The United Canadian And American States

Opinion-Editorial by Sister Sarah; Street Samurai

Fort Freedom

How would I describe the UCAS Sector? A fort on the edge of civilization, a last refuge for the weary and the oppressed. While surrounded on all sides by enemies, it still stands proudly as not only the first line of defense against our foes, but an example of the greatness of the United Canadian and American States

The UCAS Sector residents, while often persecuted by the Native Nations, still stand strong and confident in the face of adversity. Always ready to help their fellow man, the UCAS people are here in Denver to help guide these new nations and, when necessary, step forward with the same fearless spirit that helped found this great land so many years ago. Here, near where America The Beautiful was inspired, the American people still stand firm and ready to work with our neighbors.

Geographic Overview
Within the Denver metro area, the UCAS Sector border follows Highway 76 from the northeast, angles over southwest toward the city center, and then follows Route 6 as far as Highway 70. At that point, the line heads eastward again, then cuts nearly due south along Highway 225 and Route 83. As a result of some bureaucrat's drek-brainer, the UCAS Sector includes a non-contiguous area in Denver's downtown core, bounded in part by East Colfax Avenue, Pennsylvania Street, East 18th Avenue, and 17th Street.

Down south in Colorado Springs, the boundary follows Route 2A to Intercity 25, and then heads east along the old city border.

The UCAS (the U.S. at that point) was the first of the Treaty of Denver signatories to establish an autonomous sector and hide behind walls. Literally: a wall more then 75 klicks long marked the original border of the U.S. Sector. Several "adjustments" occurred between 2018 and 2055, and so the current borders no longer match the original line of the wall. The UCAS has managed to put to good use many lessons it learned in those bygone days.

The UCAS Sector still protects its border with more klicks of wall than any other sector, including those hyper-paranoids in Aztlan. Throughout the Denver and Colorado Springs metro areas, a 6-meter-high wall topped with razorwire and monowire and bristling with imaging systems and sensors - lines the UCAS side of the border, keeping watch over no man's land. Only the rural stretches of the line use standard fences instead of plascrete slabs. The UCAS doesn't mine the no man's land, nor does it mount manned patrols of the area during the day. After dark, guard-dog patrols cover the UCAS side.

Along the stretches of fence away from the city, the UCAS heavily mines its portion of no man's land. Patrols on the UCAS side of the fence line putter around in GMC Banshee LAVs and YellowJacket rotocraft with non-standard armor. The LAV crews usually extend their surveillance range by hanging one or more drones in the air at all times.

Weapons
Anyone intending mayhem or even a little intimidation in UCASec should think twice. All weapons-related offenses in the sector draw the same punishment as federal crimes, which carry higher penalties and are more stringently enforced. In the sector, all weapons-including such innocuous utensils as knives with blades longer than 12 centimeters-must be licensed.