|The Nebras-Kansas Disputed Zone|
So, I picked a nice, flat midway point between what I consider the 'East' and 'West' U.S. and with a teensy bit of map editing in Paint, created the Nebras-Kansas Disputed Zone. If the Missouri border looks a little wonky to any of you, be nice, it's because I had to draw that part freehand. Also, all apologies to anyone who lives in either Nebraska or Kansas, for making your locale a sci-fi free fire zone.
The way I envision this is that the Nebras-Kansas Disputed Zone is a 'Clean' war zone (i.e. Heavy Objects can be used in a primary role, no habitation or non-combatants nearby) where the two major powers can settle relatively minor disputes by using Objects on a flat, largely unobstructed stretch between the Safe Countries. Sort of how the Information Alliance and Legitimacy Kingdom use Alaska in the books.
After the fall of the UN and the fragmentation of Nations into the four major powers, I reasoned that there would have been a mass exodus from the 'Middle States' towards the Safe Countries of the opposing powers on the East and West coasts, leaving a good chunk of the Midwest largely unpopulated. As even first-generation Heavy Objects would have no difficulty traversing the terrain in this area, it only made sense that this could become a Clean battlefield.
I am planning on creating another Disputed Zone, either to the North or South of this one, to be the 'Dirty' war zone where Heavy Objects (at least the First Gen, non specialized units) would have difficulty operating. My initial thoughts were Minnesota due to its lakes and rockier terrain, or Louisiana, due to the Mississippi Delta and associated marsh terrain. Any input on that front would be appreciated.