MotF 192: The Simple Life

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  1. Kaiphranos Hydraulic Despot Donor

    Oct 9, 2009
    Southern Hos-Harphax
    MotF 192: The Simple Life
    The Challenge

    Make a map showing a group, community, or place which has deliberately rejected certain technologies.

    The Restrictions
    There are no restrictions on when the PoD of your map should be. Fantasy, sci-fi, and future maps are allowed.

    If you're not sure whether your idea meets the criteria of this challenge, please feel free to PM me or comment in the main thread.

    Entries will end for this round when the voting thread is posted on Sunday, March 17th, 2019 (Extended by a week).
    Any discussion must take place in the main thread.
    If you post anything other than a map entry (or a description accompanying a map entry) in this thread then you will be asked to delete the post.

    Remember to vote on MotF 191!
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2019
  2. SpazzReflex Induce vomiting if contacted

    Sep 25, 2010
    The Pit
    Excerpt from the blog 'The Lonely Worldwanderer'

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  3. Mako-Tochan Marquise of Excess

    Jan 1, 2018

    The city of Vendôme is the center of the Societal Reformation, a movement that began in France, but soon spread to most of Europe, Africa, Asia and some American communities. The Reformation is a social, political and ecologist movement that began in 2008 in France, with the Subprime Crisis. The mayor of Vendôme, seeing the government exhausting itself to rescue banks and limit the damages, offers a deal to it’s citizen : screw the market, screw the globalism, and let’s use bartering to survive this crisis. The idea, after several minor realignments, got adopted by the majority of the Town Council and the citizens.

    The French government, receiving a message from the Town Hall telling them that there would be no taxes in any other form than food and hand made goods and do what you can with it, backlashes at the city by cutting all the oil and energy supplies and getting them out of the French social care system. The authority of the State and Market would not be questioned without consequences!

    This led the nuns of the city to offer help, especially concerning the hospital, and taking some of the former governmental jobs as theirs to fill the blank spaces. The Town Hall had to reorganize most of the city’s life : with no power, several people just left the town, craving for Internet, mobile phones and gas. However, the cities of Orange, in southern France, Colmar, in Alsace, and Parthenay, in Poitou, all declare their support to Vendôme.

    Most of the retailers in Vendôme collapsed in the following weeks, but this gave the inhabitants the opportunity to try the bartering system at the scale of the town. The gardens, town parks and camping sites all soon turn into farmlands, and all the unemployed ended up joining these farms. After debates in the Town Hall, it is decided that, to employ everyone and make a better use of the resources and available farmable lands, a permacultural agriculture would be preferred over a productivist agriculture, since it has a better yield per acre and the employment issues would be solved in the same time.

    Many retired people began knitting again, sheeps were traded with a neighboring village, considering the possibility of becoming a bartering commune itself. These sheeps became, with linen, the main source of fabric. Soon, the whole city was reorganized, and thriving, thanks to the willpower of it’s inhabitants : a furnace and watermill was installed in an insulated building, to produce all the things that required heating or high pressure; the castle’s ruins became some kind of meeting point; the old supermarkets became storage halls, and, with the movement spreading, trade with other villages producing other goods became a thing. The French government, seeing that this new way of governing was spreading, acknowledged it as a new form of government for the Sixth French Republic.

    The EU, at first afraid of this weird new France they were seeing, soon saw Belgium, then Catalunya, and finally most of Europe slowly but surely adopting this communal model. This became for a while the trademark of the European Union, that included former Yugoslavia, Romania and other neighbors after they adopted the Reformation. The movement then found a echo in the Arabic Springs, and then in the Yekaterinburg protests, the Peace Trail from Karachi to Colombo, the Green and Gold Restauration in Japan, and many other events.

    The Societal Reformation is sometimes called the Vendôme Spirit, and thus Vendôme, despite it’s small size, is now one of the most influential cities in the world. Refusing industrialization, the dependency to fossil fuels and electronics and the idea of unlimited growth, the city became a leader for a whole world, when it was mostly known for being full of Grandmas thirty years before.

    This is a map of Vendôme in 2039, at this year, only the Chinese World (Korea, Vietnam, Mongolia and China) and some American and Oceanian countries are following other society models, but they were still challenged by this big and kinda sudden change of the world.

    Here is the translation of the different important locations; green stands for forests or wooden cultivated areas, yellow for more traditional agriculture, blue for the Loir River and all the shades of brown, orange and pink for the more urban areas.

    1: Northern Market (has beehives on it)

    2: Sainte Maria-Magdalena Hospital (they now prepare traditional herbal medicine, since advanced chemistry isn’t available anymore, and the Sisters run it mostly by themselves)

    3: Presbytery of the Sisters of the Hospital 4: Furnace workshop 5 : Town Hall

    6: Post Agency (also manages most of the trade with other cities)

    7: The Weaver’s Home for Elders (helped by the Sisters) 8: Town baths

    9: The Loir’s Watermill (for food) 10: Sheepfold 11: St-Georges Door (world famous)

    12: Southern Market 13: Trinity’s Abbey (also a Music Hall) 14: Fish Farms (former pool)

    15: Vendômes’s Castle (a meeting place for everybody, especially in sunny days)

    Sorry for the long text, I hope you enjoyed the reading and the map, even though I’m not really used to painting and it shows.
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  4. Reagent Cartography's Reactionary

    May 26, 2013
    Lourenço Marques, República de Sofala
    Blut und Boden

    While German dominance from the Atlantic to the Volga was completely secure, Nazi leadership was increasingly uneasy as the Thousand Year Reich entered its third decade. For many Nazi leaders, it seemed as if the entire grand project for the East was on the verge of failing – and there didn’t seem to be way out.

    The German occupied territory west of the Volga had seen its “racially inferior” populations reduced by half, or even as much as 80% of the prewar population in some places, through a combination of massacres, starvation, and deadly forced labor. However, while the Nazis had successfully orchestrated a genocide intended to create Lebensraum (living space) for German settlers, Nazi planners watched birthrate trends was increasing alarm. While there had been a baby boom when the victorious soldiers of the Wehrmacht returned home, these births had merely made up for the deficit incurred during the war, and the birth rate quickly began to decline. The outlawing of Abortion and contraceptives had only a marginal impact on this trend. Despite all of the Nazi regime’s best propaganda efforts to convince Germans to have large families, by 1953 the German birthrate was only somewhat higher than replacement rate, and demographers predicted the birthrate would only stagnate or decline from then on out. Nazi Germany had Lebensraum, but almost no excess Germans to fill it.

    Desperate for any way to reverse the birth trends, Nazi leaders ordered demographers to come up a solution to the “German birth crisis” – no matter how radical or extreme. While many ideas were proposed, the contracted demographers agreed on two main things. First, the demographers concluded that having more Germans take up agriculture would be the best way to increase birthrates. Compared to other settings, agriculture enabled parents to make the greatest use of children as supplemental labor – and thus raises the incentive to have children the most (the demographers did caution that using Slavs as serf labor would reduce much of this effect). Second, they warned that unless something could compel Germans into agriculture, there would probably never be enough incentives to prevent a large percentage of Germans from abandoning agriculture and moving to the city, where there were better employment opportunities.

    Armed with this information, Nazi planners developed a solution: the creation of Wehrbauern (defensive peasants). German orphans, Lebensborn, and abducted infants from “racially valuable” Slavs would be made wards of the SS and trained to be Wehrbauern. In order to prevent Wehrbauern from moving to German cities, they were to be denied a formal education – that would render them unable to be hired for any urban employment. With the exception of being taught the tenants of Nazi ideology (which was mandatory for all German children), Wehrbauer men were only to be taught farming and how to be a soldier, and Wehrbauer women were only to be taught how to run a household and be midwives. Aside from a handful of individuals handpicked by the SS to be Leiter (leader) of their village, the Wehrbauern were all illiterate. Additionally, while the Nazis made sure that modern medicine, clean drinking water, and gas heating was to be available to the Wehrbauern, mechanical farming equipment was to be banned in the territory settled by the Wehrbauern in order to make farming as labor intensive as possible (to further incentivize child rearing). Furthermore, all of those deemed “racially inferior” were to be expelled from any territory settled by the Wehrbauern. Eager to reverse the “German birth crisis” as soon as possible, the Nazi regime immediately began to put the “Wehrbauer scheme” into action.

    The Institute of Agricultural Sciences and Agricultural Policy of the Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Berlin was tasked with finding territory in the occupied East that was suitable for subsistence farming. After four years of field research, three territories, one in Northern Russia, one in the Baltics, and one in Southern Ukraine (Ingermanland, Memelland, and Gotenland, respectively), were identified by the institute. These areas were detached from the Reichskommissariats, and each was established as a Siedlungsmark (Settlement March) governed by the SS. This separation prompted a reorganization of the existing Reichskommissariats, with R.K. Ukraine being divided into R.K. Dnepr and R.K. Don-Wolga, while R.K. Ostland saw its Belarussian territory transferred to the new R.K. Dnepr, and the remainder of the territory was renamed as R.K. Baltenland – bringing the total number of Reichskommissariats to five. In the Siedlungsmarken, forced labor of the Slavic underclass was used to clear land and build houses and infrastructure for the first generation of Wehrbauern (due to arrive in a few years), before being expelled from the territory. Those deemed “racially valuable” within the Siedlungsmarken were also removed from the territory, but unlike their “racially inferior” counterparts, they were resettled with government assistance in urban centers located in the annexed areas of France (where, detached from their homeland, it was hoped they could be fully Germanized). Apart from a few Siedlungsstützpunkt (settlement point) hubs on critical transportation arteries, the Siedlungsmarken were to be completely rural in character (and the Siedlungsstützpunkt were not allowed to grow above 20,000 people in population).

    Nearly a decade after the Wehrbauer plan was put into action, the first Wehrbauern were settled in the Siedlungsmarken. Within 9 months, the first of a second generation of Wehrbauern had been born. Within a few years, it was clear that the Wehrbauern were having families much larger than their counterparts in Germany proper. The Nazis had found their solution to the “German birth crisis”.

    The rest is history.

    In 2019, over 450,000 births were recorded in the Siedlungsmarken, nearly 25% of all German births, despite the Siedlungsmarken collectively comprising a population only 1/13th that of the German Reich proper. While the Germany proper only had a total fertility rate of 2.2 children per mother in 2019, Gotenland averaged 7.5 children per mother, Memelland averaged 7.8 children per mother, and Ingermanland averaged astonishing 8.3 children per mother. Nazi Germany has finally attained demographic momentum – and it seems this growth of the German population would continue in exponential fashion. While the Siedlungsmarken are not limitless, there are still large amounts of unclaimed land for settlement, and Nazi Germany has discussed creating additional Siedlungsmarken in its occupied territory.

    With this newfound demographic security, many believe the Nazi leadership has begun making plans for a second great Drang nach Osten (drive to the east). While the former Soviet Union had long ago descended into warlordism, Nazi Germany has currently not occupied much territory beyond the Volga River. Now, confident that the Reichskommissariats west of the Volga would be Germanized in a few generations, experts believe the Nazi leadership is looking further afield. There appears to be a consensus among Nazi leadership that Germany should extend to at least the Urals, while many argue the Wehrmacht should conquer all lands up to the Jenissei River, and a few hardliners advocate seizing all of the former Soviet Union. Those living in the conquered territories would be subject to enslavement at best, and annihilation at worst. Such an expansion will no doubt trigger a response from the Democratic powers.

    80 years after the start of the Second World War, mankind appears on the precipice of a third – all because of subsistence farmers in Eastern Europe.