It all started about a century ago, when there were almost no developing countries remaining. Almost all of the present countries were kitted out with the latest technologies and all the facilities you could imagine. That's looking at the faćade though, otherwise the truth is far from it. Rather is the polar opposite. Now I could go into detail about why that is, but I feel like that is unimportant to the present situation at hand, all you have to know is that this led to rapid Global Warming, causing the overall temperature to rise by 5°C in a mere decade. Now obviously the world would face the consequences, which it did. Heat waves were the major cause of death worldwide. Statistics showed that about 10% of the 12 billion people were victims of the vicious heat waves in the form of heat strokes and fatal dehydration in the first decade of the apocalyptic surge in temperatures. Areas with a lot of humidity suffered the most.
But the temperature did not stop rising, due to which the ice caps were melting in full swing. By this time few nations joined hands and planned on building underground Doomsday bunkers that could accommodate large numbers of people and be equipped with all the facilities to aid the people living in these bunkers. I was, or should I say my mom, was lucky enough to live in a city with a small but wealthy population, and hence had quite a decent bunker to move into. Not to mention we were one of the few to start building them early. All the others built these bunkers too late and that resulted in further loos of life that I will elaborate on further. Now, back on to the current scenario.
Due to the rapid melting of the Ice caps, all the costal areas were submerged, causing a massive loss of both life and capitol. The floods brought along with them water-borne diseases, and that, coupled with cramming of people as they had to migrate inland to avoid the floods, caused the rapid spread of diseases and that lead to further loss of life. Floods also increased humidity, and with the ever-increasing temperatures, the effects of the heat waves became more lethal. An estimated 10 billion people had lost their lives in the next 2 decades in this snowball effect that seemed to get worse with every passing day.
In this cataclysmic series of events, the population had thinned down to less than a billion. And the majority of them lived in areas with no bunkers, hence they all perished. The remaining were some 100 million or so, and these people were living in the bunkers. But life in these bunkers was no less than hellish. Due to majority of these bunkers being constructed late, their infrastructure was somewhat lacking. Some had no proper facilities to aid in living, like drinking water, solar powered electricity, food, medicines, etc. Now I will let you imagine what was the fate of the people living in these bunkers.
My bunker, however, was fully equipped with all the necessary things needed to survive. Large array of solar panels in vacuum-sealed glass chambers to prevent dust from settling on them provided electricity for the entire bunker. We had a proper filtration device that provided clean drinking water. Since we were kinda close to the sea, it would take water from there and filter it. We had a large number of rooms too. Enough to accommodate 500 families of 5. Yep, and it required quite the budget too. This was also the reason as to why a lot of the other nations didn't wast to build them. They were too expensive. The Entrance of the bunker was this huge area, enough to fit 5 or 6 moving vehicles and an airplane too. This part was above ground. It was built with some iron looking material. I was told that it was an alloy of titanium and graphene, which I didn't know existed, but there you have it. There was an elevator at the end large enough to fit a car inside, just in case it was ever needed to. And that lead to the actual bunker, about 100 meters underground. Once down there, you're greeted with this long open balcony-type area that oversees the entire main hall of the bunker, with the huge control room to its right. The control room has all the screens and shit that make sure everything is in order and works fine. There are people assigned to sit and supervise everything. Originally, they wanted to assign people for that job, but that never happened so we took over and somehow figured out how everything works.
Going back to that balcony, at the end is a staircase that leads you to the main hall. The residential area is towards the top left corner, and the garden section is towards the top right. The bottom left leads to the power storage and all things related to it. The bottom right is the recreational area. That's right, they thought of that too.
The residential area is basically just an alleyway with small pathways branching off to the sides. All the walls are lined with doors that lead to rooms. In the gardening section, the plants are grown under artificial lighting with red and blue light being mainly used. This has to do with how plants absorb light, and I don't need to go into detail as it has nothing to do with the story. These plants help provide food for the residents, and yes, the size is quite large. In fact, it is the largest room the entire bunker. Short trees are also grown there that not only provide food, but also help in absorbing Carbon dioxide and giving Oxygen. Basic plant things, but that's how we have a good supply of oxygen.
All pf the old people have lived most of there lives here, since they were here for over 65 years. During the first few years, no births were allowed in fear of not being able to control the population. This rule stayed in play until some 30 years ago, when majority of the people were becoming old. I was born in this bunker 20 years ago, when my mom was in her late 40's. She was a good mother, but unfortunately, she passed away too soon. Right at the ripe age of 65. Well, I don't wanna get too sentimental on you, so I'll leave it be.
Oh, right, I never introduced myself. My name is Ghar Makhsis, and I'm a 20 year old living life away in this boring bunker, well atleast till today. Cuz my friend and "President" of the Bunker, Tobi, is planning on finally leaving this safe haven and trying to venture outside. He became the president after being elected 2 years ago, and ever since then has been wanting to go out into the wild. He has trained himself for that moment ever since he became the president and is quite well built. I also worked out and trained hard, but I still pale in comparison to him. Dude's built like a bear. He has kept his hair very short, almost bald-like, just so that he won't have to worry about hairstyles. Absolute dedication in that man, always true to his tasks. He is also quite charming, if I say so myself. Dark skin, blue eyes, and that calming smile that is said to have healing properties when someone looks at it. A reliable one too, all the traits of a leader. Helped save this community from a food shortage and somehow managed to keep everyone happy while doing it. No wonder people called him a miracle.
"GGGHHHHAAAARRR!!!!! WHERE ARE YOU?!?!"
Wait, is that Tobi? Oh my God, did he get stabbed? Is he dying? Why is he ruining my monologue? Guess I'll have to check up on that bear.