Unlike its predecessor, the New Confederacy is an industrial society (even though its labour force are slaves). Therefore, the NC military does not simply replicate a 19th Century army; it has a slightly different approach to “mounted infantry”.
The simple bicycle is a very efficient method of transportation and the New Confederacy uses it in both civilian and paramilitary roles.
Adding a small motor is an obvious move and the above picture shows the NC solution: a 1HP engine (burning gasoline or ethanol) and a small 3rd wheel. This turns the bike into a narrow and asymmetric tricycle which is capable of about 20 miles per hour (30 kph).
The Dragoons are second-line troops, usually part-time militia and most likely to be involved in “Internal Security” patrols, keeping the Displaced Persons (DP’s under control. (see NC History)
DP’s who are found without passes are returned to their designated workplace (Admistrators/owners). Punishments for runaways are immediate and harsh, but rarely lethal .
All non-whites are subjected to questioning, searches, and other forms of harassment. For this reason, the Wanderers try to avoid New Confederacy homesteads and are willing to assist runaways.
Bolt-action rifles, shotguns (usually sawn-off double barrel) and revolvers
The New Confederacy does not have a standing army and the military unit most likely to be encountered “in the field” is the “Mobile” Infantry Company: a unit of infantry that relies primarily on horse-drawn vehicles. Such units are usually raised and paid for by a Colonel (a courtesy rank associated with wealthy landowners)
An Encounter with Townspeople. Or are they “Badges”, “Slavers” or even a “University”?
The City of Poplar Bluff – “The Gateway To The Ozarks” – is one of the many trading communities that have appeared along the Interstates and rivers that lead to and from ‘civilized’ areas such as the New Confederacy, and the KFS. It provides a market and a way-station for river traders and Gypsy Truckers. The City has survived – and even prospered – because it ‘enjoys’ a number of advantages. It has a strategic location: the city is at the crossroads of U.S. Highway 60 and U.S. Highway 67. The surrounding area is commonly called the “Three Rivers” . The three rivers (Current River, Black River, and St. Francis River) are about 60 kilometres apart and Poplar Bluff is near the the center (located on the Black River).
Poplar Bluff has 3 Other assets that may impact any Morrow Project operations in the Three Rivers area
1. Three Rivers Community College provides training and education to the brighter/luckier/wealthier members of the community. As well as general education and some professional courses, it has a well-respected paramedic course. Each year, the top paramedic student is accepted for further training in the KFS.
Three Rivers College also trains craftsmen, mechanics/technicians and gunsmiths.
The City is extremely proud of the college and most of the local elite are alumni. They meet for monthly reunions and contribute a tithe to college finances – all of which gives the College staff an immense amount of influence on local politics
2. Troop E of the Missouri Highway Patrol has been headquartered just outside Poplar Bluff since the 1930’s – and now recruits exclusively from the City. All new recruits must be graduates of the Community College’s “Criminal Justice” course (which includes training in weapons use, law, and the operation of motor vehicles and small boats).
The Patrol attempts to enforce laws for the protection of travellers and to ensure that Highways are safe and the 3 rivers kept navigable. Unfortunately, this laudable activity involves some questionable interpretation of legalities and – if arbitrary fines cannot be paid – involuntary work on repair gangs. Even more regrettably, it’s common for these “repair gangs” to find themselves allocated to other work. Some of the more troublesome (or attractive) workers have been “leased” to the Kentucky Free State or the New Confederacy. Few of these convicts ever return
Incidentally, it’s difficult to say which is the best customer. The NC only wants to “lease” Black convicts, which limits the opportunities for trade but they do provide trade goods that the KFS won’t.
3. Poplar Bluff Municipal Airport. The KFS has negotiated rights to use the Airport as a Weather Station and an emergency landing zone for its aircraft (a P47 visits at least once each year). The KFS pays rent in 2 ways: a little refined fuel and regular weather forecasts (both important to a farming community).
A KFS watchtower has been constructed at the Airport and is home to a small garrison of specialists
The NC Model 81 – chambered in 300 Savage
This recoil-operated rifle features a rotating bolt with dual lugs that locks into the rear portion of the barrel. When the gun is fired, the barrel, bolt and bolt-carrier assembly recoils all at once, allowing the bullet to exit the barrel before the mechanism unlocks. During this operation a couple of heavy springs inside a sheetmetal covering surrounding the barrel are compressed.
It’s a very efficient, powerful setup and provides reliable semiauto function. There’s no gas system to worry about, and the piece works well under some pretty adverse conditions with a minimum of maintenance.
The standard miltary model (20 rounds)
Technically, this is a long-recoil operated semi-automatic shotgun. Eight (12 gauge) shells are stored in a tubular magazine under the barrel.
Morrow Project Recon reports indicate
1. This is clearly based on the Browning design (for the Auto-5 and Remington model 11)
2. This gun is popular with the New Confederacy military and paramilitary.
3. It has a range of approximately 45 metres.
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.
Maxwell’s Militia traces its ancestry to “Site R”: the Alternate National Military Command Center (ANMCC)at Raven Rock Mountain, Pennsylvania (on the Pennsylvania/Maryland border). This underground base survived a near miss and the fallout from attacks on the nearby targets of Camp David and Fort Detrick (a bio-weapons facility).