Chronopolis is a city built on modern time-technology ("chronology") and is split into three sectors, slowtown, midtown, and fasttown, whose residents function at 1/2, 1, and 2 times natural speed, respectively. This is enforced by a grid of street-clocks which "balance" time between people in slowtown and fasttown. (The "clocks" only affect people, not animals or inanimate objects, so for instance, things seem to fall twice as fast in slowtown and half as fast in fasttown.) The basic law is that the total subjective time of all consciousnesses is conserved. Thus the population of fasttown is kept at around half the population of slowtown, because it takes two people running at half-speed to balance out one person running at twice the speed (2*(1/2)+1*2=3). Everyone still has the same subjective lifespan (so other factors being equal, a fasttowner lives for half the time of a midtowner).
It costs a large amount of money to just live in fasttown. Fasttown is the center of commerce, media, and politics, while slowtown is poorer, home to criminals and undesirables, with few jobs or opportunities.
What kinds of jobs benefit from being in fasttown? Why would they benefit from running at 2+ times the speed of the rest of the world? What would the economic makeup of fasttown look like?
Concretely, I have that the government is based in fasttown, as is scientific research (in particular, research on chronology). What do the rest of the 1 million+ residents do?
The level of technology is that of the first half of the 20th century (but this is flexible).
- There's an interesting question of whether things would feel heavier, be harder to move, etc. in fasttown because only people are affected by the speedups. I am ok either way (but I definitely don't want gravity to feel different in the different sectors).