Welcome to Locality 10.
You are a resident of Locality 10:
- The date is March 22, 2218
- Locality 10 is in the modern day Blue Ridge Mountains
- Much of the area has been evacuated since the Great War, yet some remain in the eastern localities. You are one of the few androids who survived the war. Your name is Billie.
You have a pet robot dog named Sam.
Some military animals in the CFL received Artificial Intelligence surgeries, resulting in a highly intelligent genepool for certain breeds.
Life since the Great War has consisted of widespread fear and a constant struggle to survive.
- 30 years ago, “brilliant” CFL scientists figured out how to enlarge a nation’s military using artificially intelligent bots injected with human DNA. What resulted was a population of Androids who were quickly assaulted with the East Asian Allies’ virus warfare, resulting in the CFL’s devastating loss.
- However, the EAA’s most useful weapon was the fundamental change it made to the rules of the internet. By employing spies and propaganda in almost every country, access to the internet became reserved only for the most elite and wealthy. Internet users had to pay 100 USD an hour. Soon enough, most citizens became severely disillusioned and ill-informed, making it easy for EAA dictatorships to erupt all over Earth.
- Most human citizens of what was once known as the “United States of America” either starved after the Korean economic embargo or moved on to Mars colonies, if they were wealthy. Only a small population of Androids reside in the old eastern side of the USA, now known as the CFL. Each locality is roughly where the 13 colonies once existed.
- The East Asian Allies (Korea, China, Japan, Russia, Canada, Mexico) have practically conquered the entirety of Earth over the past 20 years, save for this small sliver of the CFL.
“Beware the Ides of March,” whispers Sam as he jolts me awake in my cot. Ah, it must be March 15 already, ironically the anniversary of both Caesar’s death and the victory of the EAA in the Great War 20 years ago.
Haha, very funny, Sam,” You retort. “Turn on the television.” Sam obeys and turns on the old and rusty Samsung 88” HD TV. It barely works and is nothing like the holograms used throughout the EAA, but it’ll do. You and Sam watch the elaborate anniversary celebrations occurring throughout Earth: a wild concert in Mexico City, firework shows up north in Quebec, and a giant parade in Pyongyang. You wish you could feel their joy.
“Can we go into town now?” implores Sam. You sigh. “Yeah, I guess it’s time.”
“Long live the CFL, long live the CFL,” chant the citizens of Locality 10.
- Every year, on the anniversary of the loss, CFL supporters gather in their locality capitals to plan some sort of rebellion against the EAA. Attendance to these rallies is absolutely mandatory, any absence is taken as sign that you work for the EAA.
- You have no intention in supporting the EAA, but you regard these attempts at rebellion as a complete waste of your time. You all know that a large-scale rebellion requires extensive amounts of Korean won, and you just don’t have that kind of money. The people who do are 54.6 million km away on the Red Planet, and they have completely abandoned you.
- To humans, you androids are a crime against nature. Most humans want you completely extinct. After showing your face at the rally for a couple of minutes, you and Sam head to the general store to pick up some food.
“So, what’s in stock today?” You ask the computer in charge of the store. Most low-skill workers were replaced by computers about 100 years ago. “Calculating … Today the General Store is bartering with local apples, live chickens, corn. Today’s exchange rate for 15 minutes of electricity is 500,000 won. Would you like to charge?”
“Yes, charge me for 10 minutes. And I would like to barter this old iPhone X I recently found buried underground for one chicken,” You inform the computer.
- The one downside to adopting Sam is that you must keep him fed. Usually, old technologies are good for bartering but they can be quite scarce and hard to find as most have already been harvested.
- As for me, you can either eat food, which really does nothing and is more of a luxury, or charge your battery which is imperative to your survival. In theory, androids can live forever if kept charged. However, your species is only 20 years old and you have already known a few who have short-circuited.
- Only humans are capable of replacing your batteries and you have never met a human willing to associate with androids. After your 10 minutes on the dock and Sam’s meal, you and Sam head back towards the railroad tracks.
During the trip back, you notice the lights were on in your shack that you thought you had left off. All of a sudden, Sam grows extremely alarmed and frantically nudges you with his muzzle. “What?!” You exclaim.
“Shhh … I’m picking up a very strange scent,” whispers Sam.
- “What is it?” You ask.
- “… I think its human,” Sam states. Oh no.