Part of the story I am working on deals with a militia and a civil war that happens. I was thinking, well let's see a militia unit formed of weird people. See how they function. Part of it comes out of the 'neurodiversity' movement AND stuff like militias in the Spanish Civil War and February Revolution of 1917 in Russia.
Basically as they're militia they wear a single armband, and other than that....not much else in common as a uniform. Some have camo, others dress like punks/goths/etc, other people dress 'very bummy' (e.g. mechanics' jackets modified, using cones as helmets, football armor as protection, etc). I was thinking of something like they start/get formed out of revolutionary students in a Chicago college, or 'hipster neighborhood', or something - people who knew each other already as a clique of friends, send them on Amtrak trains south to the Frontline on the border of northern and southern illinois. Or they're defending the city itself from attack and take buses that have 'Front Line' as a stop and are stuck on the grungy atmosphere.
Here's a sample paragraph I tried to write. There's other stuff but I can't find it in the clusterfuck of my library now :/
"the feeling was great. I was ELATED. Everything seemed bright and shiny, or it was the building I was in. It was humid, warm, and you could see the rays of sunlight in the building. It was early spring, and had that nice smell of rain. We were all walking around, loitering around the ad hoc base, discussing things, coming back from parties, all that."
"I got promoted to officer. I was the lieutenant of a unit. Well not PROMOTED, I was ELECTED the lieutenant. Our revolutionary forces were consisted of artists, misfits and hipsters. Some similar 'new model' units were autistic nationalist and 'icarus project' filled people. It was interesting walking through the station with all the people around me, in this newly formed unit, getting into a train taking us a few hundred miles away to the front lines. I remember that, and see how most of my unit is dead now from artillery barrages, and yeesh...."
edited 5th Mar '11 10:48:47 PM by BalloonFleet