Golden Gate, State of Golden Gate, USA
Between the sky and the fog today, as well as fifty years ago, the orange pillars of the Golden Gate are rising. Once — one of the greatest bridges, now — a unique metropolis, "technological Switzerland", a leap between the past and the future through an exploded passage...
The entire city-state is located on the Golden Gate Bridge. The houses are on the bridge, they are attached to it from below and climbing along the supports. The entrance to the bridge from the banks is destroyed, so you can reach it from the outside world just by air or water.
Most people in the modern world live in franchises. The franchise is something between the corporation and the state, it owns the territory on which local laws and orders are established. Usually the franchise has several territories scattered around the city, the state and even the country. By signing a contract for living in a franchise, you agree to comply with its laws and you get the right to freely be on any territory of this franchise, to enjoy all the benefits that it provides its tenants.
As a rule, large corporations own franchises (but not every corporation has its own franchise).
Franchises are quite different — in some there are just buildings for living without any special laws, in another special rules for handling the territory are established, the third has a certain culture rules, everyone expects to follow the traditions and campaigns to the church on Wednesdays ... It depends only on what orders the owners of the franchise establish.
It is not necessary to live in the franchise belonging the corporation where you work. Workers of the lower and middle level change their workplace quite often, moving from a franchise to a franchise is also quite common, and these processes are not always linked.
There are those who live outside of franchises, which is about a third of the total number of residents of such people in the city. First, there are eccentric rich people who prefer to live in separate mansions and can afford it. Second, these are those who cannot afford to live even in the cheapest franchise. Third, there are those whom no franchise is ready to see among its residents. And, finally, there are those who do not want to live in a franchise for some ideological reasons. Living outside the franchise is much less comfortable and more dangerous if you do not belong to the first of the described groups.
The Institute of Family and Marriage, of course, did not disappear, but underwent major changes. A lot of people today exist as ‘quasi-families’. This means that by mutual consent it is possible to register not only the first-order relations (analogue of modern marriage), but also the second or third order (analogues of family members and distant relatives). However, there are no restrictions on the number of people registered by relatives of any order.
Relatives of the first order in everyday life are still called spouses, the rest of the family members are brothers and sisters, uncles, grandmothers and so on. This does not mean that all spouses sleep with each other — for example, two couples can be registered as four spouses but have a common agreement to remain faithful to their own partner in their intimate life. Groups of friends are often registered as spouses, showing by this that they feel more kinship with each other than with their families by blood. It’s also in fashion to have an independent selection of relatives for the children — young parents thoughtfully choose a grandmother who will sing a lullaby to her grandson, or what a child's uncle should be able to do.
Man is more than ever close to defeating death and aging, but still time takes its toll. After one generation comes another, young enthusiasts turn into gray-haired old men, once beautiful bodies weaken. Those who stood at the origins of the Hybrid War, and those who were born after its termination are different people. Four generations are clearly distinguished today.
Generation X + Y (over 60 years old)
Generation Z (40-60 years)
Generation W (25-40 years old)
Generation A (17-25 years old)