Great Nuclear War
During the War, Detroit, MI and London, ON were utterly destroyed by nuclear strikes. The cities of Sarnia and Chatham survived mostly unscathed.
In order to combat rioting and unrest, governmental power was deferred to the Mayor of Chatham, the county seat of Kent. From this meeting it was agreed that they would try to best accommodate the survivors as possible. In order to do this farming was to be increased and the local police were to be militarized. In response to the flood of refugees, camps were formed in the Townships of Zone and Milbury East.
In the first few years after 1962, the survivors suffered from scarce resources. Mortality from death, disease and rioting was terribly high. The committees that had been created to maintain order and distribute supplies very nearly fell apart. By 1970, most people began to accept the status quot.
In the decade following the War, the government became aware of the people living across the St. Clair River. These were former american towns, flooded with economic migrants looking for a way into Kent-Lambton, touted as a safehaven from the Michigan war bands and raiders. This area was commonly referred to as "The Saint Clair Strip," a reference to the growing prostitution and gambling industries in the unregulated region. Talks within the County Council began to involve the strip more and more, as well as the lack of border patrols and immigration laws. The issue remains unaddressed as of 1975.
Walpole Island, an Indian reservation by the native name of Bkejwanong, meaning "where waters divide", maintained autonomy before the War. Communication between Walpole and Kent are limited mainly to couriers on horseback or on foot, though healthy relation is maintained, if somewhat strained by Walpole reliance on agricultural trade. Algonac is under the administration of Walpole, though it is largely considered part of the Strip.
Before the war, the only campuses in Chatham were the Thames Campus and Ridgetown Campus of St. Clair and Guelph universities respectively. After the destruction of the Great War, these university campuses were chartered by the County Councils to continue serving the public as Chatham University in 1965. This university actively competes with Bowling Green University across the lake for students and ratings.
Kent-Lambton maintains a heavily interdependent trading relation with the Republic of North Ohio. Exports are heavily in favor of fur and lumber. Commonly imported goods include Ohioan wheat and alcohol, as well as machines from Northern Manufacturing. Niagaran merchants often gouge prices on Maine goods, especially maritime products such as oil and sea food.
Farms often have poor ecological practices to meet the demands of the over-populated nation, and poor soil quality is a pertinent issue. The most commonly grown crops are corn and soybeans. Recently, in order to complement production, crops are imported from the Kingdom of Owen. While Owen's caravans are welcomed with open arms, many consider the nation distasteful.