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Profile: Daily Living In The Caverns B

Profile: Daily Living In The Caverns B

Following the solar flare of 2130 in which crops were lost, the larger populated sectors B and C were broken down into smaller zones to make food distribution and management more effective, however this didn't offer a solution to the shortages because the administrators increased food pricing to attempt to control available resources, meaning only those who could afford to eat well would do so.

As hungry protesters turned into angry rioters, people were often injured or sometimes murdered as people fought for resources. Sector A declared that loss of life was unacceptable and turned to harsh measures to curb the violence as people tried to make ends meet.
With the bulk of the crime occurring in the overpopulated sector C, each of the sector C zones were segregated and isolated from one another. For this, the administration handed granular control to a handful of well placed sector B managers. With so few personnel prepared to handle rioting, segregation began as chain link fencing and security checkpoints were installed between zones within and around sector C. Electronic entry control and twenty-four hour camera surveillance allowed managers to remotely grant access to those who had license to travel to and from their place of work.
Factories were moved into sector B in order to limit access to weapon manufacturing, while sector A funded a program to train guards to quell pockets of violence. Food supplies directed to sector C were given a chemical additive to help calm the population. It's unknown if sector A knew of this activity as the chemical was manufactured in sector B.
The Farolds were unhappy to hear that violence and even murder were taking place as they'd invested in protecting humanity, thus ordered that security measures be relaxed, while not fully removed. This included but was not limited to removing the fencing and building proper streets. Each section of the caverns was sorted into gated communities. It became common knowledge that people who were found to have committed a capital punishment crime would disappear from the caverns.
Some citizens of sector C would be offered more rations and better living conditions for their family within sector B in exchange for helping to maintain order, which created rivalry within sector C. Prostitution was encouraged and was a way to help sector C citizens to earn extra cash and to keep the population satisfied as there was a temporary hold on pregnancy until the food shortages were addressed. Efforts were made to increase morale by offering any and all entertainment, although even elaborate theatrical performances were staged behind chain link to protect the performers.
As several sector B families lost loved ones to sector C rioting, the children of the sectors stopped mixing. Although it was still heard of that children from sector A and B would mix, and some of the children from A would sneak food gifts to their friends from B.
By this time, it was unclear who was responsible for the living conditions in sector C as managers from B were handling day to day matters, and A were simply communicating with the Farolds and delegating jobs to sector B employees in exchange for financial incentives. Communication between sectors A and C were virtually nonexistent. There were some underhand tactics employed by sector B managers, who had hired sector C citizens who'd traded loyalties for better food and living conditions. Heavy handed methods to stop riots were also common which created animosity. There were rumors that sector A had given plans to sector B managers to implement, but this was never proven and so the suspicion and blame game continues.
Sector A were able to begin to increase food supplies once again after three or four years, by which time they were in full control of the food and electricity supply which could be used to control the other sectors. The criminal elements had been cultivated and well established, and a black market of alcohol and drugs were available for a price that most had to trade their remaining possessions or even their dignity to acquire through prostitution. While conditions have improved, these practices continue even today. While prostitution remains a legal form of entertainment, it's also seen as an occupation for the lowest of the lowest. Theft, drugs and other lesser crimes are still considered as side occupations within sector C, and most keep that economy afloat in order to escape from their situation. Rumors once more point to sector A deliberately setting up the black market, or at least turning a blind eye to the practice in exchange for a cut of the profits, but there's no documented evidence.
Note that while riots and heavy violent crimes did occur, they were mostly sorted a couple years after the riot outbreak during the food wars.
Aspiring pilots wishing to leave the caverns will have to pass the following requirements:
Pass a test to show understanding of the world above ground, including identifying hostile creatures.
Pass a self-sufficiency test including basic economics and general work competence.
Take the anti-radiation drug Riphenol for 30 days.
Take simulated piloting lessons regarding starship operations with a Farold pilot.
Sit a written starship operations exam with a minimum pass rate of 85%.
For non-pilots, most of these regulations are the same, but in place of required flying lessons, they are expected to show proficiency in their chosen field of expertise.
Those who pass all tests and meet the requirements will be given a permanent date marking and are then free to leave the cavern system, never to return underground.

This help file was last modified: 12/16/20 at 10:08 a.m.

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