Sixth World: Crossroads
The Gatun Dam is the second edifice to bear its name, the first being destroyed a few decades ago. It’s a testament to Western ingenuity in the 1900s. “We’re going to flood this valley, make a river, dig a trench, and sail cargo ships through it.” The Gatun Dam does the first thing, creating the artificial Gatun Lake. Ships sail their first 30 kilometers or so through a gentle, scenic lake before they get to the locks of the canal.
Civic buildings, residential quarters, and commercial enterprises surround the dam. They’ve got plenty of space, so the spread-out streets look like something out of a 1950s sitcom. The workers and execs live a much different life, of course; mega-level security keeps the dam protected at all times. An advanced surveillance network means that every street, every corner, and every inch of the dam superstructure is under video and astral surveillance.