Oh yikes things got busy busy busy and I just found this in my must-reply file.

Bad Shibe is meant to be troubling and humorous to both its imagined constituencies. It is bathetic. Horses is more unipolar, and has a Gibsonian “the world ended and capital just carried on” vibe.

There’s a style in it called “camp”, because it comes from the camps. And there may or may not be triple-E’s. And there is a prop manufacturer who meets some extraction attack lawyers. And… Its become a bit of an attractor for story elements. I’ve written very little of it down, it’s writing and editing itself in the back of my mind whenever I go for a walk…

On July 1, 2021, NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity <netbehaviour@lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:
I find this incredibly chilling 
It is all just incentives. 

Bad Shibe manifested a similar world but all the cute jokes, along with suggestions of more-than-human agency (even if the agent was perhaps a living meme), somehow softened it.https://rhea.art/bad-shibe
Its a good call to conjure the cold implacable world of economic-incentives-only - and strip it bare - so we can really see what we are dealing with.
Bravo!

On Thu, Jul 1, 2021 at 7:13 PM Edward Picot via NetBehaviour <netbehaviour@lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:
Seconded! I had to read it twice before I started to understand it. There's an epic science fiction novel in here.

On 30/06/2021 07:46, Annie Abrahams via NetBehaviour wrote:
Thank you for this strange and beautiful story Rhea

On Tue, 29 Jun 2021, 22:48 Rhea Myers via NetBehaviour, <netbehaviour@lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:
The RAFFLE Act (Retreat Away From Flood Level Elevations) mandated withdrawing from rather than fighting rising sea levels. It bankrupted entire cities and made landowners in the “RAFFLE Belt” into trillionares. As a legal dodge, all property by the sea was declared to be $1.

These properties were were purchased by funds that mixed them with property far inland and sold them as bundles, showing a massive profit. Until various DAOs bought the bundles using flash loans, broke them up, and sold the prime land for an even higher profit.

The DAOs held on to the junk properties, ostensibly to save the gas fees (which were more than the properties were worth). But then asteroid mining started. Asteroids were aerobraked onto the planet and mined by cheap human labour rather than expensive offworld robots.

Aerobraking a planet-smasher dumps ridiculous amounts of ash, soot, and grit into the atmosphere. Which reduces the sunlight that hits the Earth’s surface. Which cools it. Suddenly the oceans weren’t going to rise as high.

So the DAOs holding junk properties were suddenly quintillionaires. They cut up submerged buildings and glued them together on the newly high land and undercut RAFFLE Belt landlords. The RAFFLE Zones became vibrant economic and cultural hubs.

The other thing that cutting out the sun and hitting the planet with the force of a frat party of Tsar Bombas does is to make bits of the planet where nobody and nothing important lives uninhabitable. Some of the RAFFLE DAOS were Deodands, onchain land and wildlife proxies. And this left them understandably angry. With their newfound wealth they could incentivize those humans plugged directly in onchain to do something about it. From ecoterrorism to mass protests to rituals of morning. Those ridden by any DAO in this way are known as “horses”, a piece of classic cyberpunk cultural appropriation. Over time as action and protest failed, all that was left for the deodands were the horses of mourning rituals. The superstars of the deep anthropocene, the fame and incentives for their inhuman performances unimaginable. 

And yet however many APUs the deodands spin up to embody their grief they do not understand it’s subjectivity. One of them has a plan to address this. If there are any ethical problems with the plan, the deodand cannot see them. And therefore they do not exist for it.

It is all just incentives.

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