Los Angeles 2040 - *No Longer Under Attack!*
L.A., the City of Angels and home to the stars.
In the past twenty five years, the second largest city in the United States has seen its larger-than-life image change multiple times. Now in the year 2040, the future is looking fairly bright for the burgeoning metropolis.
Los Angeles, however, hasn’t gotten to where it is now without at least some growing pains.
In 2021, Los Angeles suffered its worst natural disaster in its 244-year history when a massive 8.4 magnitude earthquake shook the city to its core. The quake led to heavy losses of life and, temporarily, to widespread chaos. The tremor also led to a permanent scar on the city’s face as a giant, gaping fissure split the city in two, claiming thousands of more lives in the process.
Since the devastating earthquake of ‘21 and the difficult recovery period thereafter, life in most parts of Los Angeles has prospered. Bolstered by some of its more famous (and wealthy) residents, among them the enigmatic Elon Musk, founder and CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and AI International, the city has rebuilt itself and become a hub of technological and socioeconomic growth.
Nine years after the disaster, in the year 2030, the L.A. Mayor signed into law the Clean Road Act which would make electric, non-gasoline, AI-powered cars the norm in the state of California. Since then, heavy-handed taxation on gasoline-powered or non-electric cars have worked to curb any further environmental damage that harmful emissions may have on the Southern California skies.
Environmental consciousness has also spread to the 75 miles of coastline that Los Angeles has. Since 2020, ten Ocean Rejuvenation Facilities have sprouted in various beaches across L.A,, including ones in Santa Monica and Venice Beach. The ORFs work to purify and clean the waters of the Pacific as well as repopulate the sea life that for years has been disappearing. These environmental initiatives have worked to make L.A. one of the greenest cities in the world.
Stretching from its origin just south of the Los Angeles International Airport all the way to Highland Park, the roughly 26-mile L.A. Breach was formed during, and immediately after, the cataclysmic Earthquake of ‘21.
In the 19 years since its appearance, The Breach has become just as much an L.A. landmark as the Hollywood Sign or Randy’s Donuts. Remarkably, the Breach’s opening revealed a considerable amount of underground fresh water wells that have helped pull California out of its decades-long state of continuous drought.
The Breach Center for Advanced Sciences
Built inside and around a section of the Breach, the BCAS is a massive, heavily-secured compound that is home to two of the world’s most cutting-edge companies, SpaceX and AI International.
In the early 21st century, SpaceX became the world’s leading pioneer in space travel and jet propulsion. Their progress continued well into the 20’s and 30’s until the advent of the FTL engine changed space travel forever. Although SpaceX technically does have its own Spaceport, similar to the one found in New York City, it is not readily open to the public. Instead SpaceX devotes its resources on projects for the United States government, including many projects whose true purpose is heavily classified.
AI International (also known as AIX) is a leading name in Artificial Intelligence. Many of the cutting edge breakthroughs in AI technology such as the Smart House(TM), My Life Partner(TM), and L.A.’s own IntelliGrid(TM) has had its origins here. In 2032, AIX made its My Life Partner app freely available to the residents of Los Angeles and by late 2033, the city was rated as the most AI-dependent city in the world by Time Magazine. Widespread corruption and illegal customization of MLP has led to a creation of an MLP black market operating in the streets of Los Angeles. In 2038, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration added MLP Addiction to its official encyclopedia of known diseases. Despite the resulting bad publicity, AIX remains steadfast on their goal to make Artificial Intelligence a basic and necessary part of the human experience, whether that’s a good thing or not.
Already one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, Los Angeles has been hit with an influx of Korean immigrants who were driven by their homeland by a disaster whose origins are still shrouded in mystery. Where most Koreans who emigrated to New York did so legally, Los Angeles seemed to be the destination of choice for those that would choose the more illegal means of entering the U.S. In recent years, a considerable amount of the Korean “Kkangpae” mafia set up shop in the streets of Southeast L.A., where its presence in the district, along with that of Mexican gangs, the Salvadoran Mara Salvatrucha, and native gangs such as the Crips and Bloods created a ticking time bomb.
On March 5th, 2037 that bomb finally exploded when a run-of-the mill gun fight between the KKanpae and the Mara Salvatrucha was joined by various other factions, starting an all out district-wide gang war. With so many diverse parties at work the Great Gang War lasted for days. Although the National Guard and various superhero organizations were sent in to try and alleviate the situation, the decentralized nature of the gangs made it difficult to maintain the peace for any substantial amount of time.
The federal government eventually would go on to decide that it would be easier to evacuate the area of any civilians and allow the gang war to “work itself out,” When their inaction ended up not having the desired effect, the government decided that, as it did with Gothic City in the 2010s (albeit on a much larger scale), it would cut the troubled portion of the city loose, focusing instead on not allowing the fierce war to spread to neighboring districts.
For the time being, the bulk of the fighting in Gangland has stopped. Although massive brawls tend to erupt every now and then, the leaders of the various gangs seemed to have come up with a fragile peace agreement, splitting the various sections of their district into equal parts among themselves. Gangland is nevertheless a black mark in the middle of a great city and the epicenter for much of Los Angeles illegal trades. With the federal government no longer involved in the process, the L.A. Mayor’s office hopes to soon bring Gangland back into the fold, perhaps with the help of Jacob Grayson and the Guardians.
Hero City and the Guardian Academy
The city of L.A. has had a longstanding love affair with its super powered protectors and the Hero City complex, which includes a museum and themes park, is a testament to that. Here, some of the most interesting items belonging to some of the most iconic heroes and villains in history are on full display. Hero City is also the site of various organizations looking to assist heroes in their fight against injustice and to educate any civilians in the rich history of American superheroics.. Some notable organizations that have set up shop here include the The Society for Retired Super-Heroes and The Super-Hero Union.
Just outside of the the Hero City museum lies the Guardian Academy. A school founded and funded by L.A.’s own native son, Jacob Grayson, the Guardian Academy is dedicated to teaching the philosophy of the Lightforce while also searching Force-sensitive individuals that could potentially become Guardians. The school usually boasts around 80-100 students, with the vast majority of them not being supernaturally gifted.
The academy has proudly seen six individuals graduate with the title of Guardian and move on to areas all across the world in the fight against the dark. Making Guardians is only a fraction of the school’s purpose, however, as students are taught to effect meaningful change in their communities and become overall better residents to the great city of planet Earth.
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