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1. Excerpt from the introduction of Live E-Town in the Zombie War: A Military & Political History
2. Photographs of Outpost #7 shortly after is its capture.
3. Zombie Killer notice of contractual assignment from Max White, Governor of Live E-Town
I. Excerpt from the introduction of Live E-Town in the Zombie War:
A Military & Political History by Frank Jardim
From the facts we know in the Spring of 2014, it is estimated that around 10% of the regional human population survived the Zombie War and perhaps half of those lost to the ranks of the undead were lost in the first weeks of the contagion’s release. Elizabethtown and Harden County had a survival rate closer to 50% thanks largely to geographical good fortune. Louisville was hit first and fell into chaos so quickly that regular U.S. Army units deployed en-mass from Fort Knox in the first days to try to restore order. Not knowing what they were dealing with, the Army returned their wounded to Ireland Army Hospital on the base and two days later all of that facility was overrun from within with contagion spreading to surrounding Radcliff, Westpoint & Muldraugh.
The remaining military units in the area, which included Kentucky Air National Guard, retreated south of Radcliff and set up a perimeter. Much credit is due to Col. Timothy Reed, commander of the surviving Air Force elements, and his pilots and flight crews. Colonel Reed alone made the decision to destroy Louisville, Fort Knox and the former population centers between, on a north-south axis, with napalm. The men and women under his command bore the painful burden of carrying out the attacks on what were in some cases their own communities. Who can forget the haunting photograph of the late Captain Nick Panagakos sitting in his cockpit with tears streaming down his face as his plane sat on Addington Field re-arming for his eleventh sortie.
After nine days of desperate combat on the ground it was apparent that humanity was on the verge of annihilation unless the odds could be evened up. Surely hundreds, perhaps thousands of survivors were killed in the air attacks but in the short term it allowed time to regroup and consolidate a defense. The undead were hemmed in by the rivers to the West and North, and had their number not been reduced dramatically through the incendiary attacks, they would have flowed south in overwhelming numbers. As it played out in the following weeks, it was a very near thing. The scientific mind can have difficulty embracing the metaphysical, but I can’t help but feel that it is little short of a miracle we are here today to tell the tale.A second miracle might be found in the conduct of KYARNG units operating to the east. Very few of these men and women are alive today to tell their story but what is known is heart rending. It appears that contagion reached Bardstown shortly after it hit Fort Knox. An injured Fort Knox civilian worker returned to his home and ultimately infected his community. The contagion was contained at first by quick and draconian actions by the military on Z day+5. The entire surviving population of Bardstown was evacuated and secured on the grounds of the water treatment facility on State Route 62. The facilities defenses were beefed up with concrete obstacles, double perimeter fencing and even a moat. This improvised fortress was intended to protect the population until they could be transported to a safe area.
Having circled the wagons, the remaining military reinforced by civilian volunteers counterattacked into the city proper and some of the surrounding areas. Losses were heavy especially along Route 282. The undead ultimately won Bardstown (now Dead Bardstown) but their numbers were so reduced that they presented little threat to the tens of thousands of survivors gathering in Elizabethtown. The remaining Bardstown fighters retreated there and were swept up in the epic battles of the following weeks. The ironic and tragic epilogue to the fighting around Bardstown was the loss of the evacuation center there. Somehow, an infected refugee was admitted and what was once a fortress to protect the living became a prison for the undead. What few details that are known from the 126 people who escaped are too horrific to relate. It was sealed with over 2300 souls inside.
The actions of the KYARNG and the civilian volunteers fighting North of Bardstown had strategic implications. They lost the city and most of its population but they blocked the flow of undead southward along Route 282. That prevented huge numbers of zombies from falling on Elizabethtown from the East which is an important consideration in view of the intensity of the zombie attacks from the North on the I-65 Corridor in the following weeks. A two front defense against attacks of that magnitude would have been impossible.
Last year the eastern perimeter was pushed out five miles beyond I-65. That flank was secured with Outposts #4, 5, 6 and 7 running North to South on the edge of the Dead Zone. Outpost #7 stands at the egress of the Live Bardstown-Mumfordville Road from the forest. It may interest the reader that United States President-elect Andrew Jackson traveled down it on the way to his inauguration in 1828 and actually spent the night in the solid brick house where mercenary zombie killers now execute their security duties. The road itself is little more than a wagon trail and was abandoned as a main thoroughfare at least a century before Z Day. When the zombie apocalypse hit, and almost every car hit the road, the main routes became clogged with traffic, wrecks and soon after, the undead. I-65, Bluegrass Parkway, 31W and 31E and many state and county roads were nearly impossible to traverse by car and extremely dangerous to travel on foot. To be on those roads invited attack from the undead, and frankly, still does.
In the apocalyptic era, many old, and nearly forgotten, roads came back into use. Some, like the Bardstown-Mumfordville Road, were very thinly populated. Those that dwelt along its meandering path were few, mostly farmers, and the number of infected were manageable. Along the main roads a traveler could encounter herds of the undead at any moment. Travel on the old roads greatly increased ones chance of surviving the journey. It wasn’t long after Z-day that anything relatively free of the undead was referred to as “Live” and Bardstown-Mumfordville Road became Live Bardstown-Mumfordville Road. Almost immediately it got the off-color nickname LBM Road. It may come as a surprise to some that it was not harrowing, undergarment soiling, encounters with the undead that earned it that nickname. It was the living that terrorized its travelers. Rival survivalist groups fought viciously for control of it.
Those days were short lived as survivors from the region as far north as Louisville congregated and heavily fortified Elizabethtown. That quiet and inconsequential rural metropolis emerged in the post apocalypse era as Live E-town. This new enclave of humanity was something more akin to a medieval walled city surrounded by thick masonry walls, earthworks, barricades and fences. Initially, universal conscription provided a garrison to defend it.
These draftees fought to the limits of their abilities and their heroic sacrifices represent one of humanity’s finest hours. However, it became apparent to most, that valuable and irreplaceable human capital was being lost without which there could be no survival for mankind. Realistic strategic objectives were set only after an agriculturalist faction, formally of the surrounding counties, wrested control of the leadership from urban bureaucrats in a relatively bloodless coup.
Under the agriculturist government, virtually all offensive actions against the undead were eventually handled by mercenary zombie killers. The extreme efficiency of these intrepid men and women secured desperately needed farm lands, grazing lands, and livestock insuring a steady food supply for the survivors assembled in Live E-town. The zombie killers have surely drawn a great deal of attention lately for their more colorful, non-government, private-party business transactions. However, it must be remembered that the majority of them were, and are, the means by which Live E-town stays alive. They patrol the perimeter lands and watch the movements of the undead; keep the roads clear that connect the city to its food supplies; create the diversions that draw zombie herds away from the city; scour the dead-zones for required manufactured goods, and rescue the lost.
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