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The region of New England refers to the northeastern corner of the former United States, consisting of the states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. New England is bordered by New York State to the west, Long Island Sound to the south, the Atlantic Ocean, the Canadian province of New Brunswick to the east, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north.

Before the Chaos of the nineteenth century, the region of New England was one of the United States' most prosperous and populous regions, holding much of the country's industrial and technological advancements and technologies. The region was also home to over 2,700,000 people at the approximate start of the chaos, holding many major metropolitan and urbanized areas, including the city of Boston, holding about 137,000 people, making it one of the nation's largest cities.



Main Article: Pre Chaos History of New England

Before the arrival of European settlers the region of New England was inhabited by Eastern Algonguian natives, with prominent tribes including the Abenaki, Penobscot, Pequot, Mohegans, Narragansett, Pocumtuck, and Wampanoag. The largest of these tribes, the Abenakis inhabited parts of New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont, as well as parts of Quebec and western Maine, with their principal town being Norridgewock, in the United States state of Maine.

The first European settlers to colonize the area were the English, following a charter by King James I to the London and Plymouth Virginia Companies, issued 10 April 1606. In 1620 the town of Plymouth was founded in Massachusetts, settled by the Pilgrims from the Mayflower, becoming the first permanent European settlement in New England. The name New England would be coined by English explorer John Smith in 1616, becoming officially sanctioned on 3 November 1620 when the charter of the Virginia Company of Plymouth was replaced by a royal charter for the Plymouth Council for New England.


During the chaos the former states of New England's manufacturing and industrial capabilities collapsed, with many factories and manufacturers being reduced to rubble. Over the first few years of the chaos much of New England's military power would also be expended, with naval and army units of the former United States military being disbanded or destroyed.


By the mid to late nineteenth century many of New England's remaining inhabitants of major urban areas such as Boston fled north into the less populated and rural Vermont and New Hampshire. Old cities had become major centers of disease, with war-torn districts and destruction helping to weaken citizens in the long run. Cities were often heavily fought over using the last remnants of old world technology, making them very dangerous targets for attacks and conflicts. By the late nineteenth century the city of Boston, once New England's largest city, was heavily damaged and ruined. The civilian population unable or unwilling to flee eventually replaced the city's former bombed out brick buildings with wooden apartment complexes and shacks, which were prone to fires in the crowded and congested districts. Livestock on the outskirts of the city, which had been heavily stockpiled during the chaos by warlords and military personnel, eventually broke free in many places, roaming the city's uninhabited regions, feasting on the city's parks and overgrowth.

The city of Boston that existed by the end of the chaos is believed to have been entirely from new materials within the former city of Boston. Many houses would be constructed in the city's former roads, hoping to use the brick for foundations. This would create many twisting and crowded streets and alleys. Crime was prevalent in the city, with criminals utilizing the dark, confusing streets to corner victims. The occupation of scavenger also became popular in the outskirts of the city, with many harvesting building materials from former city landmarks to construct new projects.

Similar destruction occurred in other major cities across the region, with a large portion of the population being killed from war, disease, and famine, and another portion of the population migrating to the outskirts of cities or further north to pursue an agrarian lifestyle or escape the destruction. With food short following the lack of imports from the rest of the former United States, many in the New England region starved, especially in big cities during the winter months of the year during the chaos.


In the later half of the chaos and the early years after, migrating families concentrated in a series of locations, forming the basis of modern urban areas. The first major towns arose around wealthy patrons who were able to establish their manor as a well fortified and well defensible focal point. Many migrating New England inhabitants were attracted to these manors, finding protection from the chaos among the private armies of these wealthy patrons. In order to supply each manor their settlers became farmers, creating new fields across New England. Eventually manors' owners would become landed lords and royalty, laying the foundation for a feudal society, with stronger lords eventually uniting several major settlements.


Maine (See: History of Maine)

Massachusetts (See: History of Massachusetts)

New Hampshire (See: History of New Hampshire)

Vermont (See: History of Vermont)

Rhode Island (See: History of Rhode Island)

Connecticut (See: History of Connecticut)

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