SPLODAx, Systematic Protocols Linking Outgoing Data Access, is a service,
independant of the New Democratic Government, that supplies its users with
top stories taken from all of the New York premium news feeds and the
largest database of job listings available in the city. SPLODAx also
functions as an interactive encyclopedia, holding virtually every detail of
New York living in our databanks. Our subcribers, which include you, have
access to our Daily Informational report, as well as personalized archive
pages (unavailable at this time) that store previous news stories, job
listings, and various other pieces of data. SPLODAx is funded through
nominal yearly subscriptions and advertisement space in our Daily
Simplified, SPLODAx provides its users with a consolidated point of contact
for all of your daily needs. Why go through all that legwork to get a job
when you can simply e-mail email@example.com with your preferred job and have
everything taken care of automatically? Why pay those astronomical monthly
subscriptions to each news feed when you can get the best of the best news
emailed to you daily for one low price?
Every citizen of New York is assigned an Identification card that contains,
along with personal data, Dollars used for purchasing government-sanctioned
items such as food and clothing, job security clearance, and a key to your
residence. Of course, Cash is still in circulation and can be used to buy
anything that Dollars won't cover.
NDG Follows the traditional calendar of the past. The current year is 2004. This is the best estimate after looking through remaining historical and scientific data.
All children have the chance to go through normal schooling (Grades 1-12). Students who show above average learning have the chance to attend NDG's Higher Learning Center where they study additional concepts and skills based on their strengths.
One thing that hasn't changed is New Yorkers love to eat. Although not as
large as it once was, New york's population is still very significant and
very diverse. The heart of the city may seem over run with NDG sponsored
cafeterias, but off the main streets you should be able to find almost any
type of restaraunt from a French Bistro to a Japanese Hibachi with a little
Most food is synthetically created, and paid for with Dollars. Many
attempts are being made by the NDG to repopulate the fishing waters around
NY also, but progress is slow.
NYNet is a network of communication (TalkNet), information reference (DataNet), and
entertainment (EnterNet) wired to the viewscreen in every household paid for by the NDG
and corporate sponsors. Most pre-war entertainment is gone, and any pre-war
books left are mainly fiction and only available in digital form. No real
TV shows or movies made it through the great war, as broadcast attenas were
some of the first targets, and the fragile media did not survive. TV,
movies, plays, and other forms of entertainment still exist but they are a
small part of life.
Since the destruction of most material forms of recorded history, many dates
are vague or unknown. What we do know is that just when things were looking
their best, just when we had finally become a peaceful nation, having not
been involved in war for over half a century, aggression released itself in
the form of social unrest. The cause was an unexplainable trick of nature,
spurning a wave of random genetic mutations in newborns across the country.
Because of their visually distracting features, these newborns, all
suffering from what scientists coined SLHOA (Scarce Levels of Hormone with
Oculocutaneous Albinism), were soon persecuted as a national epidemic arose.
Areas of Civility maintained kinship with all Americans. Some scientists
even believed these SLHOA babies were the next step in our evolution. Other
areas of the country were unfortunately not so civil. Local segregation laws
were passed and soon enforced with zealous aggression in many areas. Many
didn't agree with these laws. This topic eventually became a heated topic of
The origins of our current Quarantine are indeed rooted in this conflict.
The other "countries" of the world were afraid. Understandable since not
much was known when the first SLHOA babies were born. Many thought a virus
was the cause (and unfortunately, many uneducated citizens still do).
National hysteria was the result. A Board of representatives from these
other "countries" (what was then known as "United Nations") met and
discussed bringing about a quarantine of the United States, blockading our
coasts and enforcing a rigid border to the north and south. The movement was
discussed by the board (representatives from several "countries" including
our own did not agree with the quarantine). This also became a heated topic
Although the date has long since been forgotten, the names of two Americans
shall live in everyone's mind from here to eternity: Gerald Barnes and
Barnes and Dennehey, democrat and republican respectively, were running for
the presidency. Naturally, the platform topics of most heated debate and
strongest concern were those of SLHOA rights and the National Quarantine. It
was the position of the Democratic candidate, Gerald Barnes, to enforce
equal rights between SLHOA citizens and the rest of the nation, forcing each
state to abandon any segregation laws in effect. Barnes also believed that
the national Quarantine would not be long, and that it was only fair to
allow other "countries" their safety until the cause of this unexplainable
trick of nature was discovered. Everett Dennehey however, believed that all
SLHOA "pigs" should be "corraled" into their own state (namely Florida) and
that the rest of us should be able to travel internationally if need be. He
clearly did not understand the United Nations' viewpoint, nor did he care
This all culminated on Election Day when, remarkably, Dennehey won the
Popular vote although Barnes won the electoral. Never before had we been so
divided as a nation, but the answer was clear: Electoral colleges are
instituted for a reason, and Barnes was clearly the winner. Dennehey did not
agree however, and called for what was known at the time as a "Coup."
Basically, this entails Dennehey's followers to start attacking innocent
civilians. Naturally, Barnes' only course of action was to protect us
against Dennehey's mob mentality.
As we all know, things escalated to war.
It is unfortunate that, with the United States' representation absent at the
United Nations, the decision of an unequivocal quarantine was placed on us
and still remains today. Borders to the north and south have been installed,
guarded by military forces of neighboring territories outside the U.S.
Not much is known about the particulars of the war, although the following
is perceived as fact:
-Dennehey's followers managed to unify against the various armed forces of
our Government and stand off for quite some time before surrendering to the
logic of Democracy.
-Everett Dennehey was assassinated approximately five years after the
crucial election date. It is rumored that his wife did the deed.
-The close proximity of our country luckily refrained both forces from using
nuclear arms. The only known use of such device during the War is in the
middle of the Southwestern desert; a site known only as "Las Vegas".
-Use of biological warfare, electronic warfare, robotic warfare, rocket
warfare, and hand-to-hand combat ravaged most of the country, reverting
select areas to uninhabitable wasteland.
-Many routes of transportation were severely hindered, eventually making all
forms of personal transportation extinct.
-In a heated battle, the capital was officially relocated to New York City,
due to it's defensible position on the island Manhattan, and concentrated
population of Democratic followers.
-Gerald Barnes officially took office as President of the New Democratic
Government approximately ten years after he was elected.
However, despite the near-fatal blows of the War, the United States still
The city of New York (referred to in history books as the island Manhattan
and surrounding area, now officially just the island Manhattan), has been
undergoing a truly massive renovation project for all of your lifetime,
retrofitting old commercial buildings as residential, or making the burnt
out inhabitable once more. Many, many people are employed by the Government,
which enables superior technologies such as the subway system, food
manufacturing, fishing, electricity, and waterworks to function in constant
operation. In fact, there is even a form of entertainment broadcast on
NYnet, a network of communication, information reference, and entertainment
wired to the viewscreen in every household.
Currently, President Richard Meade picks up the presidential task of
spreading word of the NDG's continual growth in power. The New Democratic
Government's sphere of influence steadily increases with every year, soon to
envelope the entire nation as it once did gloriously so long ago.
Acronym Quick Reference
HLC - Higher Learning Center
NDG - New Democratic Government
SLHOA - Scarce Levels of Hormone with Oculocutaneous Albinism
SPLODAx - Systematic Protocols Linking Outgoing Data Access