Cyberfantasy Microscope

The Great War!
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A visiting aristocrat is assassinated by a rebel separatist in the hosting vassal which sets off a diplomatic crisis. Entangled international alliances formed by aristocratic marriages over the previous decades are invoked. Within weeks, the major powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy form the Centralist side and the United Kingdom, France, and Russia form the Triple Entente) are at war, and the conflict soon spreads around the world. Italy joins with the United States and Japan in an alliance with the Triple Entente, while Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire join the Centralists. The resultant war shatters the aristocratic empires, frees their colonies, and leads to internal revolutions which depose the aristocrat families.

Great War Merger

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Great War Merger
Great War Event

JP Morgan, Jr (in his role as the sole supplier of munitions to France and Britain) joins forces with his friend Nicola Tesla to complete the takeover of General Electric (formed by JP’s father, JP Morgan, Sr., through the mergers of Edison Electric and lesser rivals) by Tesla Energy. This allows Nicola to once and for all crush Tesla’s one-time mentor, employer, and finally rival (Thomas Edison). Now as an employee of Tesla Energy, the scientific adviser to the United States military (again, Thomas Edison) is required to back Nicola’s insane plan to build remote-controlled submarines for the Navy. Edison fulfills his employment requirements and recommends the plan. Tesla Arms gains the sole contract to produce military drones. Despite not seeing actual combat during the war, the rushed prototypes offer hope to the Europeans that the United States has an answer to the German U-Boats.

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Revenge, Reconstruction, and Eugenics

As Europe rebuilds, it relentlessly punishes Germany for the loss of the aristocracy, their colonies, their empires, and the emergence of the United States as a major world power. Even the victors punish themselves with repressive puritanical laws, and seek to purify their societies through the use of eugenics (sterilization and selective breeding of people) to remove undesirable traits – skin color, mental illness, and physical and mental handicaps just as they start to do with animals such as dogs to form breeds and horses to form lineages. Anyone with enough money can leave their permanent mark on people and/or animals.

Woman’s Work
Isolation and Derision
Declaration of Human Rights

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Woman's Work
Revenge, Reconstruction, and Eugenics Event

Tesla Arms, discovering they need people to “program” their switching stations, seeks out the granddaughter of Ada Lovelace (who was the world’s first programmer). Her granddaughter, Judith Blunt-Lytton, is in the middle of a legal battle over her grandmother’s estate and her aunt’s prized horses with her heavily mortgaged father, Wilfrid. Every time Wilfred gains temporary custody over the horses or estate, he sells everything he legally can. Judith then spends whatever money she can scrape together to buy the portions back. As the legal costs mount, the Tesla Arms’ deal seems to be a life saver to Judith. She enlists her social circle and the Ladies of England engage in programming. This forever marks computer programming as “woman’s work.”

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Isolation and Derision
Revenge, Reconstruction, and Eugenics Event

With the election of President Harding, the United States turned from isolationistic to outright derision of European powers. Ambassador Keahi, a female “rescued” from a hovel on a South Pacific pigmy island (American Samoa), was sent to represent the United States in the League of Nations; she was selected in part due to a Supreme Court ruling claiming that no manner of beast from the island could be an American citizen. In addition, “General” Annabelle Mayberry, a serving wench General Beauregard found in his house, was sent to North Atlantic Treaty Organization. When other nations followed suit, all manner of jokes were made: “What do you get when you collect geriatric bats from around the world? The League of Nations!” and “Be careful of your actions, it might be the wrong time of month and NATO will invade!”

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Declaration of Human Rights
Revenge, Reconstruction, and Eugenics Event

Ambassador Keahi, failing to understand her place and inspired by the American Bill of Rights, undertakes the drafting of a Universal Declaration of Human Rights which would bind all members of the League of Nations in the common protection of the world’s population. After being complete, the Declaration was passed by the general assembly and became binding to all member nations. Religious and political leaders all around the world became enraged at the audacity of their women and especially at the requirement that they treat all women and men as equals regardless of wealth, nationality, or any other kind or distinction.

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Recent Past

Instead of an “Arab Spring”, this world experienced a corporate expansion and a contraction of civil rights.

Japanese Demographics
ReserveCorp Formed
Waste Management Armies
SpaceX Launches
Sumitomo Formed

Sampling the Moon

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Japanese Demographics
Recent Past Event

Japan is sunk in an economic slump that has been compounded by its falling population. World experience shows that when women become more educated, they have fewer children; and, when they have ready access to birth control, they have fewer children. The laudable goal of having women better able to prepare their sons for adult life becomes largely meaningless if women don’t HAVE enough sons in the first place. The government heeds this, and changes education policy: girls are to go to separate schools and will no longer be eligible for college. Preparing them for jobs is a waste of money; they need to be raising sons. The female schools will instead prepare them for what they actually need to know — home economics and cooking. All forms of birth control other than condoms are banned since birth control cannot halt the transmission of STDs. Abortions are restricted medical necessity and limited cases of rape and incest. Women can be arrested and charged with felony crimes for miscarriages, stillbirths, and doing anything which may endanger a male fetus.

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Waste Management Armies
Recent Past Event

Waste Management, Inc. has a running gun battle while trying to haul some toxic waste to a disposal facility with a group of ecoterrorists. Later, the International Corporate Tribunal finds that Waste Management to have been not only within their rights but within their duty — a spill would have been disastrous. As such their questionable army was protecting the public good, and thus corporate armies used to protect the public good are declared legal.

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ReserveCorp Formed
Recent Past Event

Tired of the central banks’ incompetence leading the world from one recession to the next, the financial corporations form their own central bank, the ReserveCorp. From the start, ReserveCorp initiates its own “reserve” currency (the Crypto). It then offers this currency in the form of loans to various corporations; who, in turn, pay their employees in Cryto units. ReserveCorp offers “local” currency to the employees based on rates which ReserveCorp set. As federal governments struggle with liquidity problems, the Crypto currency gains strength and replaces lesser currencies as the universal trade currency.

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