As Premier Josip Wepka extended the tube system to Issuskoye, Rocaterrania’s newest and easternmost city, the population there grew, and with it, the demand for new homes, apartments, and buildings.
Issuskoye was originally founded in 1971 by illegal immigrants who rafted across Lago Serbo Nuevo from the United States. Led by Reverend Bluenose, these fundamentalist Christians set up a commune on the site and named it Issuskoye, or Jesus Town. Rocaterranians value religious freedom, but these “Jesus creeps,” as they became known, were self-righteous, hypocritical, and generally made a nuisance of themselves. They were eventually run out of the country and, in their absence, Premier Wepka saw the opportunity to build a new city.
When it came to many subjects, including architecture, Kuhler was an autodidact. Since he had already designed Rocaterrania’s two major cities, Ciudad Eldorado and Felsenbad, he decided to locate his architectural experimentations in the nation’s newest and easternmost town, Issuskoye.
The only venue for social interaction within walking distance of the KZ Ranch was Camp IdRaHaJe (“I’d Rather Have Jesus”), a Christian camp and retreat center at the far eastern end of Deer Creek Valley. For a time, Kuhler attended church on Sundays, and played his homemade violin at some functions, but eventually soured on his experience of Christian fundamentalism.