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Personal logo M1Fanboy Supporting Member of TMP25 Feb 2016 1:18 p.m. PST

I guess that is an open question? I personally would pick either 1969 or 1970?

Those years were very, very turbulent both socially and politically, to say the least, from Vietnam, to the Manson Family, to Kent State, there was plenty of nasty to go around that could have fueled the kind of conflict Winter of '79 postulates? But I guess that is one way to go?

Any other potential ideas?

mwindsorfw Supporting Member of TMP25 Feb 2016 1:30 p.m. PST

I saw the title to your topic, and my first thought was that it ought to be 1969. You've got Black Panthers and similar groups, white supremacists, National Guard, Silent Majority (as a separate militia), groups like the SLA (although they were early 70's), the mob, and maybe even radical hippies who don't believe in peace and love. In college in the U.S., we didn't understand all the issues they were having in the U.K. in the late-70's and early-80's.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP25 Feb 2016 1:53 p.m. PST

I would also go for 1969.

Personal logo M1Fanboy Supporting Member of TMP25 Feb 2016 2:52 p.m. PST

Hmm, Winter of '69? Or perhaps 'Summer of '69 (like the song) and maybe the subtitle is: "The Revolution Will Be Televised".

Mako11 Inactive Member25 Feb 2016 3:38 p.m. PST

Yea, best to backdate it a bit, if you want to add in all the radicals at the height of their power.

Things were pretty stable by 1979, with the exception of very high interest rates and fuel prices.

jpattern225 Feb 2016 3:49 p.m. PST

The Dirty Harry flick The Enforcer, though set in '76, would work equally well back-dated to '69-'70. The faux-hippie People's Revolutionary Strike Force (PRSF), black militants, LAW rockets, terrorists disguised as clergy, a female inspector, and Dirty Harry. What's not to love?

Legion 425 Feb 2016 4:25 p.m. PST

I agree with Mako … generally speaking by '79 things had "stabilized" so to speak. Compared to 10 years before. The big "conundrum" was Vietnam of course … in the 60s …

mwindsorfw Supporting Member of TMP25 Feb 2016 4:59 p.m. PST

Arms being smuggled from the USSR, through Cuba, and into the US via Florida and the Mexican border.

28mm Fanatik25 Feb 2016 6:51 p.m. PST

The corrupt American puppet shah was deposed in Iran in '79, the US embassy in Tehran stormed and hostages taken. Otherwise it was a peaceful year.

Legion 425 Feb 2016 9:41 p.m. PST

Yes, but it was not as bad as the Vietnam War … None the less it was a bad incident that still resounds today … Somewhat like Vietnam …

Vigilant26 Feb 2016 3:00 a.m. PST

After the next election?

surdu2005 Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Feb 2016 4:13 a.m. PST

I would stay away from the 60's. Don't we have enough acrimony and divisiveness today without bringing it to the gaming table?

mwindsorfw Supporting Member of TMP26 Feb 2016 5:45 a.m. PST

Maybe Summer of '17? At least I could use my modern armies without buying completely from scratch.

Personal logo Weasel Supporting Member of TMP26 Feb 2016 11:44 a.m. PST

The late 60's is also about the last time it'd be seen as politically viable to send in the army against protesters.

You're not going to see a "bonus army" situation in the present day.

If you want to set it today, you could do plenty of "militia vs the marines" stuff but that only really ends one way and most of those guys aren't actually going to get in a fight.

Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Feb 2016 5:20 p.m. PST

I'm so glad I was safely tucked away in a jungle in Vietnam in 1969. Very strange times they were?
Getting out of the Marines in late 1970 I immediately let my hair grow long and began to wear plaid along with a big wooden cross as a necklace for about three years??? WIERD!!!

Russ Dunaway

jpattern226 Feb 2016 5:41 p.m. PST

If you want to set it today, you could do plenty of "militia vs the marines" stuff but that only really ends one way and most of those guys aren't actually going to get in a fight.
No kidding. Militas, snicker!

Legion 427 Feb 2016 8:43 a.m. PST

Old Glory … thumbs up

Mithmee Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2016 2:06 p.m. PST

Country is worst off today than back then.

jpattern208 Mar 2016 4:07 p.m. PST

Better in some ways, worse in others.

kyoteblue Inactive Member08 Mar 2016 9:23 p.m. PST


jpattern209 Mar 2016 7:06 a.m. PST

And I think it will, Kyote. Just some birthing pains along the way.

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