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Profile: daily living in the cavern 1

Profile: daily living in the cavern 1

The Farolds established a basic infrastructure for humanity to survive underground. Electricity, air filtration and waste processing. They also installed boreholes to provide fresh water and hydroponics to cover a large quantity of the food supply.

Determined to help humanity survive, they established a first class hospital and insisted that everyone received the absolute best health care and hygiene from pregnancy to old age. Schools were set up and children were given an accelerated learning program which meant that by age 13, traditional memorization was reduced and studies in vocational skills would begin alongside world lore to educate youngsters about the world above ground in readiness for the day they'd emerge.

Within a few months, leaders from the well-to-do backgrounds had established a chain of command and had organized the people into more efficient work groups. Children from all backgrounds played together, everyone would eat in the same dining areas and the people seemed to be making at least moderate progress.

There were some who weren't happy with these arrangements, and changes began. With careful social engineering, families began to be grouped together based on their occupation. The Farolds initially objected to categorization, however once it was explained by the cavern leaders that the education system worked most efficiently when schools could focus on specific subjects instead of mixing resources, there was a general acceptance.

As time went on, the wealthy leaders began to set up a simple economy to teach the children about finance, this being a subtle way to go back to the class system of the past. Those responsible primarily for construction began to be referred to as C's, while those who offered to take what was termed as the hardship of cavern administration were referred to as A's. Professionals had the nickname B's merely for convenience.

These unofficial spoken designations later became official as the administrators claimed that with so many people, it was necessary to break down areas of the caverns into sectors. Sector A became the official administration sector housing a little over 63,000 people, sector B was home to approximately 94,000 people who were mostly white collar workers and their families. Sector C was the largest and most cramped, primarily handling construction of new living space and started with around 143,000 men women and children.

Within a decade sector A established a functional economy and life began to resemble that of earth, with a growing class divide in which the few would prosper in the name of survival.

This help file was last modified: 04/21/23 at 9:16 p.m.

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