FFfAW — The Last Stand

50DBCD92-6482-4F60-B575-D547D4FCED22The small band of rebels reached the mountain’s summit and proudly erected the American flag, knowing full well that this would be their last stand.

It had been three years since The Reformation, when the religious right turned the country into a theonomy. “The Righteous,” as they were known, with the blessing of Queen Ivanka, who assumed the throne after the assassination of her father in 2021, suspended free elections and disbanded the Congress, creating The Assembly of The Righteous. All federal judgeships, even Supreme Court justices, were filled by The Righteous.

After The Reformation, the country was remained The Republic of Gilead, in homage to Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. While the new society wasn’t as dystopian as that in Atwood’s novel, women’s rights were severely curtailed, abortions were deemed capital offenses punishable by execution,  homosexuality was a crime against God and nature, free speech was suspended, and atheists were the enemy of the state.

One of the rebels at the summit pointed towards the horizon. “The battle drones are coming,” he said.

(175 words)

Written for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers from Priceless Joy. Photo credit: Yinglan.

13 thoughts on “FFfAW — The Last Stand

  1. James June 26, 2018 / 7:27 am

    I wrote the same story, but from the opposite point of view. Of course, if anyone really assassinated Donald Trump, Mike Pense would become the President, and although he’s a Christian and very conservative, he doesn’t seem to be as extreme in his views or as recklessly outspoken as Trump, so my guess is that “Queen Ivanka” wouldn’t rise to power.

    I recently read and reviewed (both on my blog and on Amazon) Atwood’s novel, which in 1985, could not have been written in response to Trump. I read several commentaries on the book and interviews with Atwood so I’d have a proper context, and her main point was in response to her own Puritan ancestors and their beliefs toward women. I also was alive and an adult in 1985, and recall that Ronald Reagan was the President. I also remembered Jerry Falwell and the “moral majority,” and if Atwood was responding to anything, it was to them.

    In spite of all the fears that Reagan and Falwell would drag America back into the 19th century (or at least the 1950s), no such thing has happened, and the political pendulum has swung back and forth several times since then. Of course, Atwood’s novel has been seized upon and made into a TV series on Hulu which no doubt very much protests against “The Donald.”

    On my blog, I’ve written a number of dystopian stories about how a progressive ideology could become a totalitarian regime, even casting Michelle Obama in the role of President in one of them (it wasn’t meant as an insult…I got the idea because her name was floated as a possible Presidential candidate for the next elections).

    Regardless of the ideology being conservative or liberal, any of them can become dictatorship if values and beliefs are forced upon the citizens. It may be hard to see from the other side of the aisle, but the door really does swing both ways. The only difference is that given the current politics of the entertainment and publishing industries, a book chronicling a progressive dystopia would never see the light of day in a print or digital book.

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    • Fandango June 26, 2018 / 7:38 am

      I did take “liberties” with the theme of Atwood’s novel and, having to limit my tale to no more than 175 words, also took some giant leaps in my story. But you’re right, the political pendulum does swing both ways. I just prefer when it swings to the left. Unfortunately, given decisions being made by the Supreme Court over the past few days and today, the pendulum is moving even further to the right, thanks to Mitch McConnell and the seat on the bench he stole from Merrick Garland in 2016. But you’ve piqued my interest, so I’m going to pop over to your blog and read your “opposite point of view” response to this prompt.

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  2. Suze June 26, 2018 / 10:17 am

    is it too scary to admit I can see this happening?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango June 26, 2018 / 10:35 am

      Sadly it’s not. It’s scary, but possible.


    • Fandango June 26, 2018 / 10:51 pm

      Let’s hope that nightmares are all it is.


  3. Iain Kelly June 27, 2018 / 1:48 am

    I would bet on Ivanka running for President for sure in the future. America really is the strangest of places, hopefully there are enough on both sides to keep each other in check.

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    • Fandango June 27, 2018 / 7:13 am

      Yes, it has become the strangest of places and once Trump turns America into an autocracy and becomes “president for life,” Ivanka will be next to ascend to the throne.

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