The People

Most of those who survived Mixi were children between 5 and 10 years old; few survived the infection older than this, whilst those younger rapidly died of starvation, disease or injury without adults present. Those who survived have slowly banded together and live as scavengers and hunter-gatherers.
Vast swathes of knowledge have been lost since the outbreak - a large number of individuals are illiterate, and those that can read have found that over the intervening years many books have rotted or become illegible, or even been burned as fuel. For this reason, technical knowledge tends to be rudimentary at best, with functioning technology being highly valuable and sought after.
Over the years, many groups have raided facilities such as military bases, police stations and even hunting clubs, so it is not unusual to see people equipped with firearms. Many more have forged weaponry from scrap metal, sometimes with surprising skill.
Over time, most groups have clumped together in an area, forming loose coalitions for trade and mutual support, and a culture of sorts has developed amongst these groupings. Many gather regularly - on full moons, for example - in some location, where they trade, settle disputes and share any knowledge they may have gained. Almost all such groupings have become highly superstitious. People who were adults when the outbreak happened are treated with great reverence and respect, in part because of the knowledge they possess. Towns, cities and even smaller settlements are seen as being cursed or haunted by many, and in any case they are overrun by vicious packs of cats, dogs and rats, and many who travel to them subsequently contract Mixi. Similarly, cats are seen as being intelligent, evil creatures which spread Mixi, and are usually shot on sight.

The biggest cultural groups are as follows.
Nomadic types who hunt, fish, forage and otherwise live off the land, who are known as Herders. Read More...
Those who try to continue life as it was before Mixi, who create various local communities, and rely on industry and technology. They are known as Villagers, after the small settlements where they dwell. Read More...
Bands of scavangers, commonly called Skavvies, who venture into the cities to salvage items for trade. Read More...
Gangs of bikers, raiders and thugs who commonly act as mercenaries for other cultures. Read More...
The Messengers for Civilized Society, a secretive organization with agents influencing the other cultural groups. They believe that adult-led civilization survived overseas somewhere, and try to prepare Britain for when the forces of civilization inevitably arrive. Read More...
Finally, the Tested are a religious cult who believe that the apocalyptic plague was a punishment sent by God for mankind's hubris. They believe that mankind must be strong and righteous if they are to redeem themeslves. Read More...

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