1979 – Britain Now
Britain today carries on under the ever-watchful eye of the Prime Minister General. Due to the reduction in population, the police and the army have amalgamated to form ‘Z-Force’ and the country is always on a high state of alert. King Edward (“King Spud’) is 15 years old and on the throne – the other members of the Royal Family were eaten by a butler during the summer of 1977 (‘The Palace Incident’).
We enjoy all the modern comforts – radio, home-cooked food and cricket on the village green. Recent advances have meant that the some offices now sport fancy computing machines that will ultimately mean we will not need paper in the future, except for the amazing punched cards the computing machines use.
The population is in robust health. Most people cycle or walk to work, though some do use horse and cart in the larger villages. There are still motor vehicles, of course, but these are used by Z Force and petrol is hard to come by. The demise of the television after the terrible BBC misfortune has left citizens plenty of time to pursue other hobbies. The resurgence in traditional past times such as bowls, cricket and football have been somewhat hampered by travel restrictions (and lack of people).
Wholesome local food is trading via the esteemed local shops, for local people. Supermarket chains have withered due to logistical constraints and food quarantine laws. Victory Gardens are tended with pride and annual produce competitions where ‘homepure food’ is displayed and admired are again the mainstay of village life.
The frequent power cuts are seen as a passing annoyance. Everyone is well prepared for such occurrences.
Schools teach a mixture of regular academic subjects and military skills – unarmed combat and weapons training. This helps to prepare all citizens should law and order break down again.
‘In times of great national crisis, each citizen will default to his or her level of training. We cannot have Britons seen to be running around the streets like hysterical schoolgirls.’ – Prime Minister General
Ministry of Wellness
There is a Ministry of Wellness and all Affecteds must report once a month for registration, testing and vaccination to be ‘Made Safe’.