the best modern Whitestone is Whitestone the small mining town that’s the brochure-perfect company town of Whitestone Mining&Lumber, “A Family Business since 1824.” It’s in the Appalachian mountains in southern Pennsylvania, right next to the mine where 1/3 of the town earns the money they spend in the other 2/3 of the town. The de Rolos, aforementioned “Family”, have a summer house a ten-minute drive further up the mountain, built to honor the fact that this is the very mine where FuckifIknow de Rolo I first started mining coal. There is absolutely promotional material for Whitestone M&L featuring pictures of the town, including one where a handful of de Rolos are arm-in-arm with an assortment of smiling miners and some lumberjacks, precisely one (1) of whom is African-American and one (1) of whom is a woman.
The mine is mostly empty by now, but the town has taken up tourism as a side business, “The Last Real Mining Town in America!” Especially since Percival and Cassandra won their company back from the hostile takeover/septuple homicide. The Briarwoods were the sort of people who demanded federal subsidies for their poor, faltering industry while simultaneously cutting safety standards as much as legally possible, and more. Percy and Cass have actually been working on retraining their people, not just in Whitestone but throughout the company, shifting away from coal and into biofuel, and even a serious investment in Pelor Solar. (Aided by the Ashari Environmental Lobbying Group?)
My favorite version of this would be in one of those aus where Percy and Cass won the company back somehow before meeting VM, so the gang can be looking to lay low for a while, maybe on vacation or maybe from the law, and Percy is like, “I, um, have a town…” “You can’t ‘have’ an entire town,” scoffs Scanlan.
[hard cut to VM standing in front of the Whitestone City Hall, which is a real government building but has the Whitestone M&L logo above the door]
Scanlan: I take it back. Percy owns a town.
Percy: I don’t own the town. It’s a municipal entity.
Percy, under his breath: We just employ approximately one third of the people, and own most of the housing.
[passerby keep obviously recognizing Percy. A couple have addressed him as “Mr. de Rolo.” He responded with polite nods, bc they’ve been addressing him as such since he was about 10 years old and clambering all over the mining equipment to see how it worked.]
Instead of “rebellions”, Cassandra led, and VM re-initiated, labor strikes. The Briarwoods were…not kind in putting them down.