In the world of After the End, the regional cultures of Canada, the continental United States, Mexico, Central America and the northern part of South America have diverged significantly over the centuries. By the time of the game's start date of 2666 AD, the post-Event World has the following cultures and groups:
Eastern Americans Edit
North Atlantic Edit
The descendants of the people of the North-East Seaboard and the Maritime provinces.
- Gothamite: The people of ancient New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The great population of Ancient New York and its cosmopolitan cultural life has led to these people adopting an Anglo-Italian-Dutch syncretic culture. Religiously, divided: New York itself is Americanist, although Long Island and Connecticut are Anabaptist.
- Hudsonian: Descendants of the people of Upstate New York. More influenced by Dutch culture than their southern brethren, they are predominantly Anabaptist. Currently unified under the rule of the Kingdom of Hudsonia, ruled by Baltus III Groot.
- Delawarean: Descendants of Delawareans, Jerseyites and Philadelphians. Whereas the Hudsonians became more Hollandic in customs and language, the Delawareans became more Anglic.
- Yankee: The people of sinister New England. In appearance, they are reminiscient of the ancient Irish, yet in customs, names and faith, are Occultist, adopting en masse the names found within their faiths' scriptures. Tribal with the exception of Boston, which is a relatively prosperous city on a hill, and a majority of Evangelicals in Connecticut, subject to an Anabaptist Gothamite ruling class. Used to dominate the North-East, but after the fall of the Mahonic Dynasty, splintered.
- Maritimers: The people of the Maritime Provinces of Ancient Canada. True to the large presence of Celtic settlers in the land's history, they have adopted Scottish Gaelic-inspired customs. Unlike their southern cousins, they are not only High Church Christian, but also feudal.
- Newfie: Even more northerly from the Maritimers lie the Newfies, in the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland: an isolated people, tribal in ways due to their home's inhospitability, and following the High Church faith.
South Anglos Edit
The descendants of the people of the southern parts of the former United States.
- Beltway: Very restricted in size, mostly being found in North-West Maryland and Old Washington. The confusion after the Event has caused the people of the Beltway to turn to the Founding Fathers for aid, and adopt old legal terminology in their names. To this day they are mostly Americanist.
- Southron: The people of the Old South. These dashing and elegant gentlemen currently dominate the Holy Columbian Confederacy, forming most of its gentry. Mostly Evangelical in faith, although in parts outside of the Holy Confederacy they follow the Americanist faith. Known for their preference for antiquated names.
- Dixie: Related to the Southron, but generally ruddier. Inhabit the Deep South of Old America. As a rule, they're Evangelical. Dominated by the Southron nobility just as their Tuskegean neighbors.
- Appalachians: The people of Old Appalachia. Famed for their remarkably strong traditions and odd religious beliefs, with most of them subscribing to either Charismatism or its devolved cousin, Revelationism, with some of them adhering to the Rust Cult.
- Melungeons: Different in appearance to their cousins, it is said they emerged from the union of Native, African and Spaniard. Geographically they are very restricted even compared to their spread-out Appalachian brothers. Mostly Charismatic.
- Gulfards: The people of Florida. Spanish and French influences have led to them having a distinct identity from their northerly cousins, but frequent Brethren raids and foreign rule by the Caribbean Empire often keeps them down. From a religious point of view, they are divided: most adhere to Americanism or Evangelicalism, with some Rastafari and Brethren amongst them.
- Riverlanders: The hardy Riverlanders live at the Great Confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi, and have the pleasure of hosting the Pope in their great city of New Rome, also known as Saint Louis. They also are distinct from their Dixie and Southron cousins culturally, their attire and attitudes being more of a Midwestern mold. Religiously divided: some are Catholic, some are Revelationist, some Evangelical, and a very small number subscribe to Rust Cultism.
The descendants of the Ontarians and other Great Lakes inhabitants
- Chicagoan: Though all major cities are shells of their former selves, Chicago still stands as an important axis of power. The Catholic lands most adjacent to and including the Windy City are most closely related to those in Michigan and Ontario but are also a mélange of cultures, from the pagans to the North and East to the traditional Catholics in the West.
- Lacustrine: When travelling North and West from the Rostmann lands near Detroit one will find themselves in Lacustrine culture. The “inter-lake” population is a mix of Evangelical, Norse, and Rust Cultist faiths, but their overall culture lies closer to the feudal realms in Chicago and Ontario.
- Ontarian: The Anglo-Canadians of the past no longer exist, but their main offspring is that of the namesake of their most populous province. The eponymous Kingdom of Ontario is one of the most centralized and competent realms in the whole of the North-East. Though the culture stretches close to the northern reach of Lake Superior, Ontario’s High Church has only limited reach from the East to the West of Lake Erie, with a small pocket of High Churchers in northern Hudsonia.
The descendants of the largely rural areas between Pennsylvania and the Dakotas
- Deitsch: The Amish and Mennonite population naturally had advantages after The Event, and their descendants maintain parts of their unique culture up to and including 2666. Their naming tradition is largely Old Germanic, with the ruler of the Kingdom of Dietscherei called the Kaynich. The Deitsch are the traditional power behind the Anabaptist movement, centered in their homeland of what was once Pennsylvania.
- Rostmann: Rostmann culture encompasses parts of the Rust Belt of old America. Between Peoria and Erie lie the largely Rust Cultist kingdoms. Though their names are often Spoonerisms or Malapropisms of ancient names the tycoons and machinists are completely feudal and are not to be trifled with.
- Dellsman: The area directly west of Lake Michigan is controlled by the largely tribal Dellsmans. The many small fiefdoms are all Norse and are the closest among the pagans towards a semblance of feudalism.
- Yooper: The Upper Peninsula had never truly urbanized, and the unique culture that emerged there only strengthened after The Event. The bitter cold brought by the Great Lakes has stifled true prosperity, with many small tribes all under the Norse faith dotted along the lakeside coast.
- Northman: The cold lands of Minnesota and the Dakotas are where the Northmen dwell. As the heartland of the Norse faith the fierce warriors have had to contend with the presence of Grangelanders and Natives on their borders. With their Norse faith comes some of the more Scandinavian-inspired nomenclature of the New World.
The descendants of 17 and 18th-century French settlers in eastern North America
- Quebecois: Spread around the Saint-Lawrence river basin, the land of Quebec forms by far the largest stronghold of French Culture in North America. Having their own strong Catholic tradition, the Vatican rupture drove the Quebecois to come back to their roots and follow the Ursuline faith, a matriarchal monastic religion based in Quebec city. In 2226, their realms are fragmented and relatively weak, but they do effectively group together against heretics when their faith is threatened.
- Acadien: Strewn all over the Canadian Maritime lands for centuries, the Acadien culture has survived up to and past the Event, against all odds. Their northern population is mostly pagan Occultist, but an Ursuline Acadien presence exists in southwestern Nova Scotia. Most of their holdings are vassals to the Maritime kingdom in Atlantic Canada, but a few rivaling fiefdoms continue to hold the lands north of what was once New Brunswick. An Acadien pirate captain has also established a smuggling haven in the Magdalen Islands.
- Cajun: This southern people holds dominance over the bayous of Louisiane, ruled by house Creaux. Having been forced out of eastern Canada in ancient times, they have mingled with the Creole people of Louisiana for centuries. Western cajuns chiefly adhere to the Voodoo faith, but the traditionalist East follows the Catholic pope in New Rome.
- Creole: This unique composite descended from French, Afro-Carribean and Cajun cultures have formed a cosmopolitan nation at the mouth of the Mississipi, ruling over New Orleans. They mostly follow the cult of Voodoo.
The descendants of the African-American communities east of the Mississippi
- Motowner: The great industrial cities of the Rust Belt are deep in Rostmann territory, but the cities themselves are largely unique. What once were “ghettos” and “inner cities” are now independent realms with a majority black population. Gary, Detroit, and Cleveland are now all Rust Cultist realms centered on the remains of the ancient cities reinvented by the apocalypse.
- Tuskegean: African-American population centers in the South also found themselves diverging greatly after the Event, with cities like Jackson, Birmingham, and Atlanta forging ahead with their reinvented culture. Unlike their Northern counterparts, the Tuskegeans are a minority population under the rule of the Holy Columbian Confederacy, with powerful influence curbed by the elective monarchy. Tuskegeans are exclusively Evangelicals, with their communities as island among the Dixie and Southron peoples stretching from the Mississippi to the Potomac.
- Gullah: The most insular of the Afro-Anglos, the Gullah are the reborn descendants of the actual Gullah population along the coast of South Carolina and Georgia. Though Evangelical like their fellow Confederates, their unique creole language and traditions are kept alive within the larger realm.
Western Americans Edit
West Anglo Edit
The descendants of the white Americans between the Mississippi and the Rockies
- Ozark: The culture of ancient Arkansas has survived through the event and is now embodied in the Ozark peoples. Their traditional culture is still a fringe compared to the encroaching Dixie, but with one independent duchy between the Arkansas and Mississippi rivers one suspects they shan’t be extinguished immediately. Like most West Anglos, the Ozarks are majority Catholic.
- Texan: Though the Lone Star State is divided among many kingdoms and cultures, the famous Texans spirit still survives. Texan culture is the more American remnant of the culture clash across the Rio Grande, and their stubborn pride is easily seen in the warring states of the Aggies and the Longhorn Realm. Texans are one of many cultures swayed to Catholicism in the aftermath of the Event.
- Arixan: The Arixans are the descendants of the English-speaking people of the old states of New Mexico and Arizona. Their unhospitable environment has rendered them into a hardy folk, adopting some of the ways of the Native Americans and nearby Mexicans. Unlike their West Anglo brethren, they are religiously divided into the northern Mormons and the southern Atomicists.
- Grangelander: The flat farmland of the American Midwest is home to a flourishing culture of new nations. Centered around the kingdoms of Iowa and Platte, the Grangelander ethic remains similar to the salt-of-the-earth attitude carried by the inhabitants since the colonization by white settlers. The better settled areas in the east are completely Catholic, while the wilder, tribal areas in the west have a strong Revelationist streak.
The descendants of the Americans who lived in Rocky Mountain states
- Coloradan: The natural barrier of the Rocky Mountains led to the emergence of the Coloradan culture spread across the Continental Divide. Almost all counties are tribal in nature, with the Catholic heresy of Neo-Gnosticism the common belief.
- Utahn: The insular culture among Mormons in Utah naturally led to the independence of both the culture and the state. LDS is the name of the game both in the Kingdom of Deseret, as well as the non-Utahn lands directly north and south.
- Mountaineer: The libertarian streak among those in Montana and Wyoming mostly disappeared after The Event, with the scattered tribal territories now almost uniformly Gaian. The uniquely feminist religion spread from Oregon to the tribal lands near the Bitterroot Mountains, one of the more remarkable developments seen in 2666.
North Pacific Edit
The descendants of the Americans and Canadians in Cascadia and Northern California
- Canuck: Though the First Nations presence in British Columbia is much stronger after The Event, the native Cascadian culture remains. Though all Canuck lands on the coast of the Salish Sea and Puget Sound are ruled by First Nations realms, there are a scattering of Canucks further inland and north of the 49th parallel. The lands ruled by First Nations are Xhúuyee K'iigaang practitioners, while the two inland pockets are Gaian and Sedevacantist.
- Portlander: Though several hundred years have passed, the native Portlanders are still as weird as ever. Split between a First Nations Kingdom, the Trailblazer realm, and multiple coastal communities, the epicenter of the Gaian religion has kept up their independence across the Columbia river, even though north of the river is majority Xhúuyee K'iigaang.
- Cascadian: The less populated area of the Cascadia region is home to the native Cascadians, a land strung between the encroaching First Nations and Californian kingdoms. Though a chunk of South-West Oregon is ruled by the Portlanders and Paiutes, the coast and the Californian kingdom of Jefferson are all Cascadian. Only the Oregon coast, however, is fully Gaian and Cascadian, as the Jeffersonian lands are ruled by the Cetics under the Emperor of California.
The descendants of the Americans and Latinos from California to Nevada
- Bayfolk: The inhabitants of the coastal regions of California from San Luis to Humboldt. Famous for their wine, wealth, and relatively high level of education. Their lands center on the magnificent San Francisco Bay, the most important port on the west coast.
- Valleyan: The simple, hardworking people of California's central valley. Despite being poorer than their coastal cousins, they take great pride in being the home and people of the illustrious Imperial house of Yudkow and the golden city of Sacramento.
- Angeleno: Though centered on the Los Angeles - San Diego axis, the Angeleno stretches far into the mojave desert and the arid interior of southern California. The Angelenos consider themselves descendants of the stars themselves, and shines to small golden statues of "Oscar" are frequent attractions in their cities.
- Calaotians: After the Cataclysm, the refugee Hmong, said to be from far across the great ocean, farther even then Hawai'i or Nippon, were better adapted than their native neighbors to survive the hardships and misery of the dark ages. While they are still a fairly distrusted minority, they dominate the southern reaches of the San Joaquin valley and the hills around it.
Indigenous peoples Edit
The descendants of the indigenous peoples of Old America. Despite the Event allowing most to rise and thrive again, a few cultures and peoples rose up above all others.
- Comanche: Like most of the American Natives, the Comanche began to sweep into their old homelands once more. Despite being a relative minority, they have founded the powerful Comancheria kingdom. The strongest of the Native realms, they are renowned for their riding skills. Majority Catholic.
- Cherokee: In spite of their centuries-long exile from their traditional homelands, the Cherokee still retain their strong culture in the area of Oklahoma, a strong nostalgia for their old lands being prevalent among their cultures. In spite of this, they are also a people of the plains by now, known for their horse archers. Majority Catholic.
- Sioux: The Sioux have founded a kingdom of their own themselves, being responsible for weakening the Americanist kingdom of the area and the downfall of the Pitchstone dynasty, reducing the Americanist presence to the environs of Mount Rushmore. They are the most feared horse archers of the plains, stories of their ferocity being known since the time of the Old World. They have adopted a revival of the ancient Ghost Dance, Nanissáanah, and rediscovered their old traditions. Some of them are even eskewing cities and adopting a more nomadic lifestyle, closer to the mountains.
- Navajo: The Navajo in the Southwest have generally been the most successful nation in the area, preferring to rebuild their lives after the event in comfortable isolation around their homeland near Fort Defiance. However, they still seem to have a warrior streak amongst them, and voices begin to be heard about a possible expansion. They adopted the Mormon faith en masse thanks to their proximity to the kingdom of Deseret.
- Hopi: The smallest of the Natives, the Hopi continue to abide to their pacifistic creed. Being surrounded by the Navajo has also helped them remain protected from most conflicts. Like their neighbors, they are mostly Mormon.
- Paiute: The Paiute people live on the fringes of the Californian lands. Marginalization by the Celestial Empire has led to the Death Valley prefecture becoming independent, and another player, if an unlikely one, on the scene of Old Cali. The Paiutes beyond California seem to instead want to consolidate themselves among their foreign dominors, them being one of the last nations to be ruled over by strangers. The Californian Paiutes adopted the Cetic faith, while those beyond Cali generally seem to lean either towards Gaianism or to Mormonism.
First Nations Edit
The indigenous peoples of Old Canada. Also possessed of a horsemanship tradition.
- Algonquin: The original inhabitants of Quebec, now living on its fringes, near the frozen Hudson Bay. Tribal in life, they are generally seen as a potential threat, albeit a weak one, considering their disunity. Adopted a variation of the Ghost Dance over time.
- Ojibwe: The people of Western Ontario. The Ojibwe, despite some of them having a similar lifestyle as the Algonquin, are mostly feudal, and have expanded more than their cousins, pockets of them sometimes wandering among the Minnesotans as well. As a rule, they're generally Ursuline Catholic, answering to the Quebecois See.
- Cree: The Cree are the original people of central Canada. Harsh conditions have forced some of them to take to nomadism, similar to their southerly Sioux neighbors. Have an odd relationship with their neighboring Metis. They follow the Nanisáanah (Ghost Dance) faith.
- Métis: Born of the union between ancient French fur traders and the Cree, the Metis have their own unique culture, a sign of their diverse ancestry. Nomadic like the Cree, and share dominion of the region with them. Their faith is Nanisáanah as well.
- Haida: The Haida are one of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest. The Event has been very good for them, allowing them to expand their dominion over the lands of what was known as British Columbia and the State of Washington, subjugating the Canucks, Portlanders and Salishans who lived there. Aggressive conquerors and raiders, they are as feared by the people of the Pacific like the Vikings of the Midwest and East. Their faith is their ancestral Raven Tales (Xhuyée Kh'igaang).
- Salishan: The indigenous people of the Old State of Washington. Despite having some luck in reestablishing their rule over the area, they have been generally subjugated by their notherly neighbor. They follow either the Raven or Gaianism.
- Mi'kmaq: An indigenous people of the Northeast, said to originally be from the lands of the Maritimers, but now mostly living on the cold island of Newfoundland, along with the Newfies. The Mi'kmaq have generally adopted the High Church or the Code of the Sea after the Event.
- Inuit: The Inuit are the inhabitants of the cold, northerly lands of Old Canada. Isolationistic and tribal, the Inuit of Northeastern Labrador have adopted the Code of the Sea, as their soil is not that conductive to good agriculture.
- Innu: More related to the Cree than to their northern Inuit cousins, the Innu also adopted the Code of the Sea in their proceedings. They live in Southeast Labrador and the northern coast of the Saint Lawrence estuary.