In the year 2026, no one believed that the government could
nearly annihilate the entire American population. After the
drones bombed every major city, the people fled, attempting to
find shelter in the countryside and small towns across the
nation, thinking we were attacked from without our borders. As
the countless hordes fled, they were met by seemingly infinite
advances of droids, proving that the invasion was internal.
The less populated areas were secure, for a while, but
eventually, even the small towns fell victim to this barbarous
The government had manufactured countless numbers of humanoid
soldiers, spending trillions of dollars to do so, finding them
more capable of sustainable warfare than the American people. As
everyone knows, people die. They fall prey to disease and
injury. With a dwindling population and many small insurgencies
occurring, it was deemed the best remedy to all the military ills
facing the country.
The droids could each be manufactured for the same cost as would
be paid over the lifetime of an ordinary career soldier but were
much more efficient and required less maintenance. The ratio of
cost to effectiveness was far greater than that of even many of
the best trained and most elite combatants and required only
programming and no training, making all but military strategists
obsolete. The best features of the droids were their endurance
and being impervious to most forms of attack. No bullet could
pierce them. Even most forms of explosives caused them little
damage. Short of missiles or nuclear weapons, little could cause
them much harm.
The American government began deploying these human-like elite
forces throughout the world, very quickly winning battle after
battle and war after war, quelling even the slightest internal
rebellions or perceived external threats. The United States
established, by force, an economic empire the likes of which no
one had ever dreamed, labeling it the rightful realization of a
never fully achieved manifest destiny.
Within less than four years, by the year 2025, the United States
had viciously attacked every other nation it considered an enemy
or potential enemy, devastating world populations until very few
countries were recognizable anymore by their former standards.
All other nations that survived in more than a primitive,
unorganized state, answered to the United States, accepting any
and all terms dictated to them, in essence, creating slaves of
once sovereign entities.
With no more external threats and a completely devastated world
economy, the government had no idea how to function. Its
military and economic leaders had no concrete ideas of how to
solve the problem of functionality. Some, including many of the
citizens, suggested once and for all fixing the nation's internal
disruptions, ending homelessness, hunger, crime, disease, etc.
They were met head on with counter arguments that such things
would cost too much money, to which it was said that perhaps, the
money system should be ended or at least so strongly amended as
to make fixing social problems completely feasible. With few
other economies to deal and a decreased population, it seemed
that until a new economic system could be emplaced, deflation
would occur and allow such remedies to be enacted.
The upper echelons of government, however, bent on maintaining
the status quo as much as possible, deemed this contendable and
greatly ill-advised. Out of this turmoil within the government,
some advocating doing exactly as the public wanted and many
sticking to their greed, factions arose that crippled Washington.
Only a handful of commanders remained qualified enough to
strategize and command the droids. Dissatisfied with leadership,
4 Star General Marcus Fisher used his army of 200,000 droids to
march on the White House and declare himself President. He was
quickly supported by most of the officers under him and soon, by
2 other generals, each commanding more than 100,000 droids.
There were, however, many other commanding officers in the field,
both within the United States and throughout the rest of the
world. Droid armies were left in place in many other countries,
both countries still organized enough to govern themselves and
many that had been reduced to poverty and anarchy. Many of the
officers in the field used the military junta of General Fisher
to establish themselves as ungoverned warlords.
Numerous new governments within the United States formed, each
ruled by a General declaring himself President or King. All but
1 were sooner or later defeated by Fisher, who possessed the only
droid factories not destroyed by the warfare. The only holdout
came from the western one-third of the United States, where
General Anthony Wayne Canaddy had established The Democratic
Republic of America, attempting to maintain rule and order as
much as it existed before so much had changed.
Canaddy successfully built new droid factories, finding new
resources to build and increase his army. Canaddy declared that
he wished not to use humans in his war, not because he believed
them so obsolete, but because he wanted to spare as many lives as
possible and believed that Fisher's droids would cause too much
devastation. This was not to mention that droid manufacturing
became the primary source of occupation throughout The Democratic
Republic of America.
Canaddy's and Fisher's armies met time and again on the field of
battle. Each had advantages over the other, ultimately leading
to stalemate in each encounter. Fisher, finding that resources
were waning in his nation, could scarcely afford to create new
armies or replenish the old ones. He had to rely on minimal
infusion of new droids, simply repairing those he already had
after every encounter. Fisher, however, still possessed many
drones, jets, and missiles, all of which wreaked havoc on
Canaddy's armies. Canaddy, however, had so many more resources
than Fisher and had even managed to improve the droid technology
enough to make his droids more efficient, quicker, even more
impenetrable. Canaddy afforded to field armies that always
outnumbered Fisher's at least 3 to 2.
Fisher, realizing that he could not defeat Canaddy, turned his
attentions to his own state and his own people, becoming more
ruthless and vindictive with each passing month, depressed at his
inability to reunite the nation and establish a full military
state. For his inefficiency, the people suffered unspeakable
atrocity. Fisher's economic advisers still had little or no
lucrative suggestions for fixing the stagnant economy, leaving
the President to attempt a solution on his own. All advisers
whose ideas held no perceived feasibility were publicly executed,
along with any other civic leaders who Fisher deemed inadequate
and any citizens found speaking out against the government.
Fisher's only ideas were confiscation of resources and virtual
enslavement of the population. The President believed that real
estate could be redeveloped and sold to the highest bidders, even
those from other surviving nations. He devised plantation style
agriculture programs, slave mining, and work camp manufacturing.
All resisters would be shot on sight, and all who were physically
unable to perform such tasks would be sent away as servants,
cooks, women to be sold or used for sexual services, etc. while
many of the blind, limbless, or mentally inferiors were rounded
up for mass public execution to not only prove Fisher's power and
the inadvisability of resistance but to save on the expense of
feeding and maintaining such seemingly useless people.
Fisher sent his droid armies into the cities to root out any
survivors, forcing these into enslavement, while securing any and
all areas of the cities for demolition and redevelopment. On one
such raid, one of the more populated neighborhoods of one of the
cities had made preparations for just such an occasion. Word had
spread, by way of the few who had managed to escape, of the
raids, their purposes, and their methods. Those that had not
fled the city now huddled in basements, attics, sewers, etc.,
sometimes numbering in the hundreds in the larger places and even
between 1 and 2 dozen in the smaller.
Already surviving without electricity, running water, and very
little food, these people had held out, seldom seeing the droids
or drones since the first attacks, living off of expired food
from stores, mice, rats, and even family pets.
One such group had built a secret apartment in the interconnected
basement of some of the city's oldest buildings. They sent
scavengers and scouts out daily to rescue any food or other
supplies and to look for signs of impending attack. On July 4,
2026, no such survivors were sent out of hiding. Raids on other
parts of the city had been widespread the day before. Enough
food had been gathered to last the group of 20 for nearly a week.
It was strongly hoped, as mothers clung to their weeping
children, that Fisher's army would pass by the settlement,
perhaps not detecting the presence of human life. The group felt
well concealed, especially since the area where the apartment
existed was difficult to find or reach, blockaded by heavy debris
and trash, kept in the back-most section of the basement, with no
visible light anywhere to be found. Within the apartment, there
was a stockpile of candles, enough to provide light for a
considerable amount of time. The engineers of the apartment,
however, had been able to erect a sturdy, hard-to-be-seen wall
that allowed no line of vision through anything but a covered
No sounds, other than the occasional whimper of a small child,
escaped, and none could be heard by those within. It seemed that
the attack had not begun. The anticipation haunted the victims
beyond the wall. At last, the faint sounds of an explosion were
heard. Soon, there was another and another. All at once, the
walls and ceiling of the fortified apartment shook. It was only
a matter of time until all might be lost. For those inside, it
signaled the approach of death.