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First of all, the entire concept is slightly ASB - the realistic concept would probably be more steampunk in nature (since people would still know where to get coal even in worse case scenarios). So everything needs to be taken with a grain of salt.
Now to voice elkarlo's specific concerns of the Native Americans making a comeback - from a pure ethnic standpoint, no, they did not come back. Culturally, however, is a different matter. The way I saw New Mexico and the New Age religion breaks down as follows:
Hope that clears some things up.
- 2012 Phenomenon hits, causing the Regression - details are scarce, but lots and lots of New Agers move to New Mexico (due to its 'paranormal' associations) to welcome in the Age of Aqaurius.
- New Mexico and Arizona go through population collapse as modern infrastructure decays. Water becomes worth more than gold
- The Reservations, being in pitiful locations to begin with, weather the Regression easier and become local power-brokers
- People who control access to water become more and more powerful, and use this to enforce their own spirtual views on the thirsty. This includes the Reservations, which have their own supply of water and knowledge of how to survive in the Southwest.
- Things stabilize - New Mexico and Arizona are now a collection of feuding city-states and fiefdoms whose rulers are descended from the influential people of the New Dark Ages. Intermarriage between these petty kingdoms is common, and as a result most nobles have Navajo or Hopi ancestry, which becomes a mark of pride
- By 2950 New Mexico has reunified and broken apart several times, and is now reunified. Both culture and religion are a blend of modern New Ageism and Ufology, Latino culture and Catholicism, and the aboriginal beliefs and cultures of the Southwestern Tribes, with New Ageism dominating.
Firstly, I'd like to say that as soon as my exams finish (in a week) I'd like to start contributing to the properly.I know we're supposed to take White's work as canon, but I think that the population of the West Coast is far too small. California's Central Valley is one of the most fertile agricultural regions in the world, and the Willamette valley is highly productive also. Washington also produces a very large amount of grain that would go down the Columbia. The Pacific Northwest having as many people as rocky, infertile New England is ridiculous. And all of California having as many people as New York is just insane.
Alaska would work, as the current focus is on the PAC-NW.Hmmm, I'm not sure.
I understand if you don't wnat me to start with Europe or the Old World yet, but there are other possibilities.
I could talk about Hawaii, Alaska or the Carribean. The Alaska bit would probably be only one article, but quite a detailed one, and I could write several pieces on Hawaii and a LOT on the Carribean.
Any other suggestions?
Well, I won't be making a contribution until next Wednesday at the earliest. My early idea is something like this; hit hard by the Regression, most of the inland communities in Alaska smply died off from cold and lack of food. The only community of non-natives (i.e. Americans) to survive was near Anchorage, which had its own problems simply from the huge number of people. The few locations around Anchorage suitable for agriculture remained sol these, in particular the valleys of the Matanuska, Snik and Susitna rivers, the Kenai peninsula, and the Chugach region, where the town of Ankrage lies, the main port in Alaska.Alaska would work, as the current focus is on the PAC-NW.
Colorado has not been done yet, but it is not Herdsman- that map was just a general area.Well, I kow it's too late, but you really have the Cowoy/Plains culture going much too far into the Central Rocky Mountians. While I could possibly see South and North Park developing similar is less nomadic versions of the Cowboy culture, Middle Park is much too isolated for a nomadic culture to develop.
What's cool about the "Parks" is that they are the headwaters of the North Platte (North Park), Colorado (Middle Park), and South Platte (South Park) Rivers (if you include the San Luis Valley as the "Fourth Park", you also get the Rio Grande Headwaters, and between Lake, Chaffee, and Fremont Counties, you also get the Arkansas Headwaters). I could see an enterprising warlord working to conquer these three (or five) isolated valleys in an attempt to control the "source" of these great rivers. Heck, Fremont County would be a great source of warlords in the early days, since it's got 15 ready-made forts in the form of the prisons (including ADX Florence, America's only Supermax and likely a source of Muslim Warlords in America).
Just had a funny idea, perhaps the Five Headwater Valleys are a group of Muslim Kimgdoms collectively called Al Uyun (The Springs), that while connected to both the Deseret and Cowboy cultures, is separate in their relatively peaceful Muslim faith.
Eh, I guess it doesn't matter, since it's not like this colab makes a whole lot of sense anyway.
Well, since ADX Florence has most of the Al-Qaeda prisoners on American soil (mostly from the first WTC bombings and the embassy attacks), that's why I was thinking the headwater valleys of Colorado's Rockies. Plus, like the actual medieval Muslims, they could be a bit more advanced than the surroundings, sort of like the dwarves in Tolkien as well.I agree with nobodez, the Muslim part I mean, America is a incredibly diverse country and minorities every where would make a comeback compared to white Americans, I know we haven't touched on the south yet so I won't ramble any further til we get there, but a Muslim faction somewhere would be awesome, a place to crusade against
Works for me, I think I was pushing for Colorado just because it has a similar elevation and terrain to Afghanistan. Heck, even the northern part of the San Luis Valley is endorheic, though not as large as the Helmand valley.Really interesting idea. In other parts of the country, the largest Arabic Muslim community in the U.S. is generally considered to be Dearborn, Michigan. If you factor in significant Muslim populations in Chicago and Toronto, the Great Lakes would likely have the greatest chance for an active Islamic tradition.