Overview in Dimday Red | World Anvil


Earth's orbit has been perturbed, causing the planet to slowly orbit closer and closer towards the sun for the past 93 years. The phenomenon was originally named Terrestrial Orbit Lapse but is widely called the Lapse. Scientists estimate it will take around 52 years for the Earth to come so close to the sun that life will no longer be sustainable.
  The rising heat melted the pole glaciers sinking most of Europe and other parts of the world. As enormous waves of environmental refugees tried to reach safety, a new wave of colonization took place. Europe once more descended on Africa, forming the dominant Paneuropa.   Since the first years of the Lapse, newly formed electromagnetic fields around the globe deemed all electronic equipment useless, sending the technological status of humankind back to the first days of the industrial revolution.  
  While the structure of human society is on the brink of collapse, the Eight Families keep a solid grip on power through their omnipresent Conglomerates. Self-declared rulers of Paneuropa’s city-states, they are battling for authority and influence until the very end. They control the army and the police and have created authoritarian regimes in most developed cities. Democracy is a concept of times past, dismantled for the “benefit of the people''.   Under Novus Ordo, the new order of things, people are divided in four Castes:   Luminaries - Members of the Eight Families, down to a forth degree relationship to the Heads
Collars - the working force of the conglomerates
Plebis - people who exist and function outside the system
Dirt - people who are considered non-persons by the system
  In Neu Bonn, capital of Paneuropa, the Catharsis Wall encircles the lower castes in the Center, isolating them from the Citadel and the rest of the world.   Many people, especially children born after the Lapse, are affected by cancerous Mutations that provide them with unusual abilities that are often powerful, but always end up deadly. Mutants are forbidden from entering the Citadel, and they are discriminated against even by those in the lower castes.




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