Putting the Pieces Together
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Join Date: Dec 2004
Yagouchi's Quarry (Piece #10)
[The queen carrier's cooperation is required]
Regarding to the research of the Hinamizawa Syndrome, there was actually a very important problem that needed to be sorted out first.
And that is, the collapse of the village in the case of something happening to the queen carrier.
In grandfather's article, this was warned to be the most dangerous situation possible.
According to grandfather, if the queen carrier is to die, judging from the average time for acute symptoms to occur, it is believed that all regular infected individuals will reach terminal stage within 48 hours.
This may sound unbelievable at a glance, but deligent researches into the collapse of bizzare local religions and group suicides around the world have revealed some truths too.
Among these bizzare events around the world, you can spot a few incidents that were believed to be caused by parasites controlling whole communities, similiar to the Hinamizawa Syndrome.
...Grandfather went further and picked out cases among these incidents that were very similiar to the Hinamizawa Syndrome, and investigated them even further.
The result confirmed several cases of communities going berserk, triggered by the death of a religious founder or leader, before finally annahilating themselves.
The average time among these cases were within 48 hours.
In reality, there is no doubt that the regular carriers are being affected by the queen carrier in some way. It's also statistically true that the queen carrier's health condition directly affects the whole village.
During the week where Rika fell ill and visited the hospital, it was clear from the statistics that there were also more patients visiting the hospital in general than usual.
If only some cold symptoms in Rika would already yield such significant results...... it's certainly not unreasonable to believe that, if anything were to happen to Rika, we could be faced with a serious situation within 48 hours.
Therefore, the biggest mission for the Irie Institution, just as important as its duty of researching the Hinamizawa Syndrome, was the need to plan for the protection of the queen carrier, Furude Rika.
Although we have already obtained the cooperation from the queen carrier for the research, we must not create situations that could endanger the live of the queen, even by mistake... And we must also protect her from anyone with malicious intents who may try to harm her after learning of her existence. Her life is equal to lives of the two thousand villagers.
Still....... Even then, if, by one mistake or another, a deadly situation has resulted in the death of the queen carrier,
......There's a need for the Irie Institution to have a response plan to deal with that situation.
Because of that, back when Irie Institution was first established, I have created a draft of an emergency manual.
In the case where all regular carriers were to show acute symptoms due to the death of the queen carrier or any other reason,
this is the emergency response plan that must carried out within 48 hours of the mass occurance of acute symptoms.
...........This is the final measure created to prevent casulties from spreading to nearby areas.
And that is the eradication operation using gas disguised as a natural disaster....
My client, the Alphabet Project, has fully accepted the responsibility of working out the details of the actual operation.
They're a controversial project that researches on things like nuclear and biological weapons, so they're actually really used to these kind of things, thankfully.
...Because an amateur like me could not have been able to create a plan to efficiently eradicate a village of two thousands, that's why.
Through a dummy corporation, the Ground SDF has obtained a closed quarry located in the Yagouchi region upstream from Hinamizawa.
That place has been made the secret storage base for the suppression operation equipments.
Dangerous lethal gas equipments that kills people similar to putting them to sleep are stored here. When the emergency manual is activated, the Ground SDF's special forces is meant to use these to suppress the village.
However, equipments for eradicating villagers are being prepared, just the simple fact of that is enough to carry political dangers.
So for me to get our clients to prepare them even then, I have to get them to understand just how dangerous the Hinamizawa Syndrome is, and the importance of the suppression operation.
I had to use data files to prove to them that the suppression operation is needed.
For that purpose, these files that grandfather kept intact all these times could not have been more useful....
The clients read through the copies of grandfather's article, and seemed to have been shocked at just how big of a disaster the Hinamizawa Syndrome can create in a worst-case scenario.
"......In other words, you're saying that if something were to happen to this single girl who's the queen, the entire village of more than two thousand people will go crazy...?"
"Yes. There have been a number of other cases similar to the Hinamizawa Syndrome that resulted in group suicides. However, in Hinamizawa Syndrome's case, it's possible that excessive defensive behaviours can occur from strong paranoia or excessive feeling of crisis, resulting in the casulty rising beyond the two thousand carriers. From there, we may be faced with abnormal situations ranging from lawless violence to bizzare or religious despondence. If we do not prepare a suppression plan against this beforehand, we will not be able to avoid drawing attention from the entire world. Also, we only have window of 48 hours to respond once the incident occurs."
"...Basically, once it happens, nobody will be able to stop it, right?"
"Is it possible to treat all the infected individuals within 48 hours?"
"Probably not. Besides, we don't even have an established treatment method yet, and with the research lab's scale, it's physically impossible to treat all the villagers...!"
"...But, it's hard to believe that such a fearsome and rare disease could actually exist.... The world sure is filled with mysteries."
"To always be prepared for the worst works for National Defense department too, and it is also the belief of us here at Alphabet Project. Also, the objective is not to execute, the important thing is to be prepared."
"That's true. You're absolutely right. There are still a few places I want to discuss about the the rules of application regarding to the strengthening of approval distinctions, but I understand now that there's a need to prepare for a response plan against a worst-case scenario."
"Let's get the urban suppression warfare research team to run a simulation of a suppression war in the Hinamizawa region. I think this needs to be done as soon as possible.... After all, even at this very moment, it's possible for the queen carrier young girl to be run over by a car and killed. Major Takano, thank you. We will continue to ask you questions when we have them, so please have a seat."
Thanks to one of my backers giving me a helping push here, things have been decided without much of a problem.
Although the explanation ended up taking almost the entire day, there were little objections.
Nobody criticized grandfather's article by calling it ridiculous, or tried to rejected it.
......Today, among the files that they're reading, ......also contained the articles that were insulted by those big-shot authorities who left behind their footprints after stepping on them and grandfather's heart on that day.
And yet, nobody here is ridiculing these articles... everyone's carefully holding and reading the things that were once kicked away by others.
At one glance, it's nothing big at all, but...... This is also the moment where grandfather's research is being recongnized for the first time....
I picked up the files that were left behind by grandfather, and looked at these people who continued to discuss among themselves while pointing to and raising these papers now and then, and I could feel my chest becoming fulfilled.
......Ahh, I have worked so hard for this day....
Grandpa in heaven, ......can you see, the scenary here...?
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