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The Coalition's America
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Money is measured in credits. Everyone has at least one cred-card at a time, this card contains an up-to-date record of the money that you can acces from card. Each card has a name, and number. The cards will say something like Geora Martel #4691 255 481 251. Once the value indicated by the card is exhausted the card is returned to a bank, and the name is cleared from the card. In this manner the card is very much like a cheque, or a rather a bond that you can cash in a little at a time. It's a really bizarre system but it does work. If your card is stolen, you report it stolen and they cancel that card number until it is returned. The value that their computer system says was left on the card is transfered to another card for you. Credits are universal for the most part meaning you can use them anywhere. This feat is managed by the machine that reads the cards. When a card is read and the value of the card is affected, the machine which is linked to a radio centre somewhere, sends an encoded signal to the bank the card was issued from (which may require hopping through several radio relays).
The language called American consists of a high level of our own present day English. As you may have noticed everybody so far has pretty uniformly spoken excellent english of a level of todays educated people. Also certain words have been lost or replaced. Most of the replaced words are profanities such as shock and drek replacing f*ck and sh!t. There are other words not commonly used by people or only by those in the Rifts world that are educated (which aren't many). While this may seem bizarre that uneducated people speak proper English it isn't it's very much like in Victorian England, where the uneducated did speak proper english. All in all even when using all of the rad slang that floats about they do so in proper english. However there are some who think that the Old American Language is "cool", and do use it, but these people are few because most people find it awkward to understand much like understanding surfer talk!
The Coalition recognizes the following holidays:
There is one thing to note about the Coalition cites and that is that there are no homeless people. Yes there are those who live mainly on the streets but that is by choice, these are the City Rats, the criminal element that is present in all sociteties. The homelss are nonexistant in the cities for one reason only, and this is they are either put to work for the Coalition or their Citizen status is stripped from them and they are thrown out into the burbs, the constantly shifting world that surrounds each city. In the burbs are all the people who want to be Coalition citizens, the d-bees who are not allowed to be citizens, and the magic users and psychics who are treated the same as d-bees.