Disclaimer: notes transcribed as is, no editing has been made so as to preserve my original feelings as I read the chapter.
Part 6, Around The World And Above; Chapter 9, Ernesto Olguin.
So the USS Saratoga eventually wound up as a “floating United Nations”, an interesting use for a decommissioned aircraft carrier. I’ve watched documentaries on the designing & building of such vessels. The constant evolution of the carrier are an engineering masterpiece of constant problem-solving. It makes sense that such a vessel would be used not only for the purposes of the U.N. but as a refugee transport. Aircraft carriers are, quite simply, floating cities. Able to house & support a great deal more people than any cruise or luxury liner. From what I’ve seen of these vessels, they seem rather more comfortable than you would expect. Certainly not as cramped as I originally envisioned.
Basically, this chapter relates the politics surrounding the U.N. conference. Ernesto was not a delegate at this event, merely a bystander, a naval attaché with a vested interest on the outcomes of various meetings.
It was also a sharing of ideas, he mentions demonstrations of the British fortified motorways and a live demonstration of Mkunga Lalem. The footnotes mention this to be “the world’s premier antizombie martial art” also known as The Eel and the Sword. Unfortunately Mr. Olguin does not elaborate on this technique. Pity, maybe when the book gets filmed I’ll get to see it.
The Saratoga served many purposes like this, conferences between many country’s representatives concerning trade & naval integration. Sounds like humanity was trying re-connect, albeit on a limited scale.
The highlight of the conferences seems to have been the global decision to stand & declare war on the infected or to simply make do and take a passive role in the future.
America’s president made a subdued, yet passionate plea to take back what rightfully belonged to humanity. For future generations.
Obviously there was some resentment towards the once powerful American country, a feeling of revenge or just pure hate. Perhaps their feeling might have been a little justified pre-war, but this was not the place for it.
I think the American president might have had a point. I’m thinking of Roy Elliot and his associates. Of how they managed to reduce the amount of people giving up & rolling over. Dying simply because they had lost all hope.
In any event, like all politics, it was voted upon.
As naval attaché, I wasn’t allowed to participate in that vote. While the ambassador decided the fate of our beloved Chile, I had nothing to do but enjoy the Pacific sunset.
Considering the nuclear autumn taking place, it must have been an interesting sunset. Shared with his opposite numbers from France and South Africa. He recalls that they had a shared interest in wine, having previously lived or were connected with a vineyard. They inevitably talked about the vineyards and how they had suffered from the overall effects & consequences of the plague.
They shared a bottle of rare vintage, savouring every sip from their plastic mugs. No doubt they would have to wait many years before such a luxury was available to them again.
The outcome of the vote; attack. Hardly a surprise, even to Ernesto. He says that seventeen voted no, and that they were willing to suffer the long-term consequences. I wonder how harsh those consequences were, those details aren’t mentioned.