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The Plastos Civilisation from Catastropolis

In the year 2223 the experts for the exploration of the devastated Asia discovered the remains of a civilization. In the surviving city of Catastropolis they learned of the existence of living organisms, which they named ‘the Plastoses’. One is able to recognize typical Plastoses because of the combination of human organs with organic parts of other living beings and often also from the combination of organic and mechanic parts.

At his lecture in Ljubljana, Ph.D. Jevgenij Skavčenko presented his general disagreement surrounding the discovery and the history of the surviving town - Catastropolis. According to his opinion Plastoses are intelligent beings and not as official science states descendants of beings who were deformed while reproducing on contaminated areas. He stated that we should by no means consider them to be mental ruins that are suitable merely for pathologic and lycanthropic research. This is unheard of! Ph.D. Skavčenko even suggests that the term culture, which is in principle applied to humans, should be broadened or that even its plastosoid version should be introduced.

The Plastos civilisation can be found to the north east of the Ural mountain range, close to the outflow of the river Ob into the sea. Experts have determined that a special microclimate developed there, which reduced the radiation that emerged following the disaster in 2036. Following the disaster, the survivors kept close to rivers and lakes. They kept moving towards the north, for in the northern part of the Siberian plain a lot of humidity was released due to the warming and this created the necessary protective layer from the deadly rays and a favourable microclimate for survival.

A short history of settlement

The first to arrive at Catastropolis were the Scandinavians and the survivors from the Northern Baltic states (for an easier understanding the old European names are used, even though the Plastoses have their own names for these places, which are impossible for us to pronounce), who learned about the safe place immediately after the disaster. This was in 2049. The second to arrive in the town were the survivors from Central and Southern Europe, who merged in 2076 under the Ural mountain range and continued their travels upwards along its eastern edge. This took place in 2069. The Southern Europeans were represented by Italians, survivors from the entire Balkan region, the Panonia plain, Turkey, The Caucasus and Ukraine. Their temporary centre was located along the Danube river (close to Belgrade), however they were constantly on the move towards the south of the Ural mountain range. The Central Europeans were represented by the survivors from Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Poland and the Czech Republic, who had their centre alongside the Laba river (East of Prague). They were oriented into mechanisation and they had numerous gadgets that helped them move. Due to the increasing pollution problem they decided to join the Southern Europeans in 2070 and move as fast as possible. They are the most probable candidates for the founders of the Cult of Speed. The last to arrive at Catastropolis were the survivors from Great Britain, Portugal, Spain and France. Their centre was at the river Seine and they were very diversified with a cosmopolitan culture. There was no clear trend in their operational procedures; however, they have developed their own aviation. In 2110 there were presumed intrusions of American research groups (this fact is not verified by our sources), therefore a referendum was held and with the permission of the Town Council of Catastropolis they decided to move. They flew into the town in 2111….

(from Plastos, Časopis za genetsko mehaniko, anarhantropozoologijo in novo frenologijo (Plastos Newspaper), Forum Ljubljana & Umetnostna galerija Maribor, 2001)

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