DC: Dazzlers

DC: Dazzlers

Facing the catastrophic disintegration of society, people do some weird things. I don’t mean trapping and eating rodents for food, that happens any time supplies run low. Nor do I mean banding together in pack-like groups for self-defense—that makes sense from a...
DC: Guerrillas

DC: Guerrillas

The continuing heat wave wasn’t doing us any favors as we worked to retake the city. With clean water a rare commoddity, ensuring that our forward outposts and control points were well-stocked was an unending endeavor. Time and time again it seemed no sooner had...
DC: Underprepared

DC: Underprepared

Though the SHD has its resources spread pretty thin—dealing with both the NYC cleanup and this whole mess in DC—it’s easy to get lulled into a false sense of security with the amount of gear and information we have at our disposal. Fancy drones and automated...
DC: Sanitary

DC: Sanitary

Stepping out of the grime- and refuse-filled streets for a moment, it’s about time for me to ride in on my high horse and complain about something I just don’t understand about the DC catastrophe: blacklights. I completely get the idea that ultraviolet...
DC: Breaking Bonds

DC: Breaking Bonds

The outbreaks in New York and DC provide great examples of what can happen when societal norms break down and citizens take an “everyone for themselves” mentality. Civilization, I think, serves to save everyone from the “might makes right”...
DC: Resourcefulness

DC: Resourcefulness

A little hope can go a very long way when it comes to keeping a population motivated. It’s been said that great change doesn’t begin when things are at their worst—people have to see the possibility of life improving before they will take up arms to make...