Aztechnology created a space elevator with the cooperation of Ares and EVO. The space elevator had a small city on both ends. One city above mount Chimborazo and the other in space. During the scourge the space elevator disconnected from Earth by blowing up the base. the Earthside city is counterbalanced by the rest of the elevator and tide in place with tethers. The tethers are guarded by drones that keep anyone from scaling them.
A new shanty city has formed at the base living off the scraps that the city above has discarded.