BEING A METH

As biotechnology advances and tissue engineering, advanced body parts cloning, cybernetics, and even total rejuvenation of the human body becomes more safe and predictable it all comes to a point where you can literally live forever, and these people are called "Meths". Unfortunately this advanced technology has created some serious social problems that has to be addressed. With that in mind, the Methuselah Council was created to deal with these issues. Legally, the Council only has authority over people 300 years or older. These undying people can amass an enormous fortune during their life and can wield extraordinary influence with those finances, so the Council was created to make sure those problems wouldn't crop up. 

This is how it works: once you turn 300 years old you go on the "METH Watch List" and every 100 years you must donate at least half your total wealth to the planetary government. The amount of money that Methuselahs give to the government is called "the Gift", and accounts for a significant portion of revenues in any one year. A significant portion of the Council are self-aware AIs, most of who diligently watch the finances of anyone over the age of 300. They ensure that the rule of giving up half your wealth every century is self-imposed, otherwise the Council steps in and removes all a Meths' money altogether. With this law in place, most septuagenarians strictly follow the rules to avoid the extreme penalty of "Forfeiture" that the Council can impose. With a massive overpopulation of the planet, the Meth laws were needed to help control the growth of the Earth's population and so the process of becoming a Meth is fabulously expensive.


Methuselah Council: Nearly a two-thirds of the Meth Council are self-aware AIs, most of who consistently monitor the income of anyone over the age of three hundred. Most Meths follow the rules of the Council (even when offworld) since the majority are AIs that can follow a digital money trail anywhere and in an instant. Normal human paper-pushers could sometimes take years to gather enough evidence for prosecution but with financial AIs that information is availabe in a matter of mere minutes, sending rogue Meths to jail far more quickly and easily than a human investigator could. 



METH DYNASTIES
Caine Dynasty: This exceedingly wealthy family have become an extremely powerful clique among the big money people on the planet. Their combined wealth over a trillion credits and they dominate much of the higher-end political circles on the planet. Their money, combined with their powerful influences in politics, make them a virtually untouchable dynasty.


Farris Dynasty: This extremely wealthy family have been the movers and shakers on Earth for decades. Their combined wealth is in the trillions of credits and they dominate much of the upper crust social life in the wealthier areas of the globe. This new immortal dynasty has several thousand senior and junior members, all of which take part in the various aspects of global finance and government. Their money, combined with their powerful influences in politics, make them a virtually untouchable dynasty on Earth.


Godfrey Dynasty: This immensely wealthy family have been the movers and shakers on Earth for decades now, utilizing their everlasting skill sets to accumulate power and money. Their combined wealth is in the trillions of credits and they dominate much of the upper crust social life on the planet, as well as much of the underworld action. This family has several hundred senior and junior members, all are capable of violence as well as financial success. Their money, combined with their powerful influences banking and the black market make them an especially powerful political group because in the end money IS power.


Haas-Schuster Dynasty: This tremendously wealthy family have been the movers and shakers in global markets and banking for many decades. Their combined wealth is in the hundreds of billions of credits and they dominate much of the financial industry on the planet. Their money, combined with their powerful influences in high finance, make them a virtually untouchable dynasty amongst their peers.


Vanguard Dynasty: This supremely wealthy family is a virtual newcomer to their positions of power around the globe using their eternal memories and skills to their best advantage. Their combined wealth is in the hundreds of billions of credits and they dominate much of the planets' international shipping. Their money, combined with their powerful influences in goods and trade, make them a virtually untouchable dynasty on Earth.




METH ERRATA
Brontios: is a high-level police AI and he is a top investigator for the global government. He makes clone bodies on demand to interact with the "real world" and pursue investigations among humans. When a Brontios clone is killed in the line of duty, this AI just makes another to replace it, and to continue the job. A concentrated intelligence, Brontios is physically located in the First Federal Building (the floating annex) outside of Washington DC and is technically under the "control" of the DC Bureau of Priority Investigations (DC-BPI). Brontios generally “run”s twenty-five to fifty "sleeves" at one time, most of which are running separate investigations from each other. A successful police AI, Brontios has been responsible for dozens of high profile arrests every year, including extremely dangerous anti-government saboteurs and rogue "Meth" killers.


Diet: A terrorist group from Osaka, Japan the Diet are anti-technologist fanatics that regularly target Japanese "Meth" for murder  and/or blackmail. Their leadership is unknown and they are a relatively new group that have only recently popped up on police radar for their nefarious deeds. Their claims to fame are the high-level assassination of the Meth CEO Hiro Tanaka of Badiworth Megacorporation and the recent blackmail attempts against the South Korean government, in which billions of dollars of information was digitally held for ransom (which was eventually paid).


Mother Murder: Leader of an no-named anti-Meth terrorist group, she is thought to be female but nothing else known about her: she is nearly a complete mystery to law enforcement officials. She is the top leader of the biological fundamentalist movement in the West and her group is very effective in targeting and killing Meth leaders.


Rif: A Rif or Rifkinite is a supporter of a infamous humanist of Earth named Jeremy Rift, and they have instigated a campaign of anti-genetic engineering, anti-nanotech on the planet, especially amongst those in the "Meth" circles. Rifs stand against any and all research or implementation of technology in these areas, and especially in scientifically created immortality. Having survived for decades, Rifkin's ideas have evolved into a sect bent on "saving humanity from unstable and dangerous technology". They are a gifted terrorist group that operates clandestinely, mainly in large cities across the globe. They also consider the Meth-supportive police to be a necessary evil at best and pure evil at worst.


 
 
 
 

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