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Slab City (1983: Doomsday)

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Republic of Slab City
Timeline: 1983: Doomsday

OTL equivalent: Slab City
Flag of California (no words) No coa
Flag Coat of Arms
(and largest city)
Slab City
  others Spanish
Government Democratic oligarchy
  legislature City Council
Chief Councilor Simon D. Wyatt
Area 5 km²
Population 950 
Independence January 1st, 1984
Currency barter, Mexican peso

The Republic of Slab City or "The Slabs" is a city-state located in a former camp in the Colorado Desert in southeastern California, used by recreational vehicle owners and squatters from across North America. It takes its name from the concrete slabs and pylons that remain from the abandoned World War II Marine barracks Camp Dunlap there. A group of servicemen remained after the base closed, and the place has been inhabited ever since.



The people living in Slab City continued life as normal. It wasn't until weeks after Doomsday that they realized that something was terribly wrong. Since they no longer had their government welfare to fall back on, they decided to get what they wanted from the surrounding area. As their community swelled with refugees from around the county, the city evolved. What was once a simple trailer park evolved into a more complex structure comprised of scavenged building materials from around the county. A local airport provided the burgeoning town with a wealth of scrap steel and other materials. Through sheer ingenuity the Citizens were able to tap into the local water table. This complex was designed to ward off any raiders that might try and attack it.


Slab City is ruled by a City Council, whose members are elected directly by the people. These councilors choose the Chief Councilor from amongst themselves.


The economy is at the most primitive. The citizens trade what scrap they don't use to the Mexicans for supplies. They have a system of irrigation in place on their farms so that not a drop of precious water is wasted.


At Doomsday there was a small contingent of marines residing in Slab City. These marines started a militia to defend the weak settlement from the raiders that inhabit the "wasteland" outside the small state. Before contact with Mexico, these militiamen were armed with sharpened farming tools and a handful of worn-out WWII-era guns. The Mexicans helped arm the militia with more up-to-date guns, which had been supplied by the ANZC and the SAC.

International Relations

The Slab Citizens have established relations with neighboring Mexico.

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