In a surprise and sudden announcement, The New London
Government announced a city-wide closure. The official report talks of
construction and beautification. It mentions new wildlife areas, improvements
to the city’s parks and a revamp of certain tube lines. They also state that,
due to the closure, they will also be closing their borders.
That is correct; after the borders are closed, New London
will not be allowing people in or out. All tourists that are currently in the
city have been given a fortnight to complete their holidays before they are
required to leave for the impending construction. Home countries have been
reassured that their constituents will be returned to them as per the U.N.
agreement of 2735.
The citizens of New London, however, do not seem to be
bothered. This is only speculation, of course. Intercommunication between New
London residents and the rest of the world have already been suspended in
preparation for the closure. As per the New London Regulations, mobile phone
towers will be deactivated, wireless services will be suspended and there will
be a mandatory curfew.
Though we cannot reach New London residents for comment,
the international community has been more than vocal on their views of the
In fact, many of those in the international community
have expressed immense concern over the actions of New London. This is not the
first time the actions of the city have been brought under scrutiny by the
international community. When the Republic announced in 2550 its plans to
reopen the city, they were met with fierce opposition, one of the biggest being
the U.N., citing the dangers of the disturbed land. The project continued, of
course, and the city has been on thin ice since.
It does not help that the city’s officials are constantly
being accused of negligence and downright abuse of the law.