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The Lawrence Raiders is the official name given to a group of gangs living in the south of Quebec, established sometime between Doomsday (1983) and 1996, when the Canadians sent their first expedition to the region.
Little is known about where they came from or when, but explorers in the region have theorized that they were originally a street gang somewhere in south Quebec, perhaps Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivieres, or some other city that attracted recruits and began to raid the region. As of late, intelligence shows them being based out of the ruins of Drummondville, Quebec, though they are not believed to have started out there originally. Irregardless, the raiders began attacking Canadian outposts, mostly on the Gaspe peninsula, sometime in the early nineties. They are also believed to have skirmished with forces from Superior near the ruins of Ottawa in 1991, though this is still unconfirmed.
The Raiders are also responsible for preventing contact between the outpost left at Kingston by the remnants of the Canadian government as it fled towards the Atlantic Provinces and the government itself. It is not known exactly when the raiders first became active in the area, since the Canadian government was not able to send any extensive missions in that direction until 1996 and anything prior to that had been too small to do anything, though sometime in the mid-1980s is suspected.
These raids escalated in severity around 1996, prompting a major Canadian expedition to be sent. They fought several skirmishes with the raiders, all of which ended in retreats of one side or the other. A second expedition was sent in 1998, mapping the extent of their control, to a certain extent.
In 2001, the Canadian military was enlarged and stationed on the Gaspe peninsula, in order to fight off the raids. This caused a diplomatic incident with neighboring Saguenay, but prevented most of the raids from getting very far. The largest raid to date was in 2003, in which several Canadian soldiers died, but prevented the pillaging of several farms in the region in the process.
A third expedition by the Canadian government to raider territory was sent in 2005, which vanished without a trace. A fourth, sent just after the third, discovered the leader of the gangs, an enigmatic figure who called himself "le chef supreme," though failed to achieve much besides. Evidence was found that the Republic of Saguenay and the Republic of Superior may have been helping the gangs keep organized and armed for some reason, though the evidence was far from conclusive, and the majority seeming to come from Saguenay.
2007 saw a change in strategy of Canada to the raiders. They began sending in single agents instead of large, heavily armed expeditions. These agents would be able to destabilize their organization and investigate them further, which was achieved with limited success.
The Republic of Superior also sent an expedition in to the region in 2001, in an attempt to contact other governments. They eventually met with Aroostook troops, after crossing the raiders' territory and fighting several pitched battles. Aroostook, meanwhile, also has began to take part in clearing the St. Lawrence River area of gangs after dealing with their own raider problem in the south. Superior also first heard of the surviving Canadian government and Saguenay from captured raiders at this time, which caused quite a stir west of raider territory.
In recent years the gangs have been weakening and losing control over parts of their territory, probably due to Canadian efforts at destabilizing them. With their decrease in power, the Canadian House of Commons has been debating about whether to pursue expansion along the St. Lawrence, though until the end of the Saguenay War this was not a realistic option. During the war itself they allowed the passage of troops from both Superior and Saguenay, ending up having their territory invaded by Canadian and Celtic forces near the end of the war.
With the end of supplies from the other two powers going to the raiders, the Canadian government has regained control of the north bank of the river, though the raiders still frequently cross it and raid still. Currently, this is used to maintain contact with the territorial government set up after the war at the former outpost of Kingston.
The raider's territory is not set or defined anywhere, but is rather a vague zone of control that has expanded and receded over the years. At its largest extent, achieved some time around 2000 with supplies from Superior and Saguenay, they stretched from the Saguenay border to the Aroostook border, and from the Gaspe peninsula to the nuked remains of Ottawa. In modern times, their control falls short of the St. Lawrence River and Aroostook borders, extends southwest only as far as Montreal, and as far in the northeast as the remains of Quebec City.
For a gang of bloodthirsty raiders, bandits, barbarians, or whatever anyone calls them, they are surprisingly well organized. This might be explained in part by their leader's strange charisma, but not completely. Recent discoveries point to a politician of some importance in Saguenay, or even a group of them, as well as elements of the Superioran government, who are trading arms and assistance for protection from their raids, preventing the passage of Canadian soldiers, allowing their troops passage, and giving them a chance to hurt their enemy, the Canadian Remainder Provinces.
Their leader calls himself "le chef supreme", but as they are not one cohesive structure, but rather a patchwork of different "gangs", there are also minor leaders, each with the title "chef" (French for chief).
There are a number of farms in their region which barely can sustain crops to feed the farmers themselves. The raiders impose a "protection tax" in food to feed their members, making life horrible for those farmers who do not go along.