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Sara M. Johnson

Victoria Falls: A Post-Collapse American Nation Quest is a play-by-post Quest roleplay created by PoptartProdigy on Sufficient, based on William S. Lind's Victoria. It began on 11 March 2019.

Set 25 years after the events of the book, the North American continent is a warzone of survivor communities and successor states. Standing triumphant above them all is Victoria, a totalitarian Retroculturalist nation stretching from Quebec to New York state. With backing from the New Russian Empire, Victoria keeps those who challenge its control over the former United States subjugated and its neighbors intimidated.


The players take control of the Commonwealth of Free Cities, a Midwestern successor state on a mission to bring Victoria to is knees and restore the United States to its former glory.

Victoria Falls features the following tropes:

  • Adaptational Villainy: "Father Dimitri", portrayed in Lind's novel as the "unofficial liaison" of Czar Alexander IV, is now an Okhrana agent who was tasked with forcing the collapse of the United States by assisting Rumford and Kraft in the Civil War.
  • Alternate History: The United States defaulted on sovereign debt in 2019. The ensuing global financial crisis in 2021 caused Russia to collapse into anarchy until an unknown warlord stabilized the country and assumed the title of Czar Alexander IV.
    • Additional discussion among the questers regarding the actions of the House of Hohenzollern in the novel has suggested that the Point of Divergence may actually have been during the early 20th century.
  • Based on a Great Big Lie: The Quest's backstory depicts many of the events of the novel as being largely fictional, altered by the Victorian government to enhance its image as the heroic nation conquering the "Cultural Marxists" within the United States.
    • New York City never joined Victoria. "Father Dimitri" barely managed to dissuade Rumford and Kraft from launching a potentially costly invasion against the city.
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    • The Northern Confederation's campaign against Cascadia's "radical environmentalists" was a Russo-Japanese venture to eliminate an independent but Chinese-aligned west coast state. Rumford was an observer, but his smuggling of a (non-nuclear) bomb into Shanghai briefly caused an international flashpoint that Alexander IV was forced to mediate.
    • Rumford's merely "flailed ineffectually" against random pirates in the Gulf of Mexico rather than the privateers of the "Aztec Empire".
    • Rumford's war with the "Democratic Republic of Azania", the genocidally misandrist government controlling former California, was actually a poorly-led campaign against the Pacific Republic. Victoria only "won" by exhausting California's resources through a combination of attrition and a Russian naval blockade.
  • Break Out the Museum Piece:
    • Russian-imported T-34 tanks, along with BMP-1s and BTR-60s, are the main armored force of the Victorian military.
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    • A significant chunk of the Commonwealth Air Force consists of literal museum pieces, refurbished because no other jet aircraft were available after a generation of Russian/Victorian pillaging of the American heartland. The resulting air corps is obsolescent even by Victorian standards. They are utterly outmatched by Victorian numbers and F-16 fighters except that the New California Republic has extensively sabotaged the Victorians' missiles and engines.
  • Colonel Badass: Ron "Hellfire" Burns led the Devil Brigade around America defeating various tyrants for decades before being promoted to Four-Star Badass by the Commonwealth
  • Divided States of America: Factions include:
    • The Commonwealth of Free Cities, a parliamentary republic based out of Chicago and expanding into the Great Lakes region.
    • Victoria, formerly the Northern Confederation, is a fascist totalitarian state currently in control of much of the Eastern Seaboard, stretching from Quebec's eastern coast to the New York-Pennsylvania border.
    • The Free City of New York, an independent city-state currently in control of NYC proper and all of Long Island. It acts as a haven for all anti-Victorian refugees and is kept alive by European aid.
    • The New California Republic, a democratic nation whose policies and political affairs are under direct Russian oversight.
    • An unknown democratic enclave in Miami.
    • A restoration of the state of Kansas currently limited to the northeast portion of the state.
  • Easy Logistics: Averted, Ron Burns has the "Professionals Study Logistics" customization to create an effective logisitic corps to provide supply. Conversely the Victorians' disregard for supply lines and focus on decentralized groups both raiding for supplies and assuming that any war will be won swiftly and decisively saps their effectiveness in a protracted struggle.
  • Elite Army: The Devil Brigade managed to maintain training and equipment at close to pre-collapse standards, which makes them the best military unit in North America outside of the NCR. In fact they are so good that they automatically succeed at any engagement they are in.
  • Enemy Civil War: After the Commonwealths victory against the Victorians, the CMC divisions revolted due to wanting to preserve their special position in the army and desiring vengeance against the commonwealth.
  • Fictional Political Party: Several parties have coalesced in the Commonwealth:
    • Commonwealth Progressive Party: Social Democrats that developed from the leftward half of a split in the Democrats. Leaders of the current ruling coalition.
    • Popular Commonwealth Progressive Party: A more socialist version of the previous party that developed from a the leftward half of split in that party. Junior partner in the ruling coalition.
    • Christian Socialist Party: Socialist party based on liberation theology, but does not advocate for theocracy. Junior partner in the ruling coalition.
    • Commonwealth Farmer-Laborer Party: Communist and currently the main opposition party, very fond of unions.
    • Commonwealth Green Party: Very devoted to environmental issues and is more generally left wing.
    • Unreconstructed Democratic Party: What remains of the classic Democratic party, mix of Social Democrats and New Capitalists.
    • American Constitutional Restorationist Party: Believe the old ways of America are what made it great and that they should be returned to, New Capitalist.
    • Unionist Party: Victorian Sympathisers that won't admit to being Victorian Sympathisers. After a campaign lambasting their policies and leadership, they have ceased to be a force in politics, for now.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Although the Victorians are the main enemy, the Tsars Imperialist ambitions loom large over the setting.
  • Great Offscreen War: Many of the Commonwealth's leaders are veterans of Chicago's bloody war against the Nazis, which took place at some point between the end of the novel and the start of the Quest.
  • Green Aesop: Princess Katerina is less interested in world conquest and more in environmental sustainability.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: During his tenure as Commonwealth's first President, Burns was too busy juggling internal matters and military build-up to give attention to foreign (meaning non-Commonwealth Americans) diplomacy, and this allowed the Victorians to spread propaganda to nearby communities that the Commonwealth were warmongers that wanted to conquer them, making them stay neutral during the Victoria's Invasion of Detroit.
  • Inevitable Mutual Betrayal: Neither the Commonwealth nor Victoria came to the peace talks expecting the peace to last more than a couple years, they just both needed time to prepare for more war.
  • Invaded States of America:
    • Russia has annexed Alaska in its entirety, with the New California Republic and Puerto Rico as its client states.
    • Imperial Japan currently controls the Hawaiian Islands, Oregon, Washington, and all of British Columbia west of the Cascade Mountains.
  • Make the Bear Angry Again: Russia, in the wake of the global financial crisis, was overtaken by neo-Tsarist elements, who later co-opted a fascistic movement in the US to take advantage of a series of disasters to break up America and create Victoria as a prime ally for their imperial ambitions. In the present, Imperial Russia is now the world's dominant superpower, under the leadership of Czar Alexander IV. It's also a fairly open secret that Victoria is their local enforcer in the US.
  • Mirror Universe: OOC, the "Negaverse", a series of Hilarious Outtakes where the Victorians are the hero faction...and the Commonwealth keeps on winning the victories they do in canon due to the quest players being dumb and valuing their pet theories over adaptation.
  • Reality Ensues: The Victorian government's attempts to force their population into subsistence farming results in massive dieoffs from starvation, as most people are not equipped to grow their own food.
  • Russia Takes Over the World: Russia is the worlds premier superpower, ruling much of the world either directly through military conquest, or through puppets and proxies.
  • Succession Crisis: It hasn't happened yet, but it is likely to happen. Catherine is the first in line, more capable, and favored by the Tzar but doesn't want to rule, while Nicholas, incompetent but supported by the court, does.
  • Tank Goodness: The Devil Brigade's M1A2 Abrams, despite 50+ years of service, remain the most powerful armored vehicles on the North American continent.
    • Zigzagged with the Victorian Army's T-34 tanks. While more than capable against infantry, technicals, and lightly armored vehicles employed by their enemies, their century-old design make them an anachronism in 21st century warfare.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The Victorian Air Force: While competent in air-to-air combat, Lind's "Fourth Generation Warfare" forces them into this during air-to-ground combat. Not only are they lacking air-to-ground weaponry, but their doctrine calls for flying in close formation against surface-to-air batteries, the idea being that the missiles will misinterpret their formation as massive singular aircraft and fly through the center of the formation, sparing the planes. In reality, all SAM missiles since the Cold War have been equipped with proximity fuses as standard issue, allowing the Commonwealth to lay waste to the VAF.
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: The quest takes place from 2074 onwards.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: "Father" Dimitri had Kraft poisoned and wiped out Rumford's "crusaders" with a Spetsnaz team before covering up their deaths.


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