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The Siege of Angliaterra, Pt 2 of 3

As mentioned yesterday, due to the need for contact with the outside world, the inhabitants of inner-city Angliaterra began discussions with the council of the outer city about possible modifications of both inner as well as outer city walls. Readers familiar with the relationship between the inner and outer city dwellers might correctly guess that such discussions would easily get bogged down.

As the culture, mores, and even economics of the outer city dwellers evolved to nominally protect and conceal the existence of the inner city and its inhabitants from the outside world, the notion of a future without any ostensible need for them created a large number of conflicts and tensions. These conflicts rapidly confused the access issue, causing talks to break down. Specifically, the inner city dwellers were 'requesting' that a portion of the outer city wall be removed and extensive modifications be made to certain structures along the inner city wall to faciliate the easy access to the inner city by both persons as well as, in certain cases, vehicles delivering goods and equipment (though how the inner city dwellers planned on acquiring advanced equipment in the absence of money is unknown, though clearly the inner city dwellers are aware of the existence and function of money). The surly outer city dwellers performed a perfunctory examination of this 'request' by the inner city dwellers and then rejected it out of hand, citing numerous bylaws in their own charter. In addition, they rallied the local french provincal authorities who prohibited the alteration of Angliaterra, which has historic monument status in France.

Complicating matters extensively is the fact that both inner city as well as outer city Angliaterrans seem to believe that they are the true 'owners' of the city. In the case of the inner city Angliaterrans, they view entire culture of the outer city dwellers as existing for the sole purpose of concealing and sustaining the people and the culture of the inner city. And indeed, at the founding of Angliaterra this appears to have been true, by design. However, over the ages, the outer city dwellers have developed certain aspects of lifestyle and culture that are much like other similar towns or small cities: Most people go about their lives in a way that has no relationship to the dwellers of the inner city. The idea that their city somehow 'belongs' to a people they may have never even heard of (knowledge of the inner city people was kept to a select few) is of course, a source of tension and dismissed by most inhabitants of the outer city.

And then, of course, there's the more delicate matter relating to the tourist trade and special historic status accorded to angliaterra by the French government. many people in the city derive their incomes by selling handcrafts, the most exquisite components of which are apparently made by the inner city dwellers. Some of these crafts are unique and beautiful, and highly sought after in some markets. For instance, image projectors ostensibly made for children allow images of magical faeries and other creatures to be juxtaposed on a real image from the child's environment and projected on a wall or ceiling. Some of the more elaborate of these toys even allow the magical creature to appear to move or fly.

Because the much of the livelihood of the outer city dwellers relies upon the special relationship between the outer city and the inner city, one can see that there would be vested interests in maintaining the ancient status quo. But for whatever reason, it would appear that the inner city dwellers made a central decision to change their relationship to the world, and were not going to accept no for an answer.

Tomorrow we'll discuss the actual conflict that broke out at Angliaterra.

Shades of gray

I like how the relations between the inner and outer city are becoming more and more complex. And also that strong sense of a time-honored balance being shifted too quickly, which makes the result of an open conflict seem quite logical, if tragic.

kelson.philo's picture

I can only imagine the horde

I can only imagine the horde of anthropologists worldwide who would be attempting to beat down the city's (inner and outer) doors. Would France have to put a limit on certain visitors? That would lead to the possibility of blackmarketing inner city goods and, maybe, people.