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Main article: History of North Ohio
The Ohio Army (known in jest as the Burgee Boys) is one of the largest in the region, its numbers swelled by required military service. The military is mainly defensive, protecting the borders from raiders, and helping to regulate immigration.
The size of the Ohioan Armed forces is largely dictated by a clause in the NO Constitution known as the "War Clause", as follows: "All able men as residents of this state between ages seventeen and thirty shall be enrolled in the militia, and preform his duty as prescribed by the laws laid by legislature or executive,"
The Ohioans are a professional modern army by many standards, second only to the army of Maine. They have one of the most expansive armored divisions, in addition to advanced firearms and excellent fortifications.
The Ohio Army has a few specialized units in its ranks.
The 5th Infantry Division is considered an elite unit of the Army, affectionately nicknamed The Coyotes. They are among the most standardized in the army, often given superior training and equipment. Known for ferocity and effectiveness in combat, the unit has more than once received casualties upwards of 60%. They are sent whenever there are entrenched raiders or brigands, and occasionally guard caravans. This unit has clashed with the Lima Feudals in the famous Battle of Ford, and the Blue Jackets, wherein they suffered tremendous losses.
The North Ohioan military, upon conquering the Lima Feudals, gained access to tank technology, specifically the M103 Heavy Tank, and a refinery to process their large quantities of Oil. In 1993, North Ohioan scientists developed the N-01 Light Assault Tank, a fast, lightly armored tank designed to overwhelm the enemy by sheer numbers, making up for the Heavy Tank's lack of speed. The tanks are managed by a full time dedicated squad of engineers.
The Old-World burgee is the official national flag of Ohio. however, after the Saginaw Bay Incident in 1985, the international Law of Separation was created. This law stated that each nation who signed required a visually distinct flag for Civilian ships, so as not to be confused with military envoys. This flag had to have a ratio of three to five in addition. In response, the Ohio Civilian flag was created.
The economy of North Ohio relies heavily on farming and fishing, incentivised by the government with lower taxes. Huge tracts of land have been devoted to large-scale farming; and the government has invested in the construction of several large fishing ships.
Shipping remains an important part of the Ohioan Economy, and fish holds status as the #1 export. Piracy from the Michigan Coast is an economic threat as of 1990.
One of the most lucrative industries post-war, excluding fishing, is the production of beer and mead (the latter often sold as "honey-wine"). The drinks are mainly produced by independent farmers, and sold locally. With the shortage of hops, beer and ale is often sweeter than before the war.
Established in 1952, Northern Manufacturing was a small-time manufacturing company. Post-War, they are one of the primary contractors for stainless steel manufacture. They have expanded immensely in recent years in light of a lack of competition, and their most lucrative deal is producing stills for local brewing companies.
Standard Products, a result of the breakup of Standard Oil; Standard Products is a large employer in the Port Clinton Area.
Conditions in North Ohio are desirable in comparison to land outside its border. Hunger is at an all-time low, and unemployment has dropped from a staggering 25% to 10% from 1971 to 1990.
The average family size 6-9 children; and the population has been growing steadily.Traveling on foot and on horseback are the only options for the average citizen, although military vehicles (powered by wood gas) are a common sight near the military Buffer Zone. Many people have built "Stagecoaches" from old cars, and 1700's-style wagons for the transportation of goods.
While corn is the primary crop, hemp is also very important, as both a source of food, and cloth and even building material in some places. Hemp cloth is the most common, with drugget (a light wool weave) a close second. Cotton is considered a luxury item.
Bars, Tap-houses, and Pubs are all very common, as a place to relax after work, dance and forget your post-nuclear problems. Owners buy up as much alcohol as they can, and sell it at varying prices. Jukeboxes from before the war spew classic tunes, and live bands preform Ohio's unique version of Jazz and Bluegrass music.
Salvage from the northern boomtowns is a very important resource, as steel is unavailable in the region.
Salt mines in the former Cleveland area are an important resource, as stated above.