Saturday, March 8, 2014

Heavy Object Wargaming Project (Part III) - The Nebras-Kansas Disputed Zone

The Nebras-Kansas Disputed Zone
Hey all, Counterfett here! So, I've started to think I would like to focus my Heavy Object themed miniature project on the area covered by what became of the United States after it was divided up by the Capitalist Corporations and the Information Alliance. Since the home countries of the two major powers are in close proximity (both in North America and Asia) I imagined a state of perpetual semi-war would exist between the two. Sort of like Russia and China. Or India and Pakistan. Or any other number of places.

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.


Stu Rat said...

Minnesota has almost 12,000 lakes. It's heavily forested north of the Minnesota river about a third of the land area is forest. Also a lot of marshes and wetlands.

I don't know 'Heavy Objects' but MN, currently, is home to many tech companies (Honeywell, 3M, Medtronics) and food conglomerates Cargill and General Mills. That might make it a reasonable basis for a Disputed Zone. The Great Lakes would allow for easy invasion route from the Information Alliance.

Don't know about Louisiana, much.

CounterFett said...

So, in addition to the terrain, the desire to take technological or economic resources intact might prevent deployment of anything but conventional forces! Excellent!

That's actually an even better explanation than just terrain. Thanks for the help!

WQRobb said...

As a Kansas resident, I'm expecting big things from us. Also if you need photos of the area, let me know.

CounterFett said...

That's an interesting point. I might have to work up some sort of local militia or resistance force. A kind of third side that wants to give the finger to both sides and just stay independent.

The problem being, of course, that there's only so much they can do against an object. Though I supposed a scenario to take out maintenance sites or supply convoys could be a good side story type game.