I should mention off the bat that the UAS sent us another round of elegantly written bullshit following yesterday's post. The long and short of it is simple: all bluster and no action. We're certainly not upset that they don't plan on starting a war over their captives, but I can't help but laugh at their angry, empty words. Basically they threatened to keep any of our people found in their territory captive should they be found alone. I have to wonder exactly what they consider their territory since the entire Union is supposed to be some rogue nation, but I'm not too worried. Our folks are careful and won't stray far from safe areas.
Closer to home, New Haven participated in a sort of winter tradition. The temperature dropped below twenty last night--which is why I'm still awake at the moment--and five hundred of us took the opportunity to go out and find as many of the undead as possible. The wind was blowing, chilling their flesh even more. We've been planning it for a while now, and with the Box finally producing custom pieces of machinery and weapons, we have the means to do real damage to the local zombie population. Best to hit them when they're weakest.
There's no great strategy or mystery to it. We set up barriers the folks over at the Box made for us, a sort of extendable, spiky bike-rack looking thing, and went hunting. Most of the old school zombies were too frozen to offer much resistance as we attacked them.
The New Breed are as adaptable as always. They're slowly becoming acclimated to the cold, though they have a long way to go before they're a serious threat during winter. It's strange that so many of the old school zombies are resistant to cold down to the low thirties, high twenties, yet the New Breed seem to have persistent issues adapting to it.
Total number of nests found: eleven. Total zombies killed: 438. No casualties on our side.
I mention this both because it's the only real news around these parts to speak of, and because it illustrates a huge difference between the Union and the UAS. Our people head out there and cut down the undead like farmers threshing so much wheat. Long-range scouts report that the UAS has barely made an effort to clear out their newly settled areas. The little bit of extermination they've done has been unpracticed and badly done. All gunshots and being ill-prepared. Messy.
Just a warning to anyone who might be thinking of joining up with the UAS. They can't even handle their own zombies. Doesn't fill me with confidence that they'll be able to take care of you.