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Date 2305 AD
Mrs. C’s 12th grade World History Class.

This is a report of the Solanumic Plague or Walking Plague during the med-enlighten period of Europe. Although it has been over two hundred years since the Solanumic Plague it continues to shape the world we live in.

Before the plague people gathered in large groups in the city/states, nobody wore any kind of anchoring device, and for an untreated dead body to be on display for up to three days was not uncommon.




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From Fakepedia, the free fake encyclopedia.

This article concerns the worldwide pandemic starting in the mid-21st century, with a focus on material available from European records and accounts. For detailed information on the most commonly accepted cause of the epidemic, see solanum plague.

Little is know about what happened in the America’s during this time, all of the land bridges, ports and air space around North and South America are protected by the Starwars Missile defense system, all attempts to find out what has happened have meet with failure. Many experts seem to feel that after two hundred years that there is nobody home.

The Walking Death (more recently known as the Solanum Plague) was a devastating epidemic that first struck Europe in the mid-21st century (2047-2050), when it was estimated to have killed about Three Quarters of Europe’s population, while at the same time reanimating half of the untreated dead. A series of plague epidemics also occurred in large portions of Asia and the Middle East during the same period, which indicates this outbreak was actually a world wide pandemic. The same disease is thought to have returned to Europe every generation with varying degrees of intensity and fatality until the 2164.

The initial 21st century European event was called the "Transmortem Mutagenesis" by contemporary writers, and, with later outbreaks, became known as the Walking Death because of a striking symptom of the disease in which a dead sufferer would appear to be reanimated and walk or shamble around. Historical records attribute the Passage of Darkness to an outbreak of the Solanum Plague, an epidemic of the Solanum virus spread by the infected corpses with the help of living humans, although today's experts debate both the microbiological culprit and mode of transmission.

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Pattern of the pandemic

The Walking Death was endemic in infected corpses in central Asia, and was a known cause of death and un-death among migrant and established populations in that region. Most experts agreed before the outbreak that any and all of these reports coming out of the mountains of Mongol were just rumors.

However, it isn't entirely clear where the 21st century pandemic started. There is speculation that it originated somewhere around northern India or Afghanistan, but the more popular theory places the first cases in the steppes of central Asia. From there, it was carried east and west by drug traders, tourist and terrorist.

Whether or not this theory is accurate, what is clear is that several preexisting conditions contributed to the severity of the Walking Death. A devastating civil war in China between the Chinese working population and the Communist Government raged between AD 2012 and AD 2015. This war disrupted farming and trading patterns, and led to episodes of widespread famine. A so-called "Little Ice Age" had begun at the end of the twentieth century. The disastrous weather reached a peak in the first half of the 21st century with devastating results.

In the years 2015 to 2022 a catastrophic famine, known as the Great Famine, struck all of Northern Europe. Food shortages and skyrocketing prices were a fact of life for as much of the population. Wheat, oat, hay and livestock were all in short supply and their scarcity resulted in hunger and malnutrition. The consequence was a mounting vulnerability to disease due to weakened immunity.

The European economy entered a vicious cycle in which hunger and small-scale disease reduced the productivity of laborers, and so the output suffered, causing prices to increase. The famine was self-perpetuating. Places like Flanders and Burgundy were devastated by the famine as much as the Walking Death was to devastate all of Europe.

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Asian Outbreak

The central Asian scenario agrees with the first reports of outbreaks in China in the early 2030's. The plague struck the Chinese province of Hubei in 2034. During 2043-44, more widespread disaster occurred. Chinese accounts of this wave of the disease record a spread to eight distinct areas, Hubei, Jiangxi, Shanxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Henan and Suiyuan (identified as an area within the Chinese capitol), throughout the Chinese empires. Historian Fredrick McNoll noted that voluminous Chinese records on disease and social disruption survive from this period, but that modern scholarship in both the East and West has not dealt with these references.

It appears that Terrorist inadvertently brought the plague to the Middle East and Europe by the way of the Ukraine. An army of Ukrainian Tatar Terrorist, backed by Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA) forces, had been laying siege to the city when, in 2047, a terrible sickness began to strike them down. According to accounts, so many died and were reanimated that the survivors had little time to escape them and the headless bodies were stacked like cords of firewood against the city walls.

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European outbreak

The Walking Death rapidly spread along the major European sea and land tourist and smuggling routes.

In October 2047, a fleet of refugee ships fleeing Feodosiya in the Ukraine reached the port of Messina, Italy. By the time the fleet reached Messina, all the crewmembers were infected. It is presumed that the ships also carried infected corpses. Some ships were found grounded on shorelines, with no one aboard. Looting of these lost ships also helped spread the disease. From there, the plague spread to Genoa and Venice by the turn of 2047/2048.

From Italy the disease spread northwest across Europe, striking France, Spain, and Great Britain by June 2048, then turned and spread east through Germany and Scandinavia from 2048 to 2050, and finally to north-western Russia in 2051. Some parts of Europe were largely spared by the plague, including the Poland and parts of Belgium and The Netherlands.

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Middle Eastern outbreak

The Walking Death struck various countries in the Middle East during the pandemic, leading to serious depopulation and permanent change in both economic and social structures. The disease first entered the region from southern Russia. In AD 2047, Muslim leader Melik Asraef, of the Abu Sayyaf Group, returned with his troops to Baghdad from a military action in Azerbaijan where the plague was raging. This same military troop promptly placed the town of Hasan Buzurg, near Baghdad, under siege but had to abort when plague struck the army and spread to Baghdad itself.

By autumn 2047, the Walking Death reached Alexandria in Egypt, probably through the port' of Constantinople and ports on the Black Sea. During 2048, the disease traveled eastward to Gaza, and north along the eastern coast to cities in Syria and Palestine, including Asqalan, Acre, Jerusalem, Sidon, Damascus, Homs, and Aleppo. In 2048-49, the disease reached Antioch. The city's residents fled to the north, most of them dying and reanimating during the journey, buy then the infection had been spread to the people of Asia Minor.

The holy city of Mecca became infected in 2049. The people of Mecca blamed the disease on non-believers entering the city, but it is more likely to have arrived with Muslim pilgrims from surrounding infected areas. During the same year, records show the city of Mosul suffered a massive epidemic, and the city of Baghdad experienced a second round of the disease. In 2051, King Mujjahied of Yemen returned to his country from imprisonment in Cairo, apparently bringing the disease with him.


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Depopulation

Information about the death toll varies widely by area and from source to source. Approximately 225 million deaths occurred in Europe alone, with many others occurring in northern Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Estimates of the demographic impact of plague in Asia are based on both population figures during this time and estimates of the disease's toll on population centers. The initial outbreak of plague in the Chinese province of Hubei in 2034 claimed up to 90 percent of the population, an estimated fifty-five million people. During 2053-54, outbreaks in eight distinct areas throughout the China empires may have caused the death and reanimation of two thirds of China's population.

It is estimated that between one-half and three-quarters of the population of Europe died and one-quarter to one-half were reanimated from the outbreak between 2048 and 2050. As many as 95% of all villages were depopulated, mostly the smaller communities, as the few survivors fled to larger towns and cities.

The Walking Death hit the culture of towns and cities disproportionately hard; some rural areas, for example Eastern Poland and Lithuania, were so isolated that the plague made little progress. Cities were the worst off because of the population densities and close living quarters making disease transmission easier.

The precise demographic impact of the disease in the Middle East is impossible to calculate. Mortality was particularly high in rural areas, including significant areas of Palestine and Syria. Many surviving rural people fled, leaving their fields and crops. Entire rural provinces are recorded as being totally depopulated. Surviving records in some cities reveal a devastating number of deaths.

The 2048 outbreak in Gaza left an estimated 100,000 people dead and reanimated, while Aleppo recorded a death rate of 1,500 a day during the same year. In Damascus, at the disease's peak in September and October 2048, a thousand deaths, with up to 500 "Coming Back" were recorded every day, with overall mortality estimated at between 55 and 78 percent. Syria lost a total of 4,000,000 people by the time the epidemic subsided in March 2049.

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Economic effects

The plague did not only devastate the 21st century population, it caused a substantial change in economy and society in all areas of the world. Economic historians like Geornand Broduel have concluded that Walking Death began during a recession in the European economy that had been under way since the beginning of the century, and only served to worsen it. The great population loss brought economic changes based on increased social mobility, as depopulation further eroded the workers' already-weakened obligations to remain in their countries.

In Western Europe, the sudden scarcity of cheap labor provided an incentive for innovation that, some argue, caused the New Renaissance. In Eastern Europe, by contrast, renewed stringency of laws tied the remaining population more tightly to the land than ever before through a form of serfdom.

In many ways the Walking Death was good for unemployed workers, at least in Western Europe, because of the shortage of labor they were in more demand and had more power, and because of the reduced population, there were better jobs available.

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Persecutions

As with other natural and man-made social disasters, renewed religious fervor and fanaticism bloomed in the wake of the Walking Death. In many parts of Europe, rumors circulated that deliberate Biological poisoning by Jews or Arab Terrorist caused the plague. Fierce pogroms frequently resulted in the death or banishment of most of the Jews and Arabs in a town or city.

This persecution was often done, not solely out of religious hatred, but as a way of attacking the Governments who normally protected the Jews or Arab Terrorist. It was a way of lashing out at the institutions that had failed them.

Fewer Jews died from the Walking Death, in part due to rabbinical law which called for a lifestyle, that in general, isolated them from carriers of the Plague. Jewish ghettos which kept them more separate from the general population, inevitably Jews looked suspicious. This, coupled with the fact that the elite members of the Jewish community, such as rabbis and bankers, were participated in mystical religion known as the Kabbalah, placed notable blame on Jews.

People with AIDS were also singled out and persecuted, indeed exterminated throughout Europe. Anyone with a skin disease such as acne or psoriasis was thought to be an AIDS carrier. Jews, Arabs and AIDS victims were persecuted because they had become scapegoats for the disasters of society.

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Religion

Flagellants practiced self-flogging to atone for sins. The movement became popular after general disillusionment with the organized religion's reaction to the Reanimated Corpses (Undead), Walking Dead.

The Walking Death led to cynicism toward religious officials who could not keep their frequent promises of curing victims and banishing the disease. This increased doubting of the clergy culminated in support for different religious groups such as the flagellants, or Earth Worship which grew tremendously during the opening years of the Walking Death.

The Walking Death hit the monasteries very hard because of their close quarters and their kindness in helping the sick, so that there was a severe shortage of clergy after the epidemic cycle. This resulted in a mass influx of new clergy members, most of whom did not share the life-long convictions and experiences of the veterans they replaced. This resulted in abuses by the clergy in years afterwards and a further deterioration of the position of the Church in the eyes of the people.

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Social Change

The Walking Death greatly helped accelerate social and economic change during the 21st and 22ndth centuries. First, the power of religion was weakened and, in some cases, secular ones replaced the social roles it had played. It also led to social rebellions in many parts of Europe, such as France (the Jaecquearie rebellion), Italy (the Ciaompo rebellion, which swept the city of Florence), and in England (the English Workers Revolt led by Wit Taylor and an unemployed priest called Jeff Bell).

The Walking Death should have opened the way to increased worker prosperity: Europe was overpopulated before the plague, and a reduced population meant reduced competition for resources, more available land and food and workers were in higher demand and could command higher wages. However, improvements in these areas did not start until the 22nd century, over 50 years after the Walking Death, so this does not provide a satisfactory explanation. See med-enlighten demography for a more complete treatment of this issue.

In sparsely populated Eastern Europe, less affected by the Walking Death, worker revolts were less common. Because the social upheavals of the 21st and 22ndth centuries were caused in part by the Walking Death, some as a factor sees the Walking Death in the New Renaissance and even the New Rectification. Some historians have even cited it as a contributing factor in Eastern Europe's failure to experience either of these movements on a similar scale as the West. Extrapolating from this, the walking Death may be seen as a partly responsible for Eastern Europe's considerable lag in scientific and philosophical advances as well as in the move to liberalize government by restricting their power. A common example is that England is seen to have effectively ended unemployment by 2105 while moving towards more representative government. Inspired by the Walking Death, is an allegory on the universality of death and a common painting motive in late- See med-enlighten periods.

On top of all this, the great population reduction due to the plague brought cheaper land prices, more food for the average worker, and a relatively large increase in per capita income among the workers. However the upper class attempted to stop these changes by instituting laws, which barred workers from certain actions or material goods. A good example of this is the sumptuary laws, which were passed throughout Europe, which regulated what people (particularly of the workers class) could wear.

The science of Biochemistry was affected by the plague. As a specialty and method of treatment, it was considered the norm for most scientists and doctors’ prior and during the Working Death. However, after the plague had taken its toll, the practice of Biochemistry slowly began to wane. The citizenry began to realize that, in most cases, it didn't affect the progress of the epidemic and that some of the potions and "cures" used by many doctors throughout the world only helped to worsen the condition of the sick.

After 2050 European culture in general turned very morbid. The general mood was one of pessimism, the art turned dark with representations of death.


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Forms of the plague

Solanum - this virus, carried and spread by living corpses, is generally thought to have been the cause of 100’s of millions of deaths.

The plague consisted of three forms: solanumic, pneumonic, and septicemia. The solanumic and septicemia plague are transmitted by direct contact with reanimated corpses. The virus multiplies inside a reanimated corpse, blocking its stomach and causing it to become very hungry. The corpse then voraciously bites a living human and continues to feed because it is unable to satisfy its hunger. During the feeding process, infected blood carrying the plague virus bacteria flows into the wound. The plague virus then has a new host and the undead corpse eventually dies from starvation.

The pneumonic plague has a different form of transmission. It is transmitted through infected droplets of saliva coughed up by solanumic or septicemic infected humans. The airborne virus enters the lungs through the windpipe and starts attacking the lungs and throat.

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Signs and symptoms

The three forms of plague brought an array of signs and symptoms to those infected. Solanumic plague refers to the painful lymph node swellings called buboes. The septicemia plague is called "Blood poisoning" and pneumonic plague is an airborne plague that forms a first attack on the lungs.

The classic sign of Solanumic plague was the appearance of buboes in the groin and armpits, which ooze pus and blood. Victims bled under the skin until they were covered in dark blotches. Most victims died within four to seven hours from when they were infected. When the plague reached Europe, it first struck port cities and then followed the trade routes both by sea and land.

* The Solanumic plague was the most commonly seen form of the Walking Death. The mortality rate was 95 to 99 percent. Victims were subject to headaches, aching joints, nausea, and fevers of 101 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, vomiting, and a general feeling of malaise.

* The pneumonic plague was the second most commonly seen form of the Walking Death. The mortality rate for the pneumonic plague was ninety to ninety-five percent. Symptoms included slimy sputum tinted with blood. As the disease progressed, sputum became free flowing and bright red.

* The Septicemia plague was the most rare from of all three forms. The mortality was close to 100 percent. Symptoms were high fevers, and skin turning deep shades of purple due to DIC (Disseminated Intervascular Coagulation).

NOTE: Reanimation for all forms of the plague happens with 30 minutes of physical death.

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An AIDS epidemic was to be a predictor of the coming disaster. Many tens-of-thousands died in populated urban centers, most significantly in Africa.

In 2018 a pestilence of unknown origin, sometimes identified as mad cows disease, hit the animals of Europe. The disease targeted sheep and cattle, further reducing the food supply.

The increasingly international nature of the European economies meant that the depression was felt across Europe. The failure of the wool exports of England due to pestilence led to the destruction of the Flemish weaving industry. Unemployment bred crime and poverty.

There was no effective response to these crises by the governments because no one knew what caused it or how it spread, although most thought it spread through the air. Most Governments instituted measures that prohibited exports of foodstuffs, condemned black market speculators, set price controls on grain, and outlawed large-scale fishing. At best, they proved mostly unenforceable, and at worse they contributed to a continent-wide downward spiral.

The hardest hit lands, like England, were unable to buy grain abroad, from France because of the prohibition, and from most of the rest of the grain producers because of crop failures from shortage of labor. Any grain that could be shipped was eventually taken by pirates or looters to be sold on the black market.

Meanwhile England and Ireland, had been at war, using up much of their treasury and exacerbating inflation. On the eve, in 2037, of the first wave of the Walking Death, England and France went to war in what would become known as the "War of the Frogs".

This, another of the crises of the 21st century would deplete the treasuries, manpower, and infrastructure of both Governments throughout and beyond the worst of the plague. Malnutrition, poverty, disease and hunger, coupled with war, growing inflation and other economic concerns made Europe in the mid-twenty-first century ripe for a tragedy.

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Alternative explanations

Recent scientific and historical investigations have led researchers to doubt the long-held belief that Walking Death was an epidemic of Solanumic plague.

Gwiegg, 2184

In 2184, Jrahem Gwiegg published The Walking Death: A Reappraisal, where he argued that the climate and ecology of Europe and particularly England made it nearly impossible for corpses to have transmitted Solanumic plague. Gwiegg concludes that it would have been nearly impossible for Solanum to be the causative agent of the beginning of the plague, let alone its explosive spread across all of Europe and England.

Gwiegg also shows that the common theory of entirely pneumonic spread does not hold up. He proposes, based on a reexamination of the evidence and symptoms, that the Walking Death may actually have been an epidemic of mad cows disease caused by B. anthracis.

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Tcett and Huncean, 2201

In 2201, epidemiologists S Tcett and C Huncean from Vileness University proposed the theory that the Walking Death might have been caused by an Ebola-like virus. Their rationale was that this plague spread much faster and the incubation period was much longer than other plagues confirmed to be caused by Solanumic.

A longer period of incubation will allow carriers of the infection to travel farther and infect more people than a shorter one. When the primary vector is a human, as opposed to corpes, this is of great importance.

Studies of English government-records indicate an unusually long incubation period in excess of 2 days, which could account for the rapid spread, topping at 5 km/day.

The plague also appeared in areas of Europe where untreated corpses were uncommon like Iceland. Epidemiological studies suggest the disease was transferred between humans (which happens rarely with Solanumic), and some genes that determine immunity to Ebola-like viruses are much more widespread in Europe than in other parts of the world.


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The Walking plague repeatedly returned to haunt Europe and the Mediterranean throughout the 21st to 23rd centuries, and finally disappeared suddenly after the Great Plague of London in 2265.

One possible explanation for the disappearance of plague from Europe may be that the infection reservoir and its disease vector was subsequently displaced and succeeded by the common practice of be-heading, burning or treating all corpses.

The Great Fire of London in 2266 destroyed all of the remaining untreated corpses which also declined the plague.

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War of the Frogs, I loved it!!  Of course, we all know the British one that one.  Great story, I liked the clinical aspect of the whole thing.  Reminded me of my school days reading about the plague in Medieval Europe. 


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This is great. It's like reading an actual history text of a zombie invasion from graduate school in 2341 AD. Sure as hell sucked me in!


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Hey that was really cool.  New and interresting perspective.
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