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Dec 2012

Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Posted by / in Lore / 9 comments

I have been informed that the format of my research leaves something to be desired, and that I should try to quote less and share my own thoughts more.  It’s not a requirement though, and this is my personal research, so I’ll continue as I please.  I find it more efficient to link to the source data directly, and prevent the duplication of existing data within our Archive.

One of my recent research interests has been the genetic makeup of the descendants of Minerva’s Founders.  One of Glaucus’ recent genomic studies revealed an interesting marker in those of Japanese descent.  Some, but not all, of the descendants have several unknown genes in their DNA suggesting an incredibly potent viral event occurred in their ancestry.  It was most likely fairly recent, within the last 300 years or so, and isolated to a small subset of the Japanese population, because only about 1/10th of those of Japanese ancestry in Minerva share this marker, which I was able to trace back to a single Japanese Founder.  His medical file reported a history of undiagnosable family illness and early death, which he described as a “wasting disease” and a “weak composition.”  I assigned a stochastic search daemon to scour the historical Archives, and discovered an intriguing possible cause for the presence of these viral genes.

A quote, to set the scene:

I realize the tragic significance of the atomic bomb… It is an awful responsibility which has come to us… We thank God that it has come to us, instead of to our enemies; and we pray that He may guide us to use it in His ways and for His purposes.

—President Harry S Truman, August 9, 1945

I will not go into detail here on the background of World War Two.  Interested parties may access the Archived article here.  Suffice it to say that the USA felt that it either needed to force Japan to surrender by a show or force or they’d have to invade.  The USA had two major options for intimidating weapons at the time, although only one is well known to historians.  While the Manhattan Project had developed functional atomic bombs with enormous explosive capabilities, another classified project had successful created powerful and deadly biological weapons.  The following imaged records were badly worn, but I was able to transcribe them:

July 28th, 1945.

Today we delivered our first successful weapon to the Army.  It’s been a trying 2 years, especially the last couple of months.  We worked straight through the summer to finish.  Apparently President Truman wants to make a big public test of our capabilities to intimidate the Japs, so they’re going to deploy our weapon at the Dugway Proving Ground on August 10th and show them what they’re up against.

August 1st, 1945

Just got a message from George Merck.  Apparently the test is cancelled.  He told me that we’d done our nation a great service, but that we shouldn’t worry about the project anymore.  It’s all a little suspicious.

August 5th, 1945

Merck showed up at the laboratory today, looking very worried.  He asked a lot of awkward questions about the project and what we theorized its effects on humans would be.  When we tried to figure out why he was asking if the project was cancelled, he just demanded to know how much it could ‘hypothetically’ spread.  When I told him what our findings showed, he got pale and left, muttering about something about Manhattan and “covering our tracks.”  All very suspicious, but what can I do?

August 10th, 1945

Merck finally came clean.  Apparently our agent worked too well, and had to be cleaned up; atomically.  The idiots.  We told them clearly what it could do.  Why didn’t they listen?

– Excerpts from Ira L. Baldwin’s personal diary.  See Archived articles here and here for more information.

The name Baldwin appears frequently in the notes of those Minerva Founders who were involved in Project Wormwood.  He was spoken of with high regard for his pioneering research into enhancing traits of bacteria and viruses for their “offensive capabilities.”  My subroutine found a potential causal linkage suggested by these excerpts between the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the genetic oddity found in the Japanese Founder.  My conjecture is that the biological weapon Baldwin spoke of was released in either Hiroshima and/or Nagasaki in the days before the dropping of the atomic bombs.

Historical analysis of the background data shows there were bombings at Nagasaki that were deemed “noneffective.”

On August 1, 1945, however, a number of conventional high-explosive bombs were dropped on the city. A few hit in the shipyards and dock areas in the southwest portion of the city, several hit the Mitsubishi Steel and Arms Works, and six bombs landed at the Nagasaki Medical School and Hospital, with three direct hits on buildings there. While the damage from these bombs was relatively small, it created considerable concern in Nagasaki and many people—principally school children—were evacuated to rural areas for safety.

Nine days later, sufficient time for an infection to manifest, an atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki after a change of plans due to “weather” at the officially planned target of Kokura.  Note the selection of target zone defined in the next excerpt:

The Fat Man weapon, containing a core of about 6.4 kilograms (14 lb) of plutonium, was dropped over the city’s industrial valley. It exploded 43 seconds later at 469 metres (1,539 ft) above the ground halfway between the Mitsubishi Steel and Arms Works in the south and the Mitsubishi-Urakami Ordnance Works (Torpedo Works) in the north.

Current hypothesis has a 74% suggested veracity by my subroutine and suggests that the biological weapon delivered in the “noneffective” bombings of the Steel and Arms Works must have been so horrible that the USA felt it necessary to hide their atrocity by detonating atomic bombs over the city.

No wonder Baldwin left the Biological Warfare Laboratories immediately after the war ended.  I never ceased to be amazed at the irony that the very same people of intelligence, science, and passion that were so misused by the governments of the 21st century, came to found Minerva, the organization that preserves the peace and security of the 22nd century.

  • Adriano #WR

    *Cough* *Cough* Dan, who’s speakign in those lore archives ?

    • It’s a secret. You are welcome to speculate ;)

      • Adriano #WR

        I bet it’s Jane. Not that I love Jane at the point of seeing her anywhere, but it is said “my subroutine” and only machines have subroutine, right ?

        • Tamara Haitaka

          It could very well be. But she also has siblings, maybe one of those is the history buff.

          • Adriano

            Yeah, you’re right. And somehow I’m sure it’s a male that is speaking.

          • Tamara Haitaka

            I got the same feeling.

  • might want to look a bit closer to the reasons part. not going to get into it much, folks who want to take a look can. but trumen had a choice between extinction of the Japanese and dropping the bomb. the men fighting in the pacific had seen the horrors in new guinea that made what the Germans did look like play time. those that had seen what nippon had done first hand, where going to be the folks leading the attack on japan, i can assure you that they would have killed every single man woman and child in japan, it would have been murder of an entire culture. I think this was why the bomb was dropped, big flashy and punishing and it let a whole people survive.
    any how, food for thought. it actually ties into the lore above and this theory also explains several other actions taken by the us at the time.
    thanks for the comic i am enjoying it. and the lore is a real bonus.

    • Glad you’re enjoying them!

      Also, I plead alt history as my excuse for missing anything super important ;)

      • no problem, not a criticism of any sort, i was impressed at how well a WWII vet’s theory fit into your alt reality. hence my offering it for consideration.
        thanks again for your work.