As DA concludes… the rest of the globe be damned, we will continue to live parasitically off the remaining resources of the galaxy, as long as the corporate elite keep answering the call. – kC
Fittingly, at least from our perspective today, the Great Corporate Takeover of 2022, which established our current Corporate State of America – the CSA – was no big deal. The ground had been prepared for at least the previous 40 years by Democratic and Republican administrations alike, gradually transforming the then nominally democratic federal republic into the model of modern corporate efficiency it has become today. Roads, bridges, national parks, government buildings, and other vital infrastructure had suffered from first benign, then openly malignant neglect throughout that entire period, so when corporate interests finally stepped in and did what they do best, invest in the profitable and useful projects and pull the plug on the rest, the few remaining, now utterly despondent people wisely realized that complete governmental privatization was their only remaining hope. And as the mass die-off accelerated exponentially faster by the day, most accepted that the corporate mandate of sorting out winners and losers applied to them as well. The dead and soon to be dead were ushered out in the quickest and most humanely manner possible, given the admittedly deplorable conditions at the time. But the naïve idea that everyone could be saved regardless of personal abilities and circumstance was completely abandoned by even the mostly saintly of remaining souls, and the process of survival of the fittest had its way for once and for all. All of which led up to the crowning achievement of Obama’s final administration on July 4th, 2022: the signing of the Second Emancipation Proclamation, which declared all duly recognized corporate citizens to be free of the tyranny of democratic rule by the masses, and appointed them the first legally recognized emancipated citizens of the newly established and first of its kind in the history of human culture, Corporate State of America. My eyes still grow misty just imagining how great that day must have been.
The New Beginning
Radical as it seemed at the time, the new CSA represented little more than the formal recognition of a process that had been unfolding steadily for some time. Corporate scrip had been universally adopted among corporate citizens after the first financial shocks of the late ‘teens, so a new consolidated and fully digitized version was adopted based on combined corporate share values and simply beamed into corporate citizen bank accounts, available only to recognized corporate citizens through their then primitive corporate bank cards. Of course now, through the wonders of CIT (Cognitive Imaging Technologies) and the GSC (GoogleSoftCloud), all of that seems so grossly primitive, but it very effectively segregated the population of the time, nonetheless. Life moved on amazingly quickly and uneventfully from there, as corporate citizens began their gradual migration along the east coast to the inland high grounds along the Appalachians, where the flooding was less severe and the ever worsening climate a little more temperate. The coastal and mountain west was largely given up on altogether, although a few of the more entrepreneurial corporate interests of course staked out profitable claims along the front range of the Rockies, where the greater DenverPlex boomed much like the “wild-wild west” days of popular lore. The massive population reductions among the non-corporate indigenous humans proved to be amazingly non-eventful. Caloric reduction and lack of 1st world developed 20th century medical care took their toll amazingly quickly and with surprisingly little drama. Mass caloric deprivation had a pacifying effect on the few survivors and a palliative effect on the dying on their way out. The somewhat surprising effect over the next few decades was to produce a hearty, weed-like effect on their surviving populations, which resulted in the lean, muscular, efficient, yet completely docile domesticated indigenous feral humans – semi-affectionately dubbed Ferals, Feral Weeds, or just plain Weeds – which continues to serve our rather limited corporate labor and domestic help needs (most of which is now automated anyway in the name of precision and efficiency) today.
Life Goes On
Gradually, as the domesticated Weeds proved themselves to be such willing and capable corporate servants and the massive population reductions of the early 21st century began to stabilize at today’s efficient levels, a groundswell of concern and support for the domesticated Weeds wild relatives began to develop among corporate citizens. Largely confined to Corporate State established wildlife corridors, feral Weeds existed largely peacefully as migratory herds, hunting and foraging for their meager caloric intake, and generally gathering seasonally outside corporate enclaves to subsist on their leavings. As CIT technology was developed and deployed through existing satellite and UAV platforms, they were constantly monitored just like everyone else, although their cognitive capacities were of course understandably limited. Nonetheless, as corporate sensitivities developed, an Emancipation Outreach Program was eventually proposed and adopted. It provided nothing less than an organized, fully corporate sanctioned and approved path forward for deservingly proven Ferals to attain limited corporate citizenship. And thus was today’s immensely successful ‘Walk Hard!’ series born.
The Neuro-Tech Revolution, or How the Internet Adopted the Cloud and became the Hive
But before I go on, a word or two on the great technological leaps that have allowed us to continue on in the face of such monumentally life threatening events is in order. Bio-tech and nanoengineering technologies had already yielded enormous fruit prior to the constitutional breakup, but as the collapse proceeded in earnest and the smart money was pulled out of social programs, infrastructure investments, and even corporate sales to and national defense programs for the masses, most of whom clearly now weren’t going to make it through to benefit from them anyway, it began to flood into every manner of high-tech digital and bio-tech technology R&D source out there. The remaining national laboratories, most of which had been previously privatized in the ‘naughts, were expanded, modernized, and literally flooded with research grant dollars to facilitate lifesaving and enhancing technologies for the anointed corporate few who were deemed to be worth saving if worse came to worse. The results came immediately and were completely transformative.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle – UAV or “drone” – technology, a gift from the early war years, was immediately transformed into a communications and surveillance bonanza; a virtual personal satellite network if you will. Combined with early corporate “smart cards” (such a quaint term in retrospect), they allowed the rudimentary early outline of GoogleSoft’s Cloud to grow to full fruition. Of course the so-called smart cards were little more than primitive personal identification information carrying devices, hardly more than amped up versions of the credit cards of the day. But as brain wave, and genetically driven bio and nano technologies exploded soon thereafter, the die was cast for our future. In quick succession the magic of electro/magnetic brain impulses/waves was decoded and translated, micro detection devices were developed and at first somewhat primitively implanted, which spurred further development in bio-micro detection devices in general, which spurred genetic research into implanting and growing, which spurred further research into microwave transmission of the instructions, and before you know it, by midcentury we had developed remotely initiated personal bio-computer “installations” for all authorized corporate citizens [Corporate fetuses, once they were deemed to be viable, were “beamed” the necessary coding instructions while still in the womb or in vitro as applicable, and the fully organic bio-computer simply grew and became a normal part of their brain thereafter.). All of which led to the replacement of the “personal computer” and the “internet” as you now know them, with the linked-in corporate citizen, who now became their very own personal computer, and the hive, which was now an interconnected and fully, albeit safety limited, interactive web of fully cognitive interactive corporate citizens. The effect was beyond transformative. It was nothing less than salvation itself.
The military, which had been largely disbanded in the 20s in favor of privatized corporate security firms, became virtually obsolete after totally interactive and immersive Cognitive Imaging Technology was developed. With Corporate Citizens safely and securely wired into the hive, no one needed to worry that anyone else was secretly planning them harm. Even without personal bio-computers, feral humans and the few non-corporate foreigners who managed to make their way into our daily lives were easily monitored as well. No, they didn’t have fully interactive access to the hive (their thoughts and experiences could be accessed, but they were not allowed to access others), but the brain waves themselves were easily decoded and monitored for security obvious security reasons, and then using a simple remote bio-feedback technique developed by NSA Technologies Group, a small but amazingly effective electronic surge could be applied to the appropriate neural synapses, instantly curbing the undesirable behavior, usually for good. Interestingly, the Weeds largely existed in a pastoral state of alpha wave nirvana, which made identifying, tracking, and correcting any wayward would-be criminal elements in their midst just all that much easier.
Walk Hard! For Your Corporate Citizenship
Unfortunately, for all its worry-free ease of life and creature comforts, life in the late 21st century lacked the rough and tumble excitement that had characterized earlier times, even with access to stored memory banks. Mass personal transportation had given way to the realities of global warming and resource shortages, now that the silliness of global dominance and exponential growth had finally been abandoned. With only a few million corporate citizens and a few million more Weeds sprinkled up and down the eastern and western coasts, the need to constantly travel in search of either personal or business related adventures had simply evaporated. Likewise, mass gatherings for professional sports events and other entertainment completely vanished as well, as even in the CSA, caloric efficiency was now at a premium. With CIT of course, sporting and entertainment events, many the archived memories of previous generations, were available, but “memories of memories,” (memories of past events, as opposed to memories of actual participants in events as they happened) just weren’t the same. Restiveness for something more authentic, more human, more PRIMAL thus persisted and grew within the population at large. Into this void stepped the annual Weed migrations, which were of course, just like everything else, being monitored closely anyway; and the idea of a path forward for Weed Emancipation for the most deserving in their ranks, all to be fully cognitively immersive experienced by the corporate masses, of course!
A few current day historians inevitably initially compared the event to a 1985 novel by famed writer Stephen King, which it certainly superficially resembled; but of course it was so much more than that, even right from the start. Apart from the obvious technological differences in execution, which were of course enormous, the Walk Hard! Series was conceived from the beginning as more of an interactive experience for the benefit of the corporate audience, than as an athletic event of skill for the benefit of its few winning participants. This was tacitly acknowledged by all. As the Ferals were herded along extremely rigorous courses at speeds and distances that were excruciatingly difficult to maintain, the corporate audience remotely viewing the experience from behind Feral eyes at home got to once again feel the exhilarating terror of being hunted from above, and for most, eventually violently snuffed out on the receiving end of a killer UAV ballistic strike. Winning Ferals were rightly lionized as conquering heroes and continue to hold an honorary place in corporate society for the rest of their days.
Where do we go from here? Global warming is still proceeding apace, although with our radically reduced populations and advanced technologies as we approach the dawn of the 22nd century, our corporate leaders have assured us we will all have a place in the long term business plan. Our cognitive reconnection with our Feral antecedents through the ‘Walk Hard!’ experience has made us whole again spiritually, even as we’ve all gained a new appreciation for the huge sacrifices they have made on our behalf. The Corporate State has truly been our salvation. May our CEO’s continue to look after us all with their characteristic wisdom and foresight, ensuring that we remain prosperous, profitable, and corporate compliant for the rest of our days.