The extraterrestrial spaceship appeared suddenly in orbit around Earth. People were not impressed by its size, since it was only 60 meters in length. Everyone waited anxiously to learn some sign of the visitor's intentions. At 10:00 PM on July 23, the visitors from far away announced their intentions. People all over the world suddenly saw on their television screens and computer screens two words that flashed over and over again: the words SURRENDER NOW.
The President of the United
States held a meeting with his generals to discuss the new threat.
“How big a threat are these
aliens?” asked the President.
“I think we can handle
them,” said General Paulsen. “They have only one ship, which
isn't very big, smaller than one of our aircraft carriers. We've
taken close-up photos of the ship with our best telescopes, and can
see no sign of weaponry on the thing.”
“What about the possibility
of an offensive strike against the ship?” asked the President.
“We are preparing such an
option,” said General Paulsen. “We are working with NASA to
launch into space modified ICBM's that can be used to launch a
nuclear strike against the alien spaceship, if necessary.”
“Fantastic,” said the
President. “If they mess with us, we'll grind them into dust.”
The President went on
television to deliver a speech to the American people. He knew the
whole world was listening.
“Our great nation has
faced this challenge before, when Nazi Germany declared war on us,”
said the President. “We rose to the challenge then, and we will
rise to the challenge now. Your government is united in absolute
determination to resist these invaders to the last ounce of our
energy. We call on all citizens to join our defense efforts, in a
great patriotic tide that will drown any invasion that arrives at our
doorsteps. We will resist to the last drop of our blood.”
NASA and the military readied
the rocket launches that would carry the nuclear missiles into space.
American citizens were organized into home defense units. Citizens
used their pistols and shotguns in their backyards, to practice
blowing up aliens.
The spaceship from another
planet then launched its only attack against Earth. It was an
invisible attack, too small to be seen by the human eye.
The attack consisted of
swarms of tiny flying electronic nano-devices, each the size of a
grain of sand. One swarm went towards Washington D.C. The
nano-devices had been supplied with information allowing them to find
the centers of power in Washington: the White House and the Capitol
One of the nano-devices flew
right through a door in the White House. No one noticed it because of
its tiny size. The nano-device flew into the Oval Office, and
detected the President of the United States sitting at his desk. The
device flew into the President's left ear.
The President noticed a tiny
little itch in his ear, and scratched it, but paid no further
attention to it. Meanwhile, the little nano-device traveled towards
the President's brain. The device broke up into a swarm of smaller
units that made their way into the President's brain. The smaller
units began reprogramming the President's mind.
Something similar happened in
the Capitol building. A swarm of flying nano-devices entered the
building one by one, each too small to be noticed. Each of the tiny
devices entered into the ear of a congressman or senator.
The same thing was happening
in Moscow, Beijing, and other world cities.
The President consulted with
congressional leaders, and then asked all the main leaders of the
world to meet with him in Washington D.C. After a five-hour private
meeting, the President gave a speech to announce the results to the
“I and the other leaders of
the world have decided with complete unanimity how we will react to
the demands of the alien spaceship,” said the President. “The
wise course we have chosen is
very simple. We have decided
that the only sensible course is one of absolute and complete
The audience gasped.
“The US Congress has just
passed a law approving this decision,” said the President. “We
are laying down all our weapons. Our masters from the sky will soon
arrive. We must follow their commands with absolute obedience, like
little children following the orders of their mother. We must welcome
and bow before our alien overlords, and give them our lifelong
subservience. They are the masters, and we must be their loyal
A craft from the alien
spaceship then landed on the White House lawn. Out of the craft
emerged small blue creatures only twenty inches tall. No one opposed
the little creatures as they walked into the White House. The White
House's flag post was waving a white flag.
The aliens thought they had
taken over the planet without firing a shot. But outside the halls of
government, in the halls of schools and apartment buildings and
offices, a massive tide of resistance started to organize.
The heroic resisters soon
discovered the ultimate defensive weapon against the aliens: the