May 23, 2014

The Good, the Bad and the Cyborg

Season 1 World Synopsis :In 1974 the British Prime Minister declared the Three Day Week Order. This limited Commercial Consumption of Electricity to three consecutive days in order to conserve the dwindling UK coal stocks. These had been dwindling since the National Union of Miners had instituted a work to rule in order to increase their pay and conditions.

Instead of calling an election in order to secure his power, Edward Heath decides to keep control and tries to beat the striking miners. In the resulting stalemate it is UK Companies that suffer, as the strikes spread to other nationalised services (refuse collection, fire service, British Rail etc) Companies begin to take matters into their own hands and start providing their own services.

This step begins a trend and when a new Government is elected, Companies continue to provide their own services and eventually begin to refuse to pay the Government for superfluous services.

Eventually the Government goes bankrupt, falls and Companies fill the void. They take over towns and cities, however they are driven by profit, whilst the health and safety of their employees may be in their interests they have no duty to care for people who are of no use to them.

Company towns, their supporting farm lands and infrastructure, are protected by Company Security teams and a bounty system. There is no longer any official law system so each Company can do as it sees fit.

Along with the fall of the Government came the end of regulations on companies, therefore they can pollute “Non Company” areas as they see fit.

People still living in “Non Company” areas are free to look after themselves, some have banded together in communities, some live alone and some have turned to plunder as a way of life.

The pollution has led to mutants with Super Powers being born in the “Non Company” areas. It is not known why; but it has only been reported in the female population. This phenomenon has not occurred within “Company Areas” as most Company employees are treated to clean water.

The population living outside Company Land are free to do as they wish, however they have to defend themselves.

Some Super Powered beings use their skills to work as Bounty Hunters, collecting the reward offered by companies as a way of earning a living. Other Super Beings use their powers to defend those who are incapable of defending themselves. Some members of the Country-side Gangs have recruited women with powers, these women are seen as secret weapons.

One of the companies (The Bay Corporation) have begun marketing Robot/Cyborgs as an alternative to hiring Super Beings, to defend company property from the country-side gangs. These Cyborgs are currently very expensive and only the very rich companies can use them. They are hated and feared by most of the human population who see them as a threat. Whilst these Cyborgs have personalities, they have no sense of humour.

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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