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After the Fall

Rather than a post-apocalyptic setting, After the Fall is a “post-First-World” setting.
In the near future, environmental catastrophe/change has reduced the United
States to a condition similar to many real world developing countries.
The population is too large for the available resources, or resources cannot reach
most of the population. Humans have become far less concentrated in cities and
suburbs than before, as those cities with reliable infrastructure have incredibly high
housing costs. Most of the United States’ population has regressed back to
subsistence farming, trying to cultivate vegetables on land worn out by decades of
industrial agricultures. The availability of clean water is severely limited in many
parts of the country; this is most prominent in the west, and particularly the
southwest.
Infrastructure is largely broken and unreliable. High costs of fossil fuels mean that
many power plants operate intermittently or not at all, and only the wealthiest can
afford fuel for cars. Hydroelectric dams have lost most of their functionality due to
aging. When power lines break, they often go for weeks without repair. International
and interstate travel have been severely reduced.
In the wake of “The Fall” many state governments and portions of the federal
government are increasingly broken. Corruption and the top and a lack of faith at
the bottom prevents any large organized efforts to fix this. Crime is extremely
common, and large organized gangs operate far more openly than they could in the
past.

“Since the famine, things have changed a lot. People are moving out of the cities.
Can’t say I blame em’; most places now, you can only get running water and
electricity about half the time, what with the plants shutting down. And even if the
plants are running, any downed line could take weeks to get fixed.”
“People are moving. They’re moving out of the southwest of course, seeing as the
drought is expected to last another ten years at least. Most folks’ve already left of
Florida, trying to get out before the storms wash away what’s left. People are
moving, fuel shortage or not; you can always just walk.”
“Seems like folks these days have run out of trust. Sure isn’t much trust in the
government. I guess they figure if the folks up in Washington couldn’t do anything
to stop this, they sure as hell can’t do anything to fix it. There’s not much trust in
other people either; with all the riots happening lately, sometimes it feels like
everyone is looking for someone else to blame it all on.”
“I guess a lot of the hate is trying to cover for despair. There’s a sense that we lost
something, and not just our economy. There’s no brighter future anymore, no
American dream. There’s just some plot of land that you and your family will be
trying to coax food out of for the next couple hundred years.”

Issues History The Storms The Plagues The Famine The Organizations Cockatoos. .