Medieval America Mark III

A timeline/historiographical note:

In the Hell's Angels post, @Kerguelen wrote that the Hell's Angels were driven by a vision to conquer Texas and "the crusader states of Texarkana ." It goes on to say that the Andersons took the Texan lowlands in the aftermath of an alliance between the New Israelites and the Klan against the Angels - however, both the Texas post and the Texarkana post have stated prior that Texarkana emerged directly to combat the Andersons and their cadet branch in Cajunland.
 
A timeline/historiographical note:

In the Hell's Angels post, @Kerguelen wrote that the Hell's Angels were driven by a vision to conquer Texas and "the crusader states of Texarkana ." It goes on to say that the Andersons took the Texan lowlands in the aftermath of an alliance between the New Israelites and the Klan against the Angels - however, both the Texas post and the Texarkana post have stated prior that Texarkana emerged directly to combat the Andersons and their cadet branch in Cajunland.
I'll fix it
 
I figured seperately, I originally mentioned it in the post but it just didn't quite work mechanically.


Maybe, probably not. Plenty of neo-medieval and post apocalyptic stories cover that angle, not really interested in it here.
Shame. I was thinking about an order of monks who actually have a pretty modern understanding of medicine. Making most of their money producing sulfa drugs and other crude antibiotics, actually trying to convince people to wash their hands with soap. Along with having a pretty good understanding of the scientific method, occasionally making a steam engine or clockwork machine as a nobleman's toy.

Honestly it would be interesting to see a post collapse America that's based off of the renaissance to early industrial age instead of the medieval period.
 
Shame. I was thinking about an order of monks who actually have a pretty modern understanding of medicine. Making most of their money producing sulfa drugs and other crude antibiotics, actually trying to convince people to wash their hands with soap. Along with having a pretty good understanding of the scientific method, occasionally making a steam engine or clockwork machine as a nobleman's toy.

Honestly it would be interesting to see a post collapse America that's based off of the renaissance to early industrial age instead of the medieval period.
Perhaps we'll get round to that once we've made an Atlas of Medieval America as complete as the Encyclopaedia of Tlon.
 
Cowboy Clans, Tribes & Families



The following is constructed as a reference for future writing, composed from all mentions of the various Cowboy clans, tribes, and families in Mark III and Tk. 2. Much of it was based upon extrapolation and is subject to revision. Dates are used wherever enough information is provided. Keep in mind, this list is always incomplete - we can always use more current and historical Cowboy groups.

* indicates that this group could use more elaboration.

+ indicates that this group does not exist by the "present day" of the setting (2900-2999).

Northern Plains Cowboys
*The Hillianites - Highly regarded by other Cowboy tribes, the Hillianites are the defenders of the Black Hills and its many sacred sites. The Hillianites have no single origin, being descended from the second sons and talented preachers who seek isolation in the Black Hills, though a large part of their origin derives from Kanadi refugees from the Sifton Wars. The Hillianites are known for having the most orthodox of all New Israelite communities, their complex web of stories regarding old and new testament as well as historical figures and their diverse mythology surrounding Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Devils Tower, and the hills many caves often being adopted whole sale by visiting tribes from as far away as northern Texas or south-central Canada. While there is no defined theology or priesthood within New Israelism, the Hillianites are as close to Levites as Cowboys get. They spend much of their time in transient monastery-villages that ebb and flow with the pilgrimages of the other Cowboys. The Hillianites have an uncomfortable relationship with the neighboring Yomingite Mormons.

*The Sioux - Not to be confused with the Native American tribe The Lakota, Nakota and Dakota tribes colloquially known as Sioux in the 18th - 20th centuries. The Sioux are a tribe of Cowboys that inhabit the Upper Missouri River Valley around the confluence of the Big Sioux and Missouri rivers known as “Sioux Land.” The Sioux equivalent of Revelations predicts that someday Jesus shall be born once again to a virgin camping in Sioux Falls he will then take the form of “New Moses” and will split the Missouri like the Red Sea and lead the Sioux in conquest of West River and then the world. The Sioux are the sworn enemies of the Rosebuds.

*The Rosebuds - The Rosebud are a group of Indian-derived New Israelite cowboys. The Rosebud follow a resurrected form of the “Ghost Dance religion” altered to be more less hunter-gather centered as the modern Rosebud herd cattle much like Cowboy cultures. The Rosebud have incorporated the Ghost Dance into their branch of New Israelism. The Rosebud have not settled in any one general region, rather they are more truly nomadic living wherever is habitable for the time being. There have been reports of Rosebud raids as far away from the Rosebuds traditional area as Iowa Territory. The Rosebud are the sworn enemies of the Sioux.

*The Siftons+ The Siftons were a major Kanadi family from the 24th-25th century, created when Martin "The Mountain" Sifton deposed the Cochrane family. Leading his tribe through the Banff Pass and into the Rocky Mountains, Martin Sifton defeated the Nelsons and founded a dynasty that at its height held of all Alberta, Montanna and Saskatchewan in vassalage. Martin Sifton is known to have been succeed by his son Pat, who forced the Macleods to flee to Columbia. The conquest of the Siftons drove many Albertan refugees south into the Black Hills, where they would bring the tradition of the Albertan Stampede and mall-building.

The Cochranes+ - The Cochranes were a minor Kanadi tribe east of Calgary in the 2370s. Enemies of the Nelson tribe across the Bow River, they were surrounded and outnumbered, leading to Martin "The Mountain" Swifton deposing the former Colonel of the tribe and his sons, remaking it into the Swifton tribe.

The Nelsons+ - The Nelsons were a major Kanadi family in the 24th century, presumably hailing from nearby Nelson Lake, Alberta. Ruling over much of northern Alberta, they threatened to cross the Bow River and destroy the Cochranes. They were defeated by Martin "The Mountain" Sifton, who killed all of the Sifton men save for one Roy Nelson on the condition that he never set foot west of the Missouri.

The Macleods+ - The Nelsons were a major Columbian family in the 24th-25th centuries, originally Kanadi hailing from Fort Macleod in southern Alberta. Driven out by the expansion of the Swiftons, the Macleods fled into the mountains attempting to pull off the same strategem as Martin Siifton. When this failed, the Macleods (lead by Irvine Macleod) pressed further into the mountains in search of the legendary land of Coumbia. After two months and losing nearly half their number, the Macleods arrived. Finding the inhabitants of the valley weakened by famine and violence, they used their horse arching warfare to conquer the whole valley, nearly invading Columbia until an eruption of Mt. St. Helens forced them to retreat. They ruled over northern Columbia for several generations until they were overthrown by one of their vassals.

*Kanadi - The Kanadi are a major Cowboy ethnic group. Inhabiting the Canadian Prairie provinces, the Kanadi have integrated into New Israelism though they consider themselves distinct from the American Cowboys. Each clan is centered upon a "mall", a communal hillfort where the clan may center in the winter. The tradition of mall-building has spread across much of the northern Great Plains as far down as the Rizzini territory. At the northernmost extreme of the Kanadi range, they orient away from herdsmanship and towards hunter-gathering.

Middle Plains Cowboys
The Rizzinis - The Rizzinis are one of the most powerful groups in Medieval America. They rule over the Northern Platte from the Missouri to the Rocky Mountains. In the 2750s, this land was ruled by the Heinemans. When the Heinemans were smashed during an invasion of Illinois, the Rizzinis pounced from their perch in the Dakotas. The Rizzinis have grown rich in the hill fort of Omaha, and have even married into the Iowan royal family. However, they've lost the Dakotas, and the threat of disloyal Vice Stockmen threatens to destroy them. Despite their donning of the velvet slippers of civilization, they remain New Israelite.

The Heinemans+ - The Heinemans once ruled the land that now corresponds to the Rizzini territory, until ~250 years ago the High Judge Robert Heineman died. He was succeeded by his son Karl, who launched an invasion of Illinois to shore up his power base - however, the Heinemans were defeated at Des Moines, and the Rizzinis conquered their territory. They were New Israelites.

The Baileys - The Baileys are a major Cowboy family, the ruling dynasty of the Iowa Territory. The Baileys are ultimately of Kansan origin. In the 2770s, an alliance between the Baileys and the Dabneys struck West to take advantage of the weakness in Illinois and Ohio caused by the Great Midwestern War of the 2750s, sacking St. Louis and crossing the Mississippi. After burning down St. Louis, the Baileys raided Iowa while the Dabneys erected a kingdom in In the 2790s, the Baileys granted permission to Lafayette Schwartz to pacify Missouri. In the 2820s, George Bailey donned the Hawkeye Crown. George would allow merchants to rebuild St. Louis and convert to Non-Denominationalism. He then went on to smash the still New Israelite Dabneys of Illinois and restore the autonomy of Chicago. Only a year later, the Baileys participated in the Michigan Punitive War. The Baileys have converted to Nondenominationalism, and have become more or less fully integrated into Heartlandic civilization.

The Dabneys+ - The Baileys were a major Cowboy family, the former rulers of Illinois. The Dabneys were ultimately of Kansan origin. In the 2770s, an alliance between the Dabneys and the Baileys struck West to take advantage of the weakness in Illinois and Ohio caused by the Great Midwestern War of the 2750s, sacking St. Louis and crossing the Mississippi. While the Baileys raided Iowa, the Dabneys established their territory in Illinois, launching yearly raids which the Midwestern potentates had to pay tribute to dissuade, draining Ohio of much of its power. Wisconsin was forced into a state of outright vassalage. In the 2820s, George Bailey converted to Non-Denominational Church. In a grand alliance between the Baileys and all the powers of the Midwest and Great Lakes, the Dabneys were driven to Chicago where they held out before being destroyed by the Mackinaw League. The Dabneys remained New Israelites through to the bitter end.

The Winfields+ - The Winfields were a clan of Kansan cowboys. ~2720, the Winfields invaded Arkansas and would go on to rule it for a mere 50 years. In the 2770s, around the same time as the Kansan Bailey-Dabney raids into Illinois, the Winfields took advantage of the chaos across the Mississippi to launch a raid to the walls of Memphis. This spooked the Church, who sanctioned a crusade against the Winfields by the Sons of the South. The Sons of the South would go on to slay the Winfields and establish the Arkansas Territory under the Brothers of Little Rock. The Winfields were remarkably lenient rulers, and John Winfield was planning on converting to Nondenom prior to the Crusade.

The Yaegers+ - The Yaegers were a major Yomingite clan that conquered Deseret ~2680. For 80 years, the Yaegers ruled over Deseret until a new build-up of Yomingite natives (namely the Pallisters) attacked the Yaegers and gave the Mormons a chance to re-conquer their lost empire ~2740, smashing the Yaegers and chasing their remnants back into Wyoming.

The Pallisters - The Pallisters are a Yomingite tribe that destroyed the bulk of the Yaegers for the Mormons. When the Mormons came out of exile to re-conquer Deseret, they had to contend with the Pallisters, who were finally defeated at the Battle of Fort Bridger. Today, they inhabit the Mormon portions of Wyoming, and have been converted to Mormonism. They often run into conflict with neighboring New Israelites, especially those of the Black Hills.

*Yomingites - Yomingites are a major Cowboy ethnic group. It refers to the nomadic inhabitants of what was once Wyoming. Though once predominantly New Israelite, the Yomingites are now largely Mormons.

*The Danvurs - The Danvurs as their name implies originated in Denver Colorado. While they retain the name of their city of origin they no longer inhabit that area, living primarily in NE Colorado and the Nebraska panhandle along the Platte River. The area that holds the most spiritual significance to the Danvurs is the point where the North and South Platte come together near what was once the town of North Platte. The particular form of New Israelism practiced by the Danvurs reveres the horse as god’s chosen animal. Danvurs have a strong taboo against eating horse (as is common with most tribes) but drink mare’s milk (rather than wine) as part of their Passover/Communion ritual. The Danvurs are the sworn enemies of the Muslims of Kuluradu.

The Black Guns - The Black Guns were a minor Cowboy clan of Nebraskan origin, though at the only known reference to them they lived near to Arkansas amid the Okies. They were not, however, Okies and though they participated with that race in their raids into Arkansas, they remained staunch New Israelites. They existed during the time of Obadiah Olmstead's "Travels to the West."

Southern Plains Cowboys
*The Anderson Family - The Andersons are the family that have ruled the Texan lowlands for the past 200-300 years. The are devoutly New Israelite, and consider Texas to be the New Israel.

The Plauchets+ - The Plauchets were the Anderson-derived rulers of Cajunland. They ruled up to ~150 years ago, when they were smashed by the Sons of the South.

*The Pecos Horsemen - The Pecos Horsemen are a major Cowboy ethnic group, though in truth it is more of a georaphic term than anything else. The Pecos Cowboys are those that inhabit the Llanos Estecado of Western Texas and Eastern Oklahoma. The first of the Pecos Cowboys dated all the way back to the 24th century. These Cowboys were influenced by worship of Roswell and the emergent New Age religion. They would contened with the invasions by the Keelers (the predecessors of the Okies), the Hell's Angels, and traditional New Israelite clans. In the 2340s, Governor Fighting Hawk of New Mexico formed an alliance with the Mescalero Indians and the New Age Pecos Horsemen, driving the Okies back to Oklahoma, the Hell's Angels into the Davis Mountains, and the Texan tribes back into Texas. The relationship between the Pecos Horsemen and the New Mexicans has been complicated with time, but generally the Pecos Cowboys have hewed close to New Mexico due to the constant need for protection against the Okies and the New Israelites.

The Hell's Angels - The Hell's Angels are a group of Cowboys that live along the Rio Grande. Originally, the Angels came from California, but were driven out by the Great Drought of the 200s. After carving a streak of chaos through the great hydraulic empires, they conquered El Paso and became one of the major groups of Pecos Cowboys. However, with the conversion of many Okies to the New Age and the rise of Governor Fighting Hawk of New Mexico in the 2340s, the Hell's Angels were driven further down the Rio Grande and into the Davis Mountains. A resurgence was lead by one Charlie Coleman, who nearly managed to conquer Texarkana and Texas before being driven back by an unprecedented alliance between Nondenominational Christians and New Israelites, forcing the Angels back to their old haunts along the Rio Grande. The Hell's Angels are culturally unique, believing the Devil to be God's greatest soldier, and themselves to be his soldiers on Earth.

*The Tchaktaw+ - The Tchaktaw were among the first of the Cowboy groups to strike into the heart of the East. Originally American Evangelists and proto-New Israelites, pushed as far as Augusta and Columbia, even threatening Savannah and Charleston. However, the Tchaktaw largely integrated into the population. The Tchaktaw invasions turned most Americans against Evangelism, and lead many of the plains people to believe that it did not go far enough. It was the rise of the Tchaktaw that displaced the Okies westward.

The Keelers+ - The Keelers were a family of Cherokee cowboys in the 24th century. The Keelers lead to Cherokee of Oklahoma westward to the Llanos Estecado after being driven off by the Texans, where they did battle with the Pecos Horsemen, the Hell's Angels, and Texan Clans. The Keelers would syncretize New Israelism with the pro-Native concepts of the New Age. In the 2340s, Governor Fighting Hawk of New Mexico would drive the Okies back to their ancestral pastures where the Keelers would go on to found the Okie culture.

The Twiss+ - The Twiss were a clan of Okie cowboys. Some time prior to the fall of St. Louis, a raid by the Twiss Clan lead by one Micah Twiss burned its way up to the walls of St. Louis. Twiss struck a deal with governor Ethan III, allowing the clan to settle the western hinterlands of the state as a buffer against the cowboys, in exchange for fealty and conversion. While the fealty was largely theoretical, the conversion was fairly succesful. The Twiss were the first of several clans to be resettled in Missouri.

*Okies - The Okies are a major Cowboy ethnic group. The Okies are New Israelite cowboys that are heavily influenced by the New Age. Originally Cherokees from Oklahoma, they were displaced to the Pecos region by Texan cowboys, perhaps the Comanche, the Hell's Angels, or the Tchaktaw. Whatever the case, they were lead by the Keeler family. They syncretized with the New Agers and moved back to Oklahoma after being defeated by the New Mexicans in the 2340s. The Okies are the perennial enemies of the Andersons and other Texan cowboy clans. The Okies have become among the most formidable of the Cowboy groups.
 
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A great update once again, only one minor nitpick
Matthew White states that the Cowboys erect cities of tipis when camping so it wouldn't be something special about the Rosebuds.
 
Lions of the New Judah: Tigers in Texas



The scholastics speak of an ancient proverb: "Don't mess with Texas." And with good reason - in ancient times, Texas was among the most heavily armed, most independent minded states in the whole of the Union. Every man was considered the king of their own castle, and the government knew better than to attempt to control the lives of their noble citizens. Naturally, this meant that prior to the regression, there were more privately owned tigers in Texas alone than lived in the wild world-wide. When combined with the huge number of tigers in Florida, this ended the only way it possibly could have in the new Middle Ages.

Tigers abandoned by owners now unable to care for them in the degrading economic and political environment of the early Regression took to the wild, taking advantage of the chaos to prey on the weak. Within a mere hundred years, the Texan and Floridian population of tigers met along the Gulf Coast, creating a contiguous population. The weak states and peoples of the early Middle Ages were totally unable to do anything about the new predators. Alongside a panopoly of other formerly tame exotic beasts now free from any constraint, the tigers played a vital role in shaping the ecosystem of the new Medieval era.

Unfortunately for the tigers, nothing lasts forever. In the 2300s, with the utter pandemonium of the early Regression long since past and the memory of the droughts and nomadic hordes of the 2200s past, states began to organize themselves. While many exotic species have managed to eke out a living well into the 30th century, the man-eating tigers of the Gulf were first on the list to be exterminated. The Beauregards of Georgia were the first to inaugurate grand tiger hunts to dispatch the populations that survived in their territory, and copy-cats popped up around the Gulf Coast. By the 2400s, most populations of tigers were reduced to the most isolated bayous and woodlands, their reign of terror largely over in the civilized world.

In Texas, however, where agricultural states remained weak due to the constant raids from the highlands by the nomadic Cowboys, tiger populations managed to hold on a little bit tighter. In the vast forests of the Pine Curtain, amid the palm trees of the lower Rio Grande, and in the high mesquite hills of the Edwards Plateau and the Trans-Pecos, fairly significant populations continued to persist. As with the rest of the gulf region, the high temperatures meant that tigers could live fairly comfortably year-round.

This, of course, was not pleasing to the Cowboys,who saw their longhorn herds constantly preyed upon by the striped terrors of the hills. Hunting tigers was a much celebrated affair, and in some tribes was considered a coming of age ritual. This was true among the Teksaners of Central Texas.

In 2557, a young Judah Krueger was sent alone into the hills of the Edwards Plateau to undergo just such a ritual. When out looking for water, Krueger returned to his camp to find that it had been raided by a group of Vaqueros. Following the trail, Judah found the Vaqueros less than a mile away. They had been killed by a lone tigress, who was now feasting on their corpses. Unarmed, Judah was attacked by the tigress. Incredibly, he managed to win out in the end, just as David managed to kill a lion bare handed. In the brush nearby, Judah discovered that tigress's litter of cubs, which he decided not to kill and instead took back to his camp. That night, Judah underwent what the unfaithful would consider an epileptic fit; in it, he had a vision where God told him that these tigers were the lions of Judah, that they should be protected. Judah would go on to be a great Prophet and Judge of the Teksaners, founding his own tribe in the Kruegers, accompanied by his tame pet tigers.

The tradition of tiger-taming became an incredibly popular status symbol among the Teksaner Judges, and soon spread to the other New Israelites of Texas. When William "Big Bill" Anderson gathered 12 different Texan tribes in his quest to build the New Israel, he made sure to acquire his own group of tigers to raise his prestige. To this day, the great men of Texas are almost guaranteed to own at least one tiger - and those who run afoul of them ought not be too surprised if they're fed to them.
 
Was going to write a post about elephants, but it seems hopelessly implausible. Anyone wanna try and convince me otherwise?
 
Was going to write a post about elephants, but it seems hopelessly implausible. Anyone wanna try and convince me otherwise?
I'm to sure about elephants but hippos could do pretty well in the Louisiana Bayou, Everglades and the southern river ways of North America. Besides if basic black powder was forgotten then elephants roaming the great plains isn't too implausible.
 
Was going to write a post about elephants, but it seems hopelessly implausible. Anyone wanna try and convince me otherwise?
Any captive elephants were probably killed in the regression. That and the USA is probably too cold for elephants. Some might have lived on in Venezuela and the jungles of Central America, so since then they might have been imported from there.
 
Considering the Two Tails sanctuary in Florida I'd say the state would be a good location for Indian elephants. Also on tigers there's the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado that could be the basis for another population of tigers & lions in North America.
 
Any captive elephants were probably killed in the regression. That and the USA is probably too cold for elephants. Some might have lived on in Venezuela and the jungles of Central America, so since then they might have been imported from there.
Alright, I'll go with this: No elephants survived feral in America, but a few riding elephants were imported by the Louisianans and now they have a fairly prosperous mahout culture.

Though I'd disagree that America is tool cold - Texas and the GulfCoast would certainly be warm enough for them to live comfortably enough. Maybe even southern California too, though an elephant population there is very pie in the sky.
 
A First Encounter



Dear my loveliest Lyssa,

Last week my men and I joined the van in besieging Natchez. We were sedentary for until yesterday and the men chafed under their idleness. They sought to bring camp women into their tents and I threatened them with a lashing to prevent it. At least they had the good sense to boil their water and drink tea, instead of suffering from dysentery.

Yesterday we were manning the lines when the gates of the city opened and beasts the likes of which no Christian has laid eyes on burst forth. Damn these cursed Vudu infidels for harnessing these grey monsters. The infidels seem to have a rider who controls the devil and on its back they place a platform to shoot arrows and throw spears at us. They have massive bodies on four trunk legs, tusks the length of a full grown man and an arm coming out of their face. The Vudu did not even control their beasts very well, for I saw one trample the men that accompanied it. Good riddance, may Washington whip their accursed souls.

These beasts charged our lines and broke through in many places. I saw many good Christians ground beneath their feet and others speared by their tusks. It was a most fearsome and terrifying sight. 'God and the saints have mercy on their souls. The chaos routed us and we have had to retreat. As I am writing this, we have regrouped in Sibley and will be reconvening our war council tomorrow. I do hope you are doing well. I am doing my best to return to you whole and hale.

With best wishes,

Your longing yet loyal husband Ricky

- A letter from Derrick IV Boyd, Sheriff of Rankin County to his wife Alyssa describing the Siege of Natchez (2311)
 
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