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Written byDavid Noel
Read byJoshua Citarella
Extreme Weather Normalization
The Bloom (known as “event-X” in some parts of the Northern Hemisphere) was the massive environmental fallout ignited by anthropogenic climate change during the late 21st century in which one third of all planetary biodiversity was lost. The Bloom had devastating repercussions resulting in mass migration due to widespread desertification and drought. In what was previously the United States, the Bloom led to a 50-year period in which national and local governments fell into varying states of illegitimacy and collapse. Sovereign city-states, such as Detroit and San Francisco, formed agricultural alliances which would later become the Federation of Enclave Territories in 2108.
Ecktek was developed by American fashion designer [Redacted] while working for the Amazon-Dupont textile corporation. Ecktek was specifically designed to withstand the harsh atmosphere of Mars whose average global temperature is -80 °F. The woven polytetrafluoroethylene material maintains its strength and insulating properties down to cryogenic temperatures of −196 °C; in fact, it is slightly stronger at low temperatures. At higher temperatures the tensile strength is reduced by 10–20%. As of 2098, Amazon-Dupont had monopolized the clothing industry on a global scale. As early as 2074, Ecktek was used in the construction of some residential buildings.
Carbon Frenzy was a period during the early 22nd century when contract prices for carbon credits reached extraordinarily high levels and then dramatically collapsed. It is considered to have been the first recorded “green bubble” in market history. While Carbon Frenzy was a novel socio-economic phenomena, it was less significant as an economic crisis and did not exert critical influence on the overall prosperity of the Federation of Enclave Territories. At the peak of Carbon Frenzy, in 2114, some individual credits sold for more than 100 times the annual income of a skilled hydro mystic.
Written byJoshua Citarella
Read byAnna Khachiyan
Prude Automation Vanguard
The American Social Democrat Party of the United States, more commonly known as the Autoguard, was a socialist party in the US during the mid 21st century. When it first came to power during the Mae Crisis in in 2032, its goal was to reform financial markets alongside the nationalization of key industries. The ASD believed that by making vast public investments into automation and providing a national basic income, they could arrive at a post-work society which would soon be replicable across most of the developed world.
ASD representatives claimed that then-existing left political parties had become moralist and beholden to the transnational bourgeoise. Autoguard ideology and tactics have influenced other Marxist groups such as the Catholic National Liberation Front and the Second Ecumenical Congregation of Labor.
The ASD was founded in 2024 by a former university professor of philosophy and a group of 11 others. In his early life, [Redacted] was influence by a trip to Switzerland during which he acquired an admiration for the writings of Eduard Bernstein. The Autoguard first established a foothold in Stanford University, where [Redacted] polemical writings attracted interest from young intellectuals disinclined to the tech-baron neo-feudalist ruling class.
After the collapse of the Swanson government, interim President Holly established a Reconciliation Commission to investigate the conflict. The commission found, in its 2030 ‘Final Report’, that an estimated $6 trillion dollars had been committed to series A funding for surveillance start ups. Riding a wave of popular dissent, the ASD successfully mounted a third party run which folded in broad support from social democrats, rural socialists, civil libertarians and urban conservatives.
The Autoguard garnered popular acclaim for its early publications. In October of 2028, its flagship imprint, The Prudent Review, castigated platform economies for “catering to the decadent pleasures and emotional neediness of the professional class”. —Fact checkers say this is ‘mostly false’. Tap to learn more.— The ASD platform of sweeping market regulations and public investment into automation was formalized in the July issue in 2029.
Written byNick Bird
Read byDaniel Keller
Brrr Asset Price Keynesianism
Gnostic-Bernankianism is a set of prescriptive pop-economic theories derived from the macroeconomic tradition of Keynesianism, concerning the fluctuation (chiefly via inflation) of asset prices and how they can be stabilized or propped up in a way that is beneficial to nations, consumers, culture, free-enterprise, and to ensure the sacred and consistent ascension of The Line. Gno-Berns maintain that this can be achieved through state intervention and stock market pranks as long as an economy’s aggregate demand is sufficiently stimulated. Gno-Bernism has been adopted and codified as a real system of economic thought by respected public intellectuals such as David Icke and Martin Cabello as well as a dedicated base of young internet users.
While coinage of the term is disputed, its first recorded use occurred on April 12th 2022, in the comment thread of a post on r/stimprayers titled “My (28m) wife (25f) just gave me an ultimatum: ‘it’s me or the liquid markets’... ”. A user by the name of u/sleepercellectual69 commented the following:
“I feel your pain brother. Most women are either incapable of grasping the importance of the work we do as disciples of The Line or have had their minds poisoned by the hedgie media. They try to keep us at bay with empty promises and theoretical bastardizations of Gno-Bernism but we are an unstoppable tide. I would say just give her a kiss and tell her all will surely be as it should be in due time.
On May 4th 2028, popular Twitch streamer, MMA fighter and Gno-Bern evangelist Ian Vochinski (aka Paushdiepie) was seen on the roof of a midtown penthouse at 3:00 am hitting golf balls at the adjacent luxury residential skyscraper, 432 Park Avenue, in New York City. Vochniski appeared to be heavily intoxicated at the time . Despite video evidence, Vochinski denies the incident , but has stated in multiple interviews that he has an intense hatred for American hedge fund manager Leon Black (who resides at 432 Park Avenue). In his most famous interview, British journalist Pierce Morrigan confronts Vochinski with the video and denounces Gno-Bernism as “an immature and destructive economic dogma”. Vochinski responds by saying “Cope harder monetarist. Money isn’t real.”
Read byLil Internet
After Zero Kelp Stead
The Seanet, also called the Sea Forest Network, or Monsanto Marine Reserve Network is a decentralized global biological network of CRISPR-engineered Marine Plant Forests, synthesized, cultivated, and deployed by the Monsanto Corporation in 2255 in partnership with local coastal governments. Seanet is intended to maximize oceanic carbon capture, regulate ocean salinity levels, provide wild sanctuary for niche flora & fauna, and function as an ecologically sound biodynamic farm. The Food and Agriculture Organization reports that the deployment of marine plant nodes is paramount to maintaining oceanic salinity levels and proportionately countering the diluting effects of melting polar ice.
Theodore ‘Teck’ Grant, descendant of former Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant and partial clone of domestic terrorist Theodore J. Kaczynski and Neo-reactionary theorist Nick Land, began engineering the first prototype in the midst of the Climate Crisis of the early 22nd Century. By 2197, Monsanto had trained almost all the major coastal localities to engineer area-specific plant nodes. Much to Grant’s dismay, the Monsanto Corporation made his patent available to the public. In a press release, Grant stated that he was “yet to enjoy the fruits of his ingenuity”. The patent would have potentially added trillions to his already substantial worth.
Early attempts resulted in the worst anthropogenic marine ecological catastrophe in recorded history as large swaths of wild kelp and mangrove forests were wiped out as a result of a plant virus (PV-21) spreading across the world’s oceans via the Gulf Stream. After 25 years of intensive bioengineering efforts and public-private partnerships in synthetic biology research, the first kelp node was deployed in 2255 off the coast of Southern California, a region heavily affected by the Plantemic which had previously been a home to a number of niche biodiverse species. The deployment was a major success and restored the original ecosystem, attracting Lazarus Taxa, believed to have gone extinct over half a decade previous to the Plantemic. In 2260, the second node, an engineered variant of the tropical mangrove, was deployed in dense quantities across the Sundarbans, a zone that previously contained the largest mangrove forest in the world. This engineered variant integrated seamlessly and restored the habitat to 90% of its equilibrium within three years. Since then, over 950,000 nodes have been deployed across the world’s oceans.
Later History and Cultural Impact
As rising sea levels cause an increasing number of coastal settlements to become obsolete and Kessler Syndrome drastically reduces global communications, Seanet’s extensive network now serves as a natural resource hotspot and has ushered in a Neo-Sailing Age with increased threats of piracy and state investment in naval defense systems.
Written byJoshua Citarella
Read byA.M. Gittlitz
There is No Alternative
Neoliberalism is the 20th-century resurgence of 19th-century ideas associated with economic liberalism and free-market capitalism. It is generally associated with policies of economic liberalization, including privatization, deregulation, globalization, free trade, austerity and reductions in government spending in order to increase the role of the private sector in the economy and society. In policymaking, neoliberalism was part of a paradigm shift away from the prevailing Keynesian economic consensus that existed prior to the stagflation of the 1970s.
The definition and usage of the term have changed over time. As an economic philosophy, neoliberalism emerged among European liberal scholars in the 1930s. When the term entered into common use in the 1980s in connection with Augusto Pinochet's economic reforms in Chile, it quickly took on negative connotations and was employed principally by critics of market reform and laissez-faire capitalism. Scholars tended to associate it with the theories of Mont Pelerin Society economists Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman along with politicians such as Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan. By 1994, with the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, the term entered into global circulation.
The Adam Smith Institute, a United Kingdom-based free-market think tank and lobbying group formed in 1977, officially changed its libertarian label to neoliberal in October of 2016. A 2017, report by researchers at the International Monetary Fund was critical of neoliberal policies for increasing economic inequality. In 2018, the Yellow vests movement in France and the 2019– 2020 Chilean protests, have emerged in direct opposition to neoliberal governments, which are blamed for the rising cost of living and surging personal debts.
A national plebiscite was held on the 25th of October in 2020 to decide whether the Chilean constitution would be rewritten. The "approve" option for a new constitution to replace the Pinochet-era constitution, which entrenched certain neoliberal principles into the country's basic law, lost with 48% of the vote.
Written byMargo Bergamini
Read byHolly Herndon
Actually Existing Accidental Megastructure
A.E.A.M. is a pseudo-ironic term first used by Michael S. Pepinski, the domestic terrorist and literary critic, in his manifesto Against Planetary Domestication: Where and When. It is repeated often by his ideological allies and many critics.
An “Accidental Megastructure,” from Christopher Cratchen’s book The Tubes, is a platform composed of different scales of computing technology that resembles a multi-level network architecture stack. Cratchen is critical of the current form of this technical and institutional model, but suggests that this structure can be improved.
The phrase “Actually-Existing,” from the much-satirized catchphrase Actually-Existing Socialism (see Real Socialism), is used to mock proponents of alternative planetary scale governance models, suggesting that the only possible manifestations of their theory are the deeply flawed stacks they critique. Pepinski believes that physical weakness and emotional insecurities primarily drive tech-optimistic ideologies, and derides these as "manifestations of the crazed posthumanism of our time."
Contents of the Manifesto
Against Planetary Domestication starts with Pepinski’s claim: "Disastrously, many hope that the final consequence of the digital revolution will be the dissolution of the human race." He writes that technology has had a negatively stabilizing effect on society, has made life boring, and has abolished variety. Pepinski argues that most people spend their time performing “self- destroying tasks” subliminally demanded by platforms’ designs and incentives; he calls these "administered desires," a category which includes the desires to hold a low-paying and high- output media jobs, to consume artificial or insect-based meat substitutes, and to court the attention of digitally enhanced softcore-pornstars and/or political influencers.
Pepinski argues that the dissolution of human novelty is a natural product of a digital, multilayer system because "the system has to anticipate human behavior perfectly in order to function,” and that reform of the system isn’t desirable, as a planetary platform with looser restrictions will still track and necessarily anticipate all behavior. He states that the task of those who oppose all accidental and intentional megastructures is to cultivate physical and intellectual strength and perform absurd, one of a kind actions in order to thwart models and algorithms.
Written byAbbey Pusz
Read byCaroline Busta
Green New Workfare
National Environmental Restoration Corps (NERC) is a set of policies in which underemployed populations are mobilized to earn social benefits while restoring the land.
Embracing the dual imperatives of climate crisis and underemployment, landmark policy- makers such as Richard Wilcoxen recognized that those applying for social benefits are “in reality the stewards of a future for which we all pay the price.” Green Workforce participants may retain certain employee rights, however, the wide-ranging contracts offered by private investors are determined to be "outside employment relationships" and therefore the rights of beneficiaries can be different. Groups such as the Syndicate for Former Fossil Fuel Workers (S3FW) have emerged in opposition, claiming that this program prevents workers from being involved at the level of decision making and threatens the ability of workers to withhold their labor. Green Workforce participants are encouraged to learn up-skilling while supplementing their incomes. An internal study found that mutual obligation programs, such as NERC, strengthened civic attitudes and sentiment, making members more likely to choose careers in public service.
Newly on-boarded Green Workforce members are required by federal law to take the following
I will get things done for America - to make our people safer, smarter, and healthier.
I will act as a brother to the land and my fellow American.
It is my responsibility to rehabilitate the land and the people thereupon.
Faced with adversity, I am closest to my individual liberties.
Faced with austerity, I will seek common ground.
I will get things done for America - to make our country as ethical and sustainable as possible. I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond, and forge a new civic sense for all.
Some current and former Green Workforce members argued the proposed pledge was divisive, "both militaristic and anachronistic," and might deter recruitment. The Citizen Service Act was approved by both the Subcommittee on Special Education and the Committee on Education and the Workforce in June 2043.
Written byD.Z. Rowan
Read byMat Dryhurst
Karmic Witchchain Ledger
Decentralized Karmic Accounting is a conspiracy theory that posits the erroneous belief that Witchcoin is “karmic”; that the Witchchain protocol contains intention or occupation sensors installed by the elites for nefarious purposes undisclosed to the general public. Believers in this conspiracy theory say that while normal cryptocurrency adjusts its value according to predetermined formulas, Witchcoin uses the “intention” of users to determine its value. Those who subscribe to the theory speculate that the purpose of Witchcoin may be to create a seamless psychological feedback loop between desire and capital. Online rumors suggest that corporate spies use the data gathered on intention surveillance to distribute “bad karma” to users who fail to pay sufficient attention to their client’s products.
The claim has been dismissed by the Coven of Directors. There is no evidence that purported “karma” differs from the normal financial and interpersonal consequences routinely encountered with other cryptocurrencies under certain economic conditions. Although proponents of the theory have tried to prove that intention surveillance and karmic analysis occurs, their findings have been flawed or based on misconceptions. Websites dedicated to karma theory are particularly favored by far left groups.
Witchcoin conspiracy theories began to circulate after the company published a 2056 report about their users “fully internalized economic value determination system”. In 2058, the company was accused of "using mysterious algorithms to detect the intention of a user" on the Witchcoin app. The theories were first posted on anonymous internet message boards, and were among the many conspiracies popularized by italian-american streaming host Pisan Hiker, in 2059.
A multi-agency response attempting to dispel the rumors was published in 2058 by the Psychological Surveillance Agency (PSA), the Psychological Surveillance Monitoring Agency (PSMA), the Psychological Surveillance Monitoring Agency Monitoring Agency (PSMAMA) and the National Center for the Preservation of Early 21st Century Art (NCPECA). Many Witchchain- truthers interpreted agency fact sheets as further evidence of the existence of a corporate cover-up.
Predictive cognitive analysis describes the use of algorithms to determine a subject’s desires without their knowledge. Bali Areland, an independent journalist and computer scientist, has said that intention surveillance is based on “junk science and pop psychology”. Witchcoin assures its customers that they don’t monitor your thoughts.
Witchchain-truthers sometimes attempt to overload the system via the use of recreational drugs. Believers claim this will create “too many thoughts” for the network to process leading to several instances of the app being taken down.
Written byJoshua Citarella
Read byJack Wagner
Interstellar Starseed Rapture
The Pleiadian Ascension is an eschatological position held by some Starseeds, particularly within branches of Angelic Lightwork, consisting of an end-time event when all Sheranians who are currently alive will awaken to a higher realm. Adherents of this perspective are referred to as Teed dispensationalists. The idea of ascension as it is currently defined is a relatively recent doctrine of Star People.
In Chapter 4: Sentient Quantum A.I. of the best selling book Unimetrix1, researcher Kosul Ouch uses the Anunnakian word Neerwork (Ancient Nibiru: Nerwort) meaning “galactic currency” or “universe token” and explains that true Lemurians will be spirited away from the firmament and into a higher frequency plane. The term is most frequently used among Indigo Children in the Shasta Cascade. Lightbody has also been used to refer to a mystical union with Ashtar Sheran or in reference to eternal life among the Galactic Federation.
Differing viewpoints exist about the exact timing of the ascension and whether Commander Ashtar’s return will occur in one event or two. Most 6th Density Beings do not subscribe to Sheranian theology and have different interpretations of the Zero Point Energy Device of Mankind’s Future described in the Gate Ascension and Unimetrix1. Altairians, Blue Avians, Sirians, Reptiliands, Pleiadians, Felines, the Alderbaran, and most Octorians do not generally use ascension as a specific theological term, nor do they generally subscribe to the Maldekian views associated with its use. Instead these groups typically interpret ascension in the sense of the elect gathering with Commander Ashtar in the Seven Sisters and Messier 45 Cluster and reject the idea that a large segment of humanity will be left behind on earth after the events of the Stellar Flash.