Skip to content
CaptainPatch wrote:Why ever would they drop their identity as US military in favor of a historical throwback like the Rangers?
krellen wrote:The answer to your whys is "because the game isn't concerned with realism". That history, BTW, is a direct quote from the original game's manual.
Drool wrote:CaptainPatch wrote:Why ever would they drop their identity as US military in favor of a historical throwback like the Rangers?
They weren't just engineers, they were also local survivalist communities. That, combined with the destruction of the US government and the military chain of command means they were left to their own devices. They weren't the US Army any more because the US didn't exist, the Army didn't exist, and they had non-military people. It probably didn't happen over night, but morphing from US Army Core of Engineers to Desert Rangers makes sense.
On the same day that the U.S. and Soviet Union were attempting to
extinguish each other, a company of U.S. Army Engineers were in the
southwestern deserts building transportation bridges over dry
riverbeds. They worked deep in the inhospitable desert valleys,
surrounded by a number of survivalist communities. Located directly
south of their position on that day was a newly-constructed federal
prison. In addition to housing the nation's criminals condemned to
death, the prison contained light industrial manufacturing
Shortly after the nuclear attack began, the Engineers, seeking
shelter, took over the federal prison and expelled the prisoners into
the desolate desert to complete their sentences. As the weeks passed,
they invited the nearby survivalist communities to join them and to
help them build a new society. Because of each communities'
suspicions towards one another, times were difficult at first. But as
time nurtured trust, this settlement -- which came to be known as
Ranger Center -- grew to be one of the strongest outposts. Ranger
Center even proved powerful enough to repel the hands of rancorous
criminals who repeatedly attached in attempts to reclaim what was once
The citizens of Ranger Center, after first believing that they were
the only ones who survived the nuclear malestrom, soon realized that
communities beyond the desert's grip had also survived, Because they
had such success in constructing a new community, they felt compelled
to help other survivors rebuild and live in peace.
Toward this end, the Desert Rangers, in the great tradition of the
Texas and Arizona Rangers a century before, were born.
Drool wrote:It's a slightly expanded version of the history given in the instruction manual.On the same day that the U.S. and Soviet Union were attempting to
extinguish each other,...
CaptainPatch wrote:First, focus on just who these people were: US Army Corps of Engineers. That's a branch of the US _military_. (Granted, they employed a LOT of civilians, but the leadership is all-Army.) Why ever would they drop their identity as US military in favor of a historical throwback like the Rangers?
Second, "... believing they were the only ones to who survived..." Huh? How would they come to that conclusion? If _they_ survived, then there were all sorts of opportunities for others to survive as well. Upon what did they base that conclusion? Because they couldn't reach anyone by radio?
Drool wrote:I didn't. And neither did krellen. He was making two separate points.
CaptainPatch wrote:Then where did the quote "because the game isn't concerned with realism" come from?
Vryheid wrote:And why again did you pull this assumption out of a hat that the only means of communication the Rangers would have had is radio?
CaptainPatch wrote:Finally -- and unavoidably -- there is the irrevocable fact that these people were US Army. You just can't quit and walk away from command responsibilities, especially during a very active shooting war. To do so is "desertion in the face of the enemy".
paultakeda wrote:Now I'm not saying this is for certain but it's been a hundred years since the war ended.
CaptainPatch wrote:I can't speak for others, but it seemed to me that the Ranger identity was established within a matter of months, not years.
Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests