Brit-Cit the Satanist

Brit-Cit skyline dwarfing St Pauls Cathedral

Brit-Cit is a megacity sprawling across south England, from Dover to Cornwall and north to the Watford Gap.

Other territory under its control (the Brit Territories in 2100[1]) have included Cal-Hab, South Welsh Peninsula, Gib Rock, and New Raj Protectorate. It has a power-sharing agreement with Sino-Cit over Hong Tong and with Mega-City One over the Atlantis transport hub, and corporate influence over Murphyville.

The "Brit Territories" were first mentioned in prog 50, and Brit-Cit both mentioned and depicted in prog 485.

Description Edit

Brit-Cit slums

Dredd patrols the underclass "hovels"

Brit-Cit has many similarities to Mega City One - it is crowded with a population who live in huge city block apartments and crime is rife. Quite a few examples of England's more classical architecture remains, and much of the lower classes live outside the city in decaying 20th Century houses. In Brit-Cit proper, there are slums, such as the notoriously grim Behemoth housing project that spanned four square miles and was overrun with gangs and addicts; and pretty much all of Sector 4, a gangland full of body-modifying fringe cultures that the New Old Bailey saw as a riot in the making.[2] The city is split into Sectors, both given the usual "Sector [number]" system and some named after the area they were built over, such as Oxford Sector.

In marked contrast to Mega-City One, the welfare system ensures that everyone who isn't a criminal or insane has a job.(One definition of insanity is that you don't take the jobs the system gives you) [3]

Class divisions and warfare are rife, with the aristocracy having great power and privilege. This has diminished since the massacre of the Judges' Star Chamber in the late 2120s.[4] The Royal Family still exist within the Forbidden Citadel, a bunker turned into an independent (and deliberately isolated) city-state from 2070-2114 before Justice Department took control.[5] Since then, the Royals have been seen in the wider world. [6]

Brit-Cit Atlantis

Brit-Cit zoom tube and one of the Silver Lions statues (as named in Dredd Annual 1987)

The BBC has evolved into the BCBC (Brit-City Broadcasting Corporation), which still runs a World Service[7].

It has a smaller size than some of the other megacities - among other things, this means fewer psychics.

The city gets its agriculture from the Eastern Agronomy: an artificial mountain range of hydroponic-vat complexes scattered throughout former Wales and East Anglia.[8]

Institutional corruption exists throughout the city, most directed by the criminal Overlords who came to power after the Atomic Wars. One of the more notorious was Efil Drago San, who is currently hiding off-world but retains influence in the city.

Landmarks include Battersea Power Tower[9], the Isle of Old Dogs for veterans, Saint Paul McCartney’s Cathedral, the Greater London Crater in Sectors 29 & 30, and the Tat Gallery.[10] The White Cliffs of Dover have been sold to Mega-City One and an artificial Black Cliffs built in their place. Around the Spaceport are the Hinterlands, an international free-zone where the local laws did not apply and aliens mingled with humans.[11]

Brit-Cit and Mega-City OneEdit

Judge Armour

Brit-Cit has a "special relationship" with Mega City One dating back to before the Atomic Wars (to the extent of being the only nation that didn't condemn President Booth) and the two work together quite often. It was the Mega-City Justice Department that helped first establish the New Old Bailey in the aftermath of the wars.[12]

The two jointly administer Atlantis, the mid-point in the Atlantic Tunnel. Brit-Cit was responsible for the American Judges driving out Nero Narcos, Brit-Cit assisted in a MC-1 led international humanitarian mission in Ciudad Barranquilla, robot aid was sent in 2134 to help with Chaos Day, and the two cities have also run exchange programmes with their Cadet Judges, as seen in The Hunting Party.

Brit-Cit is aware, however, that Mega-City One is deliberately concealing an "Alpha File" from them that could shatter this relationship; spies sent to retrieve it have "disappeared", leaving Brit-Cit unaware that the File contains information about an atomic war between Britain and "unknown parties" in 2150.[13]

Dredd and Armitage

While Mega-City One and Judge Dredd have routinely counted on Brit-Cit as an ally, they have on several cases made it clear this goes mostly one-way. When irritated by the Privy Council talking up their alliance, he snapped that Mega-City One's "special relationship" is no different to any other small, corrupt state it wants something from. [14]

Relations between Brit-Cit and the post-Chaos Mega-City One were undermined when Dredd exposed the Isle of Man conspiracy. Hershey suspected in 2138 that Brit-Cit was deliberately trying to "break us".[15] This was not just true, but the Brits were colluding with Texas City to do so. [16]

History Edit

Royals For Sale

By 2047, the United Kingdom was "starving" following decades of economic slump after exiting the European Union.[17] Having sold off everything else of value, it sold the Royal Family on the 25th August of that year. [18]

Brit-Cit had formed by 2057. Under the Unified Accord, religion, bigotry and sexism were been banned in Brit-Cit. The Church Of Grud And Jovus was allowed to remain only as a placeholder to prevent other faiths springing up to fill the gap. [19] In practice, these bans didn't stick.

Origins UN response

Brit-Cit, alone at the UN

In 2070, while every other power was condemning President Booth, Brit-Cit remained America's ally and talked about compromise. Despite its ties the United Kingdom still had a police force instead of the instant-justice system[20], in common with the rest of Europe. By this point, while the city liked to talk big about its glory days, it was a minor player[21]. One of the city's big exports was terrible reality TV.[22]

Following the Atomic Wars, Brit-Cit had been directly hit and northern England and the Midlands were devastated by rad clouds blown in from the continent. The Royal Family fled to an underground bunker (which would become the Forbidden Citadel) and never re-emerged, chaos reigned, and a multi-faction civil war broke out between any and all parties. The Emergency Military Government became the 'official' rulers, while other factions included Gaels in the west, "Nomads" in the east, the Kentish Theocracy, the New Surrey Raj, and the Merseyside Tech-Zone. The smarter crime bosses and warlords knew this was unsustainable. [23]

The government took the time in 2071 to assassinate a prominent Irish politician, Aileen Brady, who was pushing for unification of Ireland. The botched operation by Covert Ops sank a passenger liner, the St Joshua. Unwilling to let the civilians onboard drown, Covert Ops (masquerading as Coast Guard) saved 78 of the boat's passengers and crew. This was one of the key events that ended Emerald Isle and Brit-Cit's historical animosity, and a covert group in the Isle of Man was charged with keeping the real events secret. [24]

Brit-Cit Flashback II

EMG occupied London during the Civil War

The EMG eventually blockaded themselves into North London in 2079, and started to slaughter any opposition and carry out state terrorism on the civilian population. The London Liberation Army tried to fight them with guerilla warfare. [25] By this point, the smarter crimelords had formed the Conclave and rebranded their soldiers as the 'Brit-Cit Judges', hoping to survive and take power by getting Mega-City One's aid (as Chief Judge Goodman wished to spread the Judge system further). [26]

Their main remaining threats were Gaels, the Nomads, a psychotic mutant Gabriel establishing a "Deathzone" in the northern wastes (though they were unaware of his existence), and the growing force of Judges taking over the south of the country. (The The early Judges were in fact formed by a conclave of the smarter crime bosses and warlords, hoping to survive by getting Mega-City One aid (as Chief Judge Goodman wished to spread the Judge system further).

It used to be Birmingham

The remains of Birmingham

In 2080, the main factions were the EMG, the Gaels, the Nomads, and the Judges, who had taken over the south. An unrecognised threat was the psychotic mutant Gabriel in the northern "Deathzone". A young Armitage, fleeing London, and a small group of Judges clashed with Gabriel in the ruins of Birmingham, and seemingly killed him. The Judges, expanding fast, believed they'd soon have control of the whole country in "five years tops".[27] In fact, they'd taken the country by 2082. [28] By this point, Mega-City One had cut off aid after realising the true nature of the Conclave but it was too late by then.[29]

Eton College not only survived the civil war, but aristocrat Devlin Waugh was attending during it. His father Magnus, the foremost magical adept in Britain and Head Baphomet of the Tythonian O.T.O, died in 2083.[30]

Brit-Cit opened relations with the decaying lunar colony of Puerto Lumina - one of the few states shameless enough to do so. This allowed one of its rising criminal psychopaths, Efil Drago San, to emigrate and establish himself as one of the Conclave's Overlords.[31]

In 2087, Brit-Cit was still a post-war state, with visible damage and food shortages. The newly promoted Detective-Judge Armitage discovered that corrupt Judges and Efil Drago San were colluding to provide torture victims for rich clients, with people being picked up and 'disappeared' in the system. Armitage stopped Drago San and crippled him; Drago San murdered his partner Liona in revenge.[32] At this point in time, the Overlords were still establishing their control systems and were not yet as powerful as they would become.[33]

As the years went on, the Judges began to accidentally recruit more people who actually believed Justice Department was about justice or cynically saw it as the only game in town for order, as well as the original bully-boys and thugs.[34]

The Annual Black Atlantic Swim began in 2088, where competitors from the western sectors would try to swim all the way to Mega-City One. This carried on until at least 2105: one swimmer finally survived the trip only to be sent right back home.[35]

In Armitage's youth, a youth drug manufactured from sloathe parasites was causing rich users to go psychotically violent and then die. The New Old Bailey fought a war of attrition against the dealers before Drago San, whose stookie business was being undercut, shut the trade down and committed mass murder on users (including vanishing them from their cells), their associates, and their families. [36]

Goodman attended a Christmas Goodwill Summit in 2098.[37]

Brit-Cit's government invested in bringing the Caledonian Wastes back into the global community. Brit-Cit set up the Song-in-the-Sky satellite network to bombard the locals with subliminal messages, making them more controllable (and more 'comedy stereotype'). The Baxter Genepool project, started in the 2080s, began to create a breed of future Judges. By 2101, the newly established Cal-Hab and its Judges - under the control of Brit-Cit - were back in the global community.[38] Brit-Cit also gave aid to the Emerald Isle; the county was reclaimed in 2095 in exchange for Brit-Cit corporations having a hold on it.[39]

Orlok in Brit-Cit

Orlock visits a 'park' in 2100 Brit-Cit

The economy was still in a permanent state of stagnation in 2100, which was born with cheery resignation by the citizens. Mega-City One had given Brit-Cit the same missile defence lasers that they had - unfortunately, East Meg One had established cells in the city and Orlok was able to gain data on it for the upcoming Apocalypse War.[40] (Most of the cells would be killed by Orlok when he passed through the city to Euro-City)

In 2101, occult super villain Mister Bliss attacked the city with Qlippothic larvae and Psi-Division were unable to stop it - Devlin Waugh, now freelancing for the Vatican, saved the day. This was the first time he came to public attention.[41]

In 2105, an enraged art-critic destroyed half of the Statue of Blind Justice’s head with a rocket launcher. The New Old Bailey never got around to fixing it.

King Iggy made his first official visit to Mega-City One in 2107 and was harrassed by Judge Dredd for wearing fur and a crown that was incitement to mugging.[42]

The city joined Luna-1's "Global Lunar Partnership Treaty" sometime in the 2110s, agreeing to guarantee the neutrality of Luna-1 and provide Judicial assistance (both Brit-Cit and Cal-Hab Judges). In reality it hoped, like all Treaty members, to have influence in the lucrative colony.[43]

After years of negotiations, Brit-Cit were able to sell Mega-City One on a new trade agreement in 2111. Assassins tried to kill the British ambassador but were thwarted. [44]

During the 2112 Fortean event, there were 419 sightings of the Black Dog and a descendent of the psychic Doris Stokes claimed to have Excalibur & pronounced the return of Albion. In the same year, Supersurf 12 was held in Brit-Cit.[45]

In 2113, the Black Museum's curator Nathan Hand went violently paranoid, faked his death, and began killing Senior Judges. Armitage, his old protege, had to kill him in self defence. [46] Unknown to Armitage, Hand had been unknowingly part of an operation involving Special Branch. [47]

Oswald Mosley massacre

The Oswald Mosley massacre

In 2114, the psychotic Heir Apparent Prince Arthur - who had begun leaving the Forbidden Citadel for trips to the city - slaughtered forty-eight people at an Oswald Mosley Block, many of them influential industrialists and bankers. Detective-Judge Armitage was forced to work with Efil Drago San, now the most powerful ganglord in the city, to bring Arthur to justice: the Judges had no jurisdiction in the Forbidden Citadel and Drago San's fire power was needed to overpower Internal Security.[48]

The most significant event of 2114 was the horror of Judgement Day, where Brit-Cit was surrounded and almost overrun by the zombie hordes. Judge Armour was part of the pan-judicial strikeforce to take down Sabbat but unfortunately died in the first few minutes. 1.5 million zombies rose from within the city, out of un-recycled graves, as well as pouring in from the north. Simultaneously with Judgement Day, Gabriel returned and attempted to spread a techno-demon mutagenic across the world; an ad-hoc team led by Armitage stopped him.[49] The dual zombie and techno-demon attack on Brit-Cit left countless people dead across the city, as well as leaving Justice Department severely understaffed.

Behemoth housing project

The slums of the notorious Behemoth housing estate, 2114

Judge Dredd made his first visit to Brit-Cit in 2115 in pursuit of a body-hopping alien murderer. He and Armitage reluctantly worked together and found themselves battling Drago San, who temporarily trapped Dredd in his "Secret House" deathgame.[50]

Brit-Cit Brute at work

Brit-Cit Brute 'restores order'

Also in that year, issues with the Euro-Cred threw the Financial Sector into violent gang warfare between rival currency speculators. Judge Newt, the "Brit-Cit Brute" of the Search and Attack Squad, restored order by extreme violence and caused severe economic damage by killing most of the city's top economists and financial analysts. (The New Old Bailey tried to reform Newt's Search & Attack Squad into a more 'caring' agency. They failed)[51]

InterDep had been operating Culling Crews in Brit-Cit in 2116, carrying out gangland killings that the New Old Bailey couldn't be seen to be involved in. (Any Judges who got too close were also killed.) A Sector 15 overlord named Benny Kane was one of the victims.[52] Unfortunately for Brit-Cit, InterDep went rogue the following year. Two members of the Council were (accidentally) killed at an InterDep conference that hoped to brainwash top Judges.[53]

Cal-Hab's Psi-Judge Schiehallion went insane in 2116 and took out the Song-in-the-Sky satellites that pacified the country - Brit-Cit lost control of Cal-Hab and ordered the Brute to lead a psi-squad in. They were defeated and the Flux blanketed much of the zone. [54] Since then, Brit-Cit appears to have lost control of the country.

In 2117, Psi-Division stopped a demonic summoning at an orphanage. The sole surviving child, Lilian Storm, was inducted into Psi-Div.[55]

Brit-Cit Doomsday

Brit-Cit in 2121

Brit-Cit officially refused to help Judge Dredd against the Nero Narcos takeover in 2121, fearing nuclear retaliation. In secret, it provided him and other exiled MC-1 Judges with the technology, firepower, and support they needed, and was instrumental in liberating the city.

During the Herod crisis of that same year, Jack of Knives activated a Centre of Pestilence over the city. [56]

By 2122, the New Old Bailey was under severe budget cuts - except for Shok-TAC, who had an increase on budget - and various services were being outsourced under "parallel resourcing" (nobody knew what that meant), while a general revamp had stripped many middle-management Judges of position and made them Administrators, with only bureaucratic powers and not judicial. The new Overlords had forced Drago San into exile in the spaceport-adjacent Hinterlands, stripped of his citizenship[57], as too many Judges were focusing on the Overlords and the foreign Drago San was chosen as a scapegoat.[58]

Various rich and powerful figures were buying a new brand of sloathe drug from Medigen, including the Star Chamber; when the drug seemed in danger of being exposed, the elites ran multiple conflicting campaigns of murder to try and cover it up, only making it more obvious to Armitage that things were not right. With Drago San's help, he shut the operation down - and as Drago San (now with a stookie monopoly) planned to keep Medigen's clients cut off, it was likely that a lot of the elites and the entirety of the Star Chamber were going to die soon.[59] The Chamber would manage to cling on to life but their extreme vulnerability turned them into a front organisation for the Overlords, who at this point in time merely wanted the system to remain stable and began using other ways to direct Justice Department. Drago San proved unable to exploit anything as the Overlords let Justice Department declare 'open season' on him, forcing the crimelord to flee to Mega-City One.[60]

Brit-Cit's new crown prince, the obnoxious Prince Rudolph-Wilheim III, visited Mega-City One in 2123 to attend university. He was soon arrested by Judge Dredd for littering - which increased diplomatic ties between the cities.[61]

In the same year, Brit-Cit joined Mega-City One and Hondo City in presenting a united front against the alien Law Lords. In the event of the Lords arriving on Earth, Brit-Cit will go to war against them.[62]

Judge Dredd and Brit-Cit expat Judge Amy Steel headed for Brit-Cit to investigate Steel's stepfather, the ganglord Harry "Killer" Karter, in 2124. Claiming to be reformed, Karter had offered Chief Justice Willink – a man who had been too close to the gangster for years - a micro-crystal pilfered from Drago San that contained all the data on Brit-Cit crime bosses. Karter had added a data bomb so that when the New Old Bailey hacked in, every judicial file, alarm, encryption and code would be disabled and he could rob the city blind. Karter was killed by Dredd before he could use a databomb to commit mass bank robbery but Steel was left psychologically broken. Armitage promised that Willink would be watched [63] and shortly after, Brit-Cit had a new Chief Justice, Leavy.[64]

Chief Justice Leavy was part of Brit-Cit's delegation to the Global Justice Summit in 2126, where he immediately attempted to suck up to Chief Judge Hershey and was accused by Euro-City's Chief Judge Boltstern of ignoring his city. As with other Summit delegates, Leavy wanted Hershey to capitulate to Judda demands.[65]

To draw out a traitor in the Royal Court, the Judges staged the assassination of Queen Betty, Duke Stavros, and Heir Apparent Prince Albert in 2126. To their surprise, Mega-City One popstar Brightly Shines claimed her son Justin was the heir - he was unwittingly a clone intended for this purpose - and tried to wrangle her way into power. The Royal droid Polearm was revealed as the traitor (trying to kill the Royals to drive up the value of collectibles) and Justin was killed protecting his bodyguard Judge Dredd from a bullet. [66]

Brit-Cit was one of multiple states that stepped back and allowed the Sov Block to violate Luna-1's sovereignty in 2126. Ironically they'd sent up a Judge, Foster of the Diplomatic Corps, to be rid of him - and he helped defeat the invasion and allow acting-Marshal Dredd to annul the Partnership Treaty so Brit-Cit lost all control.[67]

John Cooper's Brit-Cit

Brit-Cit city street at the dawn of the 2130s

The Star Chamber was wiped out by Drago San in 2127 by one of Drago San's plots and Justice Department openly celebrated their demise. [68] The sudden loss left a confusing power vacuum. This was labelled a "bright new dawn for Brit-Cit", though nobody was quite sure what it meant. The new changes included the loss of many of the more incompetent Senior Judges[69], as well as a mass of procedural nightmares from having no replacement hierarchy.[70] The fall of the Overlords had also left crime decapitated, with no overall control and mistrust rampant, forcing any deal between syndicates to be in public.[71]

The disgraced Senior Judge Guy, left jobless by the fall of the Star Chamber, took control of the Chamber's sleeper agents in 2131, using them to kill "undesirables". Armitage found the secret chamber of "bio-processor units" (brains in tanks) that controlled the sleepers and had it destroyed: most of the sleepers fell catatonic with intense grief, screwing up Brit-Cit's infrastructure and causing a survivor (formerly of the Culling Crew) to bomb the New Old Bailey in revenge.[72]

By 2133, the Grand Order of the Privy Chamber ended up taking control by default, despite their previous unimportance and their reactionary social agenda, as there was no one else left and First Minister/Prime Chancellor Jeremy Caine spent "Daddy's money" filling that void.[73] Caine made sure to please the mob with bigoted platitudes (even announcing plans for "hygienic and well-appointed camps" for foreigners) and relations were cut with Euro-City. Using a covert agent, he had Mega-City One biotech assets stolen to develop weapons (and it's quite likely MC-1 agents tried to stop this by shooting a stratoflight down, causing a large number of British casualties) Aware that his career could only last so long before he was caught out as a grifter, Caine became obsessed with using Dredd's DNA to create a "paragon serum" to boost his own charisma. Instead, it was booby-trapped and he was killed, while Mega-City Judges destroyed and recovering the biotech. [74]

The Chaos Bug reached Brit-Cit in 2134. Borders were sealed to prevent further contagion.

Gulshaw skyline

Gulshaw, north-west Brit-Cit

After the revolution on Mega-City One's Titan penal colony, the Americans had to seek aid from Brit-Cit to rebuild it. [75] In Britain itself, Psi-Division lost control of an artefact in Gulshaw, north-west Brit-Cit and, after losing two Judges, sent Judge Storm in.[76]

PJ Holden Brit-Cit

Brit-Cit from above in late 2130s (note reference to David Cameron and a statue of Corbyn)

Most significantly in 2137, Brit-Cit sent Judges to help Murphyville murder Dredd while "resisting arrest", after his partner Fintan Joyce was believed to have evidence on the St Joshua cover-up. When this led to a massacre, Murphyville's acting-Chief Judge Walsh called it off and revealed the truth. Brit-Cit and Emerald Isle raided the Isle of Man to 'clean up' the affair and the full details were obscured, but the details of the cover up came out. Both city-states blamed each other and tensions began to rise. [77] In 2138, they decided to make Dredd and Joyce into a shared enemy to reduce tension; Brit-Cit requested Dredd be extradited for the Murphyville Spaceport shooting and Council of Five member Farrow was concerned that the foreign city had the power to enforce it. (Hershey and Judge Beeny worried he was working for the Brits[78]) Other judicial factions wanted to take this opportunity to finally bring the Emerald Isle to heel and one faction, under the noses of the rest of Brit-Cit Justice Department, combined the two plots and faked Dredd's death before teleporting him to their custody.

After the assumed death of Dredd, Mega-City One extradited Judge Joyce to Brit-Cit for a show trial (on assurances he wouldn't be sentenced) to buy diplomatic breathing room. Senior Judge Mayhew's faction, including members of Intelligence, then staged a fake paramilitary raid to 'rescue' Joyce (killing several Judges), hoping to manipulate him into giving them an atrocity to turn on both MC-1 and Murphyville for. Joyce saw through it and was pursued through Brit-Cit, while the faction attempted to make use by staging fake 'Irish' terrorist attacks; the plot was undone when Joyce teamed up with Armitage to identify the culprits and Dredd simultaneously escaped from his prison ward, taking Mayhem captive. The MC-1 Judges were allowed to depart by Armitage, who called in other Judges to arrest the conspirators [79] and officially, nobody high-up knew Mayhew's group had gone "off book".[80]

Brit-Cit protest

Judges quash an anti-Executive Tunnel protest in 2141.

For a year after, relations were severed with both Mega-City One and Texas City - the new Chief Judge Lewis being a secret agent of MC-1 - until the new ambassador, September Hart, was shown to be someone they could trust. Teenagers of the embassy staff were kidnapped by a mutant group and rescued by Dredd, including a young Nelson Kreelman.[81]

The long-overrunning Executive Tunnel project, an elite new train line that would displace poorer residents, was still being built in 2141 despite heavy protest - all such protests ignored by Councillor Agnes Magnus. The project was targeted by a series of supernatural murders. [82]

Brit-Cit was testing out an experimental "poverty sector", George Osborne Conurb: cramming as many cheap city-blocks in as possible, and trialling the Auster nano-mite system that would stop the poor feeling hunger or needing food to live. Auster was trialled on the poorest children in 2142, but the Horseman Famine manifested in of the scientists responsible and ensured Auster caused everyone in the conurb to be devoured from the inside; Brit-Cit authorities could not stop it. A covert striketeam led by Judge Dredd, landing without Brit-Cit's awareness, assassinated Famine before the plague spread. [83]


Dredd and the queen

Queen Betty and Dredd

The city-state remains a constitutional monarchy (where the Judges truly run things), presumably leasing some of the royals back from the venture firms Gifthorse and, after 2101, United Exploitation. They reside in the Forbidden Citadel in Sector 43's Dulwich Park, their bunker during the Atomic Wars. The full title of the monarch circa 2114 was the Sovereign King Of Albion, Emperor Of Asia and the Turkistan Protectorates and Postmaster General Puissant of the Anglo-Celtic Commonwealth.

King Iggy was on the throne in 2107. In 2114, the monarch was the incredibly senile and decrepit King Dilbert. The last known monarch was Queen Betty, in 2126. (The main line suffered a regicide in Antarctic City and Queen Beatrice's psychotic son Harry was made Harry II, still leased out to foreign cities until he was shot in Mega-City One in 2140)

Senior Brit-Cit Judges

Senior Judges in 2114

Command of Justice Department was originally held by the Conclave of criminal overlords but would later be held by the Grand Order of the Star Chamber - a fancier title for their Council of Five. They were known for high institutional corruption and were drawn from the ranks of pre-war politics, business, and minor royalty rather than from the Judge ranks.[84] Many were horrifically old, kept alive by stookie and other illegal drugs. When two Council Judges died in 2117, the Star Chamber stayed did not replace them: they were shown to have just three members in 2122, including the perverted Councillor Sleed. The Overlords, while no longer having direct control, still de facto ran a lot of the city but had to take into account the autonomy, and genuine anti-crime interests, of the newer Judges.

In 2127, their number was five again and they were well-known within Justice Department to only be a front group, clinging on to dear life. The Overlords were now de facto in control via other means. What remained of their minds was dedicated to getting their power back.[85]

After the Star Chamber was wiped out, a confusing power vacuum left the city-state riddled with jurisdictional issues[86] and CID enjoyed a brief few years of greater autonomy. Various aristocratic connections ceased to work and the Overlords were partially on the backfoot. The Grand Order of the Privy Chamber - the future version of the Privy Council - would fill the vacuum, much to the distaste of some of the Judges, before First Minister Jeremy Caine's. [87]

Executive Tunnel project

Councillor Magnus on the overrunning Executive Tunnel Project

In 2138, Chief Judge Mitchell was in charge. [88]

In 2141, a city council akin to Mega-City One's was also in existence (and notably corrupt and elitist). Councillor Neville had been replaced as leader by Councillor Agnes Magnus, who held blackmail photos on a prominent BCBC manager in case she needed favourable coverage. [89]

Judges Edit

Brit-Cit Judges

Street Judges and a CID Detective-Judge (Armitage)

The Brit-Cit Justice Department is based in the New Old Bailey. It is very similar in structure and effect to the Mega City One justice system, with uniforms that appear based on their American counterparts. Compared to the modern day, the Judges are highly fascistic. Compared to Mega-City One though, they're quite lenient: Detective-Judges are allowed to marry, tea and sugar is legal, crime blitzes and lie detectors are not yet legalised[90].

Prospective Judges spend ten years at Hendon Academy, followed by twelve months on probation with a Judge.[91]

Mega-Special #1 describes Street Judges as: "Calm, assertive. Tolerant to a point then swift to act and deadly to go up against." (In the Mongoose RPG and audio drama For King and Country, these were called Beat Judges)


Armitage with Shok-Tak

Due to the Overlords' establishing the Justice Department, judicial corruption in Brit-Cit has historically been a major problem. Senior Judges could traditionally buy their commissions in the same way as Victorian military officers, and many at the top were Freemasons with links to the criminal Overlords; the incompetence and corruption left it to Street and Detective Judges to get the work done. This has changed over time with the rise of a more principled new generation - basically, by faking that it was a force for justice, the New Old Bailey ensured function followed form - and the death of the old guard.

Brit-Cit Psi HQ

Psi-Division HQ, late 2130s

Specialised branches of the Justice Department include Dispatch, the equivalent of MC-1's Control); Riot Control; Psi Division, sometimes Psyk-Division; Med-Division; Special Branch, who run External Affairs (the equivalent of the Special Judicial Squad); the Endangered Species Squad, who capture fantastical creatures and attempt to breed them in order to rejuvenate the collapsing 22nd century ecosystem;[92] and CID, the investigative branch. For intense military strikes, the city has Shok-TAC, the military uniformed Tactical Arms, and the Special Judicial Service commando unit. (It also had the Search and Attack Squad until all had died by 2114[93]) Overseeing this since the 2120s are Administrators, who wear formal suits and lack judicial powers.

CID is not popular with the "uniform plods" but gained an unspecified autonomy following the end of the Star Chamber,[94] up until the Privy Council stepped up.

Psi-Division are hamstrung by the small number of psychics and have recruited many psychics with psychiatric problems to fill the gaps.[95] The head of Psi-Division in 2137 was Judge Campbell.

Judges of note Edit

Strange at work

Detective Inspector Strange.jpg

The most famous Brit-Cit Judge in Dredd strips is Detective-Judge Armitage, often paired with Detective-Judges Treasure Steel and Timothy Parkerston-Trant.Tek-Judge Rutherford, one of the city's best robotics men, played a primary role in ending Mega-City One's "Doomsday" crisis by reprogramming Nero Narcos' Assassinator droids. Detective Inspector Jericho Strange runs the Endangered Species Squad and is notable for his grotesque, sheep-skull head; this has made him a media star with his own TV show. Arthur Conan Newt, "Brit-Cit Brute", was the city's highest rated combat Judge until he was MIA during Cal-Hab's Flux crisis in 2116.

Two prominent Brit-Cit Judges who were transferred to Mega-City One are Judge Stark and Amy Steel, a sidekick for Dredd in the Big Finish audio dramas.

Foreign territories Edit

Gib Rock falls

End of Gib Rock

  • South Welsh Peninsula: the name implies the Atomic War has altered the geography. The only known settlements are small, rural villages. The coast was dominated by the massive Pembroke Dockport fuel refinery in Milford Haven, the source of a number of contaminants and spills that killed, infected, and sterilised small Welsh villages; the Justice Department was paid to ignore the environmental damage. The conspiracy was exposed in 2134 and the Dockport shut down. The village of Llandris has a breeding colony of satyrs and was declared a protected area by the Endangered Species Squad.[96]
  • The New Raj Protectorate, AKA the Turkestan Protectorates, in former Turkmenistan. It was occupied by the New Surrey Raj after the civil war.[97]
  • Hong Tong: somehow, Brit-Cit has gained jurisdiction over half of its former colony.
  • Gib Rock: future Gibraltar. After the territory became too much trouble - with food riots, terrorist groups, and clashes with Ciudad Espana - Brit-Cit dropped a nuclear bomb on Gib Rock.[98] Unknown to the world at large, Brit-Cit had run a population control operation at Gib Rock using genetically engineered monkeys but instead of calming the populace, a flaw in the process had sparked greater chaos.[99] S

Depiction Edit

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The first Brit-Cit Judges by Ron Smith

Brit-Cit was first created for the Daily Star Dredd strip, for the story "Annual Swim".[100] Ron Smith drew a pair of Judges from the shoulders up - a design that would be partially reused by Smith in a later Star strip, "The Royal Visit", but was supplanted by Brendan McCarthy's design for "Atlantis".

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Storm Warning Brit-Cit as rainsoaked and old architecture, by Jimmy Broxton

The city has contradictory depictions depending on who is writing. Under Dave Stone, Brit-Cit was considerably fleshed out and there was much focus on institutional corruption; John Wagner, who originally created Brit-Cit, has ignored this in his Dredd stories and has the Justice Department as being more like Mega-City One's, the city simply America's very British ally. When Dredd visited Brit-Cit in "The Doomsday Scenario", instead of the Star Chamber we saw a Chief Judge and a large governing body in an open assembly room. In the 1990s, when Armitage was a more regular presence in the Megazine, other writers would more often lean towards Stone's approach but since then, they tend to follow the Wagner model. One exception is Michael Carroll, who wrote the city as subtly antagonistic and power divided between quiet factions.

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Brit-Cit city street PJ Holden, deliberately more modern

One other minor divergence is that the Royal Family lack any political status in Brit-Cit in Armitage, whereas most other material (beginning with the Daily Star and being the plot of For King and Country) presents the Royal Family as the constitutional heads of Brit-Cit - up until Wagner decided in 2018 that the monarchy had been sold off long before!

Brit-Cit has appeared several times in the Big Finish 2000AD audio dramas. Both the Stone & Wagner versions Brit-Cit justice were used in the Dredd audio play Get Karter!, while For King And Country uses elements from the Armitage strips (the Forbidden Citadel and Star Chamber) while portraying the Brit-Cit Justice Department as mainly effective.

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Brit-Cit's "Old London Block" in Sector 6 by Nick Percival, monuments surrounded by bizarre futuristic buildings

The origin of Justice Department and Brit-Cit's history is also contradictory. Dave Stone's version is that Brit-Cit was a "global irrelevance" by the time of the Atomic Wars and only faced fall-out rather than a direct assault as it wasn't worth bombing; Justice Department only existed after the fallout and resulting civil war, and was created solely by organised crime for aid. "Hardly anyone else on the job agrees with me."[101] Indeed, it has been contradicted by other Brit-Cit stories - Meet Darren Dead (Megazine #240) and Wagner's "Origins" both show Brit-Cit being bombed during the war (Darren Dead refers to the city almost being annihilated). John Smith's Devlin Waugh: Innocence and Experience shows no sign of a civil war.

Mongoose RPGEdit

In the early 2000s Dredd RPG from Moongoose, extra details were added to the Brit-Cit Justice Department for players[102]:

  • The term "Beat Judge" for Street Judge (which made it into an audio drama), Iron Lion for their version of Lawmaster, and an 'official' name of "Her Majesty's Justice Department". Psis were called Para Squad, rather than Psi or Psyke.
  • Judges receive salaries and have holidays off; "with enough money, a Judge can buy himself any promotion short of a seat on the Chief Judiciary."


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Volgans defeat the British Army in prog 2

  • Dave Stone's Armitage and Treasure Steel stories in the 1990s were building up to an event called Janus involving Special Branch and the ZipCo company, which was related to Judge Nathan Hand's insanity and involved placing an implant within Steel. The pitch for the final story never happened. Stone gave the pitches to the Class of '79 fanzine. It had been planned that the Judge/ZipCo conspiracy used neural implants to force Armitage and Steel to murder 'loose ends' (a prototype of this had driven Hand mad), and the grand Janus plan was to infect the city and brainwash them into violent greed in order to shift ZipCo's shoddier products. [103]
  • In the Judge Dredd Annual 1987 text story "Judge Anderson: The Scream", the Brit-Cit Justice Dept works out of Scotland Yard.
  • In early progs and Annuals, Invasion!, Ro-Busters, and Flesh were also loosely in continuity with Judge Dredd and Harlem Heroes. [104] This would have made the 1999 Volgan invasion of Britain as part of Brit-Cit's history, but it has since been retconned out.


  1. Prog #50: "The First Luna Olympics"
  2. Deathmasques, Degenomancer, City of the Dead, Dumb Blond
  3. Megazine #285
  4. Megazine #285
  5. Megazine 2.18
  6. The Student Prince, Prog 2002; For King and Country
  7. For King And Country audio
  8. Deathmasques
  9. Summer Special 2014
  10. For King and Country audio drama
  11. Armitage: Bodies of Evidence
  12. Various Dave Stone stories
  13. Megazine #283, Judge Dredd: The Americans
  14. Megazine 319
  15. Prog 1976: "Grindstone Cowboys Part 4"
  16. The Lion's Den
  17. The Judges: The Patriots
  18. Megazine 400
  19. Megazine 212: Apostasy In The UK Part 1
  20. Megazine 267 and Megazine #240, Meet Darren Dead
  21. Judge Dredd: Psyko-Geddon by Dave Stone
  22. Meet Darren Dead
  23. Deathmasques and Psykogeddon books, Judge Dredd Megazine 2.31-33, "Armitage: Flashback II"
  24. Prog 1935 and 1939
  25. Judge Dredd Megazine 2.31
  26. Deathmasques and Psykogeddon books, Judge Dredd Megazine 2.31-33, "Armitage: Flashback II"
  27. Judge Dredd Megazine 2.32-3, "Armitage: Flashback II"
  28. Armitage: Flashback, Megazine 2.19 - 2.21
  29. Psykogeddon
  30. Devlin Waugh: Innocence and Experience
  31. Psykogeddon
  32. Armitage: Flashback, Megazine 2.19 - 2.21
  33. Mused on by Drago San in Deathmasques chapter 19
  34. Psykogeddon
  35. Daily Star: Annual Swim
  36. Bodies of Evidence Parts 3 and 4(Megs 3.66 & 3.67)
  37. Monkey on my Back
  38. Megazine 2.64 to 2.66: "Cal-Hab Justice: Family Snapshot"
  39. Emerald Isle
  40. 2000 AD Summer Special (2014): "Orlok, Agent of East-Meg One"
  41. Chasing Herod Prologue
  42. "The Royal Visit", Daily Star 31st August 1985
  43. Eclipse
  44. True Brit, 1989 Mega-Special
  45. Chopper: Earth, Wind, and Fire
  46. Armitage first story
  47. Megazine 2.33
  48. Megs 2.10 to 2.18, "Influential Bodies"
  49. Armitage: City of the Dead
  50. Deathmasques
  51. Brit-Cit Brute
  52. Culling Crew
  53. Wetworks
  54. Cal-Hab Justice: False Dawn
  55. Megazine 391: "Storm Warning: The Relic"
  56. Sirius Rising
  57. Bodies of Evidence 4 episodes (Megs 3.64 to 3.67)
  58. Judge Dredd: Psyko-Geddon by Dave Stone
  59. Bodies of Evidence 4 episodes (Megs 3.64 to 3.67)
  60. Psykogeddon
  61. The Student Prince
  62. Lawcon
  63. Get Karter!
  64. Jihad audio drama
  65. Jihad audio drama
  66. For King and Country audio drama
  67. Eclipse
  68. Judge Dredd: Psyko-Geddon by Dave Stone
  69. Megazine #287
  70. Megazine #289
  71. The Underground part 2, Megazine #319
  72. The Mancunian Candidate
  73. Megazine #319
  74. Armitage: The Underground, Megazine 318-21
  75. Prog 1924
  76. Megazine 391: "Storm Warning: The Relic"
  77. Prog 1938
  78. Prog 1973-4
  79. "The Lion's Den"
  80. Megazine 380
  81. Megazine 380-81
  82. Storm Warning: Green and Pleasant Land
  83. End of Days part 4-6, prog 2187-9
  84. Megazine 3.65
  85. Psykogeddon
  86. Megazine #289
  87. Megazine #319-22
  88. Prog 1982
  89. Storm Warning: Green and Pleasant Land
  90. Megazine #269 and #301
  91. Judge Dredd Megazine #1.10
  92. Judge Dredd Megazine #319, Strange and Dark
  93. Brit-Cit Brute
  94. Megazine #266, Armitage: Dumb Blonde
  95. Megazine 287
  96. Strange and Darke: New Blood, Megazine 319-323
  97. The Medusa Seed and Megazine #270, Armitage: Dumb Blonde
  98. Megazine 2.11, "Cal-Hab Justice Part 2"
  99. revealed during Cal-Hab Justice: False Dawn
  100. 27th Feb 1982
  102. Brit-Cit Sneak Peek (2015), Moongoose website
  103. Class of '79: Armitage
  104. References to Mega-City One and watching Harlem Heroes in Ro-Busters, while a reprinted Mega-City Time Tour feature in Judge Dredd: The Restricted Files vol.4 refers to 1999 England as another holiday destination.
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