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Moscow
Moscow Idaho
General Information
Location:Idaho
Establishment:1887
Population:Less than one hundred
Notable Individuals:Gideon, Shannon McDonald, Pastor Uriah Roosevelt
Factions:Kingdom of God, New Disciples
Notable events:Oregon Brushfire Wars
Current status:Rebuilding

Moscow is a pre-War town in northern Idaho that transformed into a post-War community. Once a den for cannibals and bandits, Moscow recently became a model town of Disciples under the Kingdom of God.

History

Pre-War

The pre-War history of Moscow, Idaho is pretty straightforward. Moscow's initial history began with the arrival of settlers in the aftermath of the American Civil War. The town grew from there with the settlement of the territory and the later founding of the University of Idaho in 1889. Moscow notably had its public library funded in 1904 by business magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie under the provision the town fund it with a tax of at least $1,000 annually.

Moscow remained stagnant for much of its pre-War history, most notably during the twenty-first century.

The Great War

Post-War

Government

Moscow is governed by the occupation force from the Kingdom of God, headed by Gideon. They carry out the law as Judge David has decreed it, treating their glorious leader’s tenants as gospel-like directions on how to build a community. So far, Gideon has been successful in turning what used to be a community of cannibals into a town of model New Disciples. Tensions simmer underneath the surface, but so far, Gideon and his occupation force, with the help of the Kingdom of God, have kept a handle of things.

The governing of Moscow has been rather lax as of late regarding the Kingdom's rather stringent laws. That is mostly because Moscow is on the border of the Kingdom of God, and control there is weaker than in most areas.

Economy

Moscow’s economy used to be completely fueled by raiding with a minimal focus on farming, but the community is now primarily focused on farming. This is due to the Kingdom of God forcing Moscow’s residents to eschew cannibalism and instead grow their own food. This has been quite successful over the years and crops grown in Moscow include legumes, corn, and razorgrains. Farming has been extremely beneficial to Moscow’s overall standard of life and did much more to win the loyalty of the residents than church doctrine. Caravans also come through Moscow on occasion, but it is not a major trading hub.

Culture

The culture of Moscow is one of piety and forgetting about its dark past. The Kingdom of God and the New Disciples came to Moscow with fire and steel to cleanse the town of the sin of cannibalism. Since the town fell to the Kingdom of God, there has been a division between the families who were present when Moscow still practiced cannibalism and those newcomers who came afterwards whether they be civilian or military. The old families, the Marions and the McDonalds, have embraced the new ways but still remain reclusive. This is under the auspices of the Kingdom of God's occupation who see it as acceptable as long they contribute to the community. Meanwhile, the newcomers in Moscow mostly interact with the Kingdom of God's occupation force and traders from the outside.

The hold of the Kingdom of God on Moscow is still rather weak, so the usual laws associated with the Kingdom are not really enforced there, yet. As a result, women still retain some power within Moscow, as little as it may be. The Army of God chose not exterminate all the inhabitants of Moscow, and therefore is trying to integrate them within the Kingdom, perhaps too slow for the taste of some.

Relations

Bean Family

Moscow has an uncertain history with the malevolent Bean Family. Early in Moscow's post-War history, the town had several families band together to survive against the new wasteland. However, one family was too belligerent to cooperate with the other families and was thrown out of the town. When the Kingdom of God came to Moscow and heard of this legend from the townspeople, the occupation connected the family in the story to the notorious Bean Family and sent that information back to their superiors. Now, the Kingdom of God officially hold to the narrative that the Bean Family are demon spawn that originally came from Moscow.

The Kingdom of God

The relationship between the Kingdom of God and the town of Moscow goes back to the Kingdom’s founder, Judge David. David, during his life as a raider, came through Moscow on a raid from Spokane and sacked the town. David was disgusted by the residents’ cannibalism but decided not to kill them all, instead returning to Spokane.

Years later, the Army of God came upon Moscow and conquered it in the name of the Kingdom. Ever since then, the town has served as an outpost in Idaho for the Kingdom and a new source of crops. The Kingdom and the families who lived in Moscow have an uneasy relationship, but the two get along, as they have a mutually beneficial relationship. Nevertheless, feelings of hate remain on both sides. Several in Army of God still want to exterminate the Moscow families or accelerate the process of introducing them to the Kingdom’s “culture”. Meanwhile, many within the families in Moscow, especially Shannon McDonald, have a deep resentment of Kingdom for, well, killing almost all of their family.

Points of Interest

The Hunter's Lodge

An abandoned building on the edge of Moscow, the Hunter’s Lodge is an echo of the town’s darker history. The men of the town back in the day often spent their days in the Hunter’s Lodge practicing the “hunting tradition”. The hunting tradition involved bringing out an unconscious captive and setting them free in the immediate area to be hunted. This “tradition” began soon after the residents of Moscow embraced cannibalism. After Moscow fell to the Kingdom of God and most of the town’s male residents were killed, the Hunter’s Lodge fell into disuse. Some of the older McDonald males come there occasionally to try to reconnect with their roots, but the building still remains abandoned for the most part.

The Marion House

The Marion House is the home of the Marion Family, and it is the smaller of the two houses that still house the older families. A prefab house from before the war, the Marion House was constructed just before the war and has been inhabited ever since. More open to outsiders, the Marion’s regularly entertain guests in their house and sometimes even invite Pastor Roosevelt over for Sunday lunch after church.

The McDonald House

The McDonald House is the home of the McDonald Family, and it is the larger of the two houses that still house the older families. A large older house built in late 1800s, the McDonald House is farther out in town than the other two family houses. The McDonalds are more insular but are also larger than the Marions, only occasionally inviting outsiders into their home. Shannon McDonald runs a tight ship, and the McDonalds make sure to follow her orders, especially in regards to their attitude towards outsiders.

The Moscow Church of the New Disciples

There were several churches in Moscow, Idaho before the Great War, but when the New Disciples moved into town, they did not want to use any of the ruined churches already existing. Instead, Pastor Uriah Roosevelt led Moscow in building a new church to service the community. The Moscow Church of the New Disciples is currently the community center of the town as well as its religious center. Now every Sunday, everyone in Moscow comes together to worship and give tithes to the Kingdom of God.

Paradise Creek

Paradise Creek is a body of water that runs through Moscow, and it provided the town with fresh water and some fish in the past. Currently, there are no fish in Paradise Creek as the creek has been overfished on several occasions before and after the war. It still provides fresh water to the community. There are some settler homes on the shores of Paradise Creek, but they are not much yet.

The Remy House

The Remy House was once the home of the Remy Family, but it is now the home of Gideon and the occupation force from the Kingdom of God. This was because the Remys were wiped out when the town was taken. The Kingdom of God occupation force lives both within the house and in a couple of tents outside. The Remy House itself has been better furnished than when it was inhabited by its prior family and also holds an armory for the occupation forces’ weapons.

U of I

A collection of ruins on the outskirts of town, U of I was a place of mystery for much of Moscow’s post-War existence. The University of Idaho before the war, the university campus was burned down soon after the war by a lone pyromaniac. This left the campus in ruins for centuries, and the residents of Moscow mostly avoided the place, saying it was “haunted”. Nowadays though, there is a small caravan outpost there that trades with people from the outside, and the ruins are not seen as haunted anymore.

Notable Inhabitants

Claire Marion

Claire Marion

"I wish caravans came through here more often. All we have right now is the church and bad memories."
―Claire Marion

Claire Marion, younger and more aggressive than her McDonald counterpart, leads the remains of the Marion family which mostly consist of her brothers and sisters.

Dana

Dana

"I haven’t been on a date in twenty four years."
―Dana

Dana is Moscow's resident mechanic who only arrived in town after the Kingdom of God's occupation began.

Gideon

Gideon

"How do I look? Good I hope."
―Gideon

Gideon is the leader of the military force the Kingdom of God sent to occupy Moscow and therefore the nominal ruler of the town. He has been in the Army of God for several years and prides himself on his service.

Pastor Uriah Roosevelt

Uriah Roosevelt

"And God told Lot to leave Sodom and Gomorrah, for they were fated for destruction due to their sins against the Lord and his servants."
―Pastor Uriah Roosevelt

Pastor Uriah Roosevelt is the New Disciples' representative and newly minted minister of Moscow. Pastor Roosevelt is not necessarily a puppet of the Kingdom of God but cooperates with them out of necessity.

Shannon McDonald

Shannon McDonald

"Dinner’s ready!"
―Shannon McDonald

Shannon McDonald is the matriarch of the remaining McDonald family who cares for her children with an iron discipline that any army would envy.

Quotes

"I shudder to think how many lives this town took before the Kingdom arrived."
―Pastor Uriah Roosevelt
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