Peace: Forever War – New Fiction Writing by C. C. Brower
It had been a very fast, very brutal war.
Jerusalem now lay buried beneath waters. All sides had agreed to a permanent truce.
And the United States had agreed to be caretaker of religious freedom over the grave of the oldest and most contested worshipping area on this planet.
Japan was the final say in the peace accords.
For now, we had time to bind our wounds, to care for our widows and orphans. To settle refugees in their new homes.
Out of the new budget that the United States committed, a dome was to be raised over the city to protect the religious artifacts, with the idea of creating a new open worship area for all faiths.
It was astonishing to find such agreement, once the entire area had sank and become useless to everyone.
And no one believed that for a second.
That’s why General Marshall broached the idea to the president of creating an international religious freedom zone. But without any United Nations interference. It would strictly be the United States’ responsibility to maintain it.
Of course, the detractors and their lackey press told of “Marshall’s Folly.” And the billions it would take to fund archeological work for centuries.
In the military, we saw a different scene. The dome we would raise would not only preserve this area from the elements, but would also allow us to build and test defensive fields while preserving the peace.
Because that water, as filthy and irradiated as it was, was fresh, not saline. It meant that the desert could be made to bloom if its source were protected. The far-thinking strategists of Israel also saw this. They could not, on their own, defend that city and also rebuild it. For all the neighboring countries, it was just as well to have that area sunk such that no one could use it.
And the United States was a perfect patsy to pour their money into their ideals of religious and intellectual freedom as they wished. At least no one else could have that mess, either.
They all, then agreed that the United States could do what they wanted, as long as it would not become a part of any nation, but a protectorate. And unlike Puerto Rico and Guam, it had no remaining citizens. Voting and citizenship was no issue. As far as the world was concerned, they would never be. Like Atlantis.
The dome came in two stages, while we built the third.
Its foundation was laid out in the founding documents as inclusive of Jerusalem proper, but able to take any land from Israel or as captured by other countries “in order to preserve the religious and archaeological treasures for all nations.”
Meaning, we had free rein to build as we wished. Technically, they had just agreed to any contiguous formation of land we wanted to grab for this project. But engineering said we needed a perfect, circular formation. Larger domes are less expensive and more efficient the larger they get. Estimates by Buckminster Fuller pointed out that domes built over several miles would be self-supporting due to the hot air they contained. Domes that large over cities would tend to float above ground instead of resting on it.
The scientist Bartholomew Fisk who discovered the field effect, pointed out that a spherical field dome would have a similar effect. There would be more need for gravitometric anchors to hold the field to the earth as it would tend to become independent as a body and cause seismic effects around the area. In short, become a moon. Moored to the Earth instead of resting on its surface.
Once the initial area was laid out, we had a circular foundation to build. We started by taking old Roman concrete formulas to build it. This gave us the strongest possible base to build on. As well, it didn’t require much water.
The geodesic dome itself was a new architectural wonder. No one had ever built on this magnitude. The idea was simple to pay for it. Build it, then charge low-fee admission to all who wanted access. Governments were encouraged to subsidize the worshippers as they journeyed on pilgrimages to the holy sites underneath. Or that’s the PR plan they were told.
Meanwhile, Israel was a partner in the construction. They saw the potential for their own security.
At first, we used the water at the base to shower the ruins and remove the radioactivity. Because Iran and rogue terrorists they supported had planted their dirty bombs, these had weakened deep underground caves and forced the city to descend as the waters rose.
To handle the radiation in the water, pumping and filtering was built in place, recycling the water back into radiation-removing aerial sprays, while Deuterium itself was mined and secured. That “dirty” water was used to fuel low-output pre-fusion reactors that became the power supply for construction.
Israeli scientists first guessed how much potential output could ultimately be produced, but were silenced by their military-influenced leaders, paid for in the Deuterium and the new technology for those reactors by the U.S. Such reactors were safer from direct attack or terrorist sabotage than any other nuclear reactor. But the real point was that they made fusion reaction possible in their next generation. And so, unlimited energy and independence from fossil fuels. The intense output of even small fusion reactors required a high-energy manufacturing base to absorb it. Oddly, the Roman practice of burning lime for concrete was able to absorb that energy for a time.
Israeli companies were paid in energy to produce concrete to supply the dome. Afterwards, many concrete walls were built around and within their country, some reaching deep into the earth. Their battery-powered vehicles were recharged by fusion-electricity. Of course, pure energy weapons were secretly developed.
The key point was unknown to the broad masses for a long time. Fisk protective spheres were not only able to protect against the elements, but could be used to seal off an area completely against any intrusion. Meaning a complete and impenetrable defense against attack. Because the dome was weakened when you opened any part of it, firing weapons from within it wasn’t technically feasible. Fisk had made his breakthrough in theory, years before it the Jerusalem dome became reality. And had left copious notes. But not lived to see it.
Americans and Israeli’s worked in secret to make smaller versions of the reactors and domes, for remote use, bombs, and offensive weapons. All in the background.
As the water was purified, it became made available first for watering local agriculture as tests, then for animal and finally human consumption. Of course, these tests were rolled out slowly. The aquifers that were initially responsible for the city’s sinking were carefully mapped. For both security and conservation, domes were raised over the growing areas so that the water would not simply evaporate. Long lines of insulated drip tubing were strung between trees so that as the roots would sink as deep as the tree was high, these trees would then collect water to them.
The additional effect was to produce more moisture into the air, which then formed a micro-climate in the area. Clouds and fog were seen in areas that only knew desert for centuries. Eventually, the area around Jerusalem became a sort of Eden due to these works.
Little of this was visible to the many intelligence satellites that other nations poised over the city. The dome itself was opaque to light and most electronic bandwidths. A small part of the fusion output was used to light the dome within, matching the natural sunlight cycles without. An artificial “sun” was created that would mimic the brightness above as the earth turned, such that the sun appeared to “move” through the skies, rising and setting as usual.
The city was stabilized and raised as needed. The remains of discovered war casualties were recovered and repatriated as they were identified. Those unable to be identified were preserved with DNA samples and the rest of their body cremated, those ashes stored in catacombs beneath the city.
Peace came to this area.
Once the major shrines had been excavated and partially restored, limited numbers of pilgrims were permitted to visit. They were carefully screened and researched for their background. It took years to get permission to visit at the beginning. Those allowed in were only the most supportive of the efforts, especially religious leaders and politicians.
Eventually, the Fisk energy dome was stably expanded beyond the physical dome over the city itself. This is where the story got interesting…
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