The setting of It’s a Man’s World is presented through a few select topics. We hope that these “organizer approved” topics will give you as a player a feel for the mood we are trying to set and give you some aspects of the world on which all players have the same knowledge. All players are free to extrapolate from this text to build on the world.
Civilization is more or less intact and the government keeps peace. Most people still go to work and still get their salaries on their accounts at the end of every month. The Nordic governments have united in a loose political and military alliance, with the separate countries keeping most of their independence. There is political and social unrest in the rest of the world, but no major wars has broken out. Therefore, the Nordic countries has almost completely closed their borders.
Every family on Earth has lost members to the Disaster. Nearly every home is broken. The suicide rates peaked following the Disaster and remain extremely high, especially among older men. Many have had their wounds reopened by a male family member taking his life a month or a year after the deaths of the women in the family. Disillusioned young men join up in gangs, roaming the streets and acting out their anger.
The health care system works to some degree, at least the emergency care and some basic hospital service. The alarming lack of trained nurses means that the lines are long and the mortality rates are up. Long-term care is basicly unsupervised, except for volunteers. Seniors live in abysmal conditions.
The education system has more or less completely broken down. The schools, already struggling with too few teachers educating too many students before the disaster, never recovered from losing the great majority of their staff. Some teachers still educate children in the mostly abandoned and vandalized schools or in their own homes, but the lack of belief in the future breeds apathy among students and teachers alike.
The official stand of the major religions in the Nordic countries are that the Disaster is neither the work of God nor the start of the Apocalypse. There are, however, a fair number of congregations and cults that preach all kinds of explanations for the Disaster, protected by the freedom of religion.