Long after the Era of “All Men Are Equal” comes the Era of Re-enslavement of the People by the Few. Democratic capitalism, which dominated the world as long as the United States was robust, diminished as the strongest country in the world perished with the combination of global economic crisis, wars, terrors, and global warming.
Recognizing the philosophical and fundamental flaw in the American system in which all men are equal, the elite come up with a plan very similar to that of the Romans. They declares the enslavement of the stupid, using the Comprehensive Review of Intelligence in Technology, Information, Communication, Arts, and Language (short, CRITICAL test), the elite enslave those who score 120 or lower (which constitutes about 60% of the population). A game similar to the Hunger Games arises.
The people are enslaved. The elite is very few. 1% of the total population controls 99.9% of the wealth. the rest, about 39% of the total population, live an impoverished but much better than slaves lives. Slaves, with the smartest keep getting removed from them, are expected to be more stupid and slow as the ages come. If this keeps going, the elite will be keep being smarter whereas the lower class will fall as the slowest of all.
The slaves come up with ingenious solutions such as cheating the test to keep the brightest of them. Hannah is one of the cheated and she ascends to save the slaves from eternal enslavement.
The Act of Federal Courts of 2032 was extremely controversial. Some feared excessive abuse of the freeness of suing anyone on anything. Some thought it was the most liberal bill ever proposed. The Act provided all citizens the right to sue anyone for anything, and, as a step to social equality, provide the pour with high subsidies for lawyer utilization and other support. It clearly upheld the main value of the Constitution of the United States, though. “All men are created equal,” stated the influential document.
The Act, despite strong opposition, passed the Congress in March 23th, 2033. It also petitioned the Congress the right to gather more tax in support for the new government subsidies. Property tax was raised up to 40% for average taxpayer. Other taxes were also raised.
As soon as the law started to be enforced, the law suits across America skyrocketed. 455 per capita in 2032 to 13,789 per capita in 2033. It so quickly devastated the government money that the Congress was forced to declare default on all of world’s bank before it passed any responsive measure. The Federal economy was instantly doomed, just like that.
The critical default stroke other countries, too. It stroke other countries with constitutions just like America’s. A number of countries had followed the movement in US and when the default came in 2034, almost all countries have been suffering similar crisis. Just to make everyone equal, as if the world was dominated by the failed communism, the whole world became impoverished. Everyone was poor, desperate, and depressed. Well, ultimate egalitarian society had come, some people jeered.
Then, arose an idea comparable to the Marxism or the idea of Capitalism by Adam Smith. Elitism. It came from the history. From the Romans. It strived for achieving the equilibrium the Romans had achieved. Exploiting slave labor. Building huge elite empire. The idea quickly gathered the brightest of all. They had been doubting the plausibility of the communistic declaration of “all men are equal” for a long time. With the Court crisis pervading, such cynics secretly gathered to create a progressive group of the Elitism.
The secret organization aiming at creating the United States of Elite, the Illuminati, was formed in 2035. Its members varied from movie stars to the smartest person in the world. It accepted those who passed their own IQ and EQ tests and other comprehensive tests that later converged into the CRITICAL tests. With its strength and appeal increasing, it finally openly declared itself as a nation. Fake-promising elite-status for all, it gather so many people that the traditional US collapsed by the end of 2040. A new Era has dawned. After securing its powers and territories, the United States of Elite of America (USEA) embarked on its actualization of its idea. It forcibly enslaved the people who were stupid. The smartest were able to control the mechanized weapons whereas the stupid had only guns. Machines won. The rule of the elite and machines was declared in December 19, 2050. And the Game of Spectacle began in 2051.
A poor and 3rd class people, who are slaves, plan to unite and rebel once a hero comes from the upper classes. Hannah, who belongs to a 1st class (the elite) family, was genetically engineered to be perfect just like any other 1st class children, building up on the superior genes she already has. But once she was 10, she was sent to the 3rd class confederate to promote the rebellion of the 3rd class. She is trained as a weapon, a mover, and a leader.