Wasteland 85,57

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Pegton [85, 57]

Dolbridge Street Youngan Boulevard Glynn Bank
a warehouse wasteland the Paviour Building
Bidgway Way a factory the Rosser Museum

Basic Info:

  • A wasteland is an empty city block, not even containing streets.
  • This is an empty block, and cannot be barricaded.

Wasteland 85,57

Description

Pegg Square was trashed even before the zombies got to it.

Formerly Pegg Square, a square lined with smart houses; now littered with old-fashioned, overturned cars and the remnants of barricades. The genteel houses are mostly demolished.

History

What do we want? A Trotskyist-Leninist dictatorship of the intelligentsia! When do we want it? As soon as our grants run out!

Pegg Square was a popular forum for gatherings, protests and speakers, but nothing could have prepared either the residents or the Federal Council of Pegton for May 1958, when Pegton College students tried to start a revolution against the reactionary Council. The abortive uprising did have two major effects: it provoked the Council into planning the hated Pegton Wall, which was built 3 years later, and it inspired The Youngans of the Seventies and Eighties.

Fortunately for the Council, the students were so utterly pretentious and ineffectual that they barely knew how to construct a barricade - no longer a problem among Malton's youth - and their posturing and sloganeering left Pegtonians of all stripes faintly embarrassed: "The Council needs you, you don't need it." "Commodities are the opium of the people." "We don’t want a world where the guarantee of not dying of starvation brings the risk of dying of boredom." (The latter slogan seems especially ironic since the arrival of a whole new breed of revolutionaries).

However, over the course of several weeks, the student rebels finally managed to tip over a few cars (including some of their own), set fire to a few more, and turn their bookshelves of Marx and Engels into barricades. At this point the police were called in and the students promptly ran away to their parents' homes.

Afterwards, the Square was left in its trashed state so that the square could never again be a focal point for discontent against the Federal Council of Pegton. When the reactionaries were ousted post-Reunification, the wasteland was allowed to remain, partly as a 'living memorial' to the events that took place here, and partly because the students, by then in their early 40s, still couldn't be bothered to tidy up the mess they had made.



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