In the early 21st century a new political party was born in the United States. Following the
success of The Green Party in breaking down the two party political system, it was relatively easy
for this new group, The Futurist Party, to establish itself. The Futurists based their ideals upon the
early writings of a modern philosopher, Pelham Greer. Originally, a small faction of The Green Party,
the new organization was unhappy with the slow progress of the first Green Party presidency. The
Futurists broke with the official Green Party platform and within a few years landed a candidate of
their own, Jon Lewis Wenders, in the White House. Shortly after this initial success the party issued
a “Statement of Intent” which outlined a plan that would change the course of American life forever.
The Futurist party had made many seemingly extreme promises during it’s bid for office including
socialized medical care for all citizens (something The Green Party had also promised but failed to
deliver a few years earlier), a revolution in environmental protection (which led to the abolition of the
privately owned automobile industry and the complete banning of the meat industry), the eventual
decriminalization of drugs, a ban on all firearms, a boom in massive public transit systems, a
restructuring of the educational system, and a strict isolationist policy regarding foreign affairs.
Eventually, it was also discovered that a population control program had been secretly enacted which
was not included in the original “Statement of Intent”. The statement gave a detailed description of
how these programs were to be carried out. The Futurists felt that if they were chained to the political
system of the day, even though it had put Wenders into office, they would never be able to fulfill their
promises. They did not want to waste a presidency wallowing in a sea of red tape, much the same way
that The Green Party had. So, without legal precedent, The Futurists took control of the military and put
the country under a “temporary but long term” state of martial law. They immediately froze the
Constitution. During a period set aside for seizing all outlawed weapons they locked thousands of
citizens in military established containment camps, referred to by many as “Terror Farms”. Eventually,
all troops were returned home from foreign duty and Congress was dissolved, setting the stage
for the next phase of the plan.
In next phase, which was to last approximately 25 years according to initial estimates, The Futurists
would fulfill all the promises made to the American people. They promised a changed United States
with petroleum free transportation, beautiful landscapes and a vibrant, non-violent, vegetarian society.
After all of the advances were completed they promised a return to the previous, democratic
political system. There was an underlying philosophical belief that once these massive changes had
taken place and the people had made the necessary transition into the new social system that
they should then be given free choice and a political voice once again. Then the people could
democratically decide how to progress from a more “enlightened” position. Throughout the entire
restructuring there remained an open door policy at all times regarding U.S. citizens wishing to leave
the country if they did not believe in the new policies. If any other country was willing to take a
person, that person was free to leave the states. Thus, this phase was always referred to as a
Unfortunately, there were others in charge beside Wenders and even some of his closest associates
seemed to have come to enjoy the new dictatorship and the powers it granted them. In the first years
a special security force was established to protect the leaders of the party and enforce the new laws.
The new security force was called “The Wrist”, a name inspired by the design of their electric “stun”
guns which wrapped around the soldiers wrist and locked on. The weapons read the hand imprint of
it’s user and would not fire unless operated by the person it was issued to. After Wenders’ death, his
protégé, Sebastian Tarango, who led “The Wrist”, came to the reluctant conclusion that those who were
left in charge could not be trusted to relinquish power. Since it had been nearly 30 years since the issue
of the “Statement of Intent” he tried to impress upon those in power, including Wenders’ widow,
Elizabeth, and Wenders’ Vice President who had succeeded him as President, Milton Barker, that the
time had come to reinstate the U.S. Constitution. After repeated failure at achieving his goals through
diplomatic channels, Sebastian staged a coop and triggered a civil war between The Wrist and what
remained of The Futurist Party, who still maintained control of the traditional military.