|Federal Republic of Libeteria|
|Type of Government:||Constitutional Democracy|
|Motto:||"United we stand, united we fall"|
|Location(s):||New York City
(Ellis, Governor, and Liberty islands)
|Population:||approx. 1400 and growing|
|Notable members:||Jay Talbert
|Founded by:||Jay Talbert|
|Goals:||Spreading of democracy across New York City.|
|Allies:||Freedom of the Sea Society|
|Enemies:||National Pleasure League
Army of the Righteous Goo Newark Pirate Association Bob's Wreckers
|Status:||active and thriving.|
Prior to the Great War, the U.S. government made a concentrated effort to see to it that all of America's major cities would have ample protection from the dangers of Fallout with America's national parks and monuments were not exempt from this. The government built several nuclear shelters on Ellis, Liberty, and Governor islands. These were for the most part just large living spaces with bunks lining the walls with enough food to feed the inhabitants. Yet many felt that such shelters would never be used and thus the shelters on Ellis and Liberty Islands fell into disrepair, no fresh food was stocked and no new supplies were added to the storage spaces. So when the nukes began to fall on New York in October of 2077 the people headed down into these bunkers were rather split in their advantages. For those on Governor's Island, their stay would be rather painless as people were filled in and the bunker sealed in a timely fashion. On Liberty island, people were also able to quickly descend into the bunkers quickly but faced the prospect of not having any food. Yet for those on Ellis trying to enter the bunker found that order quickly broke down and many were left on the surface to be vaporized by the nukes as they fell on New York City.
Yet as the radiation cleared and the smoke settled, people ascended to the surface to find that the power of Chinese nuclear weaponry was questionable at best. The nukes dropped on NYC were rather low yield, common in a world where such weapons as mini-nukes and micro-nukes existed. Outside of Lower Manhattan, the attack on NYC had been rather surgical. Many skyscrapers were damaged or destroyed, the statue of Liberty was badly damaged (losing her arm and torch, along with part of her head) along with bridges linking Manhattan with Brooklyn and the Bronx. However, the radiation was the worst part and the first people to go to the surface were horrified by the abominations they found, two-headed cows, massive lizard-like monsters, and wasps the size of small cars. The worst part were the zombie-like people who walked around, and yet as the people moved back into the world in 2099 they quickly grew used to the changes, the zombies became friendly ghouls, the two-headed cows became a source of food and a form of wealth in this post-apocalyptic world. They quickly turned the islands they lived upon into thriving towns, even Liberty Island became a survivor's paradise as the radiation faded with the passing of time. For dozens of years the three islands became communities who traded with one another and with the survivors around them, and yet it would not be until 2196 that someone, named Jay Talbert would suggest they become one. The three islands had interacted with one another for so long that this seemed to change nothing for them and all agreed without much resistance from the populace.
In 2198, Jay Talbert worked out a deal between the three islands to unify as the Federal Republic of Libeteria, the treaty created a central government and set up a president and council system for governing the new nation. The President was elected by the people with the council elected from each of the three islands to advise the president and act as the voices of each island's populace. The government was centered on Governor's Island with the President setting up in Fort Jay along with the newly created military. The new president? Jay Talbert, people liked him so much after he successfully unified the islands he was elected to president with relative ease. His first act was to create the Federal Army, which began to take volunteers from the populace of the different islands and soon 200 volunteers were trained at Fort Jay. President Talbert also setup a trade alliance with the local Rafter merchants essentially forming The FRL's economy for many tears to come.
President Talbert quickly began to develop the nation into a thriving economic power with the trade with the Rafters starting up and the Army forming he began to improve the nations interior. First order as the reclamation of six old ferry boats from the pre-war days, used to transport people between the different islands these began to serve that purpose once again as they were brought back to working order. Yet one thing bothered President Talbert, his country was completely reliant on merchants for food, this could easily be changed by the rafters should they grow angry with the nation or an enemy decided to blockade the harbor so Talbert sent a group of men under protection from the Army to Staten island the only place with enough open land to farm and thus the farmers settled in and began to till the land and plant their first crop of corn, beans, and wheat (the seeds were bought from Rafters). And the next Autumn they harvested their first crop moving it back to Governor's Island for sale to the populace. To this end on account of an abundance of corn present on the islands, a thriving whiskey industry soon formed on the islands.
Yet it was the Army itself that next needed work, the Army had no standard uniform, no chain of command and no standard weaponry and Talbert sought to have that changed. Talbert began to have government agents look for uniforms throughout New York City but turned up little, it wasn't until an enterprising merchant showed up on Governor's Island to trade did the Army gain a standard uniform. This merchant named Eli was from the distant British Virgin Islands and had found a cache of police uniforms, 150 in all. These had sat at the bottom of his cargo bed as he had moved his way up the coast with no one taking much interest in them. Yet when he began to display them to the buyers on Governor's Island.A member of the Army was in that group and looked over the black uniforms and pith helmets. He reported the find to his superiors who quickly had several men down at the docks buying up all the uniforms the merchant had. These uniforms were in relatively good condition, with rank insignias still sewn onto them and after referencing a military guidebook, they discovered the insignia's meaning and their place on the military hierarchy. Soon the whole army was outfitted, and seeing the heap of money Eli made off the uniforms ,many merchants tracked down the same kinds of uniforms in Canada while traveling out as far as Bermuda to recover such uniforms. As a result, many merchants became rather rich out of selling British police uniforms to the FRL Army.
As for the aforementioned money, this issue of creating a national currency came around in 2210 when Talbert signed the National Currency Act allowing the minting of a national currency. The FRL firmly believes in the Gold standard and thus, their coins were made of gold. The gold was from a wealthy merchant who had gotten his hands on a large some of the gold bars from his travels and kept it aboard his ship, yet when a storm hit New York it swamped his ship and him along with his crew drowned. His gold along with the ship washed up on Ellis Island and when it was discovered by soldiers on patrol that morning, the gold was quickly gathered and carted over to Governor's Island where it was counted up. A total of eighty-five bars were present add on the twenty-two recovered from New York City itself put the total at one hundred and seven bars. The bars were stored at Castle Williams. The FRL meanwhile setup a ming and selected twenty bars to be turned into coins. These were melted down and formed into coins, these became the national currency as coins were formed into $10, $20, $50, and all the way up to $200 coins. As for the bottle cap, these remained legal tender but did not hold the same monetary weight as FRL dollar coins. The coins are present throughout New York City and a further ten bars have since been smelted into coins, with twenty-five being added to the stores at Castle Williams.
Guns are the essential part of any Army and the foundation of the Newberry Arms Company is the showcase of that fact. A wealthy rafter by the name of Jacob took up residence on Governor's Island is when the Newberry Arms Co. was formed. Jacob had made a living off making hand crafted guns, he was known for his revolvers and had gone about collecting blueprints to pre-war weapons he had come across in his travels, he bought out an empty building on Ellis Island and promptly went to work turning it into a workshop for his trade. He hired several workers and taught them the secrets of his trade and soon he was making guns for the people of the Libeteria, mostly bought for self-protection his guns were popular among traveling merchants and those who did a lot of fishing in the harbor. They were fast, reliable and powerful handguns that could stop most things that people found in the wasteland. Yet when the Army approached him with a contract to make assault rifles for them Jacob graciously accepted. he hired more workers and soon were pumping out assault rifles according to the R91 Assault rifles design, along with Marksmen Carbines, Sniper rifles and special revolvers for the Army these weapons sharing the same low maintenance, simple design of the other weapons from Newberry became general issue for the FRL Army.
In 2220, President Talbert was assassinated by an anarchist while giving a speech at the base of the Statue of Liberty. His mausoleum sits next to Fort Jay where he made the majority of his contributions to the people of Libeteria. He was replaced by President Landon Thompson.
This is an era of great growth and development for the Republic as they adopted a more powerful stance in NYC politics and affairs. First comes the Navigation and commerce Act of 2223. Due to the influx of drugs, slaves and illegal weapons into New York City by smugglers President Thompson passed this act to regulate the trade going into New York harbor, this was a joint agreement signed by the FRL and the Merchants Union (A Far-Right Political group whom Thompson belonged to) it created the Maritime Patrol Force, these men made use of Pre-war police patrol boats and Coast Guard boats to patrol and search ships entering New York Harbor to confiscate and destroy any drugs found and to free any slaves discovered onboard. This put a huge damper on slave trading and drug running operations in the New York City area and soon operations of the Maritime Patrol Force extended up the Hudson River, This however earned the FRL many enemies one of which the National Pleasure League was one of them, a disgusting alliance of slavers, drug runners, perverts, and pagans all unified under the idea that personal pleasure was the golden rule of life, no matter if it was with a needle of Pyscho or up the skirt of a twelve-year-old girl.
Also during this time, the era known as the Age of Colonialism began bringing the FRL in contact with The Lions of New York a fascist, expansionist sect of the Brotherhood of Steel. These men in their terrifying power armor, attacked FRL settlements and anyone else who wouldn't bend to their will. They are in a perpetual state of war with the FRL. Aside from their new enemy the FRL setup colonies in Union City, Battery Park and Staten Island. On Staten Island especially the FRL expanded, encompassing lare swaths of land for farming, knocking over homes, moving aside rubble and planting new fields. It was on Staten Island that the expanding cattle industry began to form as ranchers formed huge herds of brahmin that ranged over the ruined landscape, selling them at the New York Stockyard in Manhattan. On Shooter's Island in Newark Bay the Maritime Patrol Force and Army setup a base for patrolling that part of the New York area.
This age brought on a whole slew of enemies for the FRL, the Reclamation, the Army of Righteous Goo, and the Newark Pirate Association to just name a few. The FRL made a few friends but was essentially on its own as it fought its enemies as it attempted to expand into New York City and support the world it now inhabited, President Thompson would lead the FRL until 2268 when he retired from his office and was replaced by President Daniel Gibb. The FRL would continue to expand and fight its way inland as the world around it began to civilize and the world began to fall into lines of territory and control once again. The FRL was still stands tall and stoic, standing as the beacon of democracy and freedom to the wasteland.
As stated above the Federal Army is supplied by a mix of trade with the Rafters and the Newberry Arms Co. which the Federal government gives most of its defense contracts to. The Federal Army along with its subsidiary the Maritime Patrol Force have bases across New York area but a few stand out of the bunch.
A brick fortress built long before the Great War the FRL took it over and gave it new life, the castle serves as the location for the growing supply of Gold the FRL uses for its gold reserve. It is arguably one
of the most well defended places in the entire Republic with machine gun positions, foot patrols and guard dogs are ever present on the base as to keep robbers away from the gold stored inside.
The seat of the Federal government in the Republic the Fort also acts as the training ground for the Army's newest recruits, and also contains an armory, firing range and a special barracks for members of the Special Reconnaissance Force.
This is a joint base for the Maritime Patrol Force and Federal Army, from here they can patrol the New York Harbor and Newark Harbor, eradicating drugs and slavery wherever its found. The base has come under attack on several occasions by members of the National Pleasure League with all being successfully beaten of by the soldiers and sailors posted there.
A former Coast Guard cutter repaired by the Maritime Patrol Force the ship is armed with a variety of weapons from its Deck gun to .50 Caliber Machine Guns and Mini-Nuke Launcher created by the weapon masters at Newberry this ship can usually be seen patrolling anywhere within New York Harbor flying the FRL flag and lighting up anyone who doesn't yield to their demands to stop.
A former oil tanker that was converted to a mobile command base for patrols going out into the Harbor, small enough for it to maneuver with comfort on the bay and yet big enough for Biplanes or Gyrocopters to land and refuel on. It has spots along its side where patrol boats can moor and refuel for further operations.
These for the most part have been put together by the Army using a single design drawn up by an engineer for the use of the Army flying Corp. These makeshift helicopters are usually seen flying above New York Harbor along with over the city itself scouting out the city ruins for Super Mutants, raiders and any other groups that would threaten their settlements and the best part is what most raiders will do is shake their fists at the copters as they move too fast to be shot down.
These are again rather basic in design and are designed by a man who studied the Wright Brothers plane and designed an airplane almost identical to it. He sold the design to the Army Flying Corp and several were built, again used for patrolling the sea and area around New York, many are armed with machine guns to allow the pilot to fire on raiders, pirates and drug running boats coming into the Harbor.
Operations and Special units
Army Flying Corp
This branch is considered a special operations branch of the Federal Army, it was founded when the "Flying Republican" was found and pilots had to be trained in order to fly it. The Corp only expanded from there as an engineer came along with designs for Biplanes and Gyrocopters and promptly built several for the Federal Army, these have been put to use for patrolling the New York Bay with many Gyrocopters and Biplanes being armed with machine-guns and for Biplanes, bombs. These have been put to use fighting the enemies of the Republic, including the bombing of the "Pleasure Palace" HQ of the National Pleasure League along with the various brothels and raider camps spread around the NPL territory. But one group has plagued the Flying Corp for some time now, The Fishermen using massive fishing nets strung between buildings to destroy the planes and copters of the Flying Corp has led to a series of raids targeting the Fishermen. They bombed on more than one occassion their safehouses, destroying two of them. Yet still needing some way to combat the massive fishing nets many planes and gyrocopters were fitted with cutters to help destroy the nets, these have managed to knock down a few of the Fishermen's nares but many still remain in operation.
- Staten Island
- New Liberty
- Brahmin Central
- Battery Park
- Union City (defunct)
Governor-General James Phat
James Phat, like most of Libeterian bureaucrats, was born into money. The Phat family is still one of the many powerful aristocrat families that inhabit Ellis Island. James' father was a rich merchant who had made a living running food and medical drugs to the many colonies on the New York mainland that the FRL maintained. Making a vast fortune off this pursuit the Phat family quickly prospered as his father moved into a vacant building on Ellis and turned it into the Phat Family Estate. There James was born, raised and groomed to be the councilmen for Ellis in the President's Council. However James was a bit more adventurous than that and promptly left home and signed up for the Federal Army. He showed promise in training and was promoted to Sergeant early on and was plucked for promotion to Lieutenant and then onto Captain a role usually for hardened combat veterans. He continued to climb the ropes of command with ease, bucking combat duties on land and dodging the piles of paperwork. When questions were raised as to how he managed such a feat those people quickly found themselves out of a job and their careers basically destroyed. The Federal Army simply turned a blind eye to the rise of James Phat whose most amount of combat experience was breaking up a bar fight. Yet when he finally was right below the rank of Colonel and was looking to command the entire Federal Army when Colonel Arnett created the Colonial Directorate, a position held by a single man to rule over the colonies on the mainland (mostly to command their militias and keep the peace) and Arnett gave his subordinate the position. James took to this position like a little kid to a lump of coal on Christmas, he had been very close to commanding the army and thus giving himself a window to take control of the republic and now he was given a side job while others replaced him. He became bitter and soon began to rule the colonies tyrannically and issued a series of edicts that basically meant that all laws were subject to change by his direction, any and all could be arrested and executed for speaking against the Governor-General and so on. James also lined up a deal with the Newark Pirate Association that they could move drugs through the colonies and onto the islands if he pocketed 75% of the earnings, faced with near bankruptcy and desertion the NPA agreed. However upon the destruction of the colony of Union City by Bob's Wreckers, James wanting to get himself out of this horrible position organized a counterattack, using the militia he had under his command he went in after the air attacks and butchered the remaining civilians, hanging their corpses along the streets as a warning to not mess with James Phat. This failed in its attempt to scare the enemy and only served to place him on the bounty lists of many gangs in the Bronx. One day while in his office James was told that there was a member of the NPA at Battery Park, he was flown there where he was met by an empty town. The helicopter that flew him there promptly left and a crowd of angry folks appeared from the alleyways, he pulled out his Newberry Service Revolver and shot six of the crowd before being swarmed and lynched by the crowd at the town gallows. The Phat family lost its sole heir and would never again pollute the Federal Army.
The economy of the FRL is heavily based on and reliant on trade with the many Rafters who cross New York Harbor regularly. At any given point during the day well over a hundred merchants could be selling their wares on their ships and thus the republic's economy is always bustling. To add merchants are a part of FRL society many of them make up the upper class, with plenty more integrated into the lower and middle classes. They serve in the Army, the government and just in general benefit the FRL in any way possible. Groups like the Merchants Union even go out of their way to support the government in enforcing policies across New York. The FRL doesn't just trade however with the Rafters, but the people of New York City itself, the different tribes of the NYC area are great trading partners with the FRL.
The FRL trades primarily manufactured goods with the mainland, especially guns from the Newberry Arms Co. but crops like Tobacco and Coffee will also end up in the hands of people in Libeteria, these are usually traded to the mainland for leather, scrap metal and any gold they find (usually old jewellery). The FRL's vast colonies on Staten Island grow everything from corn and wheat to tobacco and cotton all of which is used in trade and the Libeterian society. To add, the FRL has a vast fishing industry setup in the harbor. Fisherman bring in vast piles of mirelurks daily which are usually cut up and traded throughout the town by the fishermen. Smaller industries present in FRL economy is a growing whiskey industry, with an abundance of corn around the islands many people use it to create their own whiskeys many of which are popular along the mainland. Brahmin also plays an important role in the FRL economy as vast herds of Brahmin range across Staten Island and are usually shipped to Manhattan to be traded and sold at the New York Stock Yard, formerly the Stock Exchange.
The Libeterian culture is rather diverse with it being given the adventurous beliefs and sense of expansion of the Rafters and the sense of patriotism influenced by their past, but religion is where the main divergence is.
The Children of the Torch are a small cult centered out of Liberty Island that worship the Statue of Liberty and believe that all men and women have the divine right to do what they want, whenever they want, so long as they do not harm others in doing so. The group enjoyed a boom when the three islands of Libeteria first joined, but membership quickly tailed off when people realized that religious beliefs did not supersede the law, and that they still had to follow them despite their beliefs.
Two strains of Catholicism exist within the federal republic- that preached by the Church of St. Monica, spread by priests from the Capital Wasteland and that preached by the East Coast Catholic Church, spread by priests from the Jersey Wasteland. Catholicism is the most common and most powerful religion in the republic, with all six presidents of Libeteria considering themselves Catholic.
The founder of the Federal Republic of Libeteria he holds the highest prestige in many circles in the republic. He was wise enough to form an Army and setup a national currency and yet he was wise enough to align with political parties. All in all, he jumped started the economy of the FRL, setup its governing body and in one way or another helped create the various political parties within the republic today.
This president came after Talbert and filled in the massive shoes well, the first politically aligned president he sided with the Merchants Union a Far-Right group who believe in limited government, strong national defense and absolutely zero tolerance for drugs and slavery. Landon passed the Navigation and Commerce Act basically declaring all of New York Harbor and its various subsidiaries property of FRL and anyone entering the Harbor was subject to searching from the Maritime Patrol Force, created by the Act as a way to enforce the act. He is said to have single-handedly crippled the slavery and drug industry in the New York area. However, he did get his nos a bit dirty with a brief scandal involving his vice president Diana McHale, a rather good looking woman who he supposedly had "relations" with on several occasions, but seeing her whom the hell wouldn't?
A member of the Hawk Party, a Center-Right militarist party that emphasizes the expansion of territory, this includes the forcible removal of those who oppose them. This led to several sticky situations in places like the Union City where the townsfolk weren't all that willing to give up their land to the FRL so President Gibb simply took the land driving the locals into the hands of the Lions and the Reclamation. He was only in office for six months before being gunned down by Ultra-Left Wing radicals.
- Merchants Union- Far-Right Party
- Hawk Party- Center-Right Militaristic, expansionist party
- New Order- Facist Extremists
- Anti-Mutant League
- Conservative Christains United
- Labor Party
- Workers Union- Communist
- Red Shield Movement- Ultra-Left Wing radicals
- Liberal Christians Alliance
- Mutant Acceptance Party
- Anti-Mutant Party
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