The Executive Committee is the official government of Wellington Wells and the ultimate authority of the city, in charge of both public welfare and public happiness. It operates in the Parade District, holding conference meetings at the Wellington Wells Broadcast Tower.
Overview[edit | edit source]
The Executive Committe, according to the "How to be Happy" guide, states there's no end to their good deeds:
- They ensure there's a stable food supply
- They redact newspapers
- They encourage technological innovations
- They establish new holidays
- They train doctors and further medical research
- They build new playgrounds
- They verify the prize results of Simon Says
Some of these claims turn out to be false.
History[edit | edit source]
The Executive Committee was installed into power to maintain order and administer the city and the surrounding territories. In addition to that, once in power, the Executive Committee was tasked by Colonel Von Stauffenberg to implement the "Authority" program, in which all children in Wellington Wells who were under the age of 13 years of age was registered to be sent on a train to Germany for unknown purposes.
When the Germans left and the occupation ended, the Executive Committee was left in charge. However, there was soon trouble brewing in the city, as rumors began to circulate that the children were never going to return, leading to social unrest.
On the 12th of June, 1950, a Breeder Riot began due to a couple civillians getting miserably reminded of what they did to their children during The Very Bad Thing, three presumably pregnant women were murdered during the event.
In order to maintain order and stability, The Executive Committe, with the support of General Byng, commissioned Harry Haworth to develop a pharmaceutical drug to keep the population from remembering their awful past, keeping them happy. The research eventually resulted in the creation of Joy, and mass-production of the drug would begin in 1953. Soon, the entire population was high on the drug, allowing the city to rebuild and redevelop itself. The Garden District, however, was never rebuilt and was instead left in ruin.
However, Joy was not a perfect solution, as problems soon began to appear when the extreme drug use forced Haworth Labs to start using substitute materials for manufacturing Joy due to the shortening of supplies. Because defective Joys caused Wellies to become Downers, effectively causing them to not handle any more Joy, more and more Wastrels would end up getting chased into the Garden District, or die on the streets.
Eventually, the Executive Committee began requesting Downer Detectors, TV Spankers, and Headmistresses to be installed throughout the city to effectively get rid of Downers, as well as getting Joy Doctors to patrol the streets.
Current situation[edit | edit source]
Despite its large degree of influence, the Executive Committee turns out to be just as dysfunctional as the rest of the city, due to its members all being high on Joy and therefore unable to carry out their duties.
There are several hints throughout the game that Wellington Well's food production has come to a halt completely due to Britannia Bridge closing, and no one outside of Wellington Wells wanting to trade with them.
The Committee sent a letter to Dr. Faraday regarding their requests to make an upgraded version of the current Happy Face Mask, outfitted with microfilament wires routed through the eye cavity into the optic nerve and from there into the pleasure center of the brain. It's purpose is to utilize a mild electric current to stimulate the pleasure center to artificially trigger the release of the appropriate hormones, inducing happiness in the recipient. Though Faraday refused to create it.
Staff[edit | edit source]
- Colonel Von Stauffenberg (former head)
- Gwendolen Fairfax, Cecily Cardew (receptionists)
- Hugh Dalton
- Stanley Baldwin
- Samuel Hoare
- Beatrice Dalrymple
- Camilla Trueblood
- Beatrice Sackville (Removed form later builds)