After the bombs fell in 2277, the Navajo and Ute Native American reservations in the Four Corners region of the American Southwest, including parts of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada, were far less affected than the rest of the country, being far from any targets of nuclear attacks. As the United States broke down around them, the tribal governments continued to administer the area, essentially becoming a truly independent country. In an ironic twist of fate, the previously poor region became one of the better off, with minimally irradiated farmland, surviving forests in the Chuska and Sleeping Ute Mountains, as well as numerous intact vehicles and even a few small civilian planes, among other pieces of pre-war technology. With these assets, the region's tribes became relatively wealth, with the regions cities and towns, including Gallup, NM (not originally part of the nation, but joined in the 2090s); Shiprock, NM; Cortez, CO; Teec Nos Pos, AZ; Chinle, AZ; and Window Rock, AZ among others becoming major trading hubs. In 2127, the Ute and Navajo Nations officially unified under a representative democracy known as the Union of the Ute and Navajo Nations or more known as the Ute-Navajo Union or UNU, headquartered at the Intertribal Council in Window Rock, AZ.
The UNU remained a major trading stop and a small, but relatively prosperous wasteland nation until the arrival Caesar's Legion in 2269. The UNU military put up a fight against the Legion, causing severe casualties, but were ultimately forced to retreat from the towns in the valleys. Thanks to a relatively intact radio network and possessing more motor vehicles than other regions, tens of thousands of UNU citizens were able to retreat into the Chuska, Ute, and San Juan Mountains, as well as Mesa Verde and Canyon De Chelly, establishing communities such as Hidden Valley and Narbona in the Chuskas, Park Point and Campground in Mesa Verde, Ute Peak in the Ute Mountains, and Horse Creek in the San Juan Mountains. For these mountain hideouts, they continued the Ute-Navajo War of Liberation, launching raids to seize supplies and attack Legion troop columns, before retreating back into the mountains. During the year 2277, Malpais Legate Joshua Graham ordered Centurion Varus to attempt to attack the settlements in the Chuska Mountains, sending a column of troops up the old road through Narbona Pass. In a repeat of a battle that took place centuries earlier on the same location, the UNU guerillas ambushed and annihilated the Legion forces nearly to a man.
After Graham, who escaped execution by blaming the disaster on Varus, who was killed in the ambush, was recalled to the Mojave in the Legion's war with the New California Republic, the bulk of Legion resources were directed away from the UNU insurgency. After the NCR defeated the Legion at the Second Battle of Hoover Dam, and launched the NCR Arizona Offensive, culminating in the fall of Nova Roma, the Legion forces in the UNU territory were left leaderless and with little hope of reinforcement. Starting in 2282, the UNU took back their old territory, starting with Window Rock. With the aid of the NCR, who arrived in the region in early 2283, the UNU took back the City of Gallup. After the victory, the Treaty of Gallup was signed, in which the NCR agreed to recognize UNU independence, with the boundaries of the UNU being located at Interstate 40 in the south, US Highway 191 in the West, US-371 and US-140 in the east, and the old Montezuma County Line in Colorado to the north.
Major Cities and TownsEdit
- Window Rock (capital)
- Gallup (post-treaty of Gallup, North controlled by UNU, south by NCR)
- Teec Nos Pos
- Four Corners (post-war settlement located on San Juan River near old Four Corners Monument)
- Hidden Valley‡
- Morefield‡ (former Mesa Verde National Park Morefield Campground)
- Horse Creek‡
- Ute Mountain‡
- Canyon de Chelly‡
‡ Holdout settlement in mountainous or remote area founded or expanded during Legion occupation.
In the years after the war, the Ute-Navajo Union were relatively prosperous, relying on an economy of trading with settlements in surrounding regions and even as far away as California, as well as traditional dryland farming techniques passed down by the tribes since ancient times. The region also has surviving oil and gas wells, uranium deposits, and coal mines, some of which were eventually brought up and running in the post-war period. The city of Gallup, NM, along the remains of Interstate 40, was a major caravan stop on the route between California and East Coast, which became known as the "Jet Road" as it became responsible for the trafficking of the drug to the east.
The UNU had a small full-time military force with garrisons in major towns, with the purposes of defending settlements and caravans from raiders, as well as attacking and eliminating raider camps. Because the UNU was far from where the bombs dropped, they have more motor vehicles, mostly civilian pick up trucks armed with machine guns or rocket launchers, but also a few pre-war M51 Infantry Fighting Vehicles and tanks, originally from a New Mexico National Guard unit who joined the Union when it was clear that the US and state governments were no longer functional. The UNU even has a few small planes and helicopters, mostly civilian craft armed with machine guns and improvised bombs and rockets. In addition to these forces, like most wastelanders, practically all of the citizens are armed at least with a weapons such as a pipe gun, hunting rifle, shotgun, or 10mm pistol, allowing most towns to call up a militia capable of outnumbering any raiding parties.
After the fall of the major cities to the Legion, the UNU military managed to transport much of their hardware- including some off-road vehicles and even a couple helicopters, into the mountains thanks to warnings from their communications network- largely intact radios in major towns. With this, they were able to fight a guerilla war until they were able to reclaim their territory in the valleys thanks the weakening of the Legion after the NCR Arizona offensive.