Project Description

THE KIL CAL COP. (Book/Film). Set in post-apocalyptic America. In the future, there are 2 kinds of policemen: Kil-Cal’s and Waco’s. Kil-Cal is short for Kilowatt and Caloric. Because of scarcity, they enforce electrical use (kilowatts) and Caloric intake. The other cops are Waco’s, short for Water Conservation. It is a story of two brothers. One happens to be a Kil-Cal Cop and the other a Waco. This is a story of how one brother how discovers corruption that leads him all the way back to his own family.
Setting: Post-Apocalyptic Southwestern United States.
Specific setting: POD 17 an underground community.
After a nuclear holocaust, small communities survive, mostly in abandoned mine sites. Since resources are so scarce, everything is rationed: food, water and electricity. Each person only gets what they need to survive.
POD 17 has a population of several thousand people and is ruled by ‘The Council’ – similar to tribal chieftains.
There are two special types of police, in addition to the regular police: ‘Kil-Cal’s’ – who enforce restrictions on electricity (kilowatts) and food (calories) – hence the name Kil-Cal’s.
‘Waco’s” – who enforce restrictions regarding water conservation – hence the name Wa (from Water) an Co (from Conservation)
This is the story of two brothers Romy and Reme (allusion to Romulus and Remus – founders of Rome) who are sons of one of the Council members.
Romy is a Kil-Cal and Reme is a Waco. These are very prestigious jobs in this small community and are reserved for relatives of the Elders.
POD 17 has several neighbors and they trade with most of them but it is an uneasy relationship. There have been a few incidents where people from one POD have been ambushed and killed and there was one instance, several years ago, where on POD attacked another POD, killed the men, and took over their space. When they trade, POD’s almost always meet in ‘The Neutral Space’ which is like a trading post and is not claimed by any POD as territory.
The aftereffects of the nuclear war are many including much higher temperatures. The daytime high in their area of the Southwest is over 120 degrees. People only venture out in the early morning or the late afternoon, when temperatures drop to around 100. People also go out at night but since electricity is so scarce, there is very little light.
People try to farm small plots on the surface. They erect old telephone poles, scavenged from abandoned towns, and lay them out in a grid pattern about 15 feet apart. They then use any type of cloth or tarps to create a sort of cover. They then plant crops underneath the covered areas and use drip irrigation to water the crops.
Electricity is generated from old generators, scavenged solar panels and ‘spinning rooms’. Spinning Rooms are spaces that are full of old bicycles which are all jerry-rigged to generate electricity as they are pedaled. All able-bodied people are required to ‘Spin’ at least one hour a day – which should cover the electricity they consume. A ‘Spinner’ is a sort of semi-professional bike rider. They ride their bikes several hours a day and are usually young men between 18-30 years old, although there are older riders and a few female riders. The few female ‘spinners’ are women who have been judged to be unfit for child bearing for one reason or another. ‘Spinning’ is considered too strenuous for ‘Bearers’ – women who have been deemed to be future child bearers by the Elders.
There are no such things as meals anymore. People work all different shifts and no one ever takes a ‘day off’. People are fed six times a day. Your foot allotment is dependent strictly upon your needs. For example; a young man who was 6 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds and was a ‘Spinner’ would get about 3,000 calories a day. Whereas, a 5 foot tall middle aged woman who weighed 110 pounds, might get 1,500 calories a day. The same was true for water. You only got enough water to keep you hydrated. A ‘Spinner’ might get an additional quart of water per day since they would have sweated that amount out.
Food distribution is handled by Kil-Cal’s and water is handled by Waco’s.
Existence for all survivors was now in subsistence mode. And POD 17 was actually one of the best off. One of the deepest shafts of the mine had run into an aquifer and there was a regular supply of relatively clean water. But no one knew how long it would last or if there was some sort of unknown chemical pollutant in the water. They had no choice but to drink it.
The major source of food for the colony is mushrooms. Since they grow best in a cool dark place – POD 17’s mine shafts are a perfect place. Human waste is saved and mixed with other organic matter and straw to grow the mushrooms. A small amount of other crops are grown at the surface under the tarps – carrots, beets, potatoes, radishes, corn – almost all ‘root’ vegetables.
Everyone in the colony is a ‘vegan’ by necessity. There are virtually no animals in the area to hunt for meat and having a dairy farm or a cattle farm is out of the question because of the resources required (it takes about 20 pounds of grain to make one pound of beef to say nothing about the many gallons of water it takes).
Whatever food is available is mixed together into bars that are divided into 200 calorie ‘Bites’. A person might be entitled to 6 Bites a day and can take a Bite or two whenever there is a Food Break – usually every 3 hours.
Since there is limited food, no fattening snacks, no smoking or alcohol to drink and mandatory exercise for all, people are amazingly healthy. The biggest problem is for people to get some exposure to sunlight but since the temperature is extreme, everyone has to go out at dawn or dusk.
There are actually a few vehicles. These were old cars that were found and converted to electric vehicles. The engines were taken out and old car batteries were put in the engine bay and they were charged by outside solar panels. The system was very inefficient and the cars range was maybe 20 miles but it gave POD 17 a leg up on its neighbors who did not have a vehicle and had to make do with human powered carts to move things on the surface.
Problems arise when Romy stumbles upon the fact that Council members are: hiding things from the community. They have a still and are making moonshine from potatoes. They are secretly raising rabbits and are eating meat. He realizes that his father, who is a Council member, is probably involved, so he is not sure what to do. He finally decides to do the right thing.


Documentation of Registration

Registrant: Joe McCormick

Author: Joe McCormick

Registration Number: 1822516