Republic of Infidels
World and Themes
Please note that all episodes listed are the most current drafts, and all of the episodes are subject to constant revision. I am going to try to keep these episodes current and updated so that they are available for reading and comments. They will be uploaded as they are revised and/or story synced.
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REPUBLIC OF INFIDELS
In 2040, a nuclear terrorist attack causes global eruptions, misalignment of the world’s axis, and destroys almost all of humanity in the subsequent flooding. Desperate to flee their drowned nations, refugees arrive in Himalaya, the only habitable landmass remaining. Soon a society begins to form, one founded on scarcity, violence, religious exploitation, and fading hopes.
In a high altitude community built around the operation of a massive hydroelectric dam, the brilliant Kori family do what they can to provide water and electricity to the struggling people below, but the situation is rapidly deteriorating as a powerful paramilitary force begins to assert itself.
Rachel Kori, daughter and youngest child of Radhesh and Nadia, is on the verge of losing all will to continue. She and her brother Vikram, both of them brilliant and afflicted by pathologically acute memories, have fallen very far from the status and admiration they enjoyed as prodigies three years prior to the Fall. On the third anniversary, knowing she’s at risk for self harm, Vikram intercepts her at the dam. As she relents and steps down, she notices an unknown ship – an American naval vessel – on the horizon and points it out to Vikram.
Their world, their lives, and the lives of everyone who remains is about to change forever.
Events in the sky-burial grounds force Rachel to flee to the Cradle, where she becomes a wanted fugitive in a deeply dangerous world. She manages to escape the slums with Sergei hot on her tail, but is captured by Edward Blythe, a mercenary and arms dealer with his own motivations. Aboard the Walsh, Captain Delaware Ford is done waiting to hear from his younger brother, and strikes out into the Cradle on a one-man mission to find out what happened to him. Receiving an open transmission from Edward, Delaware recovers an unconscious Rachel. Together they navigate through the Choke, evading Lammergeier patrols in order to gain the strand, and reach the ship – but not without terrible cost.
After taking Rachel prisoner, Delaware tries to uncover the truth about Hudson. Vikram and Sergei make an alliance with the untrustworthy Reverend Miryam LeClerc, with plans to undermine her church. Delaware, in an effort to get the truth out of Rachel through more civilized means, eventually corners her and demands to know the details. When he realizes that her resistance comes from her painful memory and not spite, he gives into a moment of vulnerability – until she tells him what really happened. Rejected utterly by Delaware in his rage, Rachel escapes the Walsh and returns to the Cradle in a bid to return home, but is intercepted by Miryam, who – in addition to torturing her – reveals a terrible secret about her brother Vikram.
Rachel is back aboard the Walsh, but after being waterboarded with plague water, falls deathly ill from exposure. Delaware does what he can to help her, and monitors the situation in the Cradle, tracking a series of horrific events that begin with the suicide bomb assassination of Radhesh Kori, culminating with Vikram’s retaliation against Miryam in the form of a total massacre of her followers. Delaware informs a recovering Rachel of these events as gently as he can, but she has a panic attack in the shower, necessitating his assistance. Shortly after his intervention, they finally consummate their relationship. Meanwhile, Vikram is approached by Edward Blythe with an offer to supplant Sergei, and the offer of a more intimate alliance. Sergei also makes a new ally after his attempt to organize a gang militia is disrupted. Now aware that the situation on the ground has changed now that the Lammergeiers have tasted wholesale slaughter, Vikram makes an unexpected play.
Episode #5: Who Dares Wins
Aided by Edward, Vikram hacks the Walsh’s OS, and uses it to gain control of the ship, forcing Delaware and his people to evacuate. Rachel remains behind as a captive, but quickly makes good her escape after a small nudge from Edward and some help from an old friend of her mother’s. Sergei continues to dally with Lucretia while Delaware regroups and assembles the River, his hand trained special force, in order to prosecute a ground war against Sergei and recover Rachel. However, Rachel is betrayed en route to the Crown, and makes a decision to play into Sergei’s hands. Sergei uses her as bait to draw Delaware’s team armoured vehicle team into an ambush. Aboard the Walsh, Edward and Vikram seem to grow closer, until Vikram accuses him of allowing his sister to escape on purpose. Edward, annoyed by Vikram’s inattention and distrust, leaves the ship with the stated goal of recovering her from the Lammergeier barracks.
Episode #6: Let God Sort Em Out
Episode #7: River Full of Aces
Episode #8: La Paz