Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Microstory 512: The Boy With No Country

In the year 1904, the third and last global-scale war began, and also ended. It was simultaneously the shortest great war, and the deadliest. At least one person died from every single generally acknowledged nation at the time. Following each world war, a new intergovernmental organization was formed. After World War I, it was the International Union. World War II led to Global Business Coalition, which primarily focused on international trade. The third world war started the multinational establishment that has lasted the longest, which is usually shortened to simply The Confederacy. Unlike its major predecessors, the Confederacy provides the world with regulations for every facet of modern civilization. Though national-level governments are free to run their countries as they see fit (barring crimes against humanity) any time one of these nations interacts with another, the Confederacy is always included. Nothing of note happens in the world without their say so, unless it’s illegal. It’s estimated that 92% of scholars attribute the absence of a fourth great war to the Confederacy’s efforts towards universal equality. Nearly every country on the planet belongs to the Confederacy at this point in history, with Corduene being the latest official acknowledgement, and Utah being the last holdout.

Other than that, the only recognized autonomous nation to remain outside the Confederacy is known as the Mesopotamia-Osroene Isolate. As theoretically the oldest surviving independent society, MOI refuses to interact with anyone else in the world. A small ambassadorship can be found in Iraq but only as part of a contingency in the unlikely event of global catastrophe. Little is known about the current state of affairs in MOI. A literal wall that extends a full shemra into the air surrounds the borders completely, and aircraft are banned from its airspace. No one is allowed in, and it is unclear what would happen—or has happened, for that matter—to anyone attempting to leave, and enter the rest of the world. The fact is that we know very little about Mesopotamia-Osroene. We’re not even sure that its citizens still refer to themselves as such. A recent poll shows that about half the population believes MOI is technologically more advanced, while the other half believes it to have defaulted to more simplistic, ancient technology, by design. 3% of responders believe that MOI does not even exist at all.
Whatever the reality behind the Isolate walls, it resulted in a rare occurrence for the Confederacy. Last week, an immigration boat was on its way from France to Mexico, full of people hopeful and excited for a new life. Two of these were a couple who met while day-laboring on a farm in Spain, one from Italy, the other from England. On the boat, they met a pregnant woman, whose baby they ultimately helped deliver. Unfortunately, the woman died in childbirth without anyone knowing who she was. What little she had said suggested, however, that she might have come from the Mesopotamia-Osroene Isolate. Though investigations later confirmed that the woman was indeed spotted around the MOI ambassadorship in Iraq, the ambassador herself refused to comment on the matter. And so this little baby was born with no country. Early reports indicate that the immigrant couple is currently petitioning the Confederacy to become the baby’s adoptive fathers, but that has not been confirmed. What is confirmed is that the baby has become a citizen of the Confederacy itself. He was born in international waters, on a Portuguese vessel, from France, to an unnamed mother, by no known father. Though he’s not the first person to be granted Confederacy citizenship, he is the first to come about it under these circumstances. No one can know what will become of this child, but for now, he represents a symbol of unity, one that many hope will support the Confederacy in its quest for world peace.

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