UK SETTING - The Delta Zone
What exactly it was that caused the catastrophic melt down at the Heysham
Nuclear Reactor is not known. All
that they knew was that there was a massive explosion, radiation leaked from
broken reactors and a huge cloud of radioactive contamination spread across
England on the south westerly wind.
As people fled there were earth tremors causing oil pipes to rupture and
huge spillages which contaminated the ground.
Gas fed fires flared from damaged, abandoned pipelines.
Smoke shrouded the cities as buildings burned and collapsed, roads choked
with abandoned vehicles, refugees fled inland or stayed put too stunned to do
the days that followed the scale of the devastation overwhelmed the nation’s
resources. Rescue parties,
ambulances, fire service and police vehicles simply disappeared, were found
abandoned and some were plundered, their crews disappeared, killed or left
mutilated. Aid from outside was not
possible as almost every area of the earth had suffered similar “events” and
ensuing disasters. The government was on its own.
Added to the horror of the initial contamination and isolation was a
series of simultaneous pandemics resulting from the displacement of people into
overcrowded camps and cross contamination of water sources with faecal material
and toxic chemicals. These diseases
included diarrhoeal diseases, acute respiratory infections, leptospirosis,
measles, viral hepatitis, typhoid fever, meningitis, as well as tetanus and
All this happened while Parliament was in summer recess and the Royal
Family at Balmoral. In response the
Westminster Government and the Scottish Government as well as the Assemblies of
Northern Ireland and Wales co-operated in agreement and each created border
forces, barricades across the country and seas surrounding the zones as well as
clearing relatively safe routes across the Delta Zone mainly in the east of the
country. In alignment with the
terminology adopted by the UN and other nations the devastated and contaminated
zone in the UK was designated ZONE DELTA right across the country.
Though the British Media initially called it the DELTA ZONE.
The first reported disaster of this type had been in 1986 in Central Russia (now
Ukraine) near Chernobyl and the contaminated zone was called ZONA ALFA.
Other events in USA became ZONE BRAVO and in Central China became
ZONE CHARLIE. Others followed in a number of countries with the latest
being ZONE LIMA in France.
It was not long before the
press dubbed the UK Zone the “DEVIL ZONE”.
Nothing was allowed in and nothing allowed out to begin with.
Indeed aircraft overflying and vessels patrolling the coasts suffered
frequent but irregular interference to their electronic systems and all air,
land and water borne forces frequently reported that their magnetic compasses
gave faulty directions at the same times.
Within the zone, for the few survivors, anarchy reigned; petty warlords
rose and fell as all semblance of order disappeared.
Over the months and years that followed the zone was (mostly)
successfully contained and any incursions dealt with.
As if all that was not bad enough strange events and reports began to circulate
of a new and terrible disease that caused physical and mental changes in those
infected. Some died only to rise
again as walking cannibalistic creatures, others developed mutated limbs and
others changed completely into what can only be described as aberrations and
abominations too grotesque to describe.
To add further misery the weather was affected and freak torrential rain,
hail, snow, violent squalls of freezing and/or contaminated rain and extreme
electrical storms occurred as if from nowhere.
Clouds of bacteriological, biological and radiological contamination
billowed in on the wind. Patrols
reported that some very strange and dangerous creatures had begun to appear and
roam the zones. Even the plants
deformed and mutated. The plants
and creatures are variously described as unearthly beings that belong to myths,
legends and nightmares. Even the
ground and air changed. Lethal
pools of slime, contaminated water abounded, clouds of poisonous gas erupted
without warning and even common plants became poisonous.
It was as if nature itself was under assault.
Some cults arose claiming that the “Old Gods” had returned to reclaim
their rightful place.
All these combined to cut the UK off from external visits though support
from several UN nations and aid agencies arrived in large quantities.
Now specially trained military units are being deployed into the Zones to
reconnoitre, gather intelligence, samples and survivors.
Meanwhile various bands of seekers are being granted licences to enter
the DEVIL ZONE to recover items of value and seek out and rescue uncontaminated
individuals. Others enter to hunt
down mutants. Some black market
organisations offer tourist trips into the Zone for rich thrill seekers.
It is also known that illegal traffic in weapons, supplies and people is
taking place and the police and border forces have tried to suppress this trade.
They also deploy teams to hunt down the criminals inside and outside the
Zones. Armed scientific teams also
enter seeking samples of mutated vegetation and creatures as well as survivors
for study. Of course, the black
market for weapons, ammunition and supplies in the zone encourages unscrupulous,
some might say foolhardy, traders to enter with or without licences.
There are even stories in the newspapers about groups of missionaries and
cultists entering to establish colonies and spread their faiths.
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