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Indiana (1983: Doomsday)

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Indiana was a state of the United States of America. It was the 19th state admitted to the Union, attaining statehood in 1816.

On Doomsday, the state capital, and the state's largest city, Indianapolis was destroyed by two air bursts above downtown and on the north side. A small air burst also decimated downtown Fort Wayne. Air bursts also decimated the northwest cities of Gary and Michigan City as part of multiple strikes on the Chicago area. The town of Jeffersonville, Indiana was also destroyed during the strike on Louisville, Kentucky.

Grissom Air Force Base, approximately ten miles north of Kokomo in northern Indiana, was also destroyed, along with the Crane Army Ammunition Activity plant in Crane (about 20 miles southwest of Bloomington) and the Indiana Army Ammunitions Plant in Charlestown (north of Louisville).

As of early 2010, based on information gathered from scouts associated with Kentucky and Superior, it is believed that survivor states exist in all parts of the former state, with the largest centered in the following towns:

  • The northeastern cities of Muncie and Marion;
  • The western cities of Lafayette and Terre Haute;
  • The southern cities of Columbus, Bloomington, Evansville and Madison

The northern city of South Bend was not hit on Doomsday but was reported in May 2009 as abandoned by Superior military scouts.

Kentucky has annexed virtually all of former southern Indiana, including Evansville.


Muncie and Marion, in addition to 39 surrounding towns, villages and other communities (such as religious communes), have an approximate population of 232,000.

Lafayette's population is approximate 150,000; Terre Haute, whose jurisdiction includes several towns on the Illinois side of the Wabash River, numbered 155,000 in its 2005 census. Bloomington has approximately 4000 citizens; Columbus and surrounding environs have 117,000. Madison has about 9000 people. The Evansville-Owensboro-Henderson-Tell City Metropolitan Area, as it referred to itself until annexation by Kentucky (and still does so unofficially) has a population of 260,000.

The presence of educational institutions in nearly all of the major survivor city-states was credited by Superior officials as playing a key role in their survival. The knowledge and ingenuity of students and professors at Ball State University in Muncie; Purdue University in Lafayette; Indiana State University in Terre Haute; five universities and colleges in the Owensboro-Evansville region enabled local officials to find innovative ways to feed, clothe and warm area residents, as well as to establish ongoing educational training in essential industries for area residents. Madison benefited similarly from the facilities and resources of Hanover College in nearby Hanover; Columbus benefited from a wholesale relocation of Indiana University resources to the former Columbus North High School, where IU's main campus is currently located.

Interviews with officials in the various city-states visited indicate they had some knowledge of other surviving towns throughout the state.


Doomsday plunged the entire state into chaos, initially from abrupt media reports of incoming nuclear missiles from the Soviet Union, and a subsequent loss of electric power due to electromagnetic pluses from nuclear weapons exploding over the United States.

Not much is known thus far about the history of the various city-states in former Indiana outside of Evansville. Superior scouts did not engage locals in the northern and western cities they encountered in 2008, but did engage wanderers they met while exploring the Gary/Michigan City and South Bend areas in the 1990s. Superior scouts returned to the area in the fall of 2009, and not only established diplomatic relations with the various northern and central city-states but also gathered basic information about each city-state.

Though Superior has been suspended from the League of Nations for its role in the ongoing Saguenay War, it has said it would not interfere with attempts by any other nation or the League of Nations to explore the state and make contact with surviving city-states. Kentucky has already done so in the south, and the World Census and Reclamation Bureau intends to visit the region no later than 2011.

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