The NecroMech Dossier Core Manual April 2018 - Page 27

Situation Report - London (Source: MI5, Date: 30 th November 1949) Survival before politics. Churchill once again presides over a “national government” and a populace under stringent military controls. However, that populace has shrunk considerably after the winter of 1946/47 where conditions were so harsh that another 5% of the British people perished. By 1949, the remaining 20 million people, of which 20% live in or around London, face a constant struggle for food and warmth under constantly grey skies. Many areas of London targeted by the Luftwaffe remain derelict. Coal has become the domestic lifeblood of Britain, for heating, electricity generation, and to produce high-grade aviation gasoline and synthetic oil (through the Bergius process developed from captured German technology). The latter required due to the cessation of U.S., Mexican, Caribbean, and Venezuelan exports as well as dwindling supplies from the Middle East where civil and religious unrest abound. Over 1400 collieries increase production to greater than 500 million tonnes per year under the direct control of the government’s National Coal Board (NCB). The NCB as well as the British Electricity Authority (BEA), resulting from the nationalization of the power companies, become part of the newly created Ministry of Energy . Deemed critical to the survival of Britain, and with the manpower to maintain national energy production requiring massive additional post-war re-deployment of military personnel, the Ministry of Energy comes under the purview of the Ministry of Defense . But coal burning power plants have added to Londoners daily misery with many days of smog warnings to stay indoors rather than face potential health problems. Coal, petrol, and other staples, even fur which is in great demand for the lining of greatcoats, a new essential part of any wardrobe, underpin a vibrant black market. Especially so since continued petrol rationing has otherwise given the military control in limiting the operation of all private vehicles. Although Londoners have a “live and let live” attitude to Psycrafters this extends only to their “own”. With severe border controls implemented to prevent any influx of refugees from mainland Europe those immigrants who do make it to Britain after the Rip are distinctly unwelcome; whether it be due to fear of disease, rampant in Mainland Europe, or through suspicion of criminality, also depicted as widespread by the press. People have been told what is happening in Paris and do not want it happening in London or, in fact, anywhere in Britain. Page 27