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Wyoming
Wyoming County
— Subdivision of Commonwealth of Susquehanna
Timeline: 1983: Doomsday
Wyoming County Flag Wyoming County Seal
Flag Coat of Arms
Susquehanna Counties Political Map
Wyoming County in blue

Motto
From Ashes We Rise (English)

Capital
(and largest city)
Hazleton
Other cities Conyngham, West Hazleton
Language English
County Commissioner Thomas Kline
Lt. County Commissioner
Area 100.9 sq mi
Population 31,948 (2015 est) 
Admission June 23, 2010

Wyoming is a county in the Commonwealth of Susquehanna. It only occupies the southwestern side of the former Luzerne County, and formerly was the independent nation of Greater Hazleton. It is the most populated county in the nation.

History

What would become Wyoming County in Susquehanna was formerly part of Luzerne County. The area was the site of the Sugarloaf Massacre, where 15 Pennsylvanian militiamen were killed in an ambush during the Revolutionary War by Tories and Native Americans.

Post Doomsday

Immediately after the first reports of a nuclear war came in, am the fire chief pulle the air raid sirens. People began to panic, and many fled the town for the south where they though it would be safer. The town council called an emergency meeting and quickly ordered all police units to the courthouse, municipal buildings, and supermarkets.

Then, they mobilized the small Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Air National Guard, and the recruiting station along with JROTC and ROTC men from the local colleges, and high school. These personnel were put to work alongside State Police and local law enforcement personnel to aid any refugees from any strikes in the region. The city council presumed (correctly) due to the small size of the city, that it would not be struck, but would still have to deal with hordes of refugees from Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, if they were hit.

The city mayor went on the air at the local radio station, and asked for calm from the local population, as well as order, and to prepare for possibly thousands of refugees. He also declared martial law and a curfew was put in effect on the advice of the local military commanders and the State Police barrack commander. What else he said was lost as the EMP from the two high altitude nuclear weapons detonating over America knocked out the radio station. The police and military personnel were issued firearms as well as nonlethal weapons including pepper spray and wooden batons to control the refugees.

Multiple detonations were heard and the ground shook as nuclear warheads found, and eliminated their targets. Three blasts in the direction of Wilkes-Barre and Scranton were seen over the mountains. Later exploration would show that Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in Avoca had been destroyed as well. Local officials were worried that most of the refugees would make their way to the community, and they were right. Most of the survivors from the area made their way down Interstate I-81 to the city. They began to mob in the streets, and first responders became overwhelmed by the amount of people. The Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, local medical personnel, and volunteers attempted to help the throngs of people, but there were so many of them, soon even basic medical supplies ran out.

Thousands of refugees made it to the city, some in heavily damaged automobiles, but most on foot. Most were from Wilkes-Barre, given a few more minutes to get out of the city before it was destroyed, and not having to walk as far. Few would live to see the end of the 1980's with radiation, violence, and starvation taking a toll on the survivors. It is believed, from the census count in 2015, and a grave marker count in 2013 that over 25,000 refugees from the two cities and the surrounding areas made it to Hazleton, but only 3,000 survived to the turn of the century.

Even with martial law declared, the city government still had problems with citizens looting the grocery stores, and other businesses for food, weapons, and supplies as well as disobedient refugees. Local law enforcement attempted to contain the situation while the National Guard and the State Police dealt with the refugees, but they were overwhelmed. Refugees pouring into the area also converged on the two stores in an attempt to get food, water, and supplies which many were forced to abandon due to the chaos of fleeing the city. Eventually at a Giant and the Weis Supermarkets in the city, the tension boiled over. Refugees and angry citizens attacked each other as the National Guard was brought in to calm the situation. The citizens began to obey their orders, but the refugees took advantage of the situation and attacked the citizens and the stores.

There were plans to form refugee camps in the high school, several downtown office buildings that were empty due to the economy in the area stagnating, parks in the city, and the local airport. The local government with help from law enforcement began to register people and break them up into camps. Some refugees with local family members were allowed to join them, but this fueled resentment amongst the other survivors who felt that they were getting preferential treatment.

Local officials managed to hold control until January of 1984 when the refugees attacked the police, National Guard, and volunteers who were helping them, demanding access to better housing, more supplies (there was a belief that local citizens were getting more food, though this was not the case) and a say in the local government. Gang survivors in the refugee group took advantage of the situation, and murdered several well respected members of the refugee community, then planted evidence blaming the city. This lead to massive riots in the downtown and the city was damaged from the rioting.

In the chaos, local officials agreed that their situation was untenable and decided to flee the city to a safer location until the area stabilized. Law enforcement and the National Guard assisted them in escaping to McAdoo where they remained for over two years. A portion of the local population joined them. In the meantime gang leaders took over the city, took homes from the white populace, and gave it to the African-Americans, leading to more tension. They banned any usage of the American flag, and cut the rations for any non-African American group to starvation rations.

In McAdoo, the city leaders formed an expeditionary militia, and scavenged weapons from the surrounding area.

Adjacent Counties

Government

The county is led by an elected County Commissioner, as well as a five man Board of Supervisors, who each serve a term of six years. Commissioners serve for four years, and elections for the Board of Supervisors is staggered every two years.

The county court is responsible for smaller cases such as custody disputes and other issues. There are six judges and assistants.

There is discussion to set up branches to the Supreme Court, and some departments in the executive branch. This would ease access to locals and the population of the east portion of Susquehanna as well as reduce logistics.

Wyoming County has two senators and sixteen representatives to the General assembly.

Party Senate seats House of Representatives seats
Republican Party
2 / 2
5 / 16
Democratic Party
0 / 2
1 / 16
Libertarian Party
0 / 2
0 / 16
Unionist Party
0 / 2
0 / 16
Commonwealth Party
0 / 2
0 / 16

Communities

  • Cities: Population (2015)
    • Hazleton: 24,197
  • Boroughs: Population (2015)
    • Conyngham: 302
    • West Hazleton: 2,032
  • Townships: Population (2015)
    • Black Creek Township: 451
    • Butler Township: 1,386
    • Hazle Township: 2,851
    • Sugarloaf Township: 729

Economy

There are coal deposits within the county, and are mined heavily. There is some service industry with Hazleton acting as a major hub for businesses between State College and Reading, as well as Susquehanna and Reading. Recently a small manufacturing industry has made a comeback and it is expected to grow. Hazleton Textile Mills produce fabric for much of the nation and is a large business.

There is very little agriculture production occurring in the county, due to the more urban setting. Many people have small gardens in their backyard, or porch, but there are few farms in the area.

There is a flourishing logging industry, with the government requiring for every tree cut down, two must replace it, to avoid an exhaustion of resources. Unfortunately, this law is difficult to enforce.

Transportation

The major air hub in Susquehanna, Hazleton International Airport is within Wyoming County. It is the largest airport in the nation, and is undergoing major upgrades to modernize the facilities. Most citizens use Hazleton Public Transit to get around.

Education

The entire county is covered by the Hazleton Area School District, as well as the Wyoming-Schuylkill Vocational Technical School. Hazleton University a major university for the region with most students who go to college attending it. The Columbia County Community College operates a satellite campus out of the old Luzerne County Community College building.

National Registry of Historical Places

There are three buildings on the National Registry of Historical Places in Wyoming County. They are Susquehanna Bank and Financial Building (Also the tallest building in Susquehanna), the Israel Platt Pardee Mansion, and Saint Gabriel's Parish Complex.

Secessionist Movement

There is a small movement in the Hazleton area to secede from the Commonwealth of Susquehanna and reform the nation of Greater Hazleton. Proponents point out the greater independence and the lack of raider attacks until they joined the Commonwealth, while opponents look to the lack of economic development and a weak security force until they unified.

They had formed the Hazleton Independence Party in an attempt to force a vote on secession. Due to its unpopularity, the party folded right after the 2015 elections, where they only gained 8 votes nationally.

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