The final version is set in 2142 A.D., a century after humanityâs carelessness resulted in the collapse of Earthâs biosphere. The only survivors are a technological society in a magnificent enclosed scientifically-designed refuge city, Ecoban, and a small horde of refugees in the Wasteland just outside. The leaders of Ecoban have supported the refugees in return for their providing labor to mine the raw materials needed to keep Ecoban operational.
After a century, Ecobanâs leaders have degenerated into an indolent elite class who have reduced the âDiggersâ to slavery, providing no more than the barest minimum to keep them alive. Meanwhile, the machinery sustaining Ecoban continues to pollute the world outside. The Diggers have finally grown angry enough to strike for better conditions. At the same time Ecobanâs machinery is breaking down and repairing it requires endangering the "Diggers" lives with more pollution.
(Source: Animation World Magazine)
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