should just get off my rear and schedule me some time to go watch the Arnie Conan movies again.

Ayn Atas People’s Experimental Memorial Agricultural Research Collective – Google Docs

The Ayn Atas People’s Experimental Memorial Agricultural Research Collective

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

Before the Serpentfall, this facility was part of Iowa State College’s agriculture department. Students there learned to diagnose and treat common fruit tree diseases; there was also a modest breeding program for new varieties of apples.  The farm was left fallow for the first year after the Serpentfall, but was then reoccupied by the Iowa Soviet, greatly expanded, and renamed.  The current Research Collective is a sprawling complex of seized fields, forests, and farms just northwest of Ames. Security there is remarkably tight.

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Jan
29
2018
4

Shattered Rock [The Day After Ragnarok].

This was an interesting one. Oddly enough, sometimes there’s more information readily available about places and people who weren’t important statewide than there is about places and people who were. I pretty much had to plug in a bunch of Ye Standarde Conan Citie tropes here.  Which, hey, actually works in this context.

 

Shattered Rock

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

City: Little Rock, Arkansas

Population: 27,000/240,000

Controls: Central Arkansas

Government: Despotism

Problem: Unrest

Heroic Opportunity: Mercenary Work

City Aspect: Tense and Corrupt

 

Technically, Governor Benjamin Travis Laney is still the Governor of Arkansas, and is nominally loyal to the US government: in reality, he’s the despot of central Arkansas. Unfortunately for his regime, Arkansas is also a potential buffer state. Laney is sympathetic to the Konfederacy, but it is far away; and as long as Texas refuses to pull the trigger on secession, it serves as an uncomfortable, and quite close, neighbor. Like many an indecisive king before him, the governor hopes to survive by trying to play both sides against each other, while distracting his own populace with ginned-up enemies.

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Jan
19
2018
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The Stone Temple Pirates of Tulum [The Day After Ragnarok].

Blame this.

Stone Temple Pirates of Tulum – Google Docs

 

The Stone Temple Pirates of Tulum

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

Population: 25,000

 

The ancient Mayan city of Tulum (located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo) was long abandoned by the time of the Serpentfall.  Southern Mexico was protected from the tsunami that wrecked North America, thanks to all the Caribbean islands that took the brunt; but something crawled out of the seas there, afterward. And it attracted cultists, pirates, and other dangerous men.

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