My mother told me what my grandmother missed most from the old world. It wasn't the children's laughter since, at that time, she was a child herself. It wasn't the singing song birds, the sweet aroma from blossoming flowers, or our families expensive home. It was as simple as the sun on a clear autumn's day. Mother told me she would've given anything to let the sun kiss her cheeks one final time.
From what I know, life was simple. People went to school, had jobs, houses, grew up and raised their kids and then those kids would start the cycle over again. Despite the crimes and ultra violence of that time, things were comfortable for those who could be. However the poor were exactly that, poor. Once political powers became increasingly unstable, the divide between the upper and lower class became its own factions: The Untouchables and The Uprising.
Creation of both groups started with the assassination of the 45th President. The U.S and Russian ties began to disintegrate until completely dissolving with the early passing of the of the Vice President, which gave the title to the Speaker of the House, Gregory Miller. He was a money hungry man who took advantage of the country's vulnerability, issuing an aggression plan: obtaining oil to ensure the country never loosing its superpower title. The plan included invading Iran strictly for its oil reserves, causing millions of civilian casualties and people being displaced from their homes. After months of bombardment and pillaging from the hands of Miller, Iran requested Russia to help in the war effort. Russia responded by ceasing allyship with the U.S and aiding Iran troops, initiating the second Cold War. As the U.S began to rejuvenate old 'nuclear strike' drills, implementing them in every facility across the nation as well as holding modernize internment camps for Russian American civilians. The beginning of the end effected the economy so drastically, the working classes wages were cut 50% in hopes to help the war effort and accommodate Miller's pocket-book. Peaceful protesters started calling themselves The Uprising and began inciting riots, burning buildings, killing and stealing; human-kind was in a downwards spiral. The upper class was the least effected by the implementations, in fact, they were given money to 'protect themselves appropriately' (police either joined one of the factions or lost their lives trying to control the Uprising).The members of the Uprising thought of themselves as Robin Hood types, they stole from rich family's homes or kidnapping for ransoms, then distributed the loot among their communities. However, some homes were too impenetrable or too dangerous to reach, they called them The Untouchables.
My grandmother's parents could often afford frivolous safety precautions towards both robbing and nuclear attack. One product that had its own safety room, the Hovel Home. It was a giant spherical encasement that could survive any disaster, inside it had many gadgets of 2018 allowing it to go from a 4 seater bunker home to a 10 seater. My family typically invited friends to fill seats and live with them if something bad happened. They were all safe,fed and content despite the noise of the few good police and some gun shots, that was, until the world grew quiet.