Darkness In America Lore
The Cabal is a militant religious order based on two complementary principles. The first is Christian Dominionism, which is the belief that Christians are commissioned by God to take dominion over every aspect of civil society and overthrow all secular institutions. The second is Theonomy, which is the belief that society must be governed by divine law, or what theonomists would call God’s Law-Word. These are the judicial texts found in the Old Testament, such as Leviticus and Deuteronomy. Examples would be Leviticus 20: 13: kill all the gays, and Deuteronomy 13: 12-16: wipe out a town should most of its citizens be apostates or nonbelievers. Psalm 137:9 orders you to smash babies against rocks.
The Cabal started off as premillennialists (meaning they believed that Jesus had to return before the thousand years of peace could begin), but after the apocalyptic events of the War of the Sands, they took a postmillennial position. Jesus Christ would only return once they had completely subdued the world. Others took the view this means they must push the world towards a state of total war to satisfy the conditions for Jesus’ second coming. Of course, with Jerusalem now a radioactive wasteland, they would have to find a way to make it habitable again.
As an organization, the Cabal has existed for almost nine hundred years. However, it didn’t always go by its current name. It has taken several throughout the ages, all to hide its secret past, for few will forget its original name: The Knights Templar. The family tree below is designed to show you how this dangerous religious sect has evolved over the last nine centuries.
For most of its history, the Cabal operated in Europe. However, in 1804, the order split in two, and the faction that would later become known as the Cabal moved to North America. They would play a critical role in starting both American Civil Wars. They also formed several organizations designed to subvert and divide American society, including the Ku Klux Klan, the Fellowship, the National Rifle Association, the Alt-Right, and Christian Zionists to name just a few. Lastly, they infiltrated government agencies like the CIA, the FBI and FEMA. They became what conspiracy theorists call the deep state and used these agencies to build Black Sites to train Inquisitors and one day hold political prisoners.
In 2028, a member of the order, Grand Inquisitor Gregory di Conti, won the presidency. He and his fellow Cabalists engineered a coup, after which they rewrote the U.S. Constitution and took control over the government. Over 27 million Americans died during the second civil war that led to di Conti’s rise to power, and another 700,000 when they detonated a nuke in the harbour of Miami. While these acts might seem unchristian to most, the Cabal view them as moral because they see Jesus Christ as a Stalin or Hitler-like character, a mass murdering psychopath who will slaughter billions during the prophesied End Times.
By 2052, the Cabal runs America from the shadows. Their public face is the Department of Understanding, a government agency whose task is to police morality in the United States. Few suspect the Department of Understanding is the federal government, and that Congress and the Presidency are little more than window dressing. The Cabal relies on High Inquisitors and telepathic Inquisitors to enforce its will.
It should be noted that the Illuminati are the exact opposite of the Cabal and their earlier incarnations. They represent a failed attempt to reform the order, and are based on Enlightenment principles like equality, freedom and reason. They were pivotal in defeating the European chapter of the Cabal, the Black Hand, during World War One. By 2052, the Illuminati are but a shadow of their former selves and have little or no presence in North America where the Cabal operates. They have only recently become aware that the Cabal has survived into the 21st century and that it controls the United States government. They are considering allying themselves with the Second Underground Railroad.
Finally, the Vijics, better known as the Lizard People, are believed to have infiltrated the Cabal sometime in the last thousand years. Some have even conjectured that the Vijics help create the order. If this is true, then the Cabal is little more than a puppet to the malevolent Elder Race. It is unknown what role the Cabal plays in the Vijics’ plans for humanity, only that the Cabal believes the Vijics are angels sent by God, his Heavenly Benefactors. Given the Cabal’s anti-alien views, one must wonder how they would react if they ever discovered that their angelic masters were, in fact, giant space lizards.
The Knights Templar
The Order of The Eternal Flame
V >>>> The Sword of the Ross-cross
The Rosicrucian Order
The Great Schism
The Illuminati The Second Rosicrucian Order
V <<The Second Rosicrucians Order broke up.<<V
V<<<<Most stayed in Europe, while the rest<<<<V
V<<<<moved to the United States in 1804.<<<<<V
V<<<<<Those who left for North America<<<<<V
V<<<<<<<<later became the Cabal.<<<<<<<<<V
The Knights of the Golden Circle V
Majestic XII The Black Hand
V >>>>>>>The Original Ku Klux Klan X
V (1865-1871) X
V >>>>>>>The Fellowship (aka The Family) X
V (1935) X
The Cabal X
During the climactic battle of the Second American Civil War, the Arroyo Pescadero Nuclear Facility was damaged, resulting in Los Angeles being consumed in a deadly radioactive cloud. This forced its inhabitants to hide within massive underground fallout shelters. Many expected to be rescued by the di Conti administration, but what they failed to realize was that the meltdown was intentional. The entire war was part of a malevolent plot to take over the U.S. government. Di Conti had no interest in helping them, so they were forced to fend for themselves.
The first few months were arduous. While they had plenty of food – the fallout shelters were well stocked – they were separated by one another and had no means to communicate. Smart communities engaged in rationing and crop production, extending their supplies, while others ultimately died out.. Later, they began digging holes, eventually breaching the metro system that laid beneath Los Angeles. These tunnels would connect the various fallout shelters together, allowing for the exchanging of resources and much needed expansion.
Those with access to Hazmat suits dared to venture to the surface. What they found was a barren landscape, soaked in radiation and roamed by mutated beasts. Care must be taken when on the surface. A night lion, a thrasher eagle, a quill wolf or a mulbear can easily make a snack out of you. Still, it was these earlier explores who mapped out the boundaries of the radiation field and made contact with communities residing beyond it. In time, they began trading with those communities, exchanging scavenged parts for food and clothing.
When that failed to produce enough to survive on, they began resorting to raiding Federalist convoys. Many of these convoys shipped food from the territories to the State. Raiding became not only routine but part of their way of life. Those who went on raids were treated like celebrities and were more likely to find a mate.
By 2050, they are known as the Forgotten and number in half a million, making them the largest community in the Forfeited Territories. They have an alliance with the Second Underground Railroad and are one of the few factions that opposes the Department of Understanding. Their militiamen are renowned for being excellent marksmen. They prefer attacking from the shadows, engaging in guerrilla tactics and ambushes.
The Federated Union
The Federated Union is a super state, formed when Russia merged with Europe, though as it grew, it allowed member states beyond Europe to join, including Canada. Three factors led to its birth, all of which were interconnected: the collapse of the United States, the failure of the European Union, and the downfall of Vladimir Putin’s Russia. It all started when America’s empire came crumbling down during the War of the Sands.
From 2019 to 2021, the Middle East was consumed by a regional war when Saudi Arabia invaded Israel. The Saudis claimed that they were liberating the Palestinians. In truth, it was in a response to the U.S.’s war with Iran. With Iran out of the picture and believing that the Trump Administration – Trump had close financial ties with the Saudis – would not take sides, they set out to claim Jerusalem for themselves. The Saudis were mistaken. Evangelicals were strong supporters of Israel, and Trump needed them if he was going to win in 2020. The United States joined the war on the side of Israel. The Saudis employed powerful new technologies fueled by antimatter. Conspiracy theorists believe that the Lizard People gave them these weapons, though others think it was the Russians. During the war, Russia did form a pack with the Saudis. However, most experts assumed it was done to acquire the secret of creating antimatter.
On September 11, 2021, the unthinkable happened. The Saudis had launched their nukes, the same nukes the Americans had given them in 2018, against Israel, Iran, and American bases in the region. Washington retaliated with its own nuclear arsenal. Over 95 nukes went off, many cobalt bombs, transforming the Middle East into the Dead Lands, and killing 253.6 million people. It also unleashed a radioactive death cloud that would kill millions more in Eastern Europe. Bankrupted by the war, America’s economy collapsed, and it withdrew from the world.
After the War of the Sands, things deteriorated rapidly. Right-wing nationalist movements, which had already been gaining traction in the years prior – you can thank the machinations of Vladimir Putin – swept into power throughout Europe. Their rise was in response to the arrival of tens of millions of Muslim refugees. Greece and Italy were the first to fall, but like dominos, a dozen more quickly joined. NATO was disbanded, and the European Union shrunk until it comprised solely of Germany, France, and Belgium. By 2023, there were five separate wars raging in Europe, and millions of Muslims were being killed in ethnic cleansings.
The worst took place in Hungary, where the Orban family began rounding up and placing Gypsies, Jews, Armenians, and Muslims in death camps. In total, seven million people perished. As was the case in World War II, not all of those who died where native to Hungary. As the Hungarian military conquered territory, they captured whoever them deemed as “impure” and sent them to the gas chambers. The Gypsies suffered the worst. Before the wars, there had been 700,000 Hungarian Gypsies living in the country. Only two hundred survived the holocaust.
As for Russia, it initially saw a renaissance. Its monopoly on antimatter had supercharged its economy. China remained a concern, but with NATO out of the picture, it had room to expand. Its militaries had invaded and conquered Ukraine, as well as Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus. Yes, it seemed like everything was going Putin’s way. Sadly, for him, Russia had one fatal flaw that ultimately proved to be his undoing: Vladimir Putin.
Since being elected president in 2001, Putin had been consolidating power. Everyone has heard the expression: all roads lead to Rome. Well, in Russia, all roads led to Putin. Nothing could get done without his say so, and there was no one who could take up the rains should he become ill or die. In 2024, Putin was diagnosed with vascular dementia, brought on by a series of strokes he’d suffered earlier that year. Conspiracy theorists believe that he was poisoned and blamed the Lizard People for it. This would be ironic since many of these same conspiracy theorists have long claimed the Lizard People had helped Putin into power. One can only guess what Putin had done to anger his reptilian masters.
As his dementia worsened, Putin became more eccentric and confused. In one case, he was seen undressing himself during a press conference. The oligarchs took this opportunity to fight one another for control of the nation. Others pilfered Russia’s riches and moved billions of dollars overseas. In the span of two years, the country’s roaring economy slid back into a recession, and the people grew restless. A revolution was inevitable.
The head of this political firestorm was Alexandra Volkov, the daughter of Russian oligarch Andrew Volkov and Dianna Wilton. Being of Russian/British citizenship, Volkov received her education in the West. She had attended some of its most prestigious institutions, including Princeton, Oxford, and Cambridge. It was during this time that she adopted the liberal views that formed the foundation of her movement. Yet before she got into politics, she had returned to work for her father, who owned the largest antimatter assemblers in the country.
By the summer of 2027, Volkov had decided she could no longer standby and watch her fellow oligarchs fleece her homeland. She began buying up television, online, and print media. She took her voice to the airwaves, careful not to paint herself disloyal to Putin, but rather to the corrupt oligarchs and bureaucrats that now ran Russia. At the same time, she advocated for her “Made in Russia” brand of liberal democracy. Millions embraced her message.
Many of the oligarchs hated Volkov, but lacking Putin’s political acumen, were unsure of how to counter this liberal upstart. A few attempted to assassinate her, but they were met with failure, and in the end, they only helped to strengthen her message: that Russia’s current leadership was made up of inept and incompetent sycophants. She used her family’s ties with Putin to get close to the ailing despot and convince him that she would protect him and his family if he stepped down. A new election was held in the summer of 2027. Volkov and her party won a landslide victory, and with the people’s backing, began a purge of the oligarchs.
Volkov was methodical in setting up her new Russian state. In the beginning, she ran things similar to Putin. Though as she cleansed the bureaucracy of corruption, she began relinquishing more power. Many oligarch-owned corporations were broken up and sold off. Anti-trust laws were passed to ensure that never again would Russia’s wealth be concentrated in the hands of such a few. In 2031, a new constitution was passed. It included a Bill of Rights that placed strict limits on the government’s powers.
Even as Volkov was making these reforms, her eyes remained focus on the greatest threat to Russian supremacy: China. China had taken advantage of the vacuum created by the U.S.’s exit. It had formed trade deals with nations across the globe, greatly expanding its reach. In 2030, it had announced that it had made a breakthrough in reverse-engineering antimatter assemblers, apparently by studying those buried in the Dead Lands (i.e., the Middle East). It was the first nation to land a man on Mars in 2029, and by 2032, had already built a small Martian colony.
Volkov understood that the future of humanity resided in our solar system. She concluded that Russia’s only hope of catching up with China was not by colonizing Mars, but the moon. For the remainder of the 2030s, Russia constructed lunar cities, as well as the infrastructure needed to support asteroid mining and the building of the colony ships that would send people to Mars, Venus, and beyond. Asteroid mining proved highly lucrative, as well as opening Russia to investment, and by 2035, Russia saw economic growth as high as 7.3%.
In 2035, Volkov stepped down after finishing her second term, and Igor Alexeev was elected president. While he shared Volkov’s belief in liberal democracy, he differed in that he felt Russia had a duty to aid its European neighbors. Europe had been suffering through sixteen years of war. Millions were dead, and world-renowned cities like Rome, Budapest, Vienna, and Madrid had been left in ruins. Alexeev knew that Putin had played a role in starting several of these conflicts. Things would only improve if Europe became unified again.
During the 2036 Horizon Conference, Alexeev had befriended British Prime Minister Edward J. Blair, French President Antoine Collignon, and German Chancellor Felix Weber. England, France, and Germany had fared the best in the last sixteen years, their borders having changed only slightly. They did have forces fighting battles throughout Europe, and they very much wanted to find a way out yet lacked the political and economic means to do so. With Russia’s aid, they decided on a carrot and stick approach to get the other nations to stop fighting. Russian antimatter was sold at a discount to those willing to sit down and talk, while they threatened invasion to those that refused. Most did, the notable exceptions being Bosnia, Spain, and Hungary. During the Reunification Wars, the four nations invaded Hungary, overthrowing the corrupt Orban family in 2037, then Bosnia the following year. Spain, seeing what awaited them, capitulated.
The first talks were held in 2040 in the city of Geneva. They went slowly, even with the lure of cheap antimatter, and might have gone nowhere if not for the Blackout of 2046. For two weeks, much of Europe went dark when a computer virus infiltrated the power grid. There was rioting in major cities and thousands died. Forensic evidence suggested that the Chinese were to blame, though many hackers and conspiracy theorists argued that the computer code was beyond the Chinese or anyone else. Some blamed the Lizard People.
Alexeev used the blackout as proof for the need of a united Europe, and a year later, the Treaty of Prishtina was signed. A final draft of the Federated Union’s constitution was voted on May 4th, 2050. That date is now a holiday called Federation Day. The constitution mandated a new governmental body, one that would be headquartered in Geneva, and would control both the economies and the militaries of the member states. However, each state would be allowed to retain a small number for self-defence. They would function like the U.S.’s national guard.
The federal government would have three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial. The head of the executive, the High Chancellor, would be picked from the legislative as the head of the ruling party in the Parliament. The Parliament was but one of the two legislative chambers. The second was the Senate. Each country provided three Senators, though how they picked them was up to them. The number of Parliamentarians was determined by the member nation’s population count and was selected by elections. Senators had less power than their American counterparts. The senate thus acted more like the Senate in Canada. This gave smaller nations a larger voice than they normally would have, while still making sure majority rule prevailed.
By 2052, the Federated Union is still a work-in-progress. The Grand Rotunda, the parliament building, remains under construction and is not expected to be completed until 2053. Many laws regarding how their economies are going to be integrated have yet to be finalized. The militaries of the original states have already been organized into a single command structure, but the same cannot be said about the newer members (Canada, South Africa, Madagascar, Costa Rico, Panama, Ecuador, Sri Lanka, the Falkland Islands, and New Zeeland). Some political and economic experts have questioned the wisdom in the Federated Union’s aggressive stance towards expanding membership. Yet the leadership views it as necessary if they hope to restore Western hegemony and counter the growing threat of China.
The Federated Union offers protection only to those willing to join and live under its rule. The decision to do this was made to avoid the mistake that ultimately brought down the United States. The Americans built their empire through coalitions. Nations allowed them to establish foreign bases in their territories in exchange for protection. This worked so long as the two parties’ goals remained the same, but as the Saudis proved, that could change, and then you would find yourself at war with an enemy you helped arm. It also worked in the reverse. Donald Trump had thrown South Korea under the bus when he made a peace deal with North Korea and removed U.S. forces from the Korean Peninsula during the Iranian War (2019-2021). North Korea would conquer the south a few years later, with the United States having done nothing to stop it. But in the case of the Federated Union, it would always be obligated to defend its member states because they were part of its territory, just as the U.S. was obligated to defend New York or Texas.
The Federated Union flag merges the European Union flag with the NATO flag. The black background represents the dark period in Europe’s history when the continent was divided, a reminder of what happens when nation states try to go it alone. The gold stars encircling the NATO star symbolizes the European states coming together and growing stronger. The NATO star is white because the Federated Union’s principles are believed to be pure and just. An individual soldier will have both the Federated Union flag and their member state flag stitched on their shoulder, though the Federation flag is always on top and must be twice as large.
The United Republics of Korea
Other than the United States, there is no nation where human rights are as devalued than in the Unified Republics of Korea or the URK. The Kang dynasty might be more benign than the Kim dynasty, which ruled its successor state, North Korea, from 1945 to 2021, but most would argue that is only because the URK doesn’t live under crippling sanctions. Its economy is thriving, though it is nowhere near where South Korea was post-2021.
The Unified Republics of Korea is the result of the failed policies of U.S. President Donald J. Trump. After months of escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, Trump agreed to meet Kim Jong-Un in person. This was hardly historic. Previous U.S. presidents had been offered to have a summit with the leader of North Korea, but opted against it, believing that such a meeting would legitimize a regime known for starving its people. Trump, who cared little for human rights, agreed, and on June 12, 2018, the two leaders met.
Trump hailed the summit as a victory for diplomacy. However, the document Kim Jong-Un signed only declared that his country would work towards denuclearization. It didn’t specify how such a process would go about or the mechanism the would be used to verify it. It also called for the entire Korean Peninsula to denuclearize. This would be a problem because it would require that the United States give up its nukes or lift its protection of South Korea. That is why it came as no surprise when two weeks later it was revealed that North Korea was still making upgrades to the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center – an installation used in the refinement of weapons-grade fissile material. Trump, however, rewarded Kim by ending war games the U.S. was conducting with South Korea. It looked like Trump would kick the problem to his successor, and that might have been the case if other global events hadn’t intervened to push the two Koreas, as well as the world, towards a global depression and all-out war.
During the U.S. mid-terms, “a blue wave” propelled the Democrats to retake the House. Trump dismissed the elections as a shame, and the Republicans went along, creating what under any other presidency would be considered a constitutional crisis. Too the rest of the world, particularly to Kim Jong-Un, America looked weak, and he began hashing plans for the conquest of South Korea. This included the digging of new invasion tunnels and focusing on short range missiles over long. It would be a while before he would be ready to strike, but the groundwork was being laid, and in the mean time, he engaged in diplomacy with his South Korean counterpart.
War broke out first in the Middle East. As the constitutional crisis in the U.S. worsened, Trump decided to invade Iran, claiming that it was on the verge of building a bomb, to distract the media from his troubles. Democrats in the House was finding all kinds of shady deals, but the media couldn’t care. Rating whores, they focused on the action in Iran as the U.S. military pounded Iranian cities. Yet the fighting proved more difficult than Trump expected. Iran had a modern military and a population four times the size of Iraq. While defeat against the American juggernaut was inevitable, the Iranians made the Americans pay for every inch they took.
In June of 2019, Trump met again with Kim Jong-Un. This time, the two signed a peace treaty. According to the treaty, North Korea had given up its nukes, and in exchange, the United States would remove its troops from the Korean Peninsula. North Korea had never gotten rid of its nukes, but Trump needed those soldiers to fight the war raging in Iran, so he pretended that Kim had, declared victory, and went home. The infusion of U.S. forces helped accelerate the collapse of the Iranian regime, but in doing so, Trump had set himself up for more troubles.
Kim wasn’t the only dictator who noticed that Trump was distracted. Saudi Arabia had spent decades preparing for war with both Iran and Israel. It had even developed technologies the world didn’t know about; technologies conspiracy theorists are convinced the Saudis got from the Lizard People. They also believe King al-Wadi, who became king after assassinating his predecessor, was one of these shape-shifting lizards, but that’s a story for another time. With the Iranians out of the picture and Trump distracted, al-Wadi began an invasion of Israel. Armed with super advanced antimatter weapons, Israel was forced to fight a defensive war. Al-Wadi assumed that Trump would stay neutral, but in the end, he joined, thus beginning the War of the Sands (2019-2021.)
During the war, Saudi Arabia, now called the Islamic Caliphate, rallied the Gulf States against the U.S., Israel and its allies, the UN Taskforce. Even the mighty United States struggled to counter the terrifying new weapons the Saudis had brought to bear. Adding to Trump’s woes, the U.S. defaulted on its debt in October of 2020. China sold off American Treasury Bonds. America, being unable to pay the interest of its debt, couldn’t pay the principle, so it defaulted on those as well, thus further destroying all confidence in its dollar. Beijing’s plan was to force the U.S. to exit the war by making it impossible for Washington to finance it.
Kim Jong-Un watched from the sidelines. In 2021, he became convinced that the United States was too weak to stop his dreams of expansion. Kim declared war with South Korea and Japan. He dropped two nukes on Seoul, and a third over Tokyo. Millions died, while hundreds of thousands more would perish in the coming weeks. The United States, still struggling to beat back Iran and the Islamic Caliphate, did not intervene. However, Canada, Australia, Germany, England and France came to the rescue, thus beginning the North Korean War.
Britain detonated a nuke in Pyongyang, payback for the three nukes North Korea used against South Korea and Japan. Kim retaliated by dropping a bomb on Sydney, Australia. However, the allies had air superiority, and European bombers hammered at North Korea’s remaining missiles sites. They destroyed the rest of his nukes before he could use them. What followed next was a ground/sea invasion, one of the largest since World War Two.
Four months into the war, European forces reached Kim’s fortified retreat in the mountains of Kilju County. The bulk of the compound was buried so deep that not even bunker bombs could touch it. Several military divisions, backed up by jets and armor, were sent in to take it. The siege lasted a week, ending when the North Korean guns suddenly went silent. Upon entering, they discovered someone else had beaten them to their prize.
The bunker had been the site of a massacre. Body parts decorated its floors, and blood draped its walls. Ammo cases cluttered about, suggesting a firefight. Claw marks were found dug in solid rock. Fissures divided the rooms, as if a great earthquake had gone off, and indeed, several had been recorded, with the fortress being the epicenter. Kim’s body was never recovered, but his wife and sister were captured. They kept mumbling, “The lizard ate him.”
Even with Kim’s defeat, the conflict continued, though it turned into a guerrilla war, with the Europeans finding themselves fighting the North Korean population and troops loyal to General Kang Rak-gyom. Rak-gyom got shipments from the Caliphate and his forces began deploying antimatter weapons. North Korean special forces unleashed biological plagues in South Korean cities, killing hundreds of thousands at a time. This caused the Europeans to retreat, though they might have pushed back if the unthinkable hadn’t happened.
In the Middle East, the War of the Sands ended in nuclear fire. The Islamic Caliphate, on the verge of defeat, unleashed its nuclear arsenal, and the U.S. responded in kind. Over ninety-four nukes went off, and the Middle East became a radioactive wasteland. European battalions fighting in the region were instantly incinerated. Survivors, which numbered in the tens of millions, headed for Europe to escape the radioactive death clouds. Conflicts around the world came to a stop as everyone tried to come to terms with what just happened. Was the world about to end? Only in the Korean Peninsula did fighting continue.
Rak-gyom took this opportunity to claim South Korea. The South Koreans fought on, but their Western allies, their wills having been stripped by years of heavy combat, withdrew. Besides, they had bigger fish to fry, like accommodating the millions of refugees pouring through their borders. Canada, Japan and Australia remained, but they were ill-equipped to handle Rak-gyom’s forces, who still had access to Caliphate’ antimatter weapons, and who were getting shipments of antimatter from Russia, which they shared a border with.
On March 18th, 2022, after losing the Battle of Busan, the South Koreans surrendered. The following years were brutal and strenuous. The Koreans living in the south were pressed into slavery and forced to rebuild the north. They were made to know the harsh existence the North Koreans had been enduring for decades. Rape by North Korean soldiers was common, and the most attractive South Korean women were sold as sex slaves. Disease was another concern since the sanitary conditions at many concentration camps were subpar.
Rak-gyom declared himself the Supreme Leader of the Unified Republic of Korea. Like his predecessors, he would portray himself as a godlike messiah, having saved the Koreans from Western imperialism. Anti-European propaganda has since replaced anti-American propaganda. Only among the South Korean populations are the Americans still reviled. Many are convinced that if Trump hadn’t made peace with Kim, they would still be free.
In the three decades since the North Korean War concluded, the URK has made many notable advances. Junche, the belief that Korea must be self-sufficient, is still the official ideology of the state, but the lifting of sanctions has granted the URK access to other markets, making luxury goods like cars a more common sight. A middle class has emerged, though this is only true for those of North Korean heritage. The brutal class system that defined North Korean life no longer exists, but again, that is only because the South Koreans remain enslaved.
The URK has rebuilt its military. It is nowhere near as formidable as the two Korean armies that existed before the war, but then again, the URK doesn’t have the Americans or the South Koreans to worry about. These days, its purpose is mainly to prevent a slave uprising, which is a real fear. There have been several documented cases were the military has been brought in to quell a revolt, the most infamous being the Inchon Massacre. After the slaves overran the local garrison there, the URK blanketed the port city with sarin gas.
Under the shadow of China, the URK has little room to expand. It formed a military alliance with it and the Philippines called the East Asia Triumvirate. In exchange for a few Japanese islands in the East China Sea, the URK sided with China in the First Imperium War. It gained some additional territory, the Bangka Belitung Islands, during the Second Imperium War. Like the South Koreans, the populations of these islands have been pressed into slavery. The URK’s leaders dream of conquering Hawaii, but know its military isn’t strong enough. For now, they are content with managing their latest acquisitions.
Rak-gyom passed away in 2041 and was succeeded by his oldest son, Kang Baek Hyeon. Baek Hyeon was a playboy and a man of below level intelligence, often called Korea’s Donald Trump by URK officers. His younger brother, Kang Dae-Jung, however, was a strew and manipulative statesman, much like his father. He had Baek Hyeon assassinated and implicated the South Koreans in the murder. Ten thousand South Koreans were beheaded as collective punishment. By 2052, Dae-Jung remains the URK’s Supreme Leader, though he is seventy-seven and is said to be in poor health. He has tapped his fourth oldest son, Kang Hyun Ki, as his successor. It is believed that he did this to avoid the political intrigues that saw his own rise to power. Still, while Hyun Ki’s brothers are considered of lower intelligence, it is unsure if they will not vie for the throne. Whether they will be successful is another matter.
The Safer Society Act of 2035
On the morning of February 27, 2032, the city of Miami was consumed by nuclear fire. Billy Wellman and his wife, Mellissa, were blamed for the attack, though the federal government also accused members of Congress and generals in the military of helping them acquire the nukes. In truth, President Gregory di Conti ordered the bombings, all so he could jail and execute his political rivals, win the 2032 election, and get the Safer Society Act passed.
The Safer Society Act of 2035 marked the beginning of the Third American Republic. It was actually multiple bills: the Safer Society Act and the Miami Amendments. The latter was a series of amendments, passed through two dozen constitutional conventions set up in the months after the bombings, that eliminated, modified, and created new branches inside the federal government, as well as eliminated or modified several existing amendments. Nothing on this scale had been attempted since the Constitutional Convention of 1787, and in previous decades, it would not have succeeded, but Miami changed everything.
With the public in a frenzy, having been deceived into believing that their elected representatives played a role in the murder of hundreds of thousands of their fellow citizens, any opposition or unwillingness to follow President di Conti’s lead was viewed with treasonous intent. When the legislators in Vermont refused to ratify the Miami Amendments, a mob circled the statehouse and burned the building to the ground. The other statehouses, those who hadn’t been stacked with politicians loyal to di Conti, passed the bills without debate. There were celebrations in the streets, few aware that they had signed their freedoms away.
The Miami Amendments got rid of the judicial branch, while also placing more power into the office of the presidency. Congress still held the power of the purse but could no longer impeach the president, and only the president could table future bills, though Congress could attach amendments to existing bills when they went to committee. Typically, Congress just acted as a rubber stamp for the executive, though creative senators and congressmen, particularly in the case of senators, could use the archaic rules of Congress to prevent laws from getting passed. Of course, they risked much, since those that did had a nasty habit of going missing.
The power to impeach the president now fell to a new federal branch created to replace the judiciary called the Council of Academics and Biblically Astute Leaders, or the C.A.B.A.L., a secretive group whose members were kept hidden to the public and even to Congress. The C.A.B.A.L. got to decide if a law was constitutional. Few outside the government, and even within, knew of the C.A.B.A.L.’s existence. The C.A.B.A.L. also decided who could run for president, and in states, governor, and after they won, veto their cabinet picks.
Many existing amendments were either modified or outright repealed. The first, thirteenth and fourteenth amendments were nullified, while others were modified to accommodate an new agency that existed under the jurisdiction of the C.A.B.A.L.: The Department of Understanding or DOU. The DOU would have a secretary, which would be picked by the C.A.B.A.L., as well as two under secretary, and only they would be allowed to employ Inquisitors.
The Safer Society Act, the only bill not passed by convention, outlined the duties and responsibilities of the Department of Understanding, as well as listed a new host of statutes and laws that they would be charged with enforcing. They have two officers: High Inquisitors and Inquisitors. The High Inquisitors were human, while the Inquisitors were females who were reported to have superhuman abilities. Their authority superseded all state and local jurisdictions.
Together, the Miami Amendments and the Safer Society Act radically transformed the United States. The Third American Republic functioned more like the Islamic republic in Iran after coming to power in 1979. Most of the power now fell onto the C.A.B.A.L., which got to decide who could become president and could even remove the president if they didn’t like what he was doing. The only truly independent branch was Congress, but even then, it could no longer be called co-equal. It had the power to stall legislation, but not enact its own.
A Dying Earth: The World's Climate in 2050
In 2012, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, known merely as OECD, sounded the alarm that the Earth would become inhospitable by 2050. The report they published forecasted a planet with 9.2 billion inhabitants, a global GDP four times as large, and requiring 85% more energy to meet demands. Thirty-eight years later, we can now look back and see what they got right and what they got wrong. In some cases, things are worse. In others, things are better, though there is no doubt that life is very different today than in 2012.
When I was a boy, I remember going whale watching with my parents. The blue whale was my favorite, followed by the humpback. There were few blues back then, so I never got to see one and never will. The last blue whale died in 2031. The humpback followed a few years later as rising ocean temperatures and acidity killed off the plankton that they fed on. Today, the oceans are mostly barren of life, where once they had been brimming with it.
This was one of the areas the OECD got wrong. They predicted global biodiversity would diminish by only 10%. In the oceans, it went down by 83%. The death of the coral reefs during the 2040s devastated ecologies throughout the oceans. Life on land faired better. It dropped by 37%. Many would like to blame President Jair Bolsonaro, the leader of Brazil until his death in 2037. Yes, he opened the Amazon Rainforest to widespread logging, which not only killed a large percentage of the world’s wildlife but also devastated the planet’s greatest carbon sink. Yet it was the droughts and heatwaves, not over logging, that sparked the Great Blaze of 2036, a forest fire that transformed the lush rainforest into a dry savannah. The carbon dioxide released by its destruction pushed the global temperature up by 1.5 degrees Celsius.
For many, the Great Blaze was a sign that mankind’s time on Earth was at an end. In March of that year, the Horizon Project was announced. Two ships would be constructed. Each would transport eight hundred people, plus thousands of embryos, to Proxima Centauri to settle any world that might be found there. In the meantime, the colonization of Mars and Venus would be accelerated, as well as the development of space infrastructure. Engineers began plans for new space stations that could be home for thousands of residents. There was even talk of moving agricultural production into near Earth orbit to protect it from a similar fire.
One nation that ignored these signs was the United States. While most had made the transition to antimatter, the U.S. refused, instead doubling down on fossil fuels like coal, petroleum, and natural gas. This was all part of the America First policy; originally conceived by Donald Trump but expanded upon by Gregory di Conti when he became president. It outlawed the use of renewables like solar, geothermal, and wind. Nuclear power was permitted, though it was capped at 15%. Most energies had to be generated through fossil fuels, and all environmental regulations placed on them by previous administrations were scrapped. The result was that the U.S. would become the primary contributor of CO2, with it responsible for 57% of global production.
The effect this had on America’s ecosystem was profound. Its rivers became highly contaminated with toxic chemicals. Cancer rates skyrocketed throughout the nation. The use of lead in paint and aerosols affected the development of America’s children, resulting in lower IQs and greater antisocial behavior. Violent crime shot up. Not everyone was affected equally. The very rich sealed themselves off in self-sustaining habitats called enclaves. Their transparent domes prevented acid rain from destroying the homes nestled within. Reminiscent of the walls of medieval times, barriers were created around their coastal cities to protect them from rising oceans.
The other nations have taken more decisive actions. Fossil fuels were outlawed in most countries, and many transferred to synthetic meats. Carbon-sinks were constructed in the world’s deserts to capture the CO2 in the atmosphere and store it underground. Others, like China and India, began building light-reflecting dishes in orbit. They blocked sunlight, lowering the temperature in many parts of the globe. Despite this, the world failed to keep temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius and have since risen to 3.2 degrees.
The result has been catastrophic. Carbon dioxide levels have reached 500 ppm. Large swaths of the world have been transformed into deserts, leading to mass migration. Europe, Russia, and other northern nations have constructed fortifications to prevent refugees from entering their territories. The U.S. have devised similar barriers, though they are as much about keeping people in as they are about keeping refugees out. Remarkably, there are still those willing to enter to reach Canada. The fact that people would traverse territory controlled by either genocidal religious zealots or man-eating bikers conveys just how dire the situation is.
Adding to this worsening problem is that sea levels have risen by 15 meters. Developed nations have responded by building barriers similar to those around American cities, though these lack the automated laser cannons that have decimated North America’s migrating bird populations. Developing countries have been forced to move further inland. The nations of South America and Africa are considering colonizing Antarctica. So far, settlements have been constructed by the Pan-African Republic, Australia, India, China, and Brazil. It is unknown at this time if they will be successful, but for some, Antarctica might be man’s best chance of maintaining life on Earth.
The Earth is heading towards a tipping point. Some believe we have already reached it, and that global warming is irreversible at this point. It is already a certainty that we cannot save the blue whale or the other creatures that we once shared this world with. We could blame the past generations for their recklessness, but most of them are dead. They had their fun, and now we must pay for their indiscretions. Perhaps not all is lost though, but if there is something we can do, it is hard to see. Maybe we will all be forced to move to Mars or Venus.
The Forfeited Territories Act of 2030
In the summer of 2030, the Twin Summits Hotel in Huston, Texas was destroyed when a group of terrorists detonated a powerful explosive. Some of the wealthiest people in show business and media were attending a fundraiser set up to help rebuild Los Angeles after the Second American Civil War. Five of the six ex-presidents, Bill Clinton, Barak Obama, Mike Pence, George Bush, and Philip Wellman, were among those who perished. President Gregory di Conti was also in attendance but claimed that the Secret Service were able to whisk him away to safety before the bomb went off. He also claimed that the bomb was meant for him.
From testimony given by Billy Wellman and his wife, Melissa, to the Canadian Parliament, it was discovered that di Conti was behind the attack. The five ex-presidents were there to discuss steps on how to impeach him for the assassination of Francis Downey. Di Conti pinned their murders on the Californians and used the incident to get The Forfeited Territory Act passed, a draconian bill that transformed the former states into an open prison.
The Forfeited Territory Act downgraded Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan from state to territory status, though unlike traditional territories, they would not be allowed to elect governors and there would be limits placed on migration for those within them. Many argued the legality of the act in court, but the courts, stuffed with judges loyal to di Conti, determined that since the former states had left the union, they had forfeited their right to fair treatment.
The act also called for money set aside by Congress to rebuild the states to be reallocated to the construction of a wall that would run along the new border. This wall, which would be made of reinforced concrete, would be ninety feet tall and defended by electric fencing and laser turrets. The lasers would kill anyone who got within a mile of the wall. They proved so effective that they drove several species of migratory birds to extinction.
Most people living within the Forfeited Territories were employed to build The Wall, and even using the most advanced 3D printers, it took fifteen years to complete it. During that time, the former states were under martial law and ruled over by private militias. Other private contractors were employed to strip mine the land’s resources. All the trees were cut down, and rivers became heavily polluted with mercury and other deadly toxins from the fracking and mining. Most farmland was set aside for feeding the states, and entire communities starved.
When The Wall was finished, the private militias packed up and left, except those that defended the various mining and farming ventures. Even they eventually departed as advancements in automation made it, so these tasks could be done by harvesters, massive robots equipped with machine guns and missiles to protect themselves from looters as they raped the land. With all semblance of law and order gone, the former states descended into anarchy.
By 2052, the Forfeited Territories were ruled over by biker gangs that have set themselves up as feudal lords. Each gang had ‘a kingdom’ or an area that encompasses several smaller communities that were required to pay them tribute for protection. Tribute typically took the form of food, fuel or raw metals, but it could also be slaves. The Heaven’s Devils gang were known for demanding females as their tribute, which they raped before eating them.
Ruins on Venus
With the discovery of an ancient human civilization on Mars, archeologist teams began exploring our solar system for other signs of them. On November 3rd, 2053, a team located a large structure on the surface of Venus. Nowhere near as big as the pyramid found on Mars, the building was nevertheless three kilometres tall. A remarkable sight, particularly when you consider that it had survived for thousands of years in an atmosphere with a pressure that was 900 times greater than Earth’s and a temperature that hovered around 462 degrees Celsius.
Probes were sent to take samples. The metal that made up the structure was identical to the one found on Mars, though the calligraphy engraved on it was Archaic Chinese, the oldest form of Chinese writing known to man. This suggests that the First Civilization wasn’t monolithic. It had tribes or ethnic groups, just like us. Those probes didn’t last long on Venus’ surface. The solution was to use metal scavenged from the Martian pyramid to build several highly advanced and mobile drones capable of withstanding extreme environments.
Roughly the size of a man, these hybrid drones had multiple limbs that ended in dexterous hands capable of manipulating their surroundings and were kept afloat by antimatter thrusters. Archeologists operated them remotely via virtual reality headsets. Martian-inspired transceivers ensured that not even Venus’ atmosphere could disrupt their link, allowing archeologists to explore the site as if they were present.
What the archeologists found exceeded our expectations. The building was likely a royal palace of some kind, meant for the ruler of Venus, a man known only as Emperor Tian. In various Chinese religions, Tian, also referred to as Shangdi, Tadi, Yudi, and Taiyi, is the God of Heaven, a universal principle that gives order to creation, the stars, and all between. It is likely that Tian is the source of these myths and legends.
According to Venusian texts, Tian was an elderly man of wisdom and generosity. He allowed for all forms of religious expression, except for Uma’ja’a worship. This is noteworthy. It tells us that the Uma’ja’a cult was not as widely accepted as we originally theorized. It was mainly situated around Mars, and it was likely the source of the tension that would later erupt into the Earth/Mars War, thereby bringing about the downfall of the First Civilization.
In the texts and murals that line the palace’s walls, we get a glimpse of what Venus looked like in ancient times. Called Gomorrah by its people, it was a lush tropical world made up of countless island chains. The largest island was about the size of Australia, and this building was located on its southern most tip. It was known as Kunlun. The global temperature was only slightly hotter than Earth’s today, about roughly what it was during the time of the dinosaurs, and most people’s diet consisted of rice, seaweed, and fish.
Along with Earth and Mars, Venus made up the Core Worlds. Tian stood beneath only Thutmose, the Pharaoh of Earth, in status and was often seen as a rival to Lucifer Morningstar, the King of Mars, and Moshe Rabbenu, the leader of the Hebrews. The latter were described as a nomadic tribe of warriors who maintained peace in the solar system. It is likely that these Hebrews were the Israelites of old and that Rabbenu was the Moses of the Bible. If this proves to be the case, then this discovery will change how we view our history.
We now have a complete picture of the make up of our solar system during this period. The ancient Egyptians were the dominant culture, ruling over Earth and the Moon, while those who later became the Mesopotamians and the Sumerians inhabited Mars, and the Chinese controlled Venus. The Galilean moons of Jupiter were colonized by the Ashanti, Berber and Afar People (Ganymede), the Mesoamericans (Europa), the Greeks (Callisto), and the Norte Chico Civilization (Io). The moons of Saturn were home to the Indians (Titan), the San People (Enceladus and Rhea), the Native Americans (Tethys), the Germanic Tribes (Mimas), and the Gojoseon Kingdom (Dione). The moons of Uranus were inhabited by the Donghu People (Miranda), the Nordic Tribes (Ariel), the Persians (Umbriel and Titania), and the Austrialoids (Oberon). The Hebrews were the one group that didn’t have a fix location, with the exception of a few habitats located in the asteroid belts and an outpost on Mercury.
At this point, it seems the Hebrews hadn’t yet been enslaved by the Egyptians. Rabbenu is described as Thutmose’s most trusted confidant. Rabbenu’s elite warriors, the fearsome Levities, are said to be Thutmose’s honor guard. It is possible that Thutmose is the pharaoh spoken of in Exodus, the one who refused to free Moses and his people from bondage. The texts don’t speak of his or Rabbenu’s fate, so it is possible that they later had a falling out. Perhaps Thutmose did something Rabbenu considered to be a betrayal. That might explain why he would later be made into a villain. A bigger question, though, is why Venus became uninhabitable.
An examination of the texts provides few answers to this. We know the Venusians didn’t use fossil fuels or other hydrocarbons, which on Earth, is the cause of man-made climate change. Nor are there records of a mass evacuation. In fact, the presence of ash statues, human remains encased within several layers of hardened ash, suggests that whatever transpired here happened quickly and without warning. That doesn’t mean we don’t have theories.
The last records made before this cataclysm talk about the war between Earth and Mars, which was more widespread than we originally suspected. Indeed, the King of Mars, Lucifer Morningstar, was likely the inspiration for the devil in Christian theology. Though he is spoken favorably in the earlier texts, later passages note a change in his personality. He went from being calm, charming, and analytical to petty and quick tempered. His facial features also changed, his skin going from a light bronze to “as red as the surface of [Mars].”
The conflict seemed to have been a response to the spread of the Uma’ja’a faith. Lucifer had sent artifacts called Longinus Stones to the moons of Uranus as gifts. More like Trojan horses. According to the Venusian texts, these artifacts affected a person’s mind. The Venusians didn’t fully understand the science behind them, though they conjectured that they altered pathways in the human brain. Whatever the case, they changed the personalities of those who stayed within proximity of them. Large segments of the population revolted, sparking civil wars, and Lucifer used them as an excuse to send “peacekeepers” to occupy the planets. Thutmose was horrified by this development and ended all trade with Mars. With the exception of Venus, the other colonies did the same. When Lucifer formally annexed the moon of Umbriel, Thutmose sent military aid to the Uranus moons. Lucifer responded by declaring war with Earth.
The moons of Jupiter and Saturn, along with Oberon, Ariel, and the Hebrews, sided with Earth, yet Venus remained neutral. The other Uranus moons allied with Mars, having by that point become puppet states. Refugees fled them in the weeks before the war. As for Venus, its stance garnered ill will from the other worlds, which might be why Venus (aka Gomorrah) is vilified in the Bible (Genesis 14:1-17 and 18-19, Deuteronomy 20:22-23 and Isaiah 1: 9-10, 3:9, and 13:19-22), not because its people were particularly wicked, but because they were viewed as cowards. Tian wrote in his journal that he feared that if he got involved, Lucifer would turn his fleets against Venus, and he didn’t trust Thutmose, who had the largest space fleet at the time, to protect him.
After reading reports on the capabilities of Martian ships, Tian’s fears seem warranted. The Martians had vessels that were superior to anything the other worlds possessed, minus the Lords of Time. They utilized psi antimatter projectors, an energy weapon capable of spitting out a bolt of antimatter encased within a field of “negative psionic energy.” This terrifying weapon was supposedly powered by “the souls of captured slaves.” It could bypass any known energy shield, except for the aura fields that protected the vessels of the Lords of Time. Only the Hebrews could hold Martian fleets back, but always at a great cost.
The Lords of Time are another mystery. On murals found in both Martian and Venusian ruins, they are depicted as centaur-like beings who had elevated mankind and helped them colonize the solar system. Some scholars theorize that they were aliens from a distant star system. However, no remains of such beings have ever been found, leading others to believe that they were not real and likely part of First Civilization mythology.
We know that Callisto and Ganymede were the first worlds to fall to the Martians and their allies in the Uranus moons. Refugees fled to Earth, which was where the bulk of Thutmose’s forces resided. This action might be where the alliance between the Hebrews and the Egyptians began to fall apart. Thutmose, or at least according to the Venusians records, seemed preoccupied with defending Earth, to the point that he left most of the heavy fighting to the Hebrews and the other worlds, while still expecting them to contribute to Earth’s defense. Could this be what the Bible means when it states that the Israelis were enslaved by the Egyptians, not in that they were made to do manual labour, but to die for a pharaoh indifferent to their fate?
Even though their ships were superior, the Martians were at a disadvantage numerically. For much of the war, they compensated by engaging in asymmetrical warfare (i.e. guerrilla tactics). They attacked at random. Martian terrorists were known to blow themselves up in civilian centers. They hijacked commercial transports and flew them into space elevators. They would infiltrate refugee convoys and infect the passengers with lethal pathogens. When they did attack in force, they engaged in orbital bombardment. Many of the craters dotting the moons of Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus were caused by antimatter weapons.
Slowly, with each success, the Martian fleets grew. Intelligence reports hint to the enemy developing weapons of mass destruction, not nukes, but devices capable of leaving entire worlds uninhabitable. There are no documented cases of them being used, but then again, Venus is now a dead planet with an atmosphere so toxic and hot that it is hard to believe that anything once called it home. We can only guess as to why the Martians decided to target Venus.
With this new data, including Venusian maps, we will begin searching the moons for more clues. It is difficult to believe that so little of the First Civilization remains, particularly considering how resilient their structures are. It almost feels like someone had erased their existence, but that begs the question: by who? The Lords of Times mentioned in the texts earlier perhaps. All we know is that their ships were more powerful than anything the other worlds used. How much more is anyone’s guess. But if they were so superior, why did they not help the others fight back the Martians?
The knowledge we’ve gained from Venus far outweighs even what we uncovered on Mars. We have technical diagrams for advanced antimatter reactors and antimatter projector cannons. It will likely be years before you will be able to go hunting using an antimatter rifle. Though we now know the composition of the alloy used in their ships and structures, even had some success creating it, we have yet to figure out how to manufacture it on an industrial scale. When we do, we will be able to build the large structures they could. For now, Earth and the colonies will continue to work together to illuminate the lost history of our species.
Excalibur is the fabled sword of King Arthur. Also known as Caledfwich, Calesvol, Kaledvoulc’h, and Caliburnus, it is a Zelturian artifact of immense power. Legend holds that its blade contains a soul fragment of Mo’quaza, the Goddess of Love. While it is mainly associated with the Arthurian myth, the sword has played an important role in human history, particularly in the time of the First Civilization.
Crafted in the Great Forge of Helus on the Zelturian homeworld around 9,500 B.C., Excalibur was gifted to the first Pharaoh of Man by King Brumah himself. It bestowed the Pharaoh godlike power, including superhuman strength, stamina, durability, and agility, mastery over the elements (wind, air, fire, and water), command over time, and the ability to inspire others and heal the sick. However, only a descendant of the Pharaoh could hold it. Anyone else would burst into flames. It would become a symbol of the Celestial Throne.
In the millennia that followed, Excalibur would be passed down from one pharaoh to the next until the rule of Thutmose The Third. He saw his authority challenged by Lucifer Morningstar, the King of Mars. The war that ensued engulfed the Sol System. Billions died. The moons of Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus were left in ruin, while Venus became a hellscape. During the final battle, Lucifer boarded the Ark of Edan and confronted Thutmose in his throne room. Armed with the Sh’qua sword, Bloodfang, Lucifer was nearly Thutmose’s match. The two fought beneath the Celestial Throne; an apocalyptic battle that ended with Lucifer disarmed. However, before Thutmose could deliver the killing blow, Lucifer activated the Noah Array. It detonated the EMP pulse that consumed the entire solar system. Without power, the Ark of Edan crashed into the Pacific Ocean, creating a tidal wave so big that it flooded the Earth. Thutmose perished, while Excalibur was lost.
In 613 A.D., Arthur Pendragon, the sole descendant of Thutmose, found Excalibur lodged in a stone. He succeeded in releasing the blade and lead the English in victory against Saxon invaders. For his efforts, he was crowned King of Britannia. He and his knights created a castle in the town of Camelot, at the center of which stood a round table. Meanwhile, his half-sister Morgan le Fey stumbled upon Bloodfang and a Longinus Stone, the latter a powerful Sh’qua artifact. Corrupted by the Longinus Stone, she raised an army of undead and assaulted Camelot. Heading her army was her son, Mordred, armed with Bloodfang. He and Arthur battled, and Excalibur shattered during the duel, but Arthur’s knights managed to carry him to safety.
Without Excalibur, Arthur knew he could not challenge Mordred or Morgan directly. Instead, at the direction of the wizard Merlin, he went on a quest to find the Holy Grail, a powerful artifact that also contained a shard of the Goddess Mo’quaza. He and his knights traveled far, faced many challenges and ultimately reached the site where the Grail resided, only to learn that Morgan had gotten there first and destroyed it. Still, with the help of the Lady of the Lake, they took the fragments and used them to remake Excalibur. Then Arthur and his knights returned to Camelot and did battle with Morgan’s forces. Arthur once more confronted Mordred. This time, Arthur managed to best his nephew but died shortly after from his wounds.
Afterward, Excalibur was whisked away by the Lady of the Lake, while Arthur’s body was laid to rest on the island of Avalon. The son he had with his wife Guinevere was placed under the care of Merlin and sent east. What became of him is unknown. However, prophecy holds that at the end of time, a descendant of King Arthur will recover Excalibur to confront ultimate evil.
For humanity, space warfare is a relatively new concept, one that until the 2040s was only the stuff of science fiction, and even so, is still greatly limited by our technology. However, for the civilized galaxy, it has been a fact of life long before our ancestors fashioned the first spear. As someone who has been rescued by aliens and who has come to learn their ways, I write this in the hopes that it will be read by my fellow humans when the Retikkees finally decide to make first contact, which I am told is very soon, though not soon enough.
The races that make up the civilized galaxy are diverse and too numerous to name. The Retikkees are among the oldest and wisest of them, one of the three Elder Races. The Saranians, the people who rescued me from my crashed spacecraft, are much younger, only a few thousand years older than mankind. Most spacefaring aliens are in between, though the technologies they employ are relatively the same. You have the Retikkees to thank for that. Much of the more advanced tech utilized by the Mid Races, like the Saranians, came from them. I look forward to the day when they come to Earth and do the same for humanity.
In the civilized galaxy, space battles center around the heavy capital ships. Think of them as miniature Death Stars, with all of their planet-destroying power, just in a smaller package. They range between ten miles to forty miles in length. Anything bigger is classified as a super heavy capital ship, but only the Elder Races, like the Retikkees or the Vijics, employ them. For example, the Vijics are said to have a warship the size of Mars.
Traditional heavy capital ships are defined by two pieces of tech: quantum phase cannons and space-time distortion fields. The former is their version of the Death Star’s super laser. Legend holds that these weapons of mass destruction were built millions of years ago to combat a monster that could eat stars. Now they are used to destroy other heavy capital ships and take out planetary defense shields. Safe guards built into them prevent them from annihilating inhabited worlds. Again, you have the Retikkees to thank for that.
(Author’s Notes: Did you think the Retikkees would be stupid enough to give the Mid Races the ability to destroy planets without first installing certain safe guards? As for why they would hand out such weapons, it’s simple really: to fight the Vijics.)
Mid Races can only fit one or two quantum phase cannons onto their ships. The Elder Races, whose vessels are equipped with reactors capable of power outputs many magnitudes greater than the Mid Races, can outfit theirs with several rapid-fire quantum phase cannons, as well as arm them with other weapons like neutron beamers and static missiles. Think of Elder Race warships as masters of all, near unstoppable titans of war, whereas Mid Race ships are design to specialize in a particular task. For heavy capital ships, they act as siege weapons. They take down the planetary shields that prevent armies from landing.
This brings us to the subject of space-time distortion fields. While all advanced spaceships come with particle shields, space-time distortion fields differ in that they use space itself to protect a vessel and that they are powerful enough to withstand multiple hits from a quantum phase cannon. Planetary shields are supercharged versions of this same technology, and prolong bombardments are required to take them down.
So far, I have talked exclusively about heavy capital ships, and while they are the most important vessels in any fleet, they are but one of the ships employed in battle. They are supported by fighters, bombers, scout ships, troop transports, frigates, corvettes, carriers, cruisers, interdictors, destroyers, and warpships. Each has a specialized function.
Let’s start with bombers. You might think that bombers would be no threat to heavy capital ships, but you would be wrong. They carry static bombs, a weapon designed to prevent another ship from firing their guns while their shields are up. Quantum phase cannons might have the power to destroy a planet, but what use are they if you cannot deploy them without blowing yourself up? Yes, you could lower your shields, but then you would be defenseless.
Of course, there are limits to this technology. The effect only lasts a minute for a static bomb and five for a static torpedo. Also, it won’t affect the entire shield. If your bomb hits the heavy capital ship’s rear, it is still going to be able to fire its quantum phase cannon. Still, when used properly, bombers can delay a heavy capital ship from attacking their allies, as well as giving friendly warships time to bring their own quantum phase cannons to bare.
Bombers serve other functions. Like their Earth counterparts, they can be armed with explosives. Nukes, antimatter, and plasma missiles are effective against most types of particle shields, even those that protect light capital ships, though multiple nukes will be required to breach their defenses. Ion bombs are useful if you want to disable a target. Long range bombers are used by pirates and privateers to harass trade conveys and attack remote outposts. Most bombers have crews of two, though the larger ones can support six.
Given how much of a nuisance bombers can be, you need something to rid yourself of them. Fighters are the first line of defense. There are several subtypes, but all fighters act as interceptors. Their primary job is to hunt down enemy bombers and defend friendly ones. Like bombers, heavy fighters can also be mounted with plasma missiles.
Then there are scout ships. Heavy capital ships are slow. This is because of the space-time distortion field that they are equipped with. They act as anchors in hyperspace, preventing them from going faster than 100 FTLs, and few heavy capital ships can even manage that. Nor can you just shut them off. It takes a week to cold start a space-time distortion field. No, you need scout ships to go ahead of the fleet to scan for threats. They have both the best sensors, as well as the most powerful hyperdrives, but they are lightly armed and armored.
While most capital ships are capable of atmospheric flight, it’s not wise to use them to bring ground forces down to a planet. That’s where troop transports come in. They range from ten yards to a few hundred in size and are lightly armed. They typically rely on fighters for air support and are brought into star systems by carriers.
Carriers are like their aircraft counterparts that sail Earth’s oceans. Fighters and troop transports have powerful hyperdrives. Even a low-tech fighter can go 1,000 FTLs. Still, it can take you hours, maybe even days or weeks, in hyperspace to reach your destination. Who wants to spend weeks in a cramp cockpit? That’s why carriers exist. They also act as refuelling and rearming stations for fighters and bombers. Bombers can only take a dozen static bombs into battle. Carriers range between seven hundred yards to four miles in size.
Frigates are the most common of the light capital ships. They range between one mile to three miles in length. They are armed with either disrupters, plasma cannons or particle lasers. Larger frigates will have heavy plasma cannons and heavy particle lasers to defend themselves against other capital ships. Their role is to provide anti-bomber, anti-missile, and anti-torpedo defense for the heavy capital ships. They have decent hyperdrives, though few had engines powerful enough to go beyond 1,000 FTLs.
Next are the corvettes. They range between five hundred yards to two miles in length and have the fastest hyperdrives of all capital ships, some capable of reaching 2,000 FTLs. They need such powerful cores to keep up with commercial ships. While they are armed with anti-bomber defenses, their main weapons are static missiles, a more powerful version of the static bomb that can fly faster and farther. Their job is to escort commercial convoys through unfriendly space. If a convoy is jumped by pirates, the corvettes will fire their static missiles to buy the convoy time to escape. In larger fleet battles, corvettes act as artillery units and fire their static missiles from long range.
Destroyers are light capital ship killers. They are dwarfed only by heavy capital ships. They range between four miles and nine miles in length and are armed with either heavy plasma cannons or heavy particle lasers. They are the only ships capable of mounting static torpedoes. They are slow in hyperspace but have powerful thrusters that allow them to quickly engage their targets in battle. Lastly, their energy shields are second to none.
Cruisers are a Jack of all trades, master of none class. Few races employ them. They merge the anti-fighter capabilities of a frigate with the anti-light capital ship firepower of a destroyer. They cannot mount static torpedoes, but they do have static missiles. Their energy shields are weaker than destroyers and are not as fast in normal space, though they do have superior hyperdrives. They range between five miles and eight miles in length.
Interdictors are a highly modified variant of the frigate. Most of their weapons have been removed to create space for gravity well generators. These devices produce a powerful interdictor field that prevents a starship from entering hyperspace and can even pull a ship out of it, though this doesn’t work on heavy capital ships. The largest interdictors can also prevent worm holes. Elder Race heavy capital ships also come equipped with gravity well generators, though they lack the ability to prevent worm holes from forming.
Warpships are the second rarest of the classes, and few besides the Elder Races employ them. Most interstellar travel is done via warpgates, large structures anchored at the edge of a solar system that create artificial worm holes. They allow ships to travel instantly to any other linked warpgate in the galaxy. These things are huge, as in 1,000 kilometers in diameter. The problem is that the Retikkees have only built 300,000 warpgates and there are 400 billion stars in the galaxy. This is where warpships come in.
Warpships function as mobile warpgates. Basically, a dozen warpships fly to a star system and form a circle. They then link to the interstellar power grid the Retikkees have set up throughout the galaxy. It’s the only thing with enough juice to power an artificial worm hole, but its very difficult, even for the Retikkees, to build a transceiver small enough to fit onto a spaceship. There’s a reason why warpgates are 1,000 kilometers in diameter. Once plugged in, they generate an artificial worm hole between them, allowing heavy capital ships to quickly arrive to defend remote star systems. Given that they are so hard to build, the Retikkees have only a few fleets of them, and they are only deployed to repel a Vijic incursion.
The Vijics have modified drone fighters called warpdarts. Think of them as disposable warpships. They are fired from a Vijic dreadnaught’s bow like bullets and can reach 7,000 FTLs. Once in range, they detonate, creating a tare in space that lasts long enough for a single dreadnaught to pass through. The gravity waves at the edge of the worm hole will damage nearby ships. Retikkees mine their systems with powerful gravity well generators to prevent the Vijics from deploying them in battle, but the Mid Races lack this defense.
There is one last ship to mention, though it could be debated whether this drone should be classified as one: the nova missile. Only the Elder Races possess this terrifying weapon. It can force any star, even a main sequence star like our sun, to go supernova. Yes, this weapon can destroy an entire solar system. Because both the Vijics and the Retikkees have reasons to keep stars intact, they deploy it only in the direst of circumstances. Furthermore, they have developed a method to protect stars from it, though this requires them building a metal band around the sun, a feat of planetary engineering that takes centuries to complete. Like the quantum phase cannon, legend holds it was developed long ago to defeat a monster that could eat stars.
A Galaxy Full of Doomsday Weapons
In science fiction, super weapons are typically used as plot devices. Examples include the Death Star in Star Wars, the genesis device, the trilithium solar probe and red matter in Star Trek, the Drej mothership in Titan AE, and the nova bomb in Starship Troopers. Some super weapons destroy a world or star, while in the case of others, they transform dead planets into livable ones, which is great until the villain decides to use one on a world that is already inhabited, as was the case in Man of Steel. I don’t know about you, but there is something titillating about seeing so much raw power being unleashed, like when a star explodes and takes out its planets,
The most potent super weapons in my universe were created to combat the Sh’qua, a demonic extradimensional horde that invaded the Milky Way Galaxy five million years ago and nearly destroyed it. Their threat has been ended (or has it?), but the weapons created to defeat them remain, just as America’s and Russia’s nuclear arsenals still exist despite the Cold War having ended. In fact, like in the real world, these weapons have since found their way into the hands of lesser powers, increasing the danger that someone might use their destructive force.
The first and most primitive of them is the nuclear bomb. We have had these weapons since the end of World War II. The earliest models were a fission-based device, but later models worked via fusion. In the future, we will have nukes that use antimatter as the detonator. They are not as powerful as antimatter bombs, but they can have yields of 1.4 gigatons. Today, American nukes are typically of the 4.5 megatons variety, though they are beginning to build less powerful nukes that can be used as tactical weapons like bunker bombs.
Next is the neutron bomb. This is a type of low yield nuclear bomb. It’s designed to kill organic targets. It achieves this by converting most of its energy into deadly neutrons. Normal nukes also release neutrons, but the bomb’s outer shell, made either of uranium, lead or steel, absorbs most of them. With neutron bombs, the neutrons are uninhibited and quickly outpace the explosion, effecting a large area while doing minimal damage to nearby structures. The United States started building them in the 1960s. The Cabal is currently in the process of converting its aging nuclear arsenal into neutron bombs, though why is not known.
The third weapon on this list is the Kinetic Round, also known as the Rod of God. This is also the most realistic of the theoretical weapons because the U.S. government is already considering it. The idea is to place a satellite in orbit armed with tungsten rods. It would drop the rods over a target, using gravity to give them momentum. Such a weapon could reach velocities of Mach 10. An example of a Kinetic Round is Project Zeus in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. In my universe, the United States government has built several over its territory and used them in the late 2020s to win the Second American Civil War, a war that saw 27 million American deaths.
The fourth weapon is the cobalt bomb. Like Kinetic Rounds, this theoretical weapon is something that could be created with current technologies. The Soviet Union even boasted once of having built it, though there is no evidence to support this. They likely said it to scare the bejesus out of the Americans. That should give you an idea of just how terrifying this weapon is. A cobalt bomb is a thermonuclear bomb, but one with a cobalt shell encased around it. The radioactive cobalt would contaminate a large area, far greater than that of conventual nukes. And unlike neutron bombs, this weapon is less about killing organics than about salting the soil. For the first five years, anyone living in the affected area would die within one hour of exposer to fallout. Forty years after that, within one to four days. It would take a hundred and thirty years before it would be safe again to live there. And while the fallout range is not known for such a device, it would likely cover a large area. A cobalt version of the nuke that destroyed Hiroshima could have easily killed everyone in Japan. In my universe, cobalt bombs were built during the Trump administration and a few were sold to the Saudis to pay for Trump’s border wall. A few years later, the Saudis used them in the War of the Sands, killing 250 million and making the Middle East uninhabited.
The fifth is the hellobeam. Do you remember that cruel kid who used a magnifying glass to burn an ant? Well, the concept is the same. By employing concave mirrors, a satellite could focus the light from the sun onto a small area on Earth’s surface, leveling a building or just burning a hole in someone’s forehead. A variation of this is to power a laser using solar energy, which in my universe, is what the Chinese have done with their 18-terawatt satellite. Theoretically, if you could build enough mirrors, you could focus enough solar energy to destroy a planet. In Die Another Day, the villain Gustav Graves made a sun gun code-named Icarus.
The last of the primitive super weapons is the electromagnetic acceleration cannon. This weapon uses magnetic coils to accelerate an object to velocities as high as Mach 470. Because space is a vacuum, such an object will continue indefinitely. As such, gunners are required to confirm a target lock before firing. Examples of this in science fiction is the MACs in the Halo video games. In my universe, they are found on Chinese, Indian, and European space dreadnaughts.
The antimatter bomb is considered a Type I Civilization weapon. It comprises of a containment unit holding several tons of antimatter in an electromagnetic field. One gram of antimatter will produce about 1.8x10^14 joules of energy. That’s the equivalent to 42.96 kilotons of TNT. For reference, the first nuclear bomb ever tested only generated a 15-kiloton explosion. Some warheads have yields as high as 500 gigatons. In my universe, humanity has begun to replace their nuclear arsenal with these more powerful weapons. In Dan Brown’s novel Angels and Demons, a secret brotherhood tried to destroy the Vatican with such an explosive.
A Type II super weapon is the solar torch. Like the hellobeam, it uses the power of the sun to heat up an object, but instead of focusing sunlight, it deploys electromagnetic pylons to direct and accelerate a solar filament towards a planetoid. The plasma hits the world at about 50% the speed of light. It will not destroy it but will cause oceans to boil and forests to burn. Anyone standing on the planet’s surface will be instantly incinerated.
From this point on, all super weapons are made by Type III Civilizations or above. The first is the quantum phase cannon. Known also as a white hole gun, it is the most common, but that’s only because the Retikkees have shown the Mid Races how to build them. And like the nova bomb and the rainbow lance, it was created to combat the Sh’qua. It is what we call a Relativistic Kinetic Kill Vehicle (or RKKV). In the most recent Star Wars film, The Last Jedi, we saw an example of this when the Radis hits the Supremacy while jumping to lightspeed, though the effects of such a maneuver would be far more energetic than shown there.
As Kyle Hill explains in the YouTube video The Physics Behind the Last Jedi’s Coolest Scene, when an object of sufficient mass (even a paper clip!) reaches velocities nearing lightspeed, or 299,792,458m/s, things turn apocalyptic. That paper clip, for example, going at just .9999 lightspeed would hit with sixty-seven times the destructive power of the nuke that totaled Hiroshima. The Radis, estimated by Kyle to be 10^8 tons, would deliver 10^29 joules of energy. The Radis’ atoms would crack open, like we see in a particle accelerator, and release a sphere of particles and gamma radiation that would be expanding at the speed of light. It would heat the surrounding materials to billions of degrees Celsius. If the Radis collided with a planet like the Earth, the energy released would vaporize our world’s surface to its mantle.
The destructive power of a quantum phase cannon surpasses the devastation the Radis could inflict, or even the second Death Star. For starters, the gun itself is bigger than the Radis, with a length of five miles and a barrel diameter of one mile. The RKKV is forged within a micro white hole in the primary chamber. The white hole’s lifespan is brief, just long enough to eject the neutronium that forms the RKKV. Quantum tunneling and a latticework of spacetime fields are used to direct the RKKV along relativistic acceleration coils. These coils, along with the help of a plasma beam that melts the projectile into a liquid, bring it to .99999974 of lightspeed. To the human eye, the RKKV looks like an energy beam, but that is because what we are seeing is the plasma accompanying it. At near relativistic speeds, RKKVs are moving too fast for us to detect, not unless they were far away, like the distance between Earth and Jupiter, and even then, we would only get a two-second warning.
Quantum phase cannons can modulate the amount of matter and the speed at which it accelerates them, as well as the duration. Instead of firing a single massive RKKV, it could hurl a steady stream of paper clip-size projectiles that drill a hole into the planet’s crust. At mid-range levels, it could slowly heat up a planetoid until nuclear fusion occurs, at which point the world becomes a short-lived star. This is ideal if you want to create heavier elements, which could be used in the construction of megastructures like warpgates. At full-power, it can deliver a destructive yield of seventeen sextillion megatons of TNT. Naturally, the more matter you siphon from the white hole, the longer the cool time is. For Mid Race quantum phase cannons, there is a three-minute delay between shots at maximum power, though this time is cut in half on Elder Race models. It seems the big boys still get the coolest toys to play with.
Governments have passed laws governing the use of quantum phase cannons. At full power, they are only to be deployed against heavy capital ships, planetary defense shields, and dead planetoids. Most races get their cannons from the Retikkees, who have installed safeguards that prevent them from targeting an inhabited world. Few races are smart enough to bypass these safeguards and those that are know better than to cross the Retikkees. Only the Vijics don’t suffer this restriction, but their ideology prevents them from destroying a world that can spawn sentient life. That’s not to say they wouldn’t under any circumstance, but they would need a good reason. That or Queen Shevah is in a bad mood, and she decides to blow up the Earth to make herself feel better. There’s a reason why she’s called the Demented One.
Most worlds are defended by a spacetime distortion field, which unlike those found on heavy capital ships, can tap into the Retikkee energy grid that spans our galaxy. This means they can take tens of thousands of hits from quantum phase cannons before collapsing. The safeguards installed by the Retikkees mean these weapons can only hit planetary shields on an angle, thereby ensuring that the KRRVs will miss if the planetary shield suddenly fails. However, this is not the case if they are set to low power. In that scenario, they would only take out a large city, similar to what we saw happen to Jedha in Star Wars: Rogue One.
The next superweapon is the nova bomb. The trilithium solar probe seen in Star Trek: Generations is an example of such a device. In a star, there are two forces at work. Gravity is pulling all the matter towards the core, while the fusing of lighter elements to form heavier ones is generating heat and producing outward pressure that is pushing everything away from it. What a nova bomb does is end all fusion within a star. This means there is no outward pressure to prevent gravity from drawing everything towards the core. This sudden and rapid implosion creates a shock wave of neutrons and radiation that flings the outer layers of the star at speeds nearing 10% lightspeed. This eruption would be 5.8x10^26 times more destructive than the Tsar Bomb, the most powerful nuke ever built, with a yield of 50 megatons.
While these weapons pose a grave threat to any star system, it is possible to protect them by building a megastructure called an anti-polarity shield. These structures can take decades to make, even for a race as advanced as the Retikkees, but once they are built, an attacker would have to bring down the installation before the weapon can be deployed. This is no easy task. Powerful spacetime distortion fields shield these megastructures.
The rainbow lance is a more sophisticated version of the hyperspeed laser used by Starkiller Base in Star Wars: The Force Awakening. While it can be used to destroy a solar system as we saw in that film, instead, it fires an incredibly focused, continuous beam that cuts through matter. Zelturian capital ships can swivel the emitter so to change the beam’s trajectory to hit multiple targets. In other words, the rainbow lance is a lightsaber that can slice a planet in two. Its accuracy is so exact that it can target people. And because the beam is directed at an incredibly small area, it deals far more damage than Starkiller Base ever could, enough to instantly burrow through a spacetime distortion field, though only those found on heavy capital ships. It will still take time to bypass a planetary shield.
While some might question the utility of a weapon of mass destruction that is designed to strike with maximum precision, remember that this beam travels at speeds faster than light. It can even hit ships that are moving through hyperspace. Imagine having a sniper rifle that can take out someone standing on a planet on the opposite side of the galaxy. Now imagine one that can kill everyone on that world without destroying the planet itself, but should the sniper change his mind, can also annihilate every planetoid in that star system. Such power would make you God, or damn close. Thankfully, only the Zelturians have access to this weapon, and that they know how to control how far they want the beam to travel, otherwise every battle could result in collateral damage, even on planets hundreds of light years away.
The last known Type III superweapon is the singularity bomb. This megastructure is a type of Dyson sphere made up of mirrors and built around a ringularity, a black hole that is spinning so fast that instead of becoming a single point in spacetime, it forms a ring-shaped two-dimensional construct. It is then bombarded by electromagnetic waves. They fly through the black hole’s ergosphere, engaging in what is called super radiance scattering. This process syphons a percentage of the black hole’s rotational energy, the waves becoming exponentially more energetic as a result and applying outward pressure to the Dyson’s shell. Eventually, the pressure becomes so great that the Dyson shatters, and its destructive energy is released. This explosion is equal to a supernova, devastating but no worse than a nova missile. It is possible to miniaturize this technology, creating what is effectively a singularity grenade. It would be more powerful than any nuke, though not capable of destroying planets or star systems.
There is another type of singularity bomb: the psi catalyst. The glass mirrors are replaced by seven-dimensional reflectors and uses something called negative psionic energy instead of electromagnetic waves. The explosion from the psi catalyst tares a void in spacetime, one that prevents reliable faster-than-light travel as far as twelve light years from the singularity, but more importantly, pulls all psi entities within a million light-years in. Only beings made of higher-dimensional psionic energy are affected. Legend holds that an Elder Race once turned their home star into a black hole, then sacrificed their entire population to power the psi catalyst, all part of a last-ditch effort to stop an enemy hellbent on destroying our universe. Examples in science fiction include Star Trek, Contact, Star Gate, and StarCraft. Also, check out Kurzgesagt’s YouTube video: The Black Hole Bomb and Black Hole Civilizations to get a more detailed explanation of how a normal black hole bomb would work.
The Plank Cannon is the sole Type IV super weapon known to exist. Sh’qua Leviathans alone possess this terrifying weapon. It heats up objects to slightly above absolute hot, or 1.416833(85) x 10^32 Kelvin. Beyond this maximum temperature, the laws of physics cease to exist, similar to what we might expect to see in a black hole. Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku believes we could get close to this by building an atom smasher half a billion miles long. Directing such intense heat to a single point in space would cause a rupture in spacetime.
We typically call such ruptures wormholes, but this would connect two universes together rather than two distant points in space. Also, unlike a traditional wormhole, such as those created by the thousands of warpgates in our galaxy, this bridge wouldn’t be traversable, at least not unless you don’t mind exiting the other side as paste. Of course, at such temperatures, you would be sizzled into gluons and quarks long before the gravitational eddies of the gateway ripped your atoms apart. The Sh’qua, on the other hand, being beings of energy, can transverse these bridges without harm and this is how they entered our universe.
There is no known defense against this weapon. However, the beam travels at only half the speed of light. A ship eight light minutes away, or the distance between the Earth and the Sun, would be able to detect the beam’s approach four minutes before it arrived and could maneuver out of the way. For this reason, it is best to attack a Leviathan from a distance. Just remember the creature can redirect the beam while in flight, so you should time your maneuver carefully. Otherwise, the Leviathan will have time to adjust its heading and hit you.
The last entry on the list is the Terraformation Array satellite. It is more a tool than a weapon, but when misused, it can have devastating effects on a world. Like the genesis device seen in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, it has the power to terraform a planetoid within 24 hours. It does this by manipulating the planet on the subatomic level. For example, a world with an atmosphere rich in carbon dioxides will have its atoms altered to become oxygen molecules. If an ecosystem already exists, the lifeforms on it will be mutated to become animals suited for the new biosphere. Protocols forbid the device being employed on worlds with life, but it is not unheard of, and the pain of having one’s body mutated is indescribable.
There are other super weapons out there, some lost or forgotten, while others are just waiting to be invented. One makes the destructive power of the nova bomb or the Plank beam seem trivial, as if they were toy guns in the hands of a child. The Zelturians, the Retikkees, and the Vijics are continuing their research in this area. They fear that there are other races just as advanced as the Sh’qua. They need to be ready should they show up and turn out to be hostile.
Venezuela: Latin America's Longest Running Civil War
Today, Venezuela is caught in the grips of a civil war that has lasted decades, resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths, and created the worst humanitarian crisis in South America’s history. The conflict is between the right-wing government and the left-leaning Bolivarian militias and fought mainly in the nation’s interior. Many factors had led to the conflict, including the interference of major powers. Ultimately, over-reliance on oil, corrupt leadership and climate change brought it to this point.
The nation’s history began when the land that became Venezuela was colonized by Spain in 1522. The colonists faced stiff resistance by the indigenous people, yet despite their efforts, prospered and conquered. The land would remain the property of Spain until 1811, when it achieved independence, becoming a full nation-state in 1830. During the 19th century, it was ruled by a series of military strongmen called caudillos, but by the mid-20th century, Venezuela had become a democratic republic.
Things were peaceful until 1983 when the Bolivar (the Venezuelan dollar) was devalued. This sent a shock to regional markets and produced several political crises, including the infamous Caracazo riots of 1989, two attempted coups in 1992, and the impeachment of President Carlos Andres Perez, who was found guilty of embezzling public funds in 1993. In 1998, Hugo Chavez, a military officer who had participated in one of the failed coups, won the election and kickstarted what would be known as the Bolivarian Revolution.
The Bolivarian Revolution began with the 1999 Constituent Assembly. Here, a new constitution was drafted, with the nation official name being changed to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and new rights awarded to indigenous people. Chavez also passed a series of social welfare policies that improved the lives of Venezuela’s poor. This was all paid with profits made off oil. Venezuela has the world’s largest known reserves of the stuff, though it is harder than anywhere else to extract. When the price of oil was high, Chavez could easily pay for his policies, but when oil prices were low, the nation suffered severe economic hardship, as had been the case during the 1980s and 1990s.
In 2014, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in coordination with the United States and Israel, began flooding the global market with cheap oil, causing the price to go from $110 per barrel to $28. It did this despite the move putting them into debt. The goal was to weaken the enemies of Washington and Tel Aviv, whose economics were heavily dependent on oil and natural gas exports. It worked. Russia, Iran and Venezuela all saw drastic reductions to their state’ budgets. As this was going on, private food processing and importing corporations in Venezuela, run by right-wing millionaires aligned with Wall Street, instituted a coordinated campaign of sabotage designed to cause inflation and food shortages.
This is not to say that Chavez, and later Nicolas Maduro, didn’t contribute to the crisis. In many ways, it was because of their mismanagement. They instituted a series of misguided interventionist measures, including expropriation of key industries, exchange controls, and price controls that magnified the shortages. They tried to solve this by printing more money, causing the value of the Bolivar to plummet, so much so that shop owners began weighing money rather counting it. However, the economic depression that began in 2014 was, in part, engineered by the Obama administration to bring the country to its knees. That’s why Obama, through declaring a state of emergency, slapped crippling sanctions. By 2016, during Obama’s last year in office, Venezuela’s unemployment rate was at 18.1%, a rate that would not be surpassed until the United States’ economy collapsed in 2021.
In Washington, right-wing think tanks worked alongside the CIA to set up covert operations against Chavez’s and later Maduro’s regime, funding Astroturf groups in the nation, and creating the illusion that there was widespread opposition to their policies. That’s not to say that there was no real opposition to their rule, or that the Maduro regime wasn’t abusing its powers. Only one in five Venezuelans supported it. Furthermore, it could no longer be called democratic. In 2018, Maduro banned the leading opposition parties from participating in the presidential election. He created a second parliament that allowed him to sidestep the legitimate one and outlawed all newspapers not owned by the government or friends of the regime. Political opponents were jailed as conspirators. No, the Maduro regime could be called a dictatorship. However, the CIA’s actions weren’t designed to promote democracy, but to cripple Venezuela’s economy in preparation for the coming invasion.
In January of 2019, opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president, claiming that the 2018 election was a fraud and that new elections should be held. He was backed by Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Canada, and the United States. The Trump administration stationed 5,000 Special Forces and 25,000 regular troops in Columbia. Back up by the U.S.S. Gerald Ford, they invaded Venezuela in March of that year with the goal of removing Maduro from power, as well as acquiring the nation’s oil.
Maduro died in a firefight a few days later, and Guaido was installed as interim president. As his first act, he privatized PDVSA, the state-own company that had been responsible for running all the oil fields in Venezuela. American companies like Exxon and Standard Oil bought up the partitioned parts. Russia and China protested the move, particularly China. It had loaned PDVSA $60 billion, which PDVSA was to paid back in the form of oil shipments. Those shipments ended once Exxon, and Standard Oil took ownership. In retaliation, China terminated all business deals with the two corporations.
With their puppet in power, America lifted all sanctions, allowing the nation to once more export and restructure its existing debt. Inflation began to stabilize, and shortages became a thing of the past. Left-wing publications, those that still existed after several were banned for having ties with the former Maduro regime, noted how quickly things went back to normal after Washington lifted the sanctions. To the left, this vindicated Maduro’s claim that the U.S. had engineered the crisis. Again, while this is true, part of Venezuela’s speedy recovery could be attributed to fiscal policies that encouraged capital to flow back into the country, bringing with it new revenue streams and job opportunities.
National elections were held in June of that year, and Guadio won the election with 49% of the vote. With what he considered a mandate, he began implementing a set of sweeping reforms, much to Washington’s approval. This included ending most of the social programs enacted under Chavez and continued by Maduro. The poor came out to protest in record numbers, but these protests were rarely televised. As far as the West was concerned, Venezuela’s problems ended when Maduro was removed from power. In truth, poverty had risen again after Guadio implements these reforms, and while shortages were no longer an issue, many Venezuelans couldn’t afford anything but the essential amenities.
Then the War of the Sands erupted in September of 2019. The United States, along with a coalition that included Venezuela, was in conflict with the Gulf States. In the beginning, the war was a boom for the nation. The price of oil skyrocketed to $150 a barrel, and the royalties gained from it went into building up the nation’s military. However, this was short lived. When the United States defaulted on its debt in 2020, Venezuela was caught up in a global depression that brought oil production to a screeching halt.
As had been the case in the 1980s and 1990s, Venezuela experienced a period of political instability. Guadio was voted out of office and what happened next was a series of one term governments until Antonio Capriles came to power in 2031. The owner of Venezuela Oil, the largest company in the country, he was extraordinarily wealthy and used his wealth to bribe Venezuela’s top generals. This ensured their loyalty should anything happen. During the 2020s, the nation was rocked by several coup attempts.
With his power base established, Capriles went about rewriting the constitution and transforming that nation into his version of a libertarian utopia. Massive domed cities, rivaling the enclaves being built in the United States, were constructed and offered up to the world’s richest as tropical getaways. This was done at the expense of the poor and middle class, some of whom were forcibly removed to the nation’s interior. There was resistance at this point, but it was disorganized and was quickly crushed by the military.
More organized resistance didn’t pop up until after the Great Blaze of 2036. The Amazon Rainforest, which Venezuela shared a border with, caught on fire during the summer months and hundreds of thousands of square miles were destroyed. Many of the shanty towns located in the nation’s interior were caught in the blaze, displacing millions and resulting in thousands of deaths. Many moved to the coast, crowding what cities remained since many of the old cities had become flooded as the result of rising sea levels. These cities, simply called Shanties, were plagued with crime, and the government used heavy tactics to maintain order. This had the opposite effect, fueling an insurgency that would consume the nation.
On October 5, 2037, the populous had grown tired of the government’s repression, and mass protests erupted throughout the nation, some in the tens of thousands. The Capriles administration cracked down again. Several demonstrations turned into riots. As this was going on, China began supplying weapons to local militias. They hadn’t forgotten the $60 billion they’d loaned to Venezuela in the 2010s and how the Capriles had stiffened them. Besides, they had plans for Venezuela, plans that didn’t include the Capriles. The influx of advanced weapon systems transformed the country into a powder cake.
In November, the fuse was lit when a left-wing militia attacked an oil refinery. The hit was a success, and it inspired other groups to perform similar operations. Now the people of Venezuela found themselves caught in a civil war, with the tyrannical government on one side and the Chinese-backed militias on the other. For six months, oil production all but stopped in the country as it was no longer safe to operate them. Then in June of the next year, mercenaries from the U.S. showed up, backed up by powerful drones like Gabriel Destroyers. They provided around-the-clock security to the oil rigs and refineries.
The civil war consumed much of the country while turning the Shanties into fire zones. Millions fled into Columbia, swamping that nation with refugees. Sprawling refugee camps were set up overnight. Little work could be found there, and many headed further north to Mexico, hoping to cross the U.S. to reach Canada. Those who made the perilous journey faced being arrested and executed by American authorities. Most stayed in Mexico, though that too was dangerous because Mexico was caught in the grip of a drug war.
In the third year of the war, just weeks before elections could be held, Capriles declared a state of emergency, giving himself sweeping powers and the authority to postpone the vote. Nations around the world condemned the move, chief of which was the European states, but Capriles had the military and American mercenaries backing him up. Capriles would stay in power until 2044 when he died at the age of 83.
He was succeeded by his son, Santiago Capriles. He quickly proved himself to be far more brutal than his father, taking such extreme actions as setting up concentration camps. He worked with the Department of Understanding, an American agency responsible for policing morality in the U.S., to perform experiments on the prisoners. Why is a mystery, with wild claims that some of the test subjects demonstrated psionic abilities, including telepathy. However, all the test subjects were reported to expire shortly after the procedure. This suggested that the operations were a failure.
As of today, the war continues with no end in sight. The Chinese are providing weapons to the resistance, while American corporations like Adams Corps. International continues to stand behind Capriles regime. Regular Venezuelans are caught in the middle. Not even the rich are safe, with several enclaves having been hit over the years and more than half have left the country. Ceasefire attempts have been met with failure. The militias demand nothing less than Capriles’ resignation, but he has no interest of stepping down. Given the situation, there is no reason to think the civil war won’t last for another decade or two.
Ordo Ab Chao, or Out of Chaos Comes Order in English, is the motto of the Illuminati. This motto symbolizes their belief that humanity started off ignorant. Through the application of rational thought and introspection, man can step out of the darkness and achieve enlightenment. Only by doing this can man bring order to a world governed by hate and superstition. This is what their general statue means when it states: “The order of the day is to put an end to the machinations of the purveyors of injustice, to control them without dominating them.”
This belief that man has the potential to uplift himself is what separates the Illuminati from their Cabalist’s brethren, who believe we humans are inherently wicked and can only be redeemed by submitting to Jesus Christ. This difference of opinion, one that embraces free will, while the other rejects it, is also the source of conflict between the two.
The Illuminati’s history began in the Middle East shortly after the end of the First Crusade. Back then, they were an army of warrior priests known as the Knight’s Templar. They saw the First Crusade as the beginning of a global war, one that would end with Jesus’ return and the enslavement of humanity to his divine rule. They had attained great riches and prestige fighting the Crusades but fell out of favor after they attempted to overthrow the French government in 1307. Now outlaws, those who escaped capture went into hiding.
In the centuries to come, they would change their name, first calling themselves the Order of the Eternal Flame, though later, they took on the name the Rosicrucian Order. Back then, they were still dedicated to global domination and worked tirelessly to halt human progress, believing that rationalism distances oneself from God. One of their Supreme Masters, Tomas de Torquemada, headed the Spanish Inquisition and was the reason why members of the Cabal now carry the rank of Inquisitor. However, in May 1st, 1776, the order would face a crisis of faith when Adam Weishaupt attained the rank of Supreme Inquisitor.
Born in Bavaria, Germany during the Enlightenment, Weishaupt had been schooled both in the dogma of his order and liberal thought. He hid his liberal views from his masters until he rose to the rank of Supreme Inquisitor. Afterward, he went about reforming the order, feeling the Rosicrucians should use their wealth and influence to free humanity from dogma and superstition. He was an early backer of the American Revolution and the republic they were trying to create in the former British colonies. The only disagreement he had with the Founding Fathers was their embrace of slavery. He believed in both the equality of the races and the sexes. It was this belief that ultimately turned the more conservative members against him.
In 1780, Weishaupt recruited Emilia Fischer into the order. Never in the history of the Rosicrucian Order had a woman been allowed to join, especially one who was of African descent. Yes, there had been cases of non-whites being brought in, though these examples took place in the order’s earlier years, when it was still known as the Knights Templar and had garrisons in the Middle East. Back then, white supremacy was not part of the order’s dogma, but misogyny was. During Fischer’s initiation ceremony, Grand Inquisitor Johann Christoph von Wollner accused Weishaupt of heresy and renounced his allegiance. Two-thirds of the order left with von Wollner, and they became the Second Rosicrucian Order. This event was called the Great Schism and began a war that would last centuries.
The Second Rosicrucian Order initiated this war, sending assassins to kill Illuminati in the back alleyways of cities throughout Europe, while also waging an effective propaganda campaign. They not only ousted their existence but accused the Illuminati of believing in Socinianism (a sect of Christianity that denied the existence of the Holy Trinity), undermining Christianity and the monarchy. By March of 1785, states throughout Germany and beyond had banned the Illuminati. Weishaupt was forced to flee and most of the order’s riches had been confiscated. The Second Rosicrucian Order managed to track him down by November of 1830.
After Weishaupt’s death, Fischer and her husband, Remold Winchester, re-established the order in England. They courted famous scientists of that era, including Charles Darwin, Alexander Graham Bell, Antonio Meucci, Michael Faraday, and Louis Pasteur. They funded their future operations through patents filed by members of the order. Such discoveries included the telephone, the spark-gap transmitter, the hydraulic press, stainless steel, the Smallpox vaccine, the flip-flop circuit, the microchip, the Maxim gun, the electromagnet, the portable MRI, the mass spectrometer, time crystals, the compact disk, the isotope breeding cycle, and countless others. The Illuminati are responsible for so many technological discoveries that an argument could be made that they played a decisive role in creating the modern age.
Many of their most significant discoveries came from studying Ancient Alien artifacts. The Ancient Aliens, better known as the Zelturians, had visited Earth ten thousand years ago and uplifted the First Civilization. They left sometime around 4,000 B.C, shortly after the First Civilization destroyed itself. These events were record, if inaccurately, in man’s oldest myths and legends, including stories found in the Bible like Noah’s flood, the Garden of Eden and Babel. A handful of their artifacts remained however, and the Rosicrucian Order had acquired a few over the ages. While most stayed in their hands after the Great Schism, several objects were secreted away by the Illuminati. Having embraced the scientific method, they had greater success in reverse engineering them, with the biggest breakthrough being the creation of time crystals in October of 2016. Time crystals would spark a revolution in quantum computing.
Though the Illuminati have a better understanding of the Zelturians, going so far as to embrace the truth that the Ancient Aliens were, well, aliens, that was not to say that their Rosicrucian siblings didn’t dabble in their tech. Many of their conflicts revolved around these powerful artifacts, with the Illuminati trying to prevent the European chapter of the Rosicrucian Order, the Black Hand, from unleashing their destructive power on humanity. The most famous example was during World War One when an Illuminati noviciate stopped the Black Hand from acquiring a Longinus Stone and using it to turn the people of Europe into mindless slaves.
It was also during World War One when the Illuminati thought they had defeated their enemy once and for all. The Black Hand had started the conflict when they assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28th, 1914. Their enemy had done it in the hopes of using the conflict to take over Europe, instead the war spiraled out of control. The Illuminati sided with the Triple Entente, which included Britain, France, Ireland and Russia, while the Black Hand, against their better judgment, aligned itself with the Central Powers. The Black Hand and their Central Power allies were driven back to the Black Hand’s main fortress, the complex that had sheltered their Knights Templar ancestors in ancient times, Volkn Festugn. The ensuing battle resulted in the Volkn Festugn’s destruction, along with the leaders of the Black Hand.
What the Illuminati didn’t know was that in 1804 a group of Rosicrucians set up a chapter in North American with the hope of bringing down the United States. They originally called themselves the Knights of the Golden Circle, and in 1861, started a civil war when their master, Supreme Inquisitor Jefferson Davis, declared that the southern states had separated from the union. Their first attempt failed, but in 2028, they succeeded when they started a second civil war that brought Gregory di Conti to power. By then, they called themselves the Cabal, and it would be long after that the Illuminati realized the Cabal controlled America.
In the decades after World War One, the Illuminati devoted themselves to recovering and keeping safe the remaining Ancient Alien artifacts. One of their own, Professor Jacopo Schiaparelli, would lead the excavation of the First Civilization ruins. He never revealed why he thought they would find an underground city beneath Mars’ largest mountain: Olympus Mons. They whisked the most dangerous artifacts to their sanctuary, convinced that humanity was not ready to learn about the Ancient Aliens and fearful of what might happen if their technology ever fell in the wrong hands. Still, it was time that humanity learn about its true heritage, so in August of 2052, Professor Schiaparelli, made the existence of the ruins known to the public.
To this day, the Illuminati operate in secret. This is in part habit, one that they inherited from their Templar forefathers, but also because they believe that man is not ready. Because of this, and because of Cabalist propaganda, they have become associated with several conspiracy theories, including the New World Order, the Bilderberg Group, the Ancient Aliens (aka the Zelturians), the Nordic Aliens/Wizards (aka the Emissaries of the Zelturians), the Lizard People (aka the Vijics) and the Inter-dimensional Psychic Demons/Vampires (aka the Sh’qua). Alex Jones – who though it cannot be verified, is likely a Cabalist – is the greatest promoter of these lies. They ignore him. Despite what Jones or his followers might think, the Illuminati believe he should be allowed to spew his hate. Besides, does it matter? Everyone thinks the Illuminati don’t exist.
The Second Underground
The Second Underground Railroad, more commonly referred to as the Second Underground, was the last civil rights group active in the United States by 2052. Because of the repressive nature of the Cabal, the shadow government that has been ruling American since Gregory di Conti won the presidency in 2029, there are those who advocate overthrowing the government. However, the main group is devoted to removing the Cabal by peaceful and democratic means. This hasn’t always been the case and reflects more the current leadership.
The precursor of the Second Underground was the Resistance. It formed in a motel on the outskirts of Monroe, Texas in the fall of 2030 between Billy Wellman, his wife Mellissa and a few former members of the Navy SEALs. It was a purely militant organization, designed to overthrow the di Conti administration. It lacked the funding and organization that its successor enjoyed, comprising of only two hundred individuals at its height. It would score a few minor victories before being nearly wiped out during the Great Betrayal.
In February of 2033, the Resistance learned that the di Conti administration was planning a false flag operation in Miami. After contacting the Visitor, a high-level bureaucrat in the government, it became clear to them that the Cabal attended to detonate two nukes. The Resistance went to action, intercepting the freighter transporting the first nuke while besieging the port that was holding the second. Their attempts to disarm them activated both. Billy and Mellissa were able to escape the blast zone of the first, but the second destroyed Miami and most of their men. More would likely have died if the first bomb reached its destination, but that was not how the de Conti administration spun it. It blamed the two for the bombing.
Now the target of the greatest manhunt in American history, Billy and Mellissa were forced to flee the United States. They smuggled themselves into Canada and requested asylum. The Canadian government granted it. Di Conti threatened to invade Canada, but the British government intervened, reminding di Conti that Canada was part of the British Commonwealth. Britain, Pakistan, India, Australia, and New Zeeland would go to war with the United States if necessary. Realizing that the U.S. was a shadow of its former self and that he could not win such a fight, di Conti’s response was to close America’s borders to the world.
In the coming years, the Wellmans would build a life for themselves in Ottawa, Canada’s capital. Mellissa founded and ran Stellar Stream, a software firm that in less than a decade rose to heights not seen since Microsoft and Apple, while Billy became a writer. He did book tours around the world warning that America was under the control of an evil religious cult. He was careful not to reveal that his wife was a Nephilim or that she once worked for di Conti, believing that the world was not yet ready to learn about the existence of telepaths.
Later, Billy Wellman would run for Member of Parliament for the Ottawa-Vanier riding and win. As an MP, he focused his energy advocating on behalf of American Canadians. Since the start of the Second American Civil War in 2027 and long after it concluded in 2029, Americans had fled the United States to seek asylum in Canada. The number dropped to almost zero after the di Conti administration closed America’s borders in 2035, but by then, an estimated 7.4 million Americans had already moved to Canada. Most of those who fled were far more liberal than the average American, the result being that Canada drastically shifted to the left.
Anti-Americanism was also on the rise in Canada. It differed greatly from the anti-Americanism of the past. The Canadian population felt great sympathy for the American people, not shocking considering that out of Canada’s population of 50 million, American Canadians made up 14.7%. Yet, Canadians saw America’s leadership as imperialistic and barbaric and were turned off by the destructive capitalism embraced by the enclavers. The NDP, which historically was reduced to a minor party, rose to become the premier party of Canada since they best articulated the socialist values that this new wave of immigrates espoused. The Liberals were marginalized, whereas the Conservative Party, not wanting to be associated with the religious fundamentalists in the U.S., moved to the center. Billy would exploit this anti-American sentiment years later when pushing for funding for the Second Underground.
During the summer of 1942, Billy Wellman and his wife encountered a young couple that would change their lives forever. Brent Adams, the son of Edward Adams, CEO of Adams Corp. International, was attending Oxford, England and working towards his master’s in economics. He was dating a run-away Nephilim, Katy E. Forrest. Billy had enrolled in Oxford two decades earlier and had come to visit. He and Melissa were taking a stroll through a park one night when they chanced upon Brent and Katy. Mellissa instantly recognized Katy. Not surprising given that Katy was a clone of Catherina Pavlovich, Mellissa’s dead aunt.
The four would have a conversation, one which led to the formation of the Second Underground. Brent and Katy agreed to go back to the United States and with the Visitor’s help, the bureaucrat who warned about the Cabal’s plot to destroy Miami, run the organization. Billy and Mellissa would fund it through the enormous wealth they had made through Stellar Stream. Brent saw the Second Underground as a platform to reawaken the democratic ideals in his American brethren, while Billy had different designs for the organization.
Billy had fought long and hard to liberate America from the Cabal. He had lost his parents when di Conti killed them in 2030. He lost more friends during the Great Betrayal and had been wrongly blamed for that attack, which he tried to prevent. Part of him didn’t think America could be saved, but Billy still believed that the Second Underground could get those Americans that hadn’t been brainwashed out. He also hoped that the Second Underground could sow chaos in the U.S., ensuring that it never got strong enough to threaten Canada. To him, Canada was the best hope of preserving the principles America was founded on.
When Brent returned to the United States the following year, he went to work for his father and used his position in Adams Corp. International to set up the clandestine organization. Having learned from the Resistance’s mistakes, the Second Underground avoided confrontation with the federal government and operated mainly in the Forfeited Territories or just the Territories as they were known. The Territories were the U.S. states that had rebelled against the federal government during the Second American Civil War and lost. While briefly placed under martial law, that changed when the Wall, a structure surpassing the Great Wall of China in size, transformed the Territories into the world’s largest open-air prison.
The Second Underground built their first base underneath the ruins of Detroit and began recruiting like-minded people to their cause. The citizens of the Territories, having known nothing but hardship since the war’s conclusion, eagerly embraced the humanitarian group. They started constructing tunnels beneath both the walls separating the Territories from the United States, as well as those bordering Canada and Mexico. The Wall had seismic sensors to prevent this, but the Second Underground learned how to hack them and send them false data. With a means to travel across America undetected, the number of Americans seeking asylum in Canada and Mexico began to rise for the first time in almost fourteen years.
The Second Underground didn’t just help American flee the repressive regime, but actively worked to free enslaved Inquisitors. The newly released Inquisitors called themselves Nephilim. They started with a handful at first, but by 2052, their number surpassed three hundred. They would later form their own cell within the organization called Katy’s Raiders. This splinter cell was far more militant and would engage in hit and run operations. They were careful not to link their activities with the Second Underground, and the Cabal, not eager to let it become known that Inquisitors were rebelling, downplayed their successes.
Billy and Katy pressed Brent to go further and have the Second Underground adopt Katy’s Raider’s tactics, but Brent made only minor concessions. The Second Underground began arming its people, even procuring heavy armaments like M1A3 Abram tanks and AH-64 Apache helicopters, salvaged from boneyards and made to work again. However, Brent forbid them from engaging the federal government directly. They were only to be used for self-defense. Neither Billy or Katy were thrilled by this, but they relented, confident that, sooner or later, the Cabal would force Brent to take more radical steps to keep his movement alive.
What the Second Underground did under Brent’s leadership was hack billboards and government broadcasts to counter the Cabal’s lies. They smuggled cameras into the enclaves, showing people how the rich were living lives of luxury before unimaginable while the rest of America suffered from record high unemployment and starvation. They also documented the dangerous and unsanitary living conditions found in child labor factories. Sadly, the populace was either too weakened by malnourishment or too brainwashed by the enclavers’ neo-liberal propaganda to rise up. The few that did were put down by the enclavers or the federal government. Brent forced himself to watch the massacres, still unable to embrace this inescapable truth: only an organized and armed insurrection had any hope of bringing down the Cabal.
In 2045, Billy Wellman won the leadership race for the NDP and in 2046, became Prime Minister of Canada. He began redirecting Canadian funds to prop up the Second Underground, as well as continued to pressure Brent to take a more aggressive stance. Marcel Trudeau, the great-grandson of Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, acted as the bureaucratic go-between between the Second Underground and the Canadian government. Brent made more concessions, having formally adopted his wife’s Katy’s Raiders into the Second Underground’s command structure, but still refused to authorize military operations.
By 2052, the Second Underground continues to act more like a humanitarian and civil rights group rather than an armed rebellion. Canada has recently gained admission into the Federated Union, the European superstate created to supplant the European Union and NATO. This will likely drive the Cabal to crack down even harder. It is aware that Canada now supports the Second Underground and likely fears that the Second Underground is part of some prelude to an invasion of the United States. That is only true in that Billy would like nothing more than to overthrow the Cabal, but the Europeans admitted Canada primarily to solidify their control over the Arctic Ocean, which because of global warming, was now navigable throughout much of the year. Regardless, these developments might force Brent’s hand.
The Armored Knights of the Twenty-First Century
When I was a kid, mom would take me to see Ironman, a movie about a billionaire who invented a suit of armor. It could do everything. Fly like a jet, lift a car over its head and shoot laser beams. I dreamed of building myself such a suit and fighting the bad guys. More than forty years later, such machines are a common sight among the world’s military. True, they cannot do all the things the Ironman suit could, yet few would have thought when the movie came out that anything remotely like it would ever exist. When you look at the long history of powered armor, previous generations can be forgiven for being so skeptical.
The fact of the matter is that it was an uphill battle to design such suits. Several technological hurdles existed that made them for the longest time impractical. Power was a major factor. Batteries didn’t generate enough juice to run the motors needed for movement, while nobody wanted to lug around a combustion engine on their back. Also, what would the muscles be made of? Hydraulics? Electric motors? Pistons? Hydraulics had long been used to power artificial limbs, like those utilized by construction excavators, but they are slow and not exactly ideal for delicate work. This might not be an issue for we humans, but that changes when you give someone superhuman strength. Imagine if you’re in a 1,000-pound suit of armor with the might of a rhino. You try to climb a flight of stairs but apply too much pressure to your steps. Instead of supporting your weight, the stair panel snaps and you fall through it.
Believe it or not, the earliest attempts to build such a suit didn’t use any of the methods mentioned above. It relied purely on human power. It was designed by a Russian who went by the name of Nicholas Yagn. In the 1890s, he developed a contraption that employed compressed gas bags to assist people while they were going about their day. The device didn’t give people superhuman strength. Just made walking less taxing.
Man’s next attempt came in 1917. Called the pedomotor, it was invented by Leslie C. Kelley. It used a steam engine to power ligaments that acted in parallel with the wearer’s movement. Now, if you think hauling a combustion engine is bad, imagine one powered by burning coal. Still, the pedomotor showed it was possible to use an external power source to augment one’s strength, though it would be a while before another attempt was made.
General Electric, in partnership with the United States Armed Forces, built the first true powered armor in the 1960s. Called the Hardman, it amplified the wearer’s strength by a factor of 25. In other words, picking up 25 pounds with the suit would feel the same as lifting one pound without it. It relied on hydraulics and electricity for movement. It never got beyond the development stage due to significant shortcomings, primarily that the suit was slow and cumbersome. It weighed 1,500 pounds and could only move 2.5 feet per second.
Other attempts would be made in the coming decades including Project Pitman and the Lifesuit. These too proved to be failures, not just because of the issues mentioned earlier, but because it was challenging to build a suit that responded naturally to a human’s movement. For example, you don’t want mechanical legs to force you into a run when you intend to walk, nor do you want the exoskeleton to interfere with how your pelvis twists. These issues limited what kind of motors could be used. Progress wouldn’t be made until computer science had advanced to the point that these technical problems could be addressed.
During the War of the Sands, the United States, Canada, Great Britain, South Korea, Germany, Australia, France, New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Japan and Israel partnered in Project Hephaestus. Project Hephaestus was a research endeavor to come up with technologies that could win the war. Several avenues were explored, including attempts to reverse engineer the energy weapons the Saudis used. New quantum computers, augmented by advanced AIs, were deployed to accelerate the development and testing phase of these emerging technologies. Sometimes, shortcuts were taken to meet deadlines, but thanks to the new computers few proved fatal, and most defects were weeded out during the design phase. This enabled the U.S. and its allies to field new equipment in a relatively short period of time.
One of these collaborative efforts was Project Spartan. It called for encasing a soldier in a suit of armor that both amplified his strength and made him immune to small arms fire. The team initially considered using hydrogen cells as the power source. However, after progress was made with Project Ankhlale, they replaced the hydrogen cells with a small thorium reactor that could provide 483 kW of energy for seven days of continues use.
The next issue they tackled was finding the right kind of motors to power the limbs. Several types were proposed including hydraulics, servomotors, pneumatic air muscles, and electroactive polymers. Electroactive polymers, which can change their shape and size when exposed to an electric field, would be used in future suits because they can be set up to mimic the natural way our muscles work, but the team decided to play it safe with Project Spartan. They went with a hybrid system. Hydraulics were attached to the major joints, where raw power was often needed, whereas servomotors offered speed and precision. The latter could be built small enough that they didn’t interfere with how our joints moved. Both were controlled by an onboard computer, which determined how much pressure was needed for each step.
To make the suit more responsive, the wearer had to undergo surgery. Electros were implanted in the brain. They relayed information from the user to the suit and vise versa, allowing for the delicate movements needed to open a door or operate a keyboard. The fingers and toes of the suit were equipped with sensors that simulated the sensation of touch. Not only did they tell the operator that he was holding something, but coupled with spectrometers in the fingers, the onboard computer could determine what the object was made of. This gave the machine an idea of the density and tensile strength of the object it was interacting with. That way it didn’t squeeze with so much force that it accidentally crushed it.
The last challenge was figuring out what the suit would be composed of. Steel was dismissed because it was too heavy, while aluminum was considered too fragile. Carbon-nanotubes would have been every designer’s dream material, but at that point, manufacturing techniques made it impractical to build an entire suit out of it. Ultimately, the team settled with a titanium frame, over which several layers of ceramic, titanium, uranium, and carbon-fibers would be laid. To provide further protection, the operator would wear a bodysuit comprised of Kevlar and smart gel, the latter a liquid that hardened when subjected to kinetic force.
The finished product was called the Hercules Mark I, a seven-foot-nine-tall suit that weighed just over 1,000 pounds and made the user as strong as a rhino. Foot pads in the lower legs could be adjusted so multiple users could employ it. A layer of EMP-resistant armor shielded it from Saudi energy weapons, while a powered cooling vest sustained the operator in hot climates, like those found in Saudi Arabia. It granted full nuclear, biological and chemical protection. Its visor’s HUD was capable of night vision and targeting assistance. The suit’s onboard computer could link with the weapons used exclusively with the armor.
The T-7 Avenger was the Mark I’s primary weapon. This recoil-operated heavy machine gun utilized .50 BMG (12.7x99mm NATO) and had a rate of fire of 1,500 rounds per minute. It had an effective range of 2,000 yards and a maximum range of 2,700. It was made of ultra-light titanium. Even so, it weighed more than 250 pounds, though much of this was due to the five large magazines it carried. The T-7 had a hydraulic system that spat out a spent magazine and moved a new one down the under barrel of the gun. It was capable of being fitted with several attachments, including a missile launcher and a flamethrower.
Other weapons included the T-8 Accuser (a .75 caliber battle rifle), the T-9 Windowmaker (a 30mm sniper rifle) and the T-10 Merlin (a multi-chamber rocket launcher). Each of these weapons was designed for aircrafts and light armored vehicles, but because of the strength enhancing capabilities of the suit, could be handled with ease, even when the user was holding a battle shield in their other hand. The battle shield could repel all but tank weapons and allowed a single combatant to hold his own against several squads.
The Mark I would only appear near the end of the war, though it would see widespread use in the coming decade. However, by 2030, it was supplanted by the Mark II. The Mark II offered several notable improvements, including a more simplistic designed that made it easier and cheaper to produce. Its armored plates were replaced with a hyper-alloy that was less bulky and which provided a greater range of mobility. More powerful hydraulics increased the armor’s strength by 23%. A new onboard computer further improved a soldier’s accuracy, which along with facial recognition software, could help him distinguish between friendlies and enemy combatants. Because of the larger thorium reactor, the suit weighed the same as the Mark I, but it could now operate for longer periods of time and take greater punishment.
In 2034, the patents for both the Mark I and Mark II were bought by an English tech firm called Watson Industries. It would introduce the Mark III seven years later. The Mark III was considered a quantum leap to the Mark II. The hydraulics and electric motors were scrapped in favor of an electroactive polymer musculature. These artificial muscles offered superior strength over hydraulics, as well as faster response times. The thorium reactor was smaller but more efficient. The suit weighed 17% less than the Mark II yet offered superior protection. It would be sold around the world, except in the United States and China.
In 2047, Watson Industries began selling the Mark IV. This suit was slimmer than the Mark III and weighed half that of the Mark II. It was the first model were the wearer didn’t require surgery to operate. Instead, the helmet came with sensors that could read the user’s brainwaves and send signals via small pads attached to the skin. The thorium reactor was swapped for a miniature antimatter core. It delivered several megawatts of power, enough to run not only the suit but external weapon systems, including the T-13 Devastator Railgun. The frame was made of carbon nanotubes, while its armor plates were made of a metal that could “heal,” as well as provide twice the level of protection as the Mark III. This reduced the weight of the suit while improving structural integrity and longevity. The Mark IV had a hafnium, tantalum and carbon coating that enabled it to resist temperatures as high as 7,460 degrees Fahrenheit. Finally, it had a built-in retractable battle shield in both wrists, as well as a thigh compartment where it could carry a pistol. The Mark IV is sold only to member states of the Federated Union.
While the Hercules series is the premier suit of powered armor on the market, it is by no means the only one. The most famous of them is the Cherubim. Introduce in 2043; the Cherubim was a heavily modified Hercules Mark II produced by Adams Corps. International and was met to compete with the Mark III. The servomotors had been replaced with electroactive polymers, though the qualities of these muscles were considered inferior to those utilized in the Mark III, so it still relied on hydraulics when true feats of strength were required. Its onboard targeting computer was both inferior to the Mark I and Mark II, with some wearers complaining that it hindered accuracy. To be fair to Adams Corps., current U.S. regulations outlaw most targeting computers on “theological grounds.” The Cherubim also came equipped with the Mark III’s more efficient thorium reactor. The only thing it did better than the Mark III was in armor, which was good enough that most soldiers felt they didn’t need to rely on a battle shield. That and the lack of a proper targeting computer meant they required their other arm to help them aim. Still, the Cherubim was an inferior design. That Adams Corps. has never bothered to role out a Cherubim Mark II is a testament not only to the monopoly it has in the U.S. but how far America has fallen. Only third world nations purchase their suits, and that is mainly due to the American dollar has been so devalued that they can be bought for next to nothing. Still, those that do will immediately swap out the targeting computer for something better.
The Chinese, with their fondness for autonomous robots, have mostly neglected to develop a powered armor that would be on par with what’s found in the West. But when officers must lead bots into battle or a team of special forces need to infiltrate an enemy facility, they will endow themselves in the C-35 Battle Hazard Suit. This stripped-down exoskeleton was designed to be worn over regular armor. Sold with a helmet that looked like something you might see a motorcyclist wear, it could be attached to the suit and pressurized, meaning that the soldier could survive in hazardous environments thanks to an air filter built into the helmet. It augmented the wearer’s strength by a factor of 45, though its armor plates wouldn’t stop anything beyond an assault rifle. What it lacked in protection it made up with greater mobility, as well as a wide suite of electronic warfare capabilities. The C-35 came equipped with a sensor package that enabled Chinese soldiers to see through walls. They could also jam enemy transmissions and listen into enemy chatter. Its antimatter backpack made it possible for them to operate hand-held lasers, and these were slowly phasing out traditional firearms.
Having brought up the C-35, I might as well talk about China’s response to the powered armor: the C-47 Jiangshi Battle Bot. Named after a type of vampire found in Chinese mythology, this humanoid autonomous drone towered over the Hercules Mark IV at eight-foot-one. It had two shoulder-mounted laser cannons, both of which were of the 250-kW range. It held a double-handed sword in each of its upper arms, while its thinner lower arms were designed to miniplate keyboards or turn door knobs. It had an advanced brain that enabled it to navigate obstacles, interact with tools, drive cars, obey verbal commands and distinguish between enemy combatants and civilians. Its targeting computers were on par with those utilized in the Hercules Mark IV, and they had an antimatter core to run everything.
Now, there are plenty of drones or bots out there that I could name. Both the Chinese and the Americans utilize them extensively in their armies, most of which have taken the place of tanks and aircrafts. Many can’t be called humanoid. They might be bipedal, though the six-legged Tianlong Destroyer certainly isn’t. No one would mistake them as powered armor and not just because they aren’t piloted by humans. However, there is a weapon system that often is, one that could be considered the logical progression of power armor: the mecha.
Many consider the mecha the ultimate weapon of war. Basically, it’s a giant robot (19 feet tall) piloted by a human, with its ability to mimic bipedal motion making it more agile and maneuverable than any tank or car. And while there are some wheeled vehicles with a greater top speed, none handle rough terrain quite like a mecha. It can even climb walls. The only downside is that it is more complex, and thus more difficult to repair. That being said, mechas can remain operational after losing a limb or two. If needed, a mecha can crawl through the mud, using only its arms to pull itself along. Let’s see how far a car can get with only three wheels.
The mecha’s development mirrored that of the powered armor’s, mainly because many of the same challenges confronted existed when designing giant robots. In fact, mechas had even more. While you didn’t have to worry about making a mecha fit the dimensions of the human body, there is the dreaded square-cube law to consider, i.e., when you increase a robot’s mass, this doesn’t translate into a relative increase in bone density and muscle strength.
Their extreme weight would also mean that they would slowly sink into the soil because of ground pressure. Drones like the Tianlong and the Seraphim overcame this by employing four to six legs, as well as being outfitted with thrusters and helium tanks to reduce weight and push back against the downward pull of gravity. Shenlongs, Gabriels and Patersons, on the other hand, addressed this by having wider feet to reduce ground pressure and a lower center of mass. They were also nowhere near as big as the Tianlongs and Seraphims. Humanoid mechs couldn’t take advantage of these techniques, since they had to walk upright.
The earliest attempt at building a mech took place before the War of the Sands. In 2012, the Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industry unveiled the Kuratas. This mech stood 4 meters tall and weighed 4,500 kg. It had four legs, yet it was incapable of walking. Instead, it used four wheels to propel the mech to a top speed of 10km/h. The pilot road inside the mech’s chest. The Kuratas was designed for entertainment, having a range of ‘weapons’ that included a water bottle launcher and a twin BB rotary cannon. Its most notable feature was its iron claw, a robotic hand controlled by a bio-sensor glove worn by the pilot and could pick up objects.
In South Korea, Hankook Mirae Technology developed the Method-2, the first functioning humanoid mech. This mech stood at 13-feet-tall and weighed 1.6-tons. It could walk, but your 93-year-old grandma could beat it in a race. This was frustrating because for years, engineers had been building bipedal robots like the Honda’s ASIMO or Boston Dynamic’s Atlas. They could even make them backflip. Why couldn’t Hankook Mirae Technology get their Method-2 to walk properly? Again, it all had to do with the square-cube law. ASIMO was the size of a child, while Atlas was as big as a man. Material science and servomotors had advanced enough back then that you could design such robots, but not something as big as the Method-2.
Its creators would never get a chance to address these flaws. North Korea conquered South Korea in 2021. Other companies would continue their work, including Watson Industries. In 2035, the British firm unveiled the Titan Mark I. By this point, science had progressed that it could address the technical issues that hindered the Method-2. The frame was made of light-weight carbon nanotubes, while instead of servomotors, it utilized military-grade electroactive polymers. It towered over the Method-2 at nineteen feet. It was heavier at ten tons, but much of this extra weight was because of armor. A megawatt thorium reactor supplied it with all the power it would ever need and was lighter than previous designs.
Another feature that set the Titan Mark I apart from other vehicles was its modular design. Because it was humanoid, it could carry external armaments like a real soldier. The 30mm Reaper Rifle was the Titan Mark I’s primary weapon. This seven-barrel beast was capable of 3,200 rounds per minute and could hit targets as far away as 5,000 yards with pinpoint accuracy. Other armaments included the Riot Gun (a shotgun-like weapon), the Tone Rifle (a 50mm semi-auto cannon), the Northstar Sniper Rifle (a 120mm semi-auto cannon designed), and the Siege Cannon (250 self-propelled artillery rifle) and the Scorcher (a grenade launcher).
The base model of the Titan I also included two shoulder-mounted missile racks, and a 50. Caliber machine gun on its left arm. Some base models switched the machine gun out for an electro-laser, so it could instead handle an eleven-foot-long diamond-tipped sword. They did add to its overall weight, but its muscles were strong enough that it could easily carry a second Titan. It would perform a support role in European armies, and become an iconic symbol of the Federated Union, featuring prominently in promotional materials, including TV ads and posters.
In 2051, the Titan Mark II went into production. It lost the Reaper Rifle as its standard in favor for a 75mm Avalanche Railgun. It needed an antimatter core to power the rifle, since a thorium reactor didn’t produce enough juice. Other enhancements included a jetpack, which allowed the mech to jump as high as two hundred feet into the air. A double barrel electro-laser cannon replaced one of the shoulder-mounted missile racks, while the other one was made larger to fit additional rockets. The and a heavy ballistic shield were now standard, and the ballistic shield could retract into the forearm. The latter resulted in the mech being called the Iron Knight, named after the famous mecha rider Han Szlovák, the Hero of Budapest.
Watson Industries was already in the works of developing an even more advanced model: the Mark III. It was going to be capable of sustained flight. However, in 2052, the test pilot of the only working prototype killed the lead designer and stole the mech. A few months later, he reappeared on American television. The Federated Union lodged a protest with the United States government, demanding that they surrender the traitor and return the suit. America’s ambassador denied any knowledge of their lost mech, and the incident has sparked tensions between the two nations, with the Federated Union threating possible sanctions.
The Pan-African Republic has its own mech: the Kokou Battle Mech. Like the Titan, it was based on the South Korean Method-2. However, whereas the Titan was built from the ground up to create something distinct, the Kokou was basically a Method-2 with weapons slapped onto its thirteen-foot-tall frame. It came equipped with two shoulder-mounted 50. Cal machine guns, back up by rocket pods. In its hands, it typically held a 110mm belt-fed grenade launcher, while others carried an American-made 30mm GAU-8 Avenger. Though it was based on the Method-2, its legs had been reworked to give it greater mobility and speed. It could sprint as fast as 50 miles per hour, and its thorium core meant it could operate for several weeks without refueling. Earlier models had poor armor, but later generations were considered comparable to Titan Mark Is. The Kokou would become a source of pride for the Pan-African Republic.
When I was a kid, Ironman and Gundam were the stuff of science fiction. Now we live in a world full of robots, mechs, and suits that make people superhuman. That was only forty years ago. Forty years ago, we couldn’t imagine we would have robotic knights, just like we couldn’t believe we would have colonized Mars and Venus. What can we expect forty years from now? I don’t know, but hopefully, I will be flying like Ironman. `
I, Inquisitor is the long-running television series produced by Biblical Studios. It tells the story of Natasha Veselovsky, an Inquisitor who is called upon to defend morality in America. A propaganda piece, the series falsely portrays Inquisitors as orphans taken in by the Department of Understanding (DOU). In truth, they are genetically modified humans created by the DOU to be expendable foot soldiers. It is explained that Natasha’s superhuman powers come from divine intervention rather than genetic modification. For the first seventeen seasons, Natasha was pitted against the Brotherhood of Sin, CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations), the Southern Poverty Law Center, Amnesty International, and the Council of Zion, as well as spies from various world governments. However, with the start of the Third American Civil War in 2052, Natasha finds herself facing off against the Second Underground Railroad.
Rachel Renaldas originally played Natasha. She was fired after season fifteen because she was considered too old to continue the role and was replaced by Melissa Feldman. Natasha’s backstory is almost non-existent. It is suggested that her parents were drug addicts who died from AIDs and that she spent her early years on the street. This could be interesting if the writers had bothered to explore this period of her life, but other than mentioning it once in the second episode, this facet of her life is never addressed again. Because the series tries to promote the conservative ideal of a woman, Natasha demonstrates several negative stereotypes. She can be emotional, even irrational and hotheaded, at times, with her male counterparts often joking that it must be that time of the month. She will act submissive when in the presence of a male superiors and needs a man’s help doing simple tasks, like screwing in a lightbulb. She constantly talks about wanting kids, but because Inquisitors take an oath of celibacy, that’s out of the question. Frankly, Natasha’s personality is shallow and underdeveloped. If she was meant to humanize Inquisitors in the eyes of the public, the series’ writers failed miserably.
The other main cast members are High Inquisitor Joseph Donald, played by Hendrick Kasparian, Secretary of Understanding Steve Municide, played by Victor Buttigieg, and Richard McConnell, played by George Barr. Donald is the most important of the three, acting as mentor and father figure for Natasha. Truth be told, he and the others are as uninteresting as Natasha, with Donald being little more than an empty suit, a strict authoritarian who always follows the rules. If Natasha was more rebellious, more assertive, there might be potential for some drama, but no, Natasha does whatever Donald tells her, no questions asked.
In seasons one to three, Natasha finds herself up against the Brotherhood of Sin. A pro-LGBT organization, the Brotherhood’s goals are as follow: one, destroy the institution of traditional marriage, two, spread the deadly HIV virus and three, turn impressionable children gay. It is led by Davion Hendrick, a flamboyant, but deeply disturbed gay man. In season one, we learn that the Brotherhood created the HIV virus a hundred years ago with the help of Satan. Season two ends with Natasha joining the organization, though in season three, it is revealed that she is a double agent working to bring the brotherhood down from within.
Seasons four, five, six and seven feature CAIR (the Counsel of Islamic-American Relations) as the primary agonist. Unlike its real-life counterpart, the CAIR of the I, Inquisitor series isn’t interested in improving relations between Muslims and non-Muslims, but rather bringing Sharia law to the United States. Ironically, this fictional CAIR behaves and holds beliefs identical to the DOU, and there is no attempt to explain how the two are different, except to say that Allah is the Devil in disguise and that Mohamad was a false prophet. Of the four seasons, season six is considered the best, with Natasha trying to stop CAIR from detonating a nuke in New York. Season seven ends in a cliff-hanger, with the audience believing Natasha is dead.
In the start of season eight, Natasha awakes up in a landfill after having a vision of Jesus Christ. No attempt is made to explain how she got there or why she is still alive, though fans of the series hold that she was healed by the power of Jesus. The Southern Poverty Law Center is the chief antagonist of the next four seasons. Like CAIR, they are based on a real-life organization that existed before the rise of the DOU. They claim to be against hatred and bigotry, but throughout the four seasons, it is revealed that their true goal is to bring down the white race. Natasha works with the KKK and other white supremist groups to combat the Southern Poverty Law Center. In season ten, she befriends Carl Smith, the charismatic leader of the KKK. Though they are just friends, it is heavily implied that Natasha is attracted to him.
The next four seasons (thirteen, fourteen, fifteen and sixteen) feature Amnesty International as the main villain. They are foreigners who have come to America’s shore to protest the human rights abuses of the Department of Understanding. (The real Amnesty International does list the U.S. as one of the worst violators of human rights.) During the four seasons, it is slowly revealed that Amenity International’s true agenda is flooding America with illegal migrants. An absurd idea since these days, people are trying to escape the U.S., not get in. Again, Natasha works with the KKK to prevent America from being swamped with non-whites.
Season seventeen featured the Council of Zion, a pro-Jewish lobby that secretly controls many American corporations and uses its money to influence U.S. politicians. It was supposed to reappear in season eighteen, but with the onset of the Third American Civil War, it was decided that the Second Underground should take its place. Actors were casted to play known members of the resistance, including Amanda, Katy and Catherina Adams and Matt Berkeley. Since it is the policy of the DOU that Inquisitor don’t defect, the truth about Katy and Catherina being former Inquisitors is kept hidden. The Second Underground is portrayed as a group dedicated to overthrowing the U.S. government and putting women in charge.
Despite being poorly written and lacking much in the way of character development, I, Inquisitor has been nominated and won countless awards over the years. Critics of the series, and they are legion, believe that the Department of Understanding has played a hand in this, using their influence to see that judges rule in their favor. If not for their intervention, it is very likely that I, Inquisitor would have been shelved long ago.