An excavation in the year 3600.
The population of the world is down to 500,000,000 scattered in northern Europe, Siberia and in the high mountains where the cold weather prevented to worst of global warming.
We are in the middle of a group of explorers who are looking for remains from the American Empire that collapsed a millennium ago. We know little except that the first signs of the collapse started about the year 2016. Things progressed slowly until the year 2500 when a century of disasters left the world much as it was after the plagues of the Middle Ages. The Fall of America took much of the rest of the world with it.
Those who have studied the ancient texts say it all started with a potentate named Donald Drumpf or Trump.
The head of the team is an archeologist and with him is an expert in ancient computer languages. They have gathered their colleagues around them to ponder the meaning of an obscure text found on a reel of magnetic found still intact under the rubble of what was a data center in New Jersey.
With the island of Manhattan mostly under water and most paper and electronic records destroyed, archeologists must rely on secondary source.
Here is what they came up with:
Thank you so much to all who were able to attend our first … town hall. I hope you found it … garbled … as well as engaging. If you weren’t able to join us, please see the presentation in the new .. garbled …
… I’m honored and excited to be leading this team at a time that, I believe, represents a real point of inflection for the industry and … garbled … We’re making significant investments to modernize our … garbled … platforms, build new capabilities, innovate, drive profitable growth, and provide better experiences for our clients, … garbled.
I want to hear from you about how you feel the town hall went. … garbled … Please take a few moments to complete this quick survey so my leadership team and I can make these even better in the future.
… garbled … Be on the lookout for more details on our goals, engagement activities, and successes.
… a break then this:
Don … will be retiring on … and we want to thank him for his 15 years of service and many contributions. Don joined us in 2002 as a leader in our .. garbled … Under Don’s leadership, we have developed best.. garbled … capabilities which have contributed to our position …. garbled ..
With Don’s retirement, we have asked Alison … to lead … garbled … Reporting to Craig. Alison is uniquely qualified to lead the team .. .garbled … She too has been with the company since 2002 in roles of increasing seniority … garbled … Alison is a member of .. garbled … senior leadership team and is well-versed in, and fully aligned with, our strategic direction.
To ensure a seamless transition … garbled … Virnitia, Steve, Andy, Marci, and Victor will report to Alison.
With Alison moving to her new role, Nithya will assume leadership of … garbled … reporting to John.
It isn’t much but what seems obvious is the search for a leader. We saw this in the 20th century too, with figures like Hitler, Stalin and Mao. And the reliance on informal address reminds our chief historian of the French Revolution, when men began to address each other as citizen. This may have come after a social upheaval. The election of Donald Drumpf seemed to signal a time of great discord too.
We have debated what sort of group made this announcement. They use the word Team often, but also speak of strategy and refer to a town hall. Perhaps these were a paramilitary group and were about to seize control of one of the towns. But if so, the dates don’t make sense. With carbon dating we believe this is from before 2020, but the rise of armed violence in cities and towns did not happen till 2500.