by Jo Tannah

Hegira - Jo Tannah
Editions:ePub - First Edition
ISBN: 9781370879878
Pages: 48

Heading toward a brighter future.

Fifty years after the disbandment of the United States of America, the new world order is now ruled by a tyrant. The homosexual gene had been discovered, and all Positives have been declared illegal and ordered off-planet. It didn’t matter where or how, only to get it done at the speediest time possible.

With only hours to spare before the scheduled exodus, a group of people say their last good-byes to those they must leave behind. Last minute preparations are well under way to guarantee their survival in three new worlds. The Hegira Project is ready to launch, heading towards a brighter future.

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It all began over fifty years ago, during a battle for the seat of the presidency of what used to be known as the United States of America. What had seemed like a gag at first, when people laughed that no such thing could ever happen to such a great and democratic country, marked the beginning of a nightmare. As the months passed, fascination turned into a cult-like movement that slowly gained momentum and captured everyone’s attention around the world.


Political parties scrambled, politicians changed sides, the masses gathered, and it seemed there was no stopping the rabid candidate from taking the top spot. But by some twist of fate, people paused to think, then think twice, and even a third time. This was the time when more and more innocents fell victim to bigot-driven domestic violence that brought presidents to tears. With a little bit of luck, the one whom everyone thought would most likely win, was in fact, winning. For a brief moment, people breathed a sigh of relief and the world saw a future of peace.

But there was no peace to come. Winning by a popular vote was not enough. Even with almost three million votes over and above the less favored candidate, that other won by a slim margin through the electoral vote.

Soon after the unprecedented victory, the winning candidate rallied his forces behind him and in an extraordinary move, called for a rebellion against the very idealism the country was built upon. He poured his own money to support a radicalized religious war. With the billions backing him, spurred on by the mass hysteria that soon followed his wake of dissent, differing opinions rose and questioned their membership to a union they deemed on the brink of losing its conservative values.

Across the ocean, another union had reached its own melting point. Stock markets that had previously rallied, crashed to an all-time low. Gold reserves were tapped and were soon exhausted. A referendum for the disbandment of the United States of America was called for by the discontented states that saw a fascist regime taking over the nation. In a full-throated endorsement from all the leaders of the world, the sitting American president listened to their call and deviously allowed the votes to be cast. It was the beginning of the end.

The Southern States seceded and placed as their leader, the billionaire president who promised them Utopia. The world reeled in the wake of an economic tsunami and one by one, countries drowned under mass hysteria and rebellion. Violence ruled the streets, no one was safe. Walls were raised, separating States, families, and friends from one another. What had once been united, now lay divided and in turmoil. What was once strong now lay in ruins. It didn’t end there. A world war ensued and by the end of it, of the planet’s population of over seven billion people, only a fraction remained.

As the ashes settled, people turned to the one man who had promised them salvation. But instead of learning from their mistakes, religious fervor rose amongst them and they scrambled to pinpoint just where everything had gone wrong. An old saying became the new battle cry and a group of people was blamed for what many considered as the modern-day Armageddon. The new world leader agreed with them and hurriedly penned a resolution that would change humanity forever. Mankind had reached the point of no return.



About the Author

I grew up listening to folk tales my father and nannies told either to entertain us children or to send home a message. These narratives I kept with me and finally, I wrote them down in a journal way back when I kept one. Going through junk led to a long forgotten box and in it was the journal. Reading over the stories of romance, science fiction and horror I had taken time to put to paper, brought to light that these were tales I never met in my readings.
The tales I write are fictional but all of them are based on what I grew up with and still dream about. That they have an M/M twist is simply for my pleasure. And I hope, yours as well.

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