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* While it's generally downplayed via characters like Sul and Lina's grandmother, a society like Ember would be a breeding ground for psychological problems. Dwindling resources, increasingly frequent breakdowns of their only source of power and light, a quasi-police state, and no real path into the future except "just keep doing what you're doing" are a perfect recipe to create major depressive disorders and anxiety. Add into that the fact that at least initial job allocation is done entirely by chance and has nothing to do with someone's aptitudes or interests and overall dissatisfaction would be high on the average. Put together, it paints a picture of a society where depression would be rife, with the likelihood of a relatively high suicide rate. Happily, neither the book nor film really delve into this.


** If they have weird magical sunlight diamonds, I don't think it's too far-fetched that they found some way to preserve food for longer periods of time. Besides, they also had fresh vegetables from the greenhouses.

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** If they have weird magical sunlight diamonds, small, diamond shaped solar generators, I don't think it's too far-fetched that they found some way to preserve food for longer periods of time. Besides, they also had fresh vegetables from the greenhouses.


* While the random process of choosing people for jobs doesn't make much sense, it does lend a lot of credence to why the city is in such crappy condition - all the times when people with very little technical skill got put into technical jobs.

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* While the random process of choosing people for jobs doesn't make much sense, it does lend a lot of credence to why the city is in such crappy condition - all the times when people with very little technical skill got put into technical jobs.
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** Confirmed as of ''The Diamond of Darkhold'', where the Troggs mention coming across the bodies of those who were trampled during the escape through the Pipeworks, which they disposed of by dumping them into the river. We don't get any word as to whether anyone actually ''survived'', though.


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If jobs are assigned randomly, why don't we see any women working in the pipeworks?
* Lina was going to work there, before she swapped jobs with Doon.
* We ''do''. Read the books. Doon's supervisor is a girl, for one.

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* We ''do''. Read the books. Doon's supervisor is a girl, for one.

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very little technical skill got put into technical jobs.

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** We ''do''. Read the books. Doon's supervisor is a girl, for one.
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* In ''TheCityOfEmber'', the plan was to live in the underground city for 200 years, but due to [[GovernmentConspiracy government conspiracy gone wrong]] they don't know how to get out, or even that they ''should'' get out. The city is falling into decay and food supplies are running low. Canned food supplies. [[IndestructibleEdible Canned food supplies which were never replenished]]. Had they gotten out when they were originally supposed to, they would ''still'' have been eating 200-year-old canned food. Even Twinkies don't last that long.

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* In ''TheCityOfEmber'', '' The City Of Ember'', the plan was to live in the underground city for 200 years, but due to [[GovernmentConspiracy government conspiracy gone wrong]] they don't know how to get out, or even that they ''should'' get out. The city is falling into decay and food supplies are running low. Canned food supplies. [[IndestructibleEdible Canned food supplies which were never replenished]]. Had they gotten out when they were originally supposed to, they would ''still'' have been eating 200-year-old canned food. Even Twinkies don't last that long.



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**If they have weird magical sunlight diamonds, I don't think it's too far-fetched that they found some way to preserve food for longer periods of time. Besides, they also had fresh vegetables from the greenhouses.


While the random process of choosing people for jobs doesn't make much sense, it does lend a lot of credence to why the city is in such crappy condition - all the times when people with very little technical skill got put into technical jobs.
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While the random process of choosing people for jobs doesn't make much sense, it does lend a lot of credence to why the city is in such crappy condition - all the times when people with very little technical skill got put into technical jobs.
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[[WMG:FridgeLogic]]
If jobs are assigned randomly, why don't we see any women working in the pipeworks?
* Lina was going to work there, before she swapped jobs with Doon.
* We ''do''. Read the books. Doon's supervisor is a girl, for one.

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* If the power finally did go out in Ember with everyone there.
** Supposedly, it did. Lina asks how many people were "left behind" in the second book, and the reply is "Too many", which leads one to believe that some were left in the city.
* In ''TheCityOfEmber'', the plan was to live in the underground city for 200 years, but due to [[GovernmentConspiracy government conspiracy gone wrong]] they don't know how to get out, or even that they ''should'' get out. The city is falling into decay and food supplies are running low. Canned food supplies. [[IndestructibleEdible Canned food supplies which were never replenished]]. Had they gotten out when they were originally supposed to, they would ''still'' have been eating 200-year-old canned food. Even Twinkies don't last that long.

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While the random process of choosing people for jobs doesn't make much sense, it does lend a lot of credence to why the city is in such crappy condition - all the times when people with very little technical skill got put into technical jobs.
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