Trouble's Long, Jagged Shadow
Coastal region of California after a series of earthquakes wracked the West Coast. The resultant tectonic activity dropped miles of California’s territory into the ocean, leaving hundreds of mesa-like islands rising out of miles of twisting, treacherous water-ways. The Maze is largely lawless or contested by all the various political entities of the west.
Famine and drought are constant threats, as almost all groundwater has been drained into the ocean during the upheavals. The two main population centers are the wrecked remains of Los Angeles and San Francisco, now known as Lost Angels and Shan Fan.
The only thing keeping most Californians in place is the concentration of Ghost Rock in the Maze. Mining is labor intensive and fraught with peril, but the payout from a good vein can command substantial riches.