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New York State was one of the founding states of the United States of America, and was one of the most heavily populated states in the U.S. on Doomsday. It included New York City, which was headquarters to numerous global and national businesses and industries, as well as a leading global cultural, media, and entertainment center.

1983ddnewyorkstatemap

Rough map put together by explorers in the region

New York City was heavily hit on Doomsday; that, and the belief that the northeast U.S. would have been either destroyed by nuclear strikes or covered in radiation from fallout, resulted in the popular (but unconfirmed) belief that no one at all survived in the state, nor in adjacent Pennsylvania and New Jersey. That view was seemingly confirmed when Vermont military expeditions saw no signs of life along the Vermont-New York state borders several years ago.

As it turned out, there still is life in former New York State.

The following information comes from scouting expeditions made by the Vermont Army and private explorers from South America and Canada, plus information from residents and leaders of recently discovered survivor communities in Pennsylvania. Some information also comes from former members of the St. Lawrence Raiders warlord gang that terrorized Canada and Vermont in the 1980s and 1990s.

Destroyed sites

New York City is believed to have taken the most hits of any metropolitan area in the United States other than Washington, D.C. The destroyed sites include all five boroughs (Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island, Queens and Brooklyn), plus the following areas:

  • all of Long Island, except for an area from Hampton Bays up to Hither Woods in the eastern portion of the island
  • the Yonkers/Mount Vernon/New Rochelle/Pelham/White Plains area north of the Bronx

Nothing has been confirmed to have come out of the region since Doomsday. NYC was not the only site in New York state to have been hit, however.

  • The cities of Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester and Schenectady were hit, as was the state capital, Albany.
  • The Plattsburgh Air Force Base was hit, destroying the base and severely damaging Plattsburgh and nearby Burlington, Vermont (the latter was eventually rebuilt and resettled in the 1990s by Vermont).
  • Griffiss AFB was also hit; the blast decimated adjacent Rome and did severe damage to Utica.
  • Stewart International Airport - home to the New York Air National Guard and several USAF reserve units - in Newburgh was hit. This is considered the northernmost strike of the multiple hits in the NYC region.
  • The Watervliet Arsenal is believed to have been ground zero for a hit that decimated the town of Watervliet and adjacent city of Troy.
  • The Army base at Fort Drum and the Seneca Army Depot also received impacts.

Survivor Communities

  • The American and Canadian cities of Niagara Falls on the Niagaran Frontier and Peninsula respectively both survived the nuclear attacks. Following the attacks these cities were under critical condition due to flooding issues, but they eventually united under single rule. From the start, they were in contact with a number of villages and groups of survivors throughout the Northeast, and today are one of the more influencial cities in the Great Lakes region. It is the capital of several regional organizations such as the United Communities and the Mercenariness Force.
  • The largest group of communities is located in southern New York, close to the Pennsylvania border, and includes the cities of Ithaca and Binghamton. It stretches as far east at Oneonta and as far west as Westfield, located on Lake Erie. These communities were believed as rumor by those in survivor communities in Pennsylvania for a number of years, until confirmed by scouting expeditions from the St. Mary, Pennsylvania government in the early 2000s.
  • Binghamton has come under much interest of late from the League of Nations because of the rediscovery of the existence of various assets of the American company known as International Business Machines (IBM). The company was very influential in the development of computers in pre-Doomsday America, and its headquarters was in Binghamton. IBM dissolved after Doomsday, but the property - and the records in it - has over the years been defended by militia and Binghamton police, and maintained by former workers. The assets' existence was known regionally and authorities ordered them to be held under guard after rumors persisted of other regional survivor nations in New England and upper Canada. The LoN has stepped in to help manage the assets after it became aware of interest from the Canadian, Superior and Dixie Alliance governments, as well as private companies within those countries. The LoN's position is that IBM's assets belong to the city of Binghamton; it is unclear as to the specific positions of regional countries, other than a general consensus that Binghamton should turn over the assets somehow to the world community in helping to rebuild the computer industry. In fact, though much of its technology was disabled due to the electromagnetic pulse that blanketed North America on Doomsday, it is believed that the technology could be rebuilt, due to the fact that IBM scientists, programmers and engineers put as much of their knowledge as possible to paper in the weeks and months after Doomsday, and many of them survived and live in the region presently.
  • A group of survivor communities in southeastern New York, stretching roughly from Hudson to Rock Hill about 20-40 miles west of the border between former New York and Massachusetts and Connecticut states, was discovered by Vermont scouts in March 2010. These communities keep to themselves, and are protected by a militia group named after the defunct New York Rangers professional hockey team.
  • Survivors in northern New York, especially those from hits on Plattsburgh AFB and Fort Drum, rallied in Lake Placid or in Malone. The Malone survivors were believed to have been targeted by the St. Lawrence Raiders warlords; the remaining refugees, and their descendants, live in Malone and keep to themselves. Those in Lake Placid were more eager to meet with visiting explorers from Vermont (though they asked them why they hadn't made their way there earlier).
  • There is also a recently settled community in the former town of Keene, populated mostly by people from New Hampshire County in Vermont who wanted to form their own independent nation. Keene has reached out to the Lake Placid and Malone survivor communities.
  • North of the ruins of Syracuse is a survivor state based in the city of Oswego, composed of the local residents along with refugees from Syracuse and towns in the general area of Malone that were attacked by the Raiders. They are close to the Canadian government due to a long-standing alliance with the Provisional Kingston Authority prior to its reintegration into Canada.

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