An Introduction to Wasteland
The following is an excerpt from The History of the Desert Rangers,
The Early Years, by Karl Allard, 2087, Allard Press, Ranger Center
Hardbound pp. 293, $20 gold.
Tensions grew with the coming of 1998. The United States' Citadel
Starstation was slated to be fully operational by March, Soviet
charges that the space station was merely a military launching
platform alarmed a number of nonaligned nations. The right wing
governments in the South and Central Americas, many of them set up by
the U.S. during the Drug Wars (1987-1993), pledged their support to
the U.S. The NATO nations, including the new African members also
declared their alliance with the U.S. That move forced most of the
remaining neutral powers to join the Soviet protest. In six short
weeks, only Switzerland, Sweden, and Ireland continued to declare
themselves neutral nations.
Two weeks before Citadel was due for full operation, the station
transmitted a distress signal. Immediately after the message was
sent, most of the satellites orbiting the planet were swept clean from
the sky, leaving the great powers blind. In military panic, each sent
90 percent of their nuclear arsenals skyward. Although the
destruction was tremendous, it was not complete. Pockets of
civilization remained, some even oblivi- ous to the military exchange.
On the same day that the U.S. and Soviet Union were attempting to
extinguish each other, a company of U.S. Army Engineers were in the
southwestern deserts building transportation bridges over dry
riverbeds. They worked deep in the inhospitable desert valleys,
surrounded by a number of survivalist communities. Located directly
south of their position on that day was a newly-constructed federal
prison. In addition to housing the nation's criminals condemned to
death, the prison contained light industrial manufacturing
Shortly after the nuclear attack began, the Engineers, seeking
shelter, took over the federal prison and expelled the prisoners into
the desolate desert to complete their sentences. As the weeks passed,
they invited the nearby survivalist communities to join them and to
help them build a new society. Because of each communities'
suspicions towards one another, times were difficult at first. But as
time nurtured trust, this settlement -- which came to be known as
Ranger Center -- grew to be one of the strongest outposts. Ranger
Center even proved powerful enough to repel the hands of rancorous
criminals who repeatedly attached in attempts to reclaim what was once
The citizens of Ranger Center, after first believing that they were
the only ones who survived the nuclear malestrom, soon realized that
communities beyond the desert's grip had also survived, Because they
had such success in constructing a new community, they felt compelled
to help other survivors rebuild and live in peace.
Toward this end, the Desert Rangers, in the great tradition of the
Texas and Arizona Rangers a century before, were born.
The previous introduction was taken from the original Wasteland instruction manual - Copyright © 1986-88
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