Many of the landmarks in this section of the novel are fictitious, the Han river however is not. The Han river flows through Seoul and drains into the Yellow Sea. At Seoul it is in places more than 1km wide.
Aldous Huxley and George Orwell's seminal dystopian texts, Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-four, predict a world hauntingly similar to the Nea So Copros reality. As the democracy loving George Washington never penned anything that subverted his beloved cause, we can assume that Orwell's and Huxley's texts have been perversely altered to champion rather than censure forms of plutocratic or totalitarian rule. Such horrifying tactics are deployed in Orwell's novel in which the Ministry of Truth, a propogandist government department, rewrites the historical records to produce a 'reality' that perpetuates the rule of the elite. Most if not all Western dystopian texts are conceived in the shadows cast by Orwell and Huxley: Mitchell's An Orison is no exception. Similarities with Brave New World include: a genetically based caste system; a reliance on state sanctioned drugs to maintain the status quo and a society predicated on the values of mass production and consumerism. Similarities with Nineteen Eighty-four include the state manipulation of language to influence behaviour and thinking, and the state's pervasive use of technology to influence and monitor behaviour.