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Author Topic: TtLG: Background Information  (Read 726 times)

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Offline CroakerDogBoy

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TtLG: Background Information
« on: October 06, 2010, 02:21:33 PM »
Modern life is rough.

Gasoline is $20 a gallon and if you don't wait in line on Monday or Thursday when the local station gets it's allotment, you are likely to run out. Most people bike (when they can afford the tires) or walk wherever they go. Older people remember when they could go into a restaurant and get a real  steak from a cow instead of the protein and soy patties they call steak now.

It was expected after the 'Sterilization Welfare'  bill passed five years ago that there would be more supplies to go around. But there are still shortages of common items every day. Crime is still rampant, but at least the government put the gun manufacturers out of business so not as many are with firearms.They say there are still a lot of guns out on the street that they have not confiscated yet, but most people don't know anyone who still owns one. Or at least will admit they do.

The wildlife has come back since hunting was banned, especially with the lack of traffic. It is common to see deer walking down the street of subdivisions, even in major cities. Several species that were previously thought to be extinct have staged a comeback. Now if anyone could just afford the gas to go the parks to see them. Of course sometimes the news talks of people in rural areas being attacked by wolves, but it's probably just fear mongering.

The air is cleaner since all the emission standards went into effect, this is a fact. People have noticed the smog in Los Angeles is almost a thing of the past. The hole in the ozone is healing rapidly, the shutdown of all coal burning electrical plants and coal mining operations has to have had a big hand in that. Rolling blackouts and periodic power loss is a small price to pay for a completely 'green' energy grid. Wind, solar and water power are the new way things are done. It's easy to dismiss the oldsters grumbling when the air conditioner goes out on a hot day to know that you can breath easily. Oh and the Cigarette Prohibition helped to clean up the air in public places, even if it did create a minor criminal caste.

No one can argue that the end of the Cold War was a bad thing. All the arms agreements, with the almost complete dismantling of nuclear missiles both east and west has made the world a safer place. The European and Asian Peace Keeping troops is a small price to pay for worldwide cooperation. After all, American troops are stationed all over the world as well. How else could all the world's countries trust each other.

Jobs are hard to come by, but at least the welfare system still works. As long as a person is willing to undergo reversible sterilization until they have a job, they will get a place to sleep, and enough food to eat. Nobody goes hungry that is willing to follow the law. At least television is still free and readily available to all. Cable prices are a bit steep, but the broadcast channels have good enough programming to keep people interested.

However, lately you have begun to wonder if things are exactly what they seem. Or if someone is manipulating things.

Welcome to life in 2010.
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Re: TtLG: Background Information
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2010, 02:11:23 PM »
Gas went up quickly during the 90's to it's current price. So for about 20 years it has been climbing steadily, leveling out at $25 a gallon in 2006.

SUV's never became popular. There was more research into smaller, lighter weight vehicles. An auto is highly expensive due to the incredible emissions control requirements,  but get good mileage. Most are mixed hybrids or all electric.

Four wheelers, golf carts, bicycles and motorcycles became popular. Like modern day India. People live closer to work and the city centers became repopulated. Zoning became mixed due to the necessity of people traveling.

There are less trucks on the highway and more rail travel. Food prices increased and are rarely shipped from long distances. Supermarkets carry more local goods, sodas bottled locally etc etc. Unless they are goods that could stand to be shipped long distances with no temperature control. Federal Inspection is paid lip service more then enforced as local suppliers tried to meet local demand.

People quit mowing huge lawns. More and more of them are tree covered  and there are less mowed lots. A large lot is a sign of wealth. Most people in rural areas would grow their own garden and raise their own meat.
People in the city would have to make due with more of the 'Protein Patties' and Soy Milk. The patties have the consistency of Chicken McNuggets, though some taste like fish, or beef. (McRib). There are many new home recipes for serving protein patties, and many companies selling them. In the city only the wealthy have real meat and vegetables.

Poaching game has become a large scale business. There are much stricter penalties being exacted for being caught poaching. The punishment for killing a deer is almost as harsh as that for killing a human.
"How do you hold on to an angel?"

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Re: TtLG: Background Information
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2010, 03:10:45 PM »
Firearms Legislation in the U.S.

They began with registering pistols in the early 1993. Every person who owned a pistol had so many days to take it to the local sheriff and have it test fired, with a spent round being placed into the envelope with all the information about the pistol.

After a year's grace period ownership of an unregistered pistol was a felony. Any unregistered pistol that was discovered was taken in by law enforcement agencies and destroyed.

3 years later in 1996 they began tracing the sales of any ammunition that could be used in a pistol, and limiting the number of rounds an individual could have to 500 of any caliber. They also extended the registration to assault rifles and sniper rifles.

In 2000, the only way a person could by a new pistol or assault rifle was by being a member of law enforcement or the military. All others could only buy used pistols from registered dealers, and could only sell theirs to registered dealers. Many communities had banned any ownership of them, registered or unregistered. Many cities extended the firearm ban to all guns.

In 2005, the registration of hunting rifles and shotguns was voted into effect. Now all firearms a person may own had to be registered. And the amount of ammo was cut down to 100 rounds of any caliber that a person had registered in his name. All of the ballistic test rounds have been put into a national database.

In 2008, hunting was banned by Federal Law, and since hunting was banned, there was no need for rifles and shotguns. Private ownership of any firearm by someone not in the military or a member of law enforcement is illegal under any circumstances. All weapons turned in and confiscated were to be sent to be destroyed. Only military collectors who showed that their weapon was no longer in good working order were allowed to keep their weapons. Ammunition is no longer sold to private individuals.
"How do you hold on to an angel?"

"Hook em by the wing joint. You know where it jogs in there? Clip or a claw... a snare would do it."

 

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