Radio killed the human empire. Or nearly so. At first, we struggled. We struggled against animals for food and survival. Eventually, we struggled against ourselves. When a greater enemy came, we were able to come together. We united against climate change, and succeeded in defeating it. There’s no shortage; on the contrary: there’s abundance. We are able to harvest the sun and the wind, the waves and geothermal energy. We finally stopped struggling. Struggle breeds suspicion, the thought that our enemy is lurking around the corner to take what is ours. Abundance breeds collaboration, which makes us all the more creative. Humanity thrived as never before, reaping the rewards of working together with no concern for betrayal. A whole generation was shaped by this, hearing about conflict only in history lessons. They thought we could achieve even more if we were able to collaborate with even more diversity. And so, they made the decision that would doom us all.
A interstellar radio signal was broadcasted in order to find technologically advanced life forms around the universe. If they were advanced, surely they would have come to the same conclusion that there’s abundance in the universe, and we all would prosper if we worked together. Men’s hubris in assuming how other life forms would think was catastrophic. Named ‘The Legions of Hell’, another civilization answered mankind’s signal with brutality. Maybe we could all prosper if we worked together, but prosperity was not what they were after. The legions longed for meaning in their lives, and meaning to them meant inflicting suffering on other life forms. Making them struggle once more.A new generation of oppressed humans came along, and they were shaped by this reality from birth. The struggle built something different inside of them, something that wouldn’t stand down. These humans rebelled against the hellish forces, and now fight to free themselves and become the new apex predator.
If humanity succeeds, will this struggle turn them into the next ‘legions of hell’?
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