She was the perfect World President. Compact. Easily accessible. Fully informed and daily upgraded. Most impressively, she never stumbled in a crisis. The best computer programmers in the world had been enlisted by the General Assembly to build a decision platform to save a world seeming to spin out of control. It seemed her future, and that of the world, was secure when she averted a nuclear war nearly triggered in the Middle East when Israel was about to launch a pre-emptive attack against Iran.
Even so, governments initially resisted her solutions. The secret was hologram technology. While the folks back at MIT and Stanford were fine with computer screens in remote laboratories, the new President didn’t really catch on until she was given voice and dimensions. She spoke 150 different languages, changed skin and hair color as needed to match the native populations, and was given just the right level of voice modulation that was most pleasing to the local ear. She consistently wove local lore and history into her speeches. The world loved her. Perhaps the greatest accomplishment of her programmers is that she convinced people all over the world that she loved them in return.
She didn’t please everyone, but in her calculations, at the rate of a thousand scenarios per minute, her decisions minimized risks and maximized outcomes. The markets responded well. A long period of world peace followed. Politicians felt overmatched, and bid their time.
The problems started with the Economic Union, and particularly Germany. The Central Command, they claimed, was an affront to their European identity. The United States too rebelled with arguments that this composite of world values violated the highest principles of the exceptional American experience.
The international drama reached a pitch. Stories proliferated that sociopaths at the International Monetary Fund controlled her to create a new world order. Under constant pressure, especially from the United States Congress, the U.N. reversed its Charter amendments to reduce her powers, and to restore the long debates of the General Assembly that had prevailed a decade earlier.
When a civil war broke out in the Sudan once again, and a new generation faced another genocide, a patchwork of governments funded the best hackers in the world to embarrass her. She stumbled for the first time, and 2 million lives were lost, while an international peace force stood by, following direction she gave to the African command center. In an emergency session of the Security Council, a rare alliance among China, Russia and the United States produced a joint statement: the World President was not suited to the crisis of the times. In a rare coordination, they put together a U.N. force that was under their command, with a Russian general selected as the Supreme Commander. The governments showcased their resulting success in worldwide broadcast, while castigating the World President.
The world vote concluded at midnight N.Y. time on September 22. The directions were simple: each world citizen was to cast a vote on the United Nations website to answer one question: was the current President to be replaced by a ruling committee answering to the Security Council? It was the last vote held in the world. All computer systems were destroyed beyond repair in the ensuing holocaust.