untitled drabble #91

Title: untitled drabble #91
Rating: G
Pairing: Sam Carter
Warnings: anytime really in the AJ 'Verse, but probably sometime in S3
Summary: Department of Homeworld Security
Notes: I very briefly had the idea of doing the next story in Jack's POV. Then Sam's. Both I decided were ultimately fruitless, but I liked the beginning too much to completely delete. Which is coincidental, because I received a review for "12 March 2012" today - the future!fic I ultimately abandoned about the Stargate Program being revealed in the AJ 'verse. Because this has a very, very little to do with what will ultimately be the actual version of that. One day. Probably at least a year from now.


An Ancient!John Drabble

"The major problem—one of the major problems, for there are several—one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them. To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job."

Douglas Adams The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

15 May, 2007 / XXX Iun. a.f.c. I – HWS Headquarters, Terra, Avalon

Jack calls it The Pillbox. The official name for the complex is: The Dag Hammarskjöld Centre for Universal Peace and Security, which had gone up with minimal controversy and remarkable alacrity on the corner of 5th and 97th on Manhattan's Upper East Side, but Jack calls it The Pillbox, as does almost everyone who knows the building's actual purpose. Which is to be not, as the announcements claimed, an extension for the United Nation's Office for Outer Space Affairs, but rather the headquarters of Homeworld Command, which had been secunded in recent months from a cabinet-level position in the United States government to a United Nations programme they would deny with all the strength of their PR department until the Stargate Program was made public.

It's all very confusing and political. Sam remembers precisely none of it, most likely because the last time Daniel tried to explain it to her Jake had been busy proving that child-proof anything was nothing more than a cruel and elaborate joke perpetuated by the entirety of modern civilization upon poor, unsuspecting first-time parents like herself. As long as the job gets done, it matters very little who actually sits at the top of the totem pole, the American president or the UN Secretary-General. Jack is in charge of most of the day-to-day operations and there's a committee that deals with most the long-term things, and all in all it means very little has changed.

I like this little glimpse into what might have been :) It also makes me go Oh, Jack! with fondness.
:D Oh, the Pillbox will still exist. We just probably won't ever see it from Jack's POV.

Because I have PLANS. Mostly that, because of John being a REAL, LIVE ANCIENT that Earth has to contend with, and a more-or-less peaceful ally that is willing to interact with and provide them with tech, Earth in AJ is forced to up its game with Homeworld Security - which becomes more of a Secretary of State position for other worlds in addition to "how can we utterly destroy anyone who tries to attack us" and all that.

I picture it as a nice, modern building sort of like atrium of the bank in "The Blind Banker." Jack will have a nice office with a nice view of Central Park, and sometimes when things are pissing him off enough he'll go join the college kids playing frisbee he can see out of the window and trounce them all when his knees cooperate. But most of the building is underground and connected via tunnels to other parts of the city and NY - thus the name pillbox. One goes to the UN, one to Mt. Sinai Hospital next door, one to the nearest military base, et cetera. And it can be locked down instantly. The most defensible building in the city.
Ooo, I love that it still exists XD And lol Jack, playing with the college students when he's tired of the bullshit. That is so Jack :P
It really is. I'll try to include it somehow, even as a passing reference, but no one can convince me it does not exist anymore.