Staten Island
Owner City of New York Established Founded 1788
Reincorporated 2020
Purpose Neighborhood
Status Inhabited

Staten Island was nearly a ruin before the start of the Second American Civil War. Fallout from the 2006 nuclear explosion in Midtown drove residents out by the tens of thousands, leaving the island first uninhabitable and then abandoned. The destruction of the Verazzano-Narrows bridge in 2009 cut off Staten Island from the New York mainland, leaving the only land route on and off the island a solitary bridge to Jersey City. Reconstruction of the Narrows is a continuous process, and apart from the official land routes, the ferry now runs on a regular basis.

Staten Island has been partly reclaimed by nature and partly reclaimed by the government and independent companies. Remnants of the attempted reconstruction remain scattered across the island, and the ruins of the resettlement zone is a segmented, razed ghost town of buildings and scrub growth. A demolished lighthouse sits on the southwestern end of the island, all that remains of what was once a Ferrymen Safehouse destroyed by artillery fire during the war. Scattered settlements exist across Staten Island, and its largely inaccessible nature before the return of a passable bridge makes it a haven for criminal activity. Without sufficient resources for Law Enforcement, there has been little concentrated effort to clean up the island or its sparse inhabitants; with the arrival of military influence to Staten Island, as well as the jobs and presence afforded by new industry, the city is taking reclamation one day at a time.

Staten Island


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  • As of 9/10/19 Staten Island now hosts the presence of the 91st Military Police Battalion. Their operational headquarters is Miller Field. The 91st have formed a checkpoint at the Goethal's Bridge and other entry routes. Anyone coming or going from Staten Island will be subjected to a full search and inspection (including dogs trained to detect explosives and drugs). Loose weapon laws are still in effect across America and armed travelers will not be unduly detailed. However, the MP will ask for a reason for traveling to Staten Island (but not for departures). This is expected to significantly impact organized crime on the island, forcing them to more heavily utilize the less-patrolled river. However, in the future, additional security on the river may be put in place. Unless you have a warrant out for your arrest or are otherwise not in the law's good graces, you will not be stopped from traveling. Identification of some kind will be required for transit and record of your travel may be noted.
  • Staten Island has running water thanks to the long time work of the Staten Island Trade Commission, and tangential access to the telecommunications grid, a work in progress. Most electricity in residential areas is run by personal generators or the equipment of private companies. The latter is quite pricey.
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