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Old 09-09-2019, 10:50 PM
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2300AD and Twilight 2000 are two distinctly different games and although there is a direct link between both games through GDW's original sourcebooks, there has been some discussion about divorcing the two timelines due to the trouble it causes in canon debates and everyone's different interpretations of it.

In Twilight 2000 the city of Memphis is a strategically important location on the Mississippi River.

The city developed as a trade and transportation centre in the 19th century because of its flood-free location high above the Mississippi River, but its location has always been of some importance to both Native Americans and later white colonists. The people of the Mississippi River Valley culture settled the high bluffs in the first millennium AD because it protected the location from the waters of the Mississippi River. The bluffs were later contested by the Spanish, French and English for the same reason. In the late 18th Century the area rivalled Fort Nogales (Vicksburg) and Fort Confederación (Epes, Alabama) through which European powers could control United States encroachment and their interference with Indian matters. Spain and the United States vied for control of Chickasaw Bluffs located on the present-day location of Memphis. In 1795 the Spanish built Fort San Fernando de las Barrancas on the bluff. Fort San Fernando de las Barrancas remained a focal point of Spanish activity until the Treaty of San Lorenzo or Pinckney's Treaty of 1795 (implemented in March 1797), which gave the United States the right to navigate the Mississippi River and won control over the Yazoo Strip north of the thirty-first parallel. During the Civil War the State of Tennessee seceded from the Union, but Union forces captured Memphis in June 1862 due to its importance and held it for the duration of the Civil War.

The Mississippi River physically divides the eastern United States from the west and is a major artery for trade and commerce, and the Mississippi River Valley is one of the most fertile agricultural regions in the country. Therefore controlling it or part of it will be highly important to everyone in the Twilight War. According to Howling Wilderness the system of levees and dams on the Mississippi broke down after the breakdown of civil government in 1998-1999. The Mississippi River also changed course by 2001, with its new mouth being through the Atchafalaya River which has radically affected the water table of the old delta. Fresh water supply to cities downstream of Baton Rouge were contaminated with salt water, but it implies that it was the Lower Mississippi that was the worst affected.

Memphis is one of the most strategically important locations on the Mississippi River. Four railroad and highway bridges cross over the Mississippi at Memphis; the Frisco Bridge (single-track rail), the Harahan Bridge (double-track rail), the Memphis-Arkansas Memorial Bridge (Interstate 55), and the Hernando de Soto Bridge (Interstate 40). The two rail bridges carry several major east-west railroad freight lines, and also the major north-south railroad lines that run through Memphis and connect with Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Louisville, New Orleans, Dallas, Houston, Mobile and Birmingham. The Port of Memphis is the second largest inland cargo port on the Mississippi River, and Memphis International Airport is the second largest cargo airport in the world. Also Shelby County is located over four natural aquifers, one of which is recognized as the "Memphis Sand Aquifer". Located 350 to 1,100 feet underground this water source is considered soft and estimated to contain more than 100 trillion US gallons of water.

The Mid West and the Great Plains in Twilight War

MILGOV controls the Middle and parts of the Lower Mississippi. They control Cairo and in 1999 retook Memphis after eliminating the Overlord of Memphis and also defeated CIVGOV's 35th Engineer Brigade forcing it west across the Mississippi. MILGOV controls territory in Southern Illinois, Kentucky and Western Tennessee within 100 miles of the Mississippi River. They have an enclave in Louisiana and are fighting remnant New America forces in Arkansas and Southern Missouri. MILGOV also controls nearby Kansas, Oklahoma, Western Nebraska and parts of Northern Texas.

49th Armored Division: Oklahoma
85th Light Infantry Division (1st Brigade): Fort Beauregard, LA
95th Light Infantry Division: Oklahoma/Western Kansas
98th Light Infantry Division (2nd Brigade): Arkansas
194th Armored Brigade: Cairo, IL (detachment at Robinson, IL)
197th Mechanised Brigade: Memphis, TN
The School Brigade: Nebraska/Western Kansas

CIVGOV controls Minneapolis and other parts of the Upper Mississippi in Minnesota, Northern Illinois and Western Wisconsin. CIVGOV also controls nearby Iowa and Eastern Nebraska and CIVGOV forces are moving west towards the Mississippi from the East Coast through the Cumberland Gap and the Ohio Valley.

84th Light Infantry Division: Minneapolis, MN
35th Engineer Brigade: Omaha, NE
184th Infantry Brigade: Moving west through Cumberland Gap
228th Infantry Brigade: Moving west along Ohio River

New America has strongholds in Arkansas and Southern Missouri and sympathisers elsewhere.
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