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We lived in dangerous times and many people were dangerous. Number 20 in our opinion was Jake R. He was called a โ€œmonsterโ€ by some and had his scientists on Luna # 4 developing dangerous new weapons that caused peoplesโ€™ computers to blow up and kill the user. Luna had their own police, but the Leader of Luna # 4 gave these scientists bonuses and encouragement and prevented Earth spies from coming here, and so they couldnโ€™t use MRT (Mind Reading Technology) to vet them. Some spies tried to hide their true identity from the police of Luna # 4, but they did not succeed. And it was rumored that Jake would threaten Earth using these hacking viruses and demand cash.

Coming in at # 19 was Anatoly P. He developed robot destroyers who cut down all the trees and demolished houses in territory Russia had newly conquered, leaving behind a scarred, barren landscape. And many dictators wiped out rebellious regions with the robot destroyers. And, in Anatolyโ€™s case, he said his robots were purifying the land. The Russian dictator encouraged him to research new kinds of robots.

Next at # 18 was Ahmed from India. He was the Mayor of the city state of Bangalore. It was the richest city in all India. But he was rounding up homeless and poor people and deported them to Sri Lanka, which was willing to take such refugees. And many AI scientists came to the city. And the brain drain of the past became a brain rain. And he wanted to run for President of India and banish the poor from the Indian nation. And let AI automate nearly all of the economy. He was elected in a landslide. And once in power he just let a small elite have jobs. And he didnโ€™t want to give eternal youth to those who were not elite. Critics called it genocide, but he called it evolution. And he declared he was President for life and there was no one who could stop him.

Number 17 was Jules from France; he was using new brain apps to alter peoplesโ€™ brains to make them love him. And he had a cult of loving followers. And he had his followers hypnotized to proselytize for him. But the spies were watching him closely.

Number 16 was Nino, he was from Chicago, and he hacked into the computers of many famous people and bankrupted them and stole their identities. He was operating from Azerbaijan, which was ruled by a tyrant so they couldnโ€™t do anything about it.

Jennifer O., number # 15, was using her own undetectable MRT (Mind Reading Technology) to get into Leaderโ€™s minds passively and used the information she gleaned to gamble on future developments and embarrass the Leaders by leaking their secrets. And Jennifer kept changing her identity and the spies couldnโ€™t find her. It was a crisis. Some people opined Jennifer was the cleverest persona in all creation, but unfortunately was evil.

Janine D. was # 14 and Leader of all Ganymede, population 50,000, tripling every year. And she only allowed people on the dark side to immigrate. She described the dark side as the mysterious hidden minds. But many people thought she was evil. And we lived in evil times, some said. And Janine built a formidable army which she threatened other Solar System colonies. So, other colonies had to invest heavily in weapons and defences.

Coming in at # 13 was the madman, Otto R. He had built a pyramid temple for his followers to worship him. He claimed to be the one and only God. And he believed in communism. All his followers were to be equal, except the women in his harem were treated specially. In light of what happened with communism in the 20th century, many outside his city, worried about him.

Number 12 was the madwoman, Charlotte L. who loved many famous people and then after 25 years loving the rich and famous, she stole their identities and got very rich, but was now living on Moon Titan and there was no extradition treaty between this Moon and Earth. And she built new colonies on Titan in which she allowed the people to be totally free, but taxed them heavily. She was in the top ten richest list and planned an expedition to deep Space.

Number 11 was the mad woman, Ria from Holland. She was a famous actress. But she injected a new disease into her powerful World Leader lovers which was dormant but infectious for several months before finally becoming full-blown and killing them in a day. She killed dozens before she was finally arrested. She was now in jail, but couldnโ€™t be given computer access, as she was too dangerous.

Coming in at # 10 was Cinderella. She broke the hearts of many famous men and caused them to commit suicide. And she went on to train hundreds of her clones to break hearts. They were all super sexy, like her. Men found them to be irresistible and many felt they were falling in love for the first time, only to have their hearts broken, and commit suicide. Some said she had a vendetta against famous men.

Number 9 was a politician who advocated for everyone to become multi-sexuals and she destabilized Worldsโ€™ societies and confused and drove people to suicide. And she demanded her colony on Mars, Drone city, have everyone be forced to be a multi-sexual. She had invented multi-sexuals and basically, they all had numerous new sex organs and loved orgies. Many people outside the colony said it was a disgraceful freak show and feared the freaks would come to their cities.

In the # 8 spot was madman, Quincy K. who hated beauty and wanted everyone to be ugly. He was a plastic surgeon with thousands of followers whom he made ugly. Many of his followers said life made them feel sick and it was a life of horror. It turned out that millions of people felt the same way. And leaders everywhere were disturbed by many of their citizens turning ugly. And they did ugly deeds like murder and assault. It was a pernicious affair.

At # 7 was Betty Jo. She was Chinaโ€™s Leader. And she made dissenters go to labor camps to do jobs that robots could do easily. She had a Supercomputer advisor who advised her to replace humans with androids, by simply transforming existing humans into androids. Many people in other states were worried their citizens would transform into androids. President Betty Jo said androids were superior to humans. They were cheaper (didnโ€™t need to eat, drink and take drugs) and could survive anywhere and wouldnโ€™t require domes to live in in Space.

Number 6 was Sheila D. She was Leader of the opposition party in Germany. Germany was part of Europe but had some independence and Sheila wanted to legalize android sex workers in Germany. The German government said such a move would destroy human sexual relationships and had to be illegal. Of course, if one really wanted, one could go to the black market. But Sheila said the best android love dolls were not available at all in Germany and why deny people the infinite pleasures of love dolls. And Sheila was leader of a European coalition that had some power and finally the dolls were legalized. They were all the rage and human relationships broke down, just like the governments of Europe said they would. And Sheila wanted to bring in illicit hologram Worlds and make them legal as well. She was very dangerous to the status quo.

At number 5 was Lori E. She was President of Brazil and controlled the South American parliament. Lori wanted to make cocaine and heroin legal worldwide. In Brazil, 10% were hooked on one or both drugs and Lori claimed the population had no problem with it. But the USA Federation claimed many people would check out from society and just take heroin and would be a burden on the system. They said, many people were having a hard time in life and needed inspirational imaginative drugs, not heroin, which would cause them to just give up on life. But some cities in the USA Federation legalized all drugs and surprisingly not much happened. The American leaders demonized Lori however and called her the biggest danger to the modern World.

Number 4 was a woman, Stella A. who was Leader of Australia. She wanted to create new life forms in the Australian desert. These life forms would be organic sentient plants and cleverer talking animals. But critics said she was a danger and planned for the cleverest of the new animals to take over human societies. It was an unparalleled freak show, they said. Most people said they were surprised by the developments, but couldnโ€™t see talking, clever animals taking over. But after being created the clever animals started lobbying for the vote and then everyone could see it was a freak show. But until now they had been denied the vote.

Number 3 was Robert B. He wanted everyone to make love and have peace and listen to new rock and read the new โ€œtransformation,โ€ writers. These people formed a political movement in varying countries and were considered subversive and dangerous by the USA Federation in particular. The American Federation wanted to prosecute wars on tyrannical regimes and didnโ€™t want these neo-hippies to gain control. The transformation writers wanted an end to corruption and big business and an end to the military industrial complex. The Federation figured they were the greatest danger to the State. And so, they arrested their Leaders but that just inspired the neo-hippies to try harder. And so, there were more arrests. It was a red-hot issue of our time.

In at # 2 was Pandora Z. She had a fantastic mind, and every clever Leader wanted a piece of her. She was President of Europe and said the government agents should not use MRT (Mind Reading Technology) to get into the heads of dissident thinkers. And she set free those radicals who had been driven mad by government agents. They needed kind psychiatrists to nurse them back to health. And she tried to free dissidents in other countries from MRT torture. And she threatened to make public what was going on if they didnโ€™t desist.

And # 1 was Persimmon R., who was leader of England, said humans should put the highest priority on deep Space exploration and send our best intellectuals. But the leaders of most countries didnโ€™t want to lose control of their true intellectuals. They believed that their reign was glorious and didnโ€™t want challengers to set up elsewhere. Especially with the dangers of AI technology. And they figured they were fighting for the very future of humankind. Anyway, they said, deep Space would require an investment of zillions of dollars, money that could be better spent in the Solar System.

So, we lived in dangerous, but interesting times. There were many pitfalls and dangers. But humans were only getting stronger and almost everyone was excited about the future. โœฆ


Tom has published novels, novellas, short stories, poetry and flash in 41 publications. Website: Online Journal Website (he is senior editor/co-founder): E-mail: Facebook: tomball33@gmail.comย .


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