In the year 2234, Ralph Rodgers worked at the Central Authority Agency. His job was to slaughter innocents across the globe in the name of hierarchy.
The Agency was the pinnacle of hierarchical perfection. All essential human wisdom had been relegated into the hands of the Agency. The brightest minds, the smartest fiends, and the maddest men: these were the people the Central Authority Agency had harnessed. These were the people the Agency bred. Constant oppression of the masses kept dissent to a bare minimum. Any outspoken criticism was instantly detected by the auditory mainframes, whose nodes saturated all aspects of automaton society, and was slated for brutal liquidation by the Automaton Dissent Repression Force.
The furthest a rebel movement had ever come to leading a revolution was in 2094, when the Human Liberation Army, in reality a rebellious and disillusioned sub-sect of low-level officers issued from within the Central Authority Agency, led a raid on the Authority Planning Center, a computer complex manned by hired guns in Langley, Virginia. The H.L.A. destroyed three mainframes in the Authority Planning Center. (How were the H.L.A. able to breach the Automaton Security Parameters? It was surely thanks to the Sonic Resistance Methods these rebels had picked up from the Central Africans in their campaign to automatize [or more precisely, automatonize] Sudan). With no computer systems managing the Central African Human Automaton Territory, chaos broke out in Central Africa. The mainframes which had been managing the delicate process of automatonization in the C.A.A.’s final colony in transition were unable to be rebooted in time before the Resistance solidified its hold over the consciousness of the Central Africans.
Central Africa was the last territory of the Earth to begin automatonization in the 2080s. By 2094, it had still not reached a fully automaton state. Resistance lingered in Central Africa. With the outbreak of chaos, the Central Africans found themselves subject to a war with the Agency’s puppet, the Central African Destruction Force on one side, and the Human Liberation Army on the other.
A wall had been constructed by the automatons around all of Central Africa. The area stretched from Cameroon to Kenya. Outside of this wall, automatonization continued as normal. The Central Authority Agency’s automatonization scheme was somewhat flawed however, in that whether it was a question of modifying human beings, or replacing them with artificial intelligences (both practices were commonplace—though the humans were not completely dispensable due to their function in organic intelligence spore production), there was always the risk that some particular element might not be perfectly rendered according to the directives of the mainframes. This was remedied by periodically re-implementing Electromagnetic Thought-Emotion Destruction Sequences.
Nevertheless, by the year 2234, Essential Automatonization had been achieved in all territories outside the Central African Containment Wall. However, also by this time, a new resistance to the Central Authority Agency had solidified. The resistance had become the religion of the underground. Resistance and religion were one in the same. The Central Africans worshipped anti-authority. This lack of respect for authority was crafted by a Central African shamanic storyteller, or djeli, to give the Central Africans a means of resisting the Central Authority Agency. It was the djeli who performed the rite of intense facial scarification on all newborns, replacing the baptism as a symbol for their eternal refusal to co-operate and their rejection of the dominant aesthetics of beauty. Religious Central Africans could not be reasoned with. They simply destroyed all hierarchy. This was done by living as wildly as possible. They ran through the forests, slaughtering all who they come across beyond the immediate family and shamanistic leaders. The exception of the immediate family existed only so that reproduction of the humans, and thus reproduction of the resistance, might continue. The shamans, meanwhile, used their powers to ward off the crazed survivors and rogue automatons of the global colonization.
This Afrikan Order grew so powerful that after all these years (2094-2234), the Central Authority Agency had not yet been able to stomp it out. Afrikan shamans held the esoteric knowledge behind the Human Liberation Army’s success in Langley in their hands. They passed on the old literature of resistance in strange and subtle forms from shaman to shaman, generation to generation. Through the laying on of hands in decentralized djeli-to-djeli networks, the Afrikan shamans were able to transmit communist literature in the form of organic files through melanocyte receptor swarms. This was how they understood the powerful resistance strategies of Comrade Mao Tse-Tung in order to sustain their people’s war against the oppressor.
The Central Authority Agency did have a plan though: slaughter each and every one of the free Central Africans. However, given the grand area and large jungles covering the territory, along with the way the Central Africans hid underground and in the trees, the Central Authority Agency was prevented from discovering the whereabouts of each and every Central African. Central Africa had become the final frontier in the struggle for a centralized global authority. With the destruction of the Central Africans, a central authority would guide mankind’s journey for the rest of existence. Humanity would indeed become one, now and forever. Once total control and power is achieved, none can escape its sanguine grasp.
Outside the Central African Containment Wall, automonization meant a life of mass psychological programming for the pawns of the Central Authority Agency. Collectively, they were bound to automaton-consciousness by the powerful mechanized aspects of mass computer consciousness. Automatonization was simply material reality. It could not be escaped; it was unfathomable for the de-spiritualized automaton mind. Only within the Central African Containment Wall did hope for freedom from oppression exist. The shamans gave strength to the Central Africans through their songs which glorified the brutal destruction of authority and planting the seed, or asili, of New Afrika.
This was the nature of things in 2234.
By 2235, the consciousness of the Central Africans reached a critical mass. No longer did they slaughter all beyond the immediate family, but they formed together a larger unit, a tribe dedicated to the destruction of authority, which was dubbed by some inside the Agency “The Egalitarian Sect”. Why had the Central Africans passed through this antisocial phase? It seemed that the trauma of isolation had rendered many of them insane, as it turns out would be the fate of the great majority of future humans and humanoids. Many of the so-called “Central Africans” were in fact not indigenous to this region, but refugees who had fled the settler-automatons from the north and the south.
The shamanistic leaders were those who had guarded the ancient wisdom of the ancestral spirits, thus preserving some degree of sanity in the face of the global mechanization process. The shamans judged by 2235 that the time had come to unleash the ancestral spirits, and so they decided to share with all Central Africans their wisdom of resistance. Soon enough all became literate, all read the holy texts of resistance, and all were empowered with the strength of the Anti-Authoritarian Spirit. All were shamans now. Together they gathered and communicated with the lwa, the spirits of their ancestors. The lwa showed them the path to victory. Many visions were seen and through the third eye of the shamanic unity, great comrades of past resistance movements manifested in ethereal forms and their powers were transmitted to them. First came Toussaint Louverture, then Bhagat Singh, Lei Feng, Vera Figner, and finally many others. All showed them the way, expressing one great truth: Liberation is necessary.
That same year, Ralph Rodgers was flying helicopter reconnaissance over the Central African war zone. Intelligence reports indicated that the Central Africans were indeed forming a new communal unit. Strange sightings of bright lights and other phenomena had been coming in from the peripheries of the territory where C.A.A. settler-automatons were stationed.
Ralph Rodgers was a good automaton. He knew how to obey authority very well. Little did Ralph know though that long ago, in the year AD 943, his ancestor had been bitten by a rabid wolf in the frozen forests of Norway. A Cosmic Afrikan djeli had accessed the wolf’s fangs by means of space-time warp-maneuvering aspects of the mega-verse. On the fangs of the wolf was placed the serum of self-hatred. The wolf sunk its fangs into Ralph Rodgers’ ancestor, and so the serum of self-hatred was intravenously introduced to the bloodstream. Science would later show that dormant aspects of the bloodline can be awakened at points in time remote from the mutant progenitor. As Ralph Rodger’s helicopter passed over an Afrikan shaman hiding in a tree, the serum of self-hatred was discreetly awakened by the passing. Suddenly Ralph Rodger’s mind was aroused by the hatred of his automatonized self. He could not help but to crash the helicopter, driving it towards the Earth. It exploded into a fiery ball of wreckage as it cascaded through the rainforest canopy. Branches flew every which way, brutally whipping his face into a hideous pulp. His corpse was disintegrated in the flames, and all Free Minds rejoiced. The wolf bitten spirit of his ancestor was released into the sunshine and then absorbed by many other automaton patrol-copters. They too were overwhelmed with wolf bitten spirit, and compelled by the realization of their worthlessness to crash into the tree tops. Those whose helicopters were equipped with automatic pilot ejection mechanisms were captured by mutant monkeys living in the rainforest canopy. The fate that awaited them was an even more gruesome one than had befallen Ralph Rodgers.
That night the Central Afrikans gathered on the spot where Ralph Rodgers had died. They rejoiced, knowing that soon the C.A.A. would fall apart as the oppressed masses inhaled the wolf bitten spirit.