"Brick City, eh? Can't be worse than what's out there..."
"You'd be surprised..."
-Two wasteland wanderers
Located just west of New York City, on Newark Bay, Newark was a commercial hub and one of the most populated municipalities in the entire United States. A target of the Chinese during the Great War, the city now lies in ruin. Known as Brick City to the men and women who eke out meager livings there, fragile alliances between the different factions are all that stand between some semblance of peace and outright chaos.
Newark, New Jersey was the state’s largest city during Pre-War times, with roughly 300,000 permanent residents. The city was founded during America’s colonial era by puritans from Connecticut who left their colony because of political and religious differences with leaders there. The name “Newark” was shortened from “New ark”, reflecting religious nature of the settlement.
During the 19th century, the city saw tremendous population growth as it become more and more industrialized. Newark became one of the country’s primary producers of leather and iron, and because of those industries, shipping began flourishing as well. Towards the end of the 1800s, the city became a hub of finance and retail sector jobs. Much of the city’s skyline was built to accommodate this burgeoning business. In the early 20th century, Newark Airport was built; it quickly became one of the country’s busiest airports.
Newark benefitted from the strong post-World War II economy. Factories churned out goods. Merchants came from wide and far to sell their wares. Strong insurance and pharmaceutical industries blossomed in the city.
The good times ended in 2077, when the bomb fell. Though few warheads were directly aimed at Newark itself, the city was close enough to New York that it suffered catastrophic damage. Much of the city was situated within the outer limits of blast zones of the bombs that rained down on Manhattan. Though the city itself was not completely leveled, massive swaths of it were destroyed. Thousands were killed and tens of thousands more were injured because of thermal burns from the nuclear fires, the massive airburst from the explosions, and infrastructure failures that occurred as a result of both. In addition, over the next few years, many more would die from radiation poisoning due to nuclear fallout and thermal radiation.
Shortly after the bombs hit, waves of humanity began fleeing New York City eastwards, passing through Newark. Violence between people fleeing New York, people fleeing Newark, and those residents of the city that were staying put flared up regularly, and often turned violent. As the effects of the radiation in the air, water, and land became apparent, people became more and more desperate. Food became scarcer and scarcer as the land rejected all attempts to grow food, as it was too poisoned. Water became scarcer and scarcer as more and more sources were discovered to be contaminated. Simply living became more and more difficult, as radiation poisoned the very air people needed to live. It soon became apparent that the area could not support human life, and those who continued to linger died- or lost their humanity. Chaos reigned.
Like Pre-War days, much of Brick City’s success comes from its physical location. Located only a few miles far from the ruins of New York, traders and adventurers pass through the city looking to brave the ruins of the Big Apple.
Peace is maintained in Brick City thanks to the different alliance that the different settlements in its bounds have with each other. Known as the “New Ark Covenant”, the alliance maintains that all signatories to the agreement have the right to exist, and that ideological differences between different settlements does not justify conflict between them. Each settlement has the right to protect their own territory however they see fit, and so long as they do not interfere in the affairs of other settlements, each settlement has the right to patrol unclaimed swaths of the city, in the spirit of mutual protection and safety. Economies vary from settlement to settlement, but no one settlement has the right to interfere or restrict the economy of another settlement. Any grievances that one settlement has with another is to be settled between those settlements, taking care to have as little an impact on non-involved settlements as possible.
When the bombs fell, Newark was roughly 26 square miles. The altitude of the city ranged from sea level in the eastern side of the city, to roughly 230 feet above sea level in the western side of the city, essentially making the city a large basin sloping towards the Passaic River.
City planners divided the city into five wards, each containing neighborhoods ranging from dense urban districts to quiet suburban enclaves. The most affluent neighborhoods were located on the western side of the city, while the densest, most urban areas were located in the south and southwest, and middle-class residential suburbs and industrial areas to the north.
A theocratic enclave based around the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Seat of the East Coast Catholic Church and home to its leader, Pope Angelo II.
A small community located on a one-thousand-foot steel truss bridge, 135 feet above the ground. Home of the Pulaski Birdmen.
A highly irradiated region thanks to a permanent radstorm, giving the area a permanent green hue. Home to a handful of ghouls, and many dangers.
A small community based in the ruins of Port Newark, a large Pre-War shipping facility.
A lawless region, shaped more or less like an L, hence its name. Brick City's most populated area, home to all kinds of scum and villainy.
A technologically advanced settlement in the ruins of the former Newark Airport.