The Solo Effort

Photo by: Yinglan Z.

Captain Jones stood upon a hilltop of the newly colonized planet, New Montana. A team of his hand-picked men helped him raise the massive flagpole. Soon the United States flag flapped proudly in the breeze.

“I claim New Montanta for the United States of America!” he shouted proudly.

Photographers took pictures of the proud moment.

After the ceremony, everyone returned to their tasks building the colony. Jones remained behind and surveyed the terrain.

A supply ship landed with vital colony supplies. Mr. Yaminashi, the deliveryman, asked Jones to sign the shipping order. “New colony?” he said.

“It is,” said Jones. “This planet is claimed solely by the USA. Proof that only America can complete a solo effort to explore space. What’s in the shipment?”

Yaminashi looked down the list. “Lessee. Habitat domes from Germany, ham from Denmark, blankets from Peru, furniture from Sweden, rovers from China, ramen from Japan…”
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Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/fffaw-challenge-171st/

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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22 Responses to The Solo Effort

  1. James Pyles says:

    Ha, ha, ha. I think someone else used the prompt to try and claim another planet for the good ol’ U.S. of A., and I’ll tell you what I told them. There’s been an international treaty in place since the mid-1960s that says no nation can claim anything not on Earth. I guess during the US/Soviet space race, somebody was worried one government or the other would get to the Moon first and then “own” it.

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    • EagleAye says:

      I’m familiar with it. I expect anything within our solar system would be honored too. Outside of the Sol system, who knows what will happen. In any event, what I’m pointing out with this story is that it’s unlikely any substantial development of space will happen by a single country. It’ll take a large coalition of nations afford and develop anything like a colony. And that’s the way it ought to be anyway.

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  2. Joy Pixley says:

    Ha ha, another good one, Eric! It takes a special kind of conceit to think that one’s country doesn’t need good relations with its neighbors to succeed, but hey, my country seems to be seeping in exactly that kind of conceit right now.

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  3. Ha ha ha, a telling commentary on our crazy times.

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    I hope he’s paid the tariff taxes on all those goods πŸ˜‰

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  5. Hahahaha! Goes to show you that the USA needs all the other countries to make it powerful. Wonderful story, E.A.!

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  6. Hah! So true – to settle space properly will take a world effort. That will be right down to the smaller details.Even now, most of the cheese used in a certain McBurger franchise’s operations across the Asia Pacific region are made, as I understand it, in a factory in Eltham, Taranaki, New Zealand. When the interstellar push comes and we take our fast food franchises with us, I bet humanity will still be chomping on cheese processed right there in provincial New Zealand.

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  7. joetwo says:

    It takes a world to colonise a galaxy. Good one.

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