Rosella Tolfree Installment Stories
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.
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.
In a future USRM-ISB installment series, both Jon Greene and Rosella Tolfree will encounter an entity by the name of Nuru in separate occasions.
She (the term used loosely), is a super advance A.I. built in China. Nuru designed her own female android form and was then shipped to the U.S. to help run a subatomic physics experiment in Maryland.
Nuru stands at eight feet. Has long black hair and milk white skin.
The image above shows her sitting upon a throne of dismantled KTK units or what it also known as Jar Heads. A 3-D printed human heads attached to a full cybernetic chassis outfitted with various armaments.
Editorial Note- The name Nuru being used here has nothing to do with Japanese erotic message. Despite that Nuru is naked. Google translates shows nuru as meaning "paint" or "null" in Japanese. In Turkish it translates into "the light of."
POTUS Simmons Infects the Poor on Purpose
After assuming the role of President, the staff briefed Veronica Simmons on various military projects, including a gain of function research involving mites.
The microscopic mites being used were a mutant strain of oak mites. These mites were discovered in Vermont after a cicada brood event some 60 years ago. The research was looking into the possibilities of military to medicine delivery applications.
During the same time, the UBI payments to those living in the Stacks were becoming an increasing financial burden to the nation, and a public nuisance on the social media net impacting President Simmons’ show numbers.
To the objections of her staff, she alone created and directed Operation Golden Salvation to deal with the UBI problem. At which point she fired them all and replaced them with people willing to execute her plan. This wouldn’t be the last time her administration would have staff turnover.
To curb any potential social media net backlash, she had any mention or hint of the operation scrubbed from the net.
Using the variant oak mites, she had them reproduced en masse and then air dropped into the Stacks. The microscopic mites attacked people and animals, resulting in itchy, puss filled rashes from the mites’ toxins. People complained about fatigue, headaches, fevers, and not feeling well.
As the mysterious plague was circulating on the Social Media Net, President Simmons announced emergency efforts to contain the spread; that a group of government scientists had already figured out the disease; and it was called "Veneatio Arenosum." She also sent specialized medical teams to the Stacks to provide treatment.
Some in the Stacks with weak immune systems died from Operation Golden Salvation, but overall, the operation was successful in lowering the UBI costs. The operation allowed the Federal government to bill the payments of treatments to an individual’s UBI payment.
While her administration buried the actual costs of treatment through complex government accounting. The actual treatment costs would come out after her administration and were only a small fraction of what was being charged. Better still, her scientists had “determined” repeated treatments were necessary to keep the infections down. It was a successful win for her Administration on the social media net.
“I am hungry doesn’t mean that one’s identity is the state of hunger, but that one’s being is the equal to that of the state of hunger.”—Sune Bentzen, Linguist
The Committee for Better Mental Health (CBMH) is a group founded in the last eras of the First Age. Fully backed by the billionaire Felicity McCourtney, herself a self-proclaimed bipolar. She blamed her bipolar mental identity on society’s barriers as a youth and a young adult. The group sought changes to the discrimination laws to make mental health a self-determined identity issue.
CBMH was successful in nations like the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Colombia, Canada, Spain, New Zealand, and Portugal. They followed this up with limited success in the United States. The states of Vermont, Maine, Oregon, Colorado, New York, and Maryland picked up mental health identity protections. California attempted a citizens’ ballot proposition, but it failed by an overwhelming majority because of a successful social media campaign mounted by the political advocacy arm of the APA. CBMH made multiple attempts to codify mental health identity in the civil rights acts at the US federal level, but all failed because of the APA’s lobbying effort.
Example of Legal Language Used for Defining Mental Health Identity
“Mental health identity” means the mental identity, appearance, expression, or behavior of a person, regardless of the person’s assigned mental status, which may be demonstrated by:
(1) Consistent and uniform assertion of the person’s mental identity; or
(2) Any other evidence that the mental identity is sincerely held as part of the person’s core identity.
The limited success spurred the group to press harder on their political agenda. The activities of the CBMH sparked political backlash across Europe and the US, with protests from both sides. The protests became violent, requiring police or national armed forces to deal with it.
The opposition accused CBMH of being nothing more than a Marxist front organization and a Nazi Übermensch theory based on its origin with Hans Asperger, who had ties with the Nazis. While CBMH accused the opposition to be in bed with big pharma and corporate elites.
An increased number of “hate crimes” was seen in those locations that had adopted mental health identity laws, which included school mass bullying. This resulted in some young adults and late teens committing suicide at higher rates in these locations. Various members of the APA were quick to point out that this was the opposite desired effect, and the direct result of self-diagnosis. The CBMH countered that this was the result of non-acceptance by some hateful individuals.
Meanwhile, in the locations where CBMH was successful in changing the laws, legislators dismantled government psychological supports provided to children and adults. The reasoning was that these were no longer needed as there was now no actual psychological science guiding the diagnosis and treatment. If people who claimed to have a disorder wanted treatment, that was now a private issue between them and a doctor. It was no longer a concern of public health.
Children were seen under these laws as having the same level of protections as adults and would be assigned government advocates to ensure parents would not force unnecessary treatments.
In the US, the state courts were mixed on the application of the discrimination by mental health identity, including how it was being applied within the context of criminal law. At the heart of the legal problem was the notion of self-determination of one’s mental health status. Some judges were accepting, while more conservative judges were not. At the Federal level, the courts didn’t entertain these protections with the minor exception of the Southern District of New York. The SCOTUS never picked up any of these cases.
The biggest opposition to CBMH came from a well-funded American group of neurologists in the field of neuroplasticity. They published scientific paper after scientific paper showing and countering “mental health identity” based on the natural adaptive nature of the human brain. And thus, provided the underlying mechanics for the possibility of treatment to recondition the brain into other behavior patterns. These papers became fodder for conservative talking points. CBMH struggled to find medical researchers willing to publish counter papers and stuck to the social sciences making political and moral arguments instead.
Then Kaneko Sawa and Yoshimi Ei, two Japanese molecular geneticists, discovered that autism spectrum disorder was a combination of micro-deletions across the human genome resulting in a differential neural development. The variations in phenotypes between cases were results from the amount of the deleted genetic information. This further explained the links between such syndromes as Angelman for also showing ASD. Scientists found poor neuroplasticity to be the culprits for mental comorbidities, such as anxiety and ADHD. Later, additional research would find that other common mental disorders such as bipolar and schizophrenia were also related to genetic micro-deletions.
The CBMH used this genetic discovery to show mental health identity as being a form of evolutionary adaptation. In doing so, questions arose about the concept of self-determination of one’s mental health identity and if genetic testing should be the determining factor.
By this point in history, the whole notion of mental health identity hit a social brick wall when legislatures allowed human cloned reproduction using advance CRISPR technology to strip away many genetic based disorders. With advent of these technologies and advance A.I. systems, medical psychology was transformed, offering the “cure” for all known disorders without lifelong use of drug therapy.
CBMH tried to fight for the right to be born naturally, but it was too late. Society had bought into these new wonders. The political winds had changed, and younger politicians backed by these new technologies stripped away the old mental health identity laws.
Other Mental Health Postings & Stories
Mental Illness During Rosella’s Time
Dawn Mason’s Extreme Hatred Bias
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