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Mad Max: Fury Road

Can someone who is familiar with the Mad Max / Fury Road story & universe help me understand a minor plot point? I should start out by saying I've never seen the original films, so all of my knowledge of the canon universe comes from Fury Road.

How is it that Max used to be a cop? The world we see in Fury Road doesn't appear to have room for "cops", so it seems like he was a cop before the whole world fell apart. But the world we see in Fury Road also appears to have been that way for at least a generation or two. There are numerous characters who are as old as (or older than) Max, who are disfigured or sick, which seems to be a running theme in the population. This seems to indicate to me that this way of life has been going on for more than just a decade or two.

So where was Max a cop? Was it somewhere outside the area portrayed in Fury Road? Somewhere that took longer to fall into absolute disarray?

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kellzilla
May. 21st, 2017 03:58 pm (UTC)
Max was part of the Main Force Patrol, which was on its last legs in the first movie, and eventually broke up when all the members either died or went rogue. That's where he got his awesome car :)

http://madmax.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Force_Patrol

it was kind of a 'supplemental' police, emergency task force type thing.

Edited at 2017-05-21 03:59 pm (UTC)
kwsapphire
May. 23rd, 2017 06:09 am (UTC)
Ahh, that all makes sense. I read through the timeline on that wiki site too, which addresses the main issue: Max is much younger in this movie than would be indicated by him having been an adult before the final fall into this current state of affairs. He should be a good 20-30 years older (at least) for it to make sense, but that's just ignored by the movie. Which I'm totally fine with, because I liked the movie.. I just wondered if I misunderstood something somewhere.
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