Written by Martin Poteralski
Web Posted January 12, 1999
Updated August 05, 2000
All of Dade County, Florida, has been classified as a Federal Disaster Area by the United States Government since 2012. Most roads are impassible to ordinary ground vehicles. Vehicles with aquatic capabilities are recommended for travel to and within Dade County.
Daytime temperatures in the Dade County area regularly exceed 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius) between May and October, with relative humidity at or near 100%. Travelers are advised that vehicle performance is likely to be adversely affected by the tropical conditions.
All of Dade County is under a permanent Level 2 Medical Advisory. Mosquito-borne diseases including malaria, typhoid, encephalitis, and dengue fever are rampant. Medical and sanitary facilities remain far below national standards.
Dade County, Florida is classified as a Lawless Area by the
Government. Travelers are advised that state and federal
effective control over the area.
South Florida was largely ignored as an inhospitable, alligator-infested swamp until around 1890. Then came Henry Flagler, the railroad, airstrips, resort hotels, a booming tourist industry, an influx of senior citizens, Art Deco, massive foreign immigration, international trade, skyrocketing crime, increasing government scandals, and environmental pillage. Thanks to Barbara, the region is once again a largely ignored, inhospitable, alligator-infested swamp. Even the AADA's past Road Atlas and Survival Guide entries have unfortunately neglected to mention the existence of New Kendall (seasonal population up to 10,000).
Metropolitan Dade County was one of the largest and most prosperous counties in the United States until August 11, 2012, when the fury of Hurricane Barbara slammed into South Florida. The cyclone brought unprecedented devastation to the cities of Miami and Fort Lauderdale, most of which were flooded under ten feet of salt water. Thousands died in the catastrophe, and most of the survivors fled north to higher ground in Palm Beach, Tampa, or Los Disneys. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) planners, already overburdened with the previous year's annihilation of Jacksonville by Hurricane Annette as well as the newly developing Grain Blight, threw up their hands in defeat before nature's wrath.
But not everything was abandoned. Parts of south Miami, spared the most devastating effects of the hurricane by distance from the storm's eye and a few extra feet of elevation, survived the disaster more or less intact. Hardy survivalists rebuilt a settlement, and by 2025 a concrete retaining wall with drainage canals had been built around the area to halt the reclamation of the remaining dry land by the swampy Everglades. The Wall was also fortified with defenses to keep out riffraff, even though this was hardly necessary given the settlement's remoteness, and even though the residents inside the Wall would probably be considered "riffraff" by the average American. Their settlement was officially named "New Kendall" after the half-ruined Miami suburb it was constructed over, although the locals took to calling it such colorful names as "End of the Earth" and "New Ken-hell."
With the establishment of the Everglades Commercial Combat Zone (ECCZ) on the lands of the former national park in 2038, the redevelopment of the area took off as corporate money poured in. New Kendall is now provisionally governed by an oligarchy of vehicle and autoduel supply companies, which routinely test their new equipment in the ECCZ. Watercraft, hovercraft, and amphibious vehicles are the Zone's specialty due to the marshy terrain which is generally covered with one to four feet of water.
New Kendall is an uncomfortable place any time of the year, but
it is almost uninhabitable due to the extreme heat, unpredictable
and mosquito-borne plagues. As a result, the town is nearly
summer, but the self-styled "Swamp Rats" who call the town home
There is a small, underused arena at Tropical Park, and speedboat
races are often held among the decaying skyscrapers of what was
Miami. The ECCZ regularly hosts nationally televised wargames
teams in its unique swampland setting, from its preseason in
the popular 64-team "Marsh Madness" tournament each spring. The
a small token office in the rebuilt Datran Two building on New
Drive. Garages and recharge stations are available, but since New
is essentially an island 50 miles off the coast of the United
caters to wealthy corporate autoduelists, all equipment is at a
-- all prices are at least four times the national average.
The municipal "government" (bought and paid for by corporate money) sets up shop each October in the former Dadeland Mall, located in central New Kendall. It is completely ineffective at maintaining order, sanitation, or infrastructure of any kind, yet many locals swear this is not a recent development in the history of the county. New Kendall's only exports are cement and television programs of questionable quality. Real hospitals, schools, and commerce are conspicuously absent.
Interstate highways 75 and 95 have ceased to exist in this area, having sunk into the swamp years ago. The one remaining road to New Kendall, the former Florida Turnpike, runs 50 miles north past the ruins of Miami and Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach. This treacherous highway winds through generally Poor to Off-Road, and in some places Aquatic, conditions. Not even the Brotherhood will drive to New Kendall. Water or air transport to or from the town is recommended, assuming of course you really need to be there at all. New Kendall's marina and airport (the rebuilt Homestead Air Force Base) are almost modern thanks to corporate support.
All remaining buildings in New Kendall are hurricane-proof:
structures usually have 25 DP concrete walls, commercial buildings
usually 50 to 75 DP, and critical buildings like aircraft hangars
plants are at least 200 DP. Don't even think about breaching the
New Kendall has no truly organized gangs to speak of. Outside the Wall, a few hardy coastal pirates make their home on the scattered islets of Islandia, though their existence is an extremely difficult one. Inside the Wall, some armed bandits still prowl the frontier town, but these days you are more likely to face highway robbery at the hands of a smiling local merchant with the advantage of scarce supply on his side. Make sure you always keep enough money on hand to get back to civilization.