Many people have tried to conquer the world over the course of time, but despite their success, it has always been short lived and they have eventually seen defeated.
Going back in time to the age of Babylon and the Sumerian empire, the days of ancient Egypt, Greece and Persia, various leaders struggled to expand their empires across the known world.
Historic figures like Alexander The Great and Kublai Khan built great empires, but whether it was one battle too many or the death of the leader, these empires all fell.
Even the British Empire and the Spanish Empire, both of which were built on the conquest of the New World, and on the greed of the monarchy of the time, fell over the years.
Other great European military leaders like Napoleon Bonaparte and more recently Adolf Hitler tried to take Europe using military force, but the mightiest of armies can only succeed in their conquest if the population of the countries that they have conquered are afraid to fight back.
The Allied invasion of Normandy, which heralded the beginning of the end of the Second World War, was greatly helped with the aid of the French Resistance movement, who performed many acts of sabotage, disrupting vital communications and destroying facilities.
But what if the Nazi’s had the fear factor on their side, and people were afraid to do anything for fear of being caught, tortured and put to death?
I think that time has proved that it is virtually impossible for one country and one leader to conquer the world, however what if there was a master plan that was in place right now, a master plan that had a goal of taking control of the whole world?
Imagine if you will, that there is a group who are followers of a faith, one that has millions of followers, and that also has a number of radical leaders, many of whom control remote regions of the world, and who control their multitude of followers with a rod of iron.
The followers have been taught that they must obey the laws of their leaders in every way, even down to the way that they dress. It matters not that the laws date back one thousand years, they are still to be obeyed now as they were then.
To disobey the laws could mean harsh punishments such as the loss of a limb, severe beatings, and even being put to death by what today are barbaric methods, little has changed in the definition of the laws over the centuries.
Not only could a follower suffer all of this for not obeying the laws of the rulers, but other members of their family can also be punished, all because of the actions of one person.
The fear of horrific events like this happening has over the years caused families of followers to control strictly how they behave, to avoid retribution from their leaders. Fathers teach their sons the customs that they must obey, as do Mothers their daughters.
Now imagine that all of the above is done in the name of God, a God who has no mercy, a God who demands through the leaders that the laws be obeyed at whatever cost. The God that they worship however, was not a mythical deity, but a powerful man from another era, who attracted many followers, and who decreed that these were the laws that his followers must live under, and the followers obeyed.
Among the laws is a ruling that anyone who does not believe, follow and obey these laws, is not worthy to live, and must die, and therefore ultimately the whole world must learn to accept the laws of this God. The followers are taught also that anyone who takes the life of one who does not follow the laws will be rewarded in the afterlife, and those who believe this wholly will do anything to earn that reward.
Increasing numbers of the followers are taught only the beliefs of their leaders from birth, and learn only that people who live outside of their laws are evil. The ideologies are so deeply rooted into so many through these teachings, that even on exposure to the world outside of their own, they very often fail to believe that it is other than evil, and must be destroyed.
Little by little, outsiders are assimilated into this group, some by fear alone, some by teachings of those less radical followers, who firmly believe that their way is the only way, and that their God is the only God.
Others still become followers, including those who are unable to live within the confines of a country and it’s laws, those who would like to see a society where anarchy reigns, and who seek infamy as mercenaries.
The radical leaders of the followers, being well aware that military might and the actions of one person alone do not succeed, have a far more ambitious plan for the world, and since this is done in the name of their God, and not in the name of an individual, or even a country, it does not matter how long this takes.
The followers are taught to increase in numbers, to assimilate all that they can, for their way is the only way, and over the years, the generations, they spread across the world.
In a modern world that is being rapidly overpopulated, the outsiders are taught that it is best to have small families to try and stem the population growth, however the followers are taught the opposite.
Their laws dictate that to have a large family is the right thing to do, and although the laws date back to a time when death by disease or lack of hygiene was common, and having many children was desirable, those followers who are now living in a modern society along with the outsiders, begin to multiply far more rapidly than the outsiders.
Although many of the followers are now living alongside the outsiders, their teaching to obey the laws of their leaders, leads to most of them remaining segregated, and as their numbers grow, they begin to adopt important positions in the society that is governed by the outsiders.
How many generations it will take does not matter, but the leaders of this expanding group of followers know well that over time they will be able to achieve more and more power, until finally the outsiders are in a minority and control of those regions becomes inevitable.
The outsiders will continue to diminish, and as government is finally controlled by the followers, their rights will also diminish, until their only option is to also become followers, or to die.
Amongst the followers are highly trained assassins and saboteurs, who hide their true purpose for years, maybe throughout their whole life, but who are ready to act on behalf of their leaders when they are called.
At the appointed time, many thousands of sleepers arise, taking over government, military and public facilities, efficiently eliminating their opposition, and all done on a scale never seen before, a global scale.
Once this happens, and the whole world becomes dominated by the followers, their quest will have been fulfilled, and the fear of retribution for those who disobey the laws will be enough to stop almost any attempt from happening.
This time there will be no equivalent of the French Resistance. The outsiders may end up in modern day equivalents to the Warsaw Ghetto, or Auschwitz, but given the nature of the laws that the followers obey, they are more likely to be put to death.
At the end of that day, an apocalyptic day, the world as we know it will almost certainly end with a whimper.
Call this a work of fiction if you will, but if you look inside our societies today, there are many dark elements, an increasing number of those who would do evil, and who fear nothing. The darkness is falling upon us, slowly but surely as the years pass on.
Who will be our savior? Is there one who can save us from our fate, or will the darkness surely envelope the whole world.
The author’s insane mind…
Idea for a sequel inspired by The Iron Dream by Norman Spinrad.