Thursday, April 22, 2010

[Aftermath!] The D.C. Campaign: Naval Observatory

The Naval Observatory

Location: Naval Observatory, Washington, D.C. Located between Massachusetts Avenue NW and Wisconsin Avenue NW, within Observatory Circle NW. Grazing and farm fields include Normanstone Parkway, Guy Mason Recreational Center, Whitehaven Parkway Park and northern parts of Dumbarton Oaks Park.

Population: 150
Military Strength: 80
Military Resources: Small arms and the capability to reload ammunition. Few civilian vehicles.

Treaties: The Pentagon, UFP, Treaty Hospital, The Weather Boys


Resources: This community intensively farms the area within the Naval Observatory grounds and has several fields outside the walls. Several observatory buildings have been converted to greenhouses and the original fruit orchards on the grounds have been maintained. Animals are grazed outside of the walls during the day and brought back inside at night. There is a fine brewhouse on the grounds as well as a gigantic machine shop (cobbled from many raided shops around the District and peerless in it's capabilties) in the main building. The Observatory is fully functional and has the largest and most extensive library on astronomy and navigation, plus one of the few functioning atomic clocks remaining in the world.

Trade: These people are primarily traders, so there are a wide variety of materials available at any one time.

General Reaction: +10 (very interested in trade).

Special Installations: Pre-Ruin, the Naval Observatory was made "green," including wind generators and solar power arrays on nearly every building on the grounds. These power systems provide, on a clear sunny and windy day, over 100 KW per day connected to a 30KW accumulator, allowing the community to run all their machines to full capacity and have operational electrical lighting and running hot water. There are also several operational diesel generators (and fuel stores) for emergencies.

Background: The Naval Observatory, in addition to a military scientific agency, also was the official residency of the Vice President. During the Ruin, the Vice President was evacuated to an undisclosed location and the employees were left to their own devices. The survivors, mainly Naval officers and their families, fortified the grounds (even more than previously to protect the Vice President) and hunkered down during the bad years, raiding local machine shops and garages for tools and equipment. When things settled down a bit, they opened a repair shop for the surviving communities and it soon became an all-around trading post and general store.

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