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|A planet is entirely based upon the idea of currency. I like the fact that I finaly wrote it down. I especcially like the ending.||
The life blood of the society is the idea of accounts which instantaneously charge you for every thing you consume. This makes all purchases as simple as possible. All you do is find something you want, and take it. Everything is monitored so you can be billed without letting anyone know youíve taken it. The only designation stealing is given is taking something that the owner hasnít agreed to sell. The only punishment for such an action is a higher charge.
One of the drawbacks to this system is that it allows you to be billed for almost everything. Every breath you take is charged to your account. Every time you glance at a trademarked image you must pay the owner. Every time you glance you are charged by whoever is providing the light. You almost canít avoid being charged. Every action that affects others results in money changing hands. Holding the door for someone forces them to pay you. Wasting someoneís time forces you to pay them. Even compliments lead to monetary transaction. Serotonin is measured to gauge how much of an effect any pleasantry had, and that is used as a basis for billing. Similarly, social faux pas are a method of quickly giving out money to everyone around you. There are some attractive people who get by simply by smiling at people all day. There are no favors done freely, but consequently few people can afford to be a jerk.
The way debt is dealt with is also quite odd. Debt is considered a criminal offence but all other criminal cases are dealt with in the same manner as all other actions, with fees. Since practically all sense perception is charged, nothing escapes notice and thus no crime escapes the justice of the checkbook. Debt however is a crime that inherently precludes the possibility of paying off the charges. The execution of punishment is difficult because the standard procedure for dealing with crime requires no police force or any action other then moving bits of data around. The solution arrived at for dealing with this problem was to put metal boxes on every street corner, label everyone who is in debt, and pay people to push those in debt into the boxes. Normally these boxes do nothing, but when someone who owes money is pushed into one of them, they close with an air tight seal and shoot into space.
The most insidious part of the whole thing was the fact that the first charge anyone occurred upon entering this little system was a deposit on the box they would be shot into space in if they ever ran out of money. This is not necessarily a death sentence, but being shot into space in the equivalent of an iron coffin is seldom a good thing. This punishment for debt has lead to an odd circle of ships circling the planet waiting for those ejected. Slavery is illegal on the planet, but, as there are no laws in space, these coffins are like canned slavery. The second big crowd is a little farther out, as they donít need to get to the boxes as quickly. They care not so much for potential labor as for parcels of matter built into some convenient structures, like air, water, and meat.
Our story begins as one of these coffins is leaving the protective dome around the planet and begins to float freely into the stars.
|Executioners Lament||Magic Parasite|
|Schrodinger's were-puma||Runic Poems One|