Within the confines of Abetopia exists a population unlike any ever seen before. Racism has been eliminated as the now colored, bioluminescent appearance of skin and hair, caused by the genetically modified food, has equalized everyone. These colors vary depending on which food is in season but are in no way harmful. Speech has also adapted into a singular language called Abelish and Abetopians find solace in possessing only one language, rejecting the isolating power that various languages create. A slogan reminding them not only of their hope in the future but also the solidarity of their own language heartens all.
The “Festivals of Harvest,” or “Ernte dessen Féile” in Abelish, is comprised of four (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter), two week periods in a year that the entire community stops to celebrate harvest. This serves two purposes as it unites the community in an activity that ensures the future of Abetopia and reinforces a principle philosophy that all areas of society are imperative despite farmers being the lowest job in the hierarchy of professions. Even the highest forms of government must attend all festivals (except in the most dire of situations). Within this period the arts are revelled as well with presentations taking place in the three most common art forms as way to encourage pride in the creative ability of Abetopia. The art forms are defined as such:
1) Music: groups/individuals singing in harmony to instruments praising both the community and their enduring hope.
2) Bioluminescent Displays: from the bioluminescent lighting system used in Abetopia; every evening a new form is showcased to hearten the tired workers.
3) Oral Storytelling: is the primary way in which stories, ideas, and morals are told. Passed on in this manner the story is allowed to change and become a lucid thought stream.
Clothing for work purposes is issued by the government so each individual has appropriate clothing for work. However, these clothes belong to the profession not the individual and must be returned following work hours. All clothing is created by a fibrous spray that attaches and molds to each individual’s body and is removed at the end of the day, pulled apart and treated to be reused again and again. Outside of work people can create their own garments with no limitations and everyone is given the same access to create the clothing they wish.
The Seven Tiers of Abetopia:
Society is structured so that despite being hierarchal, every tier enjoys equal respect. The tiers do not define class, simply the profession one has chosen to aspire to and all, regardless of gender or other marginalizing factor from the old world, are given equal opportunity. The concentric circles emphasis connectivity as even the highest echelons of society are contained within the larger circles of the profession beneath them. Abetopia is the centre and all rings function to protect its philosophies from the potential assaults of old world ideals. It also serves as a warning to those in the upper tiers that the base of society has enormous strength.