- "Our nation is truly like the people that inhabit it; pure, free and resilient in the face of evil."
- ―F.D. Reynolds
United Chapters of the Klan
|Type of Government:||"Democratic" (Oligarchial) ethnic confederation|
|Leader:||Jack Everett Cooper|
|Location(s):||Mississippi, Louisiana (influence), Arkansas (influence)|
|Allies:||New Memphis (economic), Mississippi Traders Union (economic)|
|Enemies:||Swampers, Brethren of the Shroud, "undesirables"|
|Status:||active and growing|
The Klansmen Confederacy (officially the United Chapters of the Klan and popularly "The New South") is a post-war nation in western Mississippi, formerly part of the Gulf Commonwealth. Known as the power base of the Klan and infamous for the extreme demonetization and violence of its citizens towards mutants and non-white humans, most outsiders view its fanatical "Grand Wizards" and growing economic and military powers with distrust and fear. Still, many communities outside its borders and on the banks of the River depend on its militia and merchants for their protection and financial gain.
Fourth Founding (2070-2077)
- "Hey you! What're you doing out here at this time'a night?"
- ―A klansman sighting the Chinese spy on the night of July 1, 2068
Ever since the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1963 and the end of segregation in the South, the third iteration of the Klu Klux Klan had fallen on hard times. By 2060, they only had 3,000 members nationwide and had been labeled a "hate group" by the U.S. government. The Klu Klux Klan's fortunes began to change though in 2066, when the war with China began. Jingoistic attitudes became the norm and benefited the Klan enormously, boosting membership. In 2068, the South was rocked by supposed terrorist attacks by Chinese saboteurs, some black, some Chinese. This fear motivated the Klan to step up to the plate and take the initiative of attacking random minorities.
During the night of July 1, 2068, the Klansmen near the naval shipyards of Pascagoula, Mississippi (Gulf Commonwealth) were patrolling the streets, as they were the neighborhood watch at that time. They sighted a Chinese man bearing a suitcase walking towards the shipyards. Suspicious of him both because of his race and his cargo, the Klansmen assailed him, asking about his business at this hour. The Chinese man attempted to flee but was beaten down by the overzealous Klansmen.
It was then discovered that the suitcase the Chinese man was carrying was an explosive and after some hard questioning, it was also discovered that the man was an actual spy. The Klansmen saw the opportunity in using this to their advantage and held the spy in their custody for two more days until handing in the spy on the night of July 3 so that all the papers would read KKK CATCHES CHINESE SABOTEUR on July 4. This gained the Klan a great deal of good publicity and credibility. Of course, it was ignored that the other numerous times that Klansmen (especially the ones near Pascagoula) had attacked blacks and Chinese, they did not turn out to be spies.
The Klan began a steady period of growth, gaining many members as a result of the good publicity. By December 2069, the Klu Klux Klan had grown to over a million, less than its historical figures but still substantial growth. Most of these members were in the South, with the Gulf Commonwealth being the center of Klan influence. The Klan still retained a bad reputation throughout most of the country.
On December 24, 2070, the anniversary of the founding of the first Klan, Klan leaders from all across America met in a Great Conclave in the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi to reorganize the old and decrepit Third Klu Klux Klan into a better and more efficient Fourth Klu Klux Klan. Although the Conclave was met with much protest from the University's black residents, the Fourth Klu Klux Klan was formally created by the next week.
From 2070 to 2077, the newly strengthened Klan tried to flex its collective muscle to gain political and social power. Klan members were soon voted into power in commonwealth governments, some openly and some covertly. Voting restrictions on "undesirables and illegals" were put in place in some Klan controlled counties. It was even rumored that the Governor of the Gulf Commonwealth was a member himself, which he publicly denied. In 2071, the Klan made a bold move, attempting to have a march down Pennsylvania Avenue as the Second Iteration of the Klan did. When they were refused, the KKK simply marched into Baltimore instead with over five thousand men. This caused the organization to be sued for almost a million dollars by the city of Baltimore, which they easily paid.
The next year, a film, named Night Watch was made about the events of July 1, 2068, casting the Klansmen as heroes against the villainous Chinese spy. The film was lambasted by critics for its glorification of racists and its complete lack of the group's name or uniform white hoods but was still a modest commercial success. This marked the high water mark of Klan influence in America, where their numbers swelled to four million, numbers to rival the old days. However, this all changed after the Mass Massacre.
The Klan in Texas was often involved in border incidents and clashes with illegal immigrating Mexicans from US-occupied Mexico, who they hated for both their religion and their race. On September 13, 2073, a coyote shuttling illegal immigrants over the border shot one of the Klansmen, killing him. In response, the Klansmen crossed the border into Mexico and in a blatant miscommunication attacked a crowd of Mexicans returning from morning Mass, killing eleven people, including two children.
News of the "massacre" spread like wildfire and the crimes of the Klan once again captivated the nation. The Klu Klux Klan leadership decided to cut their losses and also condemn the attack, but by then it was too late. The damage had been done, and there was no going back to before.
The decline of the Klan was not immediate but a process. It first began with corruption cases in the Southeast Commonwealth, which exposed many of politicians there of Klan ties that helped them in their illicit activities. Next, it was the continual news reporting of the racist and violent actions of the Klan, possibly to gloss over the federal government's even more nefarious actions. The final nail in the coffin was the conviction of the governor of the Gulf Commonwealth, who everyone knew to be a member of the Klan, of tax evasion in 2073. By March 2074, the Klan's numbers barely topped half a million. Their brief resurgence had ended.
However, this did not mark the end of the Klu Klux Klan itself. The Klan stubbornly held onto members in the Gulf Commonwealth. Western Mississippi, in particular, became a hotbed for Klan activity with over nine thousand registered members in four chapters across six countries. There was also a large separatist chapter in Texas formed in the aftermath of the Mass Massacre, called the Lone Knights of the KKK.
The Klan once again gained some type of relevance in 2076, when martial law was declared throughout the United States. The Klan seized on this, reversing its former patriotic stance, and publicly joined rioters in marching on Birmingham, in December 2076. In the "Battle of Birmingham", rioters, radicals, and Klansmen fought the National Guard to demand a return to state government and a reduction of federal powers. That winter, Birmingham burned.
The Klu Klux Klan continued insurgent activities after federal troops took back Birmingham. In one of his last addresses to the country, the current president of the United States named the Klu Klux Klan, among others, a terrorist organization. The Grand Dragon of the Mississippi KKK at that time, Robert Hendricks, was hiding out in Vicksburg to avoid attention from federal investigators. A senator from the Mississippi Congressional District, Hendricks had connections in high places, specifically in the shadow government that eventually became the Enclave. His informant didn't care that he was now the head of a terrorist organization, only that they were old friends. Hendricks knew a nuclear attack from China would come in late 2077 during the planned assault on Beijing and he meant to be prepared. Building a secure fallout shelter outside of Vicksburg using public funds, Hendricks informed several other Klan leaders nearby and even some as faraway as Alabama of the coming doom. As the sirens began to go off all over America on October 23, 2077, Hendricks and much of the Gulf Commonwealth KKK leadership entered their bunker outside Vicksburg to wait out the apocalypse.
Mississippi Burning (2077-2090)
- "Rotting green muties! Hell we've already got enough colors already!"
- ―Grand Wizard Hendricks upon first seeing ghouls in Vicksburg
In Mississippi, fewer bombs fell than in most states since there were fewer strategic targets there. Nuclear bombs fell on Jackson, Meridian, Columbus, the Memphis metropolitan area, and the Gulf Coast.
Like most people, the majority of Klansmen (and people in general) succumbed to the bombings, either from the blasts or the radiation. These weren't the only effects of the war as flash-hurricanes devastated the Gulf Coast and riots raged for weeks.
The bombs and hurricanes were not what killed Mississippi though. No, it was the radiation. Only weeks after the bombings, hundreds of mutants roamed the highways, ever hungry for refugees and survivors.
In some places, the Klan survived but acted more erratically and radically as the apocalypse continued. The first sign of this radicalization came from the campus of the University of Mississippi when the captain of the football team, a fifth-generation member of the Klan, organized the white students. He blamed the war on "the jews and negroes" and turned a small crowd of survivors into a mob, that lynched all of them they could catch. After their list for violence was satisfied, they began to collect food and water and guns.
After the riots calmed down, they began to receive travelers and refugees at the campus, which they had began to fortify against the wandering hordes of raiders and mutants. Finding several other members in the flock, a chapter was quickly established. They then began getting to know their fellow survivors, with anyone who wasn't a white protestant marked down secretly. They made their move in January 2078, gathering together in the middle of the night before donning their robes and moving from dorm to dorm, raping and murdering any marked down as "unpure mud-blooded dogs" and told the survivors to burn the bodies. This caused many survivors to flee in terror instead. The Klan in "Ole Miss" began to decline because of lack of members and disease after this unfortunate incident.
On February 20, 2078, Grand Dragon Robert Hendricks and his Klan cadre emerged from their bunker to see the outside. The world now was grey, covered with a layer of nuclear fallout and radiation. Vicksburg had been abandoned for fear of nuclear bombing, which had not come. The city did have some ghoul squatters in it, both feral and intelligent. Hendricks and his Klan friends did not care whether the ghouls were intelligent or not and shot all of them.
On February 21, the now self-appointed Grand Wizard Hendricks hauled the Klan flag up above Vicksburg and claimed it as the property of the Klu Klux Klan. Fortifying himself in the city, Hendricks sent out his Klan leaders into the wasteland back to gather all the loyal Klansmen they could find in their former towns and bring them back, saying with a smile: "The South shall rise again." Whether Hendricks deliberately planned on declaring his independence upon exiting the bunker or if it was a break neck decision is a hotly contested topic among Klan historians.
Most places were burnt out husks, burned either by nuclear fire or rioters. However, the Klansman who journeyed to Oxford in 2079 was pleasantly surprised to find the campus of UM under the control of Klansmen. Seeing the deteriorating conditions on the campus, the visiting Klansman preached of a "promised land" to the south where there were only whites and good land to farm. The desperate people believed him and followed him on an exodus south.
Some Klansmen around Vicksburg had also survived the war, thanks to the quick thinking of local residents. The people of Natchez and Lincoln were at first uncomfortable with klansmen occupying their towns and evicting the "undesirables", but were thankful for the protection The survivors from Oxford were settled in Hinds County near the ruins of Jackson, where they built the town of Barnett on the shores of a reservoir. It was not as good as promised, but it was better than starving.
The following decade was a hard one. Crops failed at first and many starved. Luckily, cannibalism did not become common at that time. Raiders from the north attacked while feral ghouls were also a common threat. However, by the late 2080s, things had begun to settle down and the Klan's crops finally began to grow.
In 2089, the now aged Robert Hendricks called together the Klansmen of the area to a Great Conclave in Vicksburg, saying that "there must be order, or there will be chaos". He was referring to the fact that the Klan was, at that point, simply a racist town militia that was only loosely connected. Also, there were two pressing issues at the first Great Conclave: the restoration of slavery and the presence of non-white races on Klan land.
Slavery was a resurgent institution post-War. After the initial chaos of the bombings, many Klansmen had pressed their black neighbors and many other non-white captives into slavery. This had continued on to 2089. However, some in the Klan felt that slavery of other races would only mean trouble in the future and many Klansmen hated the slaves' very presence in Klan territory. In fact, a large faction of the Klan simply wanted Klan land to be "whites only" and to just push out other races, enslaved or free. This faction eventually triumphed, forcing the slaveholding Klansmen to begrudgingly set loose their slaves or put them down.
By the end of that Great Conclave, the four main chapters of the Klan were created and made a pact with each other, forming the United Chapter of the Klan (UCK). The UCK was informally known as the Klansmen Confederacy, a "free" white nation for the Klan to call their own. Women's rights, civil rights, and for some even basic human rights were nullified. In the eyes of the Klan, America and all it stood for was dead.
The Wars of Expansion (2090-2142)
- "America burned once from nuclear fire, but many impurities stayed behind nonetheless. We will finally set that right, finishing the work our ancestors began."
- ―Grand Wizard Robertson rallying the Klan behind him
A year after the establishment of the Klansmen Confederacy, Grand Wizard Hendrick died of heart failure. His successor, Neill Bowie, was one of Hendricks' "bunker bunch" and showed great favoritism toward his companions in the "bunch". A corrupt but not stupid man, Bowie wanted to use the Klan militias to expand the Klansmen Confederacy (and his own wealth) without angering the Chapters.
However, donning the red robes seemed to give Bowie a hunger. A hunger for better land and an insane need for security is which what ultimately led to war (not unlike other pre-War leaders). By 2093, Bowie had local Klansmen mobilized daily to deal with raiders, ghouls, and "undesirables" that wandered onto Klan land. This almost daily fight made many in the Klan resentful of Bowie, and some even plotted treason. Realizing that his staggering popularity would not keep him in power for long, Bowie attempted to whip up some patriotic fervor in 2095 by rallying the Klan chapters' militias to wipe out some infamous slavers based outside the ruins of bombed-out Jackson. This was the start of the first "War of Expansion" to accomplish the Klan's dream of a "free, white nation". Assembling his little army at Barnett, Bowie marched on the slavers' camp in the former Lefleurs Bluff State Park. After a brief firefight, Bowie wiped out the slavers and burned their camp to the ground. Interestingly, all the slaves present were set free and cut loose, white, black, and hispanic. However, the blacks and hispanics were still forced to leave the area and head east while the freed whites were allowed to return to the Confederacy with the klansmen.
After that, Bowie gained more respect as a military leader from the rest of the Klan chapters. He and the rest of the "bunker bunch" cemented themselves as the leaders of the Klansmen Confederacy for almost the next fifty years. Also, Bowie learned that controlling the Chapters directly would not be easy.
There were no real Wars of Expansion for the rest of Bowie's reign as Grand Wizard, beyond the occasional clash with raiders. In later years, Bowie preferred a hands-off approach to governance, so as not to anger the local Grand Dragons. This let each Chapter become in effect its own small country. Also he opened up legal trade with the outside for the first time in 2108, setting up the River Klan's economic success down the road.
Grand Wizard Neill Bowie died in a tragic ghoul hunting accident in 2108, paving the way for his successor, another of the "bunker bunch" Andrew Taylor. Less shrewd than his predecessor, Taylor was a bull of a man from Lincoln County and had fought federal troops at Birmingham but had grown a distaste for war in his later years. He was not a man to be trifled with.
Not understanding the fragile balance of the Chapters, Taylor often overstepped his boundaries to get what he wanted. Once, when a Great Conclave was called in 2111 to discuss the issue of possible black sharecropping (which he was against since he believed the races should be kept apart at all costs), Taylor walked out of the Conclave and broke the neck of a man who tried to stop him. This led to him becoming more unpopular than Bowie in his early days and even threatened the integrity of the Confederacy itself. Also, all the remaining horses in the Confederacy died during Taylor's office, giving him the nickname "Horsebane". So, in 2114, Taylor was killed in an ambush while traveling to a Great Conclave. No one asked who did it and no one cared.
Bowie's lenience and Taylor's stubbornness had led to a decay in the office of Grand Wizard. Heck Robertson, a younger member of the "bunker bunch", managed to reverse that. A charismatic, bombastic man, Robertson won the hearts, if not the minds, of many Klansmen in the Confederacy. He often relied on nostalgia to hearken back to better days.
Wanting to win glory and the loyalty of his Klansmen, Robertson dreamed up the next War of Expansion: a war to clear the land of mutants and non-whites and allow the Klan to expand. Also, this war would provide them with invaluable information about other counties and even states. In reality, these "Wars of Expansion" was less about expanding the Klan's reach than exterminating as many blacks, mutants, and raiders as the Klansmen could find.
After almost a decade of planning, in 2125 Robertson's first War of Expansion was conducted north of Barnett. A force of almost one hundred Klansmen from all over the UCK went up I-55 all the way to Batesville, stamping out raiders and killing ghouls, tribals, and blacks indiscriminately. They killed hundreds of people in a few months in what could only be called a genocide. To those outside the UCK, this war was known as the I-55 Race War.
Returning in November 2125, the war was hailed as a success. After that, Robertson led the Klan in three other Wars of Expansion (2128, 2131, 2136) with varying levels of success. In the last one, Robertson died of pneumonia while on campaign in 2136 and was buried in an unmarked grave by the road, as he wanted. Robertson's death was mourned by many inside the UCK and none outside.
The next Grand Wizard, Clyde Booth, was sixty-five and another member of the "bunker bunch". A soft, weak man, Booth let others make decisions for him while indulging in the luxuries of office and brought down the status of the office of Grand Wizard. It did not help that he did not lead any Wars of Expansion, leaving it to the Grand Dragons at the time and eventually developed dementia. In 2139, Booth died of unknown causes.
The man who followed Booth was the last and possibly the least of the "bunker bunch". Gordon Rhett was a former protege of Andrew Taylor and even to a worst extreme. Ignoring the Chapters, Rhett called a War of Expansion but refused to lead it. The next War of Expansion he did lead but many believed this was to stave off his growing unpopularity. This second war proved to be his undoing in 2142 when he was shot in the head by an unknown wasteland sniper.
The Dark Age (2142-2203)
- "Our leaders were pompous fools who overestimated their own worth. They thought they could tame the swamps at their own peril."
- ―Lee Orman on the Klansmen Confederacy's actions during the First Park War
The last of the "bunker bunch" and the Wars of Expansion passed in 2142. The divide between the Hill and River chapters had become too defined to ignore and was causing internal trouble. The next Grand Wizard, Stephen Monroe, was from Barnett, one of the Hill chapters. Born after the Great War, Monroe hated outside influences on the Klan and thought that the Wars of Expansion were too costly and expensive to continue, as well as all the wars amounting to being an overall flashy but unsuccessful attempt at ethnic cleansing. However, he saw that restricting trade with rafters would anger the River chapters and didn't want to do that.
So, to make everyone happy in his eyes, Monroe made a secret agreement, named the Monroe Deal, with all the Grand Dragons of the UCK chapters. This Deal outlined the powers of four Grand Dragons and the one Grand Wizard as theoretically the same. This gave each Klan chapter power unto themselves, with the Grand Wizard as more a figurehead leader now. Monroe considered himself a Cincinnatus-like figure who gave up power for the greater good.
This allowed the Hill chapters to restrict contact with all non-Klan peoples within their territory while the River chapters could continue trade with rafters on the River. Although it seemed like the Deal benefitted everyone involved, it ultimately weakened the Klansmen Confederacy's unity, handicapping it for many years.
The rest of Monroe's reign was surprisingly peaceful. The Chapters kept to themselves and managed their own affairs while occasionally carrying out raids on outside settlements but not all-out wars. Bandits and raiders from the outside were kept out through militia responses and good communication.
This policy of isolation and self-management kept the peace and relative prosperity for the next two Grand Wizards (2147-2164). However, things could never remain so peaceful. In Lincoln County, swampers from the Florida Parishes began raiding constantly, by 2164 even twice a month. The problem reached a head when the Swampers actually defeated the Klan militia of the Lincoln Chapter in a pitched battle outside town in 2165.
Alarmed by this, Grand Wizard Nathan Clark decided to bring the Klan together once again to combat the menace to the south. Gathering only sixty men from all over the UCK, Clark plunged into the swamps south of Lincoln in 2166, never to return. The First Park War ended up an abject failure.
Other men did return, and the stories they told came to haunt the Confederacy for years. Cannibalism, mysticism, incest, and all manner of debauchery were common within Swamper society and taboo in the UCK. One Klansmen, Lee Orman, wrote a book on the Swampers and his own experiences in the Florida Parishes, entitled The Heart of Decay. While not popular in its time, The Heart of Decay was more successful in later years.
After that, the rest of the Chapters decided to ignore the problem on their southern border and let Lincoln solve its own problems. This dealt another devastating blow to the Klansmen Confederacy's unity. Although the Swampers stopped raiding Lincoln eventually, the die was cast.
After the disastrous campaign in the Parishes, the Grand Dragons decided to take action. In 2167, the assembled Grand Dragons called a Great Conclave of their own, the first in almost twenty years. There, they demanded that the Grand Wizard make them the sole commanders of their chapters' militia, who no one else could command (the Grand Wizard included). Neutered by the Monroe Deal, the tired old Grand Wizard agreed to the Grand Dragons' demands.
Thus began a true dark age in the Klansmen Confederacy's history. After the death of the old Grand Wizard in 2171, a new one was elected in Vicksburg. Electing a Grand Wizard from Vicksburg became somewhat of a tradition, since most of the other Klan chapters were beyond caring and simply wanted to be left alone.
In the following years, the individual Klan chapters and their Grand Dragons eked out an existence on their own, only paying lip service to the Grand Wizard in Vicksburg because of their reverence to the past.
In 2187, the Methodist reverend Jethro Cullen of Barnett began to preach a strange new doctrine to his congregation in Barnett. Saying that God came to him in a dream, Cullen declared that all men were children in the eyes of God, black, white, man, woman or even mutant. This radical idea enraged many in the community but attracted others and soon a separate church, the Church of the Children of God, was formed. The klansmen tolerated the Church for a short while, but that could not go on forever. On Sunday afternoon in 2192, an angry mob of townspeople and klansmen marched on the Church of the Children of God, still worshipping and burned it to the ground with Reverend Cullen and his congregation trapped inside. However, some members of the Church survived the massacre and continued to write "seditious literature" that they spread across the UCK until they were finally killed off in 2207. Although it may seem innocuous, the short existence of the Church of the Children of God showed that there were those in the UCK who wanted changes.
The River chapters in Vicksburg and Natchez continued their trade with rafters with few reservations. However, even generation or so, the towns would drive out or kill any "undesirables" that had stayed in their town too long so as to keep their racial purity such as in 2185 and 2194. These Klan "traditions" drove many rafters away from UCK ports.
In 2198, super mutants fleeing from the Brotherhood of Steel's campaigns in the north washed up near Vicksburg. After some klansmen tried to ward them off with some warning shots, the super mutants sacked Vicksburg and took up residence in Robert Hendrick's old bunker. For the next ten years, the River chapters tried to dislodge the super mutants, to no avail. They could not gather enough men, and the Hill chapters did not want to waste lives retaking some city. They lose it, they take it was a common saying of Hill Klansmen in response to pleads of aid from their brethren. Just to spite the Hill chapters, the River chapters continued electing Grand Wizards from their own ranks to lead fruitless campaigns against the Super Mutants holed up in Vicksburg.
The Hill chapters became more insular, not leaving their settlements except to occasionally trade with other Klansmen and to raid "undesirable" settlements that the Klan saw as blights on the earth. A few times, Hill klansmen would even skirmish with each other over trivial issues such as land disputes or marriage. Word of Matthias Dugan's rampage on the Gulf Coast spread north in the 2190s, and Hill Klansmen and River Klansmen alike began preparing for the worst, only to be relieved when word of his death reached them. The River chapters continued trading, and the Hill chapters remained in isolation.
It is perhaps ironic then that it was a Hill Klansman that brought the Klansmen Confederacy out of its Dark Age and created it as the nation-state it is today.
The New Dragon (2203-2246)
In 2203, a man jumped off the gangplank of a riverboat at the small wharf in Natchez. That man was Nathan Royce, a Hill Klansman who had set off to explore the wide world ten years before. Not only did Royce return with experiences from the outside world but also fabulous wealth and a "foreign" wife.
Returning to his hometown of Barnett, Royce found the place close to ruin, as the Hill Klansmen's years of raiding other settlements had recently been met with reprisals.
The only rich man in a town of paupers, Royce very quickly found his way up the political ladder, if rather reluctantly. Royce had a healthy disdain for the Klan and its strict rules and at first, just wanted to settle for being mayor of Barnett. Nevertheless, being in the Klan was the only way of getting things done in the Confederacy and Royce soon worked his way up to being Grand Titan of his local Klan chapter in 2205.
Now wielding a large amount of power locally, Grand Titan Royce worked on rebuilding Barnett and the farms around it, as well as doing public works such as building a new town hall and a small library.
This outpouring of public service is what gave Royce enough popularity to run against Matthew Walsh, a descendant of the UM football player that led his people south, for the position of Grand Dragon of the Hinds Chapter of the Klan. Welsh accused Royce of being a "creampuff" and of not wanting to continue the Hill Klansmen's glorious tradition of raiding and fighting, while also calling Royce's wife a whore for being from the Big Easy. Others whispered that Royce had obtained his fortune through ill-gotten gains and that he must be an immoral man.
Royce himself was able to refute all these claims and more, selling his image as an outdoorsman and a country gentleman while downplaying his intellectual side. This won over voters, and Royce became the newest (and youngest) Grand Dragon in the Klansmen Confederacy in 2210.
In 2212, emissaries from the River chapters came to Barnett to beg their Klansmen brothers to help them retake their lost city, once called Vicksburg and now named Cotton Bluff, from the super mutants. Surprisingly, Royce agreed to help them.
At that time, the other Grand Dragons and even the newly elected Grand Wizard David Lloyd took notice of this young man's quick rise to power and the recent success of his chapter. The once sluggish Klansmen Confederacy was waking up from its half a century of slumber.
Royce led a force of fifty klansmen from Barnett to assist the River Klan chapters in early 2213. Shown up by this young man's boldness, Grand Wizard David Lloyd announced he would send klansmen to help in the siege of Cotton Bluff. In all, a force of almost two hundred klansmen was assembled to beat back the super mutants.
Once the army had assembled, the Grand Wizard took center stage, and Royce was forgotten about. The klansmen's numbers proved to be overwhelming, and the super mutants were driven out of Cotton Bluff.
At the time, Grand Wizard David Lloyd used this battle to his own advantage, boosting his popularity significantly. However, Grand Dragon Royce's contributions were not forgotten, and he would be rewarded in time for his aid and his part in leading his klansmen in battle (however minimal it was).
After retaking Cotton Bluff, the River chapters experienced a spike in trade as rafters felt safer without super mutants menacing them. The Hill chapters, specifically Hinds, also began experiencing prosperity as Royce's public improvement projects reaped their rewards. An educated class began formed in Barnett, people like Royce who were curious about the world and did not shun new ideas.
This was not always a good thing. In 2217, a shipload of refugees from Texas washed up from the Mississippi River near Natchez. The refugees fetishized southern culture and came to Mississippi asking for refuge. The Klan militia of Natchez allowed these "outsiders" to live, as they were white and did not seem to pose much of a threat to the UCK. However, it became abundantly clear in the following days that the refugees were not normal people but pagans who now worshipped the klansmen as the "soldiers of Dixie", their twisted god. Horrified by the group's worship, Grand Dragon Nicholas Covington led the klansmen of Natchez in wiping out the refugees (excluding a few women and children). This incident led to increased xenophobia in Natchez and some klansmen even questioned their own ideals when faced with such warped images of their own culture,
For the next two decades, Nathan Royce and his Klan chapter progressively became stronger. Barnett became a large, prosperous town. In 2223, one of the more adventurous townspeople in Barnett established a trading conglomerate, Southern Caravans, that soon had almost a monopoly on trade within the Confederacy (with the exception of a few hardscrabble companies like Red Road Caravan who were later absorbed). During that time, raiders once again stepped up their attacks on the UCK's northern frontier regions. Royce led the other Grand Dragons in responding in kind by leading parties of Klan militia to combat these threats, ultimately defeating them.
In 2231, Grand Wizard David Lloyd died of natural causes and a new election kicked off. Many in the Hill chapters now wanted in on the elections and nominated Nathan Royce, the rising new star, as their candidate for Grand Wizard. Running against him was Simon Lloyd, the brother of the previous Grand Wizard and a River Klansmen.
The election was a tough one, but after a recount, it was determined that Royce had won by under one hundred votes. The River Klansmen became fearful of what would happen next and if the native Hill Klansman would attempt to wrestle away their trade rights on the River.
With the UCK tipping as close to dividing as it did since its Dark Age, Royce decided to reassure the River chapters by actually moving his administration to Cotton Bluff as a sign of good faith. That started the time for reform and new ideas. School attendance become mandatory after planting season and the Hill chapters' tradition of raiding was outlawed (at least officially). This caused a short civil war in 2236 within the Lincoln Chapter, but that was resolved by the building of "hunting lodges" or outposts in the Jackson ruins. Also, Great Conclaves became called more often to decide on issues and policy, making it into a type of pseudo-Congress. From then on, Royce's overarching goal was clear, turn the Klansmen Confederacy into a functioning nation. It could not do so divided.
The next step in forming a united UCK was to dismantle the Monroe Deal (the doctrine that made the Grand Dragons were the sole leader of their chapter), which Royce perceived as crippling the Confederacy. He took inspiration from his experiences in the Big Easy. The bosses and Grand Dragons were similar in that they both wielded limited amounts of power and (in his opinion) held back progress. Both "needed" a polarizing leader to unite them. The only thing Royce needed was something to unite the Confederacy against.
In 2239, a diplomatic coup was engineered by (then) unknown forces and many swamper clans in the Florida Parishes were united under one flag into a Confederation. Emboldened by their renewed strength, the swampers attacked Lincoln for the first time in over half a century. The local klansmen managed to repel the attack but only barely. After this attack was reported to Royce, he seized on this and called for the hosts of the Confederacy to unite against this threat. At this, all five of the major chapters sent men and an army of almost three hundred men were gathered. The UCK was whipped up into a war fervor against the hated swampers, and the book The Heart of Decay was rediscovered and widely redistributed as propaganda. The Second Park War began.
Royce's strategy in the war was twofold: he had to keep the Klan army united under his sole command to crush the resistance of both the Grand Dragons and the Swampers. A few swamper parks were found and burned, but most stayed hidden and avoided the invading army. In the end, the only ones who were truly defeated in the Second Park War were the Grand Dragons, who lost command of their militia and were humbled by Royce's show of force. This was a turning point in not just Royce's term as Grand Wizard but in the history of the UCK itself. The Grand Dragons would finally submit to an overall leader again.
The populace of the Confederacy were a bit confused at the conclusion of the Second Park War, unaware of Royce's machinations. Had they really won or not? Royce and many of the rank and file klansmen announced that the war had been a complete success and the swampers had been completely defeated. This was not exactly what happened, but the people of the UCK took this hook, line, and sinker. Royce became a war hero and beloved by the common people.
Though only fair in combat, Royce's skills shined through in administration. With public opinion of him high, Royce continued making his reforms, centralizing the government, stabilizing the largely agrarian economy, and even founding a postal service in 2242. It was tedious and rather boring work but had to be done to turn the Confederacy into a functioning nation.
It was in late 2242 that Royce faced yet another adversity: the Boss Exodus. After the unification of the Big Easy by the Royaume, many of the city's bosses had fled to the four corners of the earth. One of those bosses, Tobias Marquis, fled down the Mississippi River all the way to Natchez, hoping take refuge with his son in law Nathan Royce. The local klansmen, threatened by the outsiders' "invasion", fired on the Cajuns and killed many of them, sending the rest fleeing into the woods. The klansmen also set the Boss Marquis' riverboat on fire, stranding him and his people there, and called for help from the Grand Wizard to aid them in hunting down the "invaders".
Royce and fifty klansmen from Cotton Bluff answered the call for help, only to find the men and women being chased knew Royce by name. Royce, to avoid scandal but still save his in-laws, took the fugitives into his own personal custody and covertly shipped them downriver to New Memphis, where some of the Marquis family still live to this day.
After seemingly taking care of another incursion, Royce's popularity skyrocketed to its zenith. Later in 2244, Royce attempted to institute sweeping social reforms to improve relations with the outside and bring new ideas to the UCK. Some of Royce's protégés in Barnett even tried to bring to light the true extent of the atrocities committed during the Wars of Expansion. This was met with measurable backlash, but not enough to tarnish Royce's good name, only some of his allies. The UCK was just not ready for that. However, Royce did manage to persuade the Hill chapters to let in caravans from the outside, as long there were no permanent settlers.
Part of Royce's reforms in 2245 was backing the "Women of the Klan", a suffragette movement advocating female membership in the Klan. However, the Great Conclave refused to pass any resolution allowing women into the Klan, and the issue faded into the background. Royce quietly dropped his support for the movement.
The rest of Royce's term as Grand Wizard was spent repairing his reputation and solidifying the laws, institutions, and policies he had enacted as Grand Wizard. By 2246, Royce had seemed to have grown tired of the job and for the first time in the history of the UCK, a Grand Wizard resigned his position.
The River Nation (2246-2268)
- "Lord, save me from pig-headed stubborn men."
- ―Thelma of Vicksburg commenting on Grand Wizard Reynolds's failed blockade of the Mississippi River
When Grand Wizard Nathan Royce left office in 2246, the Klansmen Confederacy was in better condition than it had ever been. Sectional divides remained, but the UCK stood united on what was important.
The election of the next Grand Wizard, however, was still highly sectional: the River chapters, wealthy from trade, wanted the office of Grand Wizard back from the Hill chapters, who they rightfully feared might want to pull back Nathan Royce's reforms. The River chapters' candidate was Grand Dragon Franklin Reynolds of Natchez, an admirer of Royce and surprisingly, an expansionist. The Hill chapters' candidate, Nathan Royce's wayward son Joel Royce, was young, inexperienced, and only getting by because of his last name.
The election of 2246 wasn't even close. Franklin Reynolds won by a landslide and became Grand Wizard of the UCK. Reynolds cared little for the Hill chapters and focused most of his efforts on improving his own power base in the River chapters.
A horrifying event rocked the UCK shortly after Reynolds' election as Grand Wizard. In the town of Natchez, six murders took place over three months, all housewives killed and violated. The murders drew Grand Wizard Reynolds' attention and even the former Grand Wizard Nathan Royce visited Natchez to comfort the relatives of the murder victims. The murderer, a carpenter by the name of Saul Perry, was caught soon afterwards trying to flee the town and was hanged for his crimes. Grand Wizard Reynolds blamed outside influences (namely "nigger sounds" from across the river) for corrupting Perry and swore that these influences would and should be confronted.
That something would be confronted four years later when representatives from across the Mississippi in Arkansas arrived at the Grand Wizard's doorstep begging for the Confederacy's help. By 2250, the people of east Arkansas were in a desperate situation with both their wealth and blood being stolen. They appealed for help from the Klansmen Confederacy, a relatively large stable nation across the river with a military. However, many wastelanders had remained apprehensive about asking for the Confederacy's help, as stories the UCK's racist customs and rumored atrocities were known even across the Mississippi.
For years, the people of east Arkansas had peacefully lived on the shore of the Mississippi River and farmed, traded, and generally just tried to survive on what they had with little interference beside the occasional raider band and some scattered super mutants in the early 2200s. However, in the mid twenty-third century, a threat came from the south: several bosses fleeing the Royaume. These bosses saw the poor and rather lawless land as an opportunity and set themselves up as raider "bosses". The people of east Arkansas saw these new raiders as dangerous but tolerable, seeing that they mostly fought against each other to test their status as top dog and supposed "power player". It was in 2248 the real threat came: vampires. The migration of Nocturnals south gave raiders an ancient, insidious ideal to imitate.
Yes, Vampire Raiders (or blood-drinking raiders with Savage Syndrome) began attacking villages on the west side of the Mississippi River and took a heavy toll. The raider bosses, in turn, extorted many wastelander settlements for outrageous numbers of caps, determined to gain as much footing as possible. This abuse was what drove the wastelanders over the edge and into the arms of the UCK.
Grand Wizard Franklin Reynolds saw this as an opportunity to expand across the River, but many other members of Grand Conclave (mostly Hill Klansmen), disagreed with Reynolds. After a formal vote, Reynolds emerged on top and intervention in Arkansas was approved. Grand Dragon Jason Manning of Natchez was made leader of the Arkansas Expedition by request. Klansmen from most of the chapters were represented (excluding Lincoln).
Taking a small fleet of riverboats north up the Mississippi, Manning and a force of one hundred Klan militia from Vickburg landed near the ruins of Eudora, Arkansas. There, they rendezvoused with the concerned wastelanders.
From there, Manning started a three-year long campaign to defeat the Vampire Raiders and Boss Raiders. The Klan militia force, combined with wastelander assistance, managed to wipe out the Vampire Raiders completely within two years and within three send the most powerful raider boss, Boss Micah, fleeing north to New Memphis. However, the people of eastern Arkansas refused to join the Confederacy outright and agreed only to pay tribute and allow for a Klan chapter in Arkansas to be formed. Nevertheless, the Arkansas War of '50 would be hailed as a smashing success by Reynolds and his expansionist colleagues and served a propaganda victory for the rest of the UCK. It also served as the first River Campaign, a set of Klan invasions, defenses, and interventions meant to enforce its authority upon the people of the Mississippi River.
The rest of Franklin Reynolds's time as Grand Wizard was spent trying to gain more control of the Mississippi, either by controlling the shoreline through proxy or putting a noose on river traffic to boost tolls. Although Reynolds had won the support of the River chapters short term, he alienated the rafters and the Hill chapters severely. When the Mississippi Traders Union refused to bow to Reynolds's wishes in 2255, the Grand Wizard barred MTU rafters from entering Klan settlements. By 2259, Reynolds had become overly paranoid about the MTU's attitude towards him and was watching the Mississippi, expecting a foreign army to invade at any moment. Reynolds's fear were heightened even more when an unknown serial killer struck the Lincoln area in 2260, igniting violence between klansmen and swampers who blamed each other for the killings. The perpetrator was never caught but it is agreed by most to have been either a particularly clever feral ghoul or a feral swamper.
The River Campaigns included two other campaigns in Arkansas and the defense of Natchez from an invading Gendarmerie. The most dramatic and ultimately destructive campaign was when Reynolds mined parts of the River in 2260 in response to the Gendarmerie's attack. This turned into a disaster ultimately as the River chapters lost all of their remaining trade with independent rafters and defied the Grand Dragon by removing the mines in 2261, hoping to placate the Mississippi Traders Union. It was then that the UCK public turned on Reynolds, voting him out in 2262 in favor of war hero Jason Manning. Manning had in him the same ferocity as Reynolds but proved to be much more savvy, sending a secret apology letter to Jérôme Devereux, leaving the River chapters to their own accord, and actually paying attention to the problems of the Hill chapters. This proved crucial in the years to come.
The conflict on the river simmered down, and the River chapters patched up relations with the Royaume in 2263 and the Mississippi Traders Union in 2270. After the expulsion of Reynolds in 2262, the Klansmen Confederacy looked hopeful. Nathan Royce died in 2257 knowing his altruistic grandson Nathan Royce II was elected Grand Dragon of the Hinds Chapter. After Franklin Reynolds's failed blockade of the Mississippi River, most of the River chapters became more accepting of outsiders, hoping to regain the trade lost.
However, there was a new threat looming to the east and south, one more powerful than the Confederacy had ever faced before.
The Crucifix War (2268-2275)
- "Kill me! Kill me you ugly motherfuckers!"
- ―A klansman after being cornered by a group of Brethren during the Crucifix War
Since the Second Park War in 2239, most people in the UCK had forgotten about the enemy's shadowy backers: the Brethren of the Shroud. A theocratic state espousing mutant supremacy over humans, the Brethren had expanded from its origin in Meridian in all directions.
The Brethren's western expansion had been slow for many years but in 2268, several Brethren clerics journeyed from Meridian down I-20 to the ruins of Jackson, hoping to convert the many ghouls who lived there to the Brethren's doctrine. The clerics were confident in the notion that the fact that they were Brethren meant raiders and bandits avoided them.
This did not go over well. The Jackson ruins, though unsettled by Klansmen, were deep within UCK territory and home to a few ghoul-hunting outposts. On December 23, 2268, the Brethren clerics were surprised by a large Klan patrol and subsequently massacred. Only one managed to make it back to Meridian and died soon afterward from her wounds.
This sign of disrespect enraged the Bishop of Meridian, who wanted to immediately marshal his forces and march them down I-20 to destroy the perpetrators. The leader of the Brethren of the Shroud, the Prophet Noah Bollinger, was reluctant to wage war but after some convincing, agreed.
The Bishop of Meridian marched his host of almost three hundred Brethren west in 2270. On March 6, 2270, the Brethren army arrived in the Jackson ruins. The klansmen in the Jackson outposts initially tried to ambush the attacking army's patrols but were defeated by overwhelming forces. Grand Titan Malcolm Hyde, the commander of the klansmen in Jackson, ordered a full retreat and to contact the Grand Wizard in Cotton Bluff.
This attack on Klan forces alarmed Grand Wizard Jason Manning, and he immediately ordered the Cotton Bluff's Grand Dragon to gather his klansmen to go aid Barnett. Also, Manning summoned the other Grand Dragons to gather with their klansmen into an army at Barnett to stop this invading army.
The rest of the Grand Dragons, scared out of their wits by the threat of an organized enemy, marshaled their militia and led them to Barnett. There, they met the Brethren in battle and managed to surprise them with their numbers. The Bishop had not expected more than a single town militia to aid Barnett, no less an entire nation-state's military. After a short battle outside the town, the Brethren retreated back to Jackson to regroup. The klansmen pursued, led by Grand Wizard Manning.
The Brethren went back to their fortified positions in the Jackson ruins but were surprised to find the UCK army trailing behind them. Too stubborn to retreat, the Bishop dug his Brethren in for a siege and contacted Bollinger in Meridian for support. The klansmen followed suit and established checkpoints and fortifications all around Jackson. The war became known as the Crucifix War after the crosses the klansmen burned outside Jackson to intimidate the Brethren of the Shroud.
Before long, the Swamp Brethren Confederation emerged from the Florida Parishes to attack Lincoln once again, and Brethren reinforcements managed to enter Jackson. This made the siege drag on for three years, with skirmishes taking place outside of Jackson and Lincoln during that time as well. However, the siege was still in the klansmen's favor as they knew the land better, and the Brethren became to get more and more desperate. The Klansmen Confederacy became more focused and the people at home fully supported the war, except for a few abstainers among the River chapters' upper class.
In late 2273, the whole Brethren army in Jackson managed to slip away, breaking through klansmen lines and fleeing east down I-20 back towards Brethren territory. The war could have ended right there if Manning had not been pressured by the Hill chapters into pursuing the Brethren army further east. Meanwhile, the klansmen from Lincoln finally split off and were allowed to return home to fight the swampers.
The march down I-20 was both a terrifying and exhilarating experience for many Klansmen, as most had never strayed far from home like Royce did. The land was mostly lawless and foreign, making it all the more easy for the Brethren to stage a counter-attack.
Prophet Noah Bollinger had replaced the Bishop of Meridian with a more competent commander, and the Brethren army had received reinforcements including hillfolk and super mutants. They blocked the UCK army's path on the interstate, making a battle inevitable.
The Battle of the Wild was a pitched battle and took more than a day to fight. The Brethren's numbers and auxiliaries were useful in the fight but Grand Wizard Manning's superior tactics won the day and the Brethren were forced to retreat once again. The battle made the Brethren need the rest of 2274 to recuperate, buying the UCK valuable time marching east, as the road ahead was a rough one.
Now confident the war was won, Manning made camp on the interstate and sent scouts to investigate further east for any threats. The only inhabited town left on I-20 was Forrest, and it was still occupied by the Brethren. Grand Dragon Nathan Royce II, perhaps too eager, took it upon himself to lead a force of fifty klansmen to "liberate" Forrest from the Brethren. Royce was surprised to find humans living happily in Forrest. Royce was about to send a radio signal back to Manning that there was no threat when he discovered the whole Brethren army had surrounded Forrest. The army had been encamped only a few miles east and was alerted when Forrest was taken. Royce and his entire force were killed to a man.
In response to this, Manning moved the UCK army down the interstate to confront the Brethren on the burnt remnants of Forrest. The two armies met, and an inconclusive battle was fought. After the armies withdrew from the field, Manning sent out an emissary with an American flag, a sign of peace to the klansmen. The very angry Bishop of Meridian met with Manning and after ten days of debate and insults, managed to hammer out a treaty that satisfied both sides enough to make them relent. The treaty, known as the Treaty of Forrest, stated all klansmen would be allowed to patrol I-20 between Jackson and Forrest but the Brethren would be able to keep Forrest for themselves. This put an end to the Crucifix War, at least in the east. Skirmishes in the Florida Parishes between klansmen and swamp brethren continue on into the current day (2287) but are not large enough to provoke a proper war.
Modern Times (2275-2287)
- "We need a return to base. Back to brass tacks: killing niggers and kikes."
- ―Grand Wizard Cooper musing on the future
After the end of the war, the haggard klansmen of the UCK army returned home and tried to live life again. The cautious optimism of the years before fell victim to new reactionaries. Jack Cooper, the nephew of the late Nathan Royce II, spearheaded the movement to bring the UCK "back to its roots", managing to gain enough support among voters and in the Great Conclave that he was elected Grand Dragon of Hinds in 2276 and Grand Wizard in 2281 after Grand Wizard Manning's untimely death from tuberculosis.
Since his election in 2281, Grand Wizard Cooper revoked his grandfather's law on restricting raiding and has publicly endorsed lynching of "troublesome" rafters in Cotton Bluff. This has mostly been ignored by those in Cotton Bluff who mostly prefer to not lynch their customers (though they do sometimes). When Brethren were sighted west of Forrest, Cooper ordered raiding parties to make sure I-20 remained under UCK control. A few skirmishes occurred between Brethren and Klansmen as a result, and the threat of war loomed large once again. Meanwhile, trade in the River chapters continued with a sense of growing uneasiness. Most of the Hill chapters have remained peaceful and vigilant of the enemy to the east, others threw caution to the wind and raided, targeting blacks and mutants especially. In 2283, Grand Wizard Cooper led a raiding party to sack the black-majority town of Holmes, further agitating the UCK's neighbors. He called this raid a new "War of Expansion". This alarmed many River Klansmen who did not want to antagonize outsiders and provoke more wars that might take the Confederacy back to another dark age.
Another development during Cooper's administration was the reintroduction of horses to the Klansmen Confederacy. A rancher by the name of Zachary Hale began driving his horses up to Texarkana once a year in the 2270s. From there, the horses were sold all over and some of those horses made it all the way to Cotton Bluff. Going for ludicrous amounts of money, the horses are either reserved for breeding stock for the new Klan Stables in Cotton Bluff or used as mounts for the most elite of klansmen, such as Grand Dragons and the Grand Wizard himself. Grand Wizard Cooper sees this as another sign that one day, the Klansmen Confederacy will return to its "former glory", an odd thought since currently, the UCK is more powerful than it has ever been before. The River chapters and dissidents in the Hill chapters can only hope that Cooper will come to his senses or suffer a happy accident.
The Klansmen Confederacy is primarily divided into three main "kultures":
River Klan- Living on the Mississippi River, the River chapters are marginally more tolerant than the others. They have almost constant exposure to rafters from all ends of the river. However, they still retain views of white supremacy, just not as severe as the other chapters. The River Klan are thought of by most as plantation owners and merchants but are really mostly made up of subsistence farmers and fisherman.
Hill Klan- On the other hand, the Hill chapters embody any outsiders' worst nightmare of the Klan. The Hill chapters are in the Piney Woods and hilly regions of central Mississippi, and they have a long tempered hatred for blacks, mutants, and other "undesirables". The way to deal with these "undesirables" is simple: get out or die. The Hill chapters are mostly made up of subsistence farmers and hunters.
New Klan- The New Klan is made up of the newly joined Klan chapters that have recently joined the UCK, mostly in eastern Arkansas and Louisiana. The values of these New chapters greatly vary. Some chapters more closely resemble other typical settlements in the wasteland than their fellow Klansmen while others wholly embrace the Klan. The New Klan chapters are a combination of whatever one can imagine comes from the wasteland that the Klan will tolerate.
However, all three "kultures" have common features. All Klan towns and settlements are made up of white human only permanent residents. Of course, there are some loopholes, but this is the general rule. Also, all Klansmen are required to be part of a Protestant denomination, whether it be Baptist, Methodist, or Presbyterian. This causes enforced "conservative" rules on things such as alcohol, prostitution, and homosexuality.
There are exceptions to these three "kultures" though. The Nooks of Barnett are a culture onto themselves. An intellectual, mostly middle-class people, the Nooks are descended from proteges of Nathan Royce and are remarkably liberal, with some of the more scientifically-bent Nooks being secretly atheists. They are resented but not hated by the Hill chapters, as they have little influence on Klan politics and are perceived as "harmless".
The Klansmen Confederacy is mostly dependent on farming, a common practice in the post-War world. The Confederacy's land is not as good as it once was but is still significantly less irradiated than most places in the wastes. Trade on the river is what really drives the economy. Money is made from trade with rafters, as well as tolls on certain parts of the river. However, business on the river is limited by the fact that the Confederacy can only trade with non-MTU rafters.
The UCK has negligible manufacturing capabilities, mostly focusing on agriculture. However, places like Cotton Bluff have small manufacturing capabilities, mostly for internal trade.
The currency of the Klansmen Confederacy is now bottle caps due to outside influence, but in certain places among the Hill chapters, barter is still accepted. This has persisted most likely due to a defiant streak among Hill klansmen.
An ethnic confederation, the Klansmen Confederacy elects its officials "democratically" from the local mayor to the Grand Wizard. Of course, though, all voters must be members of the Klan itself.
The chain of command in the Klansmen Confederacy is straightforward. On top, there is the Grand Wizard, the leader of the Confederacy whose powers vary with whoever holds the office. Below him are the Grand Dragons, who preside over one Klan chapter. The mayors of towns and the Grand Titans, the leaders of local Klan councils, are about on the same level of importance below the Grand Dragons.
In the past when something jarring happened or an important issue came up that affected the whole Klansmen Confederacy, a Great Conclave was called to judge the matter. However, after Nathan Royce's term as Grand Wizard, the Grand Conclave has become more of a legislative body for deciding policy.
One of the Klan's main functions in the wasteland is the fact that they are a militia to fight external threats. The Klan trains every other week or maybe month in shooting and combat. Troop quality varies from chapter to chapter and sometimes even town to town. Klansmen act as the UCK's military.
The chain of command in the military is the same as in the government, with the Grand Wizard being on top and the average klansmen on the bottom. However, rank does not exclude any from combat and all Grand Wizards and Grand Dragons fight alongside their men.
The equipment of the Klan, besides the white robes, varies greatly. While most klansmen possess at least one firearm, many also possess machetes, clubs, or knives. Some Klansmen even eschew firearms entirely, preferring a melee-focused approach to warfare.
Badlanders know not to come into Klansmen territory, as Badlanders' migratory habits directly conflict with the Klansmen Confederacy's territorial attitude. Luckily, there are not many Badlanders on the eastern side of the Mississippi River, and the two groups rarely come into conflict.
The Klansmen Confederacy's enemy during the Crucifix War, the Brethren of the Shroud are at peace with the UCK as of 2287. However, relations have been deteriorating recently and Brethren and Klansmen have clashed on I-20. The two groups are diametrically opposed to each other, and peace is not an option on the table. Mutant supremacy and white supremacy are obviously not compatible.
The Brotherhood of Steel has had little to no contact with the Klansmen Confederacy, with no chapters being nearby. Individual Brotherhood of Steel members have seen the Confederacy and have not been impressed. Brotherhood of Steel members from the Midwest disdain the Confederacy for their lack of tolerance and waste of potential while members of the mainline Brotherhood of Steel just regard the Confederacy much the same as they regard the New California Republic, children playing with things they do not understand.
The primary organization of rafters on the Mississippi, the MTU once had a cordial relationship with the Confederacy on the basis of trade, especially the River chapters. However, after the Franklin Reynold's term as Grand Wizard and the blockade of 2260, the MTU refused to trade with the UCK. Since then, relations have warmed somewhat, but MTU merchants still rarely stop in Natchez or Cotton Bluff. Many River klansmen even give MTU rafters lavish gifts and "incentives" to trade, but these rarely effect overall river traffic.
However, none of the River chapters have ever realized that the organization they are groveling to is run by a ghoul. The MTU prefers to keep it that way.
New Afrikan Covenant
Both cantons of the New Afrikan Covenant are made up of mostly black refugees fleeing from attacks by klansmen. The Covenant is hard set against the Klansmen Confederacy and is willing to fight them to end.
The New California Republic has had little to no contact with the Klansmen Confederacy beyond a couple of traders and caravaners. The Confederacy is vaguely known by NCR and regarded as a dangerous wasteland state.
Although New Memphis is quite a distance away from the UCK, the city is quite aware of their southern neighbors and some merchants actively trade with klansmen while others condemn them. Some klansmen have even immigrated there, with varying amounts of success.
The anti-semitic rhetoric of the Orange Slavers has attracted many a young klansman down to the Gulf Coast to join in Luke of Orange's army. Grand Wizard Cooper has even recently considered sending an emissary to Waveland to ask for assistance in fighting against the Brethren of the Shroud.
Currently, the Royaume and the Klansmen Confederacy have cool relations. Many in the Confederacy despise New Orleans' debauchery and Catholicism but are willing to forget that for the caps.
The UCK's oldest and most hated enemy, the swampers are a force that klansmen take very seriously. However, that does mean they give the inbreds a pinch of respect.
- "The Confederacy has such... potential."
- ―Nathan Royce in his first radio address as Grand Wizard
- "We rise!"
- ―A common klansmen war cry, a twist on the saying "the South shall rise again
- "String up the zombie. He ain't even alive so it won't be too bad, right?"
- ―A klansman lynching a ghoul near Barnett
- "A bunch of narrow-minded thugs. Think they own the River. What they don't know is the river owns them."
- ―A MTU rafter about the UCK (the River chapters specifically)
- "Those guys are still around?"
- ―Brethren High Prophet Noah Bollinger upon hearing of the existence of the Klansmen Confederacy
- "They want to kill us. We gotta kill them."
- ―Mister Dailey, President of the New Afrikan Covenant, on the Klansmen Confederacy
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