The Moon was the first place that humans headed to when space travel was first invented. When space travel was improved and made financially viable for consumers The Moon was the first place that people were able to vacation to in space. And when Bio-domes were created The Moon was the first place that humans put one.
The Moon was never terraformed, as the process and technologies necessary to do so had not yet been invented when lunar colonization first started. This results in the surface of The Moon today still consisting of rocky expanses and breathable atmosphere. The thing that has changed about The Moon is the large number of Bio-domes that cover the surface of the planet, filling many of the craters that previously pocked the surface. The original technology used in the creation of Bio-domes did not have the current ability to anchor these domes strait onto the surface of a planet, thus the original domes anchored into the depressions of craters to mount onto the planet.
The greatest change that has been seen in the lunar geography since humans began to populate it is the formation of a dingy brown atmosphere around the satellite. This atmosphere is mostly made from carbon dioxides, but is also a large part sulfur and other gases. This pollution based atmosphere comes from the great many factories and manufacturing plants that are present on The Moon. When people began to relocate to the moon large factories saw opportunity to buy vast lots of newly available land for cheap prices, and since there was not breathable air, or even any plant and animal life, they did not have to worry about pollution controls. There are many “Green Domes” that can support life scattered throughout these factory domes, small self contained ecosystems that produce much of the food supply for the planet earth.
The Men (And Women) in the Moon
The population of the moon has been growing at a steady rate ever since The Human Empire began to relocate unemployed and homeless individuals to the domes of the moon, placing them in jobs and affordable housing. For the first hundred years after factories began being built here around the year 2100 there was very little human population, most of the production happening via automated production lines and robots. The reason so many factories operated this way in order to save on costs, machines required no life support, transportation, or pay. But after the Empire passed The Humane Pay for Human Workers Act in 2287, more jobs have been created in these factories, as well as many people relocating to the farms that were starting to spring up to feed earth’s growing population.
Living conditions vary greatly in the lunar population, from the low class factory line worker that lives in government housing and rarely leaves his employer’s Bio-dome, to the highest class of factory owners, who are just as likely to be in their private Bio-domes Estates as they are to be visiting a vacation home on Earth.
Due to the conditions on the moon the working class here makes up some of the poorest people in the galaxy. The unfortunate reality is that people who work in the factories of The Moon are those who are unskilled, uneducated, or in some other way unable to get a job somewhere else. the unfortunate side effect is that these people need to have employment somewhere, and the result is that they often end up in working contracts that do not lead to a meaningful career. The pay rates that are able to support a person, or even a family, that have been established by the economic committee of The Empire, are large enough to allow for home ownership and savings, but the way things are set up on The Moon often circumnavigate these safeguards. The most common thing that holds the working class down on The Moon is the contracts to allow people to commute from their homes to their jobs each day. The Bio-domes of the factories, farms, and residential areas on The Moon have to roadways or transportation systems between them, meaning that the workers have to rely on their employers to get to and from work. The charges applied to their wages are the start of the low class’s problems. The next problem that many of the workers face is that they do not have the ability to save up enough money to get out of the government housing facilities due to a lack of residential domes available. This is due to the fact that all available housing must be located in a Bio-dome to be habitable by humans, and the only ones really available are either owned by large companies, or are occupied by government facilities. These two main factors lead to the situation that many lunar citizens face, either never getting ahead in life, or being able to save up enough to be able to move off of the Moon.