Rosella Tolfree's World
A series set in a politically dark and dystopian future of the U.S.A.
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Rosella Tolfree's World is a fictional world.
The Future is in Eating Bugs
Entomo is a future colloquialism for entomophagy, the consumption of insects. While many animals eat insects, there are today “3,000 ethnic groups” that “practice entomophagy.”
Rosella Tolfree to me is more than a simple main character set in a dystopian future. For me, she represents the fulfillment of joining with something larger than oneself. That spiritual journey into the unseen.
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Eugenics, Dysgenics, and Neoliberalism
For the longest time, the “cure” argument was about treating mental illness as a disease versus a cognitive variant of the human species. For some time, these two models had been at professional odds, with the disease model winning most political and social arguments. This was because some psychiatric disorders had behaviors that were disruptive to society if left untreated. Helping to shape this argument were the big pharma corporations who had a vested interest in the off-label use of drugs.
What arose out of the cognitive variant arguments was the concept of being self-proclaimed or self-diagnosed, and one’s cognitive variants create one’s identity. Historically, one self-advocate group, that followed such arguments, managed to change the definition of a disorder with the APA during a revision of the DSM. An impressive feat of lobbying by such an organization when most lobbying is guided by Big Pharma interests through a series of controlled studies.
The social changes in psychiatry into one where mental illness was not only a disease to be treated, but one to be eradicated took a long time to occur in Rosella’s world. It required a social and political shift on a near global scale in the people. It included the use of artificial intelligence to sift through the vast amounts of data and the intervention of improved reproductive technologies. Its impetus was the ongoing burdens of long-term care of the most severe patients in society.
Before the CBHM, and Sawa Kaneko and Ei Yoshimi’s discovery of genetic micro-deletions for mental disorders, there was the National Organization of Genetic Psychology through A.I. Research (NOGP-AIR). A congressionally established organization and placed under the operational control of the OSTP. Its reporting would be under the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
Science had known for a long time that many of the mental health disorders had a genetic link or relationship. This was especially true for disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. Also known were some disorders with associations with genetic diseases, such as Angelman syndrome or Rett syndrome.
Thus, the organization was tasked with the gathering and sorting of all available genetic information to find clues to specific alleles changes that may be related to psychological disorders when compared to “normative individuals.” It was to use the latest in deep learning and A.I. technology to determine this.
This was a bi-partisan effort, despite the public posturing of key party members. The rising aging levels of such disorders as autism and schizophrenia were costing America too much in social welfare. The same was occurring in many other nations, and their leaders were very interested in the outcomes of the NOGP-AIR project. Both US political parties knew cutbacks had to be made, and if couples could use genetic testing to identify those who will have these disorders, then they could be better informed with amniocentesis creating potential future government savings.
Before this point, many scientists and advocates kept saying they had no clue what was “the cause” of many of these disorders and “there can’t be a cure.” So, despite genes being identified as connected to various disorders, any use of abortion after identifying an unborn through amniocentesis would be seen as a eugenic use.
What NOGP-AIR discovered through the gathering, sorting, and processing of countless numbers of sourced human genomes, with and without mental illness, was that there were constellation patterns of specific genetic mutations associated with various mental illnesses. Some of these constellation patterns aligned with observed variances in behaviours that required higher degrees of social welfare and interventions.
Once this information became public, a firestorm erupted in the mental health community. The self-advocates and various supportive psychologists were alarmed by what was being suggested, coining the term, “The Final Cure” from the old Nazi program called “The Final Solution.”
On the other side were medical professionals and psychologists backed by a coalition of anti-tax and neoliberal political action committees seeking to lower the government’s burdens. This group ran very sophisticated ads on the internet, social media, and television that made convincing arguments for a cost-efficient government, the end to social ills such as poverty and homelessness, healthier family structures, and the use of new reproductive technologies to cure diseases.
The self-advocate side took to the streets in protest marches, trying to gather free publicity through news coverage. After these marches took place, a few self-advocate groups supported the dysgenics use of the same technologies they claimed were supportive of state paid eugenics, to increase the number of those with mental disorders. These groups came under attack by conservative and neoliberals as being hypocritical.
The social damage caused by the small number of self-advocate groups supporting dysgenic ideologies was enough to push most people into the eugenics. Not that these people were full blown Nazi supporters, but they preferred a society where a couple’s choice was preserved to what kind of family they wanted, and that such a family shouldn’t be a burden on society.
This new neoliberalism view of the family, a non-social burdening couple’s choice, had taken root and became adopted on a global scale. Some saw it to control population growth and others saw it to improve government spending, all the while providing the human couple freedom of choice.
Links to Other Posts about Mental Health
The Committee for Better Mental Health (CBMH)
Mental Illness During Rosella’s Time
Rosella Tolfree’s World – Important Historical People Pt 1
A Rosella World Psychological Stories
Dawn Mason’s Extreme Hatred Bias
The Story of Thomas Finley
Rosella Tolfree's Childhood and Teen Years
There are some stories already out there that provide glimpses into Rosella Tolfree’s past.
One is on the Reedsy Medium site entitled “Rosella Tolfree’s Mother’s Day.” This story contains many elements of her past and hints at stories mentioned in the JSD #5.
In the last line of the story Rosella toasts her dad. Something not mentioned in this story is that Rosella is drinking a glass of an Argentinean Malbec. With this story, she’s in her early 40s and Rosella has become partial to Malbecs. She prefers the taste of the Argentinean wines sourced from the high mountains.
The second short story is “USRM-ISB Installment 0.2- The Drive to Anaheim.” Here she’s 29 and reminiscing about her childhood on the long drive to Anaheim with her partner. This takes place before the first installment in the JSD #5.
Her Early Life
Born 19 years before the Presidency of Rick Garrett and 20 years before the formation of the Ranger Marshals. She grew up as a child during the late Economic Isolationist Recovery Period, when America was recovering from the twin disasters of the Great Melt and the New Madrid Volcanic Traps. This is a time when America turned inward, like many nations. And focused on rebuilding itself. A period of omnibus legislation to deal with issues and reconstruct society materially. It's also a time of disillusionment with the government and society, as people did things to take care of themselves first and didn't care about others. This despite the technological wonders about them, such a fusion power.
Rosella lived with her father, Mordell Tolfree, in the remodeled landscape of San Francisco, California. As a child, she could see the remains of parts of old skyscrapers sticking out of the water. She would see people working on them to recover whatever scrap they could, but by her time they had picked clean many, leaving the salt water to corrode the remains. Many of the old buildings became roosting sites for My Pet Dragons. A genetically altered lizard turned into a model flying mini dragon. One of humanity’s genetic mistakes that got away from us. It occupied the same ecological niche of birds and resulted in the extinction of many wild bird species. She would watch these small flying lizards trying to catch fish.
Like all children of her time, she attended online schooling. She did very well in school and had an innate aptitude to apply herself. She would do her schoolwork with precision and helped around the house with chores. But with her own room, it was always a mess. Even today, as an adult, she leaves a mess in her government car while keeping other areas in her life nice and neat.
One odd thing for Rosella was she never got sick as a child. Despite the availability of free medical services, her father never used them for her. Except once when he took her to the dentist at the urging of a teacher. The dentist said she had the most perfect teeth and gums she had ever seen in a child.
Unlike the other kids in the neighborhood who got vaccines for childhood illnesses, she didn’t, but she never got sick either. No colds, no allergies, and scratches healed up with no issues. Oddly, she could eat foods that most people would consider past its prime. This turned into contests with her online classmates in middle school where they would dare each other to eat stuff left out too long. Rosella always won and earned the nickname, Rosella Iron Belly.
Being a cloned female, Rosella’s genes and anatomy were altered. Genetically puberty was delayed until closer to her mid-teens. This was true for all cloned females. A cloned female would have growth spurts and other changes starting around 14 to 15 years of age that lasted until the age of 19. Going through all “Tanner Stages” in this period. Which, for normally conceived humans, would typically end at 15 years of age. As a result, cloned females socially enjoyed a longer childhood. This is not true for cloned males who matured at the normal rates because of the lack of altered anatomy and genes.
During this time of changes, Rosella became extremely irritable around her father. The smallest thing would set her off, causing her to retreat to her room, slamming the door. It sounds like typical teenage behavior, but for her father, his little girl was now insane and uncontrollable. In her late high school years, she became online friends with fellow students her father disapproved of because of the type of video games they played and their general anti-social nature. Despite all this behavior, her grades never suffered, and she was still pulling a straight 4.0.
It all reminded her father of his drug dealing days, and the behavior of a bad junky. When he got a chance, he would check her room for drugs in all the common hiding places he knew. He even installed dark programs on her computer to monitor her activities. He found nothing, and as quickly as this started, the behavior ended. It was gone when she turned 18 and was going off to college.
What’s it like being a Female Clone
The android that created Rosella made her without a uterus. This is an unresolved “bug” with the A-4 birthing androids. She, like all female clones, still has her ovaries.
The “bug” was discovered after the A-4 birthing androids were introduced and began producing female children. Without a uterus and the ovaries still present this caused ovarian failure. Which led to a collapse of puberty factors. As a result, these initial children ended up being child sized women and lacked adult female features.
Once discovered, they sent a genetic patch out that still allowed female puberty patterns to occur despite the lack of a uterus and presence of ovarian collapse. Albeit they delayed the puberty patterns in age.
This situation causes a host of long-term medical problems from general irritability to profound fatigue, to loss of sexual desire and other issues with sexuality and associated pleasure, insomnia, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, nervousness, to even more minor issues like muscles, joint or bone pains and headaches.
For Rosella, when she was in her late teen years, she was very irritable and battled with insomnia. The problem of insomnia continues today. After her father’s death, she had trouble socializing and once she was transferred to the Washington, D.C. office, she lost interest in interacting with people outside traditional work. These losses of socialization and interaction caused her to be more alone and isolated from other people.
Conspiracy theorists on the Social Media Net speculate that they did this puberty delay because of involvement by the Church of the Ember Coalition. They point to a group of wealthy women, who were members of the Church, that were publicly advocating genetically delaying female puberty to reduce teen pregnancy.
Links for More About Cloning in Rosella’s World
The Work of the Family
From Artificial Wombs to Human Clones
By the early Second Age of Humanity, quantum circuit designs favored photonic systems over superconducting because of the temperatures and materials used. Coupled with advances in 3-D printing, many colleges and smaller institutes could afford to teach in this area.
The Savanna Institutes’ Maud Angove Research Center for Advance Computing (MARCAC) was working on a new quantum computer circuit design based on Aira Higa’s theoretical research paper. Her paper had used a large thinking machine to simulate possible combinations, which included as part of the design a quantum harmonic oscillator. One combination from the simulation appeared to be more promising than all the rest.
No design before this point had included a quantum harmonic oscillator because there was “no way to address only two of its states.”
Most in the field dismissed Aira Higa’s paper as fanciful nonsense, despite no one dismissing her math, demonstrating that a quantum harmonic oscillator could be used.
Sharonda Young and Mystelle Cobb were working on Aira Higa’s design when an unusual result occurred at the output. They doubled checked the configuration, but the result persisted.
Young and Cobb could measure the spin of the result, which was 2. But there was no electric charge. They shut down the experiment and turned in their joint paper with the result.
It would be eleven years later, at the same institute, that Tim Baldwin would use Young’s and Cobb’s research to provide the mathematical proof that Aria Higa’s design was creating gravitons.
The Yamamuro-Mijberg Corporation was a major donor to the Savanna Institute, and they patented the design in the U.S., Japan, and Europe.
Within five years, fusion power took a major leap forward in affordability. Now the Q total (total energy out over total energy in) was now at an affordable price. This transformation was possible because fusion could use gravity containment, instead of the more energy consuming magnetic containment.
Tim Baldwin was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in Quantum Physics. But they withdrew his name after it came out on the Social Media Net he had plagiarized Young’s and Cobb’s math from their paper, showing the possibility of result being a graviton.
Despite the public outcry for Young and Cobb to be nominated, this didn’t occur. The conspiracy theories at the time speculated it’s because both were minority women, the committee in charge at the time was filled with advanced degreed European men, and the nominating committee was in the back pocket of the fusion power industry which Yamamuro Mijberg Corporation had an interest in.
Seth Underwood writes adult science fiction and political dystopian science fiction. His future political dystopian U.S. world features decades of despot presidents, a flooded world, and new para-military force known as the Ranger Marshals. He has freemium stories at www. sethunderwoodstories.com