Understanding Vega’s Civil War

Following the Extermination War, General Edward Riesen constructed a new city out of the ruins of former Las Vegas; a fortified haven known as Vega. Every survivor who found refuge behind its walls was given work and shelter.

To ensure law and order in a time of reconstruction, Riesen implemented a regimented “V-System” to categorize Vega’s citizens based on their societal contribution. Governmental and learned men occupied the higher V ranks (V6 ,V5), the working class the middle Vs (V4, V3), and the military, laborers, and unemployed the lower Vs (V2 ,V1) . But as Vega continued to grow and prosper, its lower citizens became disenchanted by the class disparity, and the very system that maintained civil control became the seed of discontent.

Disorganized factions of V1 rebels began to push back against the system that had forsaken them until Zoe Holloway emerged to lead their revolution. Holloway and her followers blew up Vega’s underground tunnel system, which physically divided the city in two and effectively started the Civil War. The explosion created a trench running east-to-west, which both split the city’s resources and provided front lines for the citizens to fight each other.

After Holloway gave a rousing call to arms, hundreds of lower Vs flocked to the rebel side. With control of the agri-towers, weapons depot, and the V1 masses, Holloway gained the upper-hand against Lady Riesen who resisted violent response against her people, and whose military forces were split between the civil unrest and Gabriel’s angels outside.

Below are examples of propaganda that the warring sides
used during this tumultuous time.

V1 Propaganda Poster

With the Lady of the City sitting atop a throne of V1 bones, the above image illustrates the V1 distaste for Vega’s V6 ruling class, and contempt for the inequalities of the V-System altogether.

V1 Propaganda Banner

The symbol of the “Rebel Flag & Fist,” was created by an unknown artist and quickly became the sigil under which the V1s rally for revolution. The slogan: “Revival, Not Survival,” reflects the rebels’ hope for a new and improved life, for rights and privileges beyond subsistence.

V6 Propaganda Poster 1

This famous Archangel Corps recruitment poster shows Gabriel’s angels attacking all sides of Vega and demonstrates the courage and honor necessary for combat.

V6 Propaganda Poster 2

This version of the famous Archangel Corps recruitment poster—updated during the time of the Civil War—shows a swath of V1 rebels being helped out of the tunnels by a soldier of the Corps. With this image of unity, the upper Vs urge the V1s to band together to fight their common enemy rather than each other. Together—not divided—Vega’s citizens can survive the war outside.

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Chapter VII