Medieval America Mark III

Chicagoland
Chicagoland



Government: Mayorate
Head of State: Colonel of Iowa
Head of Government: Mayor, chosen by primogeniture from the sons of the ruling Daley family.
Population: 160,000 total, with 40,000 in Chicago and 120,000 in Chicagoland
Religion: Non-Denom
Totemic Symbol: Bushel of Wheat

Like many great cities, Chicago straddles the border between many different world. On the one hand, there are the Great Plains, home to those savage New Israelites, their caravans bearing the promise of the riches of the mysterious peoples of the Wild West. Then on the East you have the feudal core, a land of civilization, order and Christendom. To the north there's the Great Lakes, that singular sweetwater sea that the stern Lakemen call home.But just to the south there lay the great Mississippi river basin, the great artery of the America's that will take on to the exotic and eldritch metropolis of N'awleens, a land said to be ruled by women who do not die. Placed as it is, it is no surprise that Chicago has risen to be one of the great cities of Medieval America.

Indeed, its prosperity results from the interplay between the east and the west, and the north and the south. Latitudinally, it has grown rich from the beef trade. Cowboy clans from across the plains have been known to drive their herds into the great markets of Chicagoland. Some of these cows will be bought by more easterly merchants to be driven still further from their native sod but most will be bought by local merchant comppanies to be butchered in one of the dozens of great slaughterhouses of Chicago, the largest in the world. After this, the meat will be salted and shipped either across the Great Lakes or down south onto the Mississippi. The access to beef allows even the most destitute of serfs to enjoy the famous Chicago Frank.

On the longitudinal axis, Chicago has profited from being a great center of trade. Being located right on the Great Lakes, it was sure to benefit trade somewhat. More critically is its strategic location on the so-called "Chicago Portage", a two-mile gap that seperates the Great Lakes from the drainage system of the mighty Mississippi. In less civilized times, this gap had to be traversed by foot. Now, a series of canals and pund-locks, carefully maintained by the Non-Denominational Church's Army Corp of Engineers under the Order of the Elks (at the cost of some rathe significant "tithing" on Chicago's part), have allowed ships laden with cargo to sail from Buffalo to Louisiana. Duties and trade have made Chicago one of the richest cities on the Great Lakes.

It is therefore understandable as to how Chicago became the seat for the DuPont family to conquer the whole of Illinois and Iowa, forging one of the greatest American empires since the fall of Federal power beyond the eastern seaboard. It was equally a surprise, then, when Illinois (embroiled in its war with Ohio, perhaps the greatest war since the Regression) was invaded by the Baileys and the Dabneys who utterly wasted the once mighty empire, executing the DuPonts to a man and putting Chicago to the torch.


The Razing of Chicago

When the Baileys finally set about to putting down the Dabneys, they found some trouble as their fleet of Memphis river boats advanced. In their retreat, the Dabneys had destroyed the locks that linked Chicago to the Mississippi. The Baileys were forced to encamp outside the rebuilt walls of Chicago, while the Dabneys were able to resupply via the Michigan. However, it was not to last: it is no exaggeration to say that the Dabney Illinois Territory was among the most despised states in the whole of the East. They were New Israelite savages that had overcome one of the mightiest kingdoms of America, and continually threatened the Christian nations of the Midwest. The first link to break was Wisconsin, where Governor Oliver Schultz revoked his vassalge to the Dabneys and pledged fealty to the Baileys. The Wisconsite knights divided the Dabney forces, allowing them to be smashed piecemeal.

Then, when the Church declared its "War on New Israelism", the Dabney death-warrant was signed. The Mackinaw league, who had been forced into an uneasy cooperation with the Dabneys, convened in Buffalo and expelled the Dabneys, and then declared a League War, with moral and material support from lords across the nation. The armada was to be headed by the Daley family, who had long ago been exiled to Buffalo for corurption where they grew into a powerful merchant clan. Now, they sailed west to reclaim their birthright.

Along the way, they would stop in Milwaukee to resupply, and take on men. When the Armada came within sight of Chicago, the populace rose up against their New Israelite masters, tearing their men apart in the streets and burning their colossal Revival tents. The Mackinaw force captured the Dabneys and those that were not executed were exiled to the outposts of the far north. In a hasty ceremony, Noah Daley was crowned the Mayor of Chicago. Then, the gates of the city were opened, and the crown was handed over to George Bailey.

Though technically a part of Iowa, pledging allegiance, levies and taxes (at a considerably higher rate then Wisconsin) to the Hawkeye Colonel, Chicago enjoys a remarkable degree of independence. All import duties go to the Daleys, and they have near absolute political autonomy. The city controls the outlying metropolitan areas, and a pale surrounding the many canals that belong to the city, with its territory stretching from Joliet to the grim metropol of Gary. Though a far cry from its height under the DuPonts (its population and infrastructure having been ravaged by the Dabneys), the population is growing fast, helped in no small part by its excellent sewage system which has made it the cleanest city this side of the Rockies. The forecast is looking good for the Windy City, and the beloved Daleys show no sign of being unseated any time soon.
 
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The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks
The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks



When the Regression began and industrial agriculture began to collapse, the impact was felt hard in the Great Plains where farmers found it harder and harder to get large yields out of the hard sod. Many turned to one of the countless "Revival" movements that popped up in Middle America, opposing the Federal government (who they saw as coastal elites)'s usurpation of Christianity, and called for a return to Old Testament values, and a rejection of decadence. These Revival movements would coalesce into the New Israelite faith, and many of the early adopters went ahorse, terrorizing those that did not join the movement (primarily those that still clung to agriculturalism).

Thousands of hungry and terrified refugees were driven east by the trod of horse hooves, and many of them coalesced in and around the nearest major metropolitan center: Chicago. A humanitarian crisis unfolded, and the government was largely powerless to stop it. Many organizations attempted to pick up the slack, but two rose above the rest: first, the local branch of the Non-Denominational Church, which was increasingly the Federal government's only reliable means to provide aid to the states. Secondly, the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks.

Based out of Chicago, the Elks (originally founded as a fraternity for minstrels) had been one of the nation's leading charitable organization. Being based out of Chicago, it was only natural that they began to focus their efforts on the developing humanitarian crisis on the Great Plains. Going beyond simply helping the refugees that now found themselves in the Midwest, the Elks went to the source, their lodges on the plains serving as local relief centers and helping to allow refugees to safely get themselves to safer areas. Their lodges quickly ran into conflict with the nascent New Israelites, who saw them as stooges of the Nondenom Church. The Elks petitioned the Federal government, impotent as it was, to allow them to take up arms to defend Christian refugees and their lodges against the New Israelites. The Church did them one better, and organized for the Elks to be declared a 508(c)b organization: a Federal religious order.

The coupling made sense: the Elks had always been an avowedly Americanist and theistic organization, and had grown close to the Church during their mutual work in the Regression. Now, with the backing of law behind them, the Elks began the transition from a private fraternal order to a religious military order. They recruited from among the many grateful refugees, eager to turn the tides against the New Israelites, and integrated those Army and National Guard remnants that remained.

While the Elks failed in their quest to turn back the tide of the New Israelites and reclaim the Great Plains, they did save the lives of many refugees and were able to prevent the expansion of the Cowboys further. Indeed, this became their primary function: the Elks spread across the border between the Plains and the emergent feudal core, building fortresses and specializing in combating the Cowboys. The Elks were at their most influential in Illinois where they acted virtually as a "State-within-a-state", controlling massive stretches of the Iowa country to ensure its safety from the Cowboys. They grew rich off of the trans-plains trade, becoming one of the most eminent groups in the Feudal Core.

As so often happens, their host sovereigns felt threatened by their growing power within their country. 250 years ago, Bradley IV Dupont made his move. He accused the Order of heresy, claiming that they had adopted New Israelite beliefs. While the case went through the cumbersome process of reaching the Supreme Court, he did not hesitate, immediately seizing the land held by the Order and hanging its top men. Eventually, the Court would strike down the accusations as spurious, but the damage was done: its core gone, the Order was reduced to its Green Bay Lodge, which Terry II Schultz had refused to hand over to Illinois. His goals already achieved, Bradley decided not to push the issue.

The Order began to attempt to re-establish its power base, but was unable to achieve the same level of influence it had had in Illinois, the New Israelites being less of a threat here. They shifted their focus to keeping the Kanadi in check, and doing mission work amongst the Canucks. During this time with the Canucks, the Elks adopted a new practice from the shamen of these people: the riding of Elks. A practice that has occurred in numerous cultures the world over throughout history, it had been independently developed by the Canucks as a status symbol, and was in turn adopted by the Elks. To this day, the Order maintains a herd of docile moose in Green Bay, and the richest of Exalted Leaders and Knights will ride them into battle.

The Order joined the Daleys in the Conquest of Chicago, serving distinguishedly, and were returned their Grand Lodge after two centuries away. Though the Iowans have allowed the Order to re-establish Lodges within their territory and to once more patrol the Big Wall of Iowa, their center remains shifted, focusing on the politics of the Great Lakes and the trade that passes through it.

At the head of the Elks is their Grand Exalted Ruler, elected by the Exalted Leaders of the various Lodges. He appoints a cabinet of officials to aid him in running the organization. The preponderance of members are Knights of various rankings (up to and including the Esteemed Leading Knight, the organization's second in command). Each is assigned to a local Lodge, led by a hereditary Exalted Ruler who can only be removed by an agreement between the Grand Exalted Ruler and the Grand Chaplain (who is appointed directly by the Church as their representative). The Lodges possess some share of land, and are granted power of local taxation. Trainees for the organization are Antlers, who are appointed as assistants to Knights.

One curious facet of the new Elks is in many ways a return to form: theatrical performances. The practice was re-adopted during the Refugee Crisis to raise money, usually centering around noble Christian cowboys who fight against New Israelite gangs. These shows proved tremendously successful, and are performed across the East. This has revived the Wild West Show of the 19th century.
 
ToC formatting problems mostly fixed, though I still have to go through it beyond "The Desert" to make sure everything is alright.
 
Hello everyone! I'm a new person to reading this thread (keep it up, love the work!) and I have question that may or may not already have been ansewered. Since I'm from Indiana I'm curious as to what religion is practiced there and if English is still a majority language

Cheers!
 
Hello everyone! I'm a new person to reading this thread (keep it up, love the work!) and I have question that may or may not already have been ansewered. Since I'm from Indiana I'm curious as to what religion is practiced there and if English is still a majority language

Cheers!
The Non-Denom Church is followed there and a descendant of English is spoken there. Can't remember which language exactly is spoken though.
 
[Semi-Canon] Timeline
I've been looking through the website in other to create a timeline of purely canon material (so nothing from the forum or the what's next thread or anywhere else for that matter; pure canon). In the Spoilers are what I got and below that is a timeline I've constructed from there. Finally below that is things I have gathered from the timeline.

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TIMELINE

  • 2003:

    • The Event happens. George W. Bush declares martial law.
  • 2010s:

    • The Non-Denominational Church is formed by the US government.
  • 2060s:

    • The distant states of the USA begin to break off. These being: Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho, Utah, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
  • 2090s:

    • The closer states of the USA begin to break off. These being: Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Arkansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina. The Northeast and Virginias stay loyal due to their proximity to Washington. However, they too would break away sooner than later.
  • 2100s:

    • A symbioses is finally created between church and state.
  • 2200s:

    • Through the breaking away of the Northeast and the Virginias, the USA is left in control of the Potomac Basin and Chesapeake.
  • 2300s:

    • Within the western coast and east, heavy cavalry begins to replace the horse archery tactics which dominated the continent.

    • After losing the northern Potomac Basin, the Americans begin carving out a maritime empire under George VII Bush.

    • Cuba becomes a dominant trading power in the Caribbean seizing the Bahamas.
  • 2400s:

    • The southern whites have become noticeably darker and the southern blacks have become noticeably whiter.

    • The Chief Justice has become the acknowledged arbitrer of faith in the Non-Denominational Church.
  • 2500s:

    • The Californian Warring Period breaks out with there being four warring factions: Sacramento, Socal, Redding and Fresno. The warring broke out due to a Lifer coup.

    • Due to the relative peace of Socal, the leadership is capable of funding the construction of the Los Angeles Labyrinth.

    • Cascadian merchants seize San Francisco.

    • The Floating Isles of Salt Lake are constructed by the Mormons.
  • 2500 - 2530s:

    • Jimmy Duval rises to become Colonel of the Red River Territory. He was the illegitimate son of the former Colonel and openly recognized his African heritage. He was, however, white.
  • 2530s - 2560s:

    • A mixed race captain of mercenaries, Ted Flannagan, leads a coup and seizes Georgia becoming President.
  • 2590s:

    • The racial divide within the south comes to an end.
  • 2600s:

    • Sacramento unites California and expels the Cascadians from San Francisco. Using the wealth gained from the conquests, the Californians construct the Sacramento Tower.

    • Socal descends into a civil war between Los Angeles, San Diego and the inland regions due to their own Lifer coup.

    • New Mexico subjugates Arizona. With the wealth gained, the New Mexicans construct the Great Pyramids of Albuquerque.

    • Columbia conquers Cascadia.

    • The Illinois conquer Iowa and construct the Big Wall of Iowa to halt nomadic raids which had increased during the period.
  • 2680s:

    • The Yaegars descend from Wyoming and pillage Salt Lake City. They seize control over the region carving a realm stretching from Provo to Pocatello. They slowly begin to push the Mormons to Idaho whilst persecuting those left in their territories.
  • 2700s:

    • Columbia attacks Idaho and crushes the Desereti rump state. Many Mormons flee into the desert from where they raid the Yaegars only to be bloodily defeated.

    • Arizona gains independence from New Mexico and seize El Paso due to Oklahoman raids weakening New Mexico.

    • The Californian Republic conquers Socal during the southern civil war.

    • There is a large population density within the Great Plains which would see nomadic raids increase.

    • The Rizzini overrun Nebraska and become the dominant tribe in the region.
  • 2770s:

    • From Kansas a Bailey-Dabney alliance breaks through Missouri defences at Fort Leavenworth and cross the Missouri River quickly trapping them Gallatin where the entire army was massacred. After burning down St. Louis, the Baileys rampaged through Iowa slaughtering every man and enslaving every woman and child before they ended their raids and carved out a kingdom for themselves.

    • Whilst the Baileys burnt down St. Louis, the Dabneys seized ships to cross the Mississippi and advance east within the Midwest. They were eventually halted at Lima by an Ohioan army. The Dabneys retreated to Illinois and carved for themselves their own kingdom from where they would annually raid their eastern neighbours. In retaliation, the Ohioans build a great series of defences along the Wabash made up of ditches, walls and towers whilst the Wisconsians simply pay tribute.
  • 2780s:

    • Nomads descend from Wyoming and defeat the Yaegers destroying their main force and capturing their chief torturing him to death. The Mormons then descended from the deserts and seized Salt Lake City before holding off the new nomadic invaders.
  • 2800s:

    • El Paso breaks away from Arizona.

    • Columbia conquers the whole of Deseret and defeat the Wyoming nomads.

    • A Lifer coup takes place in California and Socal breaks free.
  • 2820s:

    • George Bailey becomes governor and allows merchants from Memphis to rebuild St. Louis. The merchants would also receive special trading rights within Iowa. George was baptised into the Non-Denom church and with his mercantile contacts, he purchased an armada of river boats to attack the Dabneys. Several years of war broke out between the two groups with George coming out on top crushing his enemies and creating a realm stretching from the Missouri to the Wabash.
  • 2880s:

    • The Deseretians rebel against the Columbians and expel them. The nomads of Wyoming and crushed and the Reids take power over Deseret.

    • The New Mexicans retake the rest of the Rio Grande and raid the Oklahomans taking many slaves in retaliation for former raids.
  • 2900:

    • Atlas of Medieval America takes place.

THINGS THAT CAN BE GATHERED

  • The Caribbean is secretarial and pretty dark skinned.

  • Western Cuba saw a mercantile state arise and dominate the entire island as well as the Bahamas.

  • Sub-Saharan Africa and India are divided between feudal states.

  • Slavery is all over the Americas.

  • Protestantism collapses in Europe with them turning back to the Roman Catholic Church.
 
The Northern Border: Ontario

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The Northern Border: Ontario

Throughout the first few decades of the new Medieval era, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces were still nominally loyal to Ottawa, the western provinces having long since broken away. This state of affairs continued until 2172 when the tolerance for the Catholic ways of the Quebecois finally wore thin and the young Prime Minister Scheer declared the rights of all Catholics in Canada null and void. In response to this blatant provocation Premier Jacques II Dechêne sacked Ottawa, killed the Prime Minister, seized his heir, betrothed the Prime Minister's daughter to his son and used his newfound authority as Royal Regent to move the capital to Montreal. This act of aggression against the Non-Denom Church prompted the remaining provinces to break away from Canada and forge their own path in the new Medieval Era.

State of Ontario

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System of Government: Feudal State
Head of State: Premier , chosen through primogeniture
Population: 900,000
Religion: Non-Denominational
Totemic Symbol: Trillium Flower

As the only Non-Denom state north of the Great Lakes, Ontario is a bulwark against raiders, savages and worst of all the Quebecois. It also remains the last bastion of English Canadian culture with the Ottawa and St Lawrence Valley having fallen to the countless Quebecois crusade and anti-crusades over the span of hundreds of years.

With the eastern part of what was once Ontario now vassal states under Quebec the State of Ontario directly controls territory from London to Oshawa with vassal states in Peterborough, Hastings and Frontenac County. When Crusades against Quebec are launched, they begin here and when Quebec launches Crusades of its own, most of the time it marches into Ontario, though sometimes it will march south into Vermont. However, Quebecois crusades seldom go further than Kingston and only twice have they reached Toronto.

When Ontario broke away from Canada, it was still officially a province. However this would not do as this would imply a fealty to the Kingdom of Canada, now a nation seized by infidels and heretics. And so it was that then Premier Andrew II Mackay traveled to Cincinnati to formally pledge allegiance to the President of the United States of America and become the State of Ontario, though he would retain his title as Premier. Because of the rifts between the President in Ohio and the President in Baltimore this change would not be acknowledged by the Non-Denom church for 120 years. Tensions would remain high along the Quebec border for years to come, with lancers from both sides raiding back and forth. However no open war erupted until April 2487, when the strategic town of Kingston fell to a Quebecois army. With the fall of Kingston Quebecois ships could now be dragged up the St Lawrence to Kingston and raid the whole of Lake Ontario. This situation was untenable for one of the primary trade routes across the Appalachians had now been cut off. And so the First Laurentian Crusade was declared.

The Crusade succeeded in capturing Montreal, but the crusaders failed to return prior to the onset of winter and the cold, famine and deep snow killed many a Crusader. Where 7,000 men set forth, only 900 returned, missing fingers, toes, noses and ears to frostbite. Thus would be the future of relations between Quebec and Ontario, with Crusaders marching back and forth between Montreal and Toronto. Rarely those cities would fall but often by the time Crusaders returned, winter would have set in and destroyed the returning force.

As a border state, Ontario deals often with the Canucks. As an officially Non-Denom state, Toronto hosts a District Supervisory of the Non-Denom Church and many monks use Toronto as a base before venturing into the northern wilds to preach and convert the savages. Ontario will also suffer through and deal with raids from Pagan and Catholic Canuck tribes.

Peterborough County

System of Government: Feudal Vassal
Head of State: Sheriff, chosen through Primogeniture
Population: 80,000
Religion: Non-Denominational
Totemic Symbol: Canadian Loon


Hastings County

System of Government: Feudal Vassal
Head of State: Sheriff, chosen through Primogeniture
Population: 50,000
Religion: Non-Denominational
Totemic Symbol: Northern Pike



Frontenac County

System of Government: March
Head of State: Major, chosen through decree of the Premier of Ontario, generally passed from father to son
Population: 30,000
Religion: Non-Denominational
Totemic Symbol: Coyote

Frontenac County contains Kingston, a fortress town where the St Lawrence drains Lake Ontario. Kingston is of vital strategic importance to the Non-Denom Nations of the Midwest and Great Lakes because of it's location and as such has been fought over numerous times.
 
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Alleghey (Allegheny) County

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Alleghey (Allegheny) County

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System of Government (De Jure): Feudal Vassal
System of Government (De Facto): Feudal State
Head of State: Commissioner, selected from sons and nephews of ruling Commissioner prior to his death
Population: 1,400,000
Religion: Non-Denominational
Totemic Symbol: Terrier

Like Wisconsin, Alleghey County was once a vassal of it's much larger neighbor. That was until Illinois and Ohio beat each other half to death 150 years ago. Since then, defending against Dabney raids has occupied much of Ohio's manpower and resources and so Alleghey County has broken away to chart it's own course. However now that the raids from Illinois have ceased, Ohio is building up the strength so that one day it can assemble a fleet to sail up the Ohio River, lay siege to Pitsberg until the Commissioner relents and once more agrees to pay tribute to the President in Cincinnati.

Alleghey County is centered on Pitsberg, one of the greatest metalworking hubs in the East. Located where the Alleghey and Mononga (Monogahela) Rivers join to form the Ohio, the rivers power mills and furnaces. Those mills alongside iron ore and coal and timber floated down the river from the Appalachians make Pitsberg one of the largest sources of raw steel in the east. Pitsberg is also incredibly difficult to besiege as the Ohioan Eastern Army discovered during the Great Midwestern War. It is surrounded on 3 sides by rivers with steep banks and forts on the opposite shores.

In addition, Pitsberg also offers one of the few fixed crossings of the Ohio River with a bridge over both the Alleghey and Mononga rivers allowing travelers to safely cross the Ohio river, for a fee of course.

In the past, when Alleghey County was solidly under the control of Cincinnati, there was an organized campaign on the part of Ohio's allies in the Midwest and South to add more Church districts so as to offer better spiritual representation for Midwesterners i.e. gain more power over the supreme Court. The campaign called for Pitsberg to become the seat of a new Church district encompassing eastern Pennsylvania. However, the judges of the Supreme court, 6 out of 9 were previously supervisors from New England, forced Ohio to back down by threatening to have Alleghey County ascend to full statedom. This would have allowed Alleghey County to have the legal rights to resist Ohioan rule. Of course, they do have that power now but only informally and subject to change with the political winds.
 
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Though I've never contributed to these threads, I just want to say that I really love these Medieval America threads. Matthew White's concept was and still is a greatly interesting concept to me, and I think he would have been proud of the work here and of Rob Bartlett's work. I would actually like to see there be a TV series based on this; I don't watch things like Game of Thrones or The Borgias (that might be a bit more up my alley than Game of Thrones), but I'd definitely watch this. I have to ask, though, if we've done any kind of post for Ohio, Georgia, or Louisiana here? I have a particular interest in those regions and would like to hear about them.

Other than that, keep up the good work!
 

tehskyman

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Though I've never contributed to these threads, I just want to say that I really love these Medieval America threads. Matthew White's concept was and still is a greatly interesting concept to me, and I think he would have been proud of the work here and of Rob Bartlett's work. I would actually like to see there be a TV series based on this; I don't watch things like Game of Thrones or The Borgias (that might be a bit more up my alley than Game of Thrones), but I'd definitely watch this. I have to ask, though, if we've done any kind of post for Ohio, Georgia, or Louisiana here? I have a particular interest in those regions and would like to hear about them.

Other than that, keep up the good work!

I'm working up to Ohio, it's just so huge that writing anything about it has big implications for all of it's neighbors

also I removed the opening part of the great midwestern war because writing updates as indepth as that would take forever.
 
I'm working up to Ohio, it's just so huge that writing anything about it has big implications for all of it's neighbors

also I removed the opening part of the great midwestern war because writing updates as indepth as that would take forever.
I don't think that's a reason to remove it. You don't have to write so many in-depth updates.
 

tehskyman

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I don't think that's a reason to remove it. You don't have to write so many in-depth updates.

I just don't think that I would be able to live up to that level of detail. I'd rather be more consistent and cover more initially. Considering that there is still much to do
 
I just don't think that I would be able to live up to that level of detail. I'd rather be more consistent and cover more initially. Considering that there is still much to do
Eh, I'd prefer that we have as much detail as possible where possible. After all, we an always go back and add more to lacking arcs/ideas later.
 
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