Life Further Afield

Elsewhere in Britain, life broadly follows the same pattern as in the South East. Although the slang varies from place to place, cultural groups of nomads, isolated communities and bands of scavengers can be found across the landscape. Similarly, the organisations of the Tested and the MCS are widespread.

London

The city of London is well known as the largest urban centre in the British Isles. The sheer concentration of people here resulted in a complete collapse of society when the Mixi struck, and very few children survived, far fewer than elsewhere in the country. Those few who survived are for the most part isolationist and highly territorial, fiercely guarding the rubbish-strewn streets they call home. Between these fierce loners, and the ever-present corpses of Mixi victims, London is shunned by outsiders as a haunted death-trap. With even the Tested avoiding the area, the metropolis is becoming claimed by packs of wild dogs and ever-encroaching vegetation as it’s left to crumble away.

Scotland

Further afield, other parts of Britain also have their own local quirks. In Scotland, the sparser population resulted in the infection progressing much slower across the landscape, and a higher number of children surviving. The result of this was that the children of Scotland quickly split into numerous tight-knit groups, each competing for resources. Scotland remains war-torn, with heavily armed bands of survivors living in fortified camps, venturing out on raids for resources or to strike against their enemies.
There were a few isolated communities on the various small Scottish islands that Mixi never reached. For some time, these people continued life as it was before to the best of their ability, the family unit remaining intact. In recent years, however, contact with mainlanders has seen the deaths of these communities. Either through violence perpetrated by the warlike, aggressive youths of the mainland, or the belated introduction of Mixi, it is believed that none of these communities still survive.

Cornwall

Cornwall, whilst having a similarly high population density, presents a united front to the rest of the country. Immediately following the spread of Mixi, a few older survivors in one local area managed to organise the children around them, and over the years their influence has spread so that the whole region falls under the control of one group. In the New Cornish State, as it’s now known, land is organised for farming, regulated camps for the survivors exist, and roads are maintained. A project within Cornwall has been going on for some years to strip the old urban centres of anything of value and then demolish and raze them. Several old towns have already been systematically burnt to the ground by the settlers.
The New Cornish State is closed off to outsiders, with a fortified section of land dividing the peninsula from the rest of the island. Despite their xenophobic nature, rumours abound that the MCS are quietly sponsoring the Cornish project. Other stories in circulation tell of whole settlements killed, burnt in their homes in a desperate attempt to stop the rampant spread of Mixi behind the Cornish Wall.

Foreign Lands

Of what has happened overseas, very little is known. Ireland is believed to have suffered a similar fate, as is mainland Europe. Physical separation and language barriers both make contact difficult at the best of times, and often such expeditions across the sea have ended in violence. It seems likely, however, that society has developed along similar lines.
The fate of Africa, Asia, the Americas and other far-flung regions are completely unknown. These locations are distant enough that, to the residents of the British Isles, they might as well be another planet. What can be guessed at, though, is that Mixi took a similar toll on populations worldwide. With no contact being made, it seems unlikely that any adults survived in significant numbers anywhere. The closest to contact with a surviving foreign power is the interception of what are probably automated distress broadcasts on long-wave radio. For a long time touted as evidence by the Messengers, these signals have grown weaker and less frequent over recent years. Whoever or whatever has been broadcasting them is still unknown, but they have yet to respond to any messages the Central Committee sends back.

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