Hey! The first of THREE 365 posts for today! I hope.
365 People, Places & Things #111
This one is kind of like “X Men”, but without any tension breaking humor, romance or sexy costumes.
The Rise Of The…: Mutants!
Possibly the first recorded instance of mutant powers came on September 8th, 1960, when a teenage girl in a small town in northern India. She became very upset at the arranged marriage that her parents had brokered with a 64 year old man. In the middle of the argument, she started to run away and a few seconds later found herself in the coastal city of Surat, many hundreds of miles from home. She eventually realized that she could run at super speed and became a champion of women’s rights in her country.
By 1963, there were thousands of known mutants around the world. Many governments tried to capture and imprison them. This was doomed to failure because certain telepathic mutants were searching for others with strange powers and once they located them, they arranged jailbreaks. The former soviet union is littered with destroyed prisons and laboratories due to these efforts. In the United States, a 3,000 acre area of North Dakota is still fenced off and heavily guarded. Nobody believes the “toxic chemical spill” cover story.
At first, the mutants pretty much emulated the superheroes and villains of the comic books, but that didn’t last more than a couple of years. The problem was that most of them weren’t evil and none of them liked fighting other mutants. Around 1967, the last costumed mutants went back to wearing street clothes. They did not, however, go back to leading normal lives.
The Mutant Alliance Conference of 1969 was held in Paris, France and was attended by 35,000 mutants. This was estimated to be 80% of the world’s mutant population at the time. No normal humans were allowed within 500 feet of the mutant created conference center and a soviet attempt to detonate a nuclear device went horribly wrong when said device was teleported to the basement of the Kremlin.
The upshot of the conference was that the mutants decided to divide up the planet into areas of control and teach or force humans to live in peace. They all agreed this was going to be an uphill fight and, indeed, it was. Things did get easier once all the standing armies and navies were gone, but they still had to go so far as destroying all guns and other armaments in 1974.
Looking back, they did a pretty good job, but if they had known that mutant power awakenings were increasing exponentially among preteen children, they could have saved themselves a bunch of trouble.
So here we are, in 2010 with a world population of two billion mutants and a billion and a half standard humans. The world is much cleaner and more peaceful and all told, a more productive and happy place. And that goes for Mars, the Moon, all of the colony ships and the asteroid belt, too. All hail our mutant masters!