Wednesday, 14 June 2017
The Emberverse Iowa has:
a large capital city with miles of water-powered factories and furnaces and black smoke from tall brick chimneys;
a ruling group with shares in the factories;
at least two political parties, Ruralists and Progressives.
That is more technological and social progress than I would have thought possible after the Change. Progress generates political and moral questions, as in other timelines. See here. The Church Universal and Triumphant opposes progress and that Church seems to be inspired by whatever entities caused the Change, that moment when technology stopped working. It would be interesting to live in a world where superhuman Powers occasionally intervened, e.g., in Poul Anderson's War Of The Gods, offerings are made to Thor because of a troublesome giant but, inexplicably, the god does not intervene on this occasion.
In secular society, we have learnt to manage our own affairs without appealing to the gods.