Saturday, 16 February 2013

The American Spring: Draft Outline

This is a little project I got set for my University course so I thought I'd publish my ideas and see what people thought about the story, where there are any glaring plot holes or irregularities, etc. Although do remember this is a very rough draft and is condensed. However for my project I will most likely be condensing it even further.

World of the story: Set in modern day Washington DC amongst mass demonstrations against the economy and civil rights.
The Protagonist: Gay ex-lawyer Abraham Donis, the figurehead of the mass demonstrations.
Inciting Incident: A random gunshot is fired from the crowd which causes the Police to panic and start gunning down innocent, unarmed protesters.
Protagonist Responds: In response to the event (now being called the 16th Street Massacre) Abraham becomes enraged and communicates with some radical protester’s who convince him to strike back with violence. Abraham and the radicals then manage to take over a portion of Washington DC by force and barricade themselves in a building.
Turning Point: The US government surrounds the barricade and plan to invade their building at any moment.
Protagonist makes a plan: Abraham, knowing that the massacre caused outrage across the country believes if he asks people to rise up against the oppressive forces of the government it may cause widespread rioting throughout the country and cause the army to have a lapse in concentration, so they can escape.
Conflict and confrontation: As Abraham uploads a video, it causes a much more profound effect than he thought sending the country into chaos. As a strike team reach Abraham, he surrenders but as the officer is about to execute Abraham on the President’s orders a group of rioters break in and save him.
Gathering Difficulty: As the country descends into Civil War, Abraham decides that to seize the opportunity and overthrow the government. Abraham cannot find a way of correlating the mass fighting into one group and the government decided to up their effort and begin using excessive force against the dissidents.
Turning Point: The government then sanction the use of bombing raids on cities which have been completely overthrow and start to shell Abraham’s base in Washington. This lead to significant losses and complete demoralization of the dissidents. But as the chaos ends more Americans become outraged at the government begin to echo Abraham’s ethos.
Ticking Clock: Knowing it is only a matter of time before the American public are swayed back onto the government’s side by force or propaganda Abraham decides to gather a significant amount of resources in Washington and to make a final push on the White House so he can disable the heart of American democracy.
Final Showdown: Both the government and Abraham’s dissidents begin a fully fledged attack on each other in Washington which results in heavy losses on each side. It seems as if the government is finally winning however as they manage to isolate Abraham’s men into a small pocket in Farragut Square.
Climax: Abraham rallies his men to make a final charge on the Whitehouse with him leading it, as many of his men are killed and Abraham himself riddled with injuries he pushes onto the Whitehouse determined and manages to break the defenses surrounding it singlehandedly . As Abraham makes his final push into the Whitehouse he lowers the American flag and raises his own he is gunned down from all sides resulting in his death.
Resolution: With Abraham dead and many of the dissident’s dispersed the civil war subsides and America enters a new militaristic rule. The balance is restored and ‘peace’ is restored.

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