Perfect Isle can’t sustain all the life on the planet. The leadership, called the Mantrites, did not believe in culling the population. Therefore, the current state of the world requires each person’s life to be very regimented and scheduled. Their entire waking moments are planned out for them in order to master the balance of the planet. If I miss my alarm and get groceries at 3:00 pm instead of 10:00 am, then too many people will be in the grocery store at one time. The balance will be thrown off and catastrophe will ensue.
Today was another branding ceremony. I’m so tired of these. Every time we fail, we have to go to The Branding. In Perfect Isle everyone has a Counter. It’s the number of times you have failed since birth. Society uses it to rank people. To decide who is worthy of certain things like marriage, job promotions, an upgraded house, divorce or the ultimate dismissal – being shipped to Oopsland.
When The Branding tradition started, it was to keep the balance in Perfect Isle. It exists on such a precipice of control that someone who cannot keep the rules, or someone who wants to try new things, is a very big risk. Failing means you could do something that would offset the control system. Therefore, the biggest risks are shipped to Oopsland to get them out of Perfect Isle.