As promised, I’m going to share with you the setting that Written in Silence is in. The world that a story is put into is very important to how the story plays out. For Written in Silence, I had to build the way the world works, which is fun for me. One of my favorite part of writing is world building. I enjoy creating new worlds and settings, and though I do like to write science fiction, not only sci-fi and fantasy writers build worlds. All writers have to create the world their story is set in, even if it’s a realistic downtown Chicago setting; the world needs to be created for the reader to be immersed in.
Anyway, the setting of my NaNo novel is something I’ve never tried before, so it’s been a challenge. Also, it’s been changing. My original setting, and what it has become through the course of writing the book had changed quite a bit. So, as of now, I don’t know how much it will change as I continue to write. So, I will tell you what it is currently, and if anything drastically changes, I’ll be sure to let you know. So, without further ado….
70 years have passed since the fall of the United States of America. There was a large and silent coup that arose in the early twenty-first century. A man by the name of Eric Genesis gained political power and gained the support of the U.S. military. He quickly took over the government and killed the President, Jeremy Sassaino, and started his new regime. He changed the country to New America. Now, 70 years later, New America is a very different place.
New America is no longer a free nation, the Bill of Rights and it’s amendments have been abolished and all history of it was erased. Anyone who has dared to oppose the ways of the President of New America, Paul Genesis (Eric’s son, who took the presidency after Eric died) has been killed. Free speech is no longer exists, and martial law is normal. There is a curfew set from the hours of 11pm and 4am. Unless you have papers to prove you’re allowed to be out during those times, or you have proof of an emergency, you are not allowed out of the house. Violators will be dealt with servilely.
The countries of Mexico and Canada were taken over by Paul Genesis and have become apart of New America. There are no longer 50 states, but over 70 Providences between what was once America, Canada, and Mexico.
There is no contact with any country outside of New America. No import or export; there is a figurative, uncrossable wall surrounding the country. No one enters or exits, and anyone who tries gets killed. And because New America has a strong military and weapons of mass destruction, with a president who’s not afraid to use them, no one opposes them.
There is ternary and depression, oppression, and crime. New America, held by the iron fist of Paul Genesis, is a sad place, and some people are ready for the fall of Genesis, and for the old free America to come back. The people who don’t know the old ways because of age or ignorance are waiting for a more positive change.
There is a rebel group called the Old American Movement (OAM) who are looking to change things, but they disbanded out of fear and loss of hope when Genesis found and killed the OAM leaders, Ben (son of Jeremy) and Maria Sassaino.
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There it is. There may be holes, and it may sound stupid, but that’s the world the story is set in. Mind you, this is a vomit draft, it would need a lot of work and polishing before it’s good, but that’s what I have for now. Things keep getting added or changed, so we’ll see what New America looks like by the end of the story.
Current word count for Written in Silence: 28,090/50,000!
Andrew Ronzino, an Old America Movement Operative
P.S. “Bring back the Home of the Brave!”