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In order to understand the grave situation of the future, one must understand the future. On January 25th, 2228, Philip Andersen was born to Thomas Raymond Andersen, a four star general within the ranks of the Earth Directory, and Patricia Ann Andersen, a doctor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Philip, the fourth child of the parents, along the youngest, would lead the human race to it's highest peak.
Beginning in 2240, several years of revolts and revolutions occured throught the human controlled planets and star systems. In 2238, the nation of France revolted aganist the rule of President Johnson, the leader of the Earth Directory. Soon afterwards, revolts would spread to the Sigma Draconis system, the Delta Pavonis system and Mars.
In 2247, after the defeat of General T.R. Andersen's Sixth Fleet in the Delta Pavonis system, widespread protests began on Earth, the clock had ticked it's last tick on the Johnson Administration. Elections were immediatley called for, Johnson resigned from the presidency the day after.
Earth Senator David Welch, a well respected man began his bid for the presidency in 2236, he was defeated by Johnson's president. In 2236, Johnson was on the ticket for vice president. After an assassination in 2237, he assumed to the presidency. In 2242, Welch again made his bid for the presidency, again he was defeated by Johnson.
Now in 2247, Welch had the promise, the pose, the chance to win the election. There was a slight problem, Welch was 57 years old, most of the population did not want two older men running the Earth Directory. A younger candidate for vice president would have to be chosen, preferably somebody with little experience with politics, a person 'untainted' by the corruption of government.
That person was, Philip Jereimah Andersen, the recent graduate of Burke High School in Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of 18.
This is an alternative history, science fiction AAR.