Code Green

I recently read a book called Code Green by Chris Haywood. It’s another book about a dystopian future, but with the unique quality that global high-tech despotism came about under the pretense of the well-known green agenda. The book, however, has a much less happy ending compared to other dystopian novels and, of course, to the utopian visions of environmentalism itself. I give the read an 8 out of 10, for its creativity and convincing message.

The background to the book is that coordinated central bank currency debasement in the early 21st century, known as “quantitative easing,” caused increasing economic mal-investment, which resulted in wars and famine as governments at all levels increasingly failed to keep up with the unintended consequences of their own actions. As part of their agreement with the defeated western axis, the victorious coalition, dominated and led by the Chinese, decreed that reconstruction of the world would fall under the purview of the United Nations, also then to be dominated and led by the Chinese, with junior roles to be played by Russia and the East African Empire, China’s two core allies in the preceding global conflicts.

In cunning and deliberately false fashion and partly to absolve all sides from having caused the conflicts, the official cause of the wars was identified as global population pressure and the inability of the market to respond fast enough. It was argued that had a strong global government been present, instead of the historically weak United Nations or the constantly bickering nation states, human agency could have responded faster, averting the catastrophe through environmental and economic management rather than through war. Thus, the solution was to redefine and massively increase the powers of the United Nations such that it superficially became the government for a global “human republic.” Ostensibly, the core task of this body was sustainable development of the planet, as it had been concluded that non-sustainable development, mostly caused by capitalism and the machinations of non-Russian white people, had been the reason for the preceding wars.

In order to carry out this global sustainable development, the United Nations was enumerated all powers typically given to governments today, including the powers to tax, brainwash and even the power to assassinate citizens without due process. Although these powers were restricted in some circumstances and geographies, by the end of one generation, the seats of power of the victorious nations found enough expression in the global government such that political resistance in the former victorious countries eroded to a level of insignificance. And thus there was a full-fledged fully-empowered global government, superficially a republic, but otherwise under the control of a global elite, which the vast bulk of the human population didn’t even know existed.

After this lengthy background, the story begins on a spring day in 2108 as an armed surveillance drone hovers over the heads of peasants in a large European slum with the purpose of monitoring these brainwashed and unhealthy masses as they rejoiced the election of humanity’s first African global chairman. He was the first non-oriental to hold the office and his platform had focused significantly on environmentalism. He spoke of environmentalism as Africa’s historical concern but a concern, which had now been fully embraced by the world. He reminded everyone that global government was founded in the need for global sustainability and he pointed to the potential problems caused by the massive population increase that had taken place since the end of the wars.

From about this point onward, the book has a series of protagonists, and it follows their different experiences through out the novel. Here are quick generalizations of several storylines:

When, at first, a series of reforms were pushed through the global congress right before Chinese New Year, when nobody was paying attention, Arabic speaking peasants, making up the entire population of major European cities, were mostly tending to their small shops and gardens. Only a few, realized that the latest reforms passed by the global congress seemed to coincide with the greater presence of surveillance and medical drones, and also a noticeable shift in the sentiment expressed through their propaganda gadgets. Many were so inured that they took pride in their forced sterilizations, and even the lethal injection of their elderly, very sick, and infirmed. Still, some push back developed in some areas and it was clear that the powers that be needed to adjust their strategy.

In China and to a lesser extent in a few other places, there was the world’s closest approximation to the middle class. These people believed in the global government, and while they thought they themselves were special because they didn’t live in the large slums like most of the world, and they owned large homes, and their children attended the best global brainwashing facilities, they were really just pawns for the global elite. Their biggest concern was why their standard of living was declining and their ranks thinning, and it was because of this and similar concerns that they were malleable in the hands of the propaganda apparatus operated by the global elites. The explanation was always that some group of people somewhere was refusing to surrender land that had been designated for Mother Nature and that this was causing environmental and economic pressures to the disfavor of the middle class. On such a basis one character of this background is excited to be conscripted and sent to drone base Cuba, where a green-helmeted eviction force was massing before departing to mop-up and remove any remaining population in Florida after the preceding comprehensive bombing of that geography. After the soldiers passed through, it would be the task of this protagonist and his colleagues to use machines and temporarily-imported African slum labor to remove the rubble and begin turning the former US state back to nature. Significant process is made in this effort before the book moves to another storyline.

The recent election had been a façade, but none of the characters knows that except one – and this character is critical to the reader’s understanding of the story. He’s a member of the global elite and slowly reveals to the reader what is common knowledge to him and his peers. Most of the global elite live on a gorgeous man-made Venice-like tropical island archipelago, where discussion has bee raging around the necessity of the rest of the human population. In truth the global elite no longer had much of a reason for the vast bulk of the species. Most of what they wanted was automated, and the rest of their needs could be served through a significantly smaller peasantry. Indeed, their problems would be a lot fewer, if they didn’t have to concern themselves with inured masses in sprawling global slums. These peasants were only kept a live by the good graces of the elite, whose global government provided them with cradle to grave welfare and paternity, albeit very incompetently. Frankly, much of the global elite had grown weary of the exponential increase in the population, and implicitly, their future managerial burden, so the argument was made to just kill all these people, give the elite vast land grants and have them repopulate the earth. The best way to lay the foundations for this ultimate goal had been for large actions to be taken under the pretense of environmental management, hence the message of the latest chairman and ensuing edicts.

The first few years of the new global chairmanship had consisted of isolated and uncoordinated efforts to decrease population in certain places while turning other places back over to nature in their entirety. But, it did not take long for the global elite to consider faster and more efficient ways to accomplish their task. Over a period of time the global elite and other select pockets of humanity were, often unknowingly, inoculated with a vaccine that would allow them to survive Code Green, which was the name given to a recently created man-made virus designed to eradicate the species. The global elite were careful to save only themselves and the most malleable of the peasantry, implying that the middle class was for the most part doomed along with the greater portion of the peasantry.

When Code Green goes into affect the reader is taken back to all of the protagonists to learn their fates. The slums become chaotic as people get sick and die over the course of several days. The ensuing violence and descent into societal madness is monitored by surveillance drones in order to assess the progress of the pestilence. Some of the people raise their hands to the drones begging for help, but with in a week whole cities are silent. It’s made clear that none of the peasants think this disease was deliberate. In Florida, the imported African slum labor dies off quickly as the Chinese managers try to get an assessment of what is going on. The conscript meets his end as just another number in the quickly filling on-site sick ward, his final thoughts being the repetition of some non-descript pieces of pro-environment slogans. Middle class parts of the world fall and even a few personal enemies of key global elite decision-makers meet their end by the virus as well. The global elite protagonist mentioned earlier takes particular joy in watching one of his colleagues succumb to the pestilence. He’d always hated that man for actually thinking all this was about the environment and not simply their ability to control people and get what they wanted. The story ends with the global elite protagonist telling his young child that she can now call herself the princess of Florida as she looks at pictures of its recently renovated landscape.

The best part of this story was its convincing portrayal of a possible future. The multiple story lines can make it difficult to follow, but it all makes sense when they are brought together in the end. And I understand that a sequel called Green Reset is underway and should be out within the next year. This book will cover the recreation of city and nation states, as over time infighting within the power elite causes the fractioning of the global government. Also, by this point, the peasantries are substantially genetically different from the elite, so as to actually render them two different species. This will be a whole new world of power and persecution. Can’t wait!