It was a time in history where all paper and books had been banned. The one world government made the production of any type of newspaper, magazine or printed media strictly forbidden. If one was found with any paper literature the punishments were severe such as life in prison. If one was caught printing and distributing the printed material one could be condemed to death by public hanging. All of the devices at this point in time were electric media of some sort and every piece of information that was sent through any electronic medium was subject to eavesdropping whether people believed it or not. This was a fact of life that many had suspected. Surveillance technology had advanced to such a state that all phone and living quarters could easily be tapped and fed into the government's every growing and never ceasing data base that now linked the world. From here they could watch subversive people and have them arrested if need be. Communication for the people became tougher to the point where people would no longer talk and certain countries developed a sophisticated hand signaling system in order to communicate, but again if you were ever caught doing any type of communication that could not be traced by the government, you were subject to severe penalties.
With the production of paper products now illegal world wide, there was an ever increasing shortage of paper. All paper was to be reused, but soon the world government caught on and put a ban on producing pencils or any type of writing supplies. Within months there were no longer any pencils or ink for writing. The one world government then started to do random house to house searches looking for any paper or writing supplies all in the effort to control the flow of information.
After years of eavesdropping on all media devices they realized that the traffic of electronic communication had plummeted over forty percent which made the government suspicious that a new form of covert communication had started. Aggressively they started to search houses and torture people for information and kidnap people and put them into labour camps for no reason at all except to scare the public into thinking that the man they had abducted had done something wrong. The repression continued and the one world government had heard through coded language there may be a revolution on the horizon, but they didn't know when or where it was going to strike.
The days turned into weeks as the one world government struggled to get a hold on any information in regards to a revolution. Electronic media traffic had dwindled to almost nothing and the government officials could sense a revolution in the air, but they couldn't figure out how people were communicating. But one day they found out after discovering an elaborate series of tunnels all over the world. And in the tunnels they found men and women with hammer and chisel etching out messages of revolution on pieces of thin slate.
By the time the one world government could react it was too late and the violent revolution had begun.