Fishbone Base's metal resources primarily depended on imports from the Sixth Street . With the influence of the economic boom last fall as well as the formation of the bank at the year's end, countless factories emerged . The garbage dumps left unmanaged for many years were swept clean by all the major factories . After the hunters that hunted for crystals and mercenaries that protected trade routes, professional scavengers became the hottest profession at the Sixth Street .
This was unfathomable before because no one imagined that so many factories would emerge at the Sixth Street practically overnight .
"The current production capacity of the base is restricted by the lack of raw materials . A lot of scavenging teams already signed a contract with the factories . Although I suggested Chu Nan to forcefully purchase the resources that Fishbone Base requires at a premium, he rejected the proposal . He said that unless you made the decision, he wouldn't interfere with the contract between private companies and scavengers . " Wang Qin sighed .
"What he did was right," Jiang Chen said .
Chu Nan was undoubtedly an interesting individual - although he was just a pilot, it was surprising that they shared a similar thought process . One trait that most survivors shared on the wasteland was that the moment they saw something nice, they would steal it . This was the reason why most people spent their life picking through garbage .
Of course, looking at the question from another perspective, the actions of the survivors were reasonable . Due to the scarcity of survival resources, they might not even be able to survive without robbing others .
Wang Qin looked at Jiang Chen, not understanding . From her perspective, they were already nice enough to purchase the supplies at a premium - at least they weren't trying to rob them . Fishbone base was the controller of the Sixth Street, didn't they have the authority to do whatever they wanted?
"Only freedom and goodwill can inject the long-lasting energy needed for the Sixth Street's economic growth . We would only lose credibility if we attempted to interfere with the economy and its supporting industry . And to a regime like ours, the latter is obviously more important than the former . "
She didn't understand what the boss said, but she thought it was deep… That was what Wang Qin's expression showed .
"Credibility . . . what's the purpose of that?"
"Too useful . " Jiang Chen laughed . "Let's not talk about this . How much iron and aluminum are we missing? Just give me a list . These two resources will no longer be imported from the Sixth Street - I will solve the problem myself . "
"You-you can obtain iron?" Wang Qin's eyes widened in disbelief as she couldn't hide her surprise .
But she was quick to realize her rudeness as she covered her mouth with her hands to express her remorse .
Jiang Chen didn't mind and answered with a casual voice .
"That's right, I can transport it starting next month . I can't solve the problem with the rare metals though, so see if you have any solutions . "
She pushed up her glasses as the surface reflected a cunning spark .
"Let the scavengers of the base take care of it . We should give up on recycling iron and aluminum and shift our focus to electronic equipment and high precision devices - these things contain a higher amount of rare metal . "
"Mhmm, I'll leave it up to you . " Jiang Chen nodded .
Transportation of goods into the warehouse was almost complete, so Wang Qin saluted before she left .
As it was getting late, Jiang Chen took a big stretch before returning to the mansion .
He needed to bring the nutrient supply to the fallout shelter the next day and ask Han Junhua's opinion . Then he would visit the Sixth Street to examine Chu Nan's current work progress .
He pushed open the door to the living room to see Yao Yao and Lin Lin sitting at the table . The two small heads were both deep in thought as they engaged in a discussion about a blueprint .
"What are you looking at it?" Jiang Chen came closer out of curiosity .
"Ahh, big brother is back . Are you done for the day?" Yao Yao smiled gently at Jiang Chen as she turned her head .
Lin Lin proudly straightened her back and kept her chin high .
"We're currently researching a magnificent technology but since it requires some computer knowledge, I have to ask Yao Jiayu-"
Jiang Chen expected Lin Lin to boast, so he chose to ignore her and directed his gaze at the cute Yao Yao .
"Hello! Stop ignoring me!" Lin Lin protested .
"It's about a database converting brain waves to electronic signals, it's nothing special," Yao Yao timidly said .
"Database?" Jiang Chen was puzzled .
"Sorry for troubling you guys so much . "
Sun Xiaorou walked out of the hallway dressed in a light purple floral dress . She lowered her eyes apologetically .
"Not at all, it's not troublesome . " Lin Lin felt awkward by Sun Xiaorou's sincerity as she scratched her face .
Although it was Tingting in her body who destroyed the chip causing Sun Xiaorou to become like this, she still bore some responsibility for not controlling the bug . Even if Sun Xiaorou never blamed her, she always felt guilty .
While Lin Lin had a big mouth and was somewhat arrogant, she was still a kind person deep inside .
"No problem at all, Yao Yao also hopes that sister can start walking soon . " Yao Yao nodded her head earnestly .
"Thank you, everyone," Sun Xiaorou said emotionally .
Jiang Chen sensed they had a good relationship with each other -was it because they lived together for so long?
"Thank you too . "
"Eh? Me?" Jiang Chen looked in surprise at Sun Xiaorou smiling at him .
"Mhmm . It was only because of you that I reunited with my sister and meet so many lovely friends and also…a cute brother-in-law . "
Her eyes turned into two crescents . The smile was sweet, but Jiang Chen felt the smile gave a vibe similar to her sister .
The devil-like smile .
Jiang Chen gulped as he shivered uncontrollably .
[Fu*k, does that count as teasing me?]
. . .
After dinner, Jiang Chen and Sun Jiao went to the third-floor gym . Inside were two virtual reality training chambers .
Jiang Chen was told that the virtual reality MMORPG was finished . Of course, he couldn't wait to experience it as he dragged Sun Jiao along .
<Godly Land> was a name created by Du Yongkong . He didn't create the content himself because a lot of the data and models were already available . All he needed to do was replicate the famous virtual reality MMORPG on the new engine .
Although it sounded easy, it was a large amount of work . To complete the project, Du Yongkong requested ten something people who previously worked in game design to assist him .
On the other hand, Jiang Chen also increased the difficulty of his work .
To better fit the culture of the modern world and people's spiritual needs, Jiang Chen downloaded a library of Xuanhuan web novels and made Du Yongkong read through them . He asked him to try his best to "recreate the passion" when he designed the game .
This troubled Du Yongkong greatly . While Jiang Chen enjoyed the novels, Yongkong didn't understand the fun of them at all since he was forced to read millions of words just to complete his assigned task .
Regardless, after half a year of work, the beta version of the game was finally finished . Whether it was fun or not, Jiang Chen was determined to figure that out himself .