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Maine (1983: Doomsday)

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Maine is a former American state in the New England region. It is known for its scenery - its jagged, mostly rocky coastline, its low, rolling mountains and its heavily forested interior.

History

Pre-Doomsday

The original inhabitants of the territory that was Maine were Algonquian-speaking peoples. The first European settlement in Maine was in 1604 by a French party. The first English settlement in Maine, the short-lived Popham Colony, was established by the Plymouth Company in 1607. A number of English settlements were established along the coast of Maine in the 1620s, although the rugged climate, deprivations and conflict with the local peoples wiped out many of them over the years. As Maine entered the 18th century, only a half dozen European settlements still survived. Patriot and British forces contended for Maine's territory during the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Maine was an exclave of Massachusetts until 1820, when as a result of the growing population and a political agreement regarding slavery, it became the 23rd state on March 15 under the Missouri Compromise.

Doomsday

The American state of Maine was not spared from Soviet attack during Doomsday. Portland, Brunswick (Naval Air Station Brunswick), Franklin, Bath (Bath Iron Works) and Limestone (Loring Air Force Base) were all targeted causing massive devastation to the region. The town of Kittery was also destroyed due to its proximity to the Pease Air Force Base at Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Charleston, Maine, was also rumored to be a target, due to it housing an air force base, but it was closed in 1980, and it's presumed the Soviets removed Charleston from their target list because it was no longer a strategic target and had a very small population.

The strikes near Portland sent massive numbers of refugees towards Lewiston-Auburn and Augusta, the state capital. At Augusta, the state government organized refugee camps near the outskirts of the city. The refugees, however, put too much strain on government’s ability to provide for them and soon fighting broke out between various factions over the scarce resources. An attempt by Governor Joseph E. Brennan to organize a convoy of National Guardsman and State Police to escort state officials to northern Maine was destroyed shortly after they prepared to leave. The majority of the population of Augusta abandoned the city bringing more instability to the surrounding area. Those who remained in Augusta quickly came under the control of various warlords.

Similarly, the arrival of the Portland and Brunswick refugees in the towns of Lewiston and Auburn used up the towns' remaining supplies quickly, and soon sent most of the people in the towns toward the capital of Augusta, where they unfortunately met warlords, and were forced into slavery or killed.

Meanwhile, the radiation in the area decimated the fishing along the Maine coast. Much of the remaining Maine fishing fleet and other ships, packed with refugees and what supplies they could carry, left the shores to seek refuge somewhere else.

Other towns, upon hearing that northern Maine was safe, were completely abandoned. Towns such as Machais, Calais, Millinocket, St. Stephen (New Brunswick) and Lincoln were abandoned in favor of the townspeople moving into the relative safety of Aroostook.

Post-Doomsday

Following Doomsday, Coastal and Central Maine were devastated. The inhabitants of those regions were mostly brigands, warlords and scavengers. From the group of raiders in Bangor, to the warlord who controlled the coast of Washington County, who was only captured and imprisoned in 2008, to the warlords in Augusta, Maine was devastated. Civilization, however, continued in northern Maine. In the country of Aroostook, the Provisional Republic of Aroostook was founded. With the help of Canada it was able to defeat the more powerful warlords of Maine, opening much of Central Maine to settlement. Meanwhile, several towns in northwestern Maine, such as Jackman, joined with the Northern townships in response to Aroostook expansion.

Aroostook wasn't the only area in Maine to attempt to continue civilization. The University of Maine at Orono, which was situated on Marsh Island in the center of the town, was able to defend itself for a few months from attacks by the loosely organized Bangor Raiders. The people of the UME attempted to recreate a democratic republic, but it was all for naught as the Bangor Raiders soon overwhelmed the students and faculty on Marsh Island, and the people at UME were defeated, and either killed or forced into slavery. It wasn't until the Liberation of Bangor that the people captured from Marsh Island were free again.

Survivor States

Nation Capital Language(s) Organization Notes Population
New England pine flag Aroostook Houlton English, French 750,000
Northern townshipsSt. AlbansEnglish, French Confederation of small towns in northern New England 40,000

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