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
Fourth edition adds a few vehicles to the “later date” Morrow Project and there are now 2 variants of the HMMWV in the MP motor pool. This post will cover some details of the M1025 Armament Carrier, and provide a suggested load plan.
This type of vehicle is representative of the “heavy weapon” that is sometimes held by a community (or a wealthy Farmer). It is obviously derived from a pre-collapse tractor, and has moderate cross-country capability. Its main purpose is to transport a Heavy Machine Gun and provide the firepower necessary to fend off raiders.
“The Rich Five” are the aristocratic familes of the Kentucky Free State and are renowned for their conspicuous consumption.
The above photo was taken at “Grand Central Station”, in New Manhattan. It shows a few members of the Carswell family and their “Rolling Thunderbolt” – a private railcar used to travel between New Manhattan and Louisville. As can be seen, current fashions take inspiration from the 1940’s and 1950’s
The Rich 5 will often use “Thunderbolts” because road travel is too uncomfortable and often too slow. Road travel between New Manhattan and Louisville can often take 4 or 5 hours, but a “Thunderbolt” is built for speed and luxurious comfort. Its top speed is in excess of 150 kph – cutting the journey down to just over one hour. Incidentally, the name is given to this railcar because it uses the same engine/power plant as the KFS Air Force P-47 replicas.
Crew: 3 (Driver and 2 stewards)
Passengers: 10 (could carry 40 in emergency)
Max Speed: 150kph
The various Armed Forces of the Kentucky Free State are notorious for their bureaucratic infighting and lack of mutual trust. Because of these problems, the KFS River Patrol finds it necessary to operate its own Air Force: a tiny squadron of 6 ultralight amphibians, known as “Defiants”. These are “Wing in Ground Effect” vehicles: hybrid boat/planes designed to cruise at a height of 3 metres above the surface of the river (although they can make “hops” to an altitude of 30 metres).
The unimpressive specifications are due to the the political power of the “real” KFS Air Force – which will not allow any other Service to operate vehicles that can fly above 100 feet. These aircraft are not (officially) permitted to carry bombs but – even so – they are CHEAP and perform several useful functions for the River Patrol: reconnaissance, survey, artillery direction and liaison/communications.
The “Bullets and Bluegrass” module mentions that the troops of Fort Bundy should have modern means to cross the Ohio River. But they don’t.
The above picture is one of the River Patrol assets that should be assigned to garrisons like Fort Bundy. It’s a small landing craft, capable of ferrying up to 32 troops, or 1 jeep or 1 pickup truck or approximately 2.5 tons of cargo.
real-world source of picture is Nigeria. This is one of the units that protect the various pipelines and shipping docks that lie within Niger Delta – and conducts a continuous low-level war with MEND insurgents (Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta)
KFS corruption ensures that these vessels are usually found performing services that the Five Families find more profitable than ferrying a platoon of troops.
These little craft are adequate patrol vessels and well-suited for “collecting taxes” (extortion) and ensuring that the Five Families have access to contraband goods.
As can be seen from the picture, they are well-armed (sometimes with up to 3 Heavy machine Guns or HMG/mortar combos) and have a shallow draft (approximately 0.7m when fully-loaded)
Note: this vessel is constructed from wood and (thin) steel. It has no armour. Therefore, the crews often pile sandbags around the wheelhouse and weapon stations
|Hull Type:||mono hull|
|Power:||Twin 225 hp|
|Propulsion:||Outboards (30″ shaft)|
|Fuel/Duration:||200 gallons/5 hours|
|Top Speed:||42 mph in “light ship” mode. As slow as 10 mph when fully loaded|
On Death Day, there were very few people who knew how to build vehicles that were designed to be drawn by animals. However, by the 22nd century, the Cartwright’s art has been redefined.
The picture above shows a flexible delivery vehicle. it is drawn by 1 horse/pony (or 1 mutant ‘Grunt’, or 2 men, or 3 dogs). When fully loaded it can carry a payload of up to 350kg.
This is an unofficial military variant (used by most KFS units) but similar vehicles can be found throughout North America and might be used by anyone.