[16 September, 2117 | Thursday]
In the months that led to my first birthday, YutopiCorp strengthened its global position, thanks to it helping more and more countries secede from political rule and gaining the freedom their peoples so deserved. Six weeks before my birthday, seeing the threat YutopiCorp represented to the political class’s power, the Canadian government sanctioned the nations under YutopiCorp rule. Naturally, the number one targets were the City, as well as the Heart, which was once known as Japan. Suddenly, the importation and sale of YutopiCorp products was banned.
The official reason they gave for these sanctions was they were sending a message that YutopiCorp’s determination to seize power from world governments would not be tolerated—Canada was a free state, and it would be staying that way. YutopiCorp was also considered a threat to national sovereignty, whose technology could be used to spy on and sway those tax paying Canadian citizens. Despite their excuses, their reasoning was transparent: the politicians saw the threat this growing world order posed to the status quo, and particularly, their ability to maintain their power.
With YutopiCorp products banned in the country, it left a void to be filled. A void that XBCorp’s was primed to fill with its inferior products built on the back of underpaid workers. These soon flooded the market. On my first birthday, I am told, I was equipped with an XBCorp BabyTracker, slept in an XBCorp SmartCrib and was fed XBCorp NutriFormula, while my parents used their XBCorp Pads, made calls on XBCorp Transmitters and watched their movies on XBCorp HoloScreens.