World Showcase Week 1: North America
It was the first day of work on the Project: EPCOT, and Utopia had arranged for the world's nations to be represented within the utopian city as interdependent equals first. Then, she said that they would have them get together to gain and learn to use the technology of Future World for all their benefit.
"It will be easier for the nations of the world to work together on gaining a peaceful society if they first learn to accept each other for who and what they are," said Utopia. "If we arrange to make the futuristic technology first, it could fall into the wrong hands, and some hostile country might try to disrupt the harmony and cause a devastating war, or they could turn against my people and I and force us to resort to violence, after all."
After a discussion with the president and vice-president about the proximity of the world's nations and continents, they decided to start with the countries closest to home, the North American nations. This meant that they would put America, Canada, and Mexico on a pedestal first, and have them cooperate together to make North America a peaceful place.
"How would you like the American Adventure pavilion to complement the structure and harmony of Epcot?" First Lieutenant Paradice asked a cast member at the World Showcase in the Epcot theme park.
"Well, for starters," the man said, "It's important to retain the historical nature of America in Epcot. The pavilion's large building is designed in the Colonial style, which dates back from the 1700s, the years when America was first founded. Our Founding Fathers always wanted this nation to be built on self-evident truths that all men are created equal, even though our nation has a long history of hypocrisy in that department, due to our enslavement of black folks, seeing women as slight inferiors and maltreatment of the Native American Indians."
"I think we can arrange to make a district of Epcot for America which preserves the Colonial image that you say America was founded on," said Paradice, "In fact, from what the president told us about American history, perhaps we can include some art or animatronics that shows how this country has fought against itself to right its wrongs regarding black people, women, and the American Indian. America needs to let people of other countries know that it has answered for its past vices, you know."
"Yes, I agree," said the cast member, "But it's also important that the good things about America be celebrated here, and not just among its own citizens, but other countries too, like the Hall of Flags exhibit and the American Adventure show with audio-animatronic figures of Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain on display to narrate it, not to mention all the famous American songs and the American Gardens amphitheater, too."
"Don't worry, sir," the lieutenant replied, "Epcot wouldn't be utopia, or at least not the utopia we want, without a proper district for all things American to be commemorated and experienced."
"But if this Epcot is going to have 'districts' for each country it represents," the cast member asked, "how are the foreign people going to interact with each other? And will people of other countries be allowed to live in, as well as visit, the American Adventure, like with the nations as the ordinary countries they are?"
"Of course!" Paradice exclaimed. "Of course 'foreigners' can interact with, and even assimilate themselves into districts of foreign nations. Like I said, they are districts, not territory. There will be no need for people to be territorial in their new homes. People need people of different cultures and customs to learn about them and discover what they're like, if they are to be at peace and understanding with one another. Otherwise, the people of your planet would be the unluckiest people in the galaxy!"
The cast member nodded. And with that, the construction of the American Adventure pavilion into an American Experience district began.
For the first few days, the Kinters worked with amazing speed that the humans of Earth could never hope to match or outmatch. Paradice and Utopia explained to the Disney cast members and Imagineers that for the sake of culture and nostalgia, it was important for the buildings and homes to look and feel like traditional American homes, while being high-tech to accommodate the needs and wants of a futuristic, prevalent society. A mix of traditionalism and advanced industrialism is what one of the Kinters called it.
The American District was like a whole new America to those humans who were allowed to enter the park grounds and observe the Kinters' work. They were building a neatly arranged little suburb of homes on the outside for people who preferred to live in the more quiet areas of America, and on the inside, a sizeable number of apartments and condominiums for people who preferred the inner city. All these homes were being built very classically, like the sort of places that defined America for what it was, rather than in a more drab, box-like way. There would be no such things as slums in Epcot as long as the aliens could help it.
Then businesses, hotels, and emergency responders' headquarters were made. This may be utopia, but there would still be people who would either oppose the concept violently, or want to cause crimes to happen in the fair city. It was arranged for American police officers, firefighters, and E.M.T.s to work in the city along with everybody else, and for their purposes, even warehouses, a medium-sized prison, and a few hospitals were constructed. They too were made in the traditional American fashion. And while the restaurants served all kinds of American foods, they specialized particularly in things ranging from the typical American vegetarian meals to popular meat-based meals like cheeseburgers and hot dogs.
But most importantly of all, in the center of the district, stood a building just like the Colonial-style building built for the theme park. Representatives of America's government would live and work there, and present visitors, who were free to visit at any time, with 3-D animatronic shows about the history of the United States of America, tributes to the American spirit with the national anthem and theme park songs like, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?," "In the Days of '76," and "Golden Dream," the theme song, statues of the Spirits of America even greater than the old ones, and an a cappella group called the Voices of Liberty, which had the same singers for the present that Disney World presently had at the time of the aliens' arrival.
Next, it was on to Canada. This was a nation that had a lot in common with America, but it had its own history, government, and culture. Utopia and Paradice speculated for a while, with some help from Second Lieutenant Hevenly, and then told President Lowell about their judgment of how Canada should be displayed. The theme park Epcot's theme for Canada was the Canadian countryside, and after learning about the diverse natural beauty of the country almost as a whole, as well as the impressive totem poles and lovely natural sights, Utopia decided that while the American District should represent a mix of Colonial and modern America, Canada should be represented largely by its wondrous outdoors. The Kinters came in and examined everything in the Canada pavilion, as they designed what the new Canadian District should look like, and decided that it should be built to accommodate lovers of the outdoors, although it should also have some city elements to accommodate those Canadians who preferred indoor city life to the great outdoors.
It was at this point that a thought came to the Kinter constructors, and a new decision was reached by Utopia. "I think it is important," she explained, "that each district of the World Showcase of Epcot should have some sense of climate control within it. This Epcot park is located in Orlando, Florida, and I haven't failed to notice that it is a hot, sunny locale, especially in the summertime, and that citizens of other countries where the climate and weather are much different wouldn't appreciate the constant baking of the sun. I also haven't failed to notice that some visitors to Florida who aren't used to the strong sunshine and heat tend to get a little sunburned, particularly at the water parks. I am going to fix that now. As we set up these national districts of the city, I will arrange for a near-invisible dome to be placed over Epcot, not only for the protection and safety of the inhabitants, but also for controlling the climate in each district, so the native inhabitants can feel more at home. Don't worry; the dome will be made of special, armored material, to prevent most forms of destruction from happening to the city, although I cannot guarantee all forms of destruction may be stopped by it. And it will also allow air to flow inside and outside of it, so the people can breathe fine, too. What's a city without life and survival, after all?"
And so it was arranged. First, the Kinter engineers and designers started to set up the District of Canada, by chiseling a canyon even more realistic than the present one, putting in an artificial water and a pool with beautiful fountains, more than previously, and adding more totem poles too, for those people who either believed in totems, or just thought they were an impressive display of history. Of course, they had to get caught up on the history of the Canadian Indians and other indigenous folks first. Other indigenous constructions were made too, to supplement those already there, and the lovely gardens were displayed in and around every part of the countryside and even in some backyards. The usual city business and homes were constructed as well, but the emphasis was always on the great outdoors. In fact, soon the Kinters were inspired to make even more ponds, pools, and even lakes, for people to boat on or swim in, and increased the number of waterfalls and canyons as well as the gardens. And the place even had its own eateries of Canadian cuisine, the most popular of which were some grand steakhouses, just like Le Cellier Steakhouse that already existed. Overall, it looked like the Canadian District was going to be a wonderful experience for those who would come to live or visit there.
Then they had one more North American nation represented in the theme park to work on: Mexico. Like the others, the Mexican District would have its share of city-like areas, but its theme at the park was a simple Mexican village. The centerpiece of the pavilion was a Mesoamerican pyramid, which had the Plaza de Los Amigos marketplace and a restaurant called the San Angel Inn Restaurante inside. Once again, it was important that history was represented, but for the District of Mexico, its theme was going to be a festive one. In "Mexico," in addition to all the usual Mexican-styled homes and businesses, a Mesoamerican pyramid that was thrice the size of the one already there was built, and inside it were a whole variety of attractions and shopping opportunities. The Plaza de Los Amigos was expanded upon to include almost every kind of Mexican souvenir there was: sombreros, ceramics, and Mexican musical instruments such as maracas and bajas, and Utopia promised that the Plaza would also carry souvenirs of the city of Epcot as a whole once the city was complete. Also there was the second remake of the above Restaurante, built to accommodate one hundred guests at a time, but unlike the pavilion, the pyramid also housed a small hotel that was partly connected to the back of the pyramid and partly a part of the pyramid, for tourists to rest in while taking in the sights of the District of Mexico. And outside, all around the pyramid, it was arranged for live entertainment and tequila bars to be available for further entertainment. Mexican villages were often festive, and the Kinters intended to make their section of Epcot represent that perfectly. They were basically doing the same things the Imagineers of the theme park had done, only they were improving on it.
Finally, as all this was going on, the aliens started construction on the dome. The Earthlings couldn't imagine how one dome could sustain multiple climates at once in different districts, but Utopia assured President Lowell that once Earth joined the UIC, they wouldn't have to worry for a long time about maintaining or sustaining the dome or its technology, because the Kinters would take charge of that until the humans could get the hang of the new techno material and handle it themselves. "Your present resources couldn't fathom how to operate the tech of the dome," said Paradice, "Not at this point, anyway. But as the days and years go by, we'll help educate your scientists and engineers on how to do it yourselves, so you won't need our help forever."
And as a temperate climate was set up above "America," a cooler temperate climate above "Canada," and a warmer, more desert-like one above "Mexico," the first week of Epcot City's construction was an overall success. Now it would soon be on to the second week, and the next set of steps to building Earth's first successful utopia.