As the Russian Minister of Information Propagation, Dmitry had access to some of the most sophisticated computers and software in the world. As a former Russian war hero, now bored with minimal daily efforts of state, he thought the adrenaline rush from this digital competition was nearly as good as being in battle, without the limited rations and wet socks. He’d paid his dues and now he played his games with his supercomputer and his brains versus his once fierce enemy, Chairman Chang.
Chang was the head of the Chinese Cyber Warfare College, as well as politically connected and virtually untouchable. Dmitry had been battling the old goat for many years with differing battle strategies, both winning and losing at times. Now they were more like global associates that knew how to work their respective countries’ politics and resources for their own gain, using one another as needed to reach their dutiful goals. Dmitry shrugged off thoughts of the history and focused on the game, feeling quite certain the programming experts of his Dteam had outdone themselves with this competition. It was a virtual game, with virtual machines and players, connected by an open conference bridge which either side could mute on demand or add video, depending upon their ego for the day. This was a no holds barred game with each player committed to the win, period.
Chairman, frowning at the conference phone, responded, “Ever since I gave up my slide rule and abacus, I’ve been able to keep up with the digital world just fine. What’s the matter, you old goat, afraid that I will win in this child’s digital contest? I’ve loaded up the program on my supercomputer here, and I believe I understand the rules of engagement. I’m ready to do the gaming combat, as we discussed.
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