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Guymon (1983: Doomsday)

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Timeline: 1983: Doomsday

OTL equivalent: Oklahoma Panhandle
Flag of Oklahoma (1925-1941) No coa
Flag Coat of Arms
Guymon Map
Rough Map of Guymon
Anthem "Anthem of Guycom"
(and largest city)
Other cities Goodwell, Beaver
Language English
Secular State
  others Protestant, Roman Catholocism
Demonym Guycomian
Government Presidential Constitutional Republic
Lieutenant Governor
Area approximately 4,000 sq mi
Population approximately 12,000 
Independence from United States
  declared January 1, 1986
Currency US Dollar, Barter

The Guymon Confederation, commonly known as Guymon, is a small survivor nation located in the eastern half of the Oklahoma Panhandle. It takes it name from its capital of Guymon, the largest city in the Panhandle. It is made up of the towns Guymon, Goodwell, and Beaver, along with small farming communes and townships.




On September 26, 1983, the apocalyptic nuclear exchange known as Doomsday occurred. The Panhandle of Oklahoma was not targeted by Soviet missiles, however there were several nuclear strikes to the east. Fortunately, the fallout patterns meant the Panhandle and Guymon would avoid the worst of it. However, communication with the outside world soon became severed, and the amount of power Guymon had was running low. Due to its pre-Doomsday status as a trading hub, refugees found their way to the city in droves. With no way to communicate with the Governor of Oklahoma, the Mayor of Guycom declared martial law and ordered the creation of a small militia to keep the peace. Food and water became a top priority. Sources for water were found in the North Canadian River, Coldwater Creek, and Lake Optima, though unfortunately the lake was effectively empty at the time, and its remaining water was used up by the population. Food was found by fishing or hunting in the Optima National Wildlife Refuge. Other refugees found their way to the town of Goodwell, that was home to the Oklahoma Panhandle State University, 11 miles southwest of Guymon. The University was run by its President, Tom Palmer, and it did its best to help the refugees in any way it could. 


Scouts were sent by Guymon, Goodwell, and the other surviving city of Beaver in Beaver County to find other survivors. Guymon, being the central location, was found by both sides. Westward-heading Goodwell scouts found the former Cimarron County to be a desolate wasteland, with its only population being wildlife and nomadic bandits. Similarly, the eastward Beaver scouts found the way to the rest of Oklahoma blocked by radioactive areas. 


The major industry of the confederation is farming and ranching. There are several farming communes which feed the population of the confederation. The main crop these farms produce is wheat. Hitch Ranch, a large pre-doomsday cattle ranch, is the main hub for cattle and dairy farming. Another ranch is the re-opened Anchor D Ranch, located right near the city of Guymon. Livestock farming is also found in the communes. 

Citizens of the confederation have also restored the large number of oil and gas pumps that are located in the Panhandle. 


Traders travel along the pre-Doomsday highways, most of which have been restored to a much better condition. 

Several railroads have also been restored.

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