The story begins with an insignificant nation which we shall denote as “X”. It was insignificant as it was unimpressive in every way. It has no mineral deposits, unfertile soil for agriculture and physically isolated from major trade routes. As if it is not bad enough, it is located at tectonic active zone.
All these “misfortunes” had fostered a tradition of resilience among its population. The leadership was committed to build up the nation no matter long it takes or how difficult it appears to be. Self improvements had become a national obsession. Everyone in Nation X is obsessed with improving one’s ability for a better future.
The nation tried every conventional way but still failed to achieve significant improvements. At last they found their salvation in stem cell research.
Stem Cell Research
This is an area of research that attracts the most resistance from religious institutions after the theory of evolution. So, governments everywhere are cautious of allowing unrestricted freedom to the scientists for the fear of offending their religious minded voters.
This is an opportunity that the leadership of Nation X will not want to miss. In fact, they went beyond providing free haven and giving tax breaks. The entire education system was revamped and modified to provide workers for the biotechnology sector. Children begun to learn about genetic codes the moment they learned their alphabets. The other advantage here is, there were no domineering religions to impose their doctrines to the people. The only religion professed by the nation is self-improvement.
The entire nation became a beacon of light to all experts and institutions in the field of biotechnology, especially in the niche of stem cell research where there are zero restrictions of what the researchers can or cannot do.
Progress In Biotechnology.
In one decade after Nation X opened its arms to stem cell research, it became the superpower in the field of biotechnology. Its citizens owned above 80% of the world’s patents on drugs and medical technology. Income and the standard of living of its citizens had improved tremendously.
Its airports were swamped with medical tourists. Rich patients from all over the world saw Nation X as their last hope. If the medical technology that was backed by unrestricted research in stem cells cannot cure a disease, no one on earth can.
Flooded by enormous amount of wealth, poverty had been totally eliminated among its citizens. However, the leadership of Nation X was far from complacent. Since material lack was no longer a problem, the nation is moving to a new phase of progress, to improve the genetic codes in their citizens.
It started when the leadership believed that the natural way of conceiving new humans to be unreliable in creating humans with superior genes. The breakthough in the technology of mixing different strands of DNA in a single stem cell and develop the cell into a baby had caused them to chart a new course for the nation.
First, all natural procreation among its citizens are banned. Children born after the given deadline were not recognised as citizens. Citizens who were identified of possessing desirable genes would be summoned to specific hospitals to donate their stem cells. The net extends beyond the nation borders. Individuals outside the country who were identified with possessing desirable genes were offered high rewards for their stem cells.
Then, the cells were registered and grown. Their DNA strands were extracted to be recombined into working cells. These cells were then grown and developed in artificial wombs. That was how the first generation of the Eugenics Revolution was created.
They had no parents. They were designed in the laboratory, grown in artificial wombs, cared for and educated by the state. The type of genetic strands that were in their cells was carefully recorded. They were regularly tested for their intelligence, physical development, resistance to disease and other talents in order to determine the effectiveness of specific genes.
The only family this generation knew was the state. Through the financing of the state, they received the best education, training and healthcare money can give. All they have to do is to serve the state in the areas they were genetically designed for. They were trained accordingly. The state took care of their entire lives expenses.
How about the last generation of natural humans? They could no longer have children of their own. In return, the state promised to pay for their life expenses until they die.
A century later, they were not a single natural human in the citizen list of Nation X. All the X-men and X-women were designed strand by strand of DNA, developed in the laboratories and educated by the state.
As a result, they were significantly different from the people from the rest of the world. Their intelligence was at least 10 times of the natural humans, had stronger bodies, resistance to all forms of germs and even healed faster. In addition, they had specialised genes for their professions. For example, their scientists and engineers were genetically modified to have their brain’s processing power increased to more than 50 times of natural humans. Soldiers were designed to have superhuman strength, speed and reflexes. Even the political leaders were genetically enhanced to be more charismatic and emphatic to the people.
The rest of the world that had been observing the change was extremely cautious when dealing with Nation X. On one extreme, fanatical religious followers demand a war to eliminate what they considered as a blasphemy to God. On the other side, there were people who wanted good relationship with Nation X because they need its expertise. So, political leaders had to balance both sides.
Within Nation X, the people were getting increasing arrogant because all the available facts showed that they were superior in every way. In their quest to make the world a better place for humanity, they have decided to replace the natural humans with their type.
So, leadership of Nation X was once again planning for another revolution to replace the world population with their kind.
To be continued.