The geography of North America is pocked with the scars of war and terror. Radioactive wastelands, biological dead zones, and areas of twisted wilderness dot the continent. The main population centres remain along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, with the vast bulk of the central plains littered with small settlements and only a few major cities. However, the quest for expansion and the spirit of exploration have once again drawn thousands out from the cities, and the continent’s interior is a hotbed of resource gathering.
The four corners of North America hold the continent’s largest urban centres: Old New York, The Florida Peninsula, California’s coast, and the Vancouver sprawl. Most of North America’s major 21st century cities lie in ruins. Those that remain are known as conventional or walled cities. However, their populations decreased significantly, and few have been able to recapture their former glory, even after more than 200 years (4.1).