Relations: Smash Your TV! (online version)
Thomas Wooten 
In the mid 1600s the Quakers fled England to escape religious persecution. Today, in the
mid 2000s, two of the last remaining Quakers were heading back to escape every kind of
persecution in the Americas. They weren't headed back to England exactly, England was a part
of the 1WG (the One World Government). But across the channel from England, in France,
there was still a place to escape to.
It had taken them months to get to this point. But they were now finally nearly across the
Atlantic Ocean. Captain Sturgis came topside and warned Mr. Wooten that they would be
approaching the battle zone before long and that he'd better get himself down below. Thomas
Wooten continued to stare out at the water. Looking toward Spain and France. He knew that
they would not come into view for a while yet, and that by the time they did, he would have
to watch it from down below, but he didn't feel like he was finished staring toward them.
Captain Sturgis cursed him and got himself down below.
Captain Sturgis was not a pleasant fellow, but he was the best that Randy Savoy could find.
It was difficult to find a smuggler that wouldn't turn them over to the authorities even with
what they were willing to pay. Having to smuggle his daughter, Hanna, with them made things
that much more difficult. The four passengers must have seemed like a very strange quartet
to captain Sturgis. Thomas decided to head down below to avoid appearing any more strange.
He gave one last look back toward Zone 1, Eastern North America, and the people they'd
left behind. Randy Savoy and his new friends. As he descended the metal stairs he thought
about Randy Savoy. More specifically, about Randy and Sandra's tearful goodbye. He knew that
if anything should ever happen to him, that his wife Sandy would go back and seek out Randy
Savoy. And he knew that Randy would take good care of Sandra, and Hanna too. He didn't know
how that made him feel. The UUtopius community they had come from had been a very liberating
place, but he had to admit to himself that he was glad that Randy was, finally, no longer
He went back down below and found Sandra staring out the front of the ship just below
the place he had been standing up above. He came up behind her and caressed her shoulders
and they both stared silently toward the future as the air began to thicken with tiny metal
bits flying all around and falling into the Ocean. They were going to start a new community
along side of whatever Jerod Brannigan was going to set up. Jerod wanted to start a new
Catholic community that would be like the Children of the Rose where he was raised. Their
new Quaker meeting would exist along side of it. And hopefully they would all live happy
and full lives there together.
All that was left was to get into France. Captain Sturgis needed to get them past the
Private Corporate Navies and all of the madness taking place in the air and then they would
arrive in Belgium. Belgium was in the process of breaking away from the 1WG, as was
Germany. Both had large staging areas where people trying to get into France had collected.
And these staging areas were evolving to become more and more like France while people were
waiting there. And now it was said that there were lots of people who preferred the staging
areas. They had their own unique culture there now. As a buffer between the 1WG and the
nations of France, Spain and Italy these transitional areas frequently came under attack.
But the swelling ranks of rebels were getting stronger and stronger and the 1WG forces in
eastern Europe seemed like they might be getting stretched thin.