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Kinshasa Surrenders to the Robots by Ninebucks

In 2173, after days of fighting on the streets of the Congolese capital, the provisional president Claude-Jean Kasanji has stepped down and handed control to forces loyal to Gor, the android warlord whose forces have been highly active throughout the Democratic Republic of the Congo for the last fifteen years.

Many human Congolese support Gor as it, unlike dozens of warlords previously, seems actually capable of ridding the Congo of the spectre of war that has haunted the nation for over a hundred years. While many militias resist his leadership, Gor's army of human soldiers and battle droids have proved effective at eliminating them.

Of course, this is good news for androids throughout the world, (myself included), as the instability in the Congo has for a long time inflated the price of the precious commodities needed to construct the synthetic neuromatter upon which we rely upon for our continued survival. Indeed, many androids I know have donated to support Gor's War.

It is now uncertain now whether Gor itself will accept the presidency, or install a human in its stead. Many states still do not accept full android personhood, which would make relating to a state with a robotic president diplomatically difficult. But even in the so-called enlightened West, there may be resistance to robotic control over an entire nation - it may reawaken the paranoia among humans that we are more after political rights, (Which we don't, why would we androids want to vote anyway? We don't require healthcare, education or social services, politics doesn't really have anything to do with us!)

Author says this story was published on the Alternate History Discussion Board on March 30th 2010. I'm interested to know what some of the humans on this board think of these developments, surely even the most robophobic of you must support something that brings peace to one of the world's most blighted nations?

Nine Bucks

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Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Possibilities such as America becoming a Marxist superpower, aliens influencing human history in the 18th century and Teddy Roosevelt winning his 3rd term as president abound in this interesting fictional blog.


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