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Post by Alexios Komnenos on 2008-08-28, 15:42

Working Title: BiOsYn UnDoEs ThEiR CoRdUrOy HaLtEr-ToP: a StOrY oF ThE fUtUrE

The story takes place in 2052.

Raja's Timeline Draft: 2009 – 2048

2009 – the EU passes legislation (Article 3 of the Rome Treaty) that bans EU governments from subsidizing products and services that have been genetically engineered or involve genetic engineering.

2010 - Germany, France, and the UK form Biosyn SAS, the main component in a newly created ‘European Genetics Research and Application Consortium’ (EGEN). initial research and development is focused on the re-introduction into the wild of endangered species through a cloning and genetically controlled breeding program – one highly controversial (and secret until 2017) aspect of this program was the release of billions of cloned cod and other fish into the oceans to regenerate the fisheries. although it has government support, operations are based on a don’t ask, don’t tell policy to protect politicians.

2011 – a successful duplication of the bojinka plot; 3 of 4 targeted trans-pacific and 3 trans-atlantic flights are blown up, killing nearly 2000 people in the second deadliest terrorist attack in history – flights are grounded across north america, europe and asia for 12 days, throwing the global aviation industry into disarray.

in the aftermath anti-terrorism security measures are tightened further, and questionable bills are passed in several countries, especially in the US (PATRIOT prt II) to increase the ‘aresenal of democracy’ in the fight against terrorism.

the attacks themselves, however, have a negative impact on markets worldwide, and airline industries struggle in an environment of high fuel costs and reduced air travel.

2013 – the radical environmentalist movement ‘MotherEarth’ is founded in Amsterdam, Netherlands with an aim of spreading awareness of environmental degradation and global warming through unconventional and creative means. it soon gains a large following; and by 2018 has merged with the ‘green’ parties of most EU member states.

2012-2020 – across much of the western world, but especially in the US, civil liberties are slowly eroded, restriction of immigration begins in the EU targeted primarily against those of middle eastern decent – especially following a small, but disruptive, terrorist attack on London during the Olympic games that kills 62 tourists.

after 2018, deportations begin of citizens and refugees of middle eastern or islamic descent that are not deemed to be sufficiently naturalized.

throughout this period, the federation of the EU state is consolidated in an attempt to enhance security and unify foreign policy more concretely, in an effort to more efficiently combat the problems facing the EU community.

Jan 1, 2020 – the ‘EU Wall’ officially comes into effect, which dramatically increases security and restrictions on those wishing to enter the EU from the middle east or russia, or who are from so-called ‘Listed Countries’.

from 2011 – 2014 the US suffers a recession.

2016 – Biosyn successfully isolates the genes that give immunity to AIDS/HIV, as well as those that can promote the growth of certain cancers; more importantly they also have developed the technology to alter or correct these genes while in the embryonic stage. in 2017 Biosyn begins secret, non-government sanctioned experiments on human test subjects – large sums of money are spent on procuring subjects and keeping them silent.

2019 – Biosyn gets approval – after suspected political intervention and bribery – to begin offering these treatments. using positive advertising spin off the rescue and rehabilitation of several wild animal species, Biosyn begins to market a campaign of ‘genetic innoculation against the ills of tomorrow’; despite violent protests and reactions against genetic engineering on human patients, there are many customers willing to pay the hefty – though not unmanageable – price to safeguard their children from dread diseases.

from 2019 to 2027 further Biosyn enhancements are introduced and refined, and through a prolonged and extensive advertising and acclimatization campaign the greater part of the population eventually accepts Biosyn as an everyday part of life. people born after 2012 have lived with the consortium for virtually all their lives.

2022 – in February massive floods engulf nothern europe from the north sea, as heavy driving rain is accompanied by a powerful storm surge and spring tides. 22 000 people are killed, and 300 000 left homeless across the UK and the Netherlands, while France, Belgium, Denmark and Germany suffer billions of euro in damage.

this, coupled with the release in 2022 of the 7th IPCC Report in April, leads to the election of MotherEarth to the government of the UK, France, the Netherlands, and forming the basis of a coalition government in Germany – in many countries ME becomes the leader of the opposition.

In the EU elections of 2023, MotherEarth is elected to a plurality of seats in the European Parliament.

large ‘Green’ projects are started across the EU, and the ambitious goal is set to abandon all carbon-emitting energy sources (including oil) by 2040. to this end, construction is started on massive oceanic windfarms and geothermal power plants, and billions of euro are expended on research and development projects. additionally, severe restrictions on carbon-emissions are implemented in the period 2024-28.

2026-2036 – Taiwan crisis comes to a head, mainland China orchestrates a coup in Taipei after key political assassinations and a rigged referendum; a bombardment of Taipei by PLA forces prompts the US to intervene with a carrier task group. Naval skirmishes occur in the strait of Taiwan, several ships are sunk and a US navy carrier heavily damaged – oil supplies to China are attacked and interdicted by US naval forces.

the new Taiwanese government declares its re-unification with mainland China, US naval forces abandon the area but continue to harass Chinese shipping and maintain an embargo on Chinese goods.

a global economic crises ensues, and the world is thrown into recession.

Tokyo Accords are signed between China and US, in which both countries recognize the de facto situation and normalize relations. regardless, the world financial system has received a severe shock, and as a result of the percieved impotence of the US in this incident, isolationism becomes standard US policy - and as a result NATO gradually (and quietly) becomes defunct over the next several years.

the EU suffers a depression, the vast costs of the new economic regulations and the ‘green’ infrastructure projects lead to an explosion of public debt as financial systems across the world react to the Taiwan crisis. excessive regulation, and expensive energy prevents the EU from adapting to the changed situation; the ‘green’ projects are abandoned largely unfinished, while coal and oil fired plants are re-opened.

as economic considerations come to the fore, the increasing failure of MotherEarth as a government becomes evident; in the EU elections of 2033 the party is shut out of the EU Parliament and is essentially disbanded. the UK, where the poor management of the economy was both most extreme and most visible, the depression is particularly acute and the reaction against environmentalism most extreme.

during the period 2027-2036 there is a major disruption to Biosyn’s operations due to lack of financing/revenue – new research and development is dramatically curtailed and much fewer people can afford their services; which become more elitist.

after the ousting of MotherEarth, the EU moves to further federalize and unite the state in response to the severe economic crisis, and increasingly belligerent threats from Russia; current US foreign policy precludes it from getting involved in Europe. by 2036 the national entities had been re-organized as ‘Euroregions’, with regional governments generally subordinated to the federal EU Parliament.

2040 – environmental initiatives started at the beginning of the millenium and further developed during the ‘Green reign’, as it is colloquially known, had been largely abandoned by this point – cheap was the new watchword, and in general greener technologies were not implemented into new designs, while older machines gradually fell apart and fell into disuse. by the end of the 30's Europe had become a land of scarlet sunsets, smoggy grey skies, and soot blackened buildings; increasingly the countryside became a means of escape from the grungy and stifling urban environments – to those that could afford it.

support for a revamped MotherEarth begins to grow throughout the late 30’s and early 40’s, until the Party is re-instated in 2042. throughout the 40’s the party continues to consolidate it’s power base; however many of the more extremist members of the new organization were frustrated by the lack of rapid gains and organized a more clandestine wing of the party that attempted to push forward change through a campaign of harassment, threats, and even terrorist acts. these cells - labelled ‘neo-Luddites’ by their detractors - maintained a seperation from the political party.

support for MotherEarth is highest in France, Benelux, Scandinavia, and Ireland, lower in Germany, and almost non-existent in the UK which was most effected by the disastrous policies of the organization in that country.

the economic situation started to improve dramatically in the early 40’s, so that by 2045 the GDP of the EU was well on its way to recovering to it’s pre-’27 levels.

Biosyn, as a major European Consortium, played a vital role in this economic development, and had had a tremendous influence on getting the liberalization policies passed in the EU Parliament that allowed economic recovery to take place.

after 2036 it had consolidated its operations, and began offering its services to those few who could still afford them in the depression-era society. as a result, it’s services became more expensive and less broad-based. this model remained the norm throughout much of the 40’s, as it was simply too expensive to re-instate the infrastructure that had existed prior to the depression.

Additional updates will be posted, as we continue to finalize the story's background before it's approaching launch. Smile
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Post by Raja Sagan the Caker on 2008-09-05, 15:12

MotherEarth™

A vaguely defined organization that consists primarily of three separate sections, all of which are tied together in a very ambiguous and loosely defined relationship.

The political wing is the official political party of MotherEarth™, and can also be variously called ‘the Greens’ and ‘the Enviros’; this represents and advances the ideologies of the organization within the governmental framework of the EU, with both supranational and national representation; at the beginning of the story the party sits at roughly 18% on opinion polls across the EU, with much greater support within France (~45%), Benelux (~33%), Ireland (~35%), and Scandinavia (~55%).

The NGO wing of the organization was the primary level until around 2042, when the political wing became a dominant force in EU politics once again. It consists of environmental think-tanks, fundraising organizations, advertising organizations, and later serves as the unofficial link between the political party and the clandestine wing.

The clandestine wing of the organization is a relatively new, and officially unrecognized, level of the organization. Largely the product of people within the organization tired with the lack of progress through normal democratic channels, they have taken the organizations ideology of human sacrifices to save the environment to the extreme, and have no qualms with using terrorism and assassination to advance their aims. The cells are scattered, unorganized, and are generally incapable of carrying mass attacks; however, as the story progresses they receive increasing amounts of funding from other wings of the party, increasing their effectiveness.


History:

MotherEarth was founded in Amsterdam as an environmentalist organization in 2013, largely concerning itself with mass rallies and demonstrations, as well as petitioning governments across the EU for more environmentally friendly policies.

Through daring and creative tactics, MotherEarth soon made a name for itself and gradually spread across Europe, consolidating with other environmentalist organizations and adopting an organic and haphazard hierarchy.

Around 2016 MotherEarth started to merge itself with the various ‘Green’ parties of Europe, which all became united under the umbrella of MotherEarth and eventually had enough support to enter into elections at the supranational level.

By 2021, increasing concerns and hype about the effects of Global Climate Change had propelled MotherEarth to the fore in politics and it had formed minority and coalition governments in several countries across the EU. A devastating North Sea storm in the winter of 2022 caused massive flooding across northern Europe and killed upwards of 10 000 people – global warming was blamed for the disaster and Green governments were given free rein to implement increasingly expensive and extreme environmental policies.

At the cost of trillions of Euro massive flood protection systems were implemented in vulnerable coast areas – the most (in)famous of which being the London Seawall, construction was started on huge renewable energy sources such as floating wind farms and tidal dams while dirtier power plants were shut down and demolished, and heavy restrictions were placed on carbon emissions.

Global economic slowdown in the late 20’s precipitated by the Taiwan Crisis in 2026 spelled financial and economic catastrophe for Europe, who’s over-regulated and restricted economic model simply could not deal with the economic downturn. Bearing the brunt of the responsibility of the economic troubles, support for MotherEarth declines precipitously and the party is shut out of the 2033 EU elections.

Excerpt from story timeline:

“environmental initiatives started at the beginning of the millenium and further developed during the ‘Green reign’, as it is colloquially known, had been largely abandoned by 2040 – cheap was the new watchword, and in general greener technologies were not implemented into new designs, while older machines gradually fell apart and fell into disuse. by 2040 Europe had become a land of scarlet sunsets, smoggy grey skies, and soot blackened buildings; increasingly the countryside became a means of escape from the grungy and stifling urban environments – to those that could afford it.

support for a revamped MotherEarth begins to grow throughout the late 30’s and early 40’s, until the Party is re-instated in 2042. throughout the 40’s the party continues to consolidate it’s power base; however many of the more extremist members of the new organization were frustrated by the lack of rapid gains and organized a more clandestine wing of the party that attempted to push forward change through a campaign of harassment, threats, and even terrorist acts. these so-called ‘neo-Luddite’ cells were kept separate from the political wing of the party.

support for MotherEarth is highest in France, Benelux, Scandinavia, and Ireland, lower in Germany, and almost non-existent in the UK which was most effected by the disastrous policies of the organization in that country.”
MotherEarth in the Story:

The role of MotherEarth in the story is primarily to serve as the medium by which themes of environmentalism and especially environmentalist extremism can be explored. As a plot device, MotherEarth is a primary driver of the conflict of the story - between MotherEarth with more grassroots influences and the EU parliament/government which has become an extremely powerful and possibly restrictive reactionary government which is considerably influenced by powerful european consortiums, especially Biosyn – and ultimately triggers the story’s climax through several increasingly extreme actions against the growing totalitarianism and corporatism of the EU Parliament.

In the end, France under a MotherEarth party and banner, secedes from the European Union, precipitating a civil war…

Primary Tenets of MotherEarth:

Humanity as a cancer - ignorant of the effects of its actions, and spreading beyond the limits of its environment, until it will either perish or evolve

Humanity as an organ - having found equilibrium with nature in its progress and general advancement. Progress is slow but rewarding, leading to the third stage (after thousands of years, perhaps)

Humanity as an embryo - it has become the child of the planet, an equal in stature and importance, ready to spread out into the universe as an entity beyond our current understanding.

Ultimately, the goal of MotherEarth is to foster an environment where humanity fits into the global ecology with as little destruction and interruption of natural processes as possible while at the same time promoting human creativity in the arts and social advancement without the need for highly invasive technologies.

In the future, MotherEarth hopes that technology will allow us to experience the benefits of modern life, without the ecological destruction we see today…

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Post by Alexios Komnenos on 2008-09-05, 15:17

Biosyn: Facts, some history, and what they do in the story:

History (stolen from timeline)

2009 – the EU passes legislation (Article 3 of the Rome Treaty) that bans EU governments from subsidizing products and services that have been genetically engineered or involve genetic engineering.

2010 - Germany, France, and the UK form Biosyn SAS, the main component in a newly created ‘European Genetics Research and Application Consortium’ (EGEN). initial research and development is focused on the re-introduction into the wild of endangered species through a cloning and genetically controlled breeding program – one highly controversial (and secret until 2017) aspect of this program was the release of billions of cloned cod and other fish into the oceans to regenerate the fisheries. although it has government support, operations are based on a don’t ask, don’t tell policy to protect politicians.

2016 – Biosyn successfully isolates the genes that give immunity to AIDS/HIV, as well as those that can promote the growth of certain cancers; more importantly they also have developed the technology to alter or correct these genes while in the embryonic stage. in

2017 Biosyn begins secret, non-government sanctioned experiments on human test subjects – large sums of money are spent on procuring subjects and keeping them silent.

2019 – Biosyn gets approval – after suspected political intervention and bribery – to begin offering these treatments. using positive advertising spin off the rescue and rehabilitation of several wild animal species, Biosyn begins to market a campaign of ‘genetic innoculation against the ills of tomorrow’; despite violent protests and reactions against genetic engineering on human patients, there are many customers willing to pay the hefty – though not unmanageable – price to safeguard their children from dread diseases.

from 2019 to 2027 further Biosyn enhancements are introduced and refined, and through a prolonged and extensive advertising and acclimatization campaign the greater part of the population eventually accepts Biosyn as an everyday part of life. people born after 2012 have lived with the consortium for virtually all their lives.
Biosyn’s role in the story:

As a major European Consortium, Biosyn’s power and influence have granted it a significant amount of control over the European Parliament. Nevertheless, MotherEarth manages to introduce a bill, in an attempt to ban genetic engineering.

A significant percentage of the population is uneasy about genetic engineering, and anti-Biosyn lawmakers are enough of a threat for Biosyn to bring out it’s secret weapons, the Contractors…

How it works:

In the early stages of the fetus’ development, Biosyn uses a modified Ebola/HIV hybrid virus to affect genetic changes in the unborn fetus. The virus includes it’s own genetic makeup into the cell, improving the baby bit by bit. After several treatments using Biosyn’s patented technique, it can be almost gaurenteed that the child which is born will be significantly enhanced.

This technique has been improved dramatically over the course of Biosyn’s history, however, during the economic recession, their sales dropped, in spite of them lowering prices realistically to cope with the economic meltdown. (Biosyn had, and still does, overprice the procedure)

The first modifications, disease resistance, and later, basic modifications, were cheaper and rather widely availible, meaning that some 60% of the population got them. This continued, with some blips, until the 40’s, when the latest modifications became too expensive for the vast majority of the population, and only 10% were able to afford them. Another 40% were able to buy the lower level ones, but the higher ones stayed out of reach for the majority of people.

However, Biosyn continued their testing, creating more and more superior models…

Biosyn’s ideology:

1) Humanity as brain - it has become the controlling force of nature on the planet, biomass is artificially engineered and harvested solely for the use of humanity

2) Humanity as capitalist - it has become obsessed with profit, nature is manipulated at its smallest level to increase the capital of man...

3) Humanity as God - it has altered its own genetic code artificially so that it is no longer the same

This stands in sharp contrast to MotherEarth’s ideology, making them bitter enemies at times…
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