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I am not sure as to which year you are from. This letter has been sent to the Time Vortex and it may land anywhere either in the past or in the future. It's the year 3052. The long cherished dream of the World being one country has been achieved. The World now functions as one. Science and Technology has now made it possible for the rich to hold the process of aging. You may compare us to the folklore of the Vampires of the 20th Century AD. I once remained 25 years old for 50 years, before I decided to grow old and be still at my current age of 35.
Medical Science too
has truly reached its zenith. The true potential of human mind is but only minor
adjustments away. The mind's power's can now be increased exponentially and
used to cent percent of its capacity. The power of communicating minus the
words, expressing ourselves using the mind waves are the most common
adjustments done in adults today. People speak only to their families. I must
not blame others when I haven't spoken a word in public for the last 75 years
or so. We use our mind for all the
activities, be it pleasure or education. We receive multimedia and computer
operation signals directly to our minds. Sounds exciting eh? But, this too has
its drawbacks. Every mind wave has a unique signature and it can be
traced from anywhere by the police and law enforcers. And so, one mistake and you
are labelled a criminal offender. Even if the mistake is in your thoughts. This ensured that there hasn't been any murder for the last 100 years.
The story I intend to narrate took place in the year 3012 A.D.
I had planned to run for the post of the President
of the World State. I along with my supporters
started working on the strategy for elections and campaigning, as the Presidential
elections were conducted after a long gap of 40 years. My main competitor was
Peter Burg from England who hailed from a very rich family. The election in our time is very
much like any sports tournament. Everyone has to first compete in knockout rounds. After successfully winning the inter-state elections and so on the Top two candidates have to contest against
each other. And for each round we have to participate in a debate where in we
put on our ideas and points via mind waves without speaking, which are then deciphered
by computers so that voters could understand what we meant. Anyone from around
the world could ask us questions using their mind waves. I had managed
to beat everyone on my way to the finals and was confident and ready to become
the next president.
Finally the D-Day arrived,
when I had the final debate scheduled with Peter before the vote which would decide the
next President. It began with Peter questioning the integrity and sincerity of my
plans and policies. The debate went on calmly for few hours but soon escalated
to very heated arguments. We were still careful as we had to maintain the
decorum and the pressure of being from distinguished families too had its
Peter, suddenly left his
arguments and started abusing me and my family. He took to the old method of sledging started making racist remarks and made some very derogatory comments about my daughters
and my relatives. I lost my cool and for the first time in years, I thundered
"How dare you speak about my
family like that you bastard? I Will Kill You!"
And the next
second Peter dropped dead with stunned expressions. I was surprised too as, although I was angry, I did
not intend any harm. But it was too late by then. My mind waves had perhaps
killed him or at least so thought everyone.
My bodyguards whisked me away to
safety lest someone tried to attack me too.
I was worried about who would
have committed a heinous crime like this. This was first time in more than 250
years that a rich person had died. And it was potentially a murder for the
first time in more than 100 years. I wanted to get away from all this and was
preparing to leave for a remote island to relax and unwind. But I was placed
under arrest for the potential murder of Peter Burg. According to the
police, he was killed by my mind waves which had overpowered his mind waves and
murdered him. Judge ruled that I was guilty beyond doubt as all the scenarios pointed there too. Judge Rogers gravely announced his verdict:
"I hereby announce you guilty of Peter Burg's murder and since it appears to be a crime of passion I will sentence you to 200 years prison time. You are eligible to appeal against the verdict in higher court. Guards take him away to his cell now."
I was pronounced
guilty. No one believed in my innocence. Everyone had seen me
threatening Peter's life moments before he was killed. But I was sure to be a victim of a very big conspiracy and somehow came to the conclusion that
someone had got the access to my mind waves and used them to kill Peter. But
how, I had no idea.
And now as the top two
candidates were no longer in the fray, the current President got an extension
for another 20 years as per the rules. President Raul Travis was a very good man and
had played an important role in bringing the world to the current state. But
somehow he was my suspect. I hired best detectives to find out the truth, while
the justice system handling my case, making sure that I be punished most
severely for the crime, a crime I did not even commit.
And soon enough we were able to uncover the truth. The mind wave technology changed
every few years and we got updates in the form of new hardware and software versions. The norms said that the obsolete parts were to be destroyed but
that wasn't the case. The older parts were not destroyed and were either sold
to the black market or kept in storage in case the current module developed
some issues. Raul didn't want to step down as President and to accomplish his mission;
he came up with this idea or removing both of us from his path ensuring that he
got to continue as President. He somehow arranged for mind wave parts that
belonged to Peter and Me.
And hence it was proven that
the abuses I heard were not from Peter, but the person wearing the device with
Peter's mind waves and someone else with my mind waves killed Peter. We
provided all the findings to the Supreme Justice Department, which verified our
findings to be correct. The assassins, when caught gave away Raul's name as
their master. Finally the verdict came which acquitted me and found President and his henchmen to be guilty. Judge Khan presiding over the case, announced the verdict.
"The Court announces Dr. Prateek to be not guilty and acquits him of all the charges. We also want to apologize to cause you discomfort in reaching a verdict hastily. Ex President Raul Travis will be sentenced to 500 years of jail on the charges of Murder, Conspiracy of Murder, Assisting in Murder, Treachery, Sedition. We are also sentencing Mr. Buido and Mr. Tacko to 200 years and 400 years to jail respectively on charges of Murder and assisting in Murder."
I was formally appointed the President and
first thing I did was to change the rules for President Elections, to ensure that nothing like my case ever happens again. I realized that though we had developed
technically, our mind was still primal and we were still governed by the age
old feelings of Greed, Jealousy and
lust for power. Politics remained politics, dirty and treacherous and it has never
changed since the very beginning of politics in the Roman Ages.
This ends my story.
Your President from year 3012 - 3032