Killeen appears to be too close to Ft. Hood to be a viable survivor town. A low-yield (20 kt or so - A bomb size) over Ft. Hood would leave Killeen reeling at least from shock waves. Anything larger would destroy much of the town with pressure, if not by thermal assault. In order to get Hood Air Field as well, any nuke would have to take out most of Killeen also.
Bottom line, if Killeen survives, it will probably be as refugees seeking shelter and medical care in Cameron or Gatesville.
Meanwhile, Kerrville and San Marcos - 70 miles apart - have to dodge bombed out Austin to get to Cameron and Gatesville, each over 120 miles away. I can see where these four cities could eventually get together, probably with villages and towns centrally located west of Austin (such as Granite Shoals). SouthWriter 03:17, April 21, 2010 (UTC)
- I had second thoughts about Killeen, too. Perhaps I should relocate the community there to Cameron and Gatesville. You are right, the distance wouldn't allow the central Texas towns to work together for some time. The Association is basically a political organization created sometime in the early 2000s to make political dealings with the region easier (one entity versus several). BrianD 03:21, April 21, 2010 (UTC)
Looks like Killeen, if it is not targeted directly, would have around 75,000 inhabitants in need of repopulation. Depending on the size of the nuke over Ft. Hood, there may be a good amount of fallout in the immediate area as well. I'd say that those in the eastern suburbs may stay put for a while, or that urban area might be abandoned and repopulated when conditions improve. Let's say 50,000 refugees head for the towns to the north and east -- Gatesville has around 15,000 of its own, with Belton about the same. Belton's sister city, though is larger, with about 50,000 people. Up the road a piece is Cameron, a sleepy city of 5,000. So we have a combined population in a three county area of around 150,000 people. Being for the most part decent American folk, with a neighborly attitude toward one another, these Texans could fend for themselves for quite some time.
It might be a decade before they make contact with independent city states of Kerrville (30,000) and San Marcos (with New Braunfels, pop 40,000) which would take in refugees from Austin to the NE and San Antonio to the SW. As I pointed out these two population centers are 70 miles apart and might not know of each other until communications are re-established.
In between, there are smaller towns and villages -- like Johnson City (pop. 1000, town; 7,000 county) -- probably sought alliances to survive. Some towns along other county lines might also join in co-operative agreements -- Llano and Burnet counties share a river and a large reservoir. Those communities themselves would add up to around 40,000 all told.
Let's see. We have a community near Ft. Hood (150,000), one between Austin and San Antonio (40,000), a large community along a river (40,000), and scattered counties with populations ranging from 2,000 to 10,000 (total maybe another 20,000). The Association, when it gets established, will represent about a quarter million citizens, assuming no calamitous depopulation, of course. SouthWriter 05:16, April 21, 2010 (UTC)