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Firebreak
FirebreakFirebreak - Atlas of Woodland Park Zoo

Location:Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
Establishment:2079 as The Zoo
2082 as Outpost Linden
2100 as The Stophop
2136 as Pleistaime
2240 as Firebreak
Population:40 Residents / 10-100 Visitors
Factions:The Black Family
206 Raider Clan-Gang
Night Watch
Notable events:The Feathers Conquest
Current status:Active

Firebreak is a humble farming city-state settled in Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, and serves as the capital settlement of the 206 Raider Clan-Gang, is governed and guarded by the Black Family, and is the home to peaceful peasant inhabitants displaced from their old homes.

A living breathing center of production with colonists from all around the realm calling it home, Firebreak has become a place of peace and tranquility, despite being stuck at the center of three opposing neighborhoods and living through several hostile takeovers.

Beautiful, resourceful, and strategically situated Firebreak, for countless years, has been fought over and conquered by people of nearly all the sub-groups neighboring Woodland, Seattle. These bordering societies desired the lands both as a capital position within the region and for its bountiful farming lands. Because of this, the settlement area became a hotly contended warzone, and many battles had occurred until the Woodland Treaty was signed in 2240.

Still known by many names, as almost every dominating group chose to rename the location, Firebreak is once again a flourishing community of Seattle citizens, former raiders, hippies, and governing troops with a resident population of 40 or more with hundreds of local visitors a week.

Geography

African Savanna

The African Savanna is the governing quarter of Firebreak and has traditionally been the place of power held by leaders who conquered the settlement throughout post-war history. First ascertained as the throne by Frank Vassar in 2082,

History

Early Settlers (2077 - 2082)

The first acknowledged post-War occupants of the Woodland Park Zoo were survivors of the Great War who flocked to the still fairly intact Zoo in droves seeking sanctuary. They came from all around the area, from Phinney Ridge to Meridian, and even as far as Fremont, and occupied the lands sometime between the 2070s to the 2080s. In their new community, they became derogatorily known as the Keepers. The majority of the residents were either ghoulified by the Great War or were undergoing the process of ghoulification, though some were lucky enough to avoid the process. Because of this the residents still had knowledge of the old world, and some sought to rebuild it while others, known then as the Lindens, chose to wreak havoc on their fellow man.

The first stirrings of trouble for the land were started by the Lindens in 2080. A rowdy bunch of scavenging survivors who hailed from Linden Avenue N & N 67th St, Seattle, they were the first instance of barbarism in the lands and exhibited the usual raider-esque sensibilities: rape, murder, loot et cetera. They wanted to be called the Interurbaneers, but the Lindens label stuck first, and they manifested all the telltale behaviors of their modern-day descendants, the 206 Raiders. As they could not farm or breed animals without the actions ending in death, they traveled southerly towards the lands of Firebreak, then known as The Zoo.

Initial contact proved to be disastrous for the Keepers.

Outpost Linden (2082 - 2085)

In the evening hours of January 27th, 2082, when citizens of The Zoo were winding down for the day, approximately 60 Linden invaders raided the friendly settlement. Only a single bullet was fired by the defending party, as that was all they had on hand at the time, while over 2000 rounds were reportedly unleashed by the Linden army. Frank Vassar, the leading character of the Lindens, was said to have fired so many bullets that his gun caught fire and it was from then on that the event was known as the Great Fire. The one bullet fired by the Keepers was by a 10-year-old boy who shot a BB gun pellet into the eye of Vassar, who fell to the ground and later rose up and shot the boy down.

Vassar led the enslavement of the Keepers and the capture of the settlement and renamed the site Outpost Linden in spite of the disparaging name they received from Seattle locals. Several citizens of The Zoo fled the grounds into surrounding neighborhoods, but many were rounded up and forced into slavery, working the fields for the Linden raiders who were unable to farm for themselves. They militarized the settlement, stepping all over the welcoming philosophy the Keepers and The Zoo were known for. Passerbys who approached the settlement for food, who were unaware of the surprise hostile takeover, were captured and enslaved as well. This cycle would continue for a few years until the Lindens unknowingly captured an emissary scouting party of The Feathers, who were a ruthless warrior clan of tribals from the far North of Cascadia.

The Feathers Conquest

Frank Vassar personally greeted the Feathers horde who amassed at the gates, whom Firebreak chroniclers say marched so furiously that the ground shook and dust clouds formed in their wake (contemporary Black Family historians dispute these claims as mere Feathers glorification). The Feathers had sent envoys to Firebreak, then known as The Zoo, as they had heard from roaming traders of the peaceful ghoul community who farmed and traded exotic zoo animal meats. When their emissary party never returned, they knew this was a bad omen and were beset on the warpath of revenge. When Vassar stood above the entrance gate to try and talk sense to the war party, he was impaled by a feather-adorned homemade spear. Hell ensued.

Known by historians as the "Feathers," this naming term is transliterated from the now extinct language of the 206, whose oral tradition calls them the Wanfethars, and is considered to mean "feathered" or "adorned" peoples. They were described as wearing plucked feathers sewn through their articles of clothing, punctured through their earlobes, and stitched through their hairstyles. It is said that almost 200 Feathers warriors arrived for war armed with melee weapons and personal firearms like hand-pistols and home-defense shotguns, but this is undocumented and could be an estimate. For three grueling months, the second siege of Woodland Park Zoo commenced with casualties on all sides.

The First 206 Raiders Conquest (- )

The Second 206 Raiders Conquest (2136 - 2240)

The Black Family Conquest and Rule (2240 - 2267)

The Black Family would solely rule for 27 years.

The 206 Rebellion (2267 - 2280)

Dual Sovereignty of Firebreak (2280 - pres)

The Woodland Treaty (2240 - pres)

The Woodland Treaty, also known as the Black Code and the Treaty Code, is a written and signed arrangement composed in 2240, between the Black Grand Ducal of Blackwood & the Orion Hunters and the Keepers and representatives of the five raider clans and gangs in and around the Woodland Park Zoo. As the 206 Raiders remain illiterate, the treaty has elongated words which were used to purposely mislead them, however, some of the Keepers were able to use native sign languages to translate the treaties to the 206 in the 2260s.

George Henry Black, the 6th Duke of Blackwood, was the proposer of the treaty and through his authority and grace, he was able to put a stop to almost 200 years of perpetual warfare over the lands of Firebreak. Ten official treaty papers cover multiple subjects and laws of the settlement. As the years have passed, the Black Parliament has released three Addendums to reinforce the original treaty and their rule over Firebreak and may at any time enact more.

Treaty Code

Code 1: Dominion
The rule and law of the Black Parliament are final.
Code 2: Trade & Barter
Trading and caravans are under embargo and are forbidden in Firebreak to lower the value and lower the chances of an attack against Firebreak.
Code 3:
TBD
Code 4:
TBD
Code 5:
TBD
Code 6: Protectorate
Firebreak is juridically a protectorate state that is controlled and protected by Blackwood and the Black Family and citizens can be enlisted for military service in times of war.
Code 7:
TBD
Code 8:
TBD
Code 9:
TBD
Code 10: Disarmament
All citizens and visitors must disarm when entering the boundaries of Firebreak. Non-bladed melee weapons are exempt. Black Family Townguards have the right to keep and bare arms. All bladed weapons require a license.

Treaty Addenda

Addendum 1: False Personation 2241
The Black Family outlawed the impersonation or imitation of a Black Family representative, whether it was a town guard, town crier, or member of parliament or royal dukedom. This addendum was shoehorned in to counter the blatant caricaturing the subjugated 206 Raiders were perpetrating as they sarcastically claimed to start their own "206 Palament" and elect their own "Djuk o Faiabreik." Any Firebreak citizen who derogatorily represented or imitated a Black Family citizen or representative where to be arrested and fined severely. This addendum was not officially voted on by the Black Parliament or the 206 Raiders, but was instilled in 2241 and is the most highly enforced law in Firebreak to the point of which one cannot even have a mustache if they are not in the Black Family.

Addendum 2: Animal Breeding 2246
The Black Family outlawed animal breeding for the purposes of distribution and sustenance after an Albino Emu destroyed a 6-man caravan and its merchant who tried to train it as a guard-emu. The unique Emu, nicknamed 'Cloud' after the 7th Duke of Blackwood, Cloudisley Black, managed to allude capture and is still at large somewhere in Seattle. Included in the Second Add was the prohibition of breeding for the purposes of harvesting exotic meat, as 206 Raiders where vigorously breeding surviving zoo animal descendants such as Zebra, Tiger, and Elk, and consuming them in grand communal feasts.

Addendum 3: Illicit Substances 2271
The Black Family outlawed the production, distribution, and recreational use of psychoactive chems in Firebreak. The Third Add included alcohol (amended in 2277), Jet, Psycho (amended in 2283), and explicitly Geiger Cannabis after farmers from Capitol Hill arrived in Firebreak to provide agricultural guidance. The Black Parliament declared the Outlawed Substances Add in 2271 with 39 positive Black Family representative votes to one negative 206 Raider representative vote. Despite the outlawing of chem use, locals still use them, especially 206 Raiders or other refugee vagrants. For years since the surprise installment of this treaty addendum, it has been a major cause of controversy, and many protests have occurred in defiance of the Third Add.

Economy

Currency is worthless to the residents of the settlement, as hardwork and elbowgrease are forms of payment in Firebreak, though some cunning traders still like to try and sell wares here and there illicitly. As per the Woodland Treaty, residents are required by the agreement to farm the lands and provide for the surrounding districts unobstructedly. Also, the Black Family has established a trade and caravan embargo in the area as per the treaty, "lower the value and lower the chances of an attack against Firebreak" (Treaty Page 4, Code 2 'Trade & Barter'). Before 2136, Firebreak was a bustling commercial center and was known regionally as the Stophop, though this was disbanded after the settlement was finally conquered by the 206 Raider Clan-Gang.