Excerpted from Guru Deep’s Hong Kong Through the Third Eye (coming soon from Third Eye Deep Press, a subsidiary of Deep, Inc.)
The world’s only Independent City-Nation, Hong Kong is an economic, political and cultural global power. The rise of the “World’s Greatest City” can be traced back to the immediate fallout and aftermath of The Blast.
Deep Thought: When in Hong Kong, drink as Hong Kongers do. The Pub is your place for a hint of Ireland in a modern, comfortable setting. Behind the bar is Jake, though the way some people talk about him, you’d think he held some noble title, like “the Jake of Hong Kong.” Renown for making the best martinis in the city, Jake is also known for his ability to pull a proper pint of the world-famous beer, Galway Pradesh Stout, or GPS as aficionados call it.
A long-time area of Chinese settlement, Hong Kong rose to new prominence under British colonial rule. Hong Kong quickly became a pre-eminent colony in what historians now consider a fledgling British Empire. However, with Great Britain in ruins in the aftermath of The Blast, Hong Kongers regained their independence. After ousting the colonial government, residents also chose not to return to Chinese rule.
Hong Kong instead chose to leverage its natural features and economic power to establish itself as an independent state. British citizens who remained in Hong Kong after The Blast were welcomed with open arms, and all residents were granted full rights and equal citizenship under the Hong Kong Universal Citizenship Act that comprised the centerpiece of the City-Nation’s constitution.
The city quickly became a bastion of racial, social and cultural diversity, where East met West in a potent combination of Asian and European residents.
Local events continue to display Hong Kong’s prominent influence in world affairs. In a recent example, an unspecified gunshot incident has been cited as the primary impetus behind a global controversy of the role of firearms in a civilized, post-Blast world.
About The Martini of Destiny
A special martini gives courage to a doubting man, a ghost doesn’t pay for his pints, a destiny-slinging bartender questions everything, and the world will never be the same. The first Rucksack Universe Novella E-book, The Martini of Destiny is available June 20, 2013.