PleasureTown History: The Honeymoon
Before the founding, as Claude and Cyrus made their way from Arkansas to the Oklahoma Territory, they proselytized their version of hedonism. Although this campaign initially failed, as no one chose to follow the two dreamers to a town that didn’t yet exist, the appeals eventually proved successful. Bit by bit, man, woman, and child abandoned their old lives and signed on to Claude and Cyrus’s dream. By 1890, PleasureTown held over forty residents.
In those first years land was cleared, communal buildings were raised and work was shared by all. Although some funds were gathered from new residents, money was not a requirement for citizenship. Most of PleasureTown’s financial capital was provided by Claude, who had gathered a substantial sum through previous criminal activities.
The two founders believed that their utopia could function without law, instead opting for a simple mantra which drew a line between pleasure and personal freedoms: “Pleasure, but not at the expense of your neighbor. Ecstasy, but not at the expense of the town.”
Word of the unique settlement spread through the tales of travelers, but the outside world dismissed these tales as hopeful rumor or flat out lies. Thus, PleasureTown was left to grow and thrive without much outside influence. Soon, however, PleasureTown’s reputation would solidify and usher in a new and unexpected phase: The Boom.