The Darkness descended and spread across the land. This Darkness was man made, brought about by the ascendancy of a corrupt, heartless, self-serving con man who promised greatness but delivered misery to all but his close inner circle.
The Darkness was aided by the help of foreign agents whose mission it was to disrupt and destroy democracies across the globe and to replace their leaders with like-minded, autocratic dictators.
It didn’t happen overnight. The Darkness was incremental, starting with a small but steady stream of subtle, often secretive, changes to what were, in the days before the Darkness, societal norms. Only the most astute observers were able to see the Darkness approaching, but they were dismissed as being paranoid by those in power who were unwittingly coerced into doing the bidding of the Darkness.
But then the Darkness started to descend rapidly upon the democracies of the world. Chaos ensued as, one by one, the disabled democracies failed and the Darkness prevailed.
And the world, once again, entered The Dark Ages.