Hey! What a surprise to see the town where I spent so many long weekends visiting my girlfriend in college! In order to more fully nerd out our long distance relationship, I did a huge research project on Mattoon for a class I was taking at the time, so I can lend a hand. First, a surprise: To the south of Mattoon are oilfields. Not huge ones, but enough for what a small community would need. Getting that oil has probably been a big priority for whoever was in charge over the years. And it also makes sense for Mattoon to be abandoned, but Charleston form into a survivor community. Mattoon's right on the railroads and the Interstate and probably had major refugee issues. While that was going on, Charleston could have barricaded itself up, welcomed in the neighbors, and kept out the outsiders. Benkarnell 05:53, January 20, 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for the info on the oilfields, I will try to integrate it into the history. By the way, since you know a lot about the area, feel free to add to the article. Also do you like how I had a certain coach of the New Orleans Saints as the current Mayor of Charleston? He was attending EIU when Doomsday happened and would be stranded there. Mitro 14:46, January 20, 2010 (UTC)

Now I fin this article rather intriguing and it's nice to see Sean Payton survived. Seeing as their are a few Kentucky references I would be interested in what your thoughts were on the relationship between Kentucky and Charleston going down the road. Also my services are at your disposal should you need any help on the Kentucky-Charleston so just let me know. --GOPZACK 06:52, January 28, 2010 (UTC)

The relations between Virginia and Charleston would probbabbly be cordial at best, ice cold at worst. This would be sparked by a dispute over their refusal to declare idependance, which would lead the ambassador to exclaim, exasperated "How can you secede from a nation that no longer exists?!?"'.'

Yankovic270 19:36, February 22, 2010 (UTC)

Oil fields

It's great to find oil fields, but what then? The towns of Chaleston and Mattoon were within line of site of nuclear blasts on all sides, not to mention almost directly underneath the EMP blast over middle America (established to be two high altitude blasts due to fuel limitations on the missiles). The combined EMPs would have fried just about every piece of electronics - even the old fashioned stuff! The point is, there would not be much way of pumping the stuff for quite a long time. The nearest refinery, if not destroyed, was still over near nuked St. Louis, MO, some hundred miles to the southwest.

Perhaps, in time, the chemists at the university could set up a makeshift refining station, and by trial and error get a gasoline or diesel that would work in vehicles. Those formulas were undoubtedly public information available (if they were lucky) locally. The point is, rationing of stored goods for the first winter, followed by strict farming protocol from then on, is the only way this town could survive on its own for long. No oil production for a while. SouthWriter 19:55, August 26, 2010 (UTC)

Yeah, that would have to be something they could use eventually, not immediately. How was petroleum fuel refined c. 1900? Those sorts of methods would be the ones we'd see. Benkarnell 00:04, September 28, 2010 (UTC)
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