Warning: Mother Meki inbound.
I've well fleshed out the world of the story, which is why I've been writing stuff like Cosmic Paternity recently. So here's the gist: remember how, back in 2013 and 2014 Mother Meki was basically a story about a poor little rich girl getting screwed by Marxists? Yeah, it's not really anything that black-and-red anymore. It still has many elements of that, but Nineteen Eighty-Four beckoned, as did A Clockwork Orange. I had a lot, lot, lot more I wanted to say, and the original intent left me long ago. So yeah, there is still some bourgeoisie-gets-its-ass-handed-to-it, and most of 'em deserve it, but that's not the basis of the story anymore. Mother Meki 1 and 2 have gotten a lot darker and more twisted, which contrasts with where Mother Meki 3 and 4 go, which is a blatantly utopian direction.
So! What's this thread about? Basically the bigger story behind Mother Meki. How good intentions sent the world to hell.
August 2098, Meki kills her father and assumes all power of EMI Corporation, and immediately hands it over to the working class. Then she undermines the current Eurasian elite and hands all wealth over to the Alisis AI group and various revolutionary groups, and surrenders. I find it kinda "my suspension of disbelief is wearing thin" because she's only 16 at this time, but hey, she's a High Human, so I'm just really zen about it.
A provisional government forms in the ashes of the European corporation-state order, and rules until Valentine's Day 2101. Then, the anarcho-socialist group, Maquis Rouge, stages a coup in Paris and takes control of Europe. Now Meki had supported the Maquis Rouge ever since 2094, in secret of course. They were the largest insurgency and they felt the revolution was in the beginning stages of being betrayed due to the nature of the provisional government.
Here's the thing: the provisional government was actually more extremist than the Maquis Rouge. There's this artificial island in the English Channel known as 'Medine', created about 70 years prior to house Muslim refugees. It's been abandoned from the start. So the provisional government decided to round up all the bourgeois they could find in Europe and put them on this island. It was sort of an unpopular move since it was seen as putting all the reactionaries in one spot (and this suspicion would prove correct during the Sabor Uprising of Christmas 2100). The Maquis Rouge opposed such a move because they felt it would: concentrate all the reactionaries; drum up sympathy for the bourgeoisie; lead to human rights violations against the bourgeoisie. Yet when they gained power, they did nothing to reverse this, and in fact accelerated it.
Now the Maquis Rouge are what you'd call 'left libertarians.' They were idealists who thought that, if they simply handed off power to the working class, they could avoid all the mistakes previous socialist regimes throughout history have made, which is to say excessive authoritarianism. And this is part of the reason why they didn't undo Medine— with the reactionaries removed from their property, it would be much easier to collectivize. One man, Leon Viyeta, is dissatisfied with all this, however, and believes that a vanguard party must take charge and oversee a police state in order for any real change to occur.
On Meki: they actually wanted to offer Meki sanctuary in exile elsewhere, but felt it was going to be for the best if she remained in Medine, as it was possible people would think she bought off the government to get off scot-free and just come after her. So she stays in Medine.
(ADD Moment: Meki in Medine... surely my subconscious was aware of all this? Why didn't I just call her 'Mecci' or 'Meka'?)
The Maquis Rouge begin losing control of the situation because some remain idealists and others begin getting power hungry, and Europe wasn't quite ready for such a shock revolution. Many of the Maquis Rouge's critics were screaming that attempting to set up a fair, humane, democratic system so soon after such a sweeping revolution wasn't necessarily the best idea. People are scared. People want order. The socialist parties of Europe aren't giving them that order, and it frankly sounds as if the socialist parties of Europe are out of touch with what their beloved proletariat wants. If they don't correct themselves, they're going to be sorry.
In 2103, an 8 kiloton nuclear bomb goes off in western Medine, and no one— not even AI— knows who got it there. This triggers an internal coup in the administration of the island, and a man known as 'the Nachalnik' grabs hold of power. He uses it to enforce a totalitarian sort of regime, cutting the island off from the rest of the world. He uses the LoveNet neural security system to establish a panopticon, enforces martial law anyway, and enacts a Juche-esque policy that means that the islands one collective farm is now the sole source of food for the 1.5 million inhabitants. An extreme famine begins, and lasts from January 2104 to 2106. The elite of Medine have fabricators, so they don't have to worry about all this. A thick cloud of smog envelops the island and is held in place by drones. All information becomes totally controlled by the elite party of Medine. The famine is at its worst in late 2104 because too many people were still alive. After the mass die-offs over the winter, the famine became that much more tolerable.
Then it turns out that Leon Viyeta had actually obtained power in late 2103, and that he's the Nachalnik.
Viyeta had a coup in December 2103 that got rid of the ineffective Maquis Rouge group and established his National Bolshevik Party as the ruling party of all European states now under red control.
On March 23rd, 2103, Viyeta declared Paris as the capital of what he claimed was now 'Greater Eurasia.' Eurasia was the name for the new superstate that he had established, and included all of Europe, Russia, the -Stans, and Mongolia. A year later, he was finally able to bring this vision to light.
Immediately, Viyeta threw Greater Eurasia's resources into the military and invaded Russia. Not Russia as in 'Russia' Russia, but far Eastern Russia. You see, European Russia was already under National Bolshevik control following 2101. They had initially had a Marxist-Leninist government that was established in 2099, but the National Bolsheviks undermined it from day one until they had achieved absolute power. Europe and Russia merged to truly form Eurasia, and then the true war began with East Asia. Viyeta didn't hesitate to use nuclear weaponry.
What was going on in Medine? From the previous population high of 1.5 million, Medine was now inhabited by 192,000 burzhui (still including Meki, but no longer her sister, Annelise, who she was forced to shoot). In order to clean out Medine of the rest of the bourgeoisie, the Nazbols employed a 'human wave' tactic, drafting each burzhui into the new world war and shipping them off to the Eastern front. They weren't given weapons, and were instead told to charge the enemy, where they'd inevitably be mowed down.
Meki was also drafted, and was sent to the Eastern front, but she got sent to the Siberian DURK death camp instead. And of course, anyone following Mother Meki over the past 3 years knows what happens next.... kill Meki, repeat several thousand times. And this is only partially done by the Nazbols. It's actually orchestrated by Meki's own mother, out of revenge for destroying the old order.
This was December 2106. Meki didn't know it was December 2106 because she hadn't seen a clock or calendar in about 3 years, so she wasn't quite sure what month or year it was.
It was around this time she came across a human factory farm filled with Jews. As it was, her own father had ordered the creation of these farms, but the old bourgeoisie never got the chance to use them because she overthrew them. Then it was used against them, and now they're all gone, and it's being used on new enemies. 'It' implying there's only one.
After exterminating the bourgeoisie, Viyeta expanded the definition of 'burzhui' from 2105 to 2109 until it eventually came to mean potentially anyone. This was used to justify extermination of anyone he saw fit.
And that included everyone.
Viyeta was actually part of a new branch of nihilists who believed that humans should actively seek extinction. He didn't totally believe in this because he genuinely wanted more power, but he was willing to engage in human endangerment for the sake of power. Just like with the old bourgeoisie, Viyeta agreed that 'one billion is enough.' What to do with the excess 10 billion? Mass liquidation.
After the bourgeoisie, he turned his guns on the Jews. Europe's population included 5 million Jews, the largest outside of Israel. His plan was to eradicate them both.
So he did.
All it took was the opening of several death camps throughout central Europe and a few megatons on Israel.
This brought him to war with Dominionist America. About that— the United States of America had been in decline for some time, all up until the rise of Dominionists in the 2080s and 2090s, who sought to Make America Holy Again and establish a totalitarian theocracy dedicated to the End Times. Their only foothold in Europe was the English Isles, sans Ireland, where American presence was already heavy in order to combat Greater Eurasia.
The Dominionists had been warring against 'Catholic' South America for some time, and the latest batch of theocrats were so far gone that they openly declared total war on South America just to facilitate the End of Days. They had been uneasy allies with Eurasia for several years, as both were clearly going to go to war at some point. They had signed a Pact of Non-Aggression, but it might as well have been toilet paper. When Eurasia attacked Israel, America declared war on Eurasia. Eurasia bargained for an armistice with East Asia, and it was had when America attacked China following China's declaration that America was part of an 'Axis of Evil.' After all, rumors were that the Americans were engaging in extreme ethnic cleansing against the Catholics.
East Asia and Eurasia held America back, and 2110 rolled around. Global wealth had dropped to 2020 levels, and many AI were threatening to leave the planet if World War 3 escalated any further. It had already seen genocide, nuclear war, and human wave slaughters. What else was going to happen?
2111, Eurasia clamped down with extreme brutality. What happened in Medine wound up happening throughout the Red Empire, with LoveNet used to chain people's minds to the State and the robot military police capable of being anywhere at any time. Through use of nanotechnology, even clouds and thin air spied on people. People were arrested for crimes that AI said they wouldn't commit for another hundred years.
And then the chimneys started to belch black smoke and an acrid odor.
2113. The war was going badly for America, and they were on the verge of their final defeat. The theocrats begged God to rapture them away, but the rapture was not coming. East Asian machine soldiers swept across the nation, racing to keep Eurasia away more than anything. This futuristic war, filled with all sorts of fascinating war machines, where machines did most of the fighting, had taken more lives than any other war in human history— and it was still not yet finished or climaxed!
As nukes randomly fell across the globe throughout these years, a wave of nuclear war struck Eurasia in 2114. They were from supposedly friendly East Asia. This began the East Asian's Overland Tsunami, the largest invasion force in history. Some 12 million soldiers rushed through Eurasia, decimating Eurasian forces wherever they went.
Eurasia was able to hold back this rush until 2115. Then, Leon Viyeta was assassinated, and the Nazbol inner circle collapsed in on itself trying to fill the void. A combination of AI and East Asian militaries rushed to Paris. The brainwashed and malnourished population fought back, with some whole towns giving their lives to the National Bolshevik cause, to Eurasia.
On September 7th, 2115, Paris fell. Eurasia had fallen, but it was not split up.
On December 21st, 2115, America fell. The world's two totalitarian super states had been defeated.
The victor was the Vyrdist, democratic, and wealthy East Asia. In the end, there wasn't much doubt that they would win. They held the largest population, the most advanced technologies, and the biggest economies in the world several times over. East Asia was the odd man out in this age of neo-totalitarianism, staying true to social democracy and economic liberty.
And they weren't going to hold a grudge. Even though the West lost its collective mind, we had to move past old tribal notions of revenge. China, Korea, and Persia led the way with the economic revival of Europe and America following World War 3. They installed pro-Vyrdist governments that espoused a new era of economic progress and freedom that would undo the previous 'Black Decade' of regression and terror.
From 2098 to 2115, some 689 million people lost their lives. 102 million were intentionally holocausted by their superstates.
What happened to Meki? She resurfaced in Moscow in 2114 and was moved to Paris in 2115, where she lived, homeless, for several years, severely traumatized by what happened in DURK and initially severely depressed by the state of world affairs. She feels personally guilty, as if she caused it all. But she doesn't feel guilty for handing power over to the workers. That was something she believed she had to do.
Still... by that logic, that means the working class fucked up, and hard. Still, better that they fucked up of their own accord, and not because some elite led them into a fucked up world against their will.
AI centered in Vern began aiding Europe's rebuilding, but they were highly disappointed in humanity. How sad it is! To reach the Singularity and then very nearly self-destruct. How sad it is, how sad it really is.
All estimates say human civilization has been set back 50 years. We were on the verge of an extreme economic boom, one wrought by mining in deep earth and deep space. It could've brought our wealth up into the decillion range. Instead, we're back to mid 21st century levels and contracting still.
World War 3 also kickstarted the greatest transfer of wealth in history, so for those saying that at least all that wealth didn't end up in the hands of a rich elite few... now all that wealth will end up in the hands of artificial intelligences.
In 2098, a small few controlled 70% of Earth's wealth, the highest level of income inequality in nearly a century. By 2108, this had dropped but only because of all the chaos involving Eurasia and America. If these two totalitarian regimes survived another decade, income inequality would have returned to its old levels.
In 2128, however, a small few do control most of the wealth once more. It just happens that these few are not human. If that excuses anything.
It wouldn't be until the late 2130s when we began our deep earth/space mining operations in earnest, and not until the 2150s that the economic boom would be felt. Fortunately, because East Asia turned the world Vyrdist, the wealth is indeed much more evenly distributed. And these rich few aren't human, by the way, so they're much more lenient with sharing.
Meki was terribly sad in 2106 and 2114 when she discovered how far gone Earth's civilization was. Her biggest fear was that we'd fail, and it seemed as if she had caused it...
But her mood lifted in the 2120s as the global economy recovered.
2116 through 2120 are considered lost years since nothing really happened during this time, and economic growth remained stagnant. Through early doric material, we were able to easily rebuild many war torn areas, but it went slower than expected. Also, people just weren't engaging in much economic activity during these years. The past two decades had effectively traumatized the planet. Three decades if you wish to throw in the extreme inequality of the '90s.
It's also noted that the Maquis Rouge were Luddites who promoted hands-on work, and the Nazbols were openly declaring themselves to be primtivists who vowed to fight the 'Transhumanist Menace.' This collective Luddite Generation became demonized, and the new cultural expression of the late 2110s and 2120s was one of pro-technology movements. People who wanted to use technology, ultra technology, to improve our world and our fellow man rather than using it to murder and rape each other.
That's how it goes, huh?
Pre-Industrial Wars kill thousands. Industrial Wars kill millions. Singularity Wars kill billions. This Singularity War didn't kill a billion, but it might as well have.
It's also noted how similar the Eurasian regime was to the fictional totalitarians of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. After all, they created a superstate known as 'Eurasia' whose dominant ideology was 'National Bolshevism', which is very close to 'Neo-Bolshevism.' They engage in extreme surveillance, endless war, and thought control. They were always at war with East Asia (you've got to be kidding me), until they were always at war with America.
It's all past us now. All left to do but cry and rebuild.
We're lucky we had a non-totalitarian superstate to bail us out. If East Asia were totalitarian as well, with some ideology known as 'Obliteration of the Individual', we'd have been screwed. But they weren't, and that was the important thing.
Meki also winds up making some friends after the war. Friends that include, almost exclusively, anarchists and Marxists. People who technically should be her enemies, but are now her closest friends. In the end, her wish of a classless society did come true in that regard. Not that it helped her, as the Vult AI group silently declares her responsible for all this mayhem and represses her all the way up until 2145, but it's a sign we're getting better.