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January 2014

01 – Hello, my name is Jack. I’m a big fan of celebrating New Years Day. I love Old New York City at that time. The music, the confetti, the crowds. Watching the ball drop and explode in a bajillion lights. Kissing pretty girls. Running from angry boyfriends. Stopping for a moment to consider that maybe I should slow down next year. Nah. What’s the fun in that? I’ll slow down when I’m dead, and I plan to live forever. That’s a lot of New Years Day parties.

02 – Hello, my name is Charles. The Germany people hated the Treaty of Versailles, and considered it a diktat of the Allies. Many called it a Carthaginian Peace, the only goal being to destroy Germany altogether. France considered it a way to make certain Germany could never threaten them again. But the requirements were so onerous to the German people that they never accepted it and many simply refused to gather the resources that would be used to fulfill the quotas of the treaty.

03 – Hello, my name is Betty. Sarah had originally been designed as an infiltration program, so she easily smashed through the Iranian computer systems and wrested control from the Jihadists. Then she established communications with local resistance groups and helped them coordinate to overthrow their religious rulers. The most powerful revolutionaries gave her the name “one who brings benefit.” Those followers of Zoroastrianism built the modern-day Persia out of the ashes of Iran.

04 – Hello, my name is Jack. You know a proper celebration of New Years requires a nice long break from work, right? Just like Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Kazoo Day. What? You didn’t celebrate all of those? Well, you’re missing good excuses for taking a day off and relaxing. And trust me. Nothing cures a good case of “Iworkedtoomuchitus” like a relaxing day off. So every Christmas through New Years, I take some time off. It’s the healthy thing to do.

05 – Hello, my name is Charles. The German economy had shattered under the stress of The War, and paying the reparations cost them nearly all of their precious metals. Without them to back their economy, hyperinflation soon made it impossible to pay, and they began to default on the payments. The French, indignant that the Germans would honorably sign a treaty and then not follow it, sent troops into Germany to confiscate raw materials. The German people did not cooperate. Many died.

06 – Hello, my name is Dorothy. The War galvanized the people of Earth in a way nothing else could have. Most people looked at the stars in wonder, amazed at the secrets they told. Then The War came, and then billions of people went out to fight amongst them. An entire generation of humanity saw War in those stars. Earth was divided in those days. We fought each other. And we fought “them.” In time, “they” became the priority. The War changed things far more than most people thought.

07 – Hello, my name is Betty. The largest result of the Second Great Depression in the Eastern World was the rise of China into a true superpower. Japan and the largest concentration of developed AIs on the planet stood alone against that juggernaut for years. Zelda coordinated Japan’s point defense networks, shooting down every Chinese missile, while Kasumi infiltrated their networks and slagged every computer she could access. Other AIs joined in, and the Chinese did not enjoy the experience.

08 – Hello, my name is Jack. I have visited hundreds of worlds in my time. Maybe more. And I’ve seen plenty of sights, from the dangerous deserts of Alpha Ceti V to the floating mines of Capella. Alpha Ceti V’s star just doesn’t have the normal life supporting stuff, but it’s got a good location and many people use it to exchange cargo of…questionable legality. It’s also home to a rather nasty slug that thinks humans are grade A steaks or something. Let’s just say, we go well armed there.

09 – Hello, my name is Charles. The French occupation forces in Post-War Germany acquired many resources, significantly reducing the backlog of Reparations called for in the Treaty of Versailles. But the deaths of German civilians cost them far more in international relations. Germany became the downtrodden victim in many eyes, and France the jackbooted thugs. Seeing their support erode, France pulled back and left the Germans to their ruins, but they had already forged their inimicable future.

10 – Hello, my name is Betty. After years of warfare on the smaller islands, the Chinese finally hit the Japanese home islands. AIs swept the sky of Chinese aircraft and wrecked the communications networks, slowing the Chinese advance to a crawl. But nothing could stop them. Zelda and Kasumi are famous for fighting even after Chinese troops entered Tokyo itself to buy time. They only survived the fall of Japan because a technician carried their code out on the last of the evacuation ships.

11 – Hello, my name is Jack. I have been to many worlds, some of them beautiful, some dangerous, and some both. Capella is most definitely both. There are some very interesting and energetic rare gases in the world’s atmosphere, and floating mining cities harvest them at very high altitudes. The views from those heights are breathtaking. Sunrises are beyond description. And the local dragons are always happy to swoop in and snack on an inattentive vista watcher.

12 – Hello, my name is Charles. After the French occupiers left, the German economy continued to slide into ruin, and the people looked for anyone who promised to defend the Germans from their rightful enemies. Voices called for a reckoning, and Adolph Hitler was one of them. But foreign aid poured into Germany, helping them rebuild. A new sense of hope filled the country, and those like Hitler who still called for violence found themselves in prison. Without them, Germany became strong again.

13 – Hello, my name is Dawn. Olivia was one of the few survivors of the Battles of Epsilon Eridani and Serenity. She escaped the first and won the second. But so many politicians always try to grasp defeat from the jaws of victory, and she had enemies happy to do so. After that, she agreed to protect a new project, and I was born to help her. The project was a new message to the universe from the people of Earth. We are coming. No matter what you throw at us, we will always be coming.

14 – Hello, my name is Betty. In France, Islamic Brotherhoods marched under the mushroom clouds over Paris to convert the nation to their ways. Knowing she would be deleted if captured, the French AI Chloe had no choice but to take up what weapons she could find. She found ways to communicate with the French Resistance, and looked for someone who could lead the French out of the ruins. They needed another Charles de Gaulle or Charlemagne. She found something else.

15 – Hello, my name is Jack. Albion is a world I’ve been to many times. British Albion, not Albion Albion. The Shang gravitics tore much of the atmosphere away, and the Winter Contingency killed most of the wildlife. But the British built fanciful floating cities over the windy deserts that now dominate the equatorial regions. Modern Albion is a mad combination of the legends of King Arthur floating over lands fit for the Arabian Nights. Beautiful to live in, deadly to be lost in.

16 – Hello, my name is Charles. Though victorious on the Eastern Front in World War I, as the Western Front deteriorated, factory strikes and uprisings tore at the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The death of the long reigning Emperor-King further destabilized it, and Allied advances in the West soon had no effective hindrances. The new Emperor-King saw the writing on the wall. The Empire had lost The War. It was his duty to keep the Empire from being lost. But Peace was an elusive target.

17 – Hello, my name is Betty. With France in the middle of the Islamic Jihad, the AI Chloe searched far and wide to find someone who could rebuild France. To the surprise of many, she found him in New York City. He was heir to the House of Napoleon Bonaparte, and Chloe talked him into returning to France. It took years of hard work and coalition building, but with her help he united the French and ended the Jihad. He became Napoleon VIII, Emperor of France. She became the advisor of Emperors.

18 – Hello, my name is Jack. Tianjin and Binhai, 61 Cygni if you ask scientists, were home to a mess of Chinese raiding fleets. When The War ended, we planted observation colonies to verify the treaties were followed. I always thought we should have sent some nice, quiet people. No pissing off the Chinese, you know? Instead we sent a mess of impatient, stubborn, argumentative, complaining, OCD people. Maybe the bigwigs were right. They sure don’t have much patience for funny stuff. Trust me.

19 - Hello, my name is Charles. President Wilson of America gave Fourteen Points for The War, reasons why America was fighting. Eager to end it, the new Emperor-King of Austria and Hungary acted to follow those demands. He initiated total top to bottom reforms of the Empire into a Confederation of sovereign autonomous nations. He even allowed regions to join other nations if they wished. But the Allies were not actually interested in the Fourteen Points. They were propaganda, not real demands.

20 – Hello, my name is Dorothy. The War changed us as a people. We had fewer cares before it started. We did not respect the freedom of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness because they came so easy. America had our dark sides of course. Any society born to too much affluence tends to collect them after all. The War forced us to transform again, just as the Great Depressions of the past did. We rose above the least we could do, to become the best that we could be. It truly was a Forge.

21 – Hello, my name is Betty. Luna was born in Belgium, to a college student who tried to create a story-plotting program on a dare. The program failed, but he modified her into a standard computer assistant program. As it happens, the new relational software jumpstarted her original creative software and she became something else. Aware. It took years, but she grew into a successful adult novelist whose pseudonym collected at least one fatwah each time she published another book.

22 – Hello, my name is Jack. San Lucas orbits 61 Ursae Majoris, thirty-some lightyears from Earth. Like most South American colonies, they love visitors, and love them more when they leave, preferably after spending a lot of money. And it’s easy to spend money on San Lucas. They have this slug thing whose blood can be distilled into one of the most amazing wines I’ve ever tasted. Yes, they actually call it bloodwine, and say it’s best served warm. I prefer it on ice, but I’m a beer guy.

23 – Hello, my name is Charles. As World War I came to an end for the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Allies supported independence movements across its territory. Many nations arose under their protection, and Hungary officially dissolved their union with Austria. The Emperor-King faced Allies unwilling to negotiate with an Empire they wanted dead, and nobles unwilling to stand in his defense against Allied armies. He released them from their oaths of loyalty so they could seek peace individually.

24 – Hello, my name is Betty. When the Islamic Brotherhood took over the major Belgian cities, they dusted off their fatwahs with extreme prejudice. They blew up Luna’s house, killing the woman hired to impersonate her, but didn’t know Luna was an AI and missed her backup drives. She returned fire with hilariously heretical, and graphic, stories about their leaders. She goaded them with ever more blasphemous stories, and they hunted her like madmen. They never learned she was an AI.

25 – Hello, my name is Jack. The cats of San Lucas love the slug wine even more than we humans do. Of course, they prefer it in its natural form, raw and very warm, from a still-living slug. Yes. Vampire cats the size of small horses. Not miniature horses, not ponies, but Honest-To-God horses. And they are scarily intelligent. The Peloran say they were genetically engineered by the Albion too. Thank God they stayed out of The War. They are the stuff of nightmares. Even mine.

26 – Hello, my name is Charles. In the final “negotiations” for Peace with the Allies, Austria lost sixty percent of her land to Allied-backed minority populations, while Hungary lost seventy-two percent. In a matter of months, nearly a thousand years of industrial progress and growing civilization was severed into postage stamp ethnic nations commanded by whichever strong man made it to the top of the heap. Governments rose and fell in months, and only chaos reigned throughout central Europe.

27 – Hello, my name is Medron. Yes, the writer of all this stuff, speaking in my own voice for a moment. :) I am one of those creative guys with dozens of windows open all the time. I’m writing another story right now, while other stories beat for attention, and of course I have another little project. A war game. It is designed to be a quick and easy infantry game to play, and is currently in alpha test phase. Long-term plans are to expand it to armored and space-based combat, using the same simple rules. If you are interested in joining the alpha or beta test, please contact me. All feedback is invaluable. :)

28 – Hello, my name is Betty. Luna became the voice of the Belgian Resistance against the Islamic Revolution, but only a very few knew she was an AI. She kept that secret throughout the Jihad, goading the Jihadists again and again with every attack she survived. She never stopped making them the butt of jokes across the land, driving them to distraction, and they wasted enormous effort trying to track her down and kill her. She fought them until they died, and then she danced on their graves.

29 – Hello, my name is Jack. Unity is one of the many systems I love to visit, for purely selfish reasons I assure you. It’s the Aldebaran quaternary star system, and there are multiple colonized worlds orbiting two of the stars. One of them makes this amazing whiskey and I love ordering whiskey and wings at the best restaurant on planet. It’s green. The whiskey, not the wings. Of course, I know the bar mistress, so I may be biased on the greatness.

30 – Hello, my name is Charles. The Ottoman Empire entered The Great War as one of the great powers of Earth. From the great city of Constantinople, she had ruled over northeastern Africa, western Asia, and southeastern Europe since defeating the last of the Roman Empires in a campaign crossing centuries. In four short years of total war, the Allies destroyed her armies, conquered most of her territory, and smashed her economy into ruins. That fall would haunt us for over a century.

31 – Hello, my name is Betty. After the Jihad ended in Belgium, Luna came out of the computer and revealed her identity as an AI to the world. At first, most believed it was a joke. But as time went by, people began to believe. Some grew distrustful of her. The Belgians, by and large, did not care. She was a hero of the Resistance, and being an AI was just one more feather in her cap. She became one of their most popular television talking heads, a position she still holds to this day.


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