Excerpts from the AADA ROAD ATLAS AND SURVIVAL GUIDE
Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York
by Kurt Hoglund and Stephen Beeman
In 2007, the first commercial fusion power plant went into operation outside
Niagara Falls, NY, just north of Buffalo. This location was chosen because the
hydroelectric power facility at Niagara Falls was needed to provide large amounts
of continuous power while bringing the fusion reactor on-line. Unfortunately,
the site was already occupied by the Tuscarora Indian Reservation. Maintaining
its long-standing traditions in Indian affairs, the U.S. government moved the
Tuscarora homeland to Puerto Rico. Few accepted the government's relocation
offers, preferring to move instead to Buffalo.
The decline of food sources impacted Buffalo as much as any other city. However,
the Buffalo response was not food riots but food raids, scouring the area
(especially Canada) for food. Vandalism soon cut the power lines connecting the
Niagara Fusion Electric Facility with the rest to the New York power grid;
isolated from central authority, the plant management hired local veterans and
National Guardsmen to fortify and defend the facility. The dislocated Tuscarora
Indians settled on the site of the closed Niagara Falls Airport. using it as a
staging ground for assaults on the fusion plant. By 2018, attacks from Cleveland
and Lake Erie pirates had begun, and the entire region generally descended into
chaos. In the confusion, Grand Island seceded, forming the Grand Island Free
2018 was the peak of the Bad Years for Buffalo; by 2020, Buffalo and the town of
Niagara Falls consolidated, moving many miles further inland. The ruins of the
old towns became fortress zones to ward off lake and border raids. In 2021, the
Treaty of Peace Bridge was signed, ending hostilities between Buffalo and Canada.
The state troopers, beginning to reassert control over the countryside, turned
their attentions towards suppressing the outlaw packs; across the border, the
RCMP did the same. These efforts alone did little to cut down on gang activity,
but with the advent of autoduelling in 2024, gang raids on New Buffalo became
only a minor threat.
The restoration of central authority led to the reconnection of the Niagara
Fusion Electric Facility to the New York state power grid, giving Buffalo/Niagara
Falls a major source of income to fund reconstruction. Aided by local investors
and city dollar-matching, Amex Combat Autoworks built their main plant in
Buffalo, to take advantage of the cheap power from the Niagara facility.
Today, the standard of living in Buffalo is nearly as high as it was in 1990.
The Niagara facility and the Amex plant employ most of the city's 55,000
inhabitants. Commerce and trucking provide another source of income, as most
traffic across the Canadian/New York border comes through either Buffalo or
Syracuse. Tourism is making a comeback, and last year over 1000,000 people
visited Niagara Falls. Buffalo is a good example of the general recovery of the
nation - it's come a long way, but has a long way to go.
Points of Interest
- Niagara Fusion Electric Facility. The fortification built
around the facility during the Bad Years still exist, though today many employees
commute from Buffalo rather than live on-site. Because this is the main source
of electricity for much of rural New York, it is constantly guarded against
terrorism; the power lines connecting it to the main grid are under 24-hour
helicopter patrol. Visitors are generally unwelcome and are turned back at the
- Old Niagara Falls International Airport. The displaced Tuscarora
Indians claim the airport for their home. Though generally peaceful, the
Tuscarora resent intrusion, especially by whites. Relations between the Indians
and Buffalo are good, and most Tuscarora work in Buffalo; none work at the
Niagara fusion facility, however, because of the Tuscaroras' hatred of the people
who stole their land.
- Niagara Falls. The Falls are just as spectacular today as they were
fifty or a hundred years ago. A group of businessmen took advantage of this and
built a hotel complex overlooking the Falls. The complex provides food, lodging,
recharges, minor repairs and a safe view of Niagara Falls. Rates are quite
reasonable: $10 per adult, $5 per child and $25 per vehicle for a 24-hour pass.
- Grand Island Free State. The residents of Grand Island declared
themselves independent of outside authority in 2018. Since then, the island has
come to be known as "the loonie bin." Grand Island is a haven for outlaws of all
sorts, since police forces of neither Canada nor New York will set foot on the
island. There are no bridges to Grand Island, having all been destroyed during
secession. AADA Advisory: Avoid entering the Grand Island Free State at
all costs. Combat there is a constant condition, and there are no emergency
- New Buffalo/Niagara Falls. Most businesses and facilities of
Buffalo and Niagara Falls moved here in 2020 to a more defensible position. The
fortress walls are little more than concrete barricades, but they served their
purpose. Today, these walls have been outgrown, especially near the Amex plant.
- Amex Combat Autoworks. The Amex plant was built on the site of the
old Buffalo International Airport. The runways are used as a proving ground for
new vehicles. Amex security forces strongly discourage violence or independent
duelling near the plant.
- Old Buffalo. The old downtown area of Buffalo lies in ruin. Used
as a defensive buffer zone against invasions from Canada and Lake Erie, it is now
the home of dregs and cycle gangs. Police patrol only the surrounding
throughways. Many informal duels take place here; the dangers and terrain of the
area make such duels quite challenging and interesting, and news copters may
frequently be seen in the skies over the area.
- Peace Bridge Truck Stop. Peace Bridge is a major conduit for trade
between New York and Canada, and is well-serviced and protected. The Peace
Bridge Truck Stop boasts top-quality charging and repair facilities, and handles
a large amount of trucking business. Charges here cost only 80% of the national
average, though prices of repairs, food and lodging are 110% of the average; toll
to cross the bridge is $10 per tire for vehicles and $15 for pedestrians. The
truck stop is fortified because of its proximity to the ruins of Old Buffalo, and
Highways 5 and 90 are well-patrolled.
- Buffalo Memorial Coliseum. Construction on the Buffalo Memorial
Coliseum, better known in the autoduelling community as the "Murphy Memorial,"
was begun in 2029. Contractors were changed due to cost and time overruns in
2030. Contractors were changed again in 2031. The Buffalo Building Inspector
was dismissed in 2032 on charges of malfeasance. Contractors were changed yet
again in 2033, and the Coliseum was finally completed in early 2034. The Murphy
Memorial is constantly having its AADA charter suspended due to duellist and
spectator accidents. Spectators are discouraged from visiting the arena, but the
Coliseum has one or the largest TV audiences in autoduelling. The Buffalo
Coliseum is yet again on probationary status after a TV tower collapsed in August
of this year, killing several duellists from California.
Buffalo has a wide variety of well-staffed truck stops and garages, serving the
high volume of traffic passing through. There are two hospitals, both with full
Gold Cross support. One TV station is based here, devoting most of its air time
to autoduelling broadcasts. Buffalo Coliseum is the only AADA-sanctioned arena
(usually sanctioned, that is).
The local AADA chapter, the Buffalo Stampede, is unusual in that fully half of
its members' vehicles mount ramplates. Buffalo Stampede members are considered
highly dangerous on their home turf, the Murphy Memorial, because of their
extensive knowledge of the arena's idiosyncrasies.
The Buffalo Police have good equipment, receiving free vehicles from Amex; they
have 25 patrol cruisers, two helicopters and five other vehicles, including a
high-speed interceptor. They patrol the major truck routes diligently, keep and
eye on New Buffalo, and let the rest of the area go unwatched. The state police
take up the slack along the highways, and the security forces of the Niagara
Fusion Electric Facility guard the power lines and the area around Niagara
Gang activity on major roads is quite low; the roads are well-patrolled by both
police and truckers. Similarly, gangs avoid New Buffalo and the fusion plant.
However, the rest of the area is open territory, gangs combine, divide, conquer
and are conquered too often for an outside observer to tell what gangs are
prominent; suffice it to say that conflict with gangs should be avoided. The
ruins of Old Buffalo especially are a home for many gangs. Grand Island would be
another source of outlaw problems, but contact with the island is limited to boat
traffic. No gang is very large or well organized, but all are quite hostile.
While technically a gang, the Tuscs are an exception in many ways. The Tuscs are
composed entirely of Tuscarora Indians. They limit their activities to raids
against the power plant and occasional vehicles that pass by their territory.
These raids are tolerated because the Tuscs don't use their offensive weaponry -
they count coup. A Tusc cycle or car will pull up next to an opponent while one
of the crew marks the enemy with spray paint. They will continue to mark
vehicles until they start taking too much damage; then they ride off whooping
into the sunset. The Tuscs are skilled duellists, and when necessary will resort
to true combat. However, they are quite friendly to those they consider "good
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