Church, once a week. The local Javamat, every day.Javamats are automated vending machines that provide the citizens of Megacorpolis with Java, the most popular drink in the world. They are ubiquitous across the Megacity, as part of the city's fabric as advertisements or misery. Every citizen has their favorite among the millions of Javamats, and most would rather lose a family member than their Javamat.
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Java - what coffee wishes it could be.Javamats come in as many brands and types as Java does, ranging from ornate and luxurious to brutally utilitarian, depending on where they are. They are usually themed to the corp that operates them, the sector they're located in, or whatever marketing campaign going on at the time. Most are box-like things about two meters tall, dominated by a single display showing all the various drinks it sells.
Some Javamats give the same Java-slurry no matter what consumers pick, confident that as long as it's Java, no one will be able to really tell the difference.
A tangled spiderweb of pipes connect every Javamat to brewing vats in central facilities to ensure they never run dry, taking its place along broadband cables and powerlines as things absolutely vital to Megacorpolis. Maintenance workers labor under a siege mentality, as these pipes are constantly threatened by rival corporations, malcontents, terrorists, or Java-desperate consumers. Since most of them need Java to get their work done, motivation is usually excellent.
Nothing beats original! anyone who claims otherwise is your enemy - Get your Java today!Competition between Java brands is fierce, and the Javamats themselves often become focal points in this struggle for capitalist supremacy. Not only are they lucrative in themselves, but nothing fosters brand loyalty quite like addiction. The placement of Javamats occasionally leads to turf wars between megacorps, fighting over the best spots to sell Java, and "influence consumer habits".
For this reason and to deter theft, many Javamats come with automated security measures, ranging from pepper-spray to rabid Cybiders.
Loyal consumers often join the fray to make sure their preferred brand is the one that will be served, by whatever means necessary. Casualties usually fall within acceptable parameters, but festering feuds between different Javamaniacs can cause trouble for decades after the dust has settled. Java shortages are even more disastrous, with a Mad Max-style apocalypse sometimes reigning within certain streets or sectors before order can be restored and lessons studiously avoid being learned. Once the corpses are cleaned up, and the flow of delicious Java restores, there's always a surge in profits as desperate consumer lines up around every restored Javamat.
Java!A powerful and addictive stimulant with a pleasant taste, Java is the drink of choice for citizens across the city. With its heady mix of caffeine, nootropics, and other energizing chemicals, it has imbued millions with maniac energy for decades. Sure, sometimes your teeth fall out, or you have a cardiac arrest when your heart beats like a hummingbird, but it's hard to say no to another cup.
Java, the brew of the world!
Item | Jun 5, 2021
Java makes the world go around. Consult your doctor before consuming this delicious caffeinated beverage. Terms and conditions apply.
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