Once the Rilao offshore oil rigs finally depleted their resource pools their entire infrastructure laid abandoned for a few years. The decks, the warehouses, the heliports, the cranes, and the tankers rusted idly as life back in the island thrived without the employment of fossil fuels. When the plague hit Karina, the southernmost neighborhood of the island, its survivors were quarantined in the ruined structure. None of them knew what hit them. Their daily activities such as laboring, having their meals, and some exercising and entertaining were carried out in the platform’s facilities. This was all arranged and provided for by Rilao’s central government for some reason, but not without leaving a safe distance in-between. Eventually the seasteaders embraced the task of retrofitting their home. Bunk beds filled the gargantuan naves of the empty tankers in a manner that resembled the benches of a church.

In a gesture of cordiality, the overseers of the quarantined community endowed the seasteaders with a lot of reality enhancement glasses. They could now forget the dullness of their water-locked physical residence and roam free online. Fiberoptic cables were install to deliver the broadest bandwidth directly to their bunk beds, along with a total parenteral nutrition system coupled with a catheter output.

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Curated by of University of Southern California.