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On the evening of Sunday, September 25th, 1983, Samuel Genovese was enjoying a evening with his family at their home in Bar Harbor, Maine. At about 7:40 pm, though, a call came from the police chief promoting Samuel to immediately turn on the radio as the emergency broadcasting system had begun, announcing an impending strike on multiple targets within the United States. By 7:45 Mayor Samuel had ordered 4 police cruisers equipped megaphones dispatched to warn people of the impending nuclear strike, while the rest of the town’s emergency vehicles were quickly rushed to garages and had their batteries disconnected.
Before all the people could make it to fallout shelters however, the airwaves went silent. Local power was suddenly cut and two Mushroom clouds could be seen rising from the west and east. Hundreds of townspeople rushed down to the of fallout shelters underneath the Town Hall and Fire Station fearing Bar Harbor was a target. In about an hour, when no explosion had shaken the earth they emerged to pitch black streets. They were told what to do by Mayor Samuel in the town hall with everyone else where they had managed to get a emergency generator on providing light and working electronical devices inside the town hall.
1A (out of Bangor) had become backed up by 8:45 pm, as cars without electronic ignitions made it out of the city fearing that the city was also a target like Portland. Eight hundred vehicles reached safe haven in Bar Harbor and Ellsworth that evening. Also a thousand people left to leave from their homes in Bangor for Bar Harbor and Ellsworth that night by foot this resulted in many travelers coming from Bangor that night reporting seeking massive camps of Two Hundred refugees dotted all along route 1A that were slowly progressing south.
By 4:00 AM the next day the County and City councils were convening at the Bar Harbor town hall with City and County council members being seen rushing in and out all day long. It soon became obvious that major resources were hard to get if not already gone. Both the gasoline and natural gas pipelines that went through the south of the state had been destroyed in the nuclear blast that engulfed Portland. The pump stations along the way were too far away to access and fuel storage facilities in nearby Bangor had most likely been abandoned or taken over by bandits and fuel delivery trucks abandon on the roads might still have gas in them but would most likely already be tapped by other survivors. Also ten State Troopers sent by their commander to help in relief efforts from Aroostook county reported that a large explosion had been heard in the area of Loring Air Force Base and a mushroom cloud had been reported to be seen rising over the area on the night of the strikes.
In the next two days hospitals became packed refugees from coming up from the West, North, and East. Nursing Homes and Schools were converted into hospitals and staffed by volunteer nurses and medical undergraduates from the College in Bar Harbor with a few Nurse practitioners being sent in the place of doctors to act as surgeons. Triage centers were sending the worst cases to the Hospitals well less severe were sent to the high school and nursing homes. Also at the same time MEMA or the (Maine Emergency Management Agency) was mobilized on a county level with MEMA relief workers erecting a field hospital outside Ellsworth staffing the field hospital with doctors from other hospitals that could be spared or MEMA volunteer doctors from around the county and volunteer nurses. Meanwhile the 60 members of Section 2 of the 1136th National Guard Transport Company mobilize from their armory in Calais, Maine setting up checkpoints on major roads into Ellsworth and transporting supplies and refugees to and from refugee camps set up outside Ellsworth and Bar Harbor.
By Friday local DMAT teams are called up from around the county and 200 National Guardsmen are mobilized out of Bangor bringing with them Helicopters which were used used immediately as quick evacuation or insertion and resupply platforms. Also along with this a large amount of supplies like food, water, gas, and medical supplies were transported to Field Hospitals or Refugee Camps from storage facilities in or around the Bangor area.
Instatement Of Martial Law (1983-1986)
By Christmas of 1983 Martial Law had been instated with National Guard and Police patrolling the streets between the hours of 6:00 to 8:00. This kept looting and other unwanted night time activities from happening. Also because of this the situation finally stabilized with crime stopping and food stores being brought in from food banks around Hancock county. But, Tragedy also struck in the form that after doomsday Bangor was overrun by bandits, However the National Guard units based in Bangor made it out of the city heading to Holton or Ellsworth the latter of the two first empting Food Banks, Federal Food Distribution Centers, Hospitals and Fuel Storage Facilities for supplies along with taking 2,000 Bangor refuges before leaving the town to the bandits as the majority National Guard forces in Bangor had left to go north to Aroostook.
Also the 85 members of the 286th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion consisting of the 152nd Component Repair Company which was promptly put work fixing electrical stations or dams in Hancock County to bring the power back online and the other unit the makes up the 286th is the 1136th Transportation Company which has already had its 2nd section deploy out of Calais to Ellsworth, the 1136th was quickly put to work hauling supplies around Hancock County to National Guard Checkpoints or to Refugee Camps. In total by Christmas 225 National Guardsmen had been deployed to the area and this number is the highest it would get after Hancock County lost all contact with the outside world except for the occasional trader or refugees that came to the county from what use to be southern and northern Maine.
Meanwhile Mount Desert Island became a fortified safe haven with refugees being told if the built a house (Log Cabin) on the island and worked for the state for 2 years the land and Hancock County “citizenship” was theirs. This meant that a huge pool of manpower was established making projects like building a new farm or bridge fairly easy. Thus at the same time many were put to work fishing and farming in big state owned farms which was necessary to feed all the new mouths that had recently immigrated to Ellsworth and Bar Harbor. This resulted in a very systematic life for most people consisting of: (Wake Up at 5:00 AM, Head to Work at 6:00 AM, Work from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Head Home at 7:30, and Go To Sleep at 8:00)
With the National Guard protecting the towns of Ellsworth and Bar Harbor they both quickly became trading hubs in the area with steadily rising populations and a large work force by the spring of 1984 farms had started producing food and fishermen with working boats went out to fish. This meant by the fall of 1984 food was once again plentiful and it would be until 1990. But, regardless work had also begun in the winter of 1985 to build wind turbines to power Hancock County as do to a lack of oil and electricity only people with wood fireplaces were safe from freezing in their homes during the cold Maine winters this resulted 1,000 dying during the winter of 1983-1984 and 300 more during the winter of 1984-1985 promoting members of the community in high places to solve the problem the 152nd was put to work building these wind turbines as they were the closest thing Hancock County had to an Engineer Company.
A Hard War (1985-1987)
By the summer of 1985 the wind turbines had been built and the mood became one of relief and relaxation. But, This was an mistake on the part of the Hancock County survivors which caluminated into the disaster now known as the Sack of Bucksport in which raiders posing as refugees snuck past the National Guardsmen on watch duty on the night of July 4th, 1985 attacking the city from the inside burning a half a city block to the ground and killing 437 civilians along with 3 National Guardsmen. This event started a chain of raids by smaller raider groups which were all reapeld however this made the Hancock County survivor community look weak and vulnerable to other raider groups resulting in continued raids by these raider groups until 1987 when the Hancock County “City State” finally gathered enough of a military force to strike back against the raiders.
Also this also resulted in the destruction of much of the raider groups hierarchy which meant that rather than continuing to raid Hancock County the raider groups quickly splintered into even smaller groups which warred amongst themselves. However the war was a hard one with over 1,000 Mainers dying and 1,500 Raiders dying. Many members of the National Guard agree that if they had their tanks and armored vehicles they war would have ended a lot quicker and with a lot less Maine dead. Unfortunately due to the serve lack of fuel they were stored away in Ellsworth by 1984 and duse to the amount of fuel they consumed and the lack of fuel they were never taken out of storage for the war except for the last battle in which one tank was taken out out of storage in order to give Maine forces a edge over the raiders in the battle to destroy the raiders base.