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|Free Northwestern Army|
|Group type:||Coalition Army|
|Goals:||To stabilize and bring law to Cascadia|
|Allies:||New California Republic, Badlanders (varies)|
The Free Northwestern Army (also known as the FNA) is loosely organized group of militias, partisans, and warlords that fight for 'democracy' in Cascadia. This is at least in theory, as in practice the FNA mostly functions as a pro-NCR militia that fights for the Republic's causes in Oregon and Washington somewhat consistently.
Though the Free Northwestern Army was technically founded in 2269, its history goes back further than that. Many preexisting groups joined the FNA such as the Mutant Hunters in Portland (the FNA of the North) and the Soldiers of Mohammed in eastern Oregon (the Army of Manifest Destiny). However, what is really important is what brought about the creation of the FNA in the first place: the Oregon Brushfire Wars.
By 2269, the New California Republic had already fought three wars in the Pacific Northwest and was in the process of fighting a fourth, the War of the Northwestern Alliance. NCR at that point was tired of sending their boys to die in some rainy forest in Oregon, and the NCR Army was fully aware that fatigue over the war was building.
Made up of numerous groups spanning the large area of Cascadia, the Free Northwestern Army is an incredibly diverse organization culturally. That includes former raiders, warlords, caravan guards, mercenaries, ex-cultists, right-wing militia, partisans, and idealists. Fractured by a lack of roads, weather, and mountains, the FNA struggles to even maintain communication, no less maintaining a unified culture.
FNA groups usually do include some common features.
The FNA has a rather varied economy, seeing as it has numerous affiliate groups in many areas. Most groups do not produce their weapons, equipment, or food. Most of their supplies comes from the NCR, who directly fun many FNA groups. Besides getting funding from NCR, the FNA mostly exchanges protection for supplies from local settlements with the formalities of these deals varying wildly. The FNA in Grant's Pass and Portland have a formal taxation system while most groups near small wasteland settlements and homesteads just enact tribute when needed. This money is used to pay the soldiers and to buy essentials for the army that NCR does not provide. More sinister elements of the FNA extort what they need from wastelanders and settlers through force, making them little better than the raiders and tribals they claim to fight. The most notable example of a FNA group that does this is the Army of Manifest Destiny, whose warlord leader even endorses the practice of abducting women to be "camp followers" and forcibly recruiting "young men" into his army.
The government of the FNA is centered with its command structure in southern Oregon, strictly speaking. However, the FNA is a rather loose coalition of militant groups around Cascadia with very little administration.
The FNA is essentially just a military coalition made of various different groups with differing equipment, weapons, and manpower. The groups also vary wildly in their views, with some being closely allied alongside NCR while others are only more loosely associated with the Bear. The groups are dotted all over Cascadia, from southern Oregon to northern Washington.
The Free Northwestern Army of the South
The Free Northwestern Army of the South is a great deal many things. It is the oldest FNA group, the largest FNA group, the most "official" FNA group, and the closest to NCR. The group was organized in 2269 by elements of the NCR Army, who placed former mercenary Randy Adams as the general in charge with current caravan guard Homer Jay as a colonel. NCR also placed advisers in Grant's Pass to help out the FNA with strategy and logistics. The Free Northwestern Army of the South has taken part in The Purification War, The Smouldering War, and The "Cascadian Civil War". Currently, the Free Northwestern Army of the South mostly focuses on protecting allied communities and homesteads while slowly expanding its sphere of influence. Although the group is the largest in the FNA, its influence collapsed after the death of General Randy Adams, and General Homer Jay struggles to coordinate with other FNA groups. Nevertheless, the Free Northwestern Army of the South still holds a central position within the group and takes the lion's share of funding from NCR.
The Free Northwestern Army of the North
The Free Northwestern Army of the North, originally the Mutant Hunters, is centered in Portland and is second only to the Free Northwestern Army of the South.
The Northwest Freedom Brigade
The Northwest Freedom Brigade is General Tyrone Creed's FNA group in eastern Oregon that dominates the area.
The Army of Manifest Destiny
The Army of Manifest Destiny is probably the most notorious FNA group, infamous for its brutal leader General Shabazz and general lack of moral constraints.
The Union Patrol
The Soldiers of Democracy
The Soldiers of Democracy is a new FNA cell in Seattle founded by the visionary Colonel Chen Song.
The Liberty Brigrade
The Liberty Brigrade is General Mary Grace's little band of misfits determined to take Grand Coulee Dam from its current occupants. The group started in 2286 as just the infamous couple Mary Grace and Braylon along with their "trigger man" Keith, but their numbers have increased in time from raiders and mercenaries who were attracted by the raider couple's celebrity. This FNA group is even more motley than usual with no uniform appearance or equipment. The Liberty Brigade is not motivated by ideology but instead the singular goal of taking Grand Coulee Dam.
The Kimball Freedom Brigade
A defunct group within the FNA, the Kimball Freedom Brigade was formed completely by volunteers from NCR. Founded around 2270 (soon after NCR halted expansion in southern Oregon), the Kimball Freedom Brigade's members were all volunteers, mostly veterans of the NCR Army, who were not ready to go back to California. Some members included the NCR homesteader Ignacio Montes and the former NCR drill sergeant Ward. The group named itself after the recent "Hero of the Mojave", General Aaron Kimball.The Kimball Freedom Brigade fought alongside the Free Northwestern Army of the South for a couple of years, mostly fighting Oregon tribals. The group was mostly centered in Grant's Pass and used that as its base of operations. The Kimball Freedom Brigade was eventually folded back into the NCR Army in 2274 when the war on the NCR border heated up.
General Randy Adams
- "Listen here, you little pigshit. I’m not here to coddle you, I’m here to to lead you. If you want something else, go back home to your mother."
- ―General Randy Adams
General Randy Adams was the first leader of the Free Northwestern Army and kept the group quite unified until his death in 2272.
General Homer Jay
- "This position, this tent, my mind... it feels like a prison. They need me, but do I need them?"
- ―General Homer Jay
General Homer Jay is currently the official leader of the FNA, but in reality, he only really controls the FNA groups around his power base Grant's Pass in southern Oregon and a couple of other cells around Cascadia.
- "I’m not any happier to be in this situation than you are. Just make the process easier and cough up the information, all right?"
- ―Colonel Mahers
Colonel Mahers is General Jay's second-in-command who works hard to keep the FNA afloat as well as being NCR's main contact.
General Tyrone Creed
- "D’Angelo, look over here, potato-face’s got pictures! Nice kids, pity they had such an ugly father."
- ―General Tyrone Creed
General Tyrone Creed is a reformed raider who controls a sizable area within Oregon with an iron fist and only pays minimal lip-service to General Jay.
- "Hitler. Muhammad. Genghis Khan. The Master. All men of great power and standing in the history books. One day, I hope my name will be etched alongside their’s."
- ―General Shabazz
General Shabazz, more of a warlord than a general, is a former Nation of Islam cultist who has a particular soft spot for the good things in life.
General Virgo Clark
- "Have you ever considered perhaps, you know, talking to these people you disagree with instead of just shooting at them?"
- ―General Virgo Clark
General Clint Bundy
- "Badlander or super mutant? Difficult question, I don’t like either. Wouldn’t want neither to marry my daughter. I’d say Badlanders’re better, since they’re born into that and might be changed. Mutie’s a mutie."
- ―General Clint Bundy
General Clint Bundy was the leader of the FNA in Portland and the former leader of the Mutant Hunters who was killed during the Oregon Brushfire Wars.
Colonel Chen Song
- "You guys are all from before the war? Far out..."
- ―Colonel Chen Song
Colonel Chen Song is a rather idealistic former artist and philosopher from Seattle who has only recently come to prominence after bringing the ghoulified U.S. Army remnants of Campbell Armory into the fold of the FNA.
General Mary Grace
- "You made me General, I’m doing what I think is best! What do you people want from me?"
- ―General Mary Grace
The self-proclaimed General Mary Grace (working alongside her partner Braylon) is a former raider who is reluctantly working with the FNA to take Grand Coulee Dam.