Location: Just west of what was once I-57 between Champaign and Effingham. It is approximately 38 miles south of Champaign, 53 miles north of Effingham and 10 miles west of I-57.
Government: The community follows the laws of the church as found in the Bible and under the guidance of the church leaders: the bishop, 2 ministers, and a deacon.
Society: A traditional Amish society, the people of Arthur continue to live in much the same way they did before the strain hit in 2013, the biggest difference is the change in the communities around them with whom they interact. While their numbers were hit nearly as hard as most (close genetic markers made their immunity slightly higher than average), they gained numerous converts over the past century as their way of life proved stable and peaceful compared to the chaos of the rest of the world.
• The people of Arthur are completely non-violent and will not lift a finger to defend themselves should raiders come through their community. However, their craftsmanship is highly prized by higher-ups in nearby larger communities who will arrest and prosecute anyone they find raiding Arthur. They also frequently return most of the stolen goods on their next trade trip.
• The community is comprised primarily of families spread out over multiple farms and a small central town with families that specialize in manufacturing of high quality wooden goods.
• In addition to the open air market during harvest season when they sell their excess food (traded for other goods rather than ammo since they are non-violent), they maintain a few year round shops in the town that sell goods made by artisans from the community ranging from furniture and other wooden goods to candles, leather goods and handicrafts.
• They place high value on community, family and supporting others through Christian values. They welcome outsiders as guests when they do not threaten and try to avoid raiders’ notice but will hand over what they have rather than engage in violence or as an attempt to speed the raiders’ departure without violence against the community.
• Samuel Hershberger
o Bishop of the Arthur church, wheelwright and buggy maker
o Married to Sarah, has 6 children: Jacob (21), Wayne (18), Mary (15), Martha (9), Fannie (7), and Katie (5)
o Lives in town and works out of the large garage behind the house, can keep an eye out on the town from the house near the center of town.
• Isaac Troyer
o Minister of the church of Arthur, dairy farmer
o Married to Ruth, has 3 living children: Martha (18), Mark (15), and Miriam (8)
o Organizes food and medicine for those in the community in need.
o Wife Ruth is the local midwife and healer, though she is an amateur as far as doctors go. When needed, she recommends those beyond her capabilities to visit doctors in Champaign.
• Mark Schrock
o Runs the general store, local inn and restaurant
o Newly married to wife Fannie (22), works at the cannery in town
• John King
o Relatively recent convert to the community, has lived in Arthur for just over 10 years.
o Married to Sadie, youngest sister of Isaac Troyer, has 1 child: Abram (3).
o Runs a saw mill on the edge of town
o Formerly a raider from Effingham, he saw the error of his ways and has since become a peaceful member of the community, though he, more than the others, struggles to remain non-violent when others threaten the community.