Dateline – United States, July 4
While millions of Americans were at home celebrating their freedom from an oppressive regime hundreds of years before, a sinister plot was in place that no one had predicted. Terrorists, with intent to bring the country to its knees, had infiltrated one government agency with their devious intentions – they were hired as mail carriers to the United States Postal Service. While on the surface, this doesn’t seem like a weak point in the country or the chain of command, this position did give them something they always wanted – full access to every building in every city & town.
Armed with only a uniform and ID, mail carriers are allowed into buildings across the country, delivering letters and packages. They blend in, almost invisibly with the background and most security guards (if you building has one) will buzz them through without a second thought. Equipped with modern “suitcase nukes”, these mighty explosive devices fit in a typical medium sized box, thousands of which were quietly distributed throughout the targeted buildings, placed in storage rooms and offices where they blend in with the surroundings. Packing a mighty punch, only 1 such package is needed to take down even the mightiest of skyscrapers.
Included in the package was a small radio receiver, tucked inside a cell phone or other innocuous item. These were activated when local radio stations played the “1812 Overture” by Tchaikovsky, a favorite piece of music to choreograph fireworks displays to. So as the people waved their flags and watched “the bombs bursting in air”, the sounds of colorful explosions blended in with the sounds of destruction. Buildings were toppled, infrastructure was destroyed, and the terrorists had achieved what they had set out to do all along – to bring a mighty country down to their level.
It would be years before any sort of “recovery” took place. Overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the events, people were left stranded without the systems of infrastructure that their lives depended on. Only those who could fend for themselves, who could plant and grow food, who could survive off what little land was left untouched by the blasts, made it through to the future; a future that was forever changed.