A Mishap Before the Formative Period

Have civilizations always interacted freely?

No, no, till the formative period, universes were like jungles, as in “do what you please, if you have the means”.

What was the formative period?

That’s when rules and regulations were formulated regarding civilization interaction and experimental freedom.

Experimental freedom? What’s that?

The freedom to conduct experiments in areas or spaces other than where your own people reside.

Oh, so now there’s proper rules and regulations, is it?

Yes, but only after a very large wake-up call.

Which was?

A big mishap, which really shouldn’t have happened.

Are you gonna tell me about it?

Yes, the time has come. This knowledge needs to be set free for all to know.

So what happened?

You see, there was a civilization, quite similar to yours.

A civilization similar to Earth? Interesting. What do you mean there was? Are they finished?

No, of course not. They are hale and hearty. Anyways, these people were facing annihilation. Their planetary grid kept short-circuiting, causing major catastrophes. They were expecting to go under at any point.

So then? What saved them?

They pulled a stunt, and it saved them. At the cost of another civilization.

Oh Lord! Can you believe this?

You see, their grid-scientists were working 24×7. They had come up with 2 experiments to permanently rectify their planetary grid. The first experiment had a 40% chance of failure leading to a doomsday scenario, but if successful, would give ideal repairs and no loss of life. The second experiment had a 20% chance of failure, but was coupled with large-scale destruction, even if successful.

Oh man, what a choice!

They conducted a vote. The majority of the population was keen on the first choice, but wanted it to be tested elsewhere first.

Tested? Unbelievable!

So a team of grid scientists set out to the next environment that was similar in nature.

You mean Earth? That’s really cheeky.

If you’re facing destruction, you’ll do anything. Anyways there were no rules and regulations at that point, remember? One could do what one wanted if one had the know-how.

Like certain bandit areas I know back home!

Earth’s civilization at that time was not moving in a fully scientific direction. They were more about love, understanding, care and nature. They didn’t even realize that their planet was being experimented upon. They were caught totally unawares.

That’s really unfair.

The team of grid-scientists that came in focused their experiment over the Atlantic. Large empty area, water everywhere, no disturbance.

You mean the existing civilization on Earth was elsewhere, right.

Yes.

Where?

In the Pacific, on a continental land-mass.

What was it called?

Lemuria.

Oh no!

Yes, it was very unfortunate. No fault of Lemuria’s. Their life and their existence was exemplary. Their sacrifice gained highest recognition in the eyes of all civilizations. Their destruction changed the way civilizations started to interact, i.e. with utmost care for each other.

Well, what happened? Very sad, but I need to know how this ended.

The team started to conduct the first experiment, with the 40% chance of failure, on Earth’s grid, to see if it would succeed. The experiment failed. The grid short-circuited completely, causing such vast destruction on the whole planet, that the landmass of Lemuria became totally submerged. The volume and area of the Pacific Ocean increased simultaneously and proportionately. You need to imagine a large chunk of land extending from the West coast in the US to the South-East Asian coast just going under like that, shwooops.

I don’t know what to say, words fail me.

The scientists escaped in time, headed back home, and conducted the second experiment, which had a 20% chance of failure, but promised large destruction nonetheless. The experiment succeeded, but a third of their population got wiped out. The survivors rebuilt the planet, and they’re doing well today.

The cheek of it. Poor Lemuria. It’s people were so gentle.

Yes, everyone realized the need for laws and for a code of conduct between civilizations and regarding experimental freedom. Today, these laws are in place and are being adhered to. Lemuria’s sacrifice was not in vain.

What happens if some civilization breaks the code?

Strict sanctions. Trade embargos. Can become very tough if there’s no superconducting ore to be found within the civilization. If there is, then some other point is sought to twist the hand of the civilization at fault. You can rest assured that this issue is taken very seriously indeed.

Thank heavens for that!

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