Worldwide the few women who gave birth to sons were given the best medicine, the best treatment, and even financial boons. The number of healthy, uninfected women quickly dwindled. The last human woman died June 1st, 2133. The world sat poised to destroy itself; World War 3 would be fought over women, of all things.
The war was ugly. Though there were no longer women to fight over, man was afraid. Humanity was facing extinction. Everything changed. While countries fought each other over futility, top scientists continued to escape to Berlin, joining the team in Germany in an attempt to create life while death reigned all around them.
November 24th, 2133: The day when finally the team in Germany created a completely synthetic woman. Even though her body was nearly identical to a true human body, something about the synthesis process made her impervious to M.A.I.D.S. She was impregnated and carried to term a human son, born August 11th, 2134. He was named Adam, after the popular Bible character. Adam was thoroughly tested and found to be actual human flesh, despite his mother’s synthetic body. The woman was named Synthia, a play upon a common female name and her man-made body. Synthia became a celebrated heroine, and the shining hope for all of mankind.
“Synthia factories” were swiftly constructed in all major countries to help repopulate the world. Females were created and given out to healthy adult males, ages 18-35, who were ordered to reproduce. Babies were met with financial bonuses, media coverage, and prestige. Synthias were manufactured and impregnated. Sons born of them were viable, healthy human children; daughters were stillborn, or more often killed by M.A.I.D.S. in the first trimester. Eventually, through genetic manipulation, daughters were not born at all.
A global truce was declared; women had been the cause of World War 3, and women were what ended it. An estimated 30% of the male population had been wiped out in the wars.
Synthias were nearly identical to the actual human women had gone extinct. They were as intelligent and free-willed, too, and soon grew tired of their role as baby factories. Synthias were denied equal rights because, though living, they were viewed as objects. Synthias tried to use their power, the power of creation, to give them leverage. Eventually most were arrested and put into prisons where they were forced to comply. Worse than any war, within eight years after their creation, the Synthias found themselves held prisoner and subjected to atrocities.
Synthia factories were closed to the public, temporarily going “dark” as scientists worked to “improve” the line. Within a year, they began to re-open, and Synthias became true consumer products: men would go to the factory and decide the exact look of their Synthia, which would be built over the course of 6 months and delivered to the man’s home for a modest fee. Synthias retained their intelligence but not their free-will. They were docile, tractable, and wholly obedient. Synthias were given limited rights under the law; a true man’s paradise followed.
I leave this world now that I might do it no further harm.
Dr. Maury Judas