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Old July 7th, 2004, 01:44 AM
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Hey all, been playing around with doing a write-up based on the traditional T2K timeline (drought and all), and giving a state by state breakdown of conditions, generally following the format from the East European Sourcebook. Each state will have a section with:
History / Overview, Population, Economy, Industry, Government, and Armed Forces.

Here is my Texas History/Overview writeup, about 90% complete (have to finish the 2002-2004 events).

Comments, criticism, complaints welcome:

Texas suffered heavily from the nuclear attacks. The Houston metropolitan area, home to over 4 million people in 1997, was hit with a total of 6.25 megatons of nuclear weapons. The industrial suburbs of Baytown, Deer Park, and Texas City were leveled. Because of the density of the refineries, oil storage, and chemical plants, the firestorm was intense and over three quarters of the population of the Houston area perished from the immediate attacks.
And the Houston area was not the only major metropolitan area attacked. Fort Worth was also hit (175,000 fatalities), as was San Antonio (350,000 fatalities), Corpus Christi (70,000 fatalities) and El Paso (125,000 fatalities). Of a population of 17 million people, an estimated 5 million people were dead within a week of the Thanksgiving Massacre of 1997.
Civil order collapsed almost immediately throughout the majority of the state. Although Austin and Dallas were not attacked, the cities were heavily damaged by looting and arson after the attacks.
Because of the heavily military base presence in Texas (most of which were being used to train replacement troops, as the regular army and National Guard units like the 49th had been mobilized and shipped out much earlier), Austin, Dallas, El Paso, and other areas were brought under control fairly quickly and efforts were made at disaster relief.
Even so, state and Federal FEMA resources were stretched incredibly thin. Tent cities were hurriedly created to help house the refugees from the nuclear attacks, but there was nowhere near enough, and the tent cities ended up being a breeding ground for epidemics and disorder. Several riots had to be put down with brutal force, and these were in American refugee camps. Along the border, things were much worse.
A trickle of Mexican refugees became a flood, and the Texas and Federal authorities responded by “closing” the border, although the border was never really closed, being too long and too porous. Effectively, National Guard and local “militia” units began massacring Mexicans trying to cross into Texas, and began rounding up Mexican refugees that had already crossed and placing them into internment camps where conditions were far worse than in the American refugee camps. The Mexican government lodged protests, and when that didn’t work, mobilized for war.
On 2 June, 1998, the Mexicans invaded, spearheaded by the Russian “Division Cuba”. The main thrust of the invasion went up I-35, and easily overran the lightly armed National Guard and militia units that attempted to resist. Delayed more by their own tenuous logistics more than any organized resistance, the Mexican army made fairly slow progress. Nevertheless, they managed to seize San Antonio and Austin by the end of August, and Waco by the end of September. In October the Mexican army and Russian Division Cuba came into contact with elements of the US 49th Armored Division just south of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, and what had been an easy advance suddenly ran into stiffer resistance.
In January, the US 5th Army launched a counter offensive into Texas, but almost immediately ran into trouble. In East Texas, a paramilitary organization called the Texian Legion mauled the US 85th Infantry Division (Light), and a counter attack by the Russian Division Cuba sent the rest of the US 5th Army reeling back into Oklahoma and Louisiana.
The end result was the devastation of North Central Texas. Waco, Dallas, and Fort Worth were all reduced to ruins. And while the Texian Legion was militarily defeated, as US forces withdrew into Louisiana the Texian Legion was left in de facto control of East Texas from Mount Pleasant to Nacodoches.
Shortly after the US withdrawal from Texas, Mexico collapsed into civil war, and the military units in Texas picked sides among the various factions and began fighting out among themselves, causing further destruction in the south of the state.
As 1999 winded down, the only truly intact areas of Texas was the Panhandle region and Wichita Falls, which had largely escaped the ravages of the war. At the close of 1999, the native population of Texas had declined to less than 7 million, although there were an additional estimated million and a half Mexican refugees in the southern portion of the state.
As bleak as things were, 2000 saw the first steps towards recovery. As the various groups and factions retreated from active warfare, they settled on consolidating their base of power. The central and south of the state was occupied by the Mexicans, the west was a no-mans land, the Panhandle the base for the Texas government (also known as the Texas Government in Exile), and East Texas the power center for the Texian Legion. Much of the recovery was based on oil and agriculture, although the Texian Legion managed for a time to build a small-time arms industry turning out small arms and light artillery (mainly mortars and tube launched crude rockets) based in Tyler.
Alas, it was not to last. In summer of 2001, the drought began to take its toll on Texas, up to the Gulf Coastal Plain and the piny woods of East Texas. Massive famine rolled from west to east, and with it, all semblance of government. The Texas state government collapsed as the Panhandle turned into a desert. And civil insurrection destroyed the Mexican military units and the Russian Division Cuba in cantonment in the state. The area controlled by the Texian Legion and the independent gulf coast communities were not devastated by the famine, but instead by the waves of heavily armed refugees that descended on them from the West and the South. The Texas population crashed. By January, 2002, only 1 million people were left alive in Texas, eking out an existence on the devastated coast and eastern sections of the state.
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