Disaster sites in Burgundie

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Burgundie houses a number of environmental and man-made disaster sites that have been identified by the state as emergency areas of inhospitality. This designation generally coincides with the emergency power of eviction being utilized by the government to evacuate the impacted population and entitles the residents to government housing and other requisite subsidies. There are currently X locations that qualify as emergency areas of inhospitality.


From top left to bottom left: 1. Aerial view of InnisRoisan 2. The lighthouse of InnisRoisan 3. A house, half buried in sand 4. Truckcycles, the ersatz standard mode of transit

InnishRoisan is a predominantly Gaelic village in Wintergen. The village was founded in the 1830s, following the Burgundian annexation of Wintergen by Burgundian fishing families who named the settlement after the Roisan River in Burdeboch from were many of them emigrated. An abundance of fish and sea life led to prosperity within the farms organized there, and by the 1890s some 1,500 people lived in InnisRoisan with a fishing fleet numbering more than seventy vessels. In 1902 a massive fish processing plant was constructed by the Burgundian North Levantine Trading Company as well as docks for the near by timber camps to ship the goos from northeastern Wintergen to the Isle of Burgundie and Ultmar.

In the 1930s trawler fishing technology had advanced and the population had expanded to 4,200. However, unregulated trawling led to the utter annihilation of the benthic life, which decimated the fishery and the seabed. As the trawlers ripped up the seabed and deposited the sands it on the shore, the easterly winds began to bring the sand further and further inland. The hurricane season in 1964 destroyed the fish processing plant and buried more than half of the village under sand dunes. InnisRoisan never fully recovered and is the first example of an emergency area of inhospitality. The government of Burgundie built an apartment complex for the residents outside of the Wintergenian capital of Hivernille. Most residents moved but some either stayed or have returned to eek out a life for themselves. There is no longer any industry and only a handful of service jobs for the 320 residents. Those who remain are supported mainly by unemployment benefits and pensions.

There is a lighthouse at InnisRoisan, built in 1954 as a navigational aid to mariners on the Kilikas Sea. Several shipwrecks line the shore as a testament to the treacherous waters. No roads or railroads connect the area with the rest of Wintergen. Transportation to the outside world is by ship or air. The civilian airport is a dirt runway 650 meters in length. Local travel is by "truckcycles" (motorcycles with truck wheels).

Sedane Nuclear Plant Exclusion Zone

Situated deep in the Roln province in Ultmar, the Sedane Nuclear powerplant was completed in 1969. This was the third nuclear power reactor in Burgundie and the first intended for commercial use. Due to the national excitement and massive potential for profit the bidding process of fierce and rife with controversy. It is speculated that 14 people died as a result of the bidding war and a number of construction companies were either closed for bankruptcy or charged with fraud by the Revenue Guard. The winning bid, by ReFitte Advanced Systems, was to create a massive 4 reactor plant with the potential to power all of Roln and the southern quarter of Marves. However, a surveyor was bribed to change the location of the proposed site and it was built on a fault-line. This was not detected by others involved with the construction and the surveyor dead of an apparent accident caused by drunken driving. Some accounts of the number who died as a result of the plant bidding process include his death as the 15th associated with the war.

Construction started in 1967 and was very much a national spectacle. This was during The Great Tumult so the positive distraction was much needed. In 1974 a minor earthquake became a major catastrophe as the shifting ground caused the shielding around the reactor to crack and a moderate leak developed. The reactor was shut down and a 150 square kilometer area had to be cordoned off to contain the release of radioactive material. 340,000 people were forcibly evicted within the first week of the disaster but not before many of them had already been exposed to high doses of radiation. It is estimated that 1,280 people died of exposure within the first 10 years of the disaster and innumerable others died of or are currently battling various radiologic diseases like cancer as a result of their exposure. The XII Engineer Battalion of the II Infantry Legion and the L Combat Engineer Regiment of the IV Field Sustainment Brigade were both mobilized to help the immediate response. Both units sustained losses of over 30% on the first three days of the containment effort. Additional units were activated to facilitate the response and evacuation, but none suffered as badly as the first two. The responders from the XII Engineer Battalion and the L Combat Engineer Regiment were awarded the Hero of the Burgundian Empire and the units were given the Ribbon of Selfless Service.

A "Nuclear Gaurd" fast action team responding to a call in Sedane Centrale.

The 150 square kilometer exclusion zone was home to 24 municipalities in two raion. The largest community, the adjacent town built for the workers and dependents of the plant, Sedane Centrale, home to 85,530 people at the time of the accident remains as a ghost town and has been a favorite for urban explorers since the 1990s. The area has been under the control of the Emergency Management Agency of Burgundie since the disaster. The security for the zone is delegated to the Nuclear Ordnance Security Group of the National Gendarmerie of Burgundie, colloquially named theNuclear Gaurd, it is a specially outfitted unit that operates entirely in NBC gear and, of late has made good use of drone technology. They are often the proving ground for new Burgundian military drone technology and have provided the service to other international robotics concerns as well. The team has done extensive research on improving the Burgundian response to radiologic incidents and the decontamination processes. In the last 10 years, they have increased their efforts in the areas of dry decontamination and the resulting lessons have been adopted by all levels of government, first responders, and first receivers across Burgundie.

In 2004, O’Shea Container Shipping (later transferred to O'Shea Operation Management Services) purchased 50 square kilometers of the land and is using it to develop Radioactive Removal Services (RRS) technologies.

The accident slowed the pace of the nuclear power sector in Burgundie for about 10 years. However, during the "BurgunFri" environmental movement in the 1990s it experienced a revival and 5 nuclear power plants have been constructed in Burgundie since 1987.

Long Beach Shoals Testing Site

Long Beach Shoals is an oceanographical feature 60km (37mi) off of northwestern Nauta Normand. From the 1880s it was used as a military proving range as it was the closest Burgundian territory outside of the Kilikas Storm Belt. It was the first real demonstration that the central Burgundian government was considering expanding its influence in the world. Previously, the focus was on building ships that could withstand the Kilikas Storm Belt and yet outrun Kiravian naval vessels. Focusing on other environments was a massive shift in the policies of the Navy of Burgundie and the government. This Fair Weather Navy was also the first time that iron and steel, powered vessels were tested in Burgundie, bucking the prevailing opinion of Tall ships today, tall ships tomorrow, tall ships forever. Long Beach Shoals were chosen as a remote area that had enough timber to construct facilities on shore for a military port, enough unclaimed land to allow for the testing of new naval weapons, and the remoteness that it would not disrupt shipping lanes. Over the next 150 years, the Navy utilized a variety of munitions types and dumped large amounts of pollutants including gasoline, toxic and industrial wastes, and sunk a number of ships as part of targeting practice.

In the 1990s the site was deemed a hazard after locals began reporting chronic issues related to the inability to produce offspring, some of the highest cancer rates in Burgundie, and the uncontrollable loss of hair. The Royal Department of Public Health and Societal Improvement condemned the site in 1996 and the military vacated the area in 1999. The area is known for being a 1500 acre preserve for castaways, disestablishmentarians, and anarchists. In 2008, the Free State of the Lands Beyond the Lords was declared and a minor police action was undertaken by the Rural Directory of Police in Nauta Normand, the Metropolitan Police of Soix, and the National Police of Burgundie. The action soon was bogged down and the National Gendarmerie of Burgundie were called and in August 2010 the Bloodbath of the Free State commenced. Supported by 1,239 heavily armed police officers, 218 gendarmes moved into the woods and routed the anarchists. It is anticipated that members of the Rural Directory of Police, overly excited to be as armed as they were and undertrained in the use of their equipment, opened fire, but soon the woods were filled with the sounds of gunfire and the sight of tracers. 218 anarchists were killed or injured and 53 police and gendarmes as well. Over 50% of the police injuries were attributed to friendly fire.

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