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D4: District of Gray Eels#140938

The Emergence of the Rilaoan Hackocracy

Political poster from the 2014 Rilaoan election, the first that was biohacked and rigged by residents from the Grey Eel District. Candidates were infected with mind-controlling parasites prior to the elections, and were then controlled by a shadow group of Grey Eels, who continued to influence elections in subsequent decades.

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Michael Miller, Alvise Simondetti, Luke Noonan, Peter Marx, Adam Sulzdorf-Liszkiewicz

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G7: Twin Vales#141374

James Kohler

James Kohler wah just released from gaol this spring at the age of 92 after serving 75 years. Kohler spear headed a movement to revive the Lao Oil Company and colonize Hawaii before the United States could take it completely

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Alen Catolico, Barbara Rodrigues Mota, Jessica Escobedo, Elizabeth Valmont

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B2: The Narrows#140007

Coral Nickel

The Coral Nickel is a porous coin produced in Rilao. The tiny spaces in the coin have been used as a smuggling method for small, concentrated doses of mind altering substances. In particular, they are known as carriers of Rilaoan designer drugs that cause experiences of mystical union, empathetic, reception of worldly objects and creatures, and generally perception extending experiences.

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Robert Cooksey, Per Beith, Jae Sakaya

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D4: District of Gray Eels#140152

Extracts from “How To Popper Plak And Live: The Marakihau Kid’s Illustrated Guide to the Death-Defying Art of the Rope, the Tetra and the Tree”, by The Marakihau Kid

Figure 1. The Old Coral Double Wall Surf

If you want to be a popper, Old Coral is where you start. A network of ancient thick tetra tendrils stretches between Old Coral’s greenstone hulks and their iron terraces, making it a great training ground for a nuevo popper wannabe. It’s easy to gain altitude, and easy to string wires. That’s where I earned my mask, the Marakihau tentacle tattoos on my cheeks that you kids in the vids try to copy. But a popper is not measured by the ink on his skin – his fellows judge him by his broken bones and bruises, the rope burns in his hands. Those are the marks of a true popper, and you can only get them by jumping and sliding and falling, again and again. So you might as well go to Old Coral and get started, menino.

Still, it’s too easy to think of OC as a coxo training ground. Old masters return there, too, both to show the kids how it’s done and to face off against each other. If you know where to look, there are some spectacular spots to plak – if you don’t mind the rich bastardos staring at you from the windows. Here, my colega Espiritu Lao demonstrates his famed Double Wall Tentacle Surf – somersault off the Old Hospital rooftop, a slide down a slippery tetra tentacle to gather momentum, and then rope-supported run straight up the Telerilao Church’s wall.

Of course, that last part didn’t exactly work out for him, in the plak face-off against Disturbio. Girls still cry at that brownish red spot at the bottom of the alley behind the Church. Keep in mind that just when you have outgrown OC, it can still break you.

Figure 2. The Electric Eel Dive Bomb

Some poppers like that old fart Octomon look down on the water plakkers: they say it takes no pedras to do it if you have no hard rock or tetra beneath you. I urge them to go and try the Electric Eel Dive Bomb that Electrico invented – not only do you have to time the swing from the tetra arc just right to get past the Shark Tetra Reef, you also need to avoid the maglev power cables when you land, passing right between them to avoid a nice refreshing 20,000 volt zap.

Whenever I ask Octomon to try it, he goes all red and says something about his infection not liking the salt water.

Figure 3. The Mukah Monkey Murder Leap

If you’re a born and bred Eel like me, you probably don’t like *verde* so much. But if you run the tetras all the way to the mukah forest in the border of Laoguna, there is a whole lot of popping, plakking fun to be had. Mukah vines are plenty strong, so you don’t even need ropes. Some of the best bareback plakkers train here.

I’ve heard stories that Apolo Dantés came up with this move after watching mukah monkeys leap from tree to tree. Some of his rivals say that that’s not all he liked to do with monkeys. But Apolo’s predilections aside, this is a simple but nasty move, and if you get it right, it will take your greenrock rolls and leaps to a whole new level as well.

Collaborators

Aubry Mintz, Chris Noessel, Hannu Rajaniemi, Daniel Suarez

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hARTvest
G7: Twin Vales#140955

hARTvest

Vales developed a prosthesis to facilitate harvesting crops on water and hillside. This device records the movements and translates them into artistic expressions the Vales enjoy watching in public. The outside world is interested in monetizing the prosthesis to measure production and increase efficiencies. The Vales don’t want commerce to interfere with their art.

Collaborators

Anne, Terry, Mohammed, Gigi, Amy, Amanda

There is a protest movement against the commercializing the device since it’s an art basis. The two protest graphics represent graffiti around Rilao that defends the pro and con.

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G7: Twin Vales#141881

sous chef

sous chef has an active career when not preparing dinner for rilao’s hoipoloi. He imports the latest designer drugs from the rainforest, cuts them down and sells the adulterated potions to the working class. The upper set gets the good stuff.

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jef
Heather Barker
Philippe Bergeron
Judy Cosgrove
Ronni Kimm
Anne White

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J9: Echo Canyons#140376

Rilao Victory Song: Unity in Nature

“By 2014, Rilaoans have transcended the evils of colonialism initiated by Raymond Lau at the end of the 19th Century. Soul searching in every valley of the island leads to a unified goal of creating a large wilderness sanctuary on the island. A national song celebrates unity on the island.”

While investigating a wilderness society, we learned of this song from 2014 related to Rilaoan colonialism.

Collaborators

Brendan Harkin, Joanne Kuchera-Morin, Mark Montiel

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