The Highlands have been pretty much abandoned by the NEG, although military patrols and listening stations abound throughout the glens. A few humans eke out a subsistence existence, but the NEG has washed their hands of them. The road and rail links have largely fallen into ruin, although the maglev link to Aberdeen remains open.
- The Aberdeen arcology is being fortified - the EoD are intending to attack the city soon.
- The Bugs already have a foothold in the Cairngorms. NEG patrols are increasing in their frequency.
- "Bandits" are regularly attacking the trains to Aberdeen - why aren't the NEG doing anything about it?