By Daniel Paul Sandoval
Copyright 2011 Daniel Paul Sandoval
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The ancient polyester tablecloth hanging from the window reflected the mundane and boring life Lino lived everyday. His past fourteen years had been spent in an abandoned school in the middle of the barren rocky desert region that separated the 32 sates of America from the nation of Portcoma. Lino rolled his head away from the blistering morning sun and read the excerpt from the history book lying open on the floor.
Portcoma seceded from the United States shortly after the U.S. government closed the last highways connecting the Western United States to the East. Despite the controversy over Portcoma seceding from the U.S., giant corporations of the east encouraged it. They all felt threatened by Portcoma’s mega corporation Graphcomm. Scientifically, Portcoma was the creation of the great drought. The great drought started in the low valley deserts of the west and gradually worked its way higher in elevation. It climbed the Rocky Mountains and swallowed nearly every state below Montana and west of Nebraska. Prominent cities became ghost towns as people left their homes and possessions to find water. The great drought caused a great migration to the Mississippi River Basin and to the Northwest corner of the United States, which later became Portcoma…