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The first thing to keep in mind about the Monarchs and what they've been up to is that they are covert operatives in a WAR, and in war you sometimes have to do bad things to get the job done for the greater good.
Building secret bases, powering time machines, and other projects, are expensive. They require funding, obviously, and that funding has to be "under the table" and generally untraceable. Legal means of acquiring funds can only get you so far, so that leads to things considered by many to be unethical, like drug running, arms smuggling, and even prostitution.
The thing about drugs, is while they may be illegal on paper in the arbitrary laws of countries, they're not illegal in the sense that they violate free will. Nobody forces people to do drugs, you have to do them willingly. The thing about smuggling guns follows the same thing, illegal on paper, but they are just tools, it depends on what you do with them that can cause misery. And prostitution, again, illegal on paper, but it's a transaction between consenting parties.
The other thing to keep in mind, is that Monarchs knew what would be required and volunteered to do what they do, but because of the amnesic factor of their work, they don't remember volunteering for it. So when they retire and their systems begin to integrate and they start to recover memories, they feel used, and it looks like the things they went through were abuse.
A lot of them remember being prepared for it from a young age, and the question arises of how a minor could consent. People were sought out as adults and were asked if they would want to help with such an endeavor. Then with the time travel being a factor, they went back and began the conditioning process, which also included genetic enhancement.
The third factor that must not be ignored, is that while they may have had training and are EXTREMELY dangerous, they're still people and need to be treated like people, not like weapons, objects, or dangerous animals that need to be caged or put down. Some of them suffer from mental disturbances like PTSD, and need empathy and compassion.
Not all of them were involved in every aspect. Many never ran drugs or guns, or were in prostitution. The prostitution was mostly for the gathering of intel or the blackmail of people in power who were considered bad news. While many had weapons training, many never fired a shot in combat. They used non-lethal weapons whenever possible, but trained with both. Some people died, usually due to their own stupidity, and it was unavoidable, but instructions were to capture and reeducate. By reeducate, I don't mean a weasel word for brainwashing or anything like that. They were convinced humanely with evidence.
Everything was highly compartmentalized, beyond anything current intel agencies use today. Even many so called "handlers" had no idea what was actually going on, and were led to believe certain things, while being kept in the dark about what was really going on behind the scenes, and that was even after they thought they had finally been "let in on it".
I found out about one possible future where everything came to light in the mainstream public about Monarchs, and it was no longer considered fringe. They were rounded up, imprisoned, and sometimes institutionalized. The public became hysterical and paranoid, and a lot of innocent people that had nothing to do with them got swept up in it. Some documentation, files, and other evidence, had been found and released which revealed their identities. Many were still amnesic and had no idea of what they were involved in, or had any way of defending themselves.
It was found out that with the hypnosis and VR programming, they could literally mimic anyone, from general appearance, voice, and mannerisms, down to retina and iris scans, and even fingerprints. That includes people in positions of power, like senators or presidents.
The fear and paranoia arose from the idea that they were more dangerous than nuclear weapons, a big factor being their infiltration ability. With their computer skills, they could drain bank accounts and wreck economies. They could get past biometric security and steal all the nuclear launch codes. Not only that, but by mimicking people who had the ability to order deployment of such weapons, they could launch those missiles any time they desired, while making it look like the governments were the ones shooting themselves in the foot.
The skills of Monarchs go beyond just infiltration. The unconventional and high tech training methods that aren't availiable to the military, have honed skills that were considered beyond normal human capability. Endurance, strength, speed, focus, and pain threshold were all beyond what was accepted by conventional science.
Each one is able to neutralize a Green Beret or SEAL team single handedly. That's not an exaggeration, and very serious. They probably wouldn't even need to though, they could just mimic a commanding officer and order them to jump off a cliff or something. That probably wouldn't actually happen, but the point is they wouldn't have to outfight them, they could just outsmart them if they wanted to. They all have genius level IQs, with some sources claiming some of them to be in the 200+ range, combined with an eidetic memory, They also have a high visual acuity, which would be like seeing in a higher definition than normal people, and are hyper-observant.
That was just the physical aspect of it. Where it was believed the Monarchs were the most dangerous was that they could not only control government and legislation, but also the hearts and minds of the populace as well. It wouldn't be by force, the people would willingly welcome them.
John Lennon would be a good example of influence over hearts and minds. Some thought he wielded greater power than a government, because not only did millions follow him, but they followed him from all over the world. His influence wasn't contained to just one country, and due to his activism, he started being surveilled by the FBI. It was obvious the government feared his influence, and some have speculated that he was assassinated because of this.
In the possible future I found out about, it was revealed that the scale of the operation numbered the Monarchs in the millions. The public started to get paranoid thinking people around them like friends and family members were one of them, or had been replaced with one.
Soon everyone with a butterfly tattoo was suspected. Then star tattoos. Then other symbols people thought might be related to the occult. Not everyone with these tattoos are Monarchs, sometimes tattoos are just tattoos, but the public didn't see it that way. It eventually progressed into just tattoos in general, with some people thinking any tattoo at all was nano-hardwiring. Not all Monarchs are tattooed though, so the madness progressed further.
It snowballed into mass panic and delusions with everyone pointing the finger at everyone else, and nobody trusting anyone anymore, which lead to a breakdown in society. Nobody would cooperate with anyone anymore because they thought they were infiltrators trying to manipulate them.
It was like the old Red Scare and cold war paranoia, only much worse. There's already YouTube videos of people thinking celebrities have been replaced by clones as it is. Imagine that amplified by 100, but with irrefutable evidence and documentation backing up what had been going on, along with mainstream media coverage.
Yeah, some of the famous people really are Monarchs, and the ones people have tended to repeatedly focus on are correctly identified. Those are just the most visible ones though, because they're the elite models. They're kept hidden in plain sight, so to speak, because nobody would suspect these people to be trained killers. It would just come across as silly and ridiculous, as I undoubtedly must sound to some people reading this. But the thing about the truth is, it doesn't matter if it's believed or not, it still remains the truth.
Those are just a few of the visible ones. Most people didn't worry too much about them because they were kept at a distance and in the public eye where everyone could see them, and people didn't figure they would ever cross paths with someone like that. The ones people really worried about were the not so obvious ones. They were perceived as dangerous loaded weapons walking around freely and unseen. Like extremely venomous snakes or spiders hiding in every nook and cranny ready to strike at any given moment, and that scared people. Just look how people react to those who open carry. It's legal, yet they still act completely irrational about it sometimes.
The point of writing this, is that this is just a possible future, not one set in stone. It's the type of future that NEEDS to be avoided, because it leads to disaster. Just because there are dangerous people walking among you doesn't mean they're out to get you, hacking your computers, trying to manipulate you, or replacing your friends and family. They're more like war veterans coming home. Just because they're trained to kill doesn't mean they go around killing people indiscriminately.
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