posted on Nov, 24 2011 @ 12:43 PM
When we are, I would think, may be "dystopian", but probably not "post apocalyptic", since we just saved the universe and prevented the apocalypse
- on Earth, any how, It probably ought to be in the "now" or the near future according to story time, to underscore that victory, and bring closure
to "The Space Opera: Episode One".
From when WE sit, now, in the real world, it would be a dystopian future - around 2322. "Dystopian" for some,that is. I could see me not minding
breaking sticks and starting fires, but that ain't for everyone.
We happen to have all landed in rural areas, where life can be hard, harsh, or just simpler, depeding on how one prefers to see his circumstances.
That doesn't mean there aren't roaring cities. For example, there's Gammage Interstellar Spaceport in old Florida - where Cape Kennedy is now.
Ports almost ALWAYS develop thriving cities around them, with all the ease and hardship cities entail.
For the characters in Vandalia, there is a smaller, regional spaceport around 20 or 30 miles away, on the other side of the long mountain ridge to the
south, to the right of "Beartown Mountain" in the photos. That's why we can't see it yet - there's a mountain blocking the view. On the side of
the mountain we're on, there's just mostly wilderness - think "Amazon", but without giant snakes... or so you THINK, any how... The nearest fairly
large city is roughly 250 miles east - whatever Richmond, VA is called those days. Bristol, VA/TN is a little over 30 miles south. There are 3
"gaps" in the mountain going eastward.
"Dystopian" or "apocalyptic" is a relative thing. There are people right now living in what we would see as those sorts of conditions, but which
they view as simply the way life is. I don't foresee human nature changing all that much in the intervening 300 or so years. Technology changes, but
people are pretty much always the same, and always have been. Technology, whether high or low, is just the means they use to interface with the world
What happens when a race advances to the point where they can leave technology behind? Would an allegedly advanced, but technological race even
recognize the advanced nature of the non-technological advanced race? Who is more advanced, the guys with all the geegaws, or the guys living a
Advance comes from within, technology from without... any way you want to define "without", whether as in "external" or as in "don't have".
So there are pockets of technological "advance" dotting the Earth, now and in the future, and then there are the outriders who eschew that sort of
thing for the most part - also now, and on into the future, because people always stay people. It appears that the Energy Wars (in which some would
argue we are now embroiled - the concept came from an Iraq vet, mf_luder, - caused a change in the relative prevalence of the two philosophies. Fewer
urban centers and urbanites, more rural areas and ruralites, in keeping with a stable human ecopsphere.. Wars have a way of thinning the herd and
sorting that out in their wake - and world-wide Energy Wars would likely have an impact.
On top of that, spreading out into the stars would make necessary changes in the Home Base, as far as population balances go.