Welcome The year is 2017 and you are living in your hometown. ● On the top half of your piece of paper, draw a picture of what your home looks like. Whether it is your actual home or another place in your town you feel safe in, draw it. ● On the bottom half, draw a picture of something which symbolizes your hometown. This could be a sign, a landmark, a community center. When you have finished drawing, raise your hand and you will receive six red squares of paper, four orange squares and four yellow squares. Set-up On your six red squares, write the names of six people who are close to you. These could be family or friends; people you would want in a bomb shelter with you. Write one person’s name on each square. On your four orange squares, write four of your possessions that you value. Four things you would take into a bomb shelter with you. One on each square. Do not include food or water, as this is presumed to exist. On your four yellow squares, write the names of something you enjoy doing. An activity or hobby. One per square. Prologue The year is 2020. Massive tsunamis have wiped out several islands in the Pacific. In response to the crisis, multiple world leaders call a joint press conference at the United Nations. The leaders announce they have found that 150 years ago, two advanced alien civilizations arrived on Earth and established bases under the water. The first civilization in the Arctic Ocean; the other in the South Atlantic. They come from two different planets that are near each other. Their populations have grown very large; their cities are overcrowded and their resources are dwindling. Each civilization has claimed a portion of the Earth. They have been fighting a war with each other that humans have not been able to see. The second civilization has been defeated and is fleeing the planet. The first civilization now has control over the entire earth. To save their civilization, they need access to farmland; the richest soil. Prologue They want control of the rich soil of Africa, Mesopotamia, Australia, and this area right here on the map. As a show of power, they have destroyed the North Island of New Zealand, which unleashed the tsunami. After the announcement was made, Russian government launched an attack on the aliens, and millions of their soldiers and civilians were quickly annihilated by the aliens’ advanced weaponry. They have ordered that many parts of the U.S. be evacuated and they oppose the use of fossil fuels and will not permit any transportation that uses them. They have created a secure territory for humans in the desert right here. In 24 hours, your home and your town will be gone. Flattened to make room for alien farms. You must leave. Lay your sheets of paper in a pile at the front of the room and say goodbye to your home. Round 1 The aliens promise to take care of the humans who are migrating to a new home. They will share the secrets of their advanced civilization to solve the societal problems of a backwards human society, while convincing other aliens to relocate to Earth because the soil is so fertile and there is more freedom. The aliens also promise to preserve some landmarks of human society, including the Smithsonian Institution, Arlington National Cemetery and the Lincoln Memorial. However, the aliens hate fossil fuels, and humans who are moving are not allowed to use any fossil fuels in their migration. As you begin walking to your new home (20 miles per day), it becomes clear that there are not enough wagons for all of the children and elderly. The nights are cold and the days are hot. Many old people begin giving their places on the wagon to the children, and people begin to fall sick. The oldest person in your group dies of pneumonia. Tear up and throw away their paper. Round 2 The food the aliens are providing you with does not fulfill your needs. It is made from their staple crop, a bean-like product. You receive two bean bars a day. You are never hungry, but the bars are bland and it is frustrating to eat the same thing every day. The aliens are shaped like humans but appear different. Their skin is imperceptibly smooth, there eyes have a crystalline quality and their hair is differently-colored and textured. However, the aliens wonder if they can procreate with human because they are so similar. They are doing testing and theorizing. Along the trail you are on, there are aliens who trade in luxury goods, including human foods which you desperately miss. You decide to trade one of your possessions to gain this food and restore part of your sanity. Tear up and throw away one of your posessions (orange square) Round 3 The aliens did not come alone. They also brought sickness. This as unintentional but you have no way to treat them. The aliens believed these diseases had died out centuries ago, due to their natural immunity; however, the humans have no such immunity. There is real emotional devastation in every family. The humans feel the promises of the aliens are unfulfilled… the aliens feel they are being very fair to the humans and are taking good care of them. Before reaching the desert, the youngest person in your group dies of the diseases brought by the aliens. Tear up their red square and throw it away. The environment in the desert is different. You are given the nutrition bars but told you have to farm in order to have your traditional human food. It is very hot in the desert, so partially-submerged housing and water pumps are built. Round 4 It is now 2030. 70 percent of population of what was once the United States has perished. The 90 million survivors are packed into human territorial zones. You are in Human zone #2. Human zone #1 is to the north, #3 is to the south. You have heard that you have friends and family in zone #3, but they need permission from the aliens to visit you. One group of humans in Montana received weapons and assistance from the survivors of the second alien group. They were able to fight well enough that they kept their land. Another group in Florida fought back as well. The aliens decided that the useless swamps of Florida were not worth fighting over and pulled out. The people are traumatized, morally devastated. There has been suicide. The amount of labor that is done to maintain your society provides less free time. Tear up and destroy two of your yellow hobby cards Reflection #1 Take a minute to write down what your opinions and feelings (in-character), having experienced the first four rounds of the simulation. Round 5 It is now 2035. Population has decreased down to 60 million but the natural lifespan of humans have grown due to alien nutrition and sanitation. Those who lived remain athletic and able-bodied into the 70s or 80s and regularly live into their 120s. The bean crop which the aliens grow has purposes other than nutrition. If left out in the sun, it ferments into a paste which has intoxicating properties when dissolved under the tongue. It is also believed to have medicinal uses. Many humans have turned to using the bean paste to cope with the drudgery of life and treat their illnesses. The oldest remaining member of your group becomes addicted to the bean paste and dies of exposure in the winter. Tear up and throw away their red square. Round 6 It is now 2040. 500 million aliens now live in the area around Human Zone #2. There are 700 million near Zone #3; 200 million in zone #1. There are large alien cities near in Zone #2. Many aliens begin to express guilt and form a Society of Friends of the Humans. They want the humans to become citizens of their nation. All human children ages 8 to 15 will be sent to schools in the aliens’ cities. The children will be given better food, taught the alien language, and perhaps intermarry with the aliens. They are also made to replace their human names with names which the aliens use. People who do not send their children will not be given food or medicine. Children can return at age 22. Children are taught about the great ‘discovery’ and ‘settlement’ by the aliens and the migration of humans. These are the words used to describe what happened. They’re told that the humans were hostile and fought back. Children who speak the human language in these schools are shamed and punished. Reflection #2: how will you preserve human language, culture under this situation? Round 7 It is now 2050. Many children have returned from the boarding schools to teach those of you in the human zones what they have learned. However, not every child sent to the schools return. Some decide to stay and live in the alien cities. They dress as the aliens but the aliens can tell they are not. Of the 30 million humans living in Human Zone #2, only 10 percent remain fluent in human languages. The boarding schools are no longer mandatory and have largely been replaced by schools within the human zones. The alien population of has swelled to 5 billion. One of the most valuable materials the aliens have found on Earth is a mineral which humans found worthless. However, the aliens can be refine this mineral into fuel and insulation for their ship. It also forms the basis of their currency. They have discovered large deposits of the mineral underneath Human Zone #2. They are now demanding that the humans in your zone relocate again, to the Utah desert. Meet with a person next to you. Decide if you want to move again or fight. You do have access to more alien weaponry and large number of sympathizers in the alien population. Round 8 It is now 2055. The humans who decided to stay and fight the aliens suffered great losses but won concessions from the aliens, who agreed to only mine in a part of the human zone, and to allow the humans to return after they have finished mining it. The humans who moved faced suffering on the route and disease took its toll. If you fought, the two youngest remaining members of your group died. Tear up and throw away their red squares. If you moved, the two youngest remaining members of your group died. Tear up and throw away their red squares. Round 9 It is now 2060. The aliens’ prized mineral has been found under the Smithsonian and Arlington National Cemetery. The aliens have to mine this mineral, which will destroy the cemetery and the museum. Many groups of humans decide to go to the land and protest the mining effort, joined by some aliens who support them. The aliens bring and use weapons to disrupt the protests, injuring protesters, and arresting hundreds. The cemetery and the Smithsonian are destroyed, and the aliens replace the Lincoln memorial with a grand statue of their greatest leader. The humans return to their land. They are told they will be given citizenship as part of the alien federation. You are forced to give up your American flag and fly the alien flag instead. You are now able to freely move anywhere within the region which surrounds Human Zone #2 and able to vote in the alien elections. Rather than being referred to as human, the aliens now call you Native Nasserma (our best approximation of their name). Reflection #3 Take a minute to write down what your opinions and feelings (in-character), having experienced this part of the simulation thus far. What do you think about these aliens and their actions? Round 10 The aliens have a document that protects the rights of their people. They also have a system of entertainment showing how they ‘tamed’ this region and fought off the vicious humans who were attacked the peaceful alien settlers. Humans who helped the aliens are celebrated, put them on the alien currency and have shows about them. Human women are portrayed as sexual objects, barely-clothed and begging to be conquered by the courageous aliens Intermarriage has created some mixed-race people. Some choose to live amongst the aliens. Humans who live in the aliens' cities are discriminated in employment and higher education. In the alien culture, human ‘artifacts’ are viewed as queer, fascinating objects to be used for decorating their museums or movie sets. Lose 1 of your possessions (orange square), which you trade to an alien who teaches a ‘Human Studies’ course at an alien university and collects human memorabilia. Round 11 It is 2065. Part of your survival and economy in the reserve has been hunting the local wildlife for meat. The aliens have also learned to enjoy the hunting of these animals though they do so entirely for fun. A number of alien clubs have been led a push to bar the human hunting of these animals because of it. This has had a negative effect on your economy. You have so sell one of your remaining possessions (orange square) to survive. Tear it up and throw it away. Several humans who break this law are arrested or jailed. After years of struggling with the alien’s legal system, the alien court rules in favor of humanity, allowing you to hunt your traditional prey within the human zones. Round 12 It is 2070. The humans living in zone #3 are concerned and restless. They have been given fewer freedoms than the humans in your zone. Their farms are less successful. Some try to sneak into zone #3, but they are arrested, punished and called illegal humans. The aliens build a wall between the zones, limited your freedom of movement. The aliens also begin to build a transportation infrastructure to efficiently move some of their resources from zone 1 to zone 3. This pipeline has to pass through a part of zone 2 that has been used for human gathering and burial spots. Those who protest the pipeline are violently attacked. The pipeline leaks frequently, spilling toxic material into your water supply and rotting the land. Due to pollution and loss of your freedom of movement, you are forced give up one of your hobbies (yellow squares). Tear it up and throw it away. Final Reflection Take a minute to write down what you felt during this simulation and how living through these scenarios would affect you. ● Were you treated fairly by the aliens? ● If not, is there anything they could do to atone for what they’ve done to you?