ANARCHY: The Role-Playing Game is set in the aftermath of a limited nuclear war in the United States of America. Twenty of the most populous cities have been vaporized. Millions were killed in the flash of an eye. Two massive earthquakes followed. One adds to the ruin of the charred remains of California and the west coast. The other levels the nation’s midsection. It drains what meager hope remained in the people. After futile attempts the US government effectively shuts down. The people are left to fend for themselves. Some band together in small towns. Others take to the old highways. Others begin to prey upon their fellow men.