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The History of North Ohio begins shortly after the Great Nuclear War.
Great Nuclear War
There were several Ohioan cities targeted. Toledo, Cleveland, Dayton, Cincinnati, Akron, Youngstown, and Wheeling. Columbus was not hit, but due to rioting and breakdown of law enforcement, the State Government soon collapsed. Northern Ohio was completely isolated, and EMP's from the blast disabled communications along with any unprotected devices.
In the first weeks, known as The Blackout, chaos reigned, and crime skyrocketed. Soon mayors from Ottawa and Erie counties (who maintained contact by horse messenger on the Sandusky bridge) decided to meet in Erie County Hall to discuss the fate of their crumbling cities. They hoped some kind of order could be established. They outlined a plan to re-organize the counties, starting with a declaration of martial law and a state of emergency.
The effect was almost immediate. Port Clinton, Sandusky, Oak Harbor, and Huron were very nearly annihilated, but in an instant, were brought back to order. Messengers were sent outward to communicate with local farms, as a few had veritably disappeared. Those whom were able to be communicated with were (somewhat obviously) willing to sell their crops to the people living within the towns. Farms which had been abandoned were assigned to inexperienced workers, employed only with tools, seed, and a small pamphlet on how to remove fallout from soil.
Winter of 1962
In the following month, a harsh winter fell upon the world. Many within the provisional state died of starvation, hypothermia, fallout, and disease. Black snow fell to the ground. Supermarkets were hollowed of every bit of food available. Makeshift greenhouses were built by families. Thousands perished despite best efforts. The winter lasted until May of 1964. The "spring" that followed would not prove any easier for the people of Northern Ohio.
Crops had to be delayed that year, and shipments of food were erratic at best. Fishing helped to supplement the weaning supplies, though this mainly applies in Port Clinton. But news from the outside proved to be the most valuable commodity. Rumors from refugees spread. Columbus is a war zone... Toledo is a black splotch... East? No better...
In Port Clinton's harbor, hundreds gathered as what appeared to be a ferry sped into the mouth of the Portage. As the ship docked, Port Clinton Militiamen gathered, hunting rifles at the ready. A small group of men stepped off, claiming to be from the "Island Republic", on a mission of peace. Tensions immediately dropped off, as the ship's crew was swarmed by the curious citizens. Relations between the two nascent governments was established, and knowledge flowed between the two. Quickly, a joint scouting mission was chartered, to explore the remains of Ohio further inland.
Three groups of scouts were erected, each comprised of men from both the Islands, and North Ohio. The scouts were to ride on horseback, armed with weapons from county stockpiles. They were to record as much about the countryside as they could, making sketches, taking notes, and contacting anyone living.
Two of the Patrols found nothing but more farms, but the third made contact with the City Council of Bowling Green. The patrol was initially arrested, for "Attempted Raiding", as the people had misunderstood the scout's intent. After a short trial, they were released, and the City's Assistant Mayor was sent to make contact with the Sandusky Government.
Bowling Green and the Island Republic were quick to ally with the Sandusky Government, and talks began of Unification. While distance was a problem, the need and desire was present.
Birth of a New Republic
On May 19th 1965, it came time to vote on the three nation's futures. Many within the Island Republic and Sandusky claimed that it was time to put aside the idea that the United States of Ohio State government still existed. Though in Bowling Green there was some opposition to this idea, which was considered secession, many agreed that a government of their own would be best until communications with the outside world could be re-established.
Each of the three governments, sent delegations to the constitutional convention in Bowling Green, held on the 3rd of August of the same year. Multiple delegates were sent from Sandusky, to make up for the differing opinions between Cities (which now included Fremont and Norwalk). There, they deliberated. A copy of United States constitution was used as a draft, though details were argued. Many within Bowling Green sought to revise the 2nd Amendment, and people within Sandusky sought reform for the legislative branch. The Island Republic wished to remain a somewhat autonomous state, although Bowling Green opposed this.
Eventually a decision was reached, and a new constitution drafted, and the new government in place.
The governments were organized into Four States; Ottawa, Erie, Islands, and Bowling Green. A general election was held, and on November 8th of 1965, a man named Kenneth Marks (a former president of the Island Republic as well) was elected as the first president of The Republic of North Ohio.
There were two major problems immediately facing the Republic upon the formation of the government. One was that there were more refugees than the citizens could handle effectively. The other was handling the starvation within the more urban Bowling Green. Under the direction of President Marks, Congress quickly passed the Hunger Act. The Act pressed farmers to produce more, as well as legalized the selling of farms abandoned by farmers, in order to establish a reliable food source for the nation's population.
Congress also established a National Army to regulate the immigration of refugees into North Ohio. Refugees, who continued to flood into the area, were allocated to low-population towns south of Fremont and Norwalk. Those who had formerly been in the army or in law-enforcement were immediately put into the military. Each of these "probationary citizens" received supplies on loan from the government that they would have to repay.
Erie Stretch Annexation
One of the first uses of the new national army was to bring order to the coast east of the nations new border. In Anschluss fashion, they rolled in upon horseback and in droves, and people accepted them as saviors and heralds of hope. Eventually they made it to the Black River, where they set up fortifications.
Findlay Area Council
Centered around the city of Findlay a small governance had formed, the Findlay Area Council. It was weak and had many issue levying taxes, militias and maintaining order. The sight of a professional army rolling into town was welcomed by all but the skeptical, and after the signing of the "Highway 75 Treaty" in 1971, the two chains of command unified. There were some who vocalized doubts about the technically illegitimate Ohio government, though these were mostly ignored in favor of order and stability.
The Wooster War
On March 20th, 1972, a North Ohioan patrol exchanged fire with a group of uniformed ruffians armed with slug shotguns and crossbows. Ohioan Hussars tracked the fleeing party to a prison facility north of Mansfield Ohio. It appeared to the scouts that the facility's prisoners had either taken over or been ousted by locals, as a small city of several thousand had sprung up within it's walls. Many houses, cabins, and tents had been erected within the shadow of the wall, and from each flag pole flew a black and blue flag.
Battle of Ashland
Very soon, a large brigade of Ohioan Soldiers was passing through Ashland County, in order to make contact with the Mansfield Colony. Very quickly they were attacked by a mounted group of soldiers flying the same flag flown over Mansfield. Their attacks were quick and fast, and the soldiers were quickly pinned down. A messenger was sent to a nearby camp in order to acquire backup for the soldiers. Lives were taken on either side, and it the battle lasted for a week until Ohioan shock troopers cut the enemy down. A captured scout informed the soldiers that they were believed to be raiders, and that their main base was in Wooster. This survivor was sent towards their bosses, in order to arrange for a meeting of peace.
White Tree Concordat
Near the Oldetown Run creek, an envoy of soldiers and politicians from both small nations met beneath a Birch tree, where they wrote out a treaty. This treaty was both a treaty of peace, and unifying document which abolished the Wooster government wherein Ohioan officials were dispatched.
Establishing the Buffer Zone
With raiders, refugees, and other threats, it became obvious that a more effective border needed to be established. Legislature was called upon, and a bill called the "Protection Bill" was passed in 1976. This law called for borders to be redrawn, and for a militarized zone to be established. This zone was ten miles past the entire border and is constantly patrolled. Fortifications were built, Cavalry and Footsoldiers patrolled daily and nightly. The most obvious effect was the moving of the border to the Maumee, Auglaize, and Cuyahoga Rivers.
Allen County wasn't easily incorporated into North Ohio, even with the new Protection bill bolstering Ohio's defenses. Soldier quickly found that the citizens of Lima, what were left of them, had turned to raiding, and Sandusky ordered for them to be taken care of. The Coyotes were called in, and one of their most famous battles took place. Outside of the city proper, in an abandoned factory, the Coyotes launched their assault against the Allenites. Little did the Ohioans know, Lima had two distinct advantages over their neighbors. They had tanks, and an oil refinery. It was in this manner they had been able to conquer the countryside and establish their feudal state, and why the Allen War was so bloody. Many lives were taken in the Battle of Ford, and the Coyotes were left crippled in the field.
In Schoonover Park, the two armies clashed for the last time, with the Liman Honor Guard being caught en route by the Coyotes, where the two units clashed with bullets, eventually coming to a stalemate.
Result & Aftermath
Eventually the Limans "surrendered", though with several conditions:
- They would remain semi-autonomous, but have non-aggression and open borders
- Their Vassals would remain under their control.
- They would grant use of their tanks and tank manufacturing facilities in exchange for Oil, Salt, and a laundry list of important minerals and construction materials.
As a result, Lima was brought somewhat into the fold, and the Ohioans gained access to tanks and a refinery for it's large supply of untapped oil, in addition to the Support of Lima.
Logan County Disaster
In 1983, the Buffer Zone was moved further south to McKees Creek, to allow for business, farmers, and people to expand. Former Bellefontaine was colonized by many prospective settlers, including the new Agricola Farming company. Unbeknownst to the settlers, this angered some local tribals led by the name of Blue Jackets. They led their small army of 3,000 straight through the buffer and stormed the new city, burning down homes and stealing what they could. The soldiers were forced to evacuate, and the buffer zone was moved back to Ottawa River. The new facilities built by Agricola and other Business owners nwo lie undisturbed.