Amerind Empire Heavy Artillery
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This is the main Heavy Artillery Piece of the Amerind Empire: a copy of the M98 Howtar (the M2 107mm mortar placed on the 1920’s era M33 carriage for the 75mm howitzer).
The original Howtar was found in a military museum and eventually adopted by the Amerind Empire as a very effective method of deterring attack on their strongpoints. The Howtar is relatively small, is easy to transport and can be towed by a light vehicle or even a horse. An additional advantage is that – true to its mountain howitzer heritage – it can also be disassembled and carried by 7 mules.
This is a “six months later” campaign rather than a “wake-up in the bolthole” campaign
This campaign is non-standard, even heretical
1. Players would be pilots in an AirRecon unit operating armed ultralights such as the The Sadler Piranha
2. Players would be members of NDART – the North Dakota Area Recovery Team . [This is an idea stolen from Kurt Feltenberger’s “Task Force Vulcan”] . NDART was tasked with reopening the coal mines of North Dakota and refining various fuels and lubricants from the coal.
3. The entire NDART is awake (about 250 people) but they don’t have any details on the rest of the MP – they’re assisting North Dakota and the Ballooners as they declare intentions to rebuild the USA and secede from the New Confederacy
4. The NC has some WW1-equivalent biplanes and some military advisors from the KFS.
5. There are 2 manned MP bases. These are logistics bases and refineries (100 support staff for the 150 field personnel)
6. Because they’re pilots, the players don’t operate with bulky equipment or large personal weapons (cockpits are cramped)
7. This is not in any way a village-level campaign; the “locals” are fairly sophisticated townspeople with 1920’s technology.
Background: US Route 66 is sometimes known as ‘The Mother road’. It originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, before ending at Los Angeles. It was ‘decommissioned’ (finally replaced by the Interstate system) in 1985.
HISTORY in the MP Universe: Route 66 (aka the ‘Mother Road’) was always more likely to survive that the Interstates. It directly links farming communities and it is built on a scale which allows those communities to maintain it. Therefore there is both a reason for the road to be used and manpower to maintain it.
“In Sacagawea, the new buildings are made from concrete blocks that are slick, and smooth”
Continuing the use of broken glass as a building material, glasscrete is a mixture of concrete and ground glass (up to 80% glass). If ground to a fine powder, glasscrete can also be used as a cement replacement. Unlike conventional cement, glasscrete has a fairly smooth surface and can be polished for ornamental purposes.
“In Sacagawea, all plastic items are very smooth and shiny, and very, very dark red.”
The first plastics weren’t made from oil. An early one was “Bois Durci” [first used in the 1850’s]. It used scrap from the sawmill and industrial waste from slaughterhouses
Glassphalt: “The streets of Sacagawea gleam and glitter at night. They shine like silver”
The Amerind Emoire has limited access to oil but they do trade for oil products like asphalt, which they obtain from the city-state of Cody, Wyoming (one of the New Presidencies).