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Don't make me destroy you

posted May 8, 2016, 9:34 AM by Viktor Zólyomi   [ updated May 8, 2016, 9:34 AM ]
Attributed to a famous cinematic icon, the phrase "don't make me destroy you" in fact originates in the times before the invention of cinema. In the year 1790, the mining town of Brickton was founded as the first settlement in what we know today as Con County. In the year 1792 Con City was built on the shores of the county's only river. For decades the two settlements enjoyed peaceful coexistence, Brickton being the source of iron and steel, Con City being the port city responsible for selling it. Then the 1840s saw the construction of the north-south railway through Con City, and everything changed.

It was in the year 1848, just two years after the construction of the aforementioned train line was finished, that the Mayor of Brickton, Lawrence Stern, expressed his displeasure at the fact that his town saw precious little of the profit brought in by the railway, despite that all the steel being shipped on the trains was a product of Brickton, and despite that the entire railway was built with Brickton steel and by Brickton's craftsmen. He called for negotiations with the Mayor of Con City, former outlaw Buford Salter, over the terms of trade between the two settlements. Mayor Salter refused to give in to Mayor Stern's demands for a bigger cut of the profit. Tensions ran high by the end of their argument, leading to Mayor Stern famously saying:

"Don't make me destroy you, Mayor Salter. I could just pull the plug on our trade agreement entirely, and Con City would starve to death within months. What could you possibly do without Brickton's products?"

Mayor Salter immediately left the negotiation table, and the following day the trade agreement between Brickton and Con City was suspended indefinitely by Mayor Stern. Over the next four weeks Brickton was hit by a lengthy series of raids by a gang of outlaws that remain unidentified to this day. The outlaws looted and pillaged their way across the mining town almost on a daily basis, stealing everything that wasn't nailed down, including all the steel stored in the warehouses that had been locked down upon the suspension of trade with Con City. Mayor Salter, former head of the infamous Salter Gang, denied any involvement in the attacks and stated that "Brickton should be run by a Mayor who understands Brickton's place in the world".

Five weeks after the start of the looting and pillaging, Lawrence Stern resigned from office as Mayor of Brickton. His replacement, Jeremiah Roarke, who later went on to found the Roarke Steel Mill in 1853, started his first day in office by immediately reinstating the trade agreement between Brickton and Con City. The outlaw attacks inexplicably ceased the next day.