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technology. Different areas of Tayxis have different capacity levels for technology, so while an item may work in one area, it might not in a second, and definitely wouldn't in a third. Many rural parts of Tayxis have never progressed beyond the technology available at its conception. These areas have been left behind by those that live in the cities, and many who live in these outlying areas say that they are better off for it.
An area's Capacity Rating is related to it's distance from a city. The bigger the city, the higher the capacity rating. A Capacity Rating (referred to henceforth as CR) of 5 is the highest rating possible, and represents modern day technology - cell phones, electric cars, etc. For each CR less than 5, assume a technological level equivalent to 40 years less, so CR 4 would be equivalent to the 1970s, CR 3 would be the 1930s, CR 2 would be the 1890s, and CR 1 would be around 1850. Every time has it's own CR score, and the likelihood of that item malfunctioning is equal to 20% for every point of difference between the item's CR and the area's CR.
So while you can use a smartphone every time in a CR 5 city, by the time you get out into the Prairie, the chances of that smartphone working will have dropped to 20%. Note that this penalty only works one way - a flintlock pistol will work in an area with any CR, for instance.
When beginning a session, the GM should determine the CR of the beginning area, and track it as the characters move throughout Tayxis. Use the map below, found in a larger size here, to track their movements. The three least populous colors would be CR 1, with every two after increasing the CR by 1, and 2500 and up indicating CR 5.
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