Fables: Location

The year is 2235.

There have been no known reincarnations since 1901-1914.

The World:


Push and pull between conservative and liberal has been constant, though the definitions of these have changed almost as much — a constant flux of reaction to blaming one person for all the world's problems. In this year, a 'conservative' President sits in his ivory throne in Washington, DC, the technology capitol of the world, though that can mean very little to those who have to live daily life in the slums of anywhere else.


If you want it, then the Internet can most likely get it for you. However, this advancement of ease of getting has led to a general stagnation in the learning and development of the American culture. Nobody wants to do anything anymore, because everything's right at their fingertips. The rich sit in their homes, experiencing nothing but comfort and entertainment while the poor continue to struggle, even more invisible than ever. Discoveries have slowed — even space travel, which was expected to be full-blown by now by predictors in the past — and art has become such a hobby of the populace that it's no longer held up to the same standards. 'Community' efforts have taken over where giants of culture used to stand, which used to promote more communication and reach of creativity because of the access to all sorts of new minds, but now means that the hive mind either agrees on something mind-numbing or can never agree.


Cities are usually heavily split between the upper and all other classes: the upper being rarely seen, in their high towers, and the lower living as if they are centuries behind. After several riots complaining of a growing police state back in the 22nd century, the government was severely impacted and much of the general policing of the streets was given over to a civilian rights group that had grown large during the time. Since then, this CRG has become the beast it fought against: tired of still living in poverty, officers take out their aggressions on their fellow civilians. In response, a second force arose, this one born of the old police stations, and the two clash often for who owns the safety of the streets. A bill regarding the two is supposed to reach the last remaining bits of high-class government soon, but it remains a question of whether anything they decide will even affect the lower class in the next decade.


In 2140, Christianity, which had been steadily declining through the century, finally collapsed. The last pope, John Paul IV, had already stepped down and none was able to be named before the organized religion simply ceased to be — a few sects might still practice, but the majority of the nation has become predominantly agnostic or atheist.


Separation between the have and have nots has become more like a second country than a class barrier. Although cheap technology like the internet pervades every crack of life, the virtual reality modules with which most of the rich spend their day remain off-limits more out of a sense of oppression than unavailability. With the general collapse of attempts at artificial intelligence — at least so far as robot servants — the need for a secondary class to do menial labor has continued to exploit those that did not ride the first boom of technology and riches. Even now, the separation becomes more and more distinct, leaving whole parts of even large cities in a state of regression towards poverty and lack. While devices become more powerful, architecture and city maintenance fall to the wayside. Slums are almost as slum-like as they were in 19th century, and that encourages the crime present there.


Extreme dieting has been combated by 'processed' whole and natural foods — a somewhat contradicting phenomenon, but scientists have made it possible to replicate the healthier effect of unprocessed foods in bulk in order to accommodate the loss of the last actual farmland. Everyone was clean and aware for a while — farms were on the rise and people were attempting to be more conscientious, but greed and economy overcame them. Populations grew, and those who had wanted more where there was already no space. People leaned on technology, and now that's where their food comes from.


Buildings are rising UP. In the bigger, and even medium cities, there's nowhere else to go. Available spaces are few and far between, and probably full of garbage. Generally, the higher up you live in a higher building then the better off you are, leading to several references to the higher-classes being "in the clouds", almost like gods, and lending a new weight to the concept of "moving up" in the world. Though the buildings that these new apartments and businesses were built on were reinforced in order to support this seeming second society, their design and function has only been sporadically updated since the 22nd century or so, leading to often strange amalgamations where the architecture of a building is a mish-mash of new and old materials and design. With the focus on the internet, and in people's self-sustaining houses, street-level upkeep has fallen to the wayside, left to the people who can barely take care of themselves, much less their environments. As things move up for those in the heights, they seem to regress for those left in the ditches.

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