Ryan had trained me well, and in the following years I knew
that the time for change was near. When I saw Ted Kennedy
embrace Barack Obama and not Hillary Clinton as his favorite
presidential candidate, it became clear—the button had been
pushed, the reset was on its way. Oh, how I wished that Ryan was
still around to see it. Then, knowing their ways, I watched the
political and economic processes unfold as if I had written the
screenplay myself. Nine months before the election, through the
actions of Ryan’s organization, there was a contrived oil shortage,
and the price of oil skyrocketed to new heights. Erika, now the
ultimate gatekeeper to the world’s energy supply, controlled the flow
of oil. Although oil is not the only means that she has to bring about
change, it certainly is one of the most efficient and effective. This
time, Erika implemented the shortage of oil, obeying Ryan’s
corporate mandate, as a means to prevent the next big war from
occurring. Her corporate analysis from years earlier forecasted the
coming of a long-term depression fostered by greed and a myopic
ideological view. A subsequent world war would metastasize from
its disastrous ruins, consuming the planet. Erika would not let this
happen. As if by magic, in the public’s view, there was a precipitous
drop in the price of oil just three months before the election. But
the shock waves had already coursed throughout the global economy,
rippling around the world. The financial buttresses that had
propped up a false economy were removed, and like a house of
cards, the top floors began to crumble. I watched as the markets
tumbled, and I felt the ubiquitous fear that their freefall generated.
As the markets came crashing down, people grew wide-eyed in
disbelief, watching their savings vanish, their businesses close, jobs
sublimate. Wondering just how bad the global economies might
ultimately be, people braced themselves for the inevitable bottom.
An economic abyss yawned, ready to swallow lifetimes of work
encompassing so many peoples’ dreams. But like a controlled reaction
Ryan’s people accomplished an economic reset, bringing us
back from the brink with a screeching halt just in the nick of time
from an otherwise certain economic disaster. Eventually a newer
and more resilient foundation would be built, paving the way to a
better future.

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