Unforbid the "Forbidden Land"

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Unforbid the "Forbidden Land"

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How could Zona become "unforbidden"?
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The explorers had to get special permits from their government just to go on their trip. In order for Zona to no longer be forbidden, I feel expeditions would need to return with evidence of what Zona has to offer. Even then, I feel the government in this story would only allow select groups to go- not only because of the danger but also because of the potential wealth they could gain from the plants and animals within.
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Sjtoy wrote: 21 Jul 2020, 14:08 The explorers had to get special permits from their government just to go on their trip. In order for Zona to no longer be forbidden, I feel expeditions would need to return with evidence of what Zona has to offer. Even then, I feel the government in this story would only allow select groups to go- not only because of the danger but also because of the potential wealth they could gain from the plants and animals within.
So very little chance. I agree with you. Thank you for the comment!
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There is no question of making the island unforbidden and also that this being the main theme of the story, Making the island accessible for all cannot help in rendering the exacts incidents the way its narrated in the story.
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aruntr2001 wrote: 23 Jul 2020, 03:44 There is no question of making the island unforbidden and also that this being the main theme of the story, Making the island accessible for all cannot help in rendering the exacts incidents the way its narrated in the story.
I was not thinking of modifying the course of events of this book, just of what could happen after the end of this story. :)
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I think Zona should remain forbidden. The plant and animal life there has thrived and it seems that the limited human contact has benefited the area. Decisions made at the end of the book lead me to believe that the characters recognize this, and are leery of sharing much about what they learned in their expedition.

I think about rainforests, they were thriving, now human involvement has put them in danger. I wouldn’t want the same to happen in Zona!
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Kreads1 wrote:
> I think Zona should remain forbidden. The plant and animal life there has
> thrived and it seems that the limited human contact has benefited the area.
> Decisions made at the end of the book lead me to believe that the
> characters recognize this, and are leery of sharing much about what they
> learned in their expedition.
>
> I think about rainforests, they were thriving, now human involvement has
> put them in danger. I wouldn’t want the same to happen in Zona!
You have good reasons for keeping the Zone forbidden. Thus it will have been just the readers of this book that had the chance to enter it. Thank you for the comment.
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This is an interesting question. At the end of the novel, I had a thought that the only way this land could be rediscovered is if the journal that, I believe, Grant left in the hotel safe were to be found. He took a photocopy with him. Then it would require a group of persons with money willing to go back in, and able to get the permits. The group sent out letters already saying this is all there is to find, nothing more, we're moving on. It would take a lot of convincing otherwise, and I hope there is never a book of Zona being rediscovered and subsequently exploited and destroyed. Honestly, I was amazed that the characters opted to keep it secret in order to conserve it.
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It was termed forbidden because of the unapproachable snowy tundras that guarded the region and multiple lives being lost trying to unearth the secrets that laid within. To avoid such future risks and endeavors, the government in the story claimed the zone as forbidden. Unforbidding the land is a question you to have ask the government itself. With the limited information at their hands about the region, this is a futile exercise.
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It was forbidden for some reason. Trying to make it unforbidden will need to remove that reason, probably the risks associated or the immense tresures that will gain it unnecessary attraction
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RKeinath wrote:
> This is an interesting question. At the end of the novel, I had a thought
> that the only way this land could be rediscovered is if the journal that, I
> believe, Grant left in the hotel safe were to be found. He took a photocopy
> with him. Then it would require a group of persons with money willing to go
> back in, and able to get the permits. The group sent out letters already
> saying this is all there is to find, nothing more, we're moving on. It
> would take a lot of convincing otherwise, and I hope there is
never a book
> of Zona being rediscovered and subsequently exploited and destroyed.
> Honestly, I was amazed that the characters opted to keep it secret in order
> to conserve it.
I agree with you. However, it is sad that the first foreseeable action after discovery is destruction.
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I think it should remain forbidden...firstly because it was made forbidden by the government for safety reasons as the terrain around the zone was unapproachable and unsafe and also because of the special nature and wildlife which thrived with the absence of humans
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I think Zona should remain forbidden. It is best for the flora and fauna that thrived there without human interferene. Also, such restricting measures were taken for the safety of people.
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The fact that Zona is Forbidden, makes the tale more interesting. And to answer your question:

"How could Zona become unforbidden"?

The government regulates Zona because it believes it is unsafe. So, only the government can make it safe by clearing the obstacles they believe makes Zona Forbidden.
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Nelson Reviews wrote:
> The fact that Zona is Forbidden, makes the tale more interesting. And to
> answer your question:
>
> "How could Zona become unforbidden"?
>
> The government regulates Zona because it believes it is unsafe. So, only
> the government can make it safe by clearing the obstacles they believe
> makes Zona Forbidden.
Indeed, only the government needs to want to do that. And they need a strong reason to do that. Or the government needs to be changed for it to happen. There are lots of possibilities and reasons for new stories.
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