Far Too Human (science fiction) May 2, 2013 8:45:50 GMT -5
Post by WildKnight on May 2, 2013 8:45:50 GMT -5
Far Too Human
a science fiction setting by Tedd Haas
The records are incomplete, hopelessly broken, and without a return to Earth, it seems unlikely that the truth will ever be known. From what remains of the archives, historians have concluded that in the wake of global conflict called the Third World War, the population of planet Earth had grown weary of endless conflicts. The economies of the great nations were floundering, and it seemed as if the world might plummet into another Dark Age. Into the breach stepped an organization known as the Roman Catholic Church. The nature of this organization seems to have been primarily political, but with religious overtones. The church lent rebuilding funds to nearly every nation, on the condition that all leaders would take the advice of an individual known as The Pope. Over time, this “Vicar of Christ” ceded his political influence to a new position within the church, known as the Executive Archbishop, also known as the ExArch.
Some time later (it is unknown whether this was decades or centuries…) the population of Earth reached critical mass, and the ExArch oversaw Project Exodus; a plan to preserve Earth’s natural environs by drastically reducing the population. Twelve enormous vessels, known as “worldships” were constructed, with each named for one of the signs of the Chinese Zodiac. Two thirds of the world population were chosen by lots, placed in suspended animation, and loaded onto these vessels. The ships were launched into deep space, and the navigation details erased completely before any crew would be awakened. There would be no return. The hopes were that these worldships would locate earth-like worlds for humanity to colonize. This is the story of the descendents of some of those unwilling colonists.