Things have quickly spiraled out of hand in the great city of New York. Soon after the bridges were leveled, and the tunnels blown up, the Mayor of NYC officially declared his intention to secede from the State. He wasn’t totally crazy, he wasn’t going to secede from the Union, only the State. However, the Governor wouldn’t have any of it. It was either be a part of the state, or leave. This sentiment was echoed by The President. The Mayor immediately decided that his gold was worth more then enough to start his own country, and at 8 million people, it would be a respectable country in it’s own right. Unfortunately, gold would end up being it’s only export.
They would have to import practically everything from the mainland. This was their weakness. And so, fittingly, on July 4th, all power to the island of Manhattan was cut off.
The lights had gone out on Broadway.
This is the turning point where the Mayor lost control of his city. Without electricity those hundred story buildings were impossible to get into or out of. The water pumps weren’t able to get up all the way either. Food started to go bad, though there was still a steady supply coming in from approved importers. Though, that didn’t last long because the union workers on the docks went on strike, or just sailed to the greater NY/NJ/CT area and claimed asylum. Riots started up along the edges of the city which remained connected to the state.
Through it all, there was a dedicated group of individuals who vowed to fight. They were determined that if they couldn’t have NY as it was, no one else was entitled to it either.
The city, and the country was about to be on the brink of a war. Who would survive, who or what would fall, and how much longer will it last? August is around the corner, and with it come some major anniversaries, will they be honored?
As always, listen to the song while you read, it’s better that way:
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