Caysee Rides: A Story of Freedom, and Friendship is now available on Barnes and Noble’s Nook. I am excited to be able to publish on this venue as well and look forward to connecting to a wider audience (also published on Amazon’s Kindle).
In light of current events, the timing of this release is fortuitous. With an uncertain political landscape taking form, conjectures about things such as California’s succession from the union and state’s rights are being discussed more openly and with sincerity.
In formulating the circumstances of Caysee’s story, I felt compelled to stay true to a somewhat plausible post-United States scenario, utilizing my historian’s eye in the process, and sourcing from Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine. The connections of today’s sociopolitical climate and the possibility of a state-driven republic are wholly relevant in Caysee Rides.
I leave with you a sampling from the book, in which the reader learns the history of the breakup of the United States and the subsequent formations of Provinces; with the exception of the Pacific Republic which I further examine here.
Thank you for reading,
A grateful Frankie
“So many people died. It must have been awful.” Caysee only thought of her parents, she just now realized that other people lost loved ones as well.
“It was. Still is. I don’t think anyone expected the country to be split up and separated the way it happened. We aren’t used to closed and guarded borders, but it was the only way that the Execs could get their way and be successful, too many people opposed the corporate takeover.” MeeMaw was dishing out large portions of mashed potatoes, fried chicken, and green beans on their plates as she spoke, “So many, in fact, that it became a serious threat to them and they eventually just decided to militarize the entire nation to keep everyone in line, that’s when the Exec Revolution started. ”
“How were the Provinces were formed? What was it like before?” Caysee wondered.
MeeMaw sat down to her own plate, a heavy sigh gave away her exhaustion, “I don’t know how much of early U.S. history you know but in the beginnings of the Old Nation the states were hell bent on having their own rights, separate from the central government. If I remember right the idea was to keep a balance of power and make sure the central government didn’t have too much. The issue of slavery became too big to ignore though and tested the fragile relationship between the central government and the state’s rights. The Southern states soon declared their independence from the Union and set up their own shop, so to speak, elected their own president and everything. Once the Civil War came to an end, the Confederacy, as they called themselves was welcome back into the Union but the states never really got over the loss of their independence. When the chance came for them to separate again during the Exec Revolution, they grabbed it without hesitation. The South set up their own government, built fences around their borders and pledged to keep everyone out. After that, the Execs sort of just split the rest up into convenient chunks according to their purposes and called them Provinces. But there were enough people and resources in the Pacific Republic states that they decided they wanted complete independence from the New Republic. They didn’t want Execs running their business, they wanted to keep the democracy intact, and they had the ability to feed themselves, so they built their own border, and that’s how the New Republic came to be the patchwork of Provinces that it is now.”
“Everett mentioned that people try to escape the Confederacy just to go work in the NP. Things must be bad there if the NP is where they want to go.”
“Well, even before the Revolution, the south was a bit of a backwater, poverty stricken and closed minded. Once the Province sealed itself up, all of those issues became worse, apparently thousands alone died of starvation and disease. They keep closed off from the rest of the world; many people try to escape just so their children have a chance at a better education.”
Mac’s matter-of-fact voice broke into the serious narrative, “Right. There aren’t many choices in the NP, but I can see how it would be better than a life completely cut off from the rest of the world.”