New Texas City
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Prime real estate.

Summary

Where New Galveston is the shining, cleanly, and well-maintained example of order and Big Government, its smaller twin of New Texas City is at the opposite end of the spectrum: sprawling, chaotic, and somewhat lawless. But just because the laws aren't written doesn't mean justice isn't carried out. No, the 'an eye for an eye' outlook is very popular in New Texas City, and the law can be doled out by anybody who considers themselves a fit candidate for law-doling. Doing something that hurts the community often results in punishment from the community, and there is no bureaucratic red tape or set of civil rights to be considered in New Texas City. Those who harm the helpless, take what is not rightfully theirs, or cause the city to otherwise suffer can fully expect to end up in the gutter with a slit throat in the near future.

Location

New Texas City is located to the northwest of New Galveston, directly across the I-45 causeway. To the east-northeast is the Bolivar Peninsula, and to the northwest are the League City ruins and, farther on, the Houston Ruins.

Government

The 'government' of New Texas City, if it could really be called such, is more of a loose confederation of local merchants and landholders than any sort of real lawmaking body. This small council of VIPs tends to make most of the decisions for the community, so economic and political rules tend to lean in their favor. Still, corruption in New Texas City is nowhere near as rampant as in New Galveston: the council tends to make rulings that are relatively sensible, mostly because they know that if they did otherwise the general populace would simply ignore them (or worse, toss them out into the Wastes).

Commerce

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And an exotic view, too.

For the most part, New Texas City depends on New Galveston for its survival. This is in part due to the technological inequality between the two cities, but mainly because of the fact that New Galveston has a renewable source of clean water. Purified water is sold to New Texas City at cutthroat prices, and while many of the caravans that pass through the town bring food, most have contractual obligations with New Galveston to sell them a pre-arranged percentage of their goods. This means that the people of New Texas City have to buy most of their consumables from New Galveston as well, and at a steep markup, to boot.

The one advantage that the people of New Texas City do have is that, because of their geographically strategic location, they are able to charge a considerable toll on any caravans or travelers that are passing through their borders and into New Galveston via I-45.

Additionally, New Texas City has a very healthy black market. In a sort of reverse-situation (and on a much smaller scale), those involved with the NTC black market often end up selling their goods to New Galveston citizens at much higher prices than they paid for them, because it's much more dangerous and difficult to pass goods into New Galveston than its sister city.

Military

To call New Texas City's militia a 'military' would elicit either hearty or snide laughter, depending on whether you'd said it to an NTC resident or a member of the NGPS. New Texas City has no real trained, regular military, this in spite of their much more vulnerable-to-attack position on the mainland. They simply don't have the funds or equipment to outfit any sort of fighting force.

Instead, all capable citizens over the age of thirteen are required to practice once weekly with the local militia, and to come to the town's aid if one of the many alarm-bells hung around the town is rung. The rule has proven a better defense than none, and the town regularly manages to fend off attacks by small raider groups and dangerous wildlife. Those who break the rule are simply evicted from the town, since they have proven that they don't care enough about it to put their life on the line for it.

Relations

  • New Galveston: There's far less cordiality on the New Texas City side of the fence about the supposedly 'good' relationship with New Galveston. A New Texas City citizen will generally tell you bluntly that s/he considers the Vault brats who live in New Galveston to be a bunch of haughty, self-important blowhards. It doesn't help that New Galveston people tend to refer to them behind their backs as residents of 'Pariah's Point'. However, New Texas City does depend on New Galveston to survive - so they must grudgingly accept whatever poor treatment New Galveston doles out to them with as much dignity as they can muster.
  • Outlaws: Not exactly welcome in New Texas City, but nobody's going to hold it against you if you've had a run-in or two with the law. The point at which indifference changes to hostility is the point at which somebody's illegal activities actually endanger the people of New Texas City rather than just themselves.
  • Super Mutants: People won't exactly be tossing them roses in the streets, but they won't be openly hostile - most of them, at least. Some of the people in New Texas City claim to have been witness to a growing super mutant threat in the north part of the old state, and these particular folks will likely tell any Super Mutant 'guests' that they'd just as soon see them riddled with bullet holes.
  • Ghouls: Ghouls are treated more kindly than Super Mutants in New Texas City. If a ghoul proves him or herself to be friendly and capable of pulling their own weight, most people will overlook the fact that they look likeā€¦ well, a piece of rotting meat. That's not to say nobody will take issue with them at all, but perhaps less so than in other places (say, New Galveston).
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