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supply of West German marks, while others must make do. The unconnected must wait for years for the $5,000 fiberglass two-cylinder Trabant, the GDR's economy car that makes East Berlin sound like a lawn-mower rally. The more elegant Wartburg, with an average cost of about $8,500, takes even longer for delivery. A color-television set costs be tween $1,000 and $2,000. Telephones are owned by less than half of East Berlin resi dents; they are allotted on the basis, as one young man put it without a trace of sarcasm, "of how often they want to call you." They-the self-righteous bureaucrat, the ever present policeman, the shadowy in former-are still a wearisome part of life in East Berlin. It remains a society of com mand and obedience. Young men are draft ed not only into the military but also into the The royalty of the East is its children.At the PioneerPalace, a complex of sports and hobby facilities in Kopenick, 1.5 million a year enjoy such special attractionsas the Cosmonaut Room, where they can spin on an apparatusthat simulates space travel (above). After a swim in the Palace pool (right), bubble-gum princesses dry their hair.