Owner United States Government Established 1889
Purpose US State

Montana is a state in the Northwestern United States. Montana has several nicknames, although none are official, including "Big Sky Country" and "The Treasure State", and slogans that include "Land of the Shining Mountains", "The Last Best Place", and most recently "Where Civilization Ends." While the northern third of the United States was unscathed by the civil war, save for pockets of violence that — years after the fact — are largely disappearing, Montana bears a particular notoriety for being a border of the PNW Dead Zone. Eastern Montana is much as it was prior to the war, and is rapidly growing in population as survivors of the war move from the destroyed urban centers to the sprawling opportunities provided in this state.


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Of note is the city of Billings, now known as the Last Stop. Travelers who come within fifty miles of Billings on approach to the Dead Zone find road signs are vandalized with red spray-paint graffiti warning "Turn Back" and "There's Nothing Left". It sets a tone that washes away the serenity of untouched wilderness and national parks. Billings is a small city set in rambling, forested foothills in plain view of tiered escarpments and plateaus. The city suffered considerable fighting during the Civil War, with many of the largest buildings eviscerated by bombings and fire. It was overflow violence from the pitched battle that occurred at Great Falls to the northwest over control of Malmstrom Air Force Base. The nuclear ICBM that struck down in Oregon was launched from a silo just outside of Billings, and the battle here was one waged in a vain attempt to stop it.

Great Falls was wiped off the face of the earth, little more than rubble and graves now. But the survivors fled southwest, and Billings has the auspicious fate of being the furthest west settlement in Montana not affected by the EMP. What grew up in the ruins of Billings isn't the city that was here before, it's something else entirely.

Notable Scenes

Into the Dead Zone, Part I

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