Tropicalia Kate Estes

Tropicalia is a simple yet unique city on an exotic rainforest island in Hawaii.

Map and Flag

MaP

  • Deluxe Housing - treehouses for families of 5-6
  • Single Housing - treehouses of families of 1-4
  • Retirement Center - for people 60 and older
  • Court - for consequence decisions
  • School - for children ages 1-20
  • First Aid - for all minor injuries
  • General Store - the main store where you can get everything you need
  • Hospital - for major injuries and births
  • Recreation Center - a place with fun activities for free time
  • Dining Hall - the place where everyone is gathered for meals
  • Information Center - were you can get new clothing and any additional info/items
  • Real Estate Center - where you are assigned a letter and a home
  • Execution Chamber - where criminals are executed

Flag

The Tropicalia flag symbolizes many things. The pink flower shows how exotic and unique the community is. The blue ombré background is like water in showing that Tropicalia is an island. The fun font welcomes people to the community.

Environment

Tropicalia is set in a very luscious rainforest on a Hawaiian island. The community is up very high in the trees, about 100 feet in the air. Trees are genetically altered to have their branches latch on to the first thing they touch. After being altered, houses and buildings are built next to the tree so that when the building touches the tree, it will latch itself onto the structure and create a support for the building. There is a tropical climate and there are seasons but the weather changes so little that nobody notices that the seasons are changing. There are many wild animals but there is an invisible force field bubble that keeps everything that isn't welcome out. Only toucans and monkeys are allowed in, and if you see an unclaimed one, you can take it to be your pet. The force field makes sure that unwanted visitors stay out and that nobody can successfully run away. The only opening in it is right below the execution chamber, where citizens are dropped out if they do bad.

Government

Government is a very big deal in Tropicalia. Rules are enforced strictly and if broken, the harsh punishment of execution is brought upon the criminal. All of the laws were made at the beginning of Tropicalia. Legend has it that the ultimate god, Akua Nani, possessed someone and made them create Tropicalia. Government and daily life revolves around Akua Nani, which is represented by a tiki face. If you break a minor rule, like 3, 7, and 10, a sharp warning will be given. If you break a moderate rule, like 4, 6, 8, and 9, a warning will be given and after three warnings, you are brought to court and possibly executed. If you break rules 1, 2, or 5, you will be executed immediately. No rules are ever added, changed, or subtracted. Rules are taken very seriously and taught in school.

Rules

  1. No killing anyone unless you're an executor
  2. No stealing from fellow residents
  3. Do not be rude unless absolutely necessary
  4. Be like Akua Nani and always follow him
  5. Do not *try* to run away from the community
  6. Do not lie
  7. Do not raise your voice unless absolutely necessary
  8. Do not cheat
  9. Accept you're job and everything else that you can't change
  10. Follow all of the rules without complaints

Punishment

Most rule breaking ends up involving execution, as portrayed above.

Currency

Gold coins are used as currency in Tropicalia. Real gold is carved into circular discs and then a laser is used to engrave the Tropicalia flower and their god, Akua Nani. The words "One Kila Piece", "Tropicalia", and "Akua Nani" are also printed on the coins. There is only one coin which is like one American dollar. Everything in Tropicalia is pretty cheap compared to our standards. The only things that cost money are supplies and rent. If you are unable to pay for these things, you will be executed.

Daily Life

Everyone has the same schedule, everyday except Saturday. On Saturday, everyone gets a day off from work and school and the day may be spend however someone pleases.

Daily schedule

  • 7:00 - Wake up call
  • 7:00 - 7:30 - Get ready for the day
  • 7:30 - 8:00 - Breakfast in the Dining Hall
  • 8:00 - 3:00 - School/Work
  • 3:00 - 4:00 - Homework/ Unfinished work
  • 4:00 - 7:00 - Recreation
  • 7:00 - 8:00 - Dinner
  • 8:00 - 8:30 - Get ready for bed
  • 8:30 - Lights out

Education

Education is important in this community but the main focus is not to be super smart. Recreation is put before education. However, from when children are 1 years old to until they are 20, they have to go to school. What they learn in school is not always facts but it it is also life lessons. Going to school is mandatory and their are no exceptions. If you are sick, you get medicine and then go to school. Only the finest teachers are selected to teach the students. There is one teacher for every grade. Teachers are selected every 40 years and they are the people that have shown outstanding efforts in their schoolwork and jobs. Extra practice is given out as homework but if you do not finish it in the designated hour, that is alright.

  • 8:00 - 8:30 - Meditation and religion
  • 8:30 - 10:00 - Language arts
  • 10:00 - 11:00 - Biology
  • 11:00 - 12:00 - Rules and government
  • 12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch
  • 1:00 - 3:00 - Life skills

Recreation

Recreation is probably the most important time out of everyday. It is the 3 hours where everyone can express their true interests. The Recreation center is a place that provides all things needed for art. There are instruments, art supplies, recording studios, pottery wheels, etc. You can explore something different everyday but most people just stick to their favorite activity. Recreation builds character and uniqueness, which is valued in Tropicalia. If you can't find something that interests you, just ask a worker. They will go out and help you find what you want.

Transportation

People get around to places by swinging on vines. All of the vines in the community bubble are genetically modified to make sure they are the strongest possible. Before 10 years have to be accompanied by an adult when swinging. From ages 10-19, you have gloves as part of your uniform to help you get used to gripping tightly to the vines. If you let go, you'll hit the force field and bounce right back up. With vines, people can get around individually and they don't have to worry about the hassle of carrying a bike or something.

Technology

Tropicalia is both technologically advanced and not. Citizens live a very simple life without the haste of technology. Everything is made from wood and vines. However, in the very back of the information center, there is a lab where there are scientists that use very advanced technology to make life perfect. They control the force field and mess up the genes of plants to have them do what the community needs them to do. Very few people know about the lab; only a select few of the retired nurses become scientists after they turn 60.

Families

When a citizen and their group turns 21, they have until their 22 birthday to choose and marry someone. Everyone is forced to marry but you are allowed to choose to whom you are married. The selection is out of your group and if there is an odd number of people, then the extra one that isn't picked is executed. Citizens have get married before 22 and then they have the option of having kids or not. Couples are allowed to have up to 4 kids and their homes are decided based on the number of kids you have. To let couples make some decisions, they can have anywhere from 0-4 kids. Families are parented equally by both genders and are neither matriarchal nor patriarchal. Families live in one home until the kids are 21 and move out to start their own families.

Housing

Houses in Tropicalia are meant only for sleeping. Since meals are eaten in the community hall, houses are only used for beds. Family groups of 2-6 people are housed in treehouses. There are single treehouses and there are deluxe treehouses. Families are separated into the different houses based on the number of children they have. Parents are assigned a certain number of children ranging from 1 child to 4 children. Trees are genetically altered to have their branches wrapping around any structure they find, so treehouses are wrapped with strong branches.

SinGle houseing

Parents with no kids or with 1-2 kids live in "single" treehouses. All single treehouses have 4 hammocks and are identified by letters k-z.

Deluxe housing

Parents with 3-4 kids live in "deluxe" treehouses. All deluxe treehouses have 6 hammocks and are identified by letters a-j.

Clothing

Clothing is handed out on birthdays and is replaced as needed if it tears or is fraying.

From when boys are 1 to when they are 9, they wear a simple outfit consisting of a shirt and trousers. From 10 to 19, boys wear a sleeveless shirt, trousers, gloves, and a belt. From 20 to the day they die, men wear a heavy duty shirt, pants, and a belt with a knife holder.

Girls wear almost the same exact things as boys with a few differences. All girls shirts have a v-neck cut, unlike the boy's circle cut. The girls have longer gloves that cover their wrists. They also have shoes that are open on the top. These details differentiate boys and girls in Tropicalia.

Jobs

The main 5 jobs in Tropicalia are nurse, executor, worker, judge, and general store worker. Jobs are assigned in a systematic way, where when you reach 21 years old, all of your group's names are ordered alphabetically and counted off in fives. Whatever number you receive, that will be your job.

Nurse

In Tropicalia, there is a hospital where anyone can get treatment for anything. There are both male and female nurses that will tend to you when you are sick. In the hospital, nurses will assign treatments for whatever sickness you have. The uniforms are a beige color with a green plus stitched into the upper left corner of your torso area. To be assigned to this job, you have to get the number 1.

Executor

Executor is a very important job because there are often many people that have done bad in Tropicalia. Executors have a fairly easy job though becuase they just need to pull a lever to open a trapdoor that releases the person. However, many executors take their own lives because they can't stand to have to watch people die all day and to kill their friends. Because of this, executors cycle through often. They wear an all-black sleeveless jumpsuit that represents death. To be assigned this job, you have to get the number 2.

Worker

Workers have to do the very tedious jobs that not a lot of others want to. They are randomly assigned a building to work in and basically they serve the community in any way needed. They can be receptionists, waiters, etc. Workers are identified by their green uniform with a name tag in the upper left hand corner of their torso area. To get the worker job, you need to get the number 3.

Judge

Judge is a very difficult job. The judge is presented with criminals and then they have to decide whether or not they are guilty. Guilty people are executed. Judges wear long brown robes and have plain black shoes. To get the judge job, you have to be assigned number 4.

GeneraL store worker

General store worker is very similar to a regular worker. Because the general store is so big and is visited daily by every citizen, there are a lot of workers that are needed. A whole job is dedicated to the general store and these workers will help you with just about everything. The also wear jumpsuits but have long gloves and boots. To be assigned this job, you need to get the number 5.

Tropicalia values everyone as individuals and works to help citizens express their passions.

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Created with images by FINTANOBRIEN - "keel billed toucan costa rica bird"

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