Pangea Ultima
a novel by joe sweeney
A Division of JS Blume Enterprises™
Image based on future Pangea, "Pangea Proxima" by C. R. Scotese, PALEOMAP Project,
Used with permission
Table of Contents

The People
The Language
The Culture
The Environment
Sean Eagan

Their society is based loosely on the Chironian society presented in the novel Voyage from Yesteryear by James P. Hogan.

The basic structure is an adhocracy.

Projects are talked about in terms of either how many seasons they’ll take, how many moons they will take, how many weeks they will take or how many days they will take. There are no deadlines – projects get done when they get done. There is unlimited time and resources, and no financial considerations. The primary consideration is how the work will affect the population. All efforts are made to minimize the impact.

For some professions people use their own house, such as doctors who have patients requiring minor care, innkeepers with rooms for temporary lodgers, cafes and restaurants, etc. There are couriers, but no specific mail service. There are people who provide other services, such as yard work, transportation, etc. Generally, people don’t have their own car. They take advantage of transportation services (taxis, buses) or can use any car that’s sitting around. Generally, places of business will have some cars in the lot for immediate use by anyone who needs one.

The local marketplace is more for social gathering and sharing.

There are no belongings. People don’t own anything.

There is very little centralization. Not as much automation, either. Practically everything is done locally. People move as needed to the location of a work site.

There are no aggressive tendencies. They have an intense curiosity and love to figure things out.

The population is low and population centers are not dense.

In 1943, Abraham Maslow wrote a paper titled A Theory of Human Motivation, in which he proposed a hierarchy of needs:
  1. Physiological
  2. Safety
  3. Love/Belonging
  4. Esteem
  5. Self-Actualization
Due to the nature of the zheewa, their hierarchy of needs is simpler:
  1. Sustenance - food, air, sleep, medical care.
  2. Shelter - housing, clothing, environment.
  3. Society - relationships, belonging, self esteem.
Their first language is built on the hierarchy of needs, and is characterized by varying length units of time.

Their second language is built on technology, and is characterized by standardized, fixed length units of time.
Do you have a tale to tell?