after the year 9999, years started to be counted as 00XX
so the number of years passed before the XX.
So 00XX - 01XX is one year

Kate Schneiderman

Tadpole is a small island off the coast of what used to
be California. The island is entirely man-made; the
landmass is made of plastic built atop the corpse of an ancient saltwater frog lovingly titled Beezebufo. He is
now the symbol Tadpole’s citizens pray to.

The Tadpole society is entirely based around mutual aid and community. The Tadpoles are hardworking individuals who eat plastic and fish to survive. Their economy thrives on a trading and bartering system, and they almost exclusively travel by foot. There is no central government, and life is rather peaceful.