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Sci-fi Novel - Underground City - Part 19


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Omay had decided to send a new delegation to Nemrut, who welcomed the ambassadors of Yerşehir much more warmly than Eastern Rome. Because of the safe road, Sitta was sent to Nemrut without soldiers, accompanied by a diplomat, a young cyclist like himself. The apparent agenda was to build mini train rails into the tunnel between the two friendly cities to strengthen trade. Omay's main intention was to get support from the people of Nemrut in the fight against robots. Although they feared robots, it was clear that they did not see it as a sin to resist them like the Eastern Romans. On the contrary, they hated them and tried to resist them with the giant balls they had built about twenty years ago. The result, of course, was a disaster, but at least they did not attribute this rebel to a sin such as the conservatives in Yerşehir or the Eastern Romans.

Sitta and the young diplomat, Komran, jumped on one-wheel bikes with leather bags on their backs and started pedaling to Mount Nemrut. Their goal was to reach Nemrut within three days. They did not have to carry a large load of foods due to the inn and fountains built on the road. There were only little machine pistols in their bags, they would like to reach Nemrut as soon as possible, so they didn't even come side by side on the road and chatted, they just said a few words to each other, and they continued on the way. They were not in a hurry for no reason; President Omay herself expressed that she had bad feelings, they should get Nemrut's military support as soon as possible.

When they approached Mount Nemrut, the underground tunnels were inclined upwards, they turned the pedals uphill with great determination and reached Nemrut at the time they planned. The entrance to the city was thirteen floors below the ground, and at first sight, everything seemed normal.

With the steel ropes drawn by the horses, they went up to the heart of the mountain in an elevator, to the palace of the King Nemrut located in the seventh floor. At the entrance of the palace, they were greeted by the giant eagle and lion head sculptures. There was a general excitement in the palace, where the soldiers were running around, leaving only one guard at the outside door. In the courtyard of the palace, this time they met the giant head statues that they thought were the heads of their dead kings. A royal guard met Sitta and Komran. He said that the robots occupied the upper floors of the city, that they could enter the palace at any time so that the king or a senior official assigned by him would not be able to meet with them. Komran gave the letter of President Omay to the official, and they rushed turning the pedals of one-wheeled bicycles to deliver the news to Yerşehir as soon as possible.

When the attack on Nemrut was heard, a widespread rush occurred in Yerşehir, and the public gathered in small amphitheaters in every neighborhood to discuss how they could help the military in a possible attack. In the neighborhood forums, measures such as increasing arms production for war preparedness, encouraging voluntary participation in the army, increasing agricultural production, restricting the production of luxury goods outside of food and weapons, saving food and energy, and involving students in the war were discussed. President Omay was praised for her effort to foresee what would happen and to take measures, and Hader was criticized for defending the idea that they could get rid of the tyranny by subjugating robots. Among the conservatives, there were also those who argued that the people of Nemrut were punished because of their rebellious actions, but they were a minority.

Omay stated that the extraordinary circumstances needed special precautions and Akman had taken out from the mental hospital and returned him with his consultancy duties. Omay hoped that he was thinking about his impulsive actions leading him being sent to the mental hospital and that he had learned a lesson from this. On the other hand, she was worried that he was offended because she couldn't protect him. When she first met him, she saw her worries were out of place. Akman was sent to a place like his home, so he had neither offended anyone nor learned any lessons. He had embraced the mental hospital as if it was the place where he was born. He praised the patients, musicians, and other officials there, and said that he used the time he spent there efficiently.

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