We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed
Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, 1776 AD

I wish to formally reject the absurd description of my work as ‘invalidating’ our scientific method.  Like many breakthroughs that have gone before it, Essence Theory simply reveals a strata of the world about which we were previously ignorant.  I have every confidence that we shall in short order develop this discovery into a practical field of inquiry, and manufacture, if you will, a technology of the soul.
Medsenk Company Press release, Dr. Chen, 2094 AD

To pretend any longer that Ultrahumans are not in service to our country would be to do a disservice to these brave women and men.  Our enemies do not abide by the UN’s ban, and in order to protect the people of this great nation we cannot stand idle.  You deserve to know the truth, that you stand protected not only by the mightiest military in the history of the world, but by Earth’s foremost Ultrahuman combatants!
Presidential Weekly Address, President Lindsey Riker (Striker 1), 2108 AD

Some dead white boy once said ‘Force rules the world, has ruled it, shall rule it’, or some [excrement] like that.  He was right, and since I’m the most powerful, I’m in charge now.  Don’t like it?  Step!
The Takeover Proclamation, Peggy Martin (Prevailer), 0 AP

A technological breakthrough gave rise to the Ultrahumans.  The Ultras gave rise to conflict without limit.  What was once America writhes beneath the fists of an indestructible tyrant, and a brutal war rages over the remainder of the planet.  This is the story of some of the men and women who live during Prevailer’s Regime, and of the Fifth Defiance.

[Edit:  I gotta give fair warning.  This is a very bleak, grim story.  There are rapists, murderers, bigots and worse in this setting, and they rarely get their comeuppance.  Our heroes are working from the inside of a nightmarish post apocalyptic society, and their desperate attempts to fix things can often feel like pushing water uphill.  If this isn’t your bag, I totally get it.]

3 thoughts on “Introduction

  1. Thanks for the warning. I’ll file this story away for when i have more bandwidth to tolerate grimdark.

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