SETTING

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OVERALL SETTING



Foreverland, much like the Fallout series, is a RP group focusing on the post-apocalyptic world, set in the 22nd century. While Fallout's story and artwork are heavily influenced by the post-World War II nuclear paranoia of the 1950s, Foreverland allows for a more modern aesthetic, though retains many of Fallout's inventions, such as the ever-lovable Mister Handy.
This is the story line, as taken from the Fallout wikia.

The background story of Fallout involves a "what-if" scenario in which the United States tries to devise fusion power resulting in the whole country becoming hegemonic and having less reliance on petroleum. However, this is not achieved until 2077, shortly after an oil drilling conflict off the Pacific Coast pits the United States against China. It ends with a nuclear exchange resulting in the post-apocalyptic world in which the game takes place.

Before the nuclear exchange took place, great underground Vaults were constructed across America, supposedly to protect the populace from the dangers of radiation. Although only 122 were constructed, over 400,000 would be needed to protect the entire nation. This is because the Vaults were not intended to save humanity; rather, they were social experiments being conducted by the United States government. Most vaults featured some variable to test how certain things influence people (and presumably the personal characteristics of the vault's occupants) such as Vault 69, which reportedly contained 999 women and one man.

Much of the landscape the player travels through is scarred with wreckage as well as radiation. These effects are not limited to the environment. Mutated survivors - those who lived through the attack outside a vault - are often physically unrecognizable as human. Even livestock - mostly represented by cows - are rarely if ever seen with fewer than two heads or an udder the size of their head.



Following off of this, is our synopsis for this group:

Following the trends of Western Europe after an international cold war with America, the United Kingdom continued to develop in a trend more similar to what we know today. While the United States continued to alienate itself more and more, the UK ended up became ambassadors between the US and China, establishing themselves as the go-to mediators of the modern world - and following their tendency to involve themselves in every world conflict. 

With tensions growing between the two nations, despite the UK's attempts to calm the situation, the government quickly followed in the US's steps, hiring Vault-Tec to build a series of Vaults scattered across the entirety of the UK. A similar amount were built as in the US - however, official records were lost, and memory of how many exactly were built have been lost to time. Notably, the UK Vaults were in general twice the size of the US Vaults.

When tensions exploded and the nuclear exchange took place, it sucked in the whole world - including the UK. While the majority of the island was struck by larger, more devastating bombs, Central London itself received a flurry of smaller nukes - likely due to whomever it was launching at the capital wanting to leave the center of government mostly intact for the world afterwards.

But the world was irrevocably changed - forever. 



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LONDON, PRE-WAR


Pre-War London was a bustling hub of activity. At its centre stood the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. Across the Thames River, the London Eye observation wheel provided panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex, and the entire city. It was the world's largest financial centre, with business going on at all hours. London also boasted a diverse range of peoples and cultures, with more than 300 languages spoken in the region.

London's vast urban area is often described using a set of district names, such as Bloomsbury, Mayfair, Wembley and Whitechapel. These are either informal designations, reflect the names of villages that have been absorbed by sprawl, or are superseded administrative units such as parishes or former boroughs.

Such names have remained in use through tradition, each referring to a local area with its own distinctive character, but without official boundaries. Since 1965 Greater London has been divided into 32 London boroughs in addition to the ancient City of London. The City of London was the main financial district, and Canary Wharf had recently been developed into a new financial and commercial hub in the Docklands to the east.

The West End was London's main entertainment and shopping district, attracting tourists. West London included expensive residential areas where properties could sell for tens of millions of pounds. 

The East End was the area closest to the original Port of London, known for its high immigrant population, as well as for being one of the poorest areas in London. The surrounding East London area saw much of London's early industrial development; this included the London Riverside and Lower Lea Valley, which was developed into the Olympic Park for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. It was later reused again in the 2044 London Olympics. 

The United Kingdom was ruled by a queen rather than a parliament, and a member of the European Commonwealth up until it 2060 dissolution. While the UK bickered with other former members of the Commonwealth over the last remaining drops of oil on Earth, helping spark the bloody conflict known as the European Civil War, they continued to try and mediate, though their efforts fell short. 



LONDON, POST-WAR


London has been shattered. 

The damage cause by the bombs has only grown worse over time, leaving concrete cracked and turning to rubble, buildings left as skeletons of their former selves - if they're standing at all. Big Ben sits lurched to the side, somehow still standing, clock hands stuck at 15:11. 

The Thames is empty and barren - a deep, cracked moat, desert-like and impassable for the creatures that have taken to calling it home. The bones of abandoned, rusting ships spot it here and there, metal jutting up from the ground where the boats have been almost swallowed whole by the ravenous river. London Bridge, somehow, remained as one of the few bridges left standing, the others long collapsed, and is hence the only safe way to cross the river - if you can afford the toll. 

The pods of the London Eye creak wearily on their hinges, the dirty glass cracked and shattered. Strange whispers surround the old attraction, and none sane of mind dare creep too close. 

In some places, nature has tried to creep through, but nothing can truly survive - the trees are spindly and withered, bark black and cracking, and all greenery quickly turns brown and dead. There's something in the very earth that won't let anything take, and growing any plants from before the war is near impossible outside of carefully cultivated plots. 



ISLE OF DOGS


A rare haven of relative peace, the Isle of Dogs has become home to many of the wastelanders of London. Canary Wharf station boasts a high level of security, and functions as the main governing point of the settlement. The Isle also boasts traders, doctors, and a farm, giving wastelanders a less irradiated source of food than foraging offers. The Hilton retains its role as a hotel and inn for weary travelers, with the rest of the southern half of the Isle mostly residential, packed to the brim despite its size. 

The Isle offers a safety that is difficult to find anywhere else in London, and is where your first character must hail from. 



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THE WORLD BEYOND


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