In the year 2017, WWIII was at it's peak. Millions of refugees were fleeing from their home countries to Holland, one of the few countries still deemed a safe place of refuge. Julia Holland, Michael Jadwisiak, and Noah Novelo, got permission from the head government to dig underneath Holland, and create an underwater asylum, named Holland 2.0 by the trio. It took 15 years to build, and became one of the most technologically advanced civilizations in the world. Now, in the year 2052, Holland 2.0 is a thriving country with rich culture run by the original oligarchy of Holland, Jadwisiak, and Novelo. It is a safe country open for refugees fleeing the war from all over the world.
The government established is an oligarchy. The three leaders are the founders (Julia, Noah, and Michael). The reason for this oligarchy is because the country was kept a secret for many years and had to have very tight security and strict rules. The highest ranking people are those who have remained loyal the longest. They are on a higher leadership level and each control their own sub-unit of citizens. There is one representative for every five family units. Laws are voted on by the people and passed on through our representatives. If it is approved, the law in sent to the head three, and can be vetoed or accepted at this level of government. Punishment for breaking the law include, The Isolation Container, a guarded bubble separated from humanity, this is reserved for misdemeanors. Isolation above land is the punishment of a felony. Lastly, as capital punishment, the criminal is put in a bubble with 20 minutes worth of oxygen and is released out to sea. They are chained to the ground so they do not float up and escape.
Children enter the education system at age 5 and enter a 2-day per week schooling after age 16 until age 18. People of any race and gender can attend school as long as they are citizens of Holland 2.0. It is still a standard elementary, middle, high school system, but there is a lot more field work than classroom work which is directed by an occupational pathway chosen in the last year of middle school. Free schooling up until age 16, and after that it costs 1,700 rupees per semester. At this point, the young adults can choose to end their schooling, and begin an occupation.
Extracurricular activities include sports and movies for the most part. Live concerts and other musical productions, and the venues to support them were part of the plan to improve 2.0, and make it more accommodating before it was opened to the public in the year 2025 . Sports include all the basics (baseball, basketball, football) but the balls have to be very dense or else they will just float up. Soccer in Holland 2.0 is the favorite sport. The rules are the exact same but the play is much slower because it’s underwater. Since Holland 2.0 is a smaller country, there are only two teams in the professional league. 2.0 has also come up with some new underwater friendly competitive sports. These include dolphin races (pictured below), seadoo races, a very competitive professional swim team, as could be expected, and several other 2.0 original sports. Holland 2.0 also has somewhat of a Hollywood, granted that it has a very unique filming location. It has the highest rated underwater filmography. These entertainment activities improve the overall livelihood. They help bring the citizens together as half the time these events are mandatory and people are forced to have fun. It makes the citizens of Holland 2.0 like one big family.
In Holland 2.0 families live in a system of housing shaped like concentric rings. This keeps families close and emphasizes the importance of family, and family-like relationships in the Hollandaise culture. Since Holland 2.0 was founded with a population completely made up of refugees, being there for one another, and living close together, especially those who had lost family, was a very important founding idea. So at the center live the grandparents of the family, the spurring out from that home are their children's homes, and then their grandchildren, and more homes are constructed when needed. These designated homes for each family member are passed down to children, and the trend is continued. Houses are connected through tubular hallways, but can be closed off at leisure. This set up is also beneficial for Gathering Days, where family members set aside a day to spend with each other, and occur every month. Also centered around this family focused ideology, are a few laws that try and keep families together. Divorce is an illegal action, unless the spouse has been severely abusive, or has cheated on the other multiple times. Abortion is also illegal, to enforce this there is an extremely supportive adoption and foster care system: all newly wed couples must foster a child of any age for 6 months to a year before having children of there own. This is for experience purposes, and in the hope that the couple will end up adopting the child. In the case that they do not adopt the child. He/she will be sent back to a group home where they receive care and nurturing from nurses, counselors and volunteer "Moms" that are usually given 1 to 3 kids each depending on how many are in the home, to take out for fun activities, be moral support, etc. Children who live with their biological parents usually have fairly good relationships, with no lack of typical parent-child drama, but since kids end their primary schooling at age 16, and begin their lives sooner, they are usually more mature than in other cultures. And because they often begin their occupation in their teens, they can relate to their parents more. Still, living in close proximity to most or all family can get overwhelming sometimes, which does cause some tension in individual homes. Because of this a strong social life outside of the home is also strongly encouraged.
There is freedom to adhere to any religion, since 2.0 was founded with so many different people groups all coming from different backgrounds. But the main religion is christianity, brought from the European countries surrounding the area. Christianity is monotheistic, meaning it's adherents believe in One True God. They believe in a Trinity Of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. That God the Father sent His only Son, being Jesus Christ, to die on a cross to redeem mankind from their sin, and give them the way to heaven. They believe that Jesus is coming again to take those who believe in His name with Him to heaven, and condemn those who did not believe to hell. This religion beginning with Judaism and sprouting into Christianity began in 1st century C.E. and is the worlds largest religion today.
When 2.0 was created, the founders found they needed to decide on a sort of pigeon language to unite the many different languages that called 2.0 home. Hollandaise was the name given to the middle language, and all public media, advertising, and signs of any kind in Holland 2.0 are written in this language. Many families speak their native language at home, although in recent years, whole families that have been raised in Holland 2.0 have accepted Hollandaise as their primary language.
Because of the underwater location of 2.0, much of the food and goods purchased are transported from other countries around the world and from it's parent country Holland. Crops and processed foods brought in from abroad or produced by the Netherlands are imported to designated warehouses throughout Holland. These are then transported by 24 wheelers or high-speed trains to several different locations where they are loaded onto carriers like giant enclosed elevators, and taken down to Holland 2.0 to be distributed by autosubs and a transportation system for goods that works much like a giant straw with a controlled air and water flow that sends goods to different markets. But because of the very humid climate, and abundance of fresh water supply due to advanced filtration systems, crops such as rice grow very well. There are a few huge agricultural fields with imported soil and soil dug up from the higher ocean floor. The crops grown can and should be flooded often, and do well in humid climates. Even some cocoa and coffee bean trees have done well in the agricultural centers. Taking our example of rice, once harvested, it is stored in a warehouse next to the growing center until it is ready to be sent to market. There are three major central business districts that the rice is transported to by autosub, to be sold in grocery stores. Perishables such as dairy, fruits and vegetables are kept as close to the consumers as possible. All dairy products are transported from the mainland producers straight to the elder home of each family unit, or the center of apartment units, and are distributed to each home from there according to what the consumer ordered at the grocery store. Also, many family units have their own garden, usually made up of herbs and some vegetables to help reduce the amount that has to be imported, and because the herbs grow well in the dimly lit homes of the citizens of 2.0. Some local favorites include several seafood dishes since it's one of the easiest foods to obtain, rice is also a staple since it grows so well in the under ocean climate.
In the flourishing country of Holland 2.0, all residents live in underwater domes filled with oxygen. The domes are in a formation following the central place theory, in which the largest city is in the center and spreads out to smaller domes, with other large towns also spread out in the area. The domes are filled with neighborhoods composed mostly of small homes, with larger homes for the rich mostly nearer the “suburbs” of the ocean. These suburbs allow easy access to the open ocean, where people can easily leave their domes and go swim. These neighborhoods are well-protected, and the law is always heavily enforced. The underwater domes produce all the necessary materials and gasses needed to replicate a normal, above-ground life. Therefore, life in these domes is basically the same as life on the surface. (But way cooler)
The economy of Holland 2.0 is as balanced as possible. As opposed to a huge divide between rich and poor, the economy is mostly evened-out, with the middle class taking up most of the population. People who work harder, earn more money, and so the “rich” class consists of the hardest workers. Most of the country’s wealth comes from the easy access to materials on or in the ocean floor. Despite being underwater, the country is able to do business and trade pretty easily. This is because of a special system of “elevators” that can bring people and materials up to the water’s surface. The currency being used in Holland 2.0 right now consists of Rupees. Not the ones in India. These Rupees are large hexagonal jewels. One Rupee is worth about 10 American cents. Rupees come in different colors, greens are worth 1, blues are worth 5, and yellows are worth 10. Overall, Holland 2.0 has a relatively sturdy economy with a GDP per capita of about 33,000 U.S. dollars.
Holland 2.0 has very low crime rates due to very strict law enforcement. The government has created a very strong and well organized police force that can enforce rules without being too harsh, or unnecessarily hurting people. The policemen are strict, but do not bring fear, causing the population to feel generally safe. When citizens are in need, they are aided quickly by government organizations. The country is also well protected from other countries because of their military force. Holland 2.0 has a supply of torpedo nukes that cannot be tracked and can instantly bring devastation to a country’s coast. They also have a strong army which is well funded, and are allies with many other countries.
The climate is so different in Holland 2.0, that an extra climate regionwas added to the Köppen Climate Classification System. It includes “Wa” and “Wb”, “w” standing for water. “Wa” is used for water temps 78 degrees and above and “Wb” is used for temps below 78 degrees. This really doesn’t affect daily life as most populated areas have water heaters installed which adjusts the water temperature to a favorable degree.