Not What We Expected

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
When the Verachi came, they were not what we expected.

Submitted: May 05, 2019

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Submitted: May 05, 2019

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The Verachi had been here, but in the shadows. When they decided to show themselves, we realized that we had an aircraft carrier sized space ship, in stationary orbit over Columbia, and that there was nothing to do about it.. They were not "little green men", and in fact, looked a lot like us.

 

At the same time that the ship showed itself, a video loop was transmitted onto the raw video feed of major TV news networks, and world leaders were frustrated to know nothing more than the general public. The speaker was female, spoke in accented English, had the skin tone of President Booker, and was as beautiful as a movie star. On earth, the speaker's beauty was noticed, but mostly ignored. Most lady TV broadcasters are beautiful, and why would the Verachi lady not be typical of TV news women?

 

Her message was not ignored. Our solar system had been placed under their administration and protection. While in future years we would be asked to carry our fair share of the cost, and share in decision making, that time was not yet here. Her name, which sounded like, "Graphanica Jaskahoud Pinghasticort", was quickly shortend to "GJP" by the news media. She said that the presidents of China and the USA, along with the General Secretary of the UN, should travel to Otis Air National Guard base, in Massachusetts, USA, to be picked up by a shuttle craft in exactly 24 hours. 

 

President Lee of  China was irritated to have to travel so far, so quickly, while President Booker and Secretary Merkel, were but a short way from Otis, but there was no two way communication with the space ship, and he was in a "take it or leave it" situation. He got permission from the USA to over fly the US in the back seat of a super sonic jet fighter, and to land at US airports to refuel. He arrived at Otis with hours to spare, and the 3 leaders got together to guess what would happen aboard ship.

 

The shuttle suddenly showed visually and on radar about five miles out from the long, main, runway. The news media got lots of video.  Not knowing what to do, the world leaders waited at the edge of the runway, near the midpoint. The shuttle pulled up next to them and a man got out. He said that he was the steward of the shuttle and that he was happy to welcome his guests aboard, but that none of the other people, waiting with the leaders could come. He went on to say that the pilot was in a hurry, and that they should board quickly. Earth followed the shuttle on radar, and the world knew when the shuttle got to the ship about an hour later.

 

Nothing happened for another hour, while the networks recycled video and opinion. When GJP broke into the news feed, almost every major netwok carried her message live. She said that the world leaders would be holding a live press brief upon landing, and that a group of pool reporters should stand by at the same place where the leaders were picked up. The world waited, but not for long. It took less than an hour for the shuttle to return to earth from the mother ship. The three leaders got off the shuttle and it taxied , a safe distance, before take off.

 

President Lee, obviously shaken, spoke first, and most networks guessing about the situation translated his remarks to world languages at the bottom of screens. "The man that we went to meet was a low level bureaucrat. He said that the captain was a busy man and that we were not yet worthy to meet him. A customer gets more respect in a noodle shop!!. We were told, not asked, that they would be drawing 5000 tons of water from Lake Superior to use as inertia mass. They will also need 1000 young men to send to a new world. They said that we can empty our prisons to get them, and that they will never return to earth. They also provided us with genetic material to produce 100,000 babies, all female, that they will pick up in 15 years. I need to consult with my government and world leaders before I say more".  President Booker spoke next and said that he had little to add, except to say that the people they passed in the passageways of the ship paid little attention. He said that the man they met, Mr Parvarmakat, reminded him of the "agents" that the USA sent to negotiate with native tribes in the late 1800s. "We were even given trinkets in the form of tablet computers", he said. Secretary Merkel said that she had nothing to add. GJP agan broke into the raw news feed to say that they would be broadcasting 24 hours of news and information before they left. Before the programming started, she said to use the time with the donated tablet computers with care. She said that the food source for the organic processors would run out in 2 or 3 weeks and that earth scientists lacked the technology to feed them. She said that they carried enough energy to compute what every computer on earth, put together, could compute in thousands of years. The next day, 10 shuttles, each with room for 100 passengers, left from different parts of the world. About 1/2 of the passengers were volunteers.

 

We learned that earth was one of several hundred populated worlds, spread all over the Milky Way, and that humans were the highest life form on them. There were other, possibly hostile, life forms in other galexies and that the human federation had to grow to face them. Only about 100 worlds were first order, full members. Some planets were still in the stone age, and the 1000 men were being sent to them to speed progress. Earth, it was said, could qualify for full membership, when the ship returned in 15 years. If earth had not made sufficient progress, world leaders, and "the wealthy" would be transported to new worlds, and earth would be given another 15 year cycle to get ready for first order.

 

Fifteen years passed quickly. With all of the new tech, life improved,each year. Civil liberties suffered. The Verachi preached democracy, but minority rights were said to be "unproductive". If the Verachi had re education camps, why not earth? Any time a population was pounded into submission, those who complained about it went to re education camps too. A little over 100,000 girls were born. Some mothers were volunteers, but most were paid. The young 1/2 Verachi women were both smart and beautiful, so rich, powerful,men conspired to obtain one of the "extras" for themselves. In the end it was decreed that the extras would finish high school and go to college on government funds, and that they could marry as they pleased. The decision didn't matter. When the Verachi returned, they took all 100,000 young women, plust the "extras". They left 1000 Verachi men to teach, and said that earth would need another 5 years to qualify for full membership. Plans were provided to build 3 "Earth Class" space ships, the size of aircraft carriers, and 50 smaller ships. Verachi were provided to captain the shps, and to supervise construction. People who complained about the cost went to work camps. When not enough volunteers came forward to crew the ships, people were drafted. Life on earth began to suck.


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