(This is a story of the server Westbrook, its planet, and the journey of her citizens. I'm Griff Ingalls, the server administrator. I will make minimal use of admin powers, because I believe regular or excessive use of them damages the Eco experience for all.)
I am a gatherer. I'm awful at it, but the huckleberries keep me alive. I mean, what choice do I have. I attacked a turtle, but its shell was too much. No one is that strong. The fish swim too quickly, and the hares see me well before I see them.
Still, there are others. Even now, one name "Nick" speaks of setting up a store. Still, stores need decent shelter. No one has that.
All the while, a meteor looms overhead. It's growing larger. I fear for us all.
I'm still awful at gathering huckleberries, but the planet seems to notice. It takes pity and rewards me with a land rich in huckleberry bushes. Real work can now begin.
The others are making quick progress. I see a store selling boards. Boards can be crafted into bows, and a bow will improve my life significantly.
Nick already has a store established. The very first beginnings of a town are forming.
Word of both Nick's store and his virtue has reached the ears of many. He speaks of strange, magical things like tailings and industry. Enamored by his words, others follow in his steps.
Soon, more stores are built, many taking Nick's credit for their own. This defacto standard credit kicks the economy into high gear, as the settlers are more easily able to trade goods with one another.
Surely, it will be Nick who rises as the people's first World Leader! Only, he has a challenger. One named SamuraiOctopi rises to the occasion. SamuraiOctopi promises even more fantastic things for the people, things like an official backed currency, road planning, and reserves for the world's forests. Indeed, SamuraiOctopi demonstrates her competence in law craft quickly, to the benefit of all.
Nick yields that the use of his own credit by many has burdened him in unexpected ways, and he expresses agreement in the establishment of a backed currency.
Other towns are forming. All lands of this fruitful planet are being settled and tamed. Towns are named, and the people rejoice in their efforts.
SamuraiOctopi, through great effort and personal sacrifice, establishes the world's first bank - complete with functioning mint and treasury. A currency is minted, and the awkward process of adoption begins.
The planet's first city is officially named Kawayama. Its large population shows great potential. The city has quickly risen as a financial powerhouse.
Clear on the other side of the planet is a fertile village called Nekoryumura. Deep in the taiga, northwest of Kawayama, lies the Land of the Bear.
The Land of the Bear undoubtedly holds the title as most advanced. Xam_Vordek has seen to that personally. Already a growling steam truck was sighted emerging from the taiga, a testament to their technological and industrial might.
Sadly, this was a day of crises.
First crisis: Nick declared his intention to retire. While we may still see him from time to time, it seems his hard working days are over for now.
Second crisis: Kawayama's tailings storage facility suffered a breach, and the threat is real. The planet's very food supply is in peril. Land values are plummeting. Kawayama struggles to decide on a way forward from the disaster.