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1975 – Britain’s Response

Britain in the 70s

Martial law was imposed immediately after the World Health Organisation declared the Pandemic. Nobody was allowed in or out of the country except under strictly enforced rules. The military took control of all travel and access points. Foreign citizens trapped by the crisis had ten days to voluntarily leave the country before the lockdown. Those who stayed were granted temporary resident status.

Emergency laws were passed to require all residents of Britain carry identification papers at all times.

Refugees from mainland Europe continued to try and make their way to island nations for safety. Border patrols were increased, new perimeter defenses were constructed. The Royal Navy patrolled aggressively. Any boat that was boarded was examined for Affected persons. If an Affected was found on board the refugee boat was shelled.

Any boat that was found to be Affected free was escorted to a harbour and kept under gunpoint quarantine. The refugees were vetted and any with useful professional qualifications (mainly medics, military, scientists) were processed and given permission to leave the boat.  They were then placed in Immigrant Centres before being distributed throughout the island. The remaining passengers on the boat were escorted out of territorial waters.

Standoffs were not uncommon, but these were quickly resolved by military means.

Desperate refugees established tent cities along the length of the coast of Northern European and human trafficking became widespread.

New cases of infection still occur in the general population.

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