The Famine after the War
After the last bombs of the Final War had fallen, all that remained of the Rul civilization were a few million survivors locked away in bomb shelters in the Ralenlos Mountains
. The surface became largely uninhabitable due to nuclear fallout and numerous biological and chemical warfare agents.
Although both the Rilanga
and the Ran-E-Zu
had taken some livestock and plants along with them, the production of fresh meat, grain or fruit was very limited for a long time. There was no proper farmland anymore, and clean water had to be rationed, so the vast majority of the 11 million survivors had to rely on canned, pickled or freeze-dried food.
Many people had also underestimated the time they would have to spend inside the shelters, so they ran out of supplies over the following years. After the Peace Conference in the year 1 VZR
, one of the first steps towards building the new Rilsu
society was to organize the fair redistribution of whatever supplies existed. Though the idea was initially met with a lot of resistance, most people quickly came to agree that it was necessary and eventually began to bond over sharing their resources.
Reclaiming the Surface
For almost 6 years
it was extremely dangerous to travel down to the foothills of the Ralenlos Mountains. Most of the contamination was concentrated near the seas, but nevertheless there had been radioactive fallout over the mountain massif which was only washed down slowly.
In the year 7 VZR
, the first expedition reached the Zugnur sea to find that the plant life in that area had recovered and formed lush jungles on its shores. However, contamination in the soil and plants was still too high, making them unsafe for food production. Likewise, many animals found in the oases suffered from mutations and various illnesses from the contaminants in their bodies.
It took another 3 years
before a sufficiently large area of safe farmland was found. At long last, the Rilsu were able to grow crops and raise cattle on a larger scale again. The first harvest from this land took place in the year 8 VZR
and was celebrated with numerous community feasts among the roughly 9 million people who had survived up to that point.