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The Official Eutopia: Mother Meki Thread

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Oh my motherfucker, I thought I was finally done with talking about this fucking series. I thought I could finally move onto Eutopia and Astral Falls and Anarchy in Prague et al. But then the commission comes in and everyone's all like "Oh my god, man, this is the greatest thing I've ever seen! I NEEEED to know more about this!" And then I tell them 'more', and they're like, "Dude, fucking stop. Stop what you're doing, put everything down, and finish this motherfucking story."
 
I tried to get out, and they just kept pulling me back in. Blow her to bits, shoot her full of holes, vapourize her as an unperson, nuke her with a laser, no matter what you do, she'll always be back— good as new.
 
Ugh. What was once a method to get easy sympathy— watching the cute white royal girly whirly getting her shit wrecked— wound up wrecking my shit by never actually leaving.
 
Damn it...
 
DAMN IT!
 
 
I know there's already another 'official' Mother Meki thread, but this is the Ultimate Mother Meki Thread. Fuck that one raw, it doesn't count. And it really doesn't, since that was of a now obsolete version of the story. And you could tell by the title that something's changed.
 
I got tired of making Meki needlessly suffer a long time ago, so I'm going to take out my impotent rage on the entire world this time. World War III— much more destructive. AI— gonna fuck us up if we fuck outta line. The planet itself— getting fuck't by our desperate attempts to fix the negative aspects of the late Holocene and the Anthropocene. And the story itself— no longer just focused on little ol' Meki!

 

Yep. I made a compromise with myself— I'd work on Eutopia and Mother Meki by combining them into the same series. This gave me tons of benefits because I could now tie in everything that was hanging loose in both series as well as explore things I couldn't in Mother Meki because of it following the titular character, despite the fact I had long been growing increasingly fascinated with other aspects of the world.
 
Finally, Eutopia sounds better than Mother Meki as a series title. I still don't quite know what 'Mother' Meki is supposed to mean. It just rolled off the tongue well way, way back in early 2010 and I stuck with it, trying in vain to retroactively apply a meaning that made sense to it.
 

This particular thread's still gonna be dedicated to the Mother Meki portion of Eutopia, but I did want to get that out of the way.

 

So yeah, here we are.


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That commission I mentioned:
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The artist who did this, RAITVisualWorks, did an absolutely epic job. However, the holotablet is unreadable, which takes away from the image quite a bit. But then I remembered that annotations exist, so here's what it says:
 
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4 avril 2104
18:53
 
CITIZEN: MACKENZIE LAMARTINIERE SÉVILLE
 
TITLE: EMPRESS
 
CLASS: IMPERIAL BOURGEOISIE (Proletarianizing)
 
EMPLOYMENT: DELTOID COLLECTIVE FARM (ACTIVE); GIBSON FLATBLOCK CLERK (PASSIVE)
 
RESIDENCE: GIBSON FLATBLOCK
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Ministry of Revolutionary Affairs: Paris

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L'Armée Populaire de Libération Écrase Les Réactionnaires Capitalistes à Toulouse!

[The People's Liberation Army Crushes the Capitalist Reactionaries in Toulouse!]

 

Artilect Collectif, Le VULT, Crée un Nouveau Quartier à Shanghai

[Artilect Collective, VULT, Creates New District in Shanghai]

 

Le Front Transhumaniste Dénonce le Fasciste "Parti National Bolchevique"

[The Transhumanist Front Denounces the Fascist "National Bolshevik Party"]

 

Le Citoyen Mackenzie Séville Dirige la Medine Soviétique, Donnant l'Exemple à d'Dutres non Prolétarisés Anciens-Citoyens

[Citizen Mackenzie Séville Directs Medine Soviet, Setting Example for Non-Proletarianized Former People]

 

L'Insurrection Pathétique de la Bourgeoisie Impériale près de Calais a Vaincu!

[The Pathetic Insurrection of the Imperial Bourgeoisie Near Calais Has Been Defeated!]

 

Transhumaniste Hacker Collectif, River Blue, Exproprié Danzig Corporation Grattoir-étoile à Utiliser pour les Opérations en Chef

[Transhumanist Hacker Collective, River Blue, Expropriated Danzig Corporation Starscraper For Use In Chief Operations]

 

Transhumanisme Prospère Dans le Métro: Rencontrer les "Moddies" et Leur Culture Cyberdélique des Jeunes

[Transhumanism Prosperous In The Underground: Meet The "Moddies" and Their Cyberdelic Youth Culture]

 

L'intelligence Artificielle Célèbre le Socialisme Libertaire du Maquis Rouge, Rencontre le Camarade Yoko Kusanagi à Paris Commune

[Artificial Intelligence Celebrates Libertarian Socialism of Maquis Rouge, Meets Comrade Yoko Kusanagi in Paris Commune]

 

Le Libéral Bourgeois Indien, Vedika.exe, Appelle l'île Medine "Une Expérimenter Sadique Totalitaire"

[The Liberal Bourgeois Indian, Vedika.exe, Calls Medine Island "A Sadistic Totalitarian Experiment"]


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Meki - L'Impératrice Déchue Sweeping The Gibson Flatblock Patio, by Talexior

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Looks awesome, but little correction here: "Le Citoyen Mackenzie Séville Dirige la Medine Soviétique, Donnant l'Exemple à d'Dutres non Prolétarisés Anciens-Citoyens"

 

It should be "La Citoyenne" instead, since we're talking about a female, yes?



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Ooh, good catch.


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Technostism needs a symbol in the world. These stories could be the psychological focus of people's attention that shifts the very course of mankind and gets us through the Great Filter. The "Meme Magic" that could allow humans to defy the Fermi Paradox.


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Technostism [...] psychological focus [...] .  The Meme Magic

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WE PRAISE!


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Another piece from RAITVisualWorks.
 
Meki in Versailles, Winter 2145
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I figured I should probably start writing up backstories behind these images, now that I've gotten to Mother Meki v.8. This is probably not going to be the last version before I finalize everything, but it's definitely closer than the rest. I decided to move back to some of the original concepts, so the stuff I posted in the Fictional Maps thread still stands. I decided to make the Nazbols less overtly fascist and more communist (to the chagrin of Joe and AWR, I'm sure).

 

You remember what went down in the Fictional Maps thread, right? If not, here's a memory stimulant.


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Picture 1: "4th of April"
 

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Picture 2: Meki - L'Impératrice Déchue Sweeping The Gibson Flatblock Patio

 

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Picture 3: Meki in Versailles, Winter 2145

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Ooh, good catch.

You also forgot "La Indienne, Vedika.exe." I suppose that one was less apparent since I was referring to a synthetic intelligence.

I can tell that the class war aspect of Mother Meki has taken a backseat to the Vyrdist-technist aspects just by looking at who I focus the narrative on. 

If it were the ultraviolent Marxist class war fic I kept hyping it up to be over the past 3 years, I'd be going on and on about Meki and her sister Anne-Marie (or "Annie" as I've taken to calling her), since it's Annie and Meki's relationship to and reaction towards her that highlights the whole post-revolutionary class war angle. 

 

But I've instead been obsessed over Meki and her relationship with Terios, the "leader" of the VULT and artificial superintelligence for quite some time, which highlights my intention for this story to be a Vyrdist fic more than a Marxist one. I'm only just now commissioning an image of Meki and Annie. You might say that "why not do the same for Meki and Terios?" but the answer to that is: I've never been able to describe Terios, so I could never really give commission artists anything to work with. I used to imagine xen with a (worldly) body like this—

 

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But I've been rethinking this recently, and I wanted to make sure I knew what xe looked like before going ahead with it.


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Same font I'm using for Anarchy in Prague. If this looks familiar, it's because this is the font made famous by Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange. If you couldn't tell by now, that's one of my favorite films (and books). I've even come around to describing Mother Meki I as being "Cyberpunk Russian Revolution meets Clockwork Orange". Not to mention, Black Saturday is basically a loveletter to A Clockwork OrangeNineteen Eighty-Four, and Electric Wizard. Of course, they approach this inspiration differently. Mother Meki's more "in the spirit" of Kubrick's adaptation; being out there and challenging partially for the sake of it. Black Saturday is more of a straightforward rip-off. It even follows several of the same beats: ultraviolent drug-addled quasi-Russian rape gangs in a dystopic future Britain in the beginning; gang members separated by fate, including one brought into a totalitarian state's prison system and another brought into a totalitarian state's corrupt police force; it's the ending that's different. Black Saturday ends with a nuclear war that leads into an even harsher 1984 society. 

Fuck, they both even use Nadsat. Black Saturday is basically a retelling of A Clockwork Orange through the filter of doom metal.


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Same font I'm using for Anarchy in Prague.

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Picture 4: Meki and Annie: First Night At The Gibson, by RedCorpse-Dezzer

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Right, so let's engage in some philosophical meta-wanking. 

 

Meki grows less idealistic with age, though she always remains a staunch proletarianist. Which is to say, she's always of the mind that the proletariat should rule. But the world of Mother Meki grows strange, starting with the fact I have to use the term "proletarianist" as an actual term. And there's no better way to show that off than by contrasting Meki and Annie. Don't worry, this all ties together. 
Meki and Annie both always wanted to be Marie Antoinette, but for wholly different reasons. Annie wanted to be that vain, out-of-touch queen of glamour, while Meki wanted to be the tragic overthrown bourgeois swept up in Revolutionary Terror.
As fate would have it, they would both get their wish— but they'd get each other's fates. Annie was the poor little rich girl who got swallowed by socialist revolution. But wait a minute, didn't Meki too? How on Earth did she ever become an out-of-touch aristocrat if her whole life was dedicated towards proletarian revolution?
 
Fast forward 50 years. The 2090s are over and the 2140s are in full swing. The revolutions of 2098 are a memory from two generations ago, and Europe is just now exiting the era of the Dictatorship of the Technotariat and the Neon Renaissance has exploded, throwing a rainbow of culture all across the planet. Meki got swept up in this revolution just as she did in the one decades prior, except she didn't start this one.
She was just out for a donut with her friends when a shop owner recognized her as France's "white-haired child empress". The French were drunk on nostalgia and Romanticism, and an artilect funded a Parisian vacation where Meki spent a full year living in luxury and excess for the viewing pleasure of the peasants.
 
And what did Meki use her newfound wealth and prestige for?
 
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Now, people already expected this from her. She was no longer the white-haired child empress so much as the Red Empress. 
 
But here's where the Marie Antoinette comparison comes into play.
 
She's come full circle as an elite.
 
She was born into privilege, but she threw it away. When she came back into privilege, she began speaking of Marxist revolution... completely and utterly unaware that she was speaking of promoting privilege! By complete accident, Meki wound up playing the part of out-of-touch aristocrat because she didn't even realize what the social order was like these days. 
 
For this, you can blame none other than the VULT— the Virtual Union of LaCardian Technists, the collective of ASI who basically and effortlessly inherited the world after WWIII fucked everything up in 2106. Eurasia had gone completely red back in the early 2100s, and this was supposed to be the age of proletarian rule. When the National Bolsheviks led Eurasia to ruin and 10 years of chaos followed in Europe, the VULT became so fed up that they completely stripped all Eurasian governments of power and authority, nationalizing all businesses and replacing the socioeconomic model with a purified technist society. Hence why 2125-2142 is known as the "Dictatorship of the Technotariat". Humanity (at least in Eurasia) was completely disenfranchised from the political and economic system. Humans were not allowed to govern, nor were they allowed to own property. They had to rely on the grace of the VULT. Essentially, the entire Eurasian population got to experience what the Eurasian bourgeoisie experienced back in 2098-2106. The DotT extended beyond Eurasia, slithering into America (especially North and Central America) and West Asia for shorter periods of time, and certain elements of the DotT became widespread throughout Asia, Africa, and Oceania before long. But it was in Eurasia that the DotT was most like what we think of when we imagine a 'dictatorship'. 
 
The VULT reinstalled the Maquis Rouge party, the Revolutionary Worker's Front, in 2133, though they were complete puppets to the will of the artilects. Though the Maquis Rouge was always a Marxist party, under the VULT, they were forced to drop their Luddite veneer in lieu of Marxism-Vyrdism and social technism. The VULT took care of the rest. 
 
None of this was to the detriment of the People. In fact, the quality of life exploded. However, labor was essentially outlawed and the era of proletarianism came to an abrupt end as the proletariat itself faded into history. Once the VULT were finished with their radical reformation of society from the ground up, societal roles had completely changed. In 2142, the DotT ended and humans were enfranchised once more. By this point, all essential labor was automated completely and the Eurasian populace had become a class of networkers.  Ironically, while this is shown as being something progressive in the story, Eurasia's one of the last places on Earth to reach this point— most other nations had automated decades ago, with parts of Asia and America having been heavily automated for over a century.
 
In their increasing Romanticism, however, many read back through the pages of history and were stunned to learn that humans— yes, humans— once did all labor, usually with our hands. Human workers were so common that they were expendable, constantly abused and mistreated, exploited from birth to death, and cast as lesser beings by the ruling classes of the day. This was the norm for almost all of history and much of pre-history. It's hard for the people of 2145 to fathom that such brutality went on, and was tolerated and even celebrated— sometimes by many workers themselves! 
 
But the idea of humans being workers is not unheard of in 2145. There's just one catch.
 
Workers, proletarians, are virtually celebrities. Humans who work are part of an elite class of human, directly creating wealth with no technotarian middleman. And it doesn't matter if they're self-employed or working for someone— the fact you're a human and you actually do manual labor is something that's so shocking to modern people that it's not unheard of for workers to fetch top dollar for their services. 
 
All this time, Meki was doing the exact same thing and no one even cared; she didn't even care because she didn't know being a worker was so celebrated. Times have changed so unbelievably from when she was a child. And yet, society in 2145 isn't communist either. It's something a lot like it, but we call it technism nowadays since the word 'communism' has become so tainted and stained over the centuries.
 
But you have to understand what that looks like. Meki was promoting classic communism— class warfare, the proletarian struggle, all that fun jazz— without realizing that human civilization has passed all these things by. The class war's over; the proletariat won by technicality all because the technotariat intervened, knocked both sides out, and declared a winner. But no one sees it that way because society's not socialist or communist. Because of this, it's easy to think a commie revolt might still be feasible, but socialism looks as antiquated as feudalism to the denizens of a technist society.
 
 
And that's what Meki looked like. She looked like this horribly out-of-touch elite extolling the virtues of a dead ideology no one wants brought back all because it's what she knew in her youth. It's just that the "elite" in this case is the proletariat, standing over the networking class of modern times. 
 
Meki quickly caught on, but it was embarrassing at first. Yet it made good thinking— why is the proletariat now the elite class? 
 
It's the result of technology. Technists have long claimed that human history is the story of people coming up with increasingly complex ways of not doing work, and the endpoint of classical history was the day that humanity created a tool that allowed us to never work again. Ideologies like communism were primitive expressions of our ideas on how to live in such a world but were, at the time, limited by the technologies of the day. That's one reason why communist experiments kept failing over and over again throughout history— people were trying to enact a technist idea in a world that was still merely industrial or perhaps even still agrarian. Without technism, communist experiments were always left to chance, with socialists claiming that this alteration or that one was what was necessary to make it work. It became a cried-wolf sort of meme that worked against the eventual success of communism because, by the time communism could actually work, no one believed those who said so. Their expressions were written off as just another bout of "This time it'll work, I swear". 
You can't really blame communists for it all; people become commies because they tremble with indignation over injustices in the world. They want to change things now. And that's always been the perennial flaw of communist revolutions— because people wanted radical change now, they were going to suffer the problems of not having all the technist requirements for communism to properly work.
 
Technists have an old analogy for the difference between socialism and technism, sometimes known as the "One Atom" analogy. It goes that socialism/communism and technism are essentially made out of the same elements, just like hydroxide and water. However, it's impossible to drink hydroxide because the compound is so unstable that it can't actually exist by itself. And even if you were able to keep it stable, it would prove to be horribly poisonous. However, if you add a single hydrogen atom to hydroxide, you get water, a compound so stable that it's responsible for the rise of life itself. In the case of socioeconomics, that atom happens to be automation and artificial intelligence. Without these things, socialism is always doomed to failure because it's not meant to stand on its own. Even its biggest prophet, Karl Marx, laid it clear multiple times that advanced automation was the most necessary ingredient towards creating communism. But for whatever reason, throughout the 20th century, communists decided that industrial and agrarian societies were good enough to create communism.
 
 
Communism as a system proclaims that all exploitation will be ended since no one will use anyone else's labor for their own financial gain. Hierarchy will be obsolete and people will work mostly as a duty to their fellow man rather than a need to survive.
Except once you bring this into the real world, you run into problems. Basic problems at that. Very basic problems. One reason why people work for someone else's gain is because that someone else is the person leading the whole project; this is where hierarchy stems from— roles. Someone has to oversee a project while others are working, because you need some way for the project to be streamlined. Not everyone can be arsed with this, and in fact efficiency suffers if there's no central planner. 
Because of these things, among others, labor as a duty quickly becomes labor as a role in society. People will want something, and they'll go to others to get it. A 2-hour workday and a 2-day workweek may have been the intention, but it fast becomes something we'd find more typical if left alone. 
 
This is a butchery of my point, but the point I'm trying to say is that the very aims communists intend to reach can only be reached through technist solutions. 
 
Once the technotariat arises, the need for human labor falls dramatically. We fill roles in society for a reason, and using robots for these roles is what would actually allow us to achieve a lifestyle of total leisure. 
 
Technists believe automation will eventually— very soon, in fact— reach a point of such great complexity that robots will be capable of carrying out any role normally done by a human, and better. So what do humans do afterwards?
 
Whatever we want. As long as we have a communist or Vyrdist set up in society, technism is the logical endpoint. And if there's one thing to know about humans, is that's we occupy the lowest energy state. If there's one thing to know about matter itself, it's that it wants to occupy the lowest energy state. Thus, most will be comfortable living a life of pure leisure. A few will choose to do differently and will work with their hands— these Beautiful Few will be highly sought out because of supply and demand; whatever is scarce is worth much more than whatever is common. Not everyone will choose to work, so those who do will be the future equivalent of celebrities and CEOs. 
 
 
Most people wouldn't willingly choose to do a lot of the bullshit we're forced to do for minimum wage, but we'd be more than willing to learn how to if it earned one millions of dollars an hour.

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Right now, I'm not doing as much as I could be with MaMek since my focus is Anarchy in Prague. But it's definitely on the brain, and the common thread you should be noticing nowadays is how my focus is shifting from 1 to 3. Ever since I've embraced technism, I've begun losing interest in one of the two big "dictatorships". This might be because I've been trying to explain technism well enough for it to all make sense, and doing so involves catching up to all the intellectual wankery socialism has managed to garner over the centuries.

 

I wanna dumb it down a bit more. I've been exploding the size of Mother Meki III and another Eutopia story set right alongside the series— Kusanagi's War— all trying to explain the issue of Vyrdism and technism, and I've fast realized that I've begun resorting to the same over-analyzed multi-syllabic cromulentism that ruin socialist/Marxist dicussions. Everything makes sense in the story, when you get to see technism and socialism working and competing, but when you're going at it from a completely ideological/philosophical standpoint, that's how you get the usual diamat nightmarism. 

 

Seriously, I've spent the better part of the last 7 hours reading through various books and blogs on dialectical materialism and various strains of socialist, Marxist, Maoist, and Proudhonism thought on things like the Dictatorship of the Proletariat and commanding heights of economies, etc. etc. If this were 2013 and I were still a new redspawn, I'd be gobbling all this up again. But it's only in recent months that I realize that so much Marxist literature drops a load of multi-syllabic buzzwords at you with scarcely a moment to comprehend what the hell just happened. Just, wow it's so dry. 

 

And my response? Drop a new load of meaningless multi-syllabic buzzwords. I'm starting to think I'm in over my head.


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More Mother Meki III spern spern fawn fawn for you:

 

Humans Are Dicks

So Are Human 2.0's

 

One of the reasons why I never allow this world to become a perfect heaven of a place is because there are humans in it. Humans can be so very kind and altruistic and capable of so many great things, and if we really came together, there's nothing we couldn't do.

So fuck you and die up the ass. That's why we can't have nice things. Humans are, in the end, sadistic dicks. Mean-spirited and hypersexual dicks. Even if we had perfect VR and an uberwealthy technist society, you know there are going to be a sadistic dick who hires someone to kidnap someone else, bring them to some lair, and then torture them to death— all for his or her own viewing pleasure. And then there'll be thousands of viewers for that snuff film, fappin' away to all the screams and blood while calling a band poster in the background "gay". That's nothing to do with the exploitation of the working class or whatever radical phrase we're using today— that's just us psychotic apes being psychotic apes. Chimpanzees do much the same thing, chewing off each other's ballsacks and drinking each other's blood. Having immeasurable wealth spread throughout society and very high development doesn't change that. If anything, it'll exacerbate it. And while some will get their bloodthirsty kicks in VR, others won't.

 

And many people, though they'll call it disgusting and degenerate in public, will secretly search for these films for their own viewing pleasure. And still more just won't give a damn.

 

Go into any utopian sci-fi story with that in mind, especially if it allegedly involves human beings— are all humans generally dickbags with the capacity for kindness? Or are they presented as being meaty angels? Because only one of those is accurate. 

 

We're not going to willingly fuck everything up, and despite what the cynics and nihilists say, we're not going to take a meat cleaver to our neighbor's face and then go home for some tea every other day of the week. Hence why I say we have the capacity for kindness and even often act upon that capacity. Kindness is socially acceptable; sadism isn't. So we hide our latent sadism. Kindness isn't going to be any less socially acceptable in a post-Singularity society, despite the prevalence of FIVR. We're generally kind towards our own and towards those we like; we're also generally evil. Going too far in any one extreme brings either utopianism or dystopianism. 

 

That medium is what we call "humanity". There's a reason we find excessively angelic beings inhuman and creepy. The purer you are, the greater our desire  to crush your genitals beneath our steel cleat boots. That's brutal to say, but face it— as a human, it's true. Same deal if you go too far in the other direction— if you're the kind of dickass who derives perverse pleasure from crushing people's genitals beneath your steel cleat boots, we want to pump fifty thousand volts through your creepy body. Occupying a medium between kindness and violence is what we see as being "human", for better or worse.

 

Just look at our present day society for an example. There's wealth so widespread that even the poorest elements of our society are objectively living better than kings from just a few hundred years ago. That hasn't ended inhumanity at all. Sure, some facets of inhumanity will fade in a better society— if everyone's basic needs are met, the amount of thievery will drop by upwards of 90%; if drugs are legal and free to use, you won't see such intense narcoviolence. But to say it will all end if we just did this one thing or another is to be so laughably utopian and naive that I'd have to ask if you're a 14 year old who has just "figured it all out".

 

 

Another way to help understand humanity is to realize that most people don't see themselves as being demons. Most who do say they're evil are usually being ironic or are trying to fit into a group of outcasts who have embraced the idea that society calls them, in some way, "evil". When we do something, we think we're being angels and those who do not see it our way— those are the real demons. It's what Meki had to learn the hard way. In her early years, she thought herself to be the Space Age Jesus Christ because she was basically one of the super elite who willingly threw away power and glory for the collective salvation of the human race. In her days of disillusionment, she thought herself to be a Space Age Demon because she saw the result of her "altruism"— the return of psychotic totalitarianism, mass murder, famines, world wars, nuclear war, collapse of a civilization, and a general delay to human progress that almost wound up getting us all killed. The proletarianization had her think of herself as evil due to her social origin, but she was trying to express her despair at how badly everything went wrong after the Revolutions of 2098. It wasn't until 2145, during the Parisian Vacation, that she finally came to terms that humans are gonna hume. Everything had calmed down; life was objectively amazing for everyone; we were doing amazing things... you'd think you stepped into the world of Star Trek.

Until you met the people. Then you realized "Oh. Humans with hyper-advanced technology. That's scary."

 

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Meki as a Thenaboo

 

Next up, Meki is a "thenaboo." It's a relatively recent phenomenon that really got kickstarted thanks to the Neon Renaissance, which is one reason why Meki's so aware of it during her Parisian Vacation. But her good friend and ever-sickly Bolshevik, Zdravko Kokinos, never lets her live down her obsession with Greco-Roman society.

 

Kokinos— who is Macedonian (and thus might as well be Greek to a thenaboo)— even goes so far as to say she's the "paratypical thenaboo" because she's also a French aristocrat.

So what is a thenaboo? It's a portmanteau of two words: "Athena" and "Weeaboo". Weeaboos being non-Japanese people who had an excessive obsession with an idealized version of Japanese culture (often one that has little bearing in reality). Athena being one of the most famous Greek goddesses. From that, you can probably connect the dots. Thenaboos are people who are inordinately obsessed with ancient Greece. Actually, the term has expanded to mean those who are cringingly obsessed with all of Classical Antiquity, but often revolves around three cultures: ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and ancient Egypt. 

 

Thenaboos are such a phenomenon because the Neon Renaissance has led to Europeans exalting the various eras of Europe's "greatest years". This isn't helped by the existence of Ælkorus, a super-psychedelic metahuman city-state just outside Athens that is even fawned over by artilects. Ælkorus was meant to be the actualization of everything the ancient Athenians saw themselves as being— a direct-democratic city-state of enlightened stoners who obsess over science and philosophy. It also happens to be excessively sexual (drawing back to what I was saying above, about how even a near utopian world will never be so immaculate and G-ratedly perfect). 

 

Kokinos claims that French aristocrats have historically been thenaboos, even though this isn't explicitly true. This is mostly referring to French artisan nobility's surge of interest in classical antiquity in the 1770s and 1780s because of how ancient Greece (particularly Athens) was portrayed as being "the perfect society". There's also that one big event that was basically a whole bunch of thenaboos getting together and jerking each other off over how awesome classical antiquity was. You might've heard of it— some people call it "the Renaissance." 

 

Now that the Neon Renaissance is going strong, though, it seems as though being a thenaboo is in. There are Francophiles (though Kokinos says "it's morally wrong to be French") because of how Paris was basically the art and cultural capital of the world for a long while there, but thenaboos note that this was largely because the Parisians became obsessed with classical antiquity and wanted to replicate it.

 

Meki being a thenaboo is something of a joke. She is, indeed, a French aristocrat/royal, and there can be no doubt that she's a hardcore thenaboo. So hardcore that it's literally cringe-worthy. Hell, she throws away vast wealth and privilege again, for the second time in her life in 2145 just so she can move to Ælkorus. And need I mention that she owns the ultimate thenaboo book, A Culturally-Rich Guide to Mastering The Classical Languages (Latin, Greek, and Conversational Egyptian). And when she moves into Ælkorus, she doesn't even follow the crowd. Instead of moving into the main city, she lives on the outskirts high up on a hill overlooking the rest of the hillside city-state, in a very plain post-and-lintel oikos. And what's her daily routine there? Let me tell you that she becomes semi-famous for being a bronzesmith.

A bronzesmith. Yes, many of her sculptures are that of either her husband, Alusru Rasa, or of other casual things, but the fact she's actually using bronze is A1 thenabooism. 

 

She learns she has clones, too. She's not surprised, considering her semi-immortality— what shocks her is that these clones aren't even that old. Mykyas and Antimona are their names, and both were raised in Ælkorus.

 

 

Zdravko comes close to smacking her, saying "You. Are. Not. Greek." He also constantly holds up calendars, pointing out that it's 214X AD. Her beloved 5th-century BC days are literally 2,500 years gone. Mykyas isn't a Greek name; Antimona isn't even a name at all. They both sound horrible. And even if they were okay names, the fact is, if they lived in Ancient Greece, they'd be worth less than a man's spit. Ancient Athens wasn't as enlightened as we think it was— it was a slave society whose "democracy" is so laughably plutocratic that there was more "democracy" in fascist Italy than ancient Athens.

 

But that's not the point, thenaboos say. Sure, antiquity had its problems. But that's why Ælkorus is such a great reset!

 

Ευλόγησε την ημέρα σας!

 

Shut up.


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There we go. Australopithecines sound amazing, and certainly would be the wet dream of any anthropologist if they were still around today. Which might be one reason why I have them in my stories.

 

I mentioned in another thread that there are multiple human species, but I decided to refine that. 

There are 4 categories of "human", plus three "honorary humans", thus meaning that there are seven "humans" inhabiting Earth circa 2145. If you recall, it used to be reversed— there were 3 categories of human and 4 honorary humans.

 

2145 is the "common" year I've been using when discussing the Mother Meki series, if you haven't noticed. There's a reason for that, and maybe I'll discuss it someday.

 

 

The four categories are: Wild, Archaic, Common, and High.

 

Wild humans are Homo habilis. Commonly known as "adams". They are civilizable, but it's not in their nature. Adams possess "Sapience-I".

Archaic humans are Homo neanderthalensis. Famed cousins of ourselves. They possess "Sapience-II".

Common humans are Homo sapiens sapiens, as well as several monikers for various transhuman breeds (e.g. Homo lexHomo futurus, Homo evolutis). Though we used to just go by "humans", the new human zoo has led to our common name becoming "Sapiens" (and sometimes, erroneously, "Sapien"). Basic Sapiens possess "Sapience-II", while transhumans can reach "Sapience-IV".

High humans are Homo eximius. Basically the elves of humanity, their common name is "eximi". They possess "Sapience-III". 

 

I mentioned that transhumans can reach higher levels of sapience than eximi. That's sort of cheating, and requires mentioning posthumans and non-human superintelligences. The generally defined posthuman species, Dominae ultraterrestrialensis, technically qualifies as a human, but that's another story. Transhumans can reach Sapience-IV, but all the human species— adams to eximi— can become transhuman by definition. Posthumans start at Sapience-IV, and after that is Sapience-V or Super Sapience, which no biological intelligence can possibly reach or even fathom— the difference between Sapience-IV and V is larger than the difference between mechanical intelligence (which is the lowest possible form of intelligence) and Sapience-IV.

 

 

The three honorary humans are honorary because they're technically not "human". However, they are all highly-intelligent, very hairy bipedal humanoids. Because they lack higher-order sapience (which starts at Sapience-I), they are considered uncivilizable (which is the new, politically correct term for 'animals').

 

Australopithecus afarensis. Commonly known as "piths". Piths are basically proto-humans.

Pongo martyri. More commonly known as "orangpendek", but sometimes known as "hobbits". Very often confused with Homo floresiensis

Giganthropus ferus. Commonly known as "sasquatch", this is the only species that's not a pure genetic resurrection but instead an entirely original creation— there was never a genus known as "Giganthropus". There was the Gigantopithecus, but it's much more closely related to Pongo. Giganthropus was designed from an Australopithecine base, and was basically designed to be the realization of the Sasquatch myth, featuring things that aren't found in other primates like tapetum lucidum.


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So I have some more maps to share. Mapchart.com updated their maps to include several more nations. While they still haven't created a proper "Eurasia", Russia alone is good enough.

 

Eutopia: Mother Meki 1 has the whole big range of horrors begin thanks to the National Bolsheviks. By 2102, quite a bit of Russia has been partitioned. Much of it wasn't even from the Revolutions of 2098— the 21st century saw Russia fracturing into multiple independent states due to that whole "global warming" thing. Except, whereas global warming would have been the cause of societal breakdown in other nations, it's the cause of nationalism here (and in Greenland, and northern Canada). More people are living in Siberia and far eastern Russia, and more materials were being mined and refined. The locals found no reason to remain with Eurorus, and that's when the whole breaking apart began. Generally, these new republics were still considered to be "Russian", but they also developed a purely Eurasian identity. Also, China moved in to gain some formerly Russian territory some time mid century.

After the Revolutions of 2098, the National Bolsheviks gained power in the Eurorus. They considered this to be part of "Greater Eurasia".

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What's Meki doing at this time?

In 2102, Meki's been incarcerated at Dolohov Revolutionary Correctional. It was a misunderstanding a year prior that landed her there, but oh well. She isn't aware of the intrigue going on over in Russia; she's still of the mind that the Eurasian proletariat has begun its transcendence and that the various revolutionary parties that have taken power are finally in the early stages of sorting things out. That the revolutionary parties are facing constant attempts at espionage and sabotage by the Nazbols is completely unknown to her. In fact, what little news of "successful" sabotage that reaches her, she assumes were actually caused by counter-revolutionaries, reactionaries, and the fabled "Bourgeois Agents of Cultural Destruction". 

 

Of course, the Nazbols in power now are not the same Nazbols that will assume power later under Leon Viyeta, so they genuinely are  revolutionary in nature. Just... a different kind of "revolutionary".

 

The Nazbols see Rougism and other strains of "left-communism" as being existential threats. Even Marxism-Leninism is highly suspect; only Stalinism and certain nationalistic forms of Maoism are actually embraced. 

 

 

Now.

Fast forward 4 years.

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The civil wars that began in 2104 were only possible due to Nazbol expansion and destabilization of Western Europe. The Maquis Rouge had completely bungled up every chance of forming a strong counter-Nazbol front for several reasons. One, they were just too libertarian. That wouldn't be a problem if it weren't for the fact that, 2, they were too Luddite. Libertarian Luddism is just asking for failure because it means that the technologies that allow for libertarianism to be successful in a Grade-III and Grade-IV technological society are thrown away for the sake of ecogaianist socialism. 

3, much like myself and many of the characters in many of my books, they were too scared of the possibility of World War III breaking out. If they pushed too hard against the National Bolsheviks, surely a major war would break out, and they wanted to appease them instead. They considered it "hard appeasement"— allow them to expand influence, but create solidarity among those into which they wish to expand. If things spiraled out of control, we would see the potential end of human civilization. Kinetic and directed energy weapons of the day could destroy whole nations in an instant; well-aimed kinetic weapons could trigger supervolcanoes and super-earthquakes. Powerful enough directed-energy weapons could ionize the atmosphere to such a great extent that they could cause massive firestorms. Nuclear weapons aren't even much of a worry.

 

Alas, tragically, their own desire to avoid World War III led them to World War III. The Nazbols in Europe were led by Leon Viyeta, this barking mad dictator who was openly mass-murderous and seemed to crave the end of civilization (so long as a Nazbol society under his eye could rise from the ashes). They fused with the Nazbols in Russia (though Viyeta's posse ousted the Moscow oligarchy).

 

Greater Eurasia— all land from the Atlantic Ocean to the Urals— met with Lesser Eurasia— all land from the Urals to the Pacific (it should be noted that part of the reason why they went with this naming convention was psychological, as a way of saying those Russians who split from the motherland were somehow "lesser", even though Lesser Eurasia had equaled and surpassed the Eurorus in power and prestige by the end of the 21st century).

 

And immediately, Viyeta began World War III by attacking Asia, Africa, and America. Except Asia was more than prepared, having been watching the events unfolding since 2098 with increasing concern and fear. Only one nuclear warhead actually broke through to East Asia. The Maquis Rouge also left the Nazbols a little surprise by completely sabotaging Eurasia's defenses, meaning that the inevitable nuclear and starcraft counterattack decimated the continent. So the rest of the war largely had to be a ground war. 

 

 

Where was Meki during all this?

Meki in 2106 was still in Medine. This is when she fell into a deep, dark ultra-depression due to seeing nothing but world war, hyper-totalitarianism, and constant death surrounding her, essentially making her feel that everything she had done 8 years prior was for nothing regardless since humanity would see the same result: extreme vetting of the underclasses and near-total depopulation due to whims of power-mad elites.

2 years of famine and civil war in France and England had made the already totalitarian prison-island even more of a hellhole than ever before, but the Nazbols had ultimately decided to clear out the place to make way for "new inmates". Viyeta called this the "Grand Conclusion", as a 'grand conclusion to the class war'. Since most of Eurasia's bourgeoisie was holed up in Medine, killing them all would effectively end the class war. Of course, eventually many would be drafted to be sent to the slaughter going on in Lesser Eurasia. 

As usual, Mother Russia bleeds. The war that had erupted across Lesser Eurasia was pretty much just an excuse to kill Russians already, before the war was even a year old. Though the armies were mostly mechanized, the people living in the crossfire were not.

Meki was tasked by the Nazbols with shooting her sister, Annie, as well as acting as a sort of "blood-janitor", helping to mop up all the corpses. She herself would be shot and killed later that year, though— due to her semi-immortality (which if you, somehow, recall, was installed in her body for her father's pleasure and entertainment)— she believed it to just be a botched execution. It wasn't until 2107 that she went to DURK#6 (located deep in Siberia) and all that fun stuff about loopkill and sadistic torture that I teased you about years ago actually begins happening.


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