Chapter 37: Industrial Area
“This is my firearm factory . Several hundred workers are working for me, and they send these
small metal pieces to the good or the bad guys . Let’s not go inside . The temperature is
unbearable . ”
The sentence sounded a bit conflicting .
Zhao Chenwu pointed at the in production firearm factory as he proudly explained to Jiang
Chen . His gesture was no different than the modern world land developers .
“This is also my factory, but this place specializes in complex equipment such as stationary
cannons . Those things mounted on the inner circle wall are produced mostly from my factory . "
They walked in front of a much smaller building compared to the previous one . Zhao Chenwu
pointed at the place as he lit a cigarette .
Apocalypse was no stranger to the cigarette . Alcohol could not be mass produced due to the
shortage of food, so cigarettes became the choice of substance to alleviate pressure .
The tobacco here had a pungent smell, and not everyone smoked it . The radiation brought
uncontrollable mutation to all organisms on this planet, but not all mutations were harmful .
This tobacco for example, like any other mutated plants in the apocalypse, was well adapted to
the soil condition on the wasteland . It could be grown without highly specialized techniques,
which is one of the reasons why cigarettes were relatively cheap in the apocalypse . A lot of
survivors would grow a few in front of their homes due to its recreational and medical value .
Jiang Chen naturally was not accustomed to the pungent taste . Zhao Chenwu laughed at the
fact . Then, he signaled to him to not worry about it, and that he could throw it away if he didn’t
like it . However, it was relative . When Zhao Chenwu took Jiang Chen’s Zhonghua (a top end
cigarette), he felt the taste was too light to entertain himself .
“Oh? I am also interested in these automatic weapons, would Mr . Zhao be willing to sell me a
few?” Jiang Chen saw a worker in a white uniform adjusting the half man-sized big machine
with his tablet . The cannon rotated 360 degrees, aimed at the target inside the room, and
unleashed its firepower .
“Haha, of course, that’s not a problem . However, these don’t get produced very quickly . Added
by the fact that the Sixth Street is currently upgrading the northern inspection station’s
equipment, it would be at least two months before it can be produced . Mr . Jiang would have to
wait . ”
“No problem . ” Jiang Chen smiled without being too bothered .
The two of them walked side by side in the highly advanced factory . The female assistant Su Lei
following behind them, as she carried Zhao Chenwu’s suitcase . The workers along the way
saluted as they passed by which made him feel like a person of importance doing the tour .
meters high power armors .
Just like Zhao Chenwu said, the production rate of the equipment was extremely limiting . This
was because military factories and related facilities were first target choices during the war . To
obtain a civil production line was relatively easy, but to acquire a complete military production
line were nearly impossible .
Including the power armor that was being produced, the majority of the equipment were being
built by hand . Jiang Chen saw a worker use a tool similar to hammer to form the shape of the
armor at high temperatures, and another worker carefully installed the microelectronic chips
inside the armor . Perhaps all these production steps were done by high precision automatic
production lines before the war, but in the apocalypse, a lot of things must be done by hand .
Of course, the missing production processes were for more complicated equipment . The
production line for bullets was relatively easy to acquire . Despite limitations, the survivors still
possessed a tremendous amount of firepower . Regardless how hard the zombies’ head are, a
single bullet would solve the problem . Even for the Death Claw, who could rip through the
power armor’s outer protection layer, tanks still existed as its natural predator .
A question was apparent . With all these powerful equipment, the human still can’t conquer the
bloodthirsty mutants and zombies?
He thought about this point and was silent . He was curious as to what existed in the city center .
“Part of this equipment will become my private force, and part of it will be sold to the Sixth
Street military or other interested buyers . However, the power armor is usually not permitted
to be sold . The spider tank and other heavy equipment are also prohibited . With the exception
that the Sixth Street Council approves the military purchase through voting, my factory would
then began to produce the complicated equipment . ” Zhao Chenwu did not seem to notice Jiang
Chen as he rambled on . The words were meant as precautionary measures as it would be
difficult if Jiang Chen wanted to buy a power armor .
“Hmm? So Mr . Zhao is considered a firearm merchant then?” Jiang Chen got rid of all the
questions in his head and smiled .
“Somewhat . I still have a pharmaceutical factory, and I also operate some fixed assets within
the inner circle . If Mr . Jiang is interested in buying a house in the inner circle, I would be of
great help,” Zhao Chenwu inhaled the cigarette as he said with a welcoming smile . He then
grabbed a bracelet shaped like an armguard and gave it to Jiang Chen .
“Mr . Jiang is often out venturing, this nitrogen armor will be my gift to you . ”
“Appreciate the gift . ” Jiang Chen didn’t reject the offer . He wore the bracelet on his arm before
he looked at Zhao Chenwu, eyes full of questions .
How do you use this?
At that moment, a heavy machine gun appeared in front of the soldier as the pitch black barrel
spat out waves of bullets .
The excellent sound insulation of the separation chamber made it impossible to hear any noises
inside . Jiang Chen was surprised to discover that the moment the shots came in contact with
the nitrogen layer, the bullets all bounced off . The soldier standing behind the shield still
remained in a half standing position and looked like he didn’t even receive the impact of the
Holy! This is a protective barrier .
“Using the atomic vortex effect that forces the nitrogen to create a high-pressure circulation
around a center point… Haha, the scientists can go figure the theory part out, I only care about
the end result . Is Mr . Jiang satisfied with this?” Zhao Chenwu waved his hand to signal the end
of the experiment as the machine gun disappeared .
“Satisfied, extremely satisfied . Is there any limitation with this equipment . ” Jiang Chen fidgeted
with the bracelet before putting it on .
“Not really, except the power consumption is quite high . The vortex equipment in the middle
may overheat . One crystal is enough to initiate this equipment for one minute . The equipment
will overheat with ten seconds of usage . After a period of usage, the used crystal would be
higher than the cost to produce it . Also, it is not effective against laser and particle weapons,
but it is quite exceptional against bullet weapons . ” Zhao Chenwu let out a smoke ring as he
“I didn’t imagine Mr . Zhao’s factory has the capability to develop weapons,” Jiang Chen
“Haha, of course, but this thing doesn’t sell that well as not a lot of people can afford it .
However, my scientists have been working to integrate this device onto the power armor to see
if it can be useful as a part of it . Let’s not talk about this anymore, the scientists can take care of
these headaches . Haha, like what I said before, I only care about the end result . ”
After they had left the factory, Zhao Chenwu took Jiang Chen to the pharmaceutical plant for a
tour . Except the plant was rather small, so there was not much to be seen . Apparently, the
genetic vaccine produced from this place accounted for 30% of the Sixth Street’s market share .
Some other vaccines were also among the popular choices on the wasteland, such as steroids
and blood makers .
gave the stack of documents to Jiang Chen . Jiang Chen had made the agreement of 30 people
with Zhao Chenwu already, and he promised to pay 20 crystal per person . It was included in the
price of the goods they already exchanged .
The official price for the criminal was one crystal, the other 19 was based on the cost of Jiang
Chen’s demand to install the latest insurance system . Zhao Chenwu didn’t make a single crystal
in this deal as he sold it at cost to Jiang Chen . Compared to the potential profit of the trade
agreement, he didn’t care about the small gains and losses . The latest insurance system was far
more exceptional compared to the electronic bracelet . It used nanosurgery to install microchips
at the neck of the criminals . If anyone betrayed or resisted, Jiang Chen could immediately
activate the destruction program in the chip, and the betrayer’s head would fly off like a soccer
ball . Although cruel, Jiang Chen was not ready to risk his own life for the sympathy of irrelevant
At the same time, the chip was equipped with a lie detector, GPS tracking, visual sensor, and
neural shut off system . The criminals would have no privacy nor the ability to betray . It was far
more advanced than the electronic collars . Though of course, it came at a hefty price too .
However, Jiang Chen was an understanding guy . As long as they have no ill intentions, he didn’t
mind letting them enjoy a much more comfortable life .
“Haha, let me know if you see anyone you like, they will be “deported” because they possess
terminal illness . ” Zhao Chenwu only needed to open his mouth before he decided the fate of
this group of people .
The feeling of power was an excellent feeling .
Jiang Chen had the pile of resumes in his hand as he flipped through everything . The resumes
lacked bullsh*t compared to the modern day ones and explicitly stated the person’s worth . A
special examination, using an artificial intelligence’s testing system, was done to objectively
determine a person’s abilities . For example, if one possesses computer knowledge, the artificial
intelligence would divide the knowledge of equipment into five levels .
Zhao Chenwu had already arranged everything with the manager of the ghetto as the group of
people were gathered quickly before they were taken to a quarantine room . They used the
excuse, testing for diseases, but all the reports were already forged . All 30 of them were
diagnosed with the X1 virus and were then taken to a room to have the microchip implemented .
Human rights? That’s a joke, there were no human rights in the apocalypse .
The moment they received the nutrient supply from the survivor base, their freedom no longer
belonged to them .
Jiang Chen didn’t rush to see the people he selected . Instead, he returned to the inner circle .
Zhao Chenwu put Jiang Chen’s ID on the inner circle whitelist, which meant he no longer
needed to pay a one crystal entrance fee . Although the tax was not a huge amount, it was a
friendly gesture .
The purchased individuals were placed as supplies and were guarded by Zhao Chenwu’s own
force into the underground sewer system . They headed for the arranged trade point and waited
for Jiang Chen to accept the supplies at that point .
Despite the fear that may be going through the individuals' heads, Jiang Chen accepted Zhao
Chenwu’s invitation to have dinner together . On the dinner table, the Sixth Street boss
constantly flattered him, which make Jiang Chen quite amazed by the power of money .
Regardless of age, money talked .
In the end, he only needed to consider how to expand his power to preserve the cake in his