It’s time for the new dev blog and this time we would like to take you on a short journey into the dark world of Punk Wars…
The Dark of the Past
It’s a long way up by the winding stairs, but once you’re at the top of the Security Tower, the view sends shivers down your spine. The immensity and hollowness of the wasteland is beautiful, yet overwhelming and sad at the same time. In the middle of the round office sits the vice-superintendent. He’s surprised to see you. Rarely ever anyone comes all the way up here. When you asked him about the ancient times, the world before the nuclear holocaust, he answers sneeringly:
History? Why? Are you going to write a book?
You remind him who you are, and make sure he understands the gravity of your question. He changes his tone and tries to recall to the best of his abilities:
I don’t think anybody really knows what happened… They say a long time ago, back when the world was still green and fertile, people were preparing for the dawn of the ‘Age of Aquarius’. It was meant to bring peace and spiritual wisdom to the entire planet. End all conflicts once and for all… I guess, in a sense, that’s exactly what happened.
It’s a good thing you’re taking such an interest in the past. After all, if you don’t know where you have come from, how could you know where you are going? But the vice-superintendent can tell you nothing more. He suggests you try to contact the Chief Archivist. Indeed, our database can shed some more light on the dark of the past. You take one last look in the distance and begin your way down again. On the next day you meet with the Archivist and listen to what he has to say:
You see, some believe that the world in ancient times was all splendid and lavish. Nonsense! Humanity was at its last legs, the resources were almost depleted and the environment was devastated. The Hierarch of our organization, who we now remember as the great Father-Director, knew that and he worked hard to replace the world’s machinery with new and elegant, steam-powered models.
Regrettably, others were too stubborn to listen. They wanted to suck the world dry till its very last drop. Finally, the world could take no more. Thankfully, we survived thanks to our superior technology, but this can never happen again. That’s why we must eradicate everyone who is against us if we want to save the world and bring humanity back to its former glory.
Ah, yes, the infamous Great Betrayal, we’ve got the data about in our archives. Our then Leader ran a highly successful global organization that was bringing prosperity and order to the entire world. Our annual rates of return from that time are astonishing! Alas, a group of anarchists formed, determined to destroy us. They wanted to create some sort of democratic government that would later ban and dismantle us.
Of course. We weren’t going to have it, so we did what anyone would do in our place – we took the matter to the court. The judge ruled in our favor, and ‘coincidently’, the attacks began shortly after that. From that day on, our branch has lost contact with the HQ. But I can personally assure you that during that time not a single day has passed when we had violated the procedures in any way.
What happened? I’ll tell you what happened. After years of bloody and glorious fighting, the world went soft, that’s what happened! Some damned hippies took over and prayed to the skies for ‘peace’ and ‘love’. Then they wanted to create one government to end wars for good. What a sorry bunch of sissies!
After that, some wimp released the nukes. Tell me, what kind of coward hides behind the rockets to do his fighting for him? Anyway, everyone panicked and started blasting. They were shooting at everything and we ended up where we ended up. The good thing is that under our leadership, the world will never go soft again!
Oh, what would I have given to see it with my own eyes! The power of the Atom at its greatest. The legend says the sky gleamed for months after it had happened! Admittedly though, the price was too big. We’ve lost so much knowledge… Such a waste.
Now some blame us for this ‘incident’, but that’s rubbish. We were never interested in politics, not now, not then. Now maybe, just maybe, one of our overseers needed funds for his studies and sold a few missiles here and there, but realistically – can you be blamed for what someone else does with a knife you sold him? Besides, what matters most is the future, not the past. We must do what we can to restore the planet and bring it back its shine!
That’s something to build on, but your knowledge is still limited. You decide there must be more information you can learn. You shall conduct an expedition and scour the wastelands for clues. The truth must be out there!
To be continued…
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Our civilization has fallen. From the ashes, four new powers emerge. Immerse yourself in a combat-heavy twist on a classic turn-based 4X strategy where steam, steel, atom and diesel-punk corporations clash to spread their technology and the way of life.
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