The Mischievous Nerd's Guide to World Domination
Author: Stephen Oberauer

Chapter 86
A random day

Holidays and work days weren’t any different from each other in our town. In order to live in the town, it was compulsory to work for 700 hours a year for our independent country, which is just under two hours a day. It didn’t make any difference to me. I loved working for Beyond Imagination, which meant that I was working for the country anyway. I could not imagine anything that I’d rather be doing. We had recently celebrated the building of our four hundredth house. My best friends at BI, Rupert, Edward and David had moved into the town.

On the 1st of January, 2008 I was running late for work. I wouldn’t be in trouble. No-one would care if I didn’t even arrive, but I loved the morning’s psych meetings. I checked the fridge. We were out of milk. ‘Order some milk, please Shelley,’ I asked.

Shelley logged onto the town website and ordered the milk. Two minutes later it had arrived via the conveyor belt delivery system. I caught the monorail into work that day, because it was only a few minutes before 9am. The monorail could take me to within a minute’s walk of any house, and right up to the door of the office. We had never had transport accidents. Hopefully the system was safe enough that we never would, but there’s always room for improvement.

After psych meetings I like to ride the lift up to the 13th floor of the tall, cone shaped, BI building, stand on the balcony and look around at how beautiful, calm and magical the town is. It inspires me to keep improving and expanding the town as fast and as well as I can.

Every day we built new things, and on that particular day, we had started a new project. We were going to build a new and improved home building factory. There were 6 billion people on the planet, and we wanted everyone to live in towns like ours. At the rate we were going, it would have taken twenty million years. It’s a good thing that we weren’t planning on doing it all with just our original factory.

Six months later we had a newer, bigger, and better factory and were building houses three times faster. It only took until the end of 2008 to complete the thousand houses we had set out to complete. Of course it didn’t stop there. Since we had successfully built a highly efficient and functioning, mostly self-sustaining town, it was time to build more. More towns would also mean more skills, mines, farms and factories being incorporated into the system, which would allow us to do much more. I couldn’t wait for the day when we had the technology to build our own computers without having to pay anyone for anything, but in the meanwhile, we had plans for a new kind of factory.

The system in the outside world was building too much junk. We noticed that even the so-called ‘quality’ appliances and mono-rail trains would need lots of maintenance. It was not unexpected, since the only reason that any company sells anything is to make money. If they were to make something that lasted forever, then they wouldn’t be able to sell any more. They also had to keep their costs down in order to make a profit. This meant using the cheapest materials and labour available. Our system did not have this problem, and so we decided to start our own factories to build the highest quality, longest lasting clothing, appliances, machines and vehicles that we possibly could. Unfortunately we didn’t have the technology to build every component yet, so we’d have to be careful about the components that we bought. But it was only the beginning, and we knew that we’d eventually get there.


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