Not every EP session can be reduced to shooting exsurgents or stealing alien artifacts from exoplanets, and sometimes Firewall agents (not to mention individuals in other lines of work) have to integrate in a human settlement larger than 100 inhabitants. And... what happens then? All questions below relate to inner system transitional economies, since in Jovian Republic it all probablylooks rougly the same as in "our" world and anarchist habitats are small enough to rely on nanofabber magic. 1.Food & Healthcare Synths and infomorphs are still a minority on Mars (not to mention Luna), which leaves tens of millions of biomorphs and pods (pods have to eat too, right?) requiring regular sustenance. Even if we assume that they all have improved digestive systems and do not require as much of it, it's still an awful lot of food and water to produce. Water: It comes from the polar caps, right? I'm no expert, but doesn't that require hundreds of kilometers of pipelines, prone to malfunction, sabotage or heavy weather? And if it's transported in tankers, what happens if they are stopped? Or hijacked? And that's just Mars. Are there such convenient water sources on Luna or Mercury? I think not. Anyway, if the water is harvested from the permafrost, how is that done, exactly? Does that require actual workers? If yes, will the weak AIs suffice? What machines and structures one has to build to make this economically viable? Food: We know from the Corebook that there are farms on Mars, but the text lacks further information. What structures are built and what technologies used? How many workers are required to run it smoothly and - again - do they need to be sapient? How does one cultivate crops, vegetables, flowers, yeast and other plants on such a farm? And what about livestock, and all the products derived from it (like cheese, milk or eggs)? Lastly, how are these farms organized? Do they specialize, for instance in wheat or raising cows, or are they "general purpose"? Are they microcorps or part of a larger company? And when it is produced and shipped to the city, where can I buy it? Are there supermarkets or shopping malls, or is it home delivered? Can I expect restaurants and food stands? Hospitals: Again, only the biological part of the population can be ill or wounded, and it's much more resilient than it is now. Does people in EP need doctors or nurses? After all, they have nanomagical healing vats, able to cure ANY disease and ANY injury in a matter of hours. How is the healthcare system organized, if it exist? And no, back alley surgeons patching up gangsters after shootouts are not "healthcare system". Security: I was wondering: since all currency is purely electronic and most valuables are small enough to keep in one's personal safes, how would the future banks look like? Would they have vaults, offices and large lobbys, like they do today? If yes, what would be the security measures keeping robbers away? Same goes for hypercorp HQs with sensitive intel on the servers. And if we screw the job and the police is alerted, what then? What is the police response time and what firepower can they bring with them? Living Cost: So the other day one of my players tried to bribe a Martian cop and I wondered: is 500 credits enough, too little or too much? Should this cop laugh the character to death or kiss his hand? My point being: how high are salaries and taxes on Mars or Luna? What about bills and rents? How costly is it to live downtown, have a vehicle, send kids to school or eat in a good restaurant? (if there's one, see above). Is gun ownership, drug dealing and prostitution legal and if yes, to what extent? Damn, that came out way longer than I intended. Thanks in advance.
A few questions on everyday life
Mon, 2015-06-22 07:47#1
A few questions on everyday life