Ten Years After …

The London Times

28 July 2027

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the takeover of the former United States of America (USA), now known as the United Russian States (URS) by the military under the orders of Minister Donald Trump.  The Trump regime is considered to be a puppet government of Tsar Putin of Russia.  Today, we look back to that fateful day and the ones that followed and talk to a few people who were able to escape.  But first, a timeline of events that led up to the takeover ten years ago:

15 June 2015 – 69-year-old Trump declares his candidacy for the position of president in the 2016 election

08 November 2016 – After a hostile and bombastic campaign, Trump is elected president, although he lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes

20 January 2017 – Trump is officially inaugurated

27 January 2017 – Trump signs an “executive order” to ban immigrants from the Middle East, effective immediately, amid outrage from citizens as well as the international community

28 January 2017 – Trump fires federal officials who defy his order

01 February 2017 – The majority party in Congress, the Republican party, on orders from Trump, suspend the senate rules in order to install Trump’s picks in key government positions

15 February 2017 – Trump signs yet another executive order declaring the U.S. to be a Christian country, and denying voting rights to non-Christians, as well as other groups, such as LGBT

02 March 2017 – The United States formally withdraws from NATO and the United Nations.

03 March 2017 – Trump signs an executive order to increase military spending by 85% within the next three months

01 April 2017 – Trump signs an executive order to reinstitute a draft, and declares that all males between the ages of 17 and 55 must register by April 30.

07 April 2017 – Two Supreme Court justices are found to have died in their sleep.  Trump bypasses the legal process and installs two judges of his choice to replace them.

23 April 2017 – 25,000 Russian troops are sent by Russian president Putin to the United States, supposedly for ‘training missions’

24 April 2017 – Trump orders all who are non-citizens to leave the country by 31 May. This order includes diplomats, business owners, healthcare workers.  Nobody is exempt.

01 May 2017 – 6,372 journalists are arrested in New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and other major cities around the nation

02 May 2017 – Under executive orders, the military, assisted by the Russian military, take over news media offices, including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, San Francisco Examiner. Television and radio stations are taken off the air indefinitely.

06 May 2017 – Shortages of food and durable goods become widespread, as factories are shut down for lack of workers, all males now being in the military. Thousands are awaiting medical treatment in understaffed hospitals and clinics around the country

11 May 2017 – A number of television and radio stations re-open, controlled by the Federal Communications Commission under Trump’s guidance

18 May 2017 – Pockets of resistance pop up nationwide; martial law is declared in a number of major cities, including New York, Houston, Atlanta and Lost Angeles

20 May 2017 – All border crossings between the U.S., Canada and Mexico are closed in both directions.  All international flights are cancelled.

25 May 2017 – An additional 150,000 Russian troops are sent to the U.S.  No reason is given

04 June 2017 – Russian president Putin travels to Washington, D.C. to meet with Trump

05 June 2017 – At noon, Trump announces via state-controlled media, that he is declaring a “state of emergency” based on intelligence reports that the terrorist organization known as Daesh has infiltrated the U.S. and plans a major attack. 

28 July 2017 – Standing together, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin announce that as of noon, the United States is to become the United Russian States.  Congress is disbanded.  The United States ceases to exist.

During the past 10 years, information coming out of the URS has been sketchy, at best. In recent weeks, our reporter Ron England managed to interview two people who were actually able to escape the URS:  Both have asked to remain anonymous, as they have family trapped in the URS and fear they could suffer retaliation.  They are identified for the purpose of this article simply as #1 and #2. Unfortunately, due to space constraints, we are only able to print a small portion of the interviews, but we will be posting the full text of both interviews later this week.

Ron: “#1, how and when were you able to escape?”

#1: “I escaped in 2020.  December of 2020.  I had so much help, and I just wish I could find a way to thank all those people who gave me food or shelter along the way.  There was a resistance movement in the west, and it was almost like the old Underground Railroad, but more often than not, people were caught.  If you were caught, you were shot on the spot.  I can’t really talk specifics, ‘cause I fear for the lives of others, but I crossed the Canadian border on December 28th.”

Ron: “You are a male, yet you were not conscripted into the military?”

#1: “Well, as you might notice, I am a black male.  Blacks were not accepted into the military.  By the time I escaped, blacks were mostly used as slave labour, working in factories, on pipelines, or on farms.”

Ron: “Do you still have family in the URS?”

#1: “Yes, I have a daughter, son-in-law, and 3 grandbabies. My wife and son were both killed.”

Ron: “Why were they killed?”

#1: “My wife was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.  She had gone to visit a friend who had a new baby, and as she left, there was a shootout between police and some men who were gathered on the street.  My wife got caught in the crossfire.  My son was arrested for talking about Trump in a bar, and … and … they killed him two days later.  They said he was trying to escape, but …”

Ron: “#2, I have heard that there was a resistance movement at one point, yet so few have escaped.  Why do you think that is?”

#2: “Well, it’s the military.  When I escaped in 2018, the military was everywhere.  You couldn’t even go to the grocery store without having to pass at least 2 or 3 military checkpoints.  They roam the streets all day and all night.  If you are out and you don’t have a purpose, or you don’t have the proper I.D., you are going to be arrested.  No ifs, ands or buts.  They have complete control.”

Ron: “We have heard that as early as 2017, there were shortages of food, drugs, and many other commodities.  Can you tell me a bit about that?”

#2: “Oh yes.  It wasn’t like what we heard from our grandparents about how it was during World War II, with ration cards and all that.  It was just … you would go to the grocery store and half the shelves would be empty.  Some things, like fresh produce and meat, you had to be there right when they stocked it, because by the next day it was gone.  Coffee, milk, eggs … stuff like that, you just couldn’t get.  And there wasn’t such a thing as a black market, or if there was, I never heard of it.”

Ron: “Were you employed?”

#2: “Yes, before the takeover, I was a computer programmer and I worked for Google.  But the government shut Google and all the other tech companies down by the end of 2017, so I went to work in a munitions factory.  I was paid $4.25 an hour and we worked in 12-hour shifts, 6 days a week.  If you missed a shift, you were given one warning.  If you missed 2 shifts, you were fired.  If you didn’t have a job, the government would assign you one.”

Ron: “Important question here … how did the citizens of the former U.S. allow this to happen?”

#2: “They were so busy posting pictures and cartoons, telling the world about how their car broke down, or how bad their headache was, that they did not take time to look at what was happening.  They didn’t bother to think for themselves, just let Donald Trump tell them what to believe so they could get back to playing Farmville.”

Since early 2018, all trade with the URS has been suspended and for nine years there has been almost no contact between other nations and the URS.  A spokesperson for the United Nations Security Council says that they have had no communications from the URS since 2018, and while there are certainly human rights violations taking place, the UN is unable to intervene.  Recent satellite surveillance shows a surge in military activity along the eastern coast, which is worrisome for the EU and UK, especially since last year when Russia, with assistance from the URS, annexed Poland, Romania, Greece and Italy.  One must ask the question, are we looking at the beginning of world domination?

Note to readers:  Okay, admittedly Filosofa’s imagination got a little bit carried away here, and no, this is not what I envision.  But this morning’s news that Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch  suspended his committee’s rules in order to push through confirmation of two of Trump’s cabinet nominees without Democratic senators being present set off alarm bells in my head and prompted the “what next” scenario … from there, my imagination became a runaway train.

17 thoughts on “Ten Years After …

  1. Let’s hope that this remains fictional although most of the steps are not far-fetched based on recent events. It’s just overwhelming. Part of me wants to protest and part of me wants to curl up in a ball under the covers.

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  2. A horrifying scenario.
    How is it that someone can suspend the rule to push through two nominations without the Democrats being present? Are the Republican senators not bothered that so many people in the US have issues with Trump’s choices, possibly their own constituents ? This could be unforgivable.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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    • “Are the Republican senators not bothered …” … THAT is an excellent question! Apparently they have forgotten on which side their bread is buttered? Or … more ominously … perhaps they have been told to not worry about it, as We The People will not have a voice by the time they come up for re-election? And yes, I find it unforgivable, but the Democrats need to pick their battles more carefully and not give the Republicans this sort of opportunity again. Sigh. It shouldn’t be this way … us against them … we are all one nation, and more importantly, we are all part of the human race. Or, at least I thought we were. Many hugs, my friend.

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