(Incase some of you didn't know, the main Deep Six storyline ended, here's how.)
The Reds and the End of the War
By July of 2115, it became clear to the MEB and PRT that not all the decommissioned vehicles and weapons being sent to storage and recycling facilities were showing up where they should be. After a covert investigation and a series of disappearances, the picture became clearer to the military; Derrick White, the new mayor of New Atlanta himself, oversaw a ring of Reds-sympathetic people abusing the railroad checkpoints to slip out a few of the military items. It’s possible the murder of Jeb Lackey was planned to give White the deeper control of the ring he was after. After searching White’s possessions, it seemed possible that the missing items were being sent to a large sewage chasm under New Atlanta. Two were built while he was the New Atlanta Treatment Administrator, one of which was never opened since it was only for extreme flooding, however a large runoff tunnel ran from this chasm to the city’s outskirts.
The MEB and PRT organized a raid to break into the chasm and destroy whatever Reds they found. On the day of the raid they did indeed find a Reds Command Center, perhaps the very one they had been looking for, however it appeared to be recently abandoned. The Reds had been warned ahead of time of an impending raid and had run all their vehicles and personnel out of the tunnel, and into the heart of New Atlanta. They quickly secured two major points of fortification and captured multiple PRT/MEB heavily armored vehicles. Upon launching a retaliatory front against this invasion, the PRT discovered that two of the PRT-held forts and their personnel near New Atlanta were staging a coup alongside the Reds.
The Rebel PRT sent a small convoy of tanks northward to flank the hardened PRT/MEB frontline along Chatham County, which the US and UEBC were having trouble with. The town of Southside, now secured by the Reds, was simple to pass right through on the way to flanking the line. A smaller group of tanks was shed from the frontline to travel to Southside in a desperate attempt to get some hits on the bridge and destroy the US’ chance of repairing it and successfully flanking the line. But the Rebel PRT were waiting for them in Southside along with the Reds, and the tanks were destroyed. The Rebel PRT advanced west and proceeded to flank the line. The frontline was pushed south, for the first time in 14 years, and the US advanced numerous convoys southward across the bridge once it was repaired.
The New Atlanta battle was in the PRT/MEB’s favor; however, it was going too slowly for them to claim victory soon enough. Many Reds and Rebel PRT died in those few days, however the united push southward from the USA & UEBC was soon on New Atlanta’s doorstep. Multiple naval battles occurred on the coast near New Atlanta, but neither side sank enough ships to claim a full victory. A pincer attack commenced from the north alliance and Reds/Rebel PRT in New Atlanta that left the PRT/MEB frontline in shambles. The Battle of New Atlanta raged on for another two or three days, and the north alliance quickly continued advancing south as soon as victory was theirs, making sure not to leave holes for flanks from the western PRT. In September of 2115, the PRT and USA of the West, seeing that the war could be ended soon, joined in the effort and pushed east to meet up with the UEBC and USA of the East.
The War continued until October of 2115, when the PRT formally surrendered after being surrounded at New Orleans. The PRT’s population had begun losing faith in its government in July, when the Rebel PRT and Reds controlled most of New Atlanta’s downtown areas, and the radio towers were being used in their favor. Many in the PRT military heard the stories. Some refused to believe it, some didn’t care, and some deserted. The citizens of the south were just glad it was over.
Behind the PRT was an ideology of freedom for all, social programs to help those in need, and a sense of pride in a new America. That was all tarnished and forever corrupted by the coup in 2096. The Western and Eastern halves of the USA reconciled their differences following the war and began the process of healing the wounds the USCPF had left. The reunification was more spiritual than physical, but it meant the USA was whole again. The land that had belonged to the PRT for 19 years was annexed back into the US, albeit with minor changes to state lines. The disputed Canadian land was given back to Canada; however, the dispute was never violent to begin with.
Following the doctrine enacted by Abraham Lincoln, the USA granted similar clemency to all PRT military and government personnel. The war had ended, but the almost two decades of PRT/MEB brainwashing and rule had given a few southern people reasons to lash out. Southern terrorism was harsh and omnipresent for the following decade. The ending was not an entirely happy one however, as the USA decided to annex the Mexican states of Sonora, Coahuila, and the rest of Baja California as ‘buffer zones’ against potential MEB land advances. The UPNE, under threat of a newly-united USA in 2116, rejoined the union.
In the following years, the sides that had rejoined the union began to view the USA not as the sole reason for a nuclear apocalypse, but as a renewed vigor for civilization and culture. The industry of the UPNE, the resilience of the west, the power of the north, and the politics of the south all joined into one melting pot and jump started the USA once again. Although the south was once fully against the USA, the opportunity to enact state governing bodies again and local laws gave it reason to feel at home. Many of those who fought for social programs and the rights of the poor in the south during the PRT’s rule joined the political atmosphere following the war and advocated for the same beliefs. All was not peaceful though, as a significant minority in the south felt like they were robbed of their second chance in the USA’s history at becoming a separate nation. The wounds from this war would take a century or more to fully heal, but the continent was on its way.
Brazil’s effort to split the USA and stifle its reemergence worked for a few decades, but after the war it ended. The MEB and USA/UEBC had frequent skirmishes in the Gulf of Mexico, however the war ended formally in 2122. Brazil could not forget the USA’s willingness to bomb it in 2032, and the US could not forget the MEB’s success in splitting the states. The relationship was uneasy for many decades, however the countries gradually allowed more and more trade which softened the anger. Brazil continued its conquests against other South American powers for a while, however it never advanced very far into Central America.
With the USA whole again, the UEBC had the strong ally that it was after. Skirmishes and wars occurred in Europe, but the UEBC was never invaded or successfully blockaded. The world economy churned on and grew once more, however some countries felt the sting of poverty and oppression more than others. The recipe for war and genocide across the world was there, but those are stories for another game, perhaps in a different genre.
As the war's end drew closer, the Reds dissolved as a faction. Their part of the war had been completed, and it was clear to Jack Camacho that the US would succeed in the remaining battles against the PRT. The Red's valiant fighting in New Atlanta, whose capture many believed to be a turning point in the war, had not gone unnoticed. They received rewards such as property, food, and veteran treatment in the reunified USA. Jack Camacho himself travelled West and became the Mayor of Reno, Nevada. He upheld the kind values of the CDF from decades ago.
The People Of Chatham County
Once a strong, growing county with a few thousand inhabitants, Chatham County gradually declined in population since the New Atlanta Crisis, due to the conflict nearby. Over the course of 19 years, its population dwindled as families sought out safer places to live further South, leaving it in a state of disrepair and decay. Following the battles launched after June 21st, 2115, most of what was left of Southside was destroyed. Many of the businesses stationed in the county moved to better areas over the next four years. The people who lived in Southside during these years were tough but scarred from the conflict. Convoys continued rolling through for a few months. But some of these people stayed in Chatham County, and saw increased business from the vehicles using the roads once they were repaired.
Southside’s first new building was raised in 2121, around the intersection where the old overpass once stood, which had collapsed in 2118. Over the next few decades, buildings were slowly rising between this intersection and the old North gas station, creating a scenic coastal town space with mostly younger people, all invigorated by the newness of the area. They would go to Whitman Bay sometimes to fish, sail, and visit the diner. A small public school was built where the old hospital once stood, after it was cleaned up. Many of the people living in Southside at the time of the final conflict passed away in old age in the following decades with a sense of happiness and satisfaction in their life that only people from before 2032 had known. Things were getting better.