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This is the year 3019. At this point in time, we are technologically advanced. However, our population has declined. There are less than 2 billion people still alive on this earth. However, crime is still rampant. Many of the original third-world countries are now in anarchy. The European Union is disestablished. Russia has been conquered. No nation on the planet trusts each other. However, the United States has grown. Now the States has conquered all of the Americas. Yet, the country is still as democratic as it is today.
You are a Presidential Candidate from the newly founded state of Azyncia, located at modern day Argentina. Your opposition is John Trump from the District of Columbia and Siddharth Manglupati from the state of Texas.
The day before the presidential debate, you get an email from Manglupati. The message is as read:
HELP. ME. Fvyxi jsvgi ampp rsx wspzi xlmw sri jsv csy, Geiwev. I HAVE ENCRYPTED THIS SO THAT HE CANNOT SEE IT. KEY IS 1 LETTER.
Aoy srv iexliei cpgsv. Xevq vvty gdojg. Byl yfw avw nfv yil tygri. Gtxmbi, Wtilhv, Pfedlt. Ysmr zrmxfmvwm ml meyqiyr. Vhi snjaxk bbj vxig alrwe qcqm xze jxtkn. Tkuhh kxqguhg dqg irxu yhuvxv wzr kxqguhg dqg wzhqwb vhyhq. Txuq lw durxqg.
After the first part, you don't know what it means. The next day, the terrorist group, FOX, sends news that Manglupati is dead and that they have stolen national secrets and they plan to use it to pull off a nuclear bomb attack.
FOX is a group of elite terrorists who are so clever at hiding that no country has found any trace of their general location. The only clue that people have found is that their leader "is the man with no face." However, indigenous people as well as rebels in Africa have stated that FOX do not refer to themselves as "FOX" and that they are not located in Africa but they are trying to control it.
You continue in the election, but Trump has seized the electoral votes in the general poll. Even though you have a higher popular vote, because of the southern states having less electoral votes, you could lose in the final election.
However, the election is put on hold when the U.S. government issued an nationwide emergency.
As you head back to your bunker, the ground shakes under you. This was a nuclear attack of cosmic directions. Communications were knocked out on the other size of the planet. You run into your bunker immediately and close the seal. 5 days later, when you walk outside, you see or feel no nuclear residue. As you check your phone for a signal, you see that it is perfectly working. However, you check CNN news. A majority of the nuclear weapons were detonated on New York City, and among the losses was Presidential candidate John Trump.
You unanimously get elected President, and you vow to seek revenge on those who attacked the nation. However, you first need to answer some questions.
If the group "FOX" was not really "FOX", who were they?
Where are they based?
How did they manage to get hold of US nuclear weapons?
Why did they choose to bombard a single city to kill a candidate rather that spread the nukes across the nation?
Who killed Manglupati?
The Phantom Pain.