The Olympic Committee has chosen the site for the XXIII Olympic Summer Games. After long discussions they have chosen the Babylonian city of Ur. The Babylonians were thrilled with this opportunity, stating that they would begin working on the centerpiece of the venue, the Olympic Ziggurat, immediately.
As so often happens, however, the Babylonians were hardly able to enjoy the thrill of their success before the political arguments and back-biting started. The representative for Nazi Germany made scathing statements about the Olympic Committee. “Incompetent fools! Passing us over once again! Any why? Out of some deranged attempt to snub us over the glorious 1936 games, that’s why!” He ranted in reference to the Olympic Games in the past world, which the Nazis used as a launching pad to start a world war. “The Zionists had their hand in this! Don’t you think it’s strange that the Israelites share a country with the Babylonians?”
Others point out different concerns about the Committee’s choice. “An event of this size takes tremendous amounts of material and labor to pull off,” says Jessica Hewitt of Amnesty Now. “It is no secret that the Babylonian society thrives on slave labor. Think of the number of innocent people that will be forced to work themselves to death in inhuman conditions, all for the sake of entertainment.”
Still others bring up different concerns, everything from magical doping, to sanitation in the Babylonian city, to televising an event in a Tech Zone 1 area, to whether or not the Aztecs will sacrifice their losing champions again this year. Perhaps the most interesting of these is the discussion over the fairness of allowing non-humans to compete. Is it fair to have a human/cheetah mutation in the hundred yard dash, or to have cyborgs throwing shot-put, or half-giants in the boxing ring?
For most of us the Olympics is a wonderful opportunity to see and experience top athletes compete. Most of these athletes will never earn a single V-Bill for their efforts. This does not stop them from dedicating their lives to training for the chance to compete among the best and strive for victory. That is the spirit of the Olympics that I enjoy most.