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Data Base for T2k
« on: September 07, 2018, 08:52:53 PM »

 @Cipherhornet18

 edit this and start putting all the info in this area :)
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Re: Data Base for T2k
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2018, 02:24:08 PM »

FACTIONS:

United States of America Civilian Government (CivGov)
The American government that answers to the President of the United States, John Broward, and the government in Omaha, Nebraska. They view the forces still answering to the Joint Chiefs of Staff as traitors to the United States and a military junta intent on destroying America. While they are pulling a good amount of support from the remains of corporations and some government bodies, they do not have a large military force and are rapidly trying to stand up militias and convince military forces to side with them.

United States of America Military Government (MilGov)
The body of the United States of America that does not accept the irregularity of the elections in the House of Representatives, and are nominally led by General John Cummings, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They maintain that martial law is still in effect and that order must be restored before a proper election can be done. They enjoy the support of the armed forces for the most part, but many believe they are too close to being an anti-democratic military junta.

Texian Legion
A pro-separatist force from West Texas, what is currently known about the Legion is that they appear to be loose knit from prominent government officials, military deserters, buisness officials, and even marauder bands. However, they seem to constantly demonstrate an ability to pop up where they're unwelcome and do serious damage. Rumors persist that they did serious damage to the 95th Infantry Division in 1999, and they are expanding westward into the rest of Texas.
The Legion's message of separating from the United States and establishing a new Texian state appeal to many, but their brute force tactics and affiliation with marauders and other less savory types have turned plenty of people away.

South Texas Grange
A coalition of prominent South Texas ranchers, the South Texas Grange, or just "The Grange" are a loose coalition of like-minded people who want to help each other out but feel that the United States is no more. They support the ideal of an independent Texas, but one founded on the principles of the United States. They are well liked in the area outside of San Antonio but largely unknown past that. The Grange typically will try to help everyone they can, but their resources are limited, and they have more enemies than allies. Without help, they may never see the idea of the Republic of Texas be born...

Mexican Army (Loyalist Faction)
After the Mexican government declared the suspension of elections and the constitution, the government fractured. The Loyalists are the largest faction of the Mexican Army, but are struggling to keep that position. They are being forced to hold in place per their last orders, which is causing issues with morale and discipline, and they are losing control of territory daily. That does not make them weak, as they do have the most heavy equipment of the Mexican Army factions, and they are willing to give up control of areas to consolidate numbers. They try to maintain law and order in their areas, but this is often fairly draconian; even minor offenses are dealt with harshly.

Mexican Army (Nationalist)
The faction who want to restore the Mexican Constitution and topple the government in power in favor of one that will seize the advantage of a broken United States. They are gaining supporters daily, and have already flipped a number of Mexican Army units deployed to Texas. Areas under their control see anti-Anglo policies and a push to try and recruit Texans of Hispanic descent, as they want to see Texas under Mexican control.

Mexican Army (Communist)
The final faction of the Mexican Army, the Communists want to declare their own nation in Texas, but they are also currently the weakest. They are hoping to gain the support of Soviet Division Cuba, but will go it alone if they don't find that support. They are a guerrilla force that wants to inspire a popular uprising, mainly focusing on Hispanic farmers and lower class citizens, but do not believe in anti-Anglo policies yet. No one seems to take them seriously but the are a problem in areas the Mexican Army advanced on...
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Re: Data Base for T2k
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2018, 01:11:29 PM »

T2K-era Specific Weapons




M16-EZ

The M16-EZ is not the real name of this rifle, but it is the most commonly accurate one. These rifles started life as retired M16A1s, M16A2s, and CAR-15s that were kept in US Army stocks but not issued due to excessively worn parts. When MilGov and CivGov were presented with the fact they had to raise militias after the majority of policing had been handed over to over-stretched National Guard units, they also saw that these militias looked about as un-uniform as possible with a mismash of the civilian rifles commercially available in the United States prior to the war. Obviously, neither side wanted to start stripping supplies from the units needing military hardware, but they needed something more...legitimate.

The M16-EZ are these retired rifles that require more work to refurbish and re-issue, and as such, are not issued to military units (unless they're so desperate for supplies they need anything that fires a bullet...). Nominally, these are fixed up and issued to militia units, but the job is something of an incomplete rush job, and this is what causes such a wide discrepancy in the encountered models. Those who have access to a competent gunsmith and machinist will typically pass the rifles to these individuals next and then it is only the limits of imagination and skill as to what happens next. In the tamest cases, new parts are simply fabricated to replace what the issuing armory couldn't or wouldn't and parts from civilian AR-15s are mated to these rifles where needed. But in the more talented and showy cases, the furniture is replaced with wood, barrel length and stock length are changed, and aftermarket scopes are sometimes even fitted. They are typically fairly reliable weapons and highly prized. There is debate if they are more or less superior to issued M16A2s and CAR-15s, since the drawback is that the more parts that were replaced with aftermarket ones may make it harder to repair with normal parts, and some overly excited gunsmiths will perhaps let their imaginations go too far with negative results, such as attempting to rechamber the weapon to a new caliber.

Those who do not, however, tend to be unable to do much with these rifles but hope and pray that they got one that hasn't been sitting in an armory since the end of the Vietnam War. At best, these M16 EZs just have a higher than average failure rate, but at worst, their stocks and furniture may have dry rotted and are quite brittle and spent the past 10-30 years with no maintenance past whatever slap job the armory issuing the rifle did. These versions are often avoided if at all possible, but hold some trade value to those who can get them up to spec again.



AKMR

The AKMR both is and is not the Soviet Union's version of the M16 EZ. Is, because it is an adhoc modification brought about the war's effects on global industry, but is not because unlike the M16 EZ, the AKMR was issued to regular Army, albeit Category C-grade units, in the field. That practice, however, ended rather abruptly for a number of reasons.

At its core, the AKMR is a rechambered AKM (Hence the name; AKM - Rechambered (this is NOT what it means in Russian, however, and they are not even called as such by Soviet forces)) from 7.62x39 to 5.45x39. The reason being was to increase production numbers of rifles by any means possible, and arms plants across the Soviet Union were churning out AK-74s already by the truckload but it still was not seen as enough. AKMs were pulled from armories and put through a process to rechamber them in 5.45mm, and as nice as this idea was, it had far too many problems and this is what led to the AKMR being pulled from frontline forces.

At best, these rifles were converted, the worst ones also gaining new wood or plastic furniture, and issued with minimal problems. Folding stock AKMS rifles, now AKMSRs, were easier to tell apart from AKS-74s because the AKMSR retained the underfolding stock instead of the AKS-74's sidefolding one. A keen eye can spot the differences between the AKMR and AK-74, but the differences between an AK-74 and good AKMR are generally minimal. But as the war drug on, the quality of the AKMR fell sharply and it fell on unit armorers to try and salvage them, which was sometimes possible but in other cases, Category C conscripts were being sent into battle with rifles that were a far cry from what Kalashnikov had intended his weapon to be; a weapon so bad that it was darkly joked that the AKMR was invented by British spies in Moscow, since bad AKMRs were as bad as the scorned L85 IW rifle.

If one was lucky, a bad AKMR's new barrel was not properly mated to the rifle's sights, requiring some work to correct. But the worst case of that was that the barrel wasn't properly mated to the rifle completely, which meant that some of these rifles were quite literal ticking time bombs. Magazine wells would not be properly finished and either made removing one without the aid of another soldier or something like a rock or hammer impossible or a rifle and magazine would be easily separated, often without the soldier's notice. Like bad M16 EZs, bad AKMRs would not have replaced furniture and find that even the plywood was rotting. And if the conversion job was really bad, it was not unheard of for the bolt itself to fail and either fall apart inside the gun or break free from the receiver to the unfortunate shooter's face.

Of note is that the AKMR was not always converted from AKMs, either. In some cases, the conversion was done to rifles related to the AKM from other countries, particularly with Chinese Type 56s or East German MPiKMs, and so that also has some effects on build quality. In general, though, AKMRs are only seen with militias within the Soviet Union or with pro-Soviet guerrilla forces operating within areas held by Soviet troops.



Cobray Intimidator

The Intimidator is perhaps proof positive that it is entirely possible to over-simplify a firearm. That, and in the post nuclear war world of today, people will take anything they can get, even if it means a weapon that sounds great on paper and relies on the user being totally ignorant on how bad it really is.

Cobray of North Dakota had put out a single shot 12 gauge slam fire shotgun, the Terminator, which looked like if a Sten or Sterling submachine gun was made into a universally awful shotgun. It was impractical, uncomfortable, would refuse to fire at times, and sales fell through the moment it was reviewed by American firearms magazines when it came out in the late 80s. Cut to 10 years later, and Cobray had the rather inspired, if poorly executed, idea to put towards the US Military; the "Sten of WW3".

The Intimidator looks a lot like the Terminator, but is a true open-bolt automatic weapon that can be easily converted to just about any caliber with some work, but was initially pitched in common assault rifle calibers (except 4.7mm Caseless because H&K wouldn't even pick up the phone when Cobray called). The idea was a cheap mass produced weapon that could be configured as needed by local users to combat hostiles, and was pitched to arm anti-communist partisans fighting against the Warsaw Pact before being then pitched to arm American militias fighting in Texas and Alaska when the Soviets invaded both states. By this point, Cobray just started flooding the market with the Intimidator since ATF Laws were irrelevant by the November Nuclear Strikes, and many blame them for why marauders are plaguing the United States. Best intentions led the way to Hell indeed...

Off the shelf, the Intimidator uses a simplistic hopper magazine that cycles through the weapon, much like the Hotchkiss M1909, to retain spent casings for reloading later. Since this has the drawback of exposing the ammo to dirt and fouling, the first most common modification is to change the magazine feed to accept the most relevant magazine for the weapon's caliber (ie; M16/STANAG magazines for 5.56mm NATO, M14/FAL/G3 mags for 7.62mm NATO, AK-74 mags for 5.45mm, AKM mags for 7.62mm Soviet) with magazines fabricated for non-standard rounds. In some cases, particularly industrious types with Intimidators convert the weapon to a belt feed in a fashion similar to the HK21, but this is generally more for style than any practical reason.

The sights are simplistic, a ring rear sight and single fixed post front sight, which means that it has absolutely awful accuracy past short range, and this is before any questionable work converting the caliber with a new barrel. It is an open-bolt automatic weapon, it cannot be set to semi-automatic without modification, but one (very ill advised) modification is to adjust the return mechanism to double the rate of fire from 500 rounds per minute to 1000. The ease of this modification is offset by the fact this will ruin the barrel quickly, and that is assuming that the bolt doesn't decide to fall apart or blast out of the back of the receiver into the shooter's face. Or, more likely, the vibration just shakes the entire weapon apart.

One final modification that is a nod to the Intimidator's roots and the worst of the ideas is to turn it into an automatic shotgun, particularly a 12 gauge one. The obvious appeal is that the Intimidator's small size and high rate of fire would make it an excellent close-quarters weapon, but unless it is using .410 or maybe 20 Gauge, this is a surefire way to destroy the weapon without making it semi-automatic first, and likely take one or more of the user's hands and do some awful damage to their face if it doesn't outright kill them.

So, all of this said, why is the Intimidator even seen? Largely for the same reasons that weapons like the MAC-10 and TEC-9 still exist; because criminals need weapons that are easy to get and they have little concern for reliability, accuracy, ease of use, comfort or anything else any other shooter would have questions on. These are typically either used for the intimidation factor or to arm the masses of new members and keep the actually good weapons in the hands of valued enforcers and bosses.
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