When it began, Moon Town was a close-knit group of professional astronauts. They could handle just about anything and were very focused on their work. By the time our story begins, it has become a diverse community that includes much more than the core professions that do space exploration and development. It has artists and athletes. It has reporters and publicists. Bureaucrats. Chefs. Tour guides. It has some people who just moved there because their spouse did, and who are now looking to make their way.

Because of its unique history and fortune, Moon Town is a generous, open place. There is so much money pouring in and so much is done by robots, the original system of food distribution from the days where it was exclusively a project of the International Space Agency has essentially remained in place.  Local crops are distributed to neighborhoods for free. This works fine because there are almost no actual people involved, monitoring of everything related to crops is detailed and automatic, and all the records from that are in the public domain and easily accessed. All the principal things needed to live are handled similarly. Utilities, health services, telecoms, local transport – Moon Town is very well endowed in all these areas and finds it useful to simply allow unlimited use to residents. Such things are even cheaper for it to provide than food is – it’s all just integrated together. It would be more of a bother to set up systems to restrict access and charge fees. 

So it’s a free wheeling place, trending heavily towards exploration and collaboration. The population is heavily inclined towards technical sophistication and scientific approaches. First-time visitors laugh at the nonchalance with which Moontowners rely upon robots for even minor tasks, noting it seems like people barely dress themselves without a robot being involved.

This article is a stub. It will be expanded after publication of Moontown's pre-alpha release.