Sister Suicides: Fatal Dissidence

After the hibernation season of 2205, forty-eight Fifth Gen members of the Generational Production Department committed Cit’tilgul (Legal Suicide), to protest the Ninth Gen’s decision to place an indefinite hold of the production of an Eleventh Generation. These suicides set off a chain-reaction among elderly Fifth Gen citizens throughout Toxis. At the end of Yulitat, 2205, over two-thousand Fifth Gen citizens had booked Cit’tilgul appointments at Recycle-Center’s throughout Ramaxia.

During first session Cloister Session of 2206, First Office Ryo Uym suspended all future Cit’tilgul activities throughout the continent; when her motion got unanimous support unanimously from the Committee, and a majority pass from the Ninth-Gen dominated Chamber, three Sixth Generation Administrator’s of the hive Faltrix stepped down from Recycle Processing, in protest. The Primada Wall’s support of the Committee’s decision set off a rash of zish’tilgulix (Private Suicides) that went on from Dubol to Ixax.

  • A successful media blackout (implemented by the Fourth Office, Tee Banto), kept the hundreds of private-suicides out of the citizenry-news, but the last Fifth Gen citizen committed zish’tilgul at her home in Toxis, while Tenth Gen reporter Koba Julo recorded the event. In her exposé on the Fourth Office’s role in keeping the suicides out of the news, Koba Julo informed the public of the mass zish’tilgul going on across Ramaxia. After the broadcast, the Sixth (and many Seventh) Gen citizens took to the streets in protest. A demonstration in Utama yielded 13,000 citizens; they surrounded the Cloister on Yulitat 15, 2206, demanding the Ruling Platform rescind their cancellation on the production of the Eleventh.

When the first Cloister Session of 2207 made no mention of altering the edict, citizens again planned to take to the streets. On the eve of a highly advertised gathering in Utama, Fourth Office Tee Banto, suspended all transit routes in and out of Utama, while Primary Fusa Kul dispatched the Citizen’s Guard, to ensure no one could gather in citizenry-shared spaces.

In light of this civic suppression, the first mass suicides of note began in Rizbal Square. 55 Hizak, Subak, and Bizak (Sixth and Seventh Gen) citizens employed at various Ramaxian Health Center’s throughout the domes, came together in Rizbal Square and ingested saline on the steps of the Prime Lab. In the Koldax Dining Hall Tragedy, all 24 Hizak members of the Vanda Citizenry Alliance, knowingly dined on poisoned food and were found dead by the staff in their private dining room. In Pikalit, all 88 Sixth and Seventh Gen members of the Dirtoxian Mining Group gathered in the Dirtoxian Citizenry Center; where each stood in squares of four and shot one another with their assigned diggers.

  • The most memorable mass suicide remains the Zaxiri Zish’tilgul of 2207 that occured on the second of Bamx. Koba Julo, having lost her position as a newscaster, worked the scene as recording operator in Toxis to document what was to be a peaceful protest involving 214 Zaxiri, all Sixth and Seventh Gen members of the Zaxiri College. The elder members of the College were too join their Tenth-Gen sisters on the steps of Generational Holistics, where Committee Members Tee Banto, Lekada Wram, and Wox Dag, would be touring the facility. The elder Zaxiri had purposely given their Tenth-Gen counterparts the wrong time, to spare them from what they’d planned to do. Julo stood helpless and recorded in horror as each Zaxiri elder stood in the square outside the building, and ingested fatal doses of saline. When their Tenth Gen sisters arrived, they found them dead and dying. Grief and panic ensued as Zaxiri of Tenth Ramaxian Gen physically threatened Committee Members unwilling to come out building. Divisional officers arrived to remove the Zaxiri, and Koba Julo’s footage was seized–only to be broadcast hours later, as Julo had backed up the footage to a private hive server.

Notable line and clan suicides in 2207, organized by caste-run professionals in the privacy of their residences, fueled the pod-suicide movement. So many pod-suicides occured that Tenth and Ninth Gen divisional operatives were dispatched from Orta, to aid Guardia in dealing with corpse collection.


The Sister Suicides