"Back on Track for '76" by Steve Payne
says: what if Reuben Flagg succeeded in putting it all back together?
This crossover post is based on a non-dystopian variant ending to Howard
Chaykin's ingenious 1983 comic, "American
Flagg". Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not
necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
In 2069, July 20th:
as part of the programme of events to get America "back on track for '76",
the Tricentennial Recovery Committee celebrated the hundredth anniversary of
the Apollo Eleven mission by showcasing the new full-size Lunar
reconstruction of Mount Rushmore.
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"Somebody's gotta put it all back
together... Reuben Flagg just might be the man".This highly symbolic
event marked the most notable triumph of American technology prowess prior
to the collapse of western civilization during the so-called "year
of domino" when the original Mount Rushmore had been destroyed. Because
in 1996 a series of worldwide crises had forced the U.S. government and the
heads of major corporations to relocate to Hammarskjold Center, on Mars
("temporarily, of course").
former President Reuben Flagg (pictured) paid tribute to the valued
contribution of Russian engineers from the former Soviet lunar colony of
Gagaringrad who had worked tirelessly alongside Martian-based
technicians to make the grand opening possible.
Of course bigger challenges lay ahead for the next seven years. Because the
U.S. government and the heads of major corporations had yet to effect a
return to Earth. In fact during the 'thirties, it was widely rumoured that
the giant, interplanetary union of corporate and government known as the
Plex was seriously considering selling the continental United States as real
estate to the Brazilian Union of the Americas and the Pan-African League who
had become the new superpowers on Earth during their absence.
Flagg, who had played no small part in preventing that
outcome, had refused to entertain the suggestion that his own image be used
as a fifth face, on the new monument.
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