Interlude: War Memorial

Thursday, March 15th, 2063

The world held its breath today as the last surviving member of the Baby Boomer generation, Millicent ‘Millie’ Tadborn, passed away. She was survived by two children (a third deceased), one grandchild (four more deceased) and two great-grandchildren. Her generation is survived by Generation X (b. 1965-1980), the Millennials (b. 1981-1996), the Zoomers (b. 1997-2012), the Parent-Killer Generation ( ‘PKG’, b. 2013-2028), the Homeless Generation (b. 2029-2044), Generation H8 (b. 2045-2060) and the As Yet Untitled Placeholder Generation (‘Generation Ayup’, b. 2061-present).

Millie, born in October 1958, was 104 years, 5 months and 8 days old at her time of death (although technically 104 years, 5 months and 3 days old at her time of clinical passing, her time of death was logged as of the day she was confirmed dead in accordance with local biowaste ordinances). Her body was found by janitorial nursing staff on a routine decontamination sweep at the Westchester Elder Care and Storage Facility where she was enjoying the quaint old-world tradition called ‘retirement’. Retirement was a period of leisure, somehow paid for by one’s excess wealth, that occurred between the end of professional life in the workforce and death. It was replaced by the current system of lifetime workforce membership following the Boxer Accords of 2035.

Millie was not the youngest Baby Boomer. That honour went to John Edward Rosen, born at 11:58 on December 31st, 1964, but John was regrettably killed in an automobile accident in 1997.

Millie’s passing marks a historical and potentially uncomfortable point in the inter-generation struggles that have defined the 21st Century. With the neutral and arguably steadying Generation X population rapidly waning, the Zoomers are now the de facto strongest and most numerous demographic in the global workforce despite the depredations of their offspring, with the Millennials close behind. The populations of subsequent generations naturally suffered from the dramatic decline in birthrate, increase in infant mortality, and the economic and material hardships that resulted from the climate shift and the collapse of the vaccination dam. Many ‘old souls’ of the Homeless Generation and Generation H8 were also killed by the PKG, on being mistaken for Zoomers.

Generation Ayup’s population has yet to be accurately tallied, as its production is ongoing.

Steadily-mounting acrimony between the Millennial and Boomer generations has for much of the 21st Century been overshadowed by the breakdown of global economies and commerce as a result of the climate shift, and the dramatic casualties that resulted from the vaccination dam’s fall. The state of mutual distrust and hostility was further backgrounded by the atrocities of the PKG. Even so, the so-called ‘Long War’ between Boomer and Millennial has resulted in numerous minor and two major socioeconomic and political revolutions on an international scale, although one of these – the Never Happened Riots of 2038 – is widely disputed and all data related to its occurrence is considered untrustworthy by state sanctioned fact-checking bodies. With the passing of Millicent Tadborn, some argue that the Long War is finally over, the Millennials victorious – if only for a short time.

The oldest Millennial, Robert Shimizu (b. 00:02 on January 1st, 1981) and the youngest Millennial, Amanda Cobain Wahadi (b. 11:59 on December 31st, 1996) both died before the oldest Baby Boomer, Maximilian Dyson Hughes, who was born at midnight on January 1st, 1946 and passed away in 2041. Wahadi was fatally shot in 2037 (aged 40), while Shimizu died of a virulent strain of popcorn lung measles in 2039 (aged 58). This fact is noteworthy as a flashpoint in the Long War. The public response to these respective deaths, particularly Shimizu’s in 2039, was described as a microcosm of the inter-generational rift, and precipitated a new round of bitter disagreement between the large socioeconomic bloc and its rapidly-dwindling elder demographic.

Many Boomer-owned establishment sources cited the fact that the oldest Boomer had outlived both the oldest and the youngest Millennial as confirmation of their generation’s superiority over the weak and entitled ‘youngsters’, whereas Millennial public figures pointed out that it was confirmation only of the Baby Boomers’ death-grip on medical treatment, safe-haven fortified private residences and gated workplaces.

The overall population of Millennials overtook that of the Baby Boomers back in 2016, and while both have naturally been declining steadily since the end of their respective birth years, the older Baby Boomer generation have been dwindling with increasing rapidity.

With this most recent milestone, there does not so far seem to have been any resurgence in conflict, but the electronic community is just one poorly-timed statement away from bursting into all too literal flames. Augustus Nord, spokesman of the infamous PKG representation firm Parricide Ignosco, went on the record as saying that there was no need for violent action at this time, which should be one of mourning and reflection. He further heavily implied that anyone disrespecting the gravity of the situation might find themselves on the wrong side of flashmob justice.

The current oldest Millennial, Tucker Cho (b. November 1982) is currently 80 years old. Owner and operator of Gunton-Cho Dynamics, he works 6-day weeks and 12-hour shifts at the smart traffic logistics mill he co-founded in the 2030s and acquired from his business partner Winston Gunton in 2041. He hopes to pay off his university tuition fees, his late parents’ medical bills, and his grandparents’ ancestral tax debt by 2080. He admitted that, should he die before his debts to society are paid, he has no safety net in place to prevent the deficit from spilling over to his own children. He has no plans to cede ownership of Gunton-Cho Dynamics to his children, nor to allow them to inherit any of his estate on his death.

The oldest member of Generation X, Jebediah Smorks (b. March 1968), had just celebrated his 95th birthday and was unavailable for comment on the state of inter-generational affairs due to a “gnarly hangover”.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy.
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2 Responses to Interlude: War Memorial

  1. A scathing rebuke of the generation that is killing us all.

    Or in other “words”,


    • stchucky says:

      Now I’m torn between making this a canonical part of my future history (it fits in nearly between now and the Vandemar Sisters’ era, and it’s pretty much what I envisioned anyway) or if it’s too depressing.

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