“While I applaud dapperQ for breaking gender binary wedding expectations (for example, women wear dresses, men wear suits), I find the actual wedding attire that you feature to be very gender binary (for example, feminine presenting people wear dresses, masculine presenting people wear suits.) I gather these traditional styles work for many of your readers. But, I’m planning my wedding and cannot seem to find much about androgynous wedding attire.”
My life me. And perfect advice follows! I’ve been adhering to these principles for years, consciously and unconsciously, and here you find them nicely laid out.
Whenever Jan was in Amsterdam, he made sure to get his hands on a copy of The Red Thorn for Jøberg. The student-run organization of the same name was one of Amsterdam’s vibrant indigenous societies, and the League’s chief ally in the northwest. Their low-budget publication made its underground circulation among Wild sympathizers in the territories. The Red Thorn was printed on salt-pulp paper, a stolen by-product from the desalination plants. Salt-pulp was cheap and plentiful, with the distinct advantage of solubility in water. Copies were destroyed after reading, a practice that had long protected the student societies from detection. At least, until recently.
After the Company rail line had been bombed in early October, the Guard had redoubled its efforts in locating Wild sympathizers in Amsterdam. The Red Thorn’s editorial board and many of its volunteers had been arrested when their meeting house was raided at the end of the month. In order to bypass the Republican jurisdiction of its citizens, the Company charged The Red Thorn with theft of Company property—the otherwise worthless salt pulp—and tried them before a Company tribunal. The leadership of The Red Thorn had been convicted and transported to Zaretan before the State Police could even file for extradition to Republican courts. Outrage at the incident had sparked the All Saints Protests, bringing dissenters from all corners of the Republic to the streets of the territory. As the protesters descended on the city, the slighted Republican lawmakers in Edena had ordered an increase in the number of State Police in the settlement, and an all-out turf war for the streets of Amsterdam had ensued. In the midst of the mayhem, Collier and Jøberg had moved in and out of the territory on Jan’s industrial dispensation visa. Collier & des Marias financed over half of the construction ventures in Amsterdam, and Jan and Jøberg had decided it was about time someone put the power to good use.
and another mementos question: how much of “our” geography still exists like the alps and lake constance?
This is a really good question (and related to a question that hylacrucifer asked a while back that I’ve been dragging my heels on answering).
When the atmospheric catastrophe of the Fall happened, it would not only have caused the surface temperature and pressure on Earth to drop, but would have also evaporated a lot of water in the oceans and lakes. So, to answer part of your question, “our” lakes would be basically gone. The shape of coastlines would also change due to a drop in global sea-levels. The loss of abundant fresh water is the reason why the Company is so heavily invested in desalinization technology—the cities’ fresh water comes from processing of salt water on the coasts.
As for mountains, though, ranges like the Alps would still very much be present. In fact, the loss of atmospheric pressure and water content would slow the rate of erosion, so any areas of active tectonic uplift would be more pronounced. However, there would be other considerations with respect to the appearance of the Alps during the Mementos era, since you might develop more extensive glaciers and the freeze-thaw cycles would be more extreme without the moderating affect of the present-day atmosphere on the seasons.
I’ve been doing these Mementos-sets inspiration-photosets all day today… are there any Mementos locations you’d like to see done I haven’t gotten to yet?
billyranger asked: hey. is edena based on an actual city? and I am pretty sure I have already asked that, but I seem to have forgotten... in any case it kinda reminds me a lot of vienna? if that makes sense?
In part, I’d say yes. In terms of location, Edena is southwest of present-day Munich. But in terms of influence and culture, there is definitely a lot of Vienna in there. However, I should say—I’ve never been to Vienna—so all of this if from things I’ve read or seen, etc.