© 2017 Mikael Carlson

VALENTINE'S DAY HOLOCAUST (FEBRUARY 14, 2034)

AMERICA, INC.

CORPORATE PROPAGANDA OFFICIAL TEASER

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BY THE END OF 2033, THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF CORPORATIONS CREATED AROUND THE WORLD. MANY OF THEM WERE NOTHING MORE THAN RAG-TAG GROUPS CLAIMING TO HAVE A CHARTER AND DOMINION OVER A SMALL PATCH OF REAL ESTATE. THE LARGER, EARLY CORPORATIONS WERE FLOURISHING AS TRADE INCREASED AND THEIR EMPLOYEES SETTLED INTO THEIR RESPECTIVE OCCUPATIONS. SMALLER CORPORATIONS WERE CONTINUING TO MERGE TO KEEP UP. CORPORATIONS IN THE FORMER NATIONS OF SWEDEN, FINLAND AND NORWAY COMBINED TO FORM SCANDINAVIA. LATVIAN, LITHUANIAN, AND ESTONIAN FLEDGLING COMPANIES COMBINED TO CHARTER THE BALTIC REGION. AREAS ALONG THE MEDITERRANEAN FORMED THE SOUTHERN EUROPEAN CORPORATION.

 

 

 

HIGH-STAKES CHESS

MANY CORPORATIONS STRUGGLED TO FIND A MEANS TO ESTABLISH LEGITIMACY. AS TRADE EXPANDED, COMMODITIES BECAME VALUABLE AGAIN. FACTIONS FOUGHT FOR CONTROL OF THEM ― LIKE OIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST, DIAMONDS IN AFRICA, AND COFFEE AND THE DRUG TRADE IN SOUTH AMERICA. BY CREATING A SUPPLY TO MEET LARGE CORPORATE DEMAND, THESE FLEDGLING ENTERPRISES WERE LOOKING TO SOLIDIFY AND EXPAND WITH THE BACKING OF LARGE CORPORATIONS.

IT DIDN’T WORK OUT THAT WAY. LEARY OF ENTERING INTO AGREEMENTS THAT COULD DRAG THEM INTO CONFLICT, MAJOR CORPORATIONS SAT BACK AND PLAYED THE WAITING GAME. THE RESULT WAS OPEN WARFARE AROUND THE GLOBE. DISPUTES OVER WHO CONTROLLED WHAT IN THE FAR REACHES OF THE OLD THIRD WORLD WERE SETTLED WITH BLOOD RATHER THAN NEGOTIATIONS. DEATH TOLLS THAT HAD STEADILY DECREASED AS ORDER WAS RESTORED AROUND THE WORLD BEGAN TO RISE AGAIN. SEIZING UPON THE OPPORTUNITIES THIS PRESENTED, CORPORATIONS LAUNCHED PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGNS TO TIGHTEN GRIP ON THEIR EMPLOYEES. NO MATTER HOW BAD IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN UNDER CORPORATIZED REGIMES, IT WAS WORSE ELSEWHERE.

 

THE STRIFE RIPPED APART AFRICA AND SOUTH AMERICA, BUT BOTH PALED IN COMPARISON TO THE MIDDLE EAST. THE ATTEMPTS OF EMIRS AND BUSINESS TYCOONS TO CREATE THEIR OWN CALIPHATES WERE THWARTED BY A RELIGIOUS WAR BETWEEN SUNNI AND SHIA SECTS OF ISLAM. LONG ENEMIES, THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC COLLAPSE GAVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO ERADICATE EACH OTHER ONCE AND FOR ALL. CONFLICT ERUPTED FROM LEBANON TO AFGHANISTAN AS MUSLIM FOUGHT EACH OTHER FOR SUPREMACY IN ISLAM. WESTERNIZED AREAS LIKE THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, QATAR, KUWAIT, AND JORDAN ALL TRIED AND FAILED TO CREATE LASTING CORPORATIONS WITH THE ABILITY TO RESTORE ORDER. IN IRAN, NOW REFERRING TO ITS FORMER NAME OF PERSIA, AN ACTUAL FUNCTIONING THEOCRATIC GOVERNMENT WAS FORMED.

 

NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION WAS A PARAMOUNT CONCERN ONCE CORPORATIONS BEGAN TO SEIZE CONTROL. MANY DEVELOPED NUCLEAR POWERS HAD STRANGLEHOLDS ON THEIR ARSENALS, BUT OTHERS DID NOT.

THE WORST FEARS ARE REALIZED

ON FEBRUARY 14, 2034, AMIDST THE CHAOS THAT WAS A TYPICAL DAY IN BAGHDAD, EARLY RISERS WERE GREETED WITH A MUSHROOM CLOUD AND UTTER DEVASTATION. MANY RESIDENCE OF THE BELEAGUERED CITY WOULD NEVER WAKE UP. THE FORMER IRAQI CAPITAL HAD BECOME A SUNNI STRONGHOLD IN A LARGELY SHIA DOMINATED REGION. YEARS OF BLOODY CONFLICT FOLLOWING THE COLLAPSE CAME TO A CRESCENDO WHEN A TRUCK WAS DRIVEN UP TO THE SWORDS OF QĀDISĪYAH AND THE NUCLEAR DEVICE IN IT DETONATED.

 

NO IMMEDIATE RESPONSIBILITY WAS TAKEN, THOUGH MANY IN THE REGION SUSPECTED THE NEW THEOCRATIC STATE OF PERSIA WAS BEHIND THE NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST. WHILE IT WAS LATER DETERMINED THAT THEY WERE NOT, IT DID NOT MASSIVE SECTARIAN VIOLENCE FROM ERUPTING IN THE REGION. HOPES OF RESTORING ORDER IN THE REGION WERE DASHED FOR A GENERATION.

 

FOR THE GLOBAL CORPORATE COMMUNITY, THE BLOODBATH IN THE MIDDLE EAST WAS THE FINAL STRAW. WITH CORPORATE ESPIONAGE RUNNING RAMPANT, THE THREAT OF CONFLICT BETWEEN CORPORATIONS HANGING LIKE A GUILLOTINE, AND NOW WITNESSING THE REALITY THAT NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROCURED FROM FAILED STATES ARE AVAILABLE FOR USE, EXECUTIVES DECIDED TO HUDDLE AND DEVELOP A SOLUTION. SOMETHING HAD TO BE DONE BEFORE IT WAS TOO LATE TO ACT.

 

 

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