Autoduel QuarterlyVolume 9Issue 1


AADA Road Atlas And Survival Guide, 3rd Edition:

Overland Park, KS

By Glen Hattrup


The sign whizzed past. "One mile to speed zone," Mad Mikey said to his Gunner. "Speed zone?" the gunner asked. "Yeah, a big, bad speed zone." Mikey laughed. Another sign shot by ­ "65 MPH." Mikey's foot never touched the brake.

"Bingo. Punk doing 95 in the zone," the cop spoke into his microphone. He sighted down the road ahead, and as the offending car appeared, he triggered the laser cannon. For once the cannon failed to strike center­of­mass, hitting the tires instead 0 But the end result was the same. The car flipped several times before slamming into the ditch.

As Mikey slowly crawled from the wreckage, he found himself face­to­face with five heavily­armed men in blue spiked armor. "Just who the hell do you guys think you are?" Mikey asked. "Overland Park Police Department, " one replied. "You're under arrest for speeding inside the city limits.
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History

Overland Park survived the food riots by a fluke. They had a mayor who considered himself psychic, and guided the city by his dreams (the public was not aware of this until his personal papers were released upon his death). His powers may have been real, for in several dreams the mayor foresaw the food riots, and increased the size of the police force and stockpiled food in the city vaults.

As the riots began, the mayor had another dream of a tall, strong wall around the city. Incoming refugees were put to work on the wall. Those who worked were fed; those who didn't were shot. After the wall was completed, the new citizens were drafted into the civic defense force. The mayor was seriously injured during a skirmish with bikers during the riots, and died shortly after, but his precautions were enough to get his city through the worst of the riots, and the 20' tall, 10' broad wall he built still stands as the center of civic pride today.

Points of Interest

1. Racetrack: Overland Park Dueltrack is different from most small­town raceways in that it offers both electric and gasoline­powered duelling, due to a small oil field surrounding the arena. The city hosts annual racing championships, where competitors vie for a $390,000 purse and local citizenship, in both electric and gasburner events (no salvage rights to the victor). Even with a $5,000 entrance fee, competitors come from all over the midwest to race at Overland Park. Preliminary heats are usually run beginning with fields of eight, with $20,000 going to the winners. This is followed by three­car quarter finals with a purse of $40,000, two­car semifinals with an $80,000 purse, and the four­car final round, where the winner walks away with $250,000.

The week of the OP Championships is a time of non­stop festivities, bookended by formal banquets for the competitors before and after the races.

2. Automotive Plant. Overland Park Automotive makes both stock cars and custom designs (50% downpayment for custom cars). Stock cars can be modified with an additional charge of 15 % per modification. Custom cars are designed by the buyer, but engineering consulting services are available for a flat rate of $150 per hour. Completed designs will be checked for free. An approved custom design can be completed in ld+7 days. Cost is list price of all components plus 10 %.

3. City Hall. All visitors are required to report to city hall immediately upon arriving in Overland Park. Visitors are required to pay a $50 per day visa fee (this price includes track admission during Championship week), plus tariffs on trade goods brought into our out of town. Overland Park citizenship requires approval by the city council, and a citizenship fee of up to $100,000 (considerably less for those with necessary professional skills).

4. Gold Cross: The Overland Park Gold Cross office was originally built to deal with Championship Week casualties. During the rest of the year business was slow to nonexistent. In the last three years, however, business has picked up noticeably, while at the same time the building has doubled its defensive armaments. Scattered allegations that the local Gold Cross is drumming up its own business on the outlying highways is discounted by the Chamber of Commerce and local officials.
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5. The Mall. It's not hard to find a black market connection at the Overland Park Mall. Just walk into the wing with "Overland Park Black Market" written over the entrance. As long as any business­related activities are kept either inside the mall or outside the city limits (and all applicable taxes and fees are paid up) a merchant can offer literally any goods or services in the Overland Park Black Market. The Black Market is kept under constant observation by the local police ­ the shop on the other end of the mall specializing in broad­brimmed hats and sunglasses does a steady business to privacy­minded Black Market customers.

6. Police: The Overland Park PD boasts top men and state­of-the­art weaponry (the local Uncle Al's is the second largest in the state, due mostly to its city contracts). The Overland Park police have the potential to set a new standard in overkill, but they are a well­trained unit that doesn't abuse its power. They keep the peace and keep their eye on local events. Consequently, when the Chief does decide that extreme methods are called for, his decision is seldom questioned.

Duelling

Duelling is allowed and even encouraged outside the wall. Duelling inside city limits is suicidal . . . the police have carte blanche to deal with such situations, and consider them excellent practice. The smart duellist will ensure that his fights have no chance of endangering innocent bystanders. OP locals traditionally duel in the shadow of the city wall.

Highways

Overland Park maintains its highways to about 15 miles outside the city limits. The roads are kept clear for an additional 50 miles. The roads are maintained with cheap refugee labor and materials from the ruins of Kansas City. The police enforce speed limits within a 15 mile radius of town of 65 mph on the highway and 35 mph inside the wall. If caught speeding, the traveler is strongly advised to pull over and surrender immediately. Better still, don't speed ­ the police are not required to hail speeders or fire a warning shot. Fines are substantial (speed X 100 dollars), and payable at city hall. Captured speeders will have their cars confiscated until they pay up. Those who cannot pay will work off the balance of their fine at the rate of $50 per day's labor.

Cycle Gangs

The numerous biker gangs in the Old Kansas City area not only leave Overland Park alone, they usually follow OPPD orders ­ the fate of those who cross the Overland Park police is well known among the gangs. The last major war between the town and the gangs was in 2029, but the lesson of that war hasn't been forgotten. Overland Park Police, however, do not interfere with the bikers outside of a 50­mile radius, and outside that limit bikers remain a severe danger, particularly to lone vehicles.

Government

Overland Park remains a democracy, but the people have invested the police and city hall with a remarkable degree of freedom and power. This strong central authority has kept the city healthy and unified through several crises. Citizens are inevitably treated with respect by the locals, but noncitizens are expected to be strictly inoffensive in all their actions. An offense that would draw a small fine or warning for a citizen can earn a noncitizen a huge fine, several weeks on the work gangs and even time in jail.


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