Drool wrote:Well, while we're worshiping at Altar of Pedantic Realism, shouldn't we be whining about the concept of a prison holding only death row inmates?
Police State development during the run-up to war. Tends to fill up prisons, so to keep the size of prison populations manageable, death sentences become more common.
I just realized something: Given the numbers and the purity of sentences of the prisoners, these were most likely mostly political prisoners
. Makes speculations a whole lot more interesting!
Actually, I figured the 'Drug Wars (1987-1993)' mentioned in the History of The Desert Rangers probably included, shall we say, 'stiff' new maximum penalties for narco taficking, manufacture of controlled substances and RICOs tied to narcotics.
I mean, if full scale 'kinetic military actions for the purpose of regime change' (implied in the history by the "right wing governments set up by the U.S.") were what the U.S. was doing in the late 80's/early 90's in the world of Wasteland, American nationals participating in narcotics traficking or crimes (murder, kidnapping, gunrunning) that were directly tied to the narcotics trade, would probably draw death sentences.
If narcotics are the casis beli for these military expeditions into Latin America, (and even if that's only PART of it) it's hard (if not impossible) to justify sending the military into other countries to engage in such policy, without a SERIOUS crackdown on domestic production, distribution and others associated with the cartels/narco regimes the U.S. is going into other countries to eliminate from a political standpoint.
So, not so much political prisoners, but I'm guessing, if the Drug Wars ended only 5 years prior to the war, there's still plenty of legit narco and narco related RICO beefs coming though the system during the years leading up to the war, especially with the appeals process, which probably made a super max prison just for death sentences necessary in the first place.
The Drug Wars are one of those things I'd like to see explained more fully either in the game or the novellas.
There's a lot of interesting developments that could have come out of such a thing.
Like the U.S. military figuring out (much like they have in the last decade with the WoT) that the 5.56mm NATO and 9mm NATO rounds are junk and need replacing, thus leading to bringing back the .45 ACP for service pistols and SMGs and even the development of a more powerful assault rifle cartridge.
Personally, under such conditions, I've come to favor an analog of the 7.62x40mm Wilson Tactical being adopted to replace the 5.56mm NATO as people were already making them as a wildcat (in our world) and it can be mass produced cheaply and easily with existing brass (it's a cut down 5.56mm NATO cartridge) and lead (same bullets as 7.62 NATO) both of which are in large supply, both in our world and the world of Wasteland.
But now I've gone a bit off topic.