Aces High, Jokers Wild
O. E. Tearmann
Mission: Raise some hell. Change some minds. Change the world
Aidan Headly never wanted to be the man giving orders. That's fine with the Democratic State Force base he's been assigned to command: they don't like to take orders. Nicknamed the Wildcards, they used to be the most effective base against the seven Corporations owning the former United States in a war that has lasted over half a century. Now the Wildcards are known for creative insubordination, chaos, and commanders begging to be reassigned.
Aidan is their last chance. If he can pull off his assignment as Commander and yank his ragtag crew of dreamers and fighters together, maybe they can get back to doing what they came to do: fighting for a country worth living in.
Life's a bitch. She deals off the bottom of the deck. But you play the hands you're given.
It costs a lot to win. And even more to lose. Seven Corporations rule the former United States with seven codes of conduct based on their ideas of morality. Comply with the code of the Corporation that holds your Citizen Contract, or suffer the economic consequences. Or fight back. For sixty years the Democratic State Force has been fighting to return representative democracy to the country. Living in the no man’s lands between cities and hanging on by their fingernails, the thinly spread guerrilla force hasn’t gotten far. But they have a secret weapon: their finest unit, Base 1407. Handle: The Wildcards.
Pulled together after disaster by Commander Aidan Headly, the Wildcards are on top of their game again. They’d better be. They’ve just been called to act as backup in a mission bigger than anything the Force has attempted before. The team that went in first is probably dead.If they pull their mission off, everything will change.If they don’t, they’ll be lucky to survive the year.
Life’s a bitch. She’s got the game rigged. Keep the cards close to your chest.
It starts when you're always afraid.
Seven Corporations run the former United States on the codes of conduct their founders set down. You're signed into a Corporate contract the day you're born. And the fear of dropping in the Citizen Standing Scores keeps people in line. What choice is there?
The Democratic State Force has fought for the return of democracy for decades, but they need the restless population of America to fight beside them if they're going to stand a chance. But when your Score goes down, so does your life.
It's time for a new strategy: take out the Citizen Standing Score system. And it's time for the unit with the highest mission success rate, the best coder, and the craziest ideas in the Force to head the attempt. Base 1407 just got the call.
Life's a bitch. She raises the stakes when you least expect it. Play your cards as best you can.
The year: 2157. The mission: change everything
The Unit: Democratic State Force Base 1407 Call handle: The Wildcards
Seven Corporations control what was the United States of America. The food supply and its production is controlled by American AgCo. All agricultural seeds in the United States have been genetically designed to fail outside Corporate control.
At least, that’s what the Corporations say.
There’s a rumor that a seed bank has survived the destabilization that brought down old America, and the seventy-five years of Corporate ownership that followed. If it still exists, it would provide free, accessible food for the Democratic State Force and everyone in their care. It’s a risky hunt for a treasure that may or may not exist. Something to put the most resourceful team in the Force to work on. The Wildcards just got the call.
A hunt for hidden treasure. Free food. What could go wrong?
Never ask that question. Life’s a bitch. She’ll answer.
In 2159, the Democratic State Force gains ground every day.
The people fighting to bring representative democracy back are becoming heroes to the citizens indentured to the United Corporations of America. Widely spread guerilla units are supporting the first civilian protests the country has seen in decades.
On Base 1407, the Wildcards are starting to think they just might help the former United States wake up from its nightmare after all. People whisper that maybe, someday, they might just win.
But you should never say something like that too loud.
Fate’s a bitch.
You don’t want to tempt her.
They say to really free your body, you've gotta free your mind…
America is waking up. People are standing up for each other and a future worth living in. But they can’t do it alone.
Now, they don’t have to. The Democratic State Force is calling in favors across the nation. Members of Base 1407 and hundreds of other teams across the country are teaching the citizens how to fight back on their terms, with tactics that hit the Corporations right where it hurts–in the wallet and the pride.
The seven Corporations that think they own the country are scrambling to keep control over the citizens’ communications, their decisions, and their lives. Every dirty trick is coming out of their bags as they lose their grip. It’s going to take a lot to beat them at this game for the country’s soul.
Life’s a bitch. She doesn’t play fair. Out-think her with every hand, and you might just win.
Get Up. Stand Up.
America is standing up. Armed with training and new confidence, people who’ve been owned by seven corporations for too long are forming Workers’ Unions, subverting corporate rule, spreading change and demanding lives worth living. The Wildcards land the assignment of advising and supporting the workers in civic actions—AKA, playing pranks for a good cause. The crew is sure it’s the best assignment of their lives…for about five minutes.
And then it starts to get hot.
With summer wildfires eating their way across the West, a mole spilling the details of one mission after another to the Corps, and peaceful workers’ protests countered with escalating violence, this great assignment might be the toughest the Wildcards have faced yet.
Life’s a bitch. She doesn’t pull her punches. Pick your ground and get ready for the fight.