“All natural and technological processes proceed in such a way that the availability of the remaining energy decreases. In all energy exchanges, if no energy enters or leaves an isolated system, the entropy of that system increases. Energy continuously flows from being concentrated, to becoming dispersed, spread out, wasted, and useless. New energy cannot be created and high-grade energy is being destroyed. An economy based on endless growth is unsustainable.” -Muse, Unsustainable
We always knew that our way of life couldn’t last forever. But none of us thought the end would come so fast. It happened almost overnight. The oil wells dried up. The rivers, defiled. The mountains, stripped. Nearly half of the animals that had once populated the Earth were gone.
Everyone knew they shared in the blame, but in their fear they turned to their governments for answers. When they had none, the people tore them down. Anarchy reigned. The great cities burned and it was in that hell, that they turned to the only ones they could count on. The corporations who had always provided them with the products they needed.
The next few decades were a time of great upheaval. In less than thirty years the Fortune 500 performed the dance that empires had done in the prior centuries. Fighting for territory and resources. Absorbing the weak. Merging with the strong. Dividing up the remaining population to build a steady work force.
When the dust settled, only the strongest nationcorps were left standing. They offered citizenship to any who would live under their shadow. This meant food and shelter from the elements. But it also meant slavery.
Life is hard for a wage slave, no matter what nationcorp you belong to, but the upper levels of management are always held just out of reach to provide the glimmer of hope to the desperate. There is always another rung to climb. There is always the hope for a better tomorrow.
However, citizenship was not chosen by all. There were many who feared slavery more than death. The nationcorps call them Dead Beats. And they enforce strict laws that prevent them from benefiting from the masses of resources they provide to citizens.
Dead Beats can be found in Hoovervilles scattered across the wastes. Most have banded together peacefully to make what living they can. Nomadic bands are rare but not unheard of.
‘The Hub’ is likely the last remnant of the greatness that humanity could have achieved. A massive city of glittering lights and endless possibilities. Home to nearly 19 million who live under the watchful eyes of the Overseers.
Whether you were born in ‘The Hub,’ are on business from your nationcorp, or just happen to be a wanderer passing through, rumors have reached you of a mysterious Dead Beat who has been spreading rumors of a lost technology that could restore Earth to the paradise it once was.
Come frolic in this Sci-fi, dystopian wasteland, and help build a brighter future for everyone.
Custom natures are not recommended, but all will be considered. Any custom strengths, weaknesses, and/or sub-plots that fit within the world are encouraged.
Hosted and narrated by:
T.H. Charles (RuinousMission)
Scenes played: 1
License: Community License