76 THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES and THE SEED
Vinnie Crumholtz, The current Emperor OF AMERICA sat behind his big desk in the palace office as he was calling it now, and read the reports that had finally come to him from his SS agents. It was the 16th of May in the year of 2039 and he was having a hard time believing all the losses he suffered since his decision to attack the Nation of Texas. In fact he was taking stock of all the losses he had suffered the past 4 years and he knew that he could go back a few more years beside that. He had struggled so hard before he declared himself the Emperor. The old US Government was completely corrupt and that had paved the way for him. After his brother had got him elected as a senator, he had to kill him to keep his secret of taking over the government secure until the right moment; he coerced a good part of the congress, both houses to go along with him. He had learned how to blackmail all of them through their corrupt, criminal activities against the people of the country. Prior to setting off the suitcase nuke, he chose just a few of them to go with him to Denver. They were all with him and it took a while to set everything up in Denver. The current president and the two that were in line to take over never knew what was coming. Vinnie had weaseled his way into the fourth position and when the nuke destroyed the Whitehouse and congress, him and 25 of his closest associates where having a conference in Denver. He was given the power through the continuity of government rules and became the interim president. He declared Martial law and began to round up dissenters using the already militarized police force. He began to abolish the other branches of the military and consolidate them into one force that was called the Imperial ARMY and soon enough he abolished the Constitution and then set up his own Government that consisted of the police, the Army and his secret service people. The alphabet soup agencies were consolidated into one force called the SS. He declared himself the Emperor based on the old Roman civilization and his 25 senators became just like the Senate of Rome.
The ensuing Civil War lasted a few years and a few million Americans died, including his own police and military. The gorilla fighting began and the patriots went underground and out right civil war slowed down and became small urban fights and small skirmishes that killed more of his minions than the patriots. It was as if the Patriots saw the only way to fight the Emperor was through low level gorilla warfare. So the country settled down and the ordinary citizens suffered the unlawful actions of the police and military as they saw fit to kill or put them in prison which was more of a Gulag style system. Vinnie knew he couldn’t take all the weapons from the citizens so he just made it against the law to own a weapon and guns were only taken when the police raided in small groups. The ARMY was so consolidated they did not get involved in going after people with weapons so the black market started up again for weapons and grew to enormity. Vinnie demolished his Navy which many said was a huge mistake and began to pay the Maritime security forces for shipping and protection. The world wide Corporation of Maritime Security virtually controlled the oceans and China was pushed into their own ports with the big naval ships. They could not compete with the world wide Maritime Security. protection because Maritime had taken all the big carriers and battle ships and other sea going military vessels and left the big cargo container ships to continue moving commodities. For heavy prices they offered their protection to any company that shipped goods and commodities on the oceans. It wasn’t long before another corporation entered the scene calling themselves Neptune’s Navy and seemed to have access to a large fleet of old style naval and Coast Guard vessels. They began to offer services at lower rates and soon enough had taken control of part of the shipping lanes and ports. They made compacts with the Maritime Security forces and both operated the oceans and seas of the world. This all happened in the 20’s and the world settled into an uneasy compromise of living. The Mexicans began their war against the US and that was hot. Vinnie had to send many of his military factions to fight the skirmish. In 2024, the Chinese began to invade Australia and there was a short war on that land through 2025. The Chinese were beat back and retreated. It was 2033 that they tried to attack the small islands and surrounding US held territory and Vinnie began to build up his ARMY and all the military equipment he could commandeer. He almost emptied his banks to pay for the transportation of his very large force to China. He had decided to invade them before they invaded the US and the Maritime Security force charged untold billions to take the Emperor’s Army to China.
Vinnie’s thoughts were rolling around in his head. He had made to many mistakes when it came to his military. He never should have sent his bigger part of the Army to China. All of his air force fighter jets, bombers and transports were sent and destroyed along with over half of his field army and armor. He had grossly underestimated the Chinese and their many years of buildup with their own military. His last blunder with the force overseas was to not pay the Maritime Security force to get what was left of his army back to US soil. He had counted on that force to invade Texas and take that entire nation back into his land. He lost two large divisions along with a lot of armor and planes that were on the big ships as they were sunk by Submarines that the Maritime Security force failed to count for. If he would have had enough currency to pay for the fuel of the planes, he would have done so and they could have flown back from that disaster of a war. As it was he had to bankrupt his bigger accounts to pay the Maritime to ship them back. Money or currency was not like the old days where they could just print a bunch of paper up and say they had trillions to spend. He did not get to inherit that when he became Emperor. He only got what was in the coffers which were trillions but it ran out without any replenishing. The President he had killed had destroyed the central banking system before he could gain control. The Civil War had cost him to much and the gold or metals that was suppose to back the currency was stolen and blown up during those few years of devastation to the country. Another blunder on his behalf, to take for granted the money would never run out. He underestimated the veracity of the patriots and that cost him dearly.
Just in the past few years he had lost a host of underground research and experimentation bases. It seemed that someone could read his mind and knew where to strike. He had sent spies and secret Service men and groups out to catch whoever it might be that was giving his secrets away. He had shot many that he thought were plotting against him. The General that had conspired to plant nuclear weapons on the fault lines, he did not know where the man got the nuclear bombs but it didn’t matter, if the plan would have worked he would be king of the world and that is all he could think about at the time. That all went sideways and he suffered many odd happenings in his office and on the palace grounds which were still visible. He lost many experiments that would enhance his army and he could do away with the infallibility of human soldiers. All of this went up in smoke or disappeared into vapors around his feet. He was almost blown to bits by two of those Nuclear bombs only to find out later that they were non workable. He managed to pull in a short brigade of 4 and a half battalions of soldiers along with armored battle tanks and other light armored vehicles to guard his palace. He kept about 18 choppers of which none were equipped with the cloaking devices so he kept them on the main inner defense of the palace grounds with the personnel to operate them. He had walls built around the outer perimeter and kept a full battalion plus on the grounds. There were barracks erected for these troops and other facilities to accommodate them and some of them lived on the outside as spies to alert the main force of any major attacks. He knew that time would tell when he would be attacked and with all the losses he experienced it was coming closer.
His big blunder to attack Texas was coming home to roost. General Thomar, General Boudreaux and the traitor General Harchall had all told him that attacking Texas at this time would not be good and he would probably lose. He should have listened to the experienced Generals but his Ego was too overwhelming and besides he was the Emperor and he could do what he wanted anytime and anywhere. The INTEL he had received already did not quell his anger. In fact it only made it worse. Major Cramer had been a good loyal man but a bit brash and his death and the capture of the I-40 fort made his stomach ach and he had to drink his Jack Daniels straight from the bottle. When he heard about the Texico station being destroyed he drank more and the message that General Harchall had deserted made him throw up from to much booze and not enough food. That was 5 days ago now and he still hadn’t heard any more news. He had called that Colonel who lived in that control station in the tunnel and told him to prepare to fire one of the missiles. He was going to give him a coordinance that would land the missile in the middle of Houston Texas. He had been packing some stuff up to take into the underground base below the DIA and the time was getting shorter. He was waiting for word from Sanchez to send Thomar and Boudreaux in. He stood up and stretched and walked to his liquor cabinet to fetch another bottle of the scotch when his office door buzzed. He hurried to his desk and pushed the button to open the door. Two generals walked in and came to his desk. They stood at attention until he told them to sit.
General Heil Moab and General Ustus Pile both did not want to have to tell their Emperor the news they had finally received from the recon force they had sent through New Mexico and down to the now abandoned Carlsbad base. The news about General Thomar and his base was even more devastating and certainly a mystery as well as the empty base in Shreveport. They had agreed that Moab would be the one to give the news and if the Emperor pulled his pistol as he seemed to do during bad news reports, they would pull theirs and back themselves out of his office and find a way to disappear. They were not going to let the little toad, as everyone called him these days, shoot them. Vinnie looked at the two generals and had never seen them before. He finally spoke, “Which one of you is going to tell me some good news?” Heil Moab swallowed hard and said “Your Excellency, There is no good news these days. We had a recon team fly down to where that No nuke fort was and it doesn’t exist.” Vinnie took that news without saying a word and didn’t jump up and yell he just looked at the General and said “so tell me general did it get blown up or what?” “No your Excellency, It does not exist, the ground is bare and looks like it has always been natural.” Vinnie took that in and said “so what news do we have of General Sanchez then?” General Pile took this one thinking that Moab shouldn’t give all the bad news. “The Carlsbad base is abandoned and is being dismantled by the people of the city. There is no sign of any personnel or vehicles anywhere on that base. However, our men did find burning piles of what looked like a couple of howitzers and a few tanks at two locations. The third location they saw a large crew of construction workers rebuilding a wall. They did not want to violate the Texas air space and even saw what could be some military personnel.” General Sanchez is nowhere to be found and there is no communication from anyone down there.”
Vinnie had listened to all of this INTEL and was seething on the inside but he poured himself another glass full of whisky and took a big swig. “Well is that all gentlemen?” Both Generals were silent for a moment until Vinnie raised his voice and said “IS THAT ALL GENTLEMEN?” The two men jumped and Moab spoke up this time. “No your Excellency, We are afraid that General Thomar and General Boudreaux are missing completely. Both of their bases are empty and when our men landed, they could find no sign that anyone had been there for a few days. The power is still on and there are civilian vehicles parked on the bases but there are no personnel or any military vehicles of any kind including any choppers. It is that way for both bases your Excellency.” Vinnie looked at these two men and took another swig of his whisky. “So your telling me that the No Nuke Fort doesn’t exist and that Sanchez is gone, poof just disappeared and you are also telling me that General Thomar and General Boudreaux have all disappeared and all the men and armor and choppers they had are also gone, disappeared? Is that about the size of it, gentlemen?” Both generals said “yes sir” at the same time. Vinnie had half a glass of whisky and gulped it down in one swift motion. He grabbed the bottle on his desk and took another big swig from it and threw it at General Moab. The General dodged it as it flew by him and hit the floor beyond the couch. Vinnie stood up and the two men stood with him. “You two are going to go down to Thomar’s base and Boudreaux’s base and get me some damn answers. I did not tell them to make a move into Texas yet and here you are telling me that they are gone. Get you butts in gear and find out, you got 24 hours and then this is all going to end. You hear me? Now get out and don’t contact me until you got the right answers.” The generals backed out of the Emperor’s office and proceeded to almost run down the hall to the elevator. Once in the elevator Moab looked at Pile and said “what do you suppose that freak means when he says “this is all going to end”?” General Pile looked back and said, “I don’t know for sure but did you hear the screeching coming from him. It was not human I tell you and as for coming back here I am not going to do that Heil. The black cloud around that thing in there has got me plenty spooked.” Heil Moab agreed with that and he had decided too not come back also.
Xishum Stra’ aka Vinnie moved to his liquor cabinet and took another bottle out. He looked at his store of whiskey and went back to his desk. Being in an earthling body was very strange but he had taken on the mission to begin the infiltration of the earthling race and so he must adapt until the main force arrived. He and the few hundreds of his species that had arrived after a very long voyage had managed to seed themselves into the main leaders of this world. He called the earthling named Sandy Klotz and asked her to come to his office. The time had arrived for him to begin moving his stuff to that underground city. Sandy Klotz knocked on the door and he buzzed her in. “Good, will you get agent Munsford and his two lieutenants to help you. I want this liquor cabinet emptied and stored in my van in the parking garage. Use the back elevator and take those two big trunks in the other room and load them up also. When your done I will be in the apartment above and you can call and tell me. I might have some other things.” He turned and moved to the private elevator that went up to his suite while Sandy called agent Munsford and told him to bring agents Lane and Peters to the Emperor’s office.
Vinnie/ Xishum Stra’ reached his suite and used the key pad to enter. He went directly to his small radio room and turned on his crypto machine. He typed in the code and number to call the Colonel again. He had already called him once to tell him to get prepared and now he was going to tell him to set a countdown of 48 hours and send him the coordinance where he wanted the first missile to hit. He waited for the Colonel to verify his call sign and nothing happened. There was no beeping or blinking light or nothing. He tried again and got the same result, nothing. What the hell? He thought. His next call was to the men that watched the elevator to the underground base and also roamed the airport for any strange folks. He put in the code and dialed the number for Dan Lerner. He waited and nothing happened, He tried again and got the same result. No one was answering him and he was not even getting a static sound. It was weird to him. He left the radio room and moved to his special survival bags. He picked them up and moved back to his private elevator.
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