A BRIEF HISTORY OF SURVIVAL

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PK-2048, the single most famous acronym ever coined in the history of the human race ,matched in repitition of usage only by the often overlooked and indistinct A.M and P.M. For perhaps, the better part of it's 18 years of existence, the word had spawned, if not been directly responsible for, an amazing 23 U.N resolutions, 178 amendments across 15 major national constitutions,resolution of the contentious kashmir dispute ,a dozen or so fictional bestsellers,couple of hollywood blockbusters and even a bollywood melodrama lapped up by teary eyed audiences across the world

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF SURVIVAL
 
 
PK-2048, the single most famous acronym ever coined in the history of the human race ,matched in repitition of usage only by the  often overlooked and indistinct  A.M and P.M.  For perhaps, the better part of it's 18 years of  existence, the word had spawned,  if not been directly responsible for,   an amazing 23 U.N resolutions, 178  amendments across 15 major national constitutions,resolution of the  contentious kashmir dispute ,a dozen or so fictional bestsellers,couple of hollywood  blockbusters and even a bollywood melodrama lapped up by teary eyed audiences across the world and a general sense of war and chaos across the world.  On the other hand ,fundamental rights across nations were withdrawn,several democracies reverted to dictatorships including the U.S, India and the neutral nation that was switzerland, narcotic sales across the world shot up(cocaine was legalized in 50 nations),crime rates rocketed, hippies  from the 60's were back ,reinvented for the 21st century and  naked yogi's from india,buddhist monks and  the victorian age were the  new inspirations for  the fashion industry during those  troubled years.
 
The term was coined and christened in news studios and radio stations across the world,exactly 18 years ago,it was no scientific term,nor a legal conundrum ,nor even  military terminology,it simply stood for, Planet Killer(PK)-2048. 18 years ago,the newly launched  Ragniputtam-Zyler hyperspace telescope spotted a 10.243 mile long anomaly,an asteroid on  the highway to earth zipping towards it's destination at a crisp 16,000 miles an hour.The planet to be killed in this context was none other than a lowly blue and green glob of dust home to nine and a half billion specks of a single species who although capable of complex emotions and thoughts ,displayed an amazing singularity in emotion on hearing the news---Panic;for contrary to popular opinion it is almost impossible to miss a 10  mile wide astral body,if you even just happen to point your telescope in the right direction and quite a few were pointing in the right direction;fortunately or maybe not so much.
 
The following 6 years(2030-2036) were the bloodiest ever documented in human history,racketing up a toll equivalent to five times that of the second world war  and 100 times more than the hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings and  If the human race had kept up it's panic driven primal bloodlust at the same rate for the next  12 years, then two decades on  the planet killer would have been greeted by just a  big glob of dust without  the  nine and a half billion specks.  Nations watched , governments  tumbled as Human despair and decadency fuelled anarchy,war,genocides.Looking back into the history of those times if one were to fully examine the various causes of the killings,the wanton murders ,rapes ,ethnic wipeouts,genocides,mass suicides,human experiments,slave labour,wars to control resources critical to survival and greed, they  were just repititive blips on a static frame of  destruction and loss of everthing described by a forgotten word--Humanity.In those early days of chaos when governments across the world crumbled,militaries across the world turned to mercenaries for hire ,money was the ultimate intoxication, for everyone wanted to be fireballed only after gratifying every last human desire ,perverse, illogical or otherwise.
 
 
Year 2036:Six cycles of destruction  had passed;chances were there would be twelve more before the final blackout or in this case the final fireout.But destiny,god or man himself had other plans...29th feb 2036: Day of   the thousand revolutions....
 
 
Millions donned the Red and green  golden armbands,zealots raced to every single conflict zone,slave city,dictatorship ,general, warlord and government.The world which had been carved into a thousand pieces; witnessed panagea in it's human form.Disbanded armies united under the new order, the fragile might of the surviving democracies united under one insignia,millions moved as one to unite the world under the new order. Those who donned the red and green golden armbands called themselves the survivalists .The new order came to be known as the remnant.
 
Fortunately enough,a general sense of tranquility was restored across the world by the order followed by the single most important covention in human history,the legateur convention.11,000 delegates including 5,000 of the world's top scientists and engineers  who had survived,every single surviving  head of state,generals of the order,the order oligarchy and religious heads . A fifty warship flotilla including  missile cruisers,nuclear submarines,carrier escorts,fast attack missile boats  escorted the delegates aboard the legateur, the single largest cruise ship ever built,  
 
The Legateur Charter ,signed aboard the legateur by the heads of the order and heads of states of every single nation , was at odds with the power  sturucture of the world at that time and in that the world owed it's true debt to the order, for the convention reestablished the United nations with a new charter---
 
1.That the United nations shall under it's aegis establish a world government,the executive of which shall be elected  by the  member nations.
 
2.That the United nations shall have the right to use the full military might of it's member states( in this case the order) to unite the world under the aegis of the World government.
 
3.That Humanity as one under the aegis of the United nations shall combat the single biggest threat to it's existence in over  two thousand years.PK 2048.
 
Many thought that the worst was over  but the best part of the worst was yet to come,for with every passing day armageddon loomed closer and fear grew even in the heart of the strongest.Barely had a 
few years of peace and reconstruction passed when on the 15th of march 2040 the infamous  Resolution 666 was enacted.And the world changed again.For even worse ,this time.
 
For it had been determined that no hairbrained scheme imaginary or otherwise could stop or even deviate PK-2048 off it's path to salvation for it's speed ,mass ,structural composition and even rotational configuration defied all practical/theoretical scenarios of ,as the americans put it "Kabooming" it out of the sky or  even changing it's trajectory.In desperation and in a last bid to salvage of what was  left of the human race the order and the United nations executive council promulgated what would be their final resolution on planet earth--Resolution no.666 or  as it became famous later ,the devil's law.
 
Over the next couple of days on the lips of every single human being there were only three words,every newspaper had the same headlines,there was only one news broadcast--"we were leaving".The Exodus had begun.Resolution 666 placed at the disposal of the order and the executive council the entire human race and all the resources that mother earth could provide to build the Arcs. But the problem was that everyone was not leaving,just that everyone was building the arcs and preparing them for the journey ahead,wether they wanted to or not.For the next 10 years turned into the years of slavery.Billions were forced to work from around the world into building the flotilla,the arcs of Noah or Manu as they were called,that humanity would use to escape from earth.Millions died of hunger,poverty,disease,famine sometimes even of thirst for in those days there was only one thing important-deadlines .Human rights ceased to exist,If there was survival it was only in the work camps spread across the world policed by the order and it's military wings.
 
 
It was the single biggest Human construction project conceived ever,many times greater than that of the great wall of china or the ancient pyramids, it was mamolithic.Thirteen arcs were made in total. Each one  under construction in a major world city.Thirteen depots  were made too; the most infamous constructions of those times ; some called them the "Fat Ladies", some "The larder  ", while others called them "The Gobblers  ".These were the depots where resources for the great journey were being piled up,millions of tonnes of wheat,rice,processed food,every possible need of man be it luxurious or otherwise was attended to for Man was building Pyramids that could fly
 
 
 
 
Gregory Zeoskoff,overnite became one of the most hated figures in human history.For he designed the Zeoskoff gene sequencing algorithm.
People were chosen by an obscure algorithm devised by one gegory zeoskoff, Imagine a computer deciding wether you are fit to live or die, but at that  time it was felt that was the fairest thing to do; No biases, No prejudices, no emotions, just plain mathematics calculating gene sequences to choose memebers of the species best suited for survival.The rest were rejected on the basis of the epithet "survival of the fittest".
 
But the real catch in the story was that there were going to be only  a limited number of choices 1604928  to be exact ,the number significant for it was considred fortuitious to have  an even no of souls on each of the 13 "arcs", or "mother ships".The initial hulls of these mammolithic devices were cast across the world ;thousands of   interlocking pieces of framework  ready to be assembled together like a huge jigsaw puzzle. And assembled they were in a most unlikely place ,65,000 kms from the surface of the earth in perfect  geosynchronous orbit by a dedicated 100,000  strong human "astrolabor" force  which worked 24 hours round the clock to make the arcs ready for the "Choices of Zeoskoff".(a very famous sorrow satire sung by the wildly popular metal band Symphony of Destruction).Now the question that most people asked initially was simple-HOW?How do you transport thousands of tonnes of material,men and metal everyday to the earth's orbit and back?And where exactly do you construct up there?( After all plenty of free "Space" there ,no pun intended)
 
The answer to  all these questions  and more weren't  simple, yet for one witnessing events as a tourist from a distant planet ,the construction of the arcs would perhaps symbolize  mankind's last  symphony before well, the final curtain call. Finally the day did come, when the arcs were ready the "gobblers"empty,the arcs having gobbled up every single valuable resource  needed  survival and that they could strip in the provided time.At the stroke of midnight on the  31stth of august ,2047,the thirteen as they were then simply called slipped away quietly from around the earth's orbit one by one as the world slept on.The  sonic boom of their massive nuclear engines powering up midway towards Mars  barely registered a blip back home for no one was listening.No one was interested .
On the earth were left behind some 5 billion souls ,waiting for the inevitable with dread yet calm for their was hope but just not theirs.
 
 
 
"Cometh the moment","Cometh the man";They say.
No such thing happened.
There was no hope.They were all ready, maybe all 5 billion of  them to roll over and kick in the bucket.
Universe, Life  or God whoeover had created us had spent billions of years in our evolution from a single celled slippary   organism to the pathetic beings we had become.They, guess were not ready to give up just yet.And then it happened.
"Cometh the moment ""Cometh the particle".
In the early part of the 21st century man in his folly to understand the universe had designed the perfect machine,the largest of it's kind.One of a kind .It created quite a stir  too when it was switched on. Back then,It solved quite a few mysteries .But there were too many to solve and PK-2048 decided to show up.Things went on a downhill from then on  until everybody who could operate it was either dead or working on the arcs.It was an old corroding relic.
 
The Large Hadron collider at CERN,geneva now had become the world's biggest toy ,no pun intended too, for that was exactly what it was.Balding scientists,college dropouts,bored housewives with dinner- to- warm,men with "things-to-blow-up",and  musicians from the metal to the classical genre used it in varying roles.Credit goes to those who designed it,for this giant lump of a machine took all of man's dying creativity both destructive and constructive and generated a most interesting "byproduct-in-accident" before blowing up in a final blaze of glory.(Somebody really intelligent had  decided  to conduct an experiment on natural gas).
 
Everything changed.It was funny actually(Not in any way you might be wondering).It was as if God himself had decided to prepare this  exceptional adrenaline shot for the  collective  sagginghuman psyche and that very human of all emotions.,yes the overused hope.The special ingredient was none other than  the "Mystery particle".Six months to the dance of the devil and they discovered salvation.(-in-accident.).
 
The will to live is stronger  than anything else .And so it began all over again.Millions moved as shifting sands.The race was on,Again.Last time they had constructed arcs for nature's favorite boys and girls ;this time they decided to dig six massive "holes" (crude but closest descriptive term) straight to the core of  mother earth .For mother earth,her very core itself was going to power up  mankind's biggest "experiment- in- survival" .Simultaneously as the dig to reach the core kicked off ;thousands of engineers and the previously laid off astrolabor force was called back into service ;There were modifications to be made.
 
When the arcs were being constructed , the single biggest engineering conundrum faced  at that time was to transport thousands of tonnes of men material and metal up into the orbit from the earth's surface.Finally  in desperation ,they decided to build a "lift" up to space,literally.It was possible to make out their black undulating forms from hundreds of miles away,an alien device it seemed altough  very much human;Still many believed them to be totems as  final testaments to our deparure.And Totems they were,black monoliths rising,  stretching ,endlessly thousands of miles into space , cowering the very earth below them in their shadows.Ominous in presence,humongous in size,swaying to the spin of the earth,these were mankinds "Final Wonders".
 
Called "The Beanstalks of Nagasaki" ,each  one 22,000 miles long ,products of japanese precision and technology , these were the tallest freestanding stuructures constructed by man ,tapering at the bottom or  the base station while being held by enormous counterweights in space.These were the Orbital elevators or in layman terms the space levators which were  used to construct,deploy and finally launch the arcs into space.In total 13 were  fabricated and erected at 13 spots around the world from ocean floors to corn fields to destroyed metropolises and even in the middle of living cities and rainforests.From jungle floors, from around cowded shanties,from the bases of ruined skyscrapes rose these black  dark almost grisly yet shiny forms slowly at first,feverishly later to breach the skies.Thousands worked then and thousands worked now. For now the  Black Elevators to space were being refitted with strange Blue paddings all along their lengths in a straight  line to the tops where the enormous counterweights were being replaced by strange glass spheres equal in weight and size .Thosands of miles of power  cables snaked their way up through the blue pads up to the glass spheres.
 
 
As The elevators were being refitted the dig to race to the earths core reached a feverish pitch.Nukes were the new dynamites used to blast through the stubborn crust,lasers the new drill bits to breach the  unyielding mantle and to liquefy any metallic resistance in the path.The entire human race was on the edge, their very survival dependent on their  ability to tap the core and draw the necessary energy.And the clock ticked ever faster,with days racing,months galloping and hours evaporating,everday the breach targets kept on increasing until finally reaching an impossible hundred kilometres a day.It was impossible they said;"Nobody ,not even God  himself can dig so deep in so few days..it's not possible.Everything came to a stand still ,hope was a fleet-footed
giant it seemed.It was not logically possible to achieve what they had envisaged,the experiment had stopped even before it had begun.
 
 
But this story had  gone beyond Hope.Hope did not exist,hope was not wanted,it was not even desired,many had forgotten what it was.The question was beyond hope.The question was beyond Logic,beyond rationality.There was never any hope only a Fools dream as they said later on.
What drove people back then was something primal yet more elegant and resplendent than hope It had no name,it was a drive,plain and simple ,the will to survive.For it is the strongest of all the wills and it draws  substantial power from another primal emotion that humans succumb to,Love.And it was all that mattered in those times.
 
"I dont care about logic.I don't  even care about the truth. Fate,destiny,luck ,I don't care.
 I have no intention of giving up.I will keep on doing what I believe in No matter what."
 
'I have a promise to keep'
 
And it became a war cry  against destiny herself , for there were millions of promises to keep.
 
To dig deeper and faster ,soon  a new breed of autonomous nano bots fitted with powerful lasers were developed.Using powerful electromagnetic kinetic technology these nano-bots were speeded up to lightning fast speeds and rammed against the earths surface to penetrate deep into the earths surface at different points from where they  would simultaneously dig to the core.Earlier there was only one dig now there were hundreds of digs going all along simultaneously along the main dig to the core.The concept was revolutionary from its conception to its very execution. 
 
Three days before the impending arrival of PK-2048 the core was breached pure energy flowed through the six core tunnels straight to a massive power station  built to distribute this power across to the thirteen elevators . As the night before the impending doom approached,everything that could be done had been done.It was ready.Now they had to wait and believe.That was the toughest part, but  indeed the most important.
 
The sky darkened before the final night, the black towers started shimmering blue ,a strange glow spread across their entire limb casting a blue glow onto the world, a cynosure to  millions  as they waited. Suddenly there was a pop and then another and then another and yet again.Every pop was followed by a blue sphere of light emerging in the night sky until there were 13 blue spheres of light in the sky.These were mankind's beacons of defiance,it's final weapon against armageddon.It's only weapon.Millions of eyes followed these blue lights across the sky and the red ball of fire which grew ever bigger as it approached it's final destination.
 
Minutes coalesced together like droplets...an hour was a minute , a minute was an hour.Time was meaningless. Still ,by the accurate atomic clocks exactly Sixty seconds before impact, a massive power surge ripped across through the thirteen,the black towers eerily turned blue with a massive glow,as if they themselves were leaking bluish energy.The  mystery particle named "Ultimspes"(Last hope), had it's part to play now.Discovered accidentally ,the particle had some peculiar characteristics,it was these characteristics that had caused the towers to be engulfed in  cloaks of bluish energy and it seemed that the spheres were growing larger with every passing second.Initially pinpricks,the bulbous nervous bluish energy was growing every second until it had reached the size of a  small asteroid.Out of the spheres nervous blue energy oozed out ,coalescing with each other to form a massive ink blot in the sky.Unnatural,strange,almost unbelivable .
 
All across the world  billions watched as the sky was blotted by blue ink spots  spilling evermore in every direction.Thirty seconds before the impact, a  bulbous ink spot  nervously nudged almost grudgingly another one,followed by another and another ,until suddenly the coalesced together in a swift motion generating unnatural lightning spikes and rods across the blue clouds in the sky.It seemed these  were the  rigid black stuructures holding together these unnatural bulbs of blue energy.After the first Coalescion,the bluish energy snaked through the skies above the earth in all direction almost like a swarm of locusts, coalescing with the blots generated by the other towers.
Streams of bluish energy raced though the sky in search of it's complement.It was as if the heavens were at war and human beings were the witness.Every now and then black streaks of energy raced across the blue clouds like spines in agony.Clouds of exploding bluish energy raced to cover each and every single speck of free sky they could ensnare.The sky was witnessing an  explosion of "atomic" proportions.Fear was not an option,it was nature now,for mankind had set in motion what some had feared the armageddon before the armageddon. Mankind's experiment-in-survival may very well could turn into experiment-in-annihilation. But the time to doubt had paased a long time indeed there was time to do nothing.There were just mute spectators in events too colossal to control now.
 
Ten seconds before the impact ,the  entire sky or rather the space around the earth was engulfed by a huge bluish sphere of energy.And then as the first debris raced in,millions across the world ,understood the power of what the human race had unleashed.Huge as they were , and racing in at thousands of kilometres an hour , these flying debris of rock and ice would have unleashed a reign of fire and havoc across their impact zones.Unnaturally,as they raced in ,skirting the bluish ring of energy,they shattered into a thousand small pieces.It was as if a big wall of brick and stone had just appeared in it's path.But was this wall strong enough to stop PK-2048?,That had been the question from beginning.
 
"Ultimspes",had peculiar traits,one of them being greater the energy that is supplied to the particle greater is the energy released by it in the form of a static energy shield.And it was this shield that had covered the earth in it's bluish envelope.The shield was Mankind's last hope,a barrier to stop or hopefully deflect PK-2048 ,and hence the energy derived from the core to strengthen it.The greater the energy ,the greater the shield,atleast that was the hope.
 
 
Seconds before the impact the shield started turning darkish hint of blue almost menacing,bracing for the impact,as all available energy was pumped through the system.All electricity grids across the world pooled in their energy.There was a global blackout ,something which had not happened since the dark ages.For the shield sucked in every last bit of electricity possible,it needed it. Jet Black  arcs of lightning and spikes raced across the  bluish shield towards the impact point.
 
 
And then it happened. Armageddon smashed in.Without a care in the world against formidable defenses erected against it,it just walked in.It seemed as if the shield had failed.,for PK-2048 tore  the initial defense like a piece of paper.Bluish energy exploded against the ball of fire and ice. Bluish energy raced across the sky,at the point of impact,racing to quell the breach.It seemed as it was slowing.The shield was resisting it's advance,every second fighting back,pushing back.Colossal event it was to watch,of two Titans engaged in an epic battle.Slowly it was  pushed back as more and more energy snaked across up the towers to the shield.,until finally there was a big ---"PLOP".An uibiquitious Plop.A very famous plop.Infact the most famous Plop.It was the sound of PK-2048 being deflected back into space.
 
PK-2048 had tested the shield and had been deflected back into space to go on a new path.The earth herself had provided the energy that had saved the human race. It was finally over.
 
There was no feeling,no emotion reflected across the faces of millions.The struggle had sapped it all.Still the event was beyond emotions.It was testament to survival.It was a testament to the will to live.
 
And as one man simply put it to the ones he loved-
 
"I kept my promise".
 
And that is all that is there to it.
 
 
 
THE END.
 


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