Sheltered from the majority of the ashfall by strong winds and a valley, Gunnison was one of the better-off parts of the Ashlands in the immediate aftermath of the Rupture.
History of Gunnison Edit
In the aftermath of the Rupture, the town of Gunnison took in the few refugees it could support. In order to make the best of limited resources, rationing was imposed by the town government, and strict limits were imposed on fishing and hunting.
However, the town barely survived the first winter, where temperatures commonly hit -25 fahrenheit. This was only made worse by the region's windchill, which made the already freezing temperatures even worse. As a result of the temperature and scarcity of resources, there were many deaths from starvation and exposure to the elements in the region. To make matters worse, bandit raids from neighboring towns alongside the Gunnison River were frequent, driven by desperation and lack of resources. While the town of Gunnison was successful in repelling the incursions, they were only barely successful in doing so, and lost many of their best men and women.
When spring arrived, Gunnison still stood, but only because of the heroic efforts to both defend the town and maintain the stores of food and livestock needed to feed the town, as well as the vital seeds needed to grow crops for another year. The local college, Western State University had also remained relatively intact, and served as a vital hub for pre-Rupture knowledge. Several buildings in the University were also converted into plant nurseries and greenhouses in order to support the town.
By 3 PA, the City-State of Gunnison would ally itself with the state of Colorado Springs, and became part of the Patriarchate of Colorado.
Aside from the seeds and livestock the town of Gunnison had so desperately defended during its first winter, the town was notable for its hydroelectric power supply. The hydroelectric power is supplied by the nearby Blue Mesa Reservoir Dam. The dam would eventually be secured by militia troops from Gunnison, as a result of local tribes attempting to occupy the strategically important location.
Gunnison primarily raises sheep and horses, with the latter being used for cavalry, pulling plows, and transportation.
Post-Rupture Development Edit
Around 3 PA, engineers in Gunnison succeeded in producing Giardoni-style air rifles, Volcanic pistols and six-pounder cannons. The Gunnison Air Rifle is notable for chambering .45 caliber ball, and mounting an air tank capable of holding enough pressure for about one thousand rounds, under optimal conditions.
While Gunnison's post-Rupture weaponry is not as effective as it's pre-Rupture counterparts, the city is capable of producing new ammunition and spare parts for the less complex weapons.