When God dies, a villain takes his place!
In the distant future, the wealthy villain Abraham Goldstein funds a top-secret project to travel to heaven and meet God. Upon reaching heaven he finds out that God is dead. He also finds the technology necessary to take gods place and become a god in the eyes of men. Many years later Abraham and his group of angels, a group of genetically engineered super soldiers, rule Eden; a world created to simulate the Holy Land during the Bronze Age. They rule with terror and fear following the ancient laws. One day, an accident turns Abraham’s closest angel Lucifer against him, an event that plants the seed of Abraham’s destruction. Meanwhile, an ancient force is conspiring in the background to make its return to our world.
IN 2785 MOST OF THE solar system was inhabited with Mars being the major population centre with 4 billion inhabitants. Earth, in turn, had only 1 billion inhabitants who were living their life in abundance as almost all the wealth and ownership in the solar system was centred on Terrans, which was the common denomination for humans living on Earth.
The background to the limited population on Earth was that the ruling Terran Council in the 23rd century had decreed that everyone who was not rich enough or had good enough genes were to be sterilised or deported to Mars. A lot of people had opted to be made infertile and live out their lives peacefully while others had left Earth. Since the 24th century, the population of Earth had been stabilised around 1 billion, which the Terran Council had determined, was the ideal population to avoid civil conflict and resource shortfall.
In 2785 every birth and death on Earth were tightly regulated, and no natural conceptions occurred. Instead, every citizen was allowed to apply to have a child, and through a scientific DNA selection, every individual was granted the best possible outcome from his or her parental source genetic material. Individuals who were wealthy could usually apply to have more than one child, while poor people and people with undesired genetics were to leave the planet if they wanted offspring.
Different measures were in place to control the climate on Earth. The weather was controlled through launching large mirrors and shades orbiting Earth. The mirrors increased the amount of solar energy on the surface making cold areas such as Antarctica warmer, while the shades decreased the amount of sunshine making the surface cooler; such as in tropical regions.
The Global Sea Level had fallen with over 100 meters due to water being transported to other planets to make these planets livable and also from the water used for fusion power. Fusion power was the most important energy source on Earth and the solar system, and as consequence one of the most significant problems was the oversaturation of oxygen around power plants as the fusion of the hydrogen in water left excessive amounts of oxygen in the air. The oxygen level in the air around the fusion power plants was in some cases almost 100 %, so it was highly dangerous to live close to them as such high oxygen levels made humans delirious and sick.
Technically the planet Earth was still divided into different countries, but since long they had lost their meaning as all the political and economic power was with the major company conglomerates. The company conglomerates governed Earth via The Terran Council, which consisted of House Goldstein that ruled Antarctica, Australia, and South America; House White that ruled North America; House Muller that ruled Europe; House Rashid that ruled the Middle East and Africa and House Cheng that ruled most of the Asian continent. Through the planetary Council, they convened and made sure that life on Earth was plentiful and peaceful. There had been peace on Earth through the Pax Terran agreement for 300 years. Outside of Earth, however, the Houses were always fighting each other indirectly through supporting different sides in proxy wars on other planets where the wars on Mars were the most violent ones.
All the major population centres on Earth were connected by a network of trains that operated in vacuum tubes and could reach speed of up to 10,000 kilometres an hour. This way all the major cities could reach each other within an hour or two.
Mars in 2785 was a chaotic place short of resources and full of warring factions. When the planet was terraformed 500 years earlier, it had never been meant for more than 200 million people, and now 500 years later it stood at 20 times that amount. The excessive population meant that water and other natural resources were always in short supply and the only things that seemed to exist in abundance were weapons and synthetic drugs. Despite its imperfections, many of the Martians still loved the Martian lifestyle, as it was freer than the Terran one. On Mars, people could still love whom they wanted, have children when they wanted, and party when desired while everything was tightly regulated on Earth. Freedom came at a price though as the life expectancy on Mars was 40 years while it was 150 years on Earth. Abraham Goldstein who was 250 years old was the oldest man on Earth as he was a wealthy man who could get his team of scientists to prolong and extend his life a lot longer than most people.
Worth mentioning is that life on Mars could have been a lot better if the Terran Council had not feared the Martian way of life so much and intentionally kept the planet weak. The terms of trade between the planets were extremely unbalanced where the Houses of the Terran Council took whatever they wanted from Mars by paying next to nothing. This was done either by The Terran Council supporting sides in the many planetary wars on Mars by supplying weaponry to their preferred factions or by merely intimidating the Martians with the superior Terran technology and creating mayhem and chaos when the Martians dared to resist. No export of Terran technology to Mars was allowed so essentially most of Martian only had access to 500-year-old technology way behind the technology of the Terrans. If the Terran Council had wanted to, they could have given Mars a proper and safe atmosphere saving its inhabitants from the toxic amount of stellar background radiation they received and the lack of food ration, oxygen, and appropriate nutrients. Instead, these resources were spent on having a massive Terran military fleet circling Mars to show the Martians who were the masters of the solar system.
The different circumstances had evolved humans differently on the various planets. The people on Earth were all picture perfect due to the genetic pre-selection. Depending on the culture they could be athletic or lean, but in all cultures, they had ideal complexion and ideal posture. They were highly intelligent humanoids but also highly obedient and non-questioning as that was how the ruling classes liked their Terran humanoids to be. The inferior humans on Mars all had different genetic malfunction and defects from radiation and genetic mutation. They had hunched backs, pale and crumpled skin, bad breath and a high likelihood for artificial drug addictions. On the flipside, they were radiation, virus and infection resistant and a lot more resilient than their Terran counterparts even though they eventually died from sickness and hunger when the circumstances got too rough. It was said on Mars that the pompous and arrogant Terrans wouldn't last a week on Mars living a Martians life, a statement that was probably correct.
Because of their radiation resistance, Martians were employed to do dangerous jobs in the solar system such as building and maintaining the automated mining stations on Jupiter's Moons and terraforming asteroids for Terran holiday resorts. A lot of them smuggled Terran technology back to Mars, so the expeditions hiring Martians were never allowed to run on newest technology due to the paranoia of the planetary council. The Terran militants were always watching strictly to ensure that the Martians did their dangerous work for the benefits of the Terran Council's money and power.
Among other inhabited places in the solar system; Venus was only used as a mining and penal colony with a very limited population. The population was limited because the volcanoes of Venus regularly spewed out more toxins and lava, so all attempts to terraform had failed. Instead, Venus was only used for its automated natural elemental resource mines and prison camps handled by Terran militants where condemned prisoners of misbehaving Martians and captured ex-rebels lived in endless darkness and suffering. Life expectancy for anyone residing on Venus was less than 15 years.
Likewise, Mercury was too close to the sun to terraform properly for human settlement.
Many of the Asteroids were used by wealthy Terrans as holiday houses as technology existed that could put them in any selected orbit around the sun, with artificial atmosphere and artificial gravity. A lot of Asteroids also circled Earth in this manner, as the view of Earth was the latest in fashion for wealthy Terrans.
Finally, a few planets orbiting other stars had human colonies. While the technology existed to travel this far, the houses of Earth did not see it as viable investments. The fastest travel speed possible with the technology of the time was 1/10th of the speed of light, which meant that it took at least 40 years to reach Alpha Centauri B, the closest star. While it was possible to travel this far by cryogenically freezing the crew before the trip, it was simply not profitable to do so, as it was impossible to control the inhabitants of colonies on Alpha Centauri as it took four years to send them a message and 40 years to travel there.
However, a few colonies had been set up outside of the solar system. These colonies had been founded by eccentric trillionaires with no heirs and no better use for their money. All of these colonies were completely independent and had very limited contact with Earth.