I am writing a story about a period of time in my world where the God of Death has been arrested for being too merciful, and is thus unable to move any souls to their afterlives. The court that arrested him has rerouted all dying souls to Limbo, a forested area far removed from the land of the living, where they wait until the God of Death resumes his duties or is replaced. I am wondering what the social landscape would be in Limbo based on the following:
- The land of the living is much smaller than earth, is not currently experiencing war, and is quite prosperous; all this has led to no more than 100 sentient souls arriving in Limbo each day.
- The inhabitable area of Limbo is a circle roughly 1,000 miles in diameter, surrounded by multiple barriers that make escape nearly impossible. It is primarily forested terrain with some low mountains.
- All the souls in Limbo are acutely aware that this is not the afterlife, and that they are in some sort of wrong place.
- The souls in Limbo can die a second death, a complete vanishing of their souls into nothingness, from severe physical trauma in Limbo or from nobody in the Land of the Living remembering that they exist.
- The souls of plants and animals are funneled into Limbo just the same as those of sentient creatures.
- Eating is possible but not necessary,with sentient creatures eating as luxury and nonsentient creatures hunting as normal due to instincts.
- Byproducts of previously-living things (such as lumber, carcasses, or dead plants) quickly rot away when they remain unused for more than a few days. Log cabins can be built, for example, but not lumber stockpiles.
I am mostly interested in what pressures might be faced in everyday (un)life by the souls trapped in Limbo, and what effects the constant stream of new arrivals might have. This system of every dying thing going to Limbo has been in effect for a little less than 100 years at the start of the story.
Thank you all so much in advance for your ideas and inputs!