the Suburban Wasteland
The ruined suburbs of Townsville can be grouped into three distinct territories:
- The northern part is verdant, even lush in places, to the point of having actual forests. This land was touched less by the Townsville Blast and subsequent meltdown of North Haverbrook Nuclear Power Station, as well as the nuclear blight that followed the War, much less than so many other parts of America.
- The Menuxet river crosses the Suburban Wasteland from west to east, in a shallow valley. This region is badly poisoned, and of the three has been marked the most by the horrors of atomic war. It remains a scarred and pitted belt of industrial ruin and marshy floodland.
- South of the river is a naturally dry land, mostly given over to dusty prairie. Not an actual desert but neither a forgiving place to eke out an existence. The use of a GECK in many spots throughout this place, however, has revitalized it considerably, so fields and orchards dot the landscape from Lawndale to Highland.