I had set Panoptica in a fictional country. It had to be small because I didn’t want long Tolkeinesque treks all over the place. People concentrated in cities and ‘conservation’ areas in between.
Now, thanks to Subrosa and also to Stewart Cowan’s past mentions of the huge conservation area forming in southern Scotland, I have the perfect country for this terrible world.
Whether it is independent in this imagined future is irrelevant. If it is, Oily Al and his Spiteful Nannying Puritans will make it happen. They have already started the process. If it’s not independent, it will be used as a test bed by Westminster for draconian measures anyway, as it always has been.
It won’t need much changing, really. Scotland has a few big cities surrounded by loads of open countryside. All I need do is change a few place names and check my timings for travel betwen those places.
The cameras? They’re already here.