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1. Political Structure

1.1 Government Hierarchy

Post-apocalyptic Columbus bears a government structure comparable to a feudal system meets the Wild West. Class is based on health (genetic purity) which allows for moderate social mobility upon birth. There exist designated roles and specialized jobs that correlate to one's ability to resist the hydroplague. The town is divided into districts based on what genetic racial combinations will yield the most effective immunities to the disease. Columbus is overseen by a feudal lord and nobles of mixed racial descent who best resist the primary and side effects of the hydroplague. (More on societal structure under Rule of Law)

1.1.1 Vigilantes for hire:

Vigilantes are hired by government to provide security and enforce the rule of their lord. The feudal lord's recent enactment of the Weapons Registry Act allows vigilantes special permission to carry firearms, and may lose this privilege if services are sold to a non-government client. They are expected to use their own judgement in enforcing the laws, though may be penalized for unnecessary use of force or abuse of power. Vigilantes are often from genetic stock of moderate purity.The quality of their equipment (weaponry, training) is based on the quality of their vigilante work, in which exceptional vigilantes are allowed to customize their gear.
Impersonation of a vigilante or unauthorized vigilante work is a legally punishable offense.

1.1.2 Collectivism in Columbus:

In lieu of the very distant, almost laissez-faire rule of law relationship between Omaha and Columbus, the majority of citizens - especially the lower class - rely on a collectivist mindset in which the townspeople share resources unilaterally to extend their lifespans. By this token, most, if not all communal efforts are survivalist in nature. These efforts are most prominent within the ghettos on the outskirts of Columbus, where the more sickly, disease-ridden, and poorfolk band together to ensure that despite their circumstances, they will thrive in the face of adversity. Similarly, communal efforts on the part of the upper echelon consist of working together to keep the impoverished citizens from having better living conditions whilst maintaining their monopoly over the distribution of resources. Fully aware of such ill-intent, the impoverished residents bear a collective consensus to rebel against their oppressors if the need were to arise. In an effort to make this possible, should the day ever come, the poorfolk have been secretly creating and distributing melee weapons from leftover resources in lieu of the WRA (Weapon Registry Act, stipulated by the lord, which enforces that only sheriffs and vigilantes are allowed legal firearms).

1.2 Rule of Law

Omaha, the capitol, is the satellite city outside of shadow government territory. Columbus is one of a number of feudal towns in the state.
The Omaha government is an uninvolved entity, aside from their control and monopoly on water.

1.2.1 Enforcement of feudal hierarchy:

The king is the ruler of the capitol. No one is quite sure of who the king is, but everyone respects his/her laws. His/her line has the purest genetics that were destined to prevail by God. The king decrees who gets what water. The Lords act as the governor/mayor of each township. The lords carry out the king's bidding, and are assigned to each relative district. They are responsible for delegating the water to their respective districts. The knights are vigilantes are hired by the lords and given special permission to use/carry firearms. These vigilantes are given free reign to carry out judgement as they see fit, as long as they defer to the lords. The peasants are the townsfolk; the ordinary people who have managed to survive by producing children with genes that are immune to the disease. They carry out a collectivist society, where everybody helps everybody. They must accept their rations of water from the lords, and are disciplined by the vigilantes if any of them act out of line. At the bottom are the serfs who have been cursed with poor genetics by God. These are the unfortunate ones who are affected by the disease. They live in ghettos outside of the city, and are shot on sight if they get too close. They must scavenge to survive, and so are generally quite violent to any that wander into their domain. Sometimes they may be commissioned into doing grungy public service work such as road building and trash collection for water rations, though they are moderated from a distance. The vigilantes generally actively pursue them, and police them heavily.

1.3 Social services


Columbus has a moderate amount of privatized social services, some that are distinct to each district. There are very few social services that are given to all residents unilaterally. Social services are special interest-related and generally need-based, dependent of the district in question.

1.3.1. Systematic distribution of resources:


The distribution of resources in the world is cyclical. The ruler, from their lavish city, sends purified water and medication to the governors of each town to distribute amongst their population. In order to maximize loyalty and ensure no rebellious actions, if a town and/or governor starts displaying signs troubling to the crown, the ruler can limit the amount of resources that flow to that particular town. The ruler can also send these towns less purified water as another means of punishment.

When the resources arrive to a town, the governor is in charge of distributing it to the masses. The governor can limit the amount of water to certain residents/segments of the town, and withhold them until they deem those in question worthy. The governor uses the vigilantes to keep an eye on suspicious members of the population, and has them report in if they deem these suspects to be a threat to the governor's order. Medication is given to the doctors & their institutions, and can limit the amount they receive as well.

Resources for purified water are gathered by the townsfolk, who collect the dirty water to ship back up to the city, allowing forit to be purified and funnel back down into the towns.

1.3.2 Health Care System:

Doctors are an important part of life in town. These individuals work to ensure the well being of the townsfolk by treating illness and distributing drugs. They also have the ability to read into an individuals genetics. In order to determine the genetic makeup of newly born children, a doctor will draw some blood in order to run a series of herbal tests. These tests use color changes, odor release, and other means as a metric to report their results, and can be observed through some old world equipment like microscopes. The tests alone mean very little, but together as a group, they help the doctors glean important genetic information from the children. While each test may see some change over the years. the battery has withstood the test of time. These services don't come freely though. Doctors are willing to help so long as you can pay their fees.

The towns structures are maintained privately. As different pieces break down or need maintenance, the authority figures will instruct their underlings to take care of weathered public works. Individuals who find themselves in default of these orders will find their access to water impaired. Larger projects occasionally will have monetary incentive behind them but these are rare.

If a young citizen wants to find work, they can offer themselves as an apprentice to a local master. While there is no public education system, this apprenticeship program has stood the test of time. For the more established professions, guilds have begun to arise in the past 40 years. The doctors guild has become a respected organization which has allowed for the training of many of this generations medical providers. Apprentices are chosen at the discretion of the masters as a way of welcoming in new talent over the years.

2 Wealth and Economy

The wealth of a person is measured by two means; the amount of purified water they posses, and how much medication they have. Due to the
catastrophic state the world has been left in, the economy has become solely one based on barter of necessary items. On a macro scale the trade of purified water with Omaha for medicine and other necessities like paper and old world tech. And on the micro scale, the use of water and medication as a form of currency between the townsfolk and traders.

2.1 Economic distribution

North of the city, there's a water purification plant, controlled by the feudal lord (or lordess) of Columbus. The majority of the water is sent off for trade with other cities like Omaha, but a small portion is sent to the town for rationing. Those of the upper tiers maintain most of the wealth while the vast majority of the "dead weight" tier have none of it. How healthy you are has a correlation to how high up in the caste system you are. Having a lot of wealth means you can afford more water and medicine and thus a healthier life. Those of the lowest cast are highly noticeable however, due to their diseased complexions from the lack of medicine and clean water. There is a vicious cycle forming that allows the rich and healthy to accumulate more value while the poor and sick get worse. This has caused a worsening negative attitude between both castes.

2.1.1 Upper Caste

2.1.1.1 Ruling Class

The feudal lord, their knights, and their families. Through a combination of religious influence, as well as the fortunate discovery that mixed race heritage leads to greater resistance of the Hydroplague, this group of has managed to gradually cement their position at the top of Columbus's social hierarchy. These families, being able to outlive the lesser populace, have accumulated much larger fortunes and more organized chains of command. Due to this, along with their knowledge and immunity, have given them nearly complete control over water and ration distribution within the town, as well as the organized trade between themselves and Omaha. The excess wealth allows the families to employ craftsmen, vigilantes, and doctors for their own personal needs and whims.

2.1.1.2 Special Interest class

Doctors, vigilantes for hire, skilled crafters, along with anyone else who has useful knowledge of the old world . Generally, their services can only be afforded by the feudal lords, or their knights, but communities have been known to scrap together enough to hire a travelling doctor or some additional muscle in the case of outlying territories. The majority of this group is composed of mixed-race individuals, as they needed less medicine to get by in life, so they could devote more time to learning their trade. The resources required for each of these trades, however, has left the special interest class wealthier than the lower classes yet still quite far off the ruling class.

2.1.1.3 Water purifiers

This is a group of mixed-race people that work in the water purification plant, due to their high resistance towards the virus. The town's main export, pure water, relies on their efforts, and so they are held in a much higher regard than the rest of the laborers. They are still considered well below the ruling families but are placed in much more comfortable communities with more resources allocated than the lower caste.


2.1.2 Lower Caste

2.1.2.1 The Labor

Anyone who can do an honest day's work. This usually ranges anywhere between construction, maintenance, and farming, though being called to fight off a group of bandits or refugees is not unheard of. Due to the nature of their work and inability to fight off the disease, those who undergo this work must often seek out assistance from the special interest class or potentially be out of work for extended periods of time.

2.1.2.2 Farmers

Mostly small scale crops and other food production. While the majority of Columbus's food comes from exports, a few farms still exist so that the town is not entirely dependent on outside sources for food, though they are mostly hold-overs from the days when Columbus was a single entity, and not connected to other territories by the feudal system.

2.1.2.3 Dead weight

Those too sick or weak contribute to the town in any useful way. The only way they are even allowed to live within the town is by having someone else, a loved one usually, doing enough work for two people.

2.2 Agriculture

The agriculture of Columbus is almost exclusively based on the water harvesting that can be done at the reservoir. The local natural water outside the reservoir is far too contaminated for the crops to naturally filter, so commoners are unable to grow their own plants without the fresh water supplied by the upper class. Columbus supplies water resources to Omaha, and in turn Columbus's citizens rely on imported produce and food from Omaha to support their nutritional needs. The former hydroelectric plant north of the town has been converted to a sort of rice paddy for succulent plants (like Aloe, Cacti and Agave) where the naturally plant-filtered water is constantly drawn from the internal plant reservoirs. This water is free enough of pollution that the succulents can draw water from them, and this water can then be drawn from the plant (in a manner similar to how a maple tree is harvested for sap) and supplied to the local population, or shipped to Omaha as a major trade resource. Because of Columbus' ability to reliably produce enough tradable resources (in the form of water) they have no need to make efforts to produce their own crops and be independent of their trade relationship with Omaha, therefore their agricultural system has no need to grow.

Because the trade relationship with Omaha is relatively recent (established in the last 50 - 75 years once Omaha was able to produce medicines and vaccines post-apocalypse and needed pure water to support it's population) there are still the remains of former farms in the outskirts of Columbus. Since these farms rely on clean, filtered water (as the water in the main rivers aren't pure enough for the plants to use) the viability of a farm is directly linked to their access to clean water. Since Columbus has established a trade relationship with Omaha that provides them with produce and other nutritional benefits, Columbus has reduced the amount of water they provide to farms, in order to increase the water they can use as a trading resource with Omaha. As a result, the independent farming operations in the Columbus area have started failing, as their water is more and more difficult to get ahold of. Even when a farm is able to have a successful harvest, most of the food goes to the rulers and households of the vassals with only enough to subside on (i.e. not enough to trade with) going to the farmers themselves.

3 Social Relations

3.1 Class & Race

There are very distinct classes in Columbus. A lot of this heavy class-ism comes from the racial discrimination of those who can easily catch the Hydroplague. The upper class is headed by the ruling family who has for a long time determined that interracial breeding came produce more immune offspring. They are in charge of the water purification plant which is manned by the lower classes. Those of mixed raced and more immune are able to work in this purification system with less fear of infection and are typically considered the middle class. Typically, this class is determined by generations of mixed blood, with those who are first generation being genetically better off but not necessarily significantly immune. Those of second and higher generation have much better job stability and the opportunity to work for the upper family in the purification plant, as they are less at risk for contracting the plague by working around the water and of course, less likely to spread the plague into the purification plant.

The lowest classes are made up of those of more pure racial blood. They are more likely to contract the Hyrdoplague and many of them already have it. They typically live in segregated neighborhoods or ghettos and there are often wars for territory or the rights to more water. However, there is a moderate degree of social mobility for children. If those in the lower classes put aside their differences, their offspring can live better lives in the class above them. They cannot take their parents, but many parents can receive better support and wider access to medication with children and grandchildren in a higher class. It isn’t yet widely known that mixed blood can help make people resilient or even immune to the plague.

Due to the close relation of class and race, and without any technology to easily test blood types to determine how mixed an individual's blood is, there is a large discrimination against hair and skin and eye color. Those who are not of the head family who look too much like one race, regardless of their family tree, are often treated as “pure bloods” or those who are of a single race. Unless they can prove otherwise through any means. As the upper class is in charge of the water, they do whatever they have to to insure it is purified correctly and not contaminated by those who may or may not have the Hydroplague.

Vigilantes are not quite a class of their own, but they are a respected job, either through charm or intimidation. Anyone can become a vigilante regardless of gender, so long as they are able bodied enough to enforce the rules of their lord.

3.2 Gender & Family

It has been two, nearly three generations since the outbreak. Those who remember the final days of the old world are dying and their children are becoming grandparents themselves. As the population slowly recovers and the risk of infection remains a constant threat, extended families have become tight-knit, akin to family relations in late 19th century New York tenements.

Naturally, mothers and grandmothers serve as the heads-of-household and are greatly respected. Fathers take a less prominent role but are not necessarily subordinates to their spouses, and in general both mothers and fathers are on roughly equal footing when it comes to major family decisions, although it is common for women to have the “last word.” Neither gender is significantly ostracized from politics, business, or relations due to gender-related prejudice, but women make up the majority of the administrative and business sectors of the workforce.

Single men are the majority in the manual labor sector of the workforce. It is common for multiple men to court a single women (after seeking approval from her mother, of course). Women have a more dominant role than men in young relationships, as the plague has a greater impact on male fertility than female fertility. Traits that are usually perceived to be attractive include, but are not limited to: family status, ambiguity of race, lack of physical deformities, having already raised a child of his/her own, and (in women) strong leadership skills or authority.

There is a social pressure for women to have children in order to “do their part” in rebuilding the population with healthy children, which grows especially strong in late adulthood. Miscarriage is commonplace, so there is strong emphasis placed on finding a "suitable" partner. New mothers suffer severe personal shame if their children develop infection or deformities, stemming from the belief that mothers are responsible for the health of the household and its lineage -- a fear that fades with age. In lower class families, there is less shame from infected children but still a strong desire for children to “succeed” in staying healthy, much like parents might hope their children graduate college and pursue “respectable” careers today.

Men, on the other hand, don’t feel as much pressure. Young single men are likely to “sleep around” until they have a child. On becoming a father, a man usually remains faithful to his partner and desires more children. Sometimes, a man may gain a reputation if he has many healthy children, and such men are more likely to commit infidelity. Consequently, men, especially young men, are seen to be very irresponsible and hence are less likely to hold administrative positions.

Long family legacies, especially in families where survival rate or resistance to infection is high, are referred to having “tough blood.” Legacies are not necessarily restricted to a single line of mothers or fathers, unlike traditionally seen in feudal history (especially Japan). Rather, resilience/resistance to infection and hence a higher survival rate of offspring are the primary characteristics of successful lineages.

3.3 Sexual Identity Politics

Sexual relationships are not a huge matter of controversy in this area. For the most part people are left alone, but there are certain relationships that may inspire snarky comments, gossip, or outrage. If someone is having a relationship with an individual of a similar race, that may cause some gossip as they are in no way helping the settlement to advance. If someone is having relationships with a diseased individual that is often seen as taboo unless both individuals are diseased.

Homosexual relationships are encouraged as it in no way can contribute to the spread of the hydro plague. It also doesn’t contribute to the issue of a non-resistant populace, making it a socially acceptable relationship. Those with heterosexual partners of a different race are valued and held in slightly better esteem in the same way that a very attractive couple may be liked more than an unattractive couple. People treat them with more respect, assume they are more intelligent, and think they are overall slightly better people on an unconscious level. This also leads people of diverse couples to "show off" a bit and be more public about their relationship.

4 Social Influences

4.1 Religion and Spirituality

Any religion practiced in the capital hold little resemblance to those of the towns on the plains. Typically, town lords are descendants of those originally immune to the Hydroplague, though in some semi-rare cases a lord has been appointed by the capital itself. Believed to have been saved by whatever god(s) they worshipped, they as political leaders also seem to be the source of religious leadership for their people. Some (more religious) lords take this duty very seriously and try to spread their beliefs among their people to bring them to salvation. Some do not actively try to spread their beliefs, but many of their followers look up to them as an example of how to live their lives. Others abuse this power over their people to amuse or help themselves. The actions of these lords have a sway over how their more religiously-inclined people act and go about their days. The most religious lords will adopt a medical symbol of the Old World to use as their crest, be it a Caduceus, the Red Cross, or the hazmat symbol.

4.1.1 Columbus

Columbus's defining religious symbol is the Caduceus.While there are locations dedicated to communal worship, it is customary for most worship to be carried out in private, or through offerings of simple foods or pieces of art and literature to the communal basket. Those with an immunity to the Hydroplague are often considered to have been blessed by the lord of the land, or the higher powers that be.

4.1.2 Deity

There is much discussion of the existence of a Deity who governs the ebb and flow of the infectious tide. Elders and fundamentalists understand their deity, the Caduceus, as a spiritual being; a two headed snake, one head spewing venom and disease, while the other breathing vaccine and good health. The more contemporary and the youth culture understand the god as a mere metaphor to guide its believers thoughts.


4.2 Military

While no true military exists outside of of some basically trained soldiers in the capital, much of Columbus's and its surrounding areas fighting force is comprised of volunteers for the resource export program, known as The Ward. With resources being so precious and so spread out among the different settlements, the powers that be formed this protective detail for the resources while they are being moved from place to place. The people that join these ranks travel all over, bringing resources to where they are needed. They are recognized by all towns who are part of the government as a necessary force.

4.2.1 Equipment

Caravan guards are issued a pre-disease era firearm. Because of the drought of viable ammunition, only one guards weapon is actually loaded, all other guards carry their guns as a show of power in the interest of intimidation. Weapons are only to be discharged in life or death situations, all other defense of the caravan must be carried out with modified, overcharged cattle-prods.

4.2.2 Threats

The roads between Columbus, the capital, the neighboring towns, are rife with danger. Societal outcasts, anarchists, and rabid fauna wander the plains outside the towns. While not often seeking trouble with the towns directly, wanderers have been known to attack advancing caravans in the interest of looting the precious cargo of water and vaccines.


4.3 Technology

No infrastructure was destroyed during spread of the Hydroplague, with the remaining population at the time having unabated access to many modern-world conveniences such as Internet, phone service, electricity, and GPS technology. The conveniences failed soon after due to a lack of maintenance. Most individuals remaining around after the event focused their efforts on remaining alive. Additionally, locations providing services like these were looted in the months after the event. A few internet hubs remain standing and connected around the nation, but in rural areas such technology remains useless.

4.3.1 Contemporary Efforts

In the days since the event, small groups of enthusiasts have gathered in various places around the nation in the interest of restoring pre-disease microelectronics. Smaller and heartier pieces of old world technology is invaluable for the study and reverse engineering of old world microelectronics. The written literature that remains about the subject create a jumping off point for would be engineers. The old worlds reliance on Asia for it's microelectronic production however, limits the engineers to looting and reverse engineering old pre-existing tech.

Old World wired telecommunication technology, due to its relative simplicity, remains possible. Phone calls are mainly local, with long distance lines expensive to maintain and use. The wealthy can afford the technology to make long distance calls, as well as those in large cities, but it is more expensive for smaller towns.

Because of the lack of a microelectronics industry, electricity use is limited to incandescent lamps, motors, heating sources, basic refrigeration, and other basic necessities for comfortable living.

While a working car is simple to produce given the right factory, petrol necessary for the car to work is in short supply. The limitations of microelectronics make the conversion of crude oil into viable gasoline a grueling, laborious, often fatal process.

4.3.2 Columbus


The city of Columbus sprang up around the remains of a old-world water purifier. The Relver family, having taken refuge in the purification plant in 40AP, activated the structure which started to dispense clean water. People traveling too and from the capital set up homestead in what would become the city. In 45AP, a riot consisting of 23 individuals attacked the purifier and booted the Relver family out, installing a new leading family, the very same family that rules in 100AP today. The settlers since grew more numerous to create the present day Columbus.

4.3.3 Purification Plant


Once the bastion of hope for the city of Columbus, the purification plant has since begun encroaching a state of total disrepair. While in the past the plant could be repaired using technology gutted from nearby businesses, such tech has become scarce, as the plant becomes more and more unstable. Various fail-safes have been disabled, and the entire structure is being run on only 2 of the 7 cylinders present.

4.3.4 Purification Plants

A new system, developed by the engineers working under the lord, promises to supply clean water via a renewable system of succulent plants. It has been tested to find that the plants used can absorb contaminated water and release it in a healthy, filtered state. A small test farm has been developed alongside the purifier and bolster the output, and results have been favorable.

Opponents of the experiment cite the succulent purified water of having a mild green hue, while tasting subtly of rotting cabbage. The plants themselves have been discovered to change structure slowly at the introduction of the contaminated water in mass. One engineer claims to have observed the plants changing color from a ripe green to a sickly orange, while others claim that the taste of the water output by the system has been steadily declining. Local wildlife has been observed avoiding water produced by the Garden.

While the Garden is promising, it is unknown if it will remain a viable source of clean, even safe, water.

4.4 Arts and Culture

Old world art has enjoyed remaining appreciated even after the Hydroplague. Famous art like the Mona Lisa or Starry Night hold the importance and reputation they possessed in the past. New forms of art and expression have since grew from the frustration of living in dying world.

4.4.1 Preservation

At the onset of the event, enthusiasts worked in small groups to preserve existing works of art. While the lines were still up, this organization spoke via telecommunications and through the internet, to negotiated and plan on the storage of major works of human expression in designated locations. The Louvre, and other famous galleries, were cordoned off and remained gurded by dedicated families for years after the Plague began.

4.4.2 Contemporary Art

New types of art become commonplace after the plague had spread. Some of these include:
  • Plague Art - Art created using elements of human, animal, or plant which have succumb to the plague. While no longer considered appropriate, Plague Art has enjoyed a resurgence through the use of old world technology and structures instead of human remains.
  • Screaming - While of unknown origin, the art of screaming rhythmically into the night to be answered by the screams of others has become a common form of expression for youths living in dense towns or cities.
  • Digging - The creation of complex, subterranean caves through digging has become both an art and a sport for the interested groups of thrillseeking artists. These underground caverns can contain complex rock carvings, mazes, and secret passages. Some artists are known to live in their creations, while other open their caves to the public.

Old world artistic expression, such as painting, and singing, still exist. Some well known artist include:
  • Jimmy 'The Plague' Remone
  • Carly Armgol
  • The Broken Windows

Old world works of art still appreciated for their cultural significance include:
  • The Mona Lisa
  • Starry Night
  • The Great Gatspy
  • Disturbed's 'Get Down With The Sickness'
  • Sinatra's 'Fly Me To The Moon'

While other works are viewed as historical windows into the past, such as:
  • John Steinbeck's 'The Grapes of Wrath'
  • Glenn Beck's 'The Eye of Moloch'
  • Dragon Ball Z
  • Suzanne Collins' 'The Hunger Games'
  • Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone With The Wind'
  • Dr.Strangelove

4.4.3 Art as Commerce

Art is still a commodity, even more now that the apocalypse has made it easier to acquire cultural pieces. Iconic cultural items or art can potentially be used as a bargaining chip within a deal or trade. Modern artists often create works about the struggles and world created by the Hydroplague. Authors write to express themselves and their ideas, but their writings largely go unread because there are no easily accessible routes to print their works in mass quantity. Most copies are written by hand.


5 People, Places, Things


People

Places

Things

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World building starting values and brainstorming
Government Involvement
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Rule of Law

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Economy wealth

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Class Relations

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Race Relations

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Religious influence

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Town sized
Apocalypse over 100 yrs ago
Summer
Plains

Zone Map of Columbus:
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1: Lower Class/ Favela
2: Middle Class
3: Lower Class/ Industrial
4: Rich/Other Side of Airport/Vigilantes
5: Shipping/Trade
6: Commercial

Google Map:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z-bprCACugw0.k8M3FrhgHs6c&usp=sharing

Post-Apocalyptic World Notes (thanks Gen!)

  • Factions on races → making things for themselves
  • Militaristic society (value of strength)
  • Upper echelon may have left
  • Socialistic/communal government → oppressive
  • Partially rebuilt/private
  • Government cares for upper class
  • Highly concentrated power → newly settled town
  • Paid vigilantes
  • New group comes in
  • Mutations of races → shielding/normal (instead of skin color, another distinction, diseases) → dependent on the “what happened?” → viral mutation that affects certain races
  • Remnants of ritualistic behavior
  • Renewed manifest destiny
  • Shelter views not changing, government changed morals/ideals
  • “Out here” there’s freedom → “chauvinistic”
  • Is this a good/bad/only place to be? Do people want in/out?
  • Central government with satellite villages?
  • Dangerous version of old west (new west?)
  • Medieval lordship style where there is a lord, servants, and knights?
  • Frontier, settlement
  • Immigrants/refugees need help, come to the town?



Class Agreement:
  • Feudal Wild West
  • Plains somewhere in the world
  • Disease/Biowarfare - Dynasty
    • Natural Immunities
    • “The people who write history are the winners”
  • Active disease - Water borne, inbreeding, birth defects, purification, racial and/or gender tension, hidden carriers, survivors
  • Cow people
  • Death of cattle?
  • Sheriffs for hire