This interest check is based on a slightly older dysfunctional RP: Post-Apocalyptic Military Roleplay
June 2015, The Twilight of Post-Modern Era: The United States Government nears bankrupty, with trillions upon trillions of loan that it cannot, and many say, can never repay. As a result, every service under the control of the U.S Government suffers under budget cuts, including the armed forces, the police, firefighters, the civil administration, grassroots organisations, government schools. Crime rose; gangs and syndicates fought wars with the police on the streets. Illiteracy was measured to have increased, and projections were unoptimistic. Businesses were strained wtihout proper government support-the sky-high crime rate certainly did not help.
However, the United States wasn't the only nation that had fallen into hard times. The European Union and Russia suffers through the same fate. Though their problems were newer, it was only a matter of time before it drops into the same pool as the U.S. Along with the U.S, many countries were dragged down by the economic crisis. Years down the road, they would be suffering as the U.S did. These were tough times, and many believed that democracy and capitalism had run its course, that, like communism, like feudalism and the monarchy, the most recent system would be consigned to the history books, and a new system put in its place. It was not to be.
While it can be said that all nations had suffered, China was largely the only country that could be said to have seen an inkling of positive development. With the U.S. and European nations removed as superpowers, China remained the only country with that distinction still standing. Although they were buffeted by environmental problems, corruption and population issues, their economy continued to flourished, and their culture reaches a golden age. The Sinosphere was all-encompassing. Chinese as a language became far more important. Their word was largely law. Under the shadow of this giant, Southeast Asia and South Asia suffered. China became more aggressive in its claim to disputed territory. War with the Asean nations and Indian alliances became imminent.
In this grim, dark world, memories of the Mayan apocalypse was but a far memory, a joke of the good ol' times, when things were not as bad. It was certainly an epilogue to a more innocent time, when a certain discovery was made...
January 2017, Prologue of the Khans: A group of NEOs (Near-Earth Objects) were discovered by the astronomy community. The results were inconclusive, known throughout the world, and very controversial. They were calculated to make a direct impact on Earth within three years. The chances of just a single NEO was astronomical, much less an entire group of them. Moreover, it was detected late in its flight path, something which brought much criticism to the discovery, with many theorising that it could be a flawed observation. The NEOs were meteorites, but were barely visible in any form, lending credence to the discovery as a sham at most, or mistake at least.
This new discovery was hardly shocking to a world numbed by suffering of its own making. While most governments throughout the world did not respond to this flimsy discovery, many spoke of the end times. The 'living at the present' mentality was on the rise, if it wasn't already on the rise in the last ten years. Businesses foiled, and crime increased. Anarchy was on the rise. In the United States, the government was barely maintaining control. There were some people who built bunkers and fallout shelters in anticipation of the end times, withdrawing from the dying world of civilisation around them into mountains, the wilderness, or merely just below the basement of their suburban home.
April 2019, Near the End: As the world continues in its struggle for the peace of old once again, Khan 1-21 (as they were so dubbed by scientists), with only a year left until their supposed impact, was detected with greater clarity, despite their near-invisible profile. What was once a study that was fingered as a sham or a hopeless mistake was brought back into the light, though it was too little, too late. As news of the imminent impact was brought into the public consciousness through leaks and misguided directions, the world was thrown into anarchy. Few countries could boast even a minimally stable society.
Only China, and a few others, was able to keep its population in order, and start plans to safeguard the country against the meteorites. With half the scientists who discovered Khan 1-21 at their disposal, they started rush-producing missile defence systems and repurposing many of their silos for the day when the Khans would strike. The U.S and pretty much nearly the entire world, however, weren't as fortunate. The U.S, already in its death throes, with entire cities falling into disarray and total anarchy, with what little government administrators, forces and peacekeepers holed up, could only do a miniscule fraction of what China did.
The most that many of the nations could do was to prepare for the end times. In addition to the many shelters built by civilian hands, the governments of the world began rush-building underground vaults to hold as many of their populations as possible. Some were destined to fail completely, while others to fail eventually. Some would succeed, and some would thrive.
January 2020, start of 'The Year of Hell', or 0 AK (After-Khan): And so it came to pass that God threw down 21 pebbles to judge the world. The path of the Khans were closer to the equator, with few that deviated from that path of destruction. China was able to intercept two of the Khan meteorites falling into their airspace, but with all their preparations and rush-jobs, they could not stop one of them from impacting their country. Even then, they were the lucky ones, for all other nations weren't as lucky. Of the 21 meteorites, 2 were intercepted by China, and only another two were ever intercepted. The European Union and United States, in scrounging what little resources they have together, were able to direct enough ICBMs to destroy one meteorite each. The rest of the 17, however, brought the world into chaos.
Earthquakes and Tsunamis rocked the world, enfolding the already chaotic world with another blanket of chaos. Cities fell, reduced to their stumps. Humanity, in their collective bated breath as they raped, pillaged, hid and waited for death, was culled with billions of lives extinguished all at once. Dust and smoke was thrown up into the sky, forming dust storms on the worst days and cloudy, sunless winter-like fallout on the best of days.
Map of Meteorite Impacts Made by Unknown Scientist before the End
January 2021, start of 'The Purgatory Era', or 1 AK (After-Khan): It would seem like humanity, with its story of rise and fall, was soon to be extinct. Fate and destiny however, would say that it was not to be, for humanity is stubborn. Despite scientific projects, the end times weather abated quickly, and the worst of the fallout and dust storms subsided within a year. With all infrastructure and civilisation destroyed, there were few scientists to speculate why this was so. Many would say 'so it goes'.
The After-Khan era is in the making, with many a survivors climbing back out from their hole, and still more ever-roaming around the devestated terrain, ready to claim territory once again and rebuild civilisation, whatever form it would take. In this new world, the great powers of old had fallen, and new ones were slowly emerging after a year of sleep.
The United States government had risen from the ashes of the global disaster in the capital of the U.S, Washington D.C, from some of the great vaults that were built to preserve it. In doing so, the administration had entered a brave new world, but it was not without its challenges, that is, though it was not known if the bottomless loan the U.S government owed to China was still in effect or not.
During the strike of Khans 1-21, President Barack Obama and some of his staff was touring the country, or what remained of it. News of his whereabouts was non-existent. During the meteorites strike however, one of the presidential candidates made it to safety. Due to this unique circumstance, with the people of the U.S cut off from each other, she was allowed into office by the remaining government officials and surviving populace locked away in the underground vaults, based on the optimism in her favour in Post-Modern times. President Katherina Polovsky however, was inexperienced compared to the veteran President, or Ex-President Barack Obama.
While President Katherina’s leadership was adequate, adequacy would not see the country through. Upon emerging into the wastes, there was only the hell of the surface to greet them. While some of the survivors greeted the return of government with tears of joy and happiness, groups of looters, raiders and bandits had long formed, bringing further suffering to the people of the U.S. So drastic was the situation that there were many cases of cannibalism and brutality unheard of when the federal government first came up.
Wars were fought, and much of the capital city came under the control of the federal government. It was not without costs however—what remained of the U.S army was barely holding onto held territory. Supplies were limited. The rest of the U.S.A however, would be another story… This is where you come in, poor soul in America. Whether you were a loyal soldier of these suffering lands, or a civilian trying to get by, or a tourist, or foreigner stuck in a strange land when the meteorites struck, fate had something in store for you. Or does it?
So, basically, you play as either a soldier or drafted civilian (some of whom were drafted on the spot) who were put under the command of Captain Jake Colbourne, whose mission was to head east and serve as advance scout for federal government forces, as the government’s agenda was to retake territories all the way to Chesapeake Bay, to gain a coastline advantageous to the national campaign.
As the nation emerged from the 4 government vaults in the D.C area, there were only 8000 survivors. Recent expansion campaigns have seen civilian vaults and private shelters opened and rescued, raising the new America’s population up to 30,000. Most of them, however, were civilians, government administrators, survivors. The army numbered around 1000. As such, the draft was in effect, and it was amended to finally bring women into the fold. Police and security forces were given the same functions as the army. Even survivors who were not citizens were quickly given citizenship and assimilated.
You could play as anyone, in other words, and they would start out at the fringe of government controlled Washington D.C, to go on their mission. The mechanics would be simple. Captain Colbourne would be GMPC, there might be NPC squadmates if there isn’t enough people. Random events would happen, and sometimes they can be directed at specific characters, including PCs. For example, guns jamming and chamber explosions. You don’t powerplay NPC enemies or PCs not of your own, and any carelessness on your part would be dangerous—your character is very much a mortal in a very fatal environment. Also, while this is a 'military' RP, it is far more than just that. You don't have to resort to violence. Military is just a theme, and soldiers don't shoot all the time. This is also a Post-Apocalyptic RP, so of course, other works in that genre would come into mind. Expect weirdness along with factions, politics and a grim dark (as if the last one isn't clear enough :D) environment with plenty of black humour. Rules? Just be sensible. I will try to be nice, but don’t do anything mean and stupid.
For those of you who is new or haven’t created a character sheet, the template is below this paragraph. For those who were from DrNyx’s OOC, do put in a copy of your character sheet. Fill in the sections if applicable, and feel free to change the layout of the CS if you feel it’s necessary, or add fields, as long as it makes sense. This template isn’t perfect either, I know it.
23rd January 2021. Saturday. 0700.
“Alright, you bunch of sorry, decrepit, mewling, saint-worshippin’ maggots, listen up! Because this is important! You are now part of the Phoenix Expeditionary Company! ‘Congratulations’. So, you may be wondering: What the hell is it that we do? I’m only going to say this once, so open up your stinking, unwashed, dust-filled ears and hear it! We, as part of the Phoenix Expeditionary Company, are tasked with the duty of contacting rallying isolated communities and forces of the U.S and reminding those god-forsaken sons of bitches which flag they are supposed to fly!”
“Your asses belong to 1st Company, 3rd Squad. Our mission objective lies towards the east. Our route takes us along John Hanson Highway. We are to contact the communities along the highway, and reach the Naval Academy at Chesapeake Bay. Write it down if you can’t remember with your shellshocked, regressed, piece of shit monkey brain!”
“The federal government, YOUR U.S government for the record, in case you don’t happen to remember, is low on supplies, so that means no air support, no vehicles, limited food and ammunition, no intel. We will have no god-damn allies except for those we make along the way, so don’t you dare hold up your hopes for a resupply. It will be a gruelling 50km if you’re lucky. Teams of signallers will trail behind us and set up communication hubs, and reinforcement will follow a day behind us in case any of you got your weak-kneed, cowardly, chicken-shit butts slaughtered!”
“The time now is zero seven hundred hours. We will move out at zero seven thirty hours. Briefing over! Now get your pathetic, skinny, flabby-hipped asses out into the square! If you’ve forgotten anything about the organization, you’d better read it up in your little handbook before I quiz your grade six, ape-brained head about it! Dismissed!”
Standing Orders for Operations beyond Federal Government-held Territory: An Operational Manual
A Document Ordered by Colonel Hemmingway of Phoenix Expeditionary Unit
This handbook is a compilation of latest facts and practices as recommended by the highest echelons of the U.S military. Said facts and practices are based on hard data gathered by short-penetration recon teams, scientific projections and military experience.
Possible Dangers to Expect Outside of Federal Government-Held Territories (hereby abbreviated as FGHT or colloqually as 'Fight')
Any unit operating outside the borders of territory maintained by the Federal Government will likely face increased environmental hazards, due to the lack of organisation required to clear rubble, map safe passages and condemn buildings. Expect increasingly dangerous terrain, and proceed cautiously with increased group coordination to signal out such dangers. Also, due to the nature of the Khan impacts, be prepared for anything from radioactive and toxic hazards, to unexpected ground formations.
Due to the breakdown of society before, during and after the Khan impacts, expect increased criminal activity in the societies surrounding FGHT, or the lack of society thereof. There will likely be increased concentration of looters and gangs outside of FGHT. Beyond looters and gangs, expect the average U.S citizen to be just as dangerous. Proceed with caution in dealing with them. Maintain large numbers and tight group formations unless situation dictates otherwise.
With human civilisation reduced, expect larger presence of animals, though the number of carnivores known to prey on humans are below estimates, likely due to the fallout from the meteorites. However, the effect of global reduction in food sources have forced carnivores that normally prey on smaller animals than humans to start hunting humans. With starvation common, such animals will be highly aggressive and persistent. Maintain large numbers and tight group formations. Always expect an ambush, so a circle or square formation is ideal in a wild area.
Attrition by lack of supplies is another great danger that is hugely underestimated. With the infrastructure to procure fresh resources gone, both basic necessities such as food, water and shelter and mission-important necessities such as equipment, weapons, ammunitions and fuel would be scarce if not impossible to procure. Unless the unit doubles back to FGHT, there will be little to no chance of resupply. Given the circumstances, soldiers are authorised to scavenge for supplies and live off the land, but must maintain discipline and not break any laws the U.S is governed by. E.g: Do not pilfer the property of U.S citizens. Excess supplies or supplies scavenged by orders must be surrendered to the nearest Quartermaster. If local societies are encountered, soldiers are authorised to buy supplies, but is not authorised to sell military-issued supplies. Soldiers are authorised to confiscate supplies from hostile forces.
List of accepted characters
Kaylin Savoy - Kaylin
LT. John Khalid Shaheen - Dark
Joe "Greasy" - WyxzTHEGamer
SGT. Michael Geary - KessonRel
James Wolf - Heyitsjiwon
HM2 Sid Pleasants - YankeeSamurai
SGT. David Carwell - SilverwindBlade
SGT. Trake Havers - FirecrackerMain
List of potential characters/unfinished characters
List of rejected characters
Nameless Secret Serviceman - Aristocrap
List of NPCs
Name: Jake Colbourne
Race: Caucasian (Irish)
Service Affiliation: United States Army
Unit: Transferred to Phoenix Expeditionary Unit
Job Scope: Command a squad of the Phoenix Expeditionary Unit to bring U.S citizens and forces back into the federal government fold.
2015 Los Angeles Riots
2017 New York Riots
2018 Chicago Anarchic Disorder
2019 Washington D.C Vault Demonstrations
Personality Report: Patriotism and a sense of purpose drives him. He is often always on the move, taking action and planning. He is selected for a leadership role in the Phoenix Expeditionary Unit for his ability to do whatever it takes to achieve his objective, and for the greater good of the nation, humanity in general. His leadership style has changed over the years, from being the soft-hearted cuddly type of officer who takes care of his men and win their favour with time in the Afghanistan Wars to the Brutal, heavy-handed type in the years leading up to the Khans, even by the standard of other hardened officers.
Background: The Colbourne's have been in the military since the American Civil War, it's been a tradition of theirs to join some branch of the service and do their patriotic duty. Colbournes have fought in every major conflict the United States has entered. Jacob Colbourne served during the War on Terror in Afghanistan and made a name for himself there, earning the Congressional Medal of Honor. Several promotions later he found himself a Captain in the armed forces. What's left of Congress has given him the authority to conscript citizens or any others living inside of the cities they visit in their tour.
Current Status: Ready for action, and angry at some of the chaos he's seen ensuing after the fallout of the meteor-showers.
Physical description: 6 feet two inches tall, buzzed red hair, green eyes, strong jaw. Overall built strong, broad-shouldered, and intimidating. Wears a near constant scowl, never seems to smile.
Rank: REC (drafted)
Name: Billy "Happy Farmer" Johannesburg
Service Affiliation: Billy's Happy Apples & Produce
Unit: Billy's Happy Apples & Produce
Job Scope: Financial planning, manpower, field work, marketing.
Combat Experience: N/A
Personality Report: Billy is a very happy man, even during and after the apocalypse, even when the world crumbles around him. He is as happy-go-lucky as anyone could get. "At least I'm still alive!" He'd exclaim when the apocalypse struck. "At least I had the foresight to build me a shelter!" He'd say when he lost his entire property and holdings to the Khans. Just being around this man would make you happier, as if he had long been infected with a benign virus that ensures your brain would never switch off the hormones responsible for it.
Years upon years of farm work has given him the strength and endurance necessary for soldiering, and his resolve as an experienced old man has given him the patience, the discipline for it. Not to mention his perpetual happiness. He is unlikely to be a burden.
Background: Before The Year of Purgatory, long before any sign of the U.S's downfall rears its ugly head, Billy was a farmer through and through. He took over the family business when his father kicked the bucket, and has been managing it since. His perpetual happiness has ensured that his family and workers pulled through the tough times, even into the years after 2012. He was able to stay afloat, keep exporting his smiling apples and produce for hard-earned cash and build a fallout shelter after a year of constant nagging from his wife. "Well, at least it'd be fun!" He said. Little did he know that he needed it. Using the shelter, he managed to save his family and farmhands, and with plentiful food, some grown by his own hands and some through purchasing, he was able to last through the Year of Hell and emerge when the dust storms and fallout largely stopped.
His shelter was pretty much at the frontier of Washington, but his farm was way, way off. He, his entire family and farmhands were picked up for the draft after trading with local government forces, upon being noticed by the officers. With the equipment and arms he gained through trading away some of his food, he was more or less equipped for war, even if it wasn't what he was trained for. "At least I'd learn something new!" Was what he'd say.
Current Status: Ready.
Physical Description: Billy is not a fit man, being overweight. However, he is still well-toned from his years of hard work, but his skin tone defies the sun, and is hardly tanned from the field, though he does look as flushed as Santa Claus at times. He has blue eyes, double chin, and is rather thick-boned, with brown hair.
Equipment Loadout: Surplus Kevlar Helmet, Kevlar Vest, Fieldpack, 6 days ration, camping necessities, firearms maintenance kit, 2 2L water canteens, 3 days change of clothes, outdated solid green army fatigues, military boots
Weapon Loadout: Surplus M16A2 rifle, M1911 Pistol, 4 magazines for rifle, 3 magazines for pistol
Skills: Billy's adept with food: How to obtain it, how to cook it, how to tell if it's good or bad, or poisonous and yes, how to eat them. Due to his job as a modern-day farmer, he also knows a thing or two about manpower management with some leadership thrown in. He knows a few things about economics and finances, especially since he lived through so many recessions, not to mention the need for a farmer to deal with marketing his goods. Combat-wise, being a farmer in a remote farm, knowing a thing or two about firearms and shooting was essential to defending his property. He does have a small interest for firearms. This, coupled with his forecast of the fall of civilisation, gave him some skill in the weapons, as well as security and tactics. His knowledge, however, is limited in terms of military firearms, but he is at home with civilian models.
Name: Lulu Faust
Race: Caucasian, German
Service Affiliation: U.S Army
Unit: 3rd Heavy Infantry Regiment
Vocation: Heavy Infantry, Assault
Job Scope: Aggressive taking and holding grounds, act as vanguard in an offensive.
Combat Experience: 2019 Washington D.C Vault Demonstrations
Personality Report: Lulu was highly energetic and active, and prefers to be on the offensive. She was rough and uncouth, but usually means well. She loves to be in control, and hates to see herself as a victim even when she actually is. However, once she starts losing control, panick sets in quickly for her, and her decisions would become erratic, and so will her actions. It was probably why she never made it to Westpoint when she applied.
Background: For much of her childhood and teenage years, Lulu, while being a good student, found herself always bored of her studies. She decided at an early age that any academic path would not be her calling. Instead, she found it in sports, and anything that she would have to sweat to do. She was a remarkable sportswoman, excelling at all manners of sports, though usually the rougher ones, such as soccer and American football. Many would describe her as a tomboy, as she was rarely found in skirts and pink. After highschool, she joined the military at 18, deciding that enough studies was enough- she had tolerated for so long anyway for the sake of securing her future through education, as soul-scarring to her as it was. In the military, she was described as a natural Quite unexpectedly, she was selected to be part of the patchwork Heavy Infantry program, in which new units of the army were formed around the latest concept of the power armour. Since then, she had been enjoying her time.
Current Status: Ready.
Physical Description: Lulu is a sculpture of muscular perfection, having been in sports and other grueling occupations for much of her life. Her body is well-toned, even muscular that she was either respected, feared, or made fun of from basic training onwards. She was dark in tone from the countless hours she spent outdoors, while her hair was blonde, which contrasts against her skintone. She had blue eyes, but surprisingly soft facial features. In her powered armour, she looks like the space marines of fiction, just far less grand but bulky all the same.
Equipment Loadout: Standard MARPAT U.S uniform, XM2016 Powered Armour w/ 3 rotating solar batteries, heavy fieldpack, 6 days ration, 2L water bladder, 2 2L water canteen, 3 days change of uniform, camping equipment, firearms maintenance kit, power armour repair kit
Footnotes on XM2016 Powered Armour: The U.S version of the power armour is very unlike those depicted in fiction. While it does increase the maximum load of the user and 'increases' his/her strength, it does so at a magnitude far less than those depicted in fiction. The XM2016 Powered Armour is based on more limited technology, and thus only nearly doubles the wearer's load capacity and strength. Other than this property, the Powered Armour also makes use of ablative armour and numerous pads of thick Kevlar, making the wearer far more resistant to conventional firearms than a normal infantryman. However, armour piercing rounds will eventually penetrate with chance, and anti-tank weapons will no doubt still blow the wearer to kingdom come. Grenades and mines do much reduced damage to the wearer, though contact is ill-advised. Despite the generous amount of armour provided by the Power Armour, a well-placed or lucky shot in the eyes can still easily fall the wearer- the bulletproof glass can only take minimal abuse before it is penetrated. The power armour is also host to an onboard computerised Land Warrior system which enables communication through audio, videos and data messages. Beyond this, there is also an onboard nightvision system and coolant. Despite being a watered-down version of chinese models, the XM2016 Powered Armour is still a success.
Weapon Loadout: FN SCAR-H w/ drum magazines, 6 drum magazines, FIM-92 Stinger, FN P90 w/ box magazines, 6 box magazines, M25 CDTE Grenade Launcher w/ 4r Box Magazine, 3 box magainzes f/ Grenade Launcher, M2016 Gladius
Skills: Quite needless to say, Lulu's talent lies in heavy-handed shock assaults, though she is very specialised. Beyond that, she is also a talented sportswoman, and is well-versed in sports ranging from the mundance such as football of both varieties up to the more combat-oriented ones such as boxing and kickboxing. As the powered armour requires special training, she is qualified for it
Rank: Private First Class (PFC)
Name: Li Xiao Lie
Nationality: People's Republic of China
Service Affiliation: People's Liberation Army Ground Force
Unit: 60th Division
Position: Infantry Soldier
Job Scope: Defend Chinese Territory
Combat Experience: None
Personality Report: Xiao Lie is a highly resourceful individual, though he is not the most talented man. What he lacks in talent, he makes up for with hard work and stubbornness. He swells with pride for wearing the colors of his great country, but is not arrogant.
Background: Xiao Lie was a soldier of China who was training in the U.S when the Khans hit. He managed to seek refuge in one of the vaults along with the remnants of his unit. Since then, he and the few others who managed to survive the catastrophe by the skin of their teeth (having been let in at the last minute), were isolated from the Chinese government since then. As the alliance between China and the U.S is assumed by the commanding officer to still exist even after communications between countries became impossible, Xiao Lie has since worked diligently hard alongside his new American friends, to earn their trust and his place, however small, in their vault.
Current Status: Ready.
Physical Description: Xiao Lie is about 1.8m, kind of thin, but is somehow fit enough to be in an entirely professional army that accepts only the best. He has rather soft features and his skin tone light from more than 2 years in the vault. Even after it opened, he served as a guard there until he was transfered to Phoenix Expeditionary Unit.
Equipment Loadout: Green-camouflaged combat helmet and flak jacket, Green camo PLAGF uniform, fieldpack, survival kit, firearms maintenance kit, 2 days ration, 2 days change of uniform
Weapon Loadout: QBZ-17 5.8mm rifle (similar to type 95, but with various ergonomic improvements, built-in laser targetting and an onboard computer and camera for corner firing, rifle condition monitoring and alternative targetting system) QSZ-92 9mm pistol, bayonet for rifle, 6 magazines for rifle and 5 magazines for pistol.
Skills:Soldiering, marksmanship, close combat, improvisation (he knows how to do many things that he had not much skill in, such as repairing, computer work, cooking. He could improvise in many situations, which has so far cleared him of many obstacles)
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