A troubled time.
Actually, everything started about 150 years ago, at a time where our Earth was much different from what our sensors tell us.
At that time, the human population was roughly 9 billion people and the strain imposed on the environment by their activity led to the quick arrival, on a geological level, of an ice age. Ever so slowly, the Earth was covered by an ice cap and heavy climate disruptions occurred, which resulted in a progressive reduction of spaces which could sustain life and, in time, low resources. These changes in our way of life led to the emergence of geopolitical trouble on a global level. It was a period of great instability, which saw the appearance of influence struggles everywhere. A global conflict for the control of resources and survival was brewing.
A new hope.
In the year 2111, during the Kyoto conference, a Japanese scientist, Professor Kyoufou GYAKUTEN, then head of a multidisciplinary team composed of geologists, climatologists, psychologists, mathematicians, statisticians, and geopoliticians, presented the findings of a three-part study which would give new hope to humanity.
The first part was a climate study which clearly showed a spurt of the cooling process and spelled out its consequences: statistical and dated reduction of the inhabitable spaces, climate changes, evolution of the world production of energy and resources.
The second part of the study was on the influence and consequences of such a situation on the worldwide geopolitical context: annexation of inhabitable areas and with high resource potential by superpowers, armed conflicts by intermediary countries, and then open warfare between superpowers.
The third part offered technical and ideological solutions to put an end to this evolution and its consequences.
Despite being quite alarmist, this study caused a stir in the scientific world, as it had established, with precision, a calendar of events. These results had been made possible thanks to the work of Professor GYAKUTEN, who had managed to establish probability laws which could be applied to the evolution of the planet and human behavior.
In fact, this work met with such a success that the old man was quickly offered the chance to put his theories to work. Thus was the International Scientific Council or I.S.C. Born, and Kyoufou GYAKUTEN was named its director.
In order not to solely benefit a single state, the creation of the I.S.C. was supported and financed by the U.N., with the goal of putting into action the solutions proposed by the professor and his team. The goal of this enterprise was to make the I.S.C. a tool in service to the objectives of the U.N.: the maintaining of peace and the arbitration of international conflicts.
This is how the most brilliant minds of their time were given tasks which were part of a larger plan:
- Guofinna BJARNADOTTIR was named director of the Deep Drilling Project (D.D.P.) set with the exploration of new energy sources.
- Alexandra ZIDOVSKA took the reins of the Material Research Lab (M.R.L.) tasked with the development of alternative materials (ersatz).
- Mark POST got down to setting up alternative agricultural techniques via the Food In Tubes (F.I.T.) project.
- Amelia CHANG became head of the Biomedical Cybernetics Group (B.C.G.) which would lead to the birth of cybernetics.
- Hugo DE GARIS led the Brain Builder Group (B.B.G.) and began working on creating the Artificial Intelligence that had been named N.O.E.
- Finally, Professor Len A. PENNACCHIO was put in charge of genetic research through the Joint Genome Project (J.G.P.).
In parallel to the studies begun, Professor GYAKUTEN had multiple self-sustaining underground laboratories built on each continent, which were meant to be coordinated among them by the AI which was to be perfected.
His aim was to gather the men and women of the I.S.C. in “temples” dedicated to science, where they would be able to work in the best of conditions, far from war, tensions, and stresses of all sorts.
Construction sites were chosen carefully, in areas with low population density, but all of which had access to fresh water sources, and vast natural cave networks. It was of utmost importance that they have maximum autonomy to exist and experiment.
After many years of work and important investments, the Artificial Intelligence called N.O.E. was born.
This AI was created and programmed to coordinate, direct, and share the work of the different L.A.B., in order to improve efficiency.
From that moment on, the progress made by the I.S.C. were enormous, particularly for the industrialization phase and the application of developed concepts.
Under the control and drive of N.O.E., the A.B.R.I. project – Automated Base for Research and Improvement – was launched. Thus, in every country around the world, fully automated factory-labs appeared. These A.B.R.I.s allowed the I.S.C. to produce, out of any governmental oversight and under the protection of the U.N., the results of its discoveries and advances.
Far from solving all of humanity’s problems, the A.B.R.I. nonetheless gave it a break, laid down the foundations for future developments, and reinforced the legitimacy of the scientific apparatus of the United Nations.
Indeed, to satisfy the hunger of countries, the I.S.C. needed quick results in answer to the main problems facing mankind.
Unfortunately for the organization, the instigator of all these changes would never see the conclusion of his work. Kyoufou GYAKUTEN would pass away only a few months after the birth of N.O.E., stricken by disease. Before dying, however, he took care to hand the finalization of his dreams to his students and closest collaborators. Thus, the I.S.C. lived on after the disappearance of its founder.
This event was also the opportunity to undertake a stocktaking regarding the project. The I.S.C.’s work had allowed some notable advances, easing the task of states in the management of their populations’ needs. The new energy and alternative materials divisions had wonderfully fulfilled their role.
However, it seemed more and more obvious that this fragile balance could not last.
Yet, the titanic task which had been accomplished was not enough. And despite all the efforts deployed, scattered conflicts broke out over the globe.
In only 7 years time, human civilization crumbled, drowning in its own blood.
The climax of the conflict saw the use of weapons so ter- rible that the orbit and surface of the planet were irreparably changed.
To the bloody battles followed a catastrophic meteorological unleashing. Tsunamis, hurricanes, heat waves, and tornadoes ended up sweeping away the rotting remains of humanity.
It’s only once the last bombs had fallen that, many feet beneath the surface of the earth, that the true nature and objectives of the I.S.C. were revealed.
The EDEN project could begin.