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Humanity as come far along the years. Our ingenuity cannot be matched, terrifying at times. We surprise ourselves, our ideologies changing to better fit the discoveries we have made about the world that surround us.. and even the universe. In a world that continues to progress, certain theories and believes have been discarded and abandoned with grief. Much like an holy war, the same had to be done for the greater good in the centuries ahead. Organized religions and cults became a thing of the past and, the after match, lead entire civilizations to be renewed.
A few decades later, most societies reached a new age of enlightenment and prosperity. Free of religious influence, most rivalries between certain nations became obsolete. Though world peace was a mere pipe dream, nations competed among each other based on influence and control.. or even for economical reasons.
However, given that humanity had no answer for life beyond what it was, has lead to people who live in poverty to find new ways to distract themselves over their own issues. Some people wanted to feel happy in this only shot at life they ever had. They used forms of entertainment that were illegal, such as the ability to experience entire different lives from their own by the use of virtual simulators, a different experience where they could be anyone or anything they wanted. Wishing to feel the pleasure to being a spoiled millionaire or idol. To be beautiful and have everything they wanted. To have a partner. To be athletic and considered intelligent. The touch, the smell, the romance. It became a problem, for some people refused to face reality and preferred to live in their virtual fantasies where they could be and feel anything they wanted as if it was real.
To prevent humanity to fall under an imminent dystopia, the United Nations gathered a few of the most brilliant people from all over the world to find an answer for this epidemic. They came to the conclusion that the common people needed a form of hope, to keep them going and endure the harsh reality that is this universe. Their answer was not to destroy the same virtual reality that was available but, instead, to moderate it and make it available under certain conditions. Inspiring themselves over the very same religious beliefs of old, mythology, they developed a form of afterlife for any human that died, no matter of their background, would fall into. They called it .Graveyard (Dot Graveyard). For someone’s life doesn’t have to end after the final period. After the dot, the Graveyard awaits.
The .Graveyard is a complete network of servers that hosts several worlds based on fiction, novels, history, past and present that humanity has developed along the years. Those that died over the age of 12 would have their information uploaded to the .Graveyard and, from there, an Avatar based on the deceased would get to live forever and enjoy entire worlds on their behalf. They would had no prior knowledge of the real world nor the person they are based of. Only their personality would be maintained and programmed into the Avatar, even if they had no background connection to the deceased they were based of. Avatars would be able to meet other Avatars, to form friendships, to hop between servers and carve their own path freely. For the Avatar, the .Graveyard is reality. There is no other reality.
The rest is history and unknown, but the .Graveyard exists, hosting Avatars by the hundreds of billions. Plenty of servers to pick from and to hop from when they feel to do so. It keeps expanding and it doesn’t show signs that it will stop.