This is the August 30th, 2016 report on the status of the northeastern United States.
The Doomsday event of September 25-26, 1983 forever changed the face of the planet in every way imaginable. Every country was affected, but few more than the United States of America. It is estimated that the U.S lost at least 90 percent of its population as a result of the devastation caused by the Soviet Union's missiles.
Fortunately, people have survived in the former United States. Small, independent nations have arisen in the northeastern, mid-western and western U.S, all showing great potential for positive contributions of all kinds to the world.
Even with news of these nations having recently become known to the world at large, there are nevertheless several areas of the former United States that very little is known about. Major portions of the northeastern United States are well known by WCRB and LoN explorers. The interior portions of the region, however is relatively unexplored, and contact is only through some surrounding nations.
In 2014, the League of Nations accepted a proposal by Canada and Vermont to launch an exploration into the interior portion of the Northeastern portion of the former United States.
The exploration mission was launched in April of 2015 and was completed in March of 2016. Over that 11-month period, portions of ten states were visited. It was found there were two major functioning nations (Delmarva, Vermont) as well as almost 15 smaller city-states or survivor communities were found in all the explored states except for Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Maryland.
For the purposes of the expedition, the following states, having been considered part of the "northeastern" United States, were chosen for exploration:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
More to come...
The majority of military facilities and larger cities were destroyed by nuclear weapons on the evening of September 25th, 1983 (Some cities, such as New York City or Philadelphia were struck by multiple weapons). A handful of military bases were not struck due to being rendered useless by the electromagnetic pulse or being cut off by other nuclear strikes. There were a handful of regions that were not struck, but were expected to. This included Niagara Falls, NY; Binghamton, NY; Johnstown, PA; Fort Indiantown Gap, PA; and Manchester, VT. Some of this is due to the belief that events on Doomsday led to some regions not being deemed important enough in the short window for the nuclear launch.
A brief, state-by-state overview of the region and the first years post-Doomsday follows.
Delaware: Delaware suffered a strike on Dover AFB, which destroyed both the city, county, and state government. While the largest city, Wilmington, was spared, radioactive fallout from Baltimore and Washington, DC and refugees fleeing Maryland and Virginia inundated the city, causing it to be abandoned.
Survivors from the DC metro area fled east by bridge, boat, and tunnel to escape the firestorms and radiation sparked by the nuclear war. However, in the panic, accidents and fires eventually caused these entry points to be destroyed over the weeks after Doomsday.
Not long after, a hurricane blew up the east coast, extinguishing fires around the ruins of Dover, but caused catastrophic damage.
Maine: Portland, Brunswick (Naval Air Station Brunswick), Franklin, Bath (Bath Iron Works) and Limestone (Loring Air Force Base) were destroyed on Doomsday from direct strikes and skitters was also destroyed due to a strike on Pease AFB in Portsmouth, NH, causing catastrophic damage to the small state.
The state government in Bangor survived, however increased lawlessness caused a loss in power to the authorities. When it was decided to flee, gangs destroyed the convoy and killed the surviving leadership. Multiple other cities fell to gangs and raiders, who enslaved the population or murdered them.
Canada has been in communication with at least one survivor state, Aroostok. This republic formed in the northern reaches of the state to provide law and order as well as protect the local population from gangs that were ravaging the area. With help from their neighbors,
As of 2015, there are two nations that exist in the state:
Both nations are operating at an early 1900's standard of living, though University of Maine in Presque Isle has helped keep the citizens of Aroostook well educated. Aroostook has been in contact with Canada, through New Brunswick since the 1990's which has provided them with some contact to the outside world.
The Northern Townships have been fiercely isolationist, keeping minimal contact with Aroostook, Canada, and Vermont. It has declined to participate in any international forum, and is generally opposed to external interference or intervention.
Aroostook is ready for international communication and will likely continue to work with regional nations to strengthen the economy of the northeast. A previous proposed alliance was shot down, due to the representatives referring the new organization as 'Greater Aroostook'. The nation is involved with a regional counterpart to the League of Nations, the United Communities.
Maryland: Eastern Maryland
New York: Buffalo, New York City, Rochester, Schenectady, Syracuse were all struck, New York City metropolitan area being completely obliterated by over two dozen warheads. Several military bases were hit as well, damaging or destroying nearby cities, including Burlington, Vermont. The state government did not survive, and it was not believed that any nations were left in the region, with the exception of Niagara Falls.
As of 2015, there are six nations and one protective force left in the state:
- Protective Force
Binghamton and Ithaca were independent nations until 2011, when they reunified intothe Republic of New York, with a goal of reunifying as much of the state as possible.
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Erie, Harrisburg, Bethlehem, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton were all destroyed. Much of the state collapsed into violence due to the chaos. Surviving remnants of the state government fled to State College and formed a provisional government, stabilizing the region over the next 15 years. They would be partially successful. Reading set up a separate provisional government with local and state officials forming a city-state. They slowly expanded into the surrounding region and are one of the more powerful nations in the state. With the destruction of Erie, PA and refugees from Cleveland, what is now North Pennsylvania was under an authoritarian regime for several years, but overthrew it in the mid 1990's.
Presently, there are five states, recognized at various degrees by each other, foreign governments outside of the former state, and international organizations. One nation, unrecognized by the others, exists as a raider state, frequently attacking convoys for supplies and slaves. Dozens of surviving city-states, mostly small towns in the northeast and southwest, exist, relatively ignorant of the outside world. Contact has been made with several of them, and a few have chosen to integrate with other countries.
There have been serious negotiations between North Pennsylvania and State College about reunification, but they have been fraught with disagreements over the capital, and the legitimacy of the State College government as the successor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Susquehanna and Reading have been cooperating since contact on a variety of fronts, primarily, economically, militarily, and politically. Both nations have deemed each other protecting power in nations where one or the other lacks any major representation. There has been a series of joint military operations to secure land borders, and eliminate the gangs and raiders that plagued the region.
Gettysburg has aligned itself heavily with Virginia, much to the chagrin of the rest of the state. Still, there has been positive relations with the nation, as State College and Reading both attempt to woo it away from Virginia.
It appears that the state may end up aligning itself into two (possibly three) power blocs, one centered around the northwest and central part of the state, the other around the northeast and southeastern portions. Still, all parties remain relatively cordial and it does not appear that there will be any major conflict.
Rhode Island: Rhode Island was completely devastated on Doomsday. There were strikes in Providence, the capital, and Newport to eliminate a navy base. The state government, and most local governments were wiped out on Doomsday as well, leaving only a handful of municipal authorities to keep order. Gradually, the few survivors (likely numbering in the hundreds from interviews and the few surviving records) made their way out of the state into western Massachusetts or to Block Island.
Today, the majority of the state is an abandoned wasteland. Vermont claims the majority of the state, and a small surviving population on Block Island of about 500 people. The island is a borough in the Outer Lands.
Vermont claims the rest of the territory, though it does not appear that the ruins of the state will be resettled in the near future.
- Recognized Nations
Due to the small size of the state, it is unlikely any other survivor states will be found, and the remaining territory will be absorbed either into the Outer Lands or Vermont.
Vermont: Vermont was not struck by nuclear weapons, however the state dealt with some immediate effects. The electromagnetic pulse eliminated internal communication in the state, and cut off any contact with officials in other states and Washington D.C. Additionally, a strike on Plattsburgh, New York damaged Vermont's largest city, Burlington. The blast caused a shock wave that caused minor damage to the city, and generated a small tsunami that flooded the downtown.
The state government survived, but was forced to flee the sudden outbreak of violence in Montpelier. It fled to Rutland, and with surviving units of the State Police, National Guard, local law enforcement, and civilian militias, were able to stabilize the area.