The worlds financial system is collapsing and this crises is being used to begin the coup in America that will finally end the "American Experiment".
Two related groups of prepared citizens have run to their survival retreats, one in southern Ohio, the Compound, and the other in eastern Kentucky, the Farm, with the intention of hiding until they know if the coup is successful, or if everything will simply spiral out of control. The Compound is commanded by a retired Marine Lieutenant General known by his nickname, Iceman. The Farm is commanded by his oldest son, a retired Marine Colonel known by his former SEAL team name of Mack. Both groups share the same goal; to survive whatever is about to happen.
During the first week they quietly watch from hiding as things begin to deteriorate both in America and around the world. Because the government has terminated the internet and cell phones while actively monitoring all land lines, along with controlling all television signals. Their information quickly becomes limited to what can be gleaned from the citizens band and shortwave radio signals. Nevertheless, these signal are sufficient to let the real truth be told. A nuclear war has started in the Middle East and, in America, massive riots have begun in the cities. Then, as they watch everything slide irrevocably out of control, someone, somehwere makes a mistake.
In the mid-70's the first space based kinetic energy weapons platform was put into space. This system, along with its sister systems that were put into space by the other major powers, consists of platinum rods with a guidance system and a booster rocket. They are designed to impact the Earth's surface with a force equal to a forty megaton hydrogen bomb, only without the radiation.
Because of the limited time available to respond to an attack on these platforms everyone had made their systems automatic and computer controlled. Whatever happened that caused these systems to fire the result was that in less than an hour over half of Earth's population dies as the kinetic energy platforms rain tens of thousands of their missiles onto the planets surface destroying military targets, cities and infrastructure everywhere!
With the electrical grid destroyed, along with most major cities, all military bases, and the supporting infrastructure of our civilization the citizens in the Compound and the Farm now find themselves trying to help as many of the survivors as possible. While they have limited supplies available to them they still reach out to their neighbors with offers of help and the information the neighbors will need to survive what is coming.
As the experience the immediate rapid cooling off of the planet caused by the vast amount of debris thrown into the mesosphere, which is preventing the suns energy from reaching the surface, they are also fighting to keep the supplies they have accumulated from being taken by their enemies. Since they know that they are facing a multi-year winter the loss of those supplies would be nothing less than a death sentence!
When the coup began, only a few short weeks ago, the government new enforcement arm, the Citizens Army for Liberty (CAL), which has nothing to do with citizens (except to control them), or liberty (except to eliminate it), but is definitely an army, was introduced. Now with most of their food. military supplies and bases destroyed along with the cities they had been in, CAL is forced to forage for the food it needs to support its men, regardless of just who they have to kill to accomplish their goal.
The citizen survivors are forced to defend themselves against the depredations of CAL while preparing for a "nuclear" winter, a multi-year winter the world hasn't seen since the start of the last ice age.
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Published December 20, 2011
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