Written by Martin Poteralski
Web Posted July 04, 1998
Updated August 05, 2000
Charlotte's long history of fascination with both firepower and horsepower have naturally made it a leading center for autodueling in the Southeast United States. From the development of the city in its turbulent colonial period through its modern fortress city status, Charlotte residents have always been that dangerous combination of well-armed and paranoid. A capital of American auto racing for over one hundred years, the more recent inclusion of vehicular combat has only caused the popularity of racing events to skyrocket. Professional autoduelists and race drivers can expect an unusually warm reception from the normally suspicious and reserved populace.
Charlotte (population 320,000) is different from most
cities in that the primary threat to its continued existence comes
from barbarian hordes, but from the hostile expansionist regime of
state. The neo-fascist government of nearby South Carolina has
threats against the territory of both North Carolina and Georgia,
such a "War Between the Carolinas" Charlotte could be devastated
by a surprise
attack of elite South Carolinian mechanized forces. For this
maintains a strong Federal military presence on 24-hour alert,
alcohol-powered assault jet aircraft based at the municipal
the placid-looking farms of the surrounding counties disguise the
silos of North Carolina's nuclear deterrent force.
Charlotte has been known as "The Queen City" for its association
namesake Queen Charlotte, and became known as "The Hornet's Nest"
the Revolutionary War because of the fierce fighting of its
patriots. Charlotte was the primary staging area for North
invasion of South Carolina in 2020, and it remains heavily
its southern and western borders to this day.
Dueltrack and straight racing events are both extremely popular
New Charlotte Speedway, one of the largest and most heavily
the United States. There are also five arenas of varying styles --
best known are the gigantic Metrolina Fairgrounds and the Hornet's
Arena. The headquarters of the Dixie Duel Circuit relocated to
in 2046, and for that reason the east side of town boasts a brand
spacious AADA regional office.
Charlotte has numerous garages, truck stops, hospitals, and television stations. The Uptown District in central Charlotte has been closed to vehicular traffic to stem the increasing rate of road fatalities. Non-residents who wish to enter this labyrinth of inter-connected commercial and government buildings must apply for a visitor permit. Charlotte is also the site of the New University of North Carolina (which was formerly called "UNC-Charlotte" when there was more campuses).
Crossing the border between North and South Carolina is almost
like passing through the demilitarized area of a combat zone.
will be stopped and checked for weapons, explosives and other
so expect lengthy delays at the border patrol stations.
Charlotte itself is a relative safe haven from gang activity due to its fortifications and military presence. Most of the local gang activity is centered to the west and north of Charlotte, and the nearby town of Gastonia, which lacks the defenses of Charlotte, is vulnerable to periodic gang attacks. Travelers should exercise extreme caution in the outlying areas, especially on the less-traveled roads, as western North Carolina remains essentially lawless.