An Orange Clockwork

An Orange Clockwork

Postby Wayne23 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:55 pm

DDSCB 2020: An Orange Clockwork

Year 33: My name is Michael (Win) Winters. Before I get to hoops let's talk about the world I live in.

Before the Year 1 there was a civil war. It was long and bloody. The population was just about 330 million going in. When the war ended it was a little less than half of that.

A would-be fascist dictator lost an election, badly, and his millions of supporters took to the streets with their high powered weapons. Since significant numbers of police officers supported them it got ugly quickly, and it looked like there would be no "would-be" about it. It looked like they would win, and the man would be installed as dictator.

Then the military intervened. The heads of all branches of the military were slow to act, but when they saw that the country was very near to leaving its constitutional base, they activated, and joined the fight, despite the fact that their involvement went counter to U. S. laws.

Their late entry into the fray meant that they were at a disadvantage. The fascista had control of the streets in most cities, and even stronger control in many rural areas.

The people on the side of freedom and democracy were in serious difficulty. The vocal members of this group had been placed in detention centers (concentration camps), as had many members of such minority groups as people of color, Latinos, many foreigners, members of the LGBTQ community, people identified as radical, people with physical and/or mental disabilities, and late in the game, Jews.

Guerilla warfare is always difficult for an organized military and this war defined guerilla. The fascist side, early in the war, was not centrally organized, and never got involved in a staged battle. They attacked seemingly at random, with quick hits and quick departures. Once they gained a foothold in an area they came out of hiding, installed a brutal dictatorial government in the area, and ruled by terror. Opposition was killed or incarcerated viciously and immediately. If there was any doubt about whether someone was guilty, they were guilty.

When the U. S. military entered the fray things changed, but it took a while. There was great confusion regarding who was in charge. The winner of the election held legal power, but not de facto power. Still, he ordered almost all troops stationed abroad to return home and join the fight, which the domestic troops were waging with very limited success.

The tide began to turn but the troops needed to liberate area by area.
In the 4th year of the conflict both the President, and the man he had defeated, died.

The new President turned out to be a strong leader, and she seemed to unite the forces on her side even more than her predecessor had.

On the other side there was no clear leader to replace the fallen would-be dictator, and a battle for leadership of the movement weakened that side considerably.

Finally, by the end of Year 7 of the conflict, the legitimate government was firmly in control of most areas of the country and working rapidly to regain control of the rest of the country.

By the end of Year 8 there were only pockets of resistance remaining.

So it was time to rebuild. An election was held, and a new POTUS, Adrianna Coronado, was elected. She was young, vibrant, energetic, and forward looking.

But she was not in complete control of the population of 162 million. Guerilla attacks, crime of all kinds, and general lawlessness and vigilante-ism were rampant, in the old Confederacy, in parts of the Midwest, in the Plains states, and in the Northwest. Only the West Coast, the Northeast, and parts of the Midwest, were relatively free of all of that.

"Addie," as the 39 year old POTUS was called, declared "Year One."
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Re: An Orange Clockwork

Postby Wayne23 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:20 pm

I think I should get to basketball before I relate the events of the past 33 years.

4/25/33: I was just hired as head coach of the Central Michigan Raiders. We're a relatively weak team in a relatively strong conference so my work is cut out for me.

I'm known in the central Michigan area as a coaching prodigy. I graduated from right here at CMU and immediately became an assistant under "Fog" Fogerty, who coached here for 57 years. He had some great seasons and some mediocre ones but never really had a bad season. When he dropped dead a month and a half ago a search was started. I seemed to have the inside track but i know that several other guys were interviewed. Any, I got the job, and with my 25th birthday coming up on May 1, I'm it.

My assistants are Recruiter Ryan Will, who has been around the game for a long time and has a good eye, Scout Russ Ames, who is very analytical, and Bench Coach Joe Lynn, who is a terrific motivator. I'm happy with all three.

We'll run Motion and Princeton against man to man, a little more of the former. On D we'll go man to man about 3/4 of the time, and 3-2 the rest. We'll press, but not very often.

Only one senior on the team, SF Don Jack. He and frosh PF Nate Hill look like my best players. I'm hoping my guards will develop because they sure look weak right now.
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Re: An Orange Clockwork

Postby Wayne23 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:51 pm

5/1: I "officially" start the job today.

More about the country and the world. So Addie was in charge but she wasn't. Her hold on power was tenuous at best. The fascist movement was defeated and really, it was contained, but the world was changing in other ways, specifically, and most importantly, in two other ways:

First, coronaviruses became an almost annual thing and they were devastating. They became the #1 killer throughout the world. While they didn't decimate the population, they kept it steady, not necessarily a terrible thing. There has been no population growth, since Year 1. The world population that year had fallen to 6.1 billion and it is still estimated to be about at that level.

Second, work became obsolete. Technology made a few gigantic leaps and bounds and it became unnecessary for most people to work at all. A few, about 12%, were needed as overseers, tech repair, replacement, and renovation workers, and a few other things, mostly supervisory. But almost everything could now be done by computers and computerized robots and other machines.

So how did people spend all that time that they used to spend working? Well, therein lay the problem.

Some used the time well, improving their minds, learning new skills and talents, playing complex, challenging games...

Some just vegged out, watching videos and such.

And some formed and/or joined gangs. These gangs were vicious. They existed in all major cities and in many small cities and even in the countryside, And they lived for violence, what they called "ultra-violence." They planned and executed violent attacks seemingly randomly, invading people's homes and viciously beating and sometimes killing the residents.

Their heroes were Charles Manson, and Rudy Voyne, who, five years before Year 1, had been captured; he claimed to have tortured, killed, and eaten 127 women, and it seemed to be accurate. The third hero was Alex DeLarge, the main character in the book/movie "A Clockwork Orange," which, although it had been made many decades before this time, had enjoyed a huge revival. Alex was an inspiration to the gangs.

These gangs usually wore as a sort of uniform, the clothing that Alex and his boys wore in the film. The sight of them walking toward a person was enough to terrify. People would often literally run away, if they were physically able. The police? Many of the police were members, secretly or openly, of these gangs. Others received bribes from them, and the honest cops were often victims of their beatings and killings.

The streets belonged to the gangs, and in large measure still do.
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Re: An Orange Clockwork

Postby Wayne23 » Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:09 am

6/5: We buy the Midwest Gold Report.

6/25: We're going to the Chicago Camp.

6/26: 4 scholarships. We need 2 and 2 or 3 guards.

Life on most U. S. campuses is relatively safe. In almost every case the campus is surrounded by walls and there are guards posted at all entrances. It's not foolproof. First, some manage to get in anyway, and second, naturally some college age kids are members of the gangs. But it's safer on most campuses than it is in most other places.

8/7: We have several recruits showing interest.

8/21: We offer to a PG, an SG, and 2 Cs. All are showing some interest but it will take some selling.

The situation in most first world countries is very much like it is here, almost amazingly so. The street gang phenomenon is occurring to a greater or lesser extent in all first world countries. Psychologists say that without work it is difficult for many people to find meaning in life or to feel useful. The gangs are a way to belong and to feel powerful.
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Re: An Orange Clockwork

Postby Wayne23 » Mon Oct 19, 2020 11:36 am

9/18: We get a PG, #102, lose a C.

We're putting together a pretty weak pre-conf. schedule. I want wins. They help with recruiting.

9/25: Got a C, #74. Lost an SG and a C.

Recruiting Coach Ryan Will: Coach Winters and I agree that getting two really good recruits is great. We'll keep chasing, hoping to get another guard and another inside player. We really need the 2nd guard and the 2nd big guy would help, too.

10/2: We lose another guard.

First day of practice. We're picked to win the Mid-American Conference. We'll need our guards to really step up and we'll need to get more at C than I think we will if that is to happen.

Riots in lots of cities this week, and reports of many home invasions by gangs. The police are overwhelmed- those who are actually trying to do the job.
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