Nation Zero, Omnibus Alpha

Alright, the title sounds a little bit crazy.

I have been thinking about finishing up writing a book lately. I have a couple of working projects right now and I can’t wait to wrap it up. I am just eager to get my stories out from my head. Will the stories be good? I am not sure, but I will try my best not to disappoint. Anyway, here are previous short stories I have written about Nation Zero. I have compile some of it here in one post for easy reading and it would be easier to follow on future series.

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Nation Zero

This is the story of Kyle Akins. He lives in the world where almost everyone owns an android assistant. These robots help their masters to do most of their chores, manage their lifestyles, work for money and do almost anything that will augment their masters’ wills and wishes. Their masters are usually carefree with lots of free time on their hands and all they have to do is to maintain and program their robots to personalize its behavior and augment themselves accordingly. The world government permits each person to only own one when they reach the age of seven. Each person has to be responsible for their own androids to ensure safety and it must abide the law at all times. One day, Kyle noticed one of the world leaders acted up strangely on television. He investigated on that matter and discovered a great secret that the world leaders might have been replaced by androids in disguise. Kyle and his small group of friends decided to reach out to the authorities but ending up entangled in a deeper conspiracy and greater danger. Now Kyle must find a way to get himself out of this sticky situation before it’s too late.

Plot Highlights

Kyle realized that the government and authority have been compromised and not to be trusted. A group of men in black that called themselves The Protectors seem to be tracking down Kyle and his friends. When one of their friends had gone missing and perhaps captured by the men in black, Kyle and his friends were forced to go into hiding. They soon discovered another group of people who had been researching on the same conspiracy. Kyle reached out to one of the members, a girl named Felicity who seems to be very knowledgeable of the situation. Somehow many of the incidents were tied back to one company and its the one that manufacture most of the robots. They decided to team up and rescue their friends who have been missing. While rescuing their friends, Kyle encountered The Maker, the person behind the curtain. He told Kyle a dark secret that he could never have imagine.

The Maker is the person who designed the robots and machines. He revealed to Kyle that almost 99% of the world population right now are androids disguising as people. Those who have gone missing are humans. Only a small number is the last of the human race. How the androids of the world behave like human beings is because they don’t know they are actually not human. All this while when they program and train their android assistants, they are programming themselves. Each of them are augmenting themselves to be different. Each robot isn’t perfect and it’s designed on purpose. To be human is to be imperfect, to be unique and to be continuous learning. The day it stops learning, is the day the program becomes broken. This puts Kyle to a corner and making him wonder if he is human or actually an android. It seems it’s hard for one to find out as the robotic specifications are so precise that it copies every human behavior, senses, emotions, flesh and blood. The only thing different is beneath the skin, there are no real bones. Only circuits that augment reality. The Maker told Kyle that he has to decide for himself and if he would seek that answer, then he will know exactly what to do. The Maker also explains to Kyle that it happened hundreds of years ago when something devastating happen to mankind and destroyed majority of its population. A small group of scientist decided to create androids to protect the remaining of the small number who survived. For a period of time, the survivors were depressed by the lost, so they made companions out of androids that are able to mimic human behaviors and even copy the loved ones that they have lost. Then there was a period of an unknown plague that further decreased the population to its lowest point. The human spirit can only endure so much when facing their loved ones diminish. So, they secretly created a society where the real humans live along side the android humans, with generations not knowing the truth. The society became the civilization that we know today.

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Purgers.

We have been hiding from them for a quite awhile. They seem to be everywhere. We should have known that there are extremists within the androids society. They call themselves Purgers. They claim it’s their right to purge the civilization from humans. They claim humans as impurity in their society and they wish to purge all of what’s left of humanity. According to The Maker, the number for mankind has already been reduced to less than 1% of the population. The Purgers goal is to make that number down to zero.

Felicity and I have been searching for our missing friends, but to no avail. There are too many secret bases from far too many different factions within the android society. Some who claim that humans as their friends. Some who claim humans as their nemesis. Some who choose peace and remain impartial. These factions became secret societies and are unknown to the general public.

The whole world still thinks they are normal. But to me it doesn’t really make a difference. At least for yesterday, I was still a normal guy who enjoys a care free life. Today I am entangled in a conspiracy and fighting hard for my survival. The Maker told me a secret that I have not shared with the others yet. Since majority of the population are android humans and none of them know if they are not human, no one can tell for sure. I have not dwell on the question if I could possibly be one. Robot or not, I am still going to find my friends and save them.

Felicity has been my support pillar throughout this journey. She is beautiful, calm and a natural born leader. She has been very helpful in identifying the secret bases and also connecting us with allies that could help us. She told me her friends were captured as well by the men in black. And one of the friends who went missing is her boyfriend. When I found out, I must admit that I was a little bit disappointed. That kind of draws the line between us. But I am thinking too much and I should focus. My friends are depending on me to save them.

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Claudia and Rogue.

The sisters have joined our little group since our escape from Little Hollow, a small project behind the city walls on the South. Claudia is the younger sibling and she has been quite clingy towards the group especially me. She is probably around nine years of age but she is really bright, I can just tell. She is tiny but she is quick with her legs. Her hair is long, straight and blonde. Her eyes are innocent and blue. She is almost an angel if you think about it. As for her elder sister, Rogue is more like an over protective type with a strong character. Her hair is short at shoulder length, scarlet red and very dark strong eyes. She doesn’t talk much as compared to her younger sister. There is something cool about the way she is. Something about her keep reminding me about someone, but I can’t remember.

It has been almost a month now since I went all out to find my missing friends. There are some small clues, but nothing substantial. I need to work harder before it’s too late. Everyone seems to be anxious and beginning to become impatient. Felicity is doing a great job keeping the group together so far. But I gather we should pick up the momentum before the group loses hope.

When we escape from Little Hollow, we found a device that is supposed to show us a secret map. But it isn’t working and that device isn’t turning on. We are now heading towards the West where I know a friend who is really good in fixing things. He might probably help us figure this thing out. That’s right, what we need now is a working map to point us to the right direction.

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Meet James Strong

We have arrived at West Side, an industrial hub and component of the city but far off from the main business district. We met up with my old pal, James who has a reputation in fixing things that are broken. I remember when we were younger, he would fix up a working robot with parts from the wasteland. I don’t know how he does it, but he’s a natural especially with his hands.

The group finally settle down to get some rest. It was quite a journey and it was hard on us. James has a nice loft setup near the factories, which is not too shabby. In fact, it looks like a really nice place decorated with modern art of glass and aluminum steel. The group had the chance to get to know James better but the girls are especially attracted to him. After all, James is a very attractive young man, silver blonde hair, ash grey eyes, sharp features and a really strong body. Hence his name, James Strong. As for his character, most people will find him very approachable, charming, funny and smart. If that’s not good enough, he came from money and his family owns a few factories here. So yeah, I can see why it is.

During the night, I had the chance to hang out with just James and catch up with old times. He is totally open minded about the situation that we are in and had agreed to help out as much as he can. There is quite a rebel and curiosity in him that made it easy. He said the devise for the map can be easily fixed and it would be ready within a few days. Things are looking up. Fingers crossed.

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Fin.

Thanks for reading :)

Author Notes: I wrote this out of ideas around a world of android helpers and augmented reality. Its just a plot of a story. So I thought I will share it on my blog as well. Please forgive any typos or grammar mistakes, as this is mostly done quickly and for fun.

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