Welcome to the New Normal
The Purpose of this Page
As the campaign progresses, various differences between the current year and 2027 will surface – some cultural, some political and some technological. This page exists to catalog those differences.
- A Woman President – In 2024, Katherine Drake-Fleming (D) was elected the first-ever female President of the United States of America. She ran on a strong socially progressive but financially conservative platform.
- 51st State – In 2014, the Territory of Puerto Rico voted by referendum to apply for statehood. In 2016, in the so-called Hispanic Gambit, the Republican-led Senate voted to admit Puerto Rico as the 51st state in hopes that its conservative population would sway the next election and give the Republicans a majority in the Senate. It did not and in 2024, the state voted in favor of Drake-Fleming.
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- Drug Legalization – In 2022, marijuana was legalized as part of the Drug Rehabilitation Act of 2022. Also part of that act was a national experiment in 10 cities of various sizes where the drinking age was lowered to 18 for residents of the city. The experiment is supposed to last 5 years, after which a year is spent collecting data on youth crimes, injuries, and deaths related to alcohol. Then a committee recommends to Congress and the President whether the drinking age should be lowered for the country as a whole.
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- Electric Cars – While Alamy Falls is the most advanced city in North America (the world?) when it comes to electric cars, the country as a whole is progressing rapidly in that direction. Over 25% of the U.S. population owns an electric car and thanks to the invention of the RapidCharge station by Davis Environmental over 75% of the gas stations in America also have an electric charging facility.
- Low Light Technology – With the invention of the lensing techniques in the late teens, flashbulbs began to be phased out. Along with a groundswell that “flashbulbs are bad for the environment” it led to the lensing technology being incorporated in everything from light bulbs to low-light vision to mirrors to gather light (making rear view mirrors and screens excellent at dusk and dawn). The creator of this technology was Dr. Henry Bayard, a resident of Alamy Falls
- Smart Buses – Originally serving only the downtown area the Smart Bus system now covers a large area of the city. Smart Buses are Autonomous (they drive themselves, though frequently transit personnel ride them to ensure quality), and Passenger Responsive (meaning they can alter their routes depending on passenger requests). A highly sophisticated computer system allows passengers to use either the transit app, or kiosks placed bus stops, to key in destinations, and pickups. The computer system generates the most efficient means for buses and passengers to connect, and get their passengers to their destination, while maintaining regular stops along high traffic routes (leading from downtown to the high density residential neighborhoods). The Transit App will provide the user with several alternative maps (updated live) showing the various routes possible, and where time, traffic, and use permitting, alter the routes of buses to get passengers as close to their destination as possible. During off peak hours, a bus may even provide door to door service from most parts of the city. Some variability results from this system, requiring passengers to remain alert for changes to their itinerary and routes. Although, the system records intended destinations of passengers and will the bus to stop and provide warning for passengers to disembark. Despite these irregular and ever changing routes, the Smart Buses are almost twice as efficient at getting passengers to their destinations. This service grants special priority to the disabled, elderly and the very young.
- Advanced Product Placement – Television shows now, through your remote, allow for direct purchase (or samples) of products seen on the show or advertised during the show.
- Tablets – Tablets are now widespread and those in the upper-middle class and above can afford the cloth like tablets that can fold up and be slipped into a pocket or purse.
- City of Orleans – In 2019, the city of New Orleans, weakened by the hurricane Rafael the previous year, was hit by Hurricane Barry in late July. Barry destroyed much of the infrastructure of New Orleans, and bills were introduced in Congress to attempt to what some senators saw as throwing money down a money pit. These bills failed, but in early October, hurricane Rebekah came roaring in and destroyed much of what Barry missed as well as the beginning of what had been rebuilt.
The government response following Rebekah was one of “if you want to live in New Orleans, great, but don’t expect the US to step in and fix it every time a hurricane comes through.” Additionally, the monies that the US supplied Louisiana to rebuild after Rebekah were funneled to establish a new community much like Alamy Falls in Colorado. This new city, Orleans, is located nearly 100 miles inland, and is connected to New Orleans by high-speed underground freight and passenger trains. Now New Orleans is a slum, inhabited by diehards and nae-do-wells, and the business that was once on New Orleans has moved to Orleans. The workers that New Orleans needs mostly come from Orleans, traveling by the bullet trains that connect the two cities.