6061 – Prologue/intro
The world used to be a wonderful place, full of life and freedom, but that idea has been swept from our minds for many years now. The current year is 2071 and the world is no longer such a wonderful and free place, so full of life… It's far from it actually. A little over fifty years ago, the world was plagued by devastating economic disasters that ravaged everyday life, riots ensued, cities burned, nothing was ever the same, nor will it ever be. True, economic disasters have happened before, but the vast number of mishaps made it impossible to dig ourselves out of the rubble. One-by-one the governments of the world collapsed; some countries managed to stay strong for a short period of time, but when the United States finally fell, every other country followed suit. Some countries fell slowly, as if killed by a terminal disease, while others were gone in the blink of an eye, like taking a bullet to the head. It's not fair to say that the economic collapse was the sole cause of the destruction of so many governments and countries though. Some were aided by rebellions against harsh rule, or just the interior deterioration of corrupted governments in general.
Approximately thirteen years after the Great Collapse, what remained of the world's governments were brought together and unified into one global power. The chief conspirator to this idea of a new government is a man who goes by the name of Charles Dorban. This government had the foundations set for a new global democracy that would end all of the madness of a world without laws and people doing whatever they had to to survive. His new government was supposed to return order and stability to our shattered existence. They managed to scrape a military together that was strong enough to crush all who had their own idea of a civilization and were eventually able to bring an era of peace to the world. When Dorban and the other leaders agreed to reinstate free elections for one global leader, we believed that there was hope, that there was a chance that everything would finally be able to return to normal... We were beyond foolish to believe that a miracle such as this could actually happen…
Dorban ran for the office of global president in 2040, everything was based on the past United States' idea of presidency, including the four year terms and that a person could only be president for two terms. Needless to say, Dorban won in a landslide vote, he was the man who brought the world out of chaos after all, who wouldn't vote for him? The first term went off without a hitch and Dorban was undoubtedly re-elected. It was an era of prosperity and greatness under Dorban's leadership, but as it grew closer to the time for new elections, something snapped in his brain.
Dorban and the rest of the members of government began to panic as they came to the realization that their power was about to disappear. If you spent so long without any power, and then you finally did get it, anybody would be terrified to lose it, driven to the point of disparity. Under Dorban's keen leadership, the members of governments decided to end elections in an attempt to secure their positions of power. As a precautionary measure so that nobody would be able to rise up and unseat them from their new positions they also agreed to revoke all civilian rights, creating a totalitarian dictatorship over the world.
What money civilians did have after the Great Collapse was taken by the government and was used to fund military growth, which would in turn be used to tighten Dorban's grip on the world. Very few people could actually keep their previous wealth, these people being members of government themselves, members of the military, citizens with past prestige, and all of their families. These select people also earned the most wealth because they got the best jobs; they are allowed to go to school for free whereas normal civilians have to pay to go to school past seventh grade. Since "normal" people can't learn, they get stuck with the menial, back breaking work with very low paying; making it so their children are unable to get a full education as well. Between this low pay for the regulars and also the fact that the government put heavy taxes on all food products, food is scarce in most homes. Dorban has always said in press releases that this is to keep the country strong, to train it to be able to survive any other great disasters; but we know the truth, it's only to keep us hungry so that we are unable to attempt any sort of rebellion against their tyrannical rule.
But Dorban never stopped there, no. He has proceeded to hand choose promising young members of society while they are children, and has them kidnapped and secretly trained to become part of his own secret police, while leading on their families, making them believe they died in some accident. These secret soldiers, each new wave, have become chameleons in society; anybody you talk to has the possibility to be an agent. With the slightest hint of anything suspicious, these agents report back to the military and within the hour, the possible conspirators have been taken from their homes and publicly executed as a message to the rest of us… there are usually four to five of these executions per week… We live in constant fear and anxiety, one slip of the tongue, one wrong move, and we will be greeting our family members in the next world with a new hole in the head. Some people would actually prefer this end; they would rather die than to have to continue to live in these terrible conditions, this life of fear and anxiety. I've heard many stories throughout my life of innocent people purposely condemning themselves to this fate, just to get escape the constant torment.
Our society gradually became accustomed to this maltreatment, the complete lack of control over our own lives; they accepted this as the way it is. But Dorban had one last trick to play to end all hope of an uprising that could end this torment. In 2052, Dorban came to the conclusion that even names were too much of a privilege for "normal" people, only people of the upper class (politicians, members of the military, their families, etc) were considered privileged enough to have proper names. At our birth, we are now to be dubbed with a number, I was one of the first to be born in this year; we have now become nothing more than a mere social experiment, we have no more hope… well, most of us that is. In some cases, this has become an opening for a form of rebellion in its own that very few dare to attempt. Some families occasionally decide to secretly give their children real names; but this also has one of the cruelest punishments of all. If caught, the child's parents are ordered to be killed… slowly. Their death is recorded by the secret police as it occurs and the child is handed over to any living relatives. Whenever the child's birthday comes along, they are taken by the military and forced to watch the recorded video of their parents' death. They watch this so that they will learn a lesson, to never disobey the government… I know this from experience; I am one of these children.
But even with all of these harsh punishments, these public executions, there are those out there who secretly fight it all the best they can. Stealing food and giving it to those who desperately need it, those who root out secret police members and return them to the government – In a different for than they originally were. They do all that they can to end this horrid regime, knowing that the penalty is a horrible public death. They have gained the moniker of "Death Walkers" for each chance they take is another step towards their certain doom. My life will forever be intertwined with them and their actions, because of my choices, and even my heritage, they will always be with me – whether I like it or not. I am 6061, and this is my struggle, no, this is my battle for survival.