Autoduel QuarterlyVolume 2Issue 3

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History of the US Army

ca. 1995:
Dwindling oil supplies cause military vehicles to switch to alcohol fuel.
1997:
Anti-military sentiments reach their peak in the US. Military appropriations are cut drastically, forcing demobilization. Army manpower reduced to eight divisions.
2000:
Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma secede to form the three independent Free Oil States. The Texarkana Accord of 2004 ends a bloody four-year war.
2013:
Exhausted fuel alcohol supplies grind the Army to a complete halt; the first effective fuel-cell-driven tank is tested.
2016:
The Food Riots. National Guard units attempt to keep the peace and fail. Lacking effective federal assistance, many disband, while others turn outlaw. Some are absorbed by the stronger state governments. Automotive industry suspends retooling for new military vehicles.
2019:
Secret negotiations convince automotive industry to complete retooling. Congress votes huge appropriations for new Army.
2020:
Pentagon decides on a mobile "Armored Infantry" mixed forces format, adapted from the organization used by the Texas Guard. Groundwork laid to expand to 12 fighting divisions.
2028:
Army still small, but fully equipped and reorganized. First major test comes when Mexican forces invade Southern California; invading troops get as far north as Anaheim, but are met by US forces there and are pushed back to Mexico in only two weeks.
2031:
Army is scattered around the country in small units, concentrating on anti-terrorist activities. Federal forces stay out of local disputes unless a situation is potentially catastrophic. All military units have excellent training and morale, and are supplied with the latest and deadliest equipment.
2032:
Dempsey XM-6 tank stolen by Anarchist Relief Front terrorists; the crew's inexperience, along with a spirited defense by Midville, Ohio autoduellists, keep damage to a minimum. Army retaliatory raids capture 24 suspected ARF members; 33 more are killed.

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