Setting

The British Wasteland is mostly a mess of ruined cities, overgrown woods and cesspools of radioactive water but some corners of the Wastes still harbour civilisation and some is even thriving! Take a look at some of the sections below to get more information on different areas and peoples of the Wastes.

The Slavers of Brum

The Slavers of Brum represent nothing less than the epitome of greed and moral darkness. Their way of life a scourge on the Wasteland, with gangs raiding, pillaging and taking slaves from the surrounding area and sometimes further...

Brum was once a hub of industry, making everything from cars and household goods to robots and complex electronics. As Britain dug itself further into a war for resources across the globe, Birmingham turned into one giant munitions factory - its factory owners winning lucrative military contracts.

Skids, a slaver of Brum

After the bombs fell and Britain became a Wasteland, Brum fell into ruins - but it didn't take long for gangs of scavengers to move in and try to repair the ammunition factories. 

Littered with guns and ammunition the gangs only needed one thing to make sure their arsenals were the biggest: people. So they took people indiscriminately, subjecting them to a life of servitude and despair, toiling on the factory floors of Old Britannia.

The gangs themselves have little respect for each other and gang wars can often range across the entire industrial landscape - but at the top of her tower overlooking the Bullring Cynthia, Slaver Queen, manages the most violent of disputes with a quick wit or force, as she sees fit. All to keep the chimneys billowing and the factories producing...

The East Anglian Alliance

The East Anglian Alliance (EAA) was established by survivors of the Norwich Castle Mall and Cambridge University after both cities managed to endure the nuclear Fallout of the missile strikes inflicted on the rest of the country. With East Anglia largely forgotten by the NUK, the survivors of Norwich and Cambridge made their own way in the Wastes and have succeeded where many have failed at producing agriculture in the nuclear aftermath - as limited as it is.

The EAA functions more or less like a democratic nation, with its own laws, magistrates and communities. Priding itself on law, order and freedom the EAA was a quick taker to the bottlecap financial system set up in London by Freddie Noone as they were firm believers that it would lead to a lot less theft and murder.


The Ghouls of London

A few years before the Apocalypse, the city of London had a serious problem. The direct threat of nuclear attack prayed on the minds of 8 million people, all looking for a way to survive. The serious preppers knew to get out of the city but those without a plan relied on the authorities of our capital to help them survive. The London Underground network was chosen to house only a potential 100,000 people, but wartime propaganda put the total at a much higher number. Those that did make it down into the Tube on that fateful day the bombs fell found a hard way of life, surviving on rations and little room to live. Those stations too close to the surface just didn't protect against radiation exposure and those further underground slowly leaked down. The low level radiation exposure over time wrought slow, agonizing misery on those below and soon peoples' hair and skin began to fall apart. These people quickly became mutants of a very particular kind: radiation poisoning sufferers. Rather than death, these victims had their life extended but with pain, irritation and infection to deal with.

Once rations began to run out, gangs formed of the particular Underground stations they lived in began to fight with each other, for resources like food and electricity. After several horrible years, one man stepped up to quell the butchery of the London Underground. Freddie Noone, pre-war businessman, promised access to his personal stores of food if people could "pay" him with Meantime Brewery bottlecaps and thus he created the bottlecap 'standard'. 5 caps could buy you an unlabelled tin of food while 10 could buy you a labelled tin. A small economy, tied to the value of food, was born.

Once the ghouls tunnelled out beyond London and the '25 Orbital Motorway, headed by Mr Noone, the influence of the bottlecap spread to East Anglia and the midlands, giving scavengers around the country a workable system of bartering and money. You'll find Ghouls in amongst most settlements now, but ask most of them and they'll tell you they came from the Underground of London.

The New United Kingdom

The New United Kingdom, or the "NUK" to most, is the remnants of the old world government. Protected inside their walled communities of bunkers little is known about these people. 

Before the Fall, the best and brightest of the United Kingdom got invitations to take their place, with their families, inside gated communities called Havens - the government of the time promising them a future for their progenitors and themselves if they were able to create it. Their goal was to build sustainable communities for the future of Britain... what future, we are yet to see.

With those select few also went the might of the British Armed Forces - the best regiments from around the country were given space for garrison. There have also been sightings of soldiers with unparalleled equipment out in the Wasteland, undoubtedly NUK, but reports vary about the state of their fighting force. Some say they're just like us scavengers, only with better training and better repair while others tell of technically augmented soldiers, wreaking havok wherever they go.

One thing is for certain though, the NUK are not your friend. 

The Free Scottish Republic

The Free Scottish Republic are the post Fall remnants of the Scottish Nation. The Scottish government seceded from the United Kingdom and Scotland became its own independent nation leading up to the Resource Wars. The bombs falling didn't affect them as much as the other countries of the United Kingdom, England having moved its nuclear arsenal south. Leading up to the Fall, the Scots prepared better than most, preparing their military for a survival plan... no bunkers, no havens, but remote army bases served as regional HQs and do to this day.

After the fall, with the nuclear fallout less of a problem for the northern communities on the border between England and Scotland, the FSR made gains on territory, cutting a line deeper into the British Wasteland for themselves and taking in isolated communities north of the The Toon. Their only resistance was the Haven at Allendale, where their scouts and light infantry engaged with the NUK and lost... All's quiet now, but you can draw a rough line across the country from the Toon to the Peaks that serves as a rough border into the FSR.

Aside from that, the FSR are fairly isolated, with an introverted outlook, and only a few traders venture south at the moment.

The Woad Lands

The Woads can only be described as the bastard child of the pre-war Hippy movement and the old celtic mythology of the British Isles. Little is known about their people or their way of life as most scavengers don't survive an encounter with them. What is known is that they are incredibly anti-technology... and even though it seems to be back to rocks and sticks with them their way of life doesn't seem to have been worsened by it.

If you are heading into the far South West, beware of traps intended for the average scav - old world tech, weapons and armour are littered around, waiting for you to grab them... on the other end a shot from bolts and arrows or an ambush of Woadic warriors.

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