Intended to last exactly 2 years, The Anchorage Experiment was a virtual reality experiment putting thousands of semi-randomly generated AI's in an advanced simulation of 1992 Anchorage, Alaska for a simulated 10 years. Anchorage would forever be surrounded by deadly storms (and later to be discovered, Newman) to deter the inhabitants from leaving, as people going outside the pre rendered boundaries of the simulation could cause the program to crash.
The leader of Anchorage is a famous and enigmatic inventor and it is suspected he is creating/simulating the weather conditions. In reality, he is there to incite hatred in the inhabitants, but they see it as "William being William" and politely respond to his attempted calls for infighting. The simulated AI have remarkably little need for violence, as they have no need for it and really just want to do whatever crafts they make in Anchorage all day. The AI become mostly dedicated craftsmen.
The mayor of Anchorage is a human named William Zimbardo who is operating on a script given to him by the government which he signed up for.
The characters in the city are a mix of humans and AI whose actions and conditions are observed as life in the city becomes more tumultuous.
One is ejected from the simulation by going outside the boundaries because