Pacfyst Overview–4C3

Pacfyst—4C3

5/29/2008

Kenneth Burchfiel

Pacfyst at a Glance

Population: 35,000

Traditional Architecture: wood is the most popular building material. Many homes integrate the natural environment around them (trees, gullies, etc.) into design

Traditional Pastimes: Stargazing and Mensch are both big. Cards also has a following.

Traditional Food: Very “American” diet selection. Hamburgers and fries are a Pacfyst staple.

Canton Designer: Hilton Banks, an Australian urban planner known for his integration of nature into his designs. Pacfyst’s layout was voted “most eco-friendly” in a citywide poll.

Offers: Pacfyst provides plenty of forest and parkland for exploration and relaxation. Stargazing is also a plus. The atmosphere is relaxed and reflects the camaraderie of Pacfyst citizens.

The typical Pacfyst resident is: a migrant from downtown Albeit who seeks to invent, explore and create without distraction or restriction. They often forego schedules for a more spontaneous life, but tend to stay away from the traditional entertainment scene. Paccies are introverts and extroverts alike, but most tend to form long-lasting friendships with their neighbors or secret society members.

Known best for: three of Albeit’s largest parks, a restaurant positioned on the top of a tree, the Service Society, a giant outdoor concert hall and the “wild side” of its residents

Name Derivation: Pacfyst is a take on “Pacifist.”

Pacfyst (Canton Code: FY)

For every Canton in Albeit (except Em, perhaps), there are dozens of shortenings, abbreviations and nicknames. Pacfyst’s most popular alternate title is Fest, and the name fits it well. Some people consider life in this otherwise secluded Canton a party from beginning to end—though not in the traditional sense.

If Albeit were a country, Pacfyst would be its wild west. (Another nickname for the place is Frontier, and not just because the band toured there for a week straight.) Loosely populated, distant from the city’s bureaucracy and residential by nature, the Canton never got much attention in the early days of Albeit. That changed by 2010. An influx of new residents into the city’s downtown Cantons compelled many “old hat” Albeitians to seek new ground; Pacfyst, with more trees than people, seemed an obvious choice for relocating. Within decades of the original “exodus,” Pacfyst had become the rambunctious teenager in the Canton family; laws were subjective, careers optional. The Canton was a fresh canvas for those who wanted to paint a new picture of themselves, and thousands of “artists” followed up on the offer.

With its colorful history in mind, it’s easy to perceive Pacfyst as some lawless party zone. A short trip inside the Canton, however, reveals a deeper side to the place that few in Albeit ever understand.

Albeitians outside Pacfyst’s borders sometimes wonder what its residents even do with acre upon acre of parkland. An evening trip to Pacfyst reveals the answer. Every night, thousands of Paccies leave their houses and cars and “head for the hills” with books, sketchpads or telescopes in hand. They’ll spend hours reading, stargazing (the hobby that put Pacfyst on the map) or chatting with friends; rarely does alcohol enter the picture. The Canton’s forests are filled with residents in the daytime, most of whom just need a quick respite from work. “Paccies” feel safe enough in the supposedly anarchic Canton to leave their doors open in the afternoon, and block parties are frequent come June and July.

Pacfyst may very well embody “freedom,” but with an idiosyncratic connotation. The old-time residents that make up the Canton’s core care little for riots, parties or crime; they define freedom as the chance to hold regular secret society meetings, host street parties with friends and spend the night at Crescent, Half Moon or Full Moon park.

What often surprises Albeitians the most about the “Real Pacfyst” is the Canton’s charitable nature. The average Paccie donates a whopping 20 percent of their yearly income to non-profit organizations, twice as generous as the next highest Canton. The collective philanthropy of residents led to the establishment of the $200 million Service Society. This massive complex encompasses 5,000 students and workers who devote their lives to making hunger and poverty a fear of the past. Some of the area’s best-known educational and religious institutes are Service Society affiliates—including Pacfyst’s most prestigious secret society.

Misconceptions and stereotypes aside, one must remember that citizens move to Pacfyst to escape the mainstream, not the law. United by a desire to explore and create, they spend much of their time enjoying the natural and intellectual resources that the Canton provides provides.

Pacfyst is a popular Canton of residents for writers, naturalists and those looking for an authentic piece of “Foundation Albeit.” Those searching for a binge drinking spot or drug vendor had best look elsewhere.

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