Look alive, Sunshine. It’s 109 in the sky but the pigs won’t quit. You’re here with me, Dr. Death Defying; I’ll be your surgeon, your proctor, your helicopter; pumpin’ out the slaughtermatic sounds to keep you alive; a system failure for the masses, anti-matter for the master plan; louder than God’s revolver and twice as shiny.

This one’s for all you rock n’ rollers; all you crash queens and motor babies. Listen up! The future is bulletproof! The aftermath is secondary! It’s time to do it now and do it loud! Killjoys, make some noise!

The name was coined by BL/ind as a pejorative label for all person (human or mutant) who didn’t accept their vision of human “wellness” in 2012. Since then, it has been adopted by mutants and other marginalized persons as a way of expressing their rebellion against BL/ind and the values the company represents. Contrary to popular opinion, not all Killjoys are unregistered mutants. Amongst the gangs of Killjoys, one is likely to find anomalous humans with a variety of backgrounds and identities. Anyone who is against the homogenization of humanity and the privileging of one particular expression of life over another can find a home in the amidst them.

Killjoy gangs are famous for their DIY approach. Living fugitive lives has forced them to re-purpose what they “find” to meet whatever their needs. This has created a unique punk, green informed aesthetic amongst the gangs, often dominated by bright or garish colors (in contrast to the black and white of BL/ind), recycled clothing, and rebuilt tech. This is also reflected in their names—a mix of often contrasting images, ideas and labels.

These gangs are organized in a variety of ways. Some are run democratically; some operate more like a tribe; and, some are even modeled on the family structures of the Leather subculture from the late 20th century. Furthermore, each gang operates autonomously of every other gang. When their goals or objectives are the same, gangs will cooperate with each other. But, these are short lived alliances only. Gangs rarely exceed five or six people, as larger gangs attract more attention, require more resources to support and are less mobile. Some gangs operate in a specific areas, while other gangs migrate depending on their needs and their goals.

Aside from each gang’s information resources (contacts within the local militias, within the anomalous human communities and even within BL/ind itself), they gain news through meet-ups with other gangs and through the use of pirated radio broadcasts consisting of contraband music often chosen to convey particular messages to those who are listening. The latter is perhaps their most famous trademark. One such popular broadcast is that of Dr. Death Defying from the zones outside Battery City.

At this time, the number of gangs operating in the former continental United States is unknown. However, it can be surmised that the majority of them exist along the East and West coasts, as radiation has made much of those areas uninhabitable and dangerous, thus sparsely populated. Also, as the interior of the country was comparatively less destroyed by The Holocaust, many of the former laws put in place prior to the unraveling of the federal government are bettered enforced by surviving local populations.


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