Chapter 2.1 Taiyou-Shi, City of the Sun
In the meantime demand for Solar Energy had been escalating. Rapid advancements among the nations greatly increased the demand for the Goddess Essence. The Goddess Essence powered everything on Kuro and the need for it put significant pressure on Diskarma, the most successful company on Kuro to provide more. The hordes were insatiable. Demanding more and more of the power of the Goddess Essence to slake their thirst, Kuro became more and more reliant on it. And the more reliant Kuro became, the more catastrophic a total disappearance of the Goddess Essence would be.
Fala felt a chill breeze blow in her face. It was early Spring, and the breeze was fresh with the dew of the still-young year. She had a brief nostalgic moment, recalling a time when she was much younger and her parents would bring her and her brother out on an early spring day, out on this very hill and smell the breeze. Everything smelled so fresh, but it was the promise of what spring brought that Fala liked the most. The flowers, raised in the great greenhouses and then sold.
Flowers were expensive to maintain, but every citizen in Kuro longed to have but a few of the lovely flowers in their homes. The beauty of the fresh spring flowers were always something to behold. Always in short supply, the residents of Taiyou-Shi would line up on the first week of spring and put in their bids. The great greenhouses would stock an amazing supply of flowers. The flowers were graded by the amount of sunlight they required in order to grow. The most expensive flowers, those that required a lot of sunlight, were in high demand. Full sun Perennials like the Chrysanthemum and Iris, could only be afforded by society’s elite. Such flowers required at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight a day, something that only private greenhouses would be able to provide. The rest of the citizens in Taiyou-Shi would have to content themselves with full shade flowers, such as the Begonia, a very popular flower in Taiyou-Shi.
Because flowers were considered a luxury and were always in short supply, every citizen was allotted a very finite number of ‘F’ points. The ‘F’ points were ascribed to each family based on their status in society. Because Fala’s parents were high-ranking members of the Science Assembly, they were ascribed 300 ‘F’ points a year. That meant that they could purchase the equivalent of a small garden every year. Taiyou-Shi’s poor, the ones that were below the poverty threshold were out of luck. Not only could they not afford any flowers, but wouldn’t even have a right to purchase any because the minimum income cutoff for any allotment of ‘F’ points was at 30,000 GEUs a year.
Kuro had a standard measure of economic value for trade among the nations. The most valuable unit of exchange in Kuro was the Goddess Essence itself. It was measured in GE Units (GEUs). A GEU was a form of currency. Inherent in it was a promise to provide the bearer with a finite amount of the Goddess Essence. One GEU was the equivalent of a promissory note to provide light for a family of 3 for a day. GEUs were pegged to the maximum practical output of Diskarma’s Reactor Cores. The city of Taiyou-Shi had a total of 6 sectors. Each sector was powered by a dedicated Reactor Core. Inside the Reactor Cores resided the Kurokyuu Orbs that accumulated Goddess Essence from Kuro. Every reactor reported its output on a daily basis, and provided its output directly back to the city’s power grid underground where the unused Goddess Essence was stored and measured. The storing and dissemination of the Goddess Essence is handled in tandem by the Legislative and Financial arms of government. The Central Reserve controlled the issuance of the GEUs. Based on the total amount of the Goddess Essence stored inside the Central Reserve, the government would issue an equal amount of the currency. In order for the currency to work successfully, it must coincide one-for-one with the total energy stored in the Central Reserve.
In a year, a family of three required at least three hundred and sixty five GEUs, just to keep their homes lit. This did not include food, clothing, shelter or other necessities. Just light. The poorest of the poor in Taiyou-Shi lived in the lower darkness of Sector 6, an area completely devoid of sunlight. The citizens had lost much of their sense of sight, and had a number of health deficiencies associated with the lack of sunlight. Many of the children of Sector 6 developed rickets, and the adults exhibited various forms of cancer. To combat the prevalence of such diseases, the government in Taiyou-Shi had issued a fund that would supply Area 8 with much needed units of Vitamin D. However, with the population in Sector 6 reaching uncontrollable levels, they soon ran into a shortage of Vitamin D as well.