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2021 in the U.S.A. wasn’t pleasant. Special interest groups and big money had legislated the country into an unbearable stew pot of chaos.

Slang words, racially descriptive words, such as Caucasian or Latino were illegal. It was also illegal to possess soda, beer or liquor. A strict dress code was enforced and anyone caught frying food was jailed and subjected to rigorous dietary training. Persons caught smoking or using narcotics were put to death in public displays designed to set an example. Anyone caught in a relationship with a same-sex partner was castrated or mutilated in some way and sent to live in a desolate penal camp.

“Normal” couples wishing to have children underwent rigorous testing. Those  found lacking were denied. If they committed a crime, had arthritis, asthma or were otherwise deemed unsuitable, they were denied. If they couldn’t  maintain state health insurance they were denied. Abortion was illegal unless ordered by the state. If you were pregnant and didn’t pass state mandates, your pregnancy was terminated. Any child born with undetected illness was put down.

The obese were locked away until they reached normal levels. Once released they were re-checked,  if they regained weight they were terminated. Senior citizens were put down at the first sign of illness.

A new revolution formed, no muskets,  just the same desire for freedom. The first to fall were the insurance carriers who guided laws in the name of public health, while making millions. Next came the corrupt government. The movement could succeed, or they could die, but they had to try.

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Comments
  1. joetwo says:

    Very dystopian!

  2. Ermilia says:

    Wow. You touch on so many sensitive issues in this piece. At the core of it all, it was this sense of ‘no choice’ and ‘no control’. Fantastic! Loved it. As Joe said, very dystopian. Thanks for contributing this week to Picture it & write.

    – Ermisenda

  3. Anne Schilde says:

    I like the glimpse ahead being such a short distance. It makes you think what signs must already be in place.

  4. This is a terrifying vision! I think it’s made creepier by the fact that it feels like it could happen. Really great dystopian vibe 🙂

  5. Glynis says:

    Oh! I love this and what everyone said about it was spot on. Scary, what could be coming in the near future.

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