|“||Everything is in place, and we're commencing the By-Half Plan as of oh seven hundred tomorrow. ... It is a momentous day...the dawn of a new era for humankind...and there is no time to waste. There is much to do if we're to reduce the world's population by one-half.||”|
–The Director about the By-Half Plan, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
The By-Half Plan, introduced in Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, was a plan created by Itexicon as part of their Re-Evolution. Its purpose was to reduce the world's population by one-half, leaving only the people with useful skills alive.
Background[edit | edit source]
The Director was the apparent spearhead of Re-Evolution and the By-Half Plan. She told Max that the world's population was destroying itself and the By-Half Plan was the only way to ensure humanity's ultimate survival. Itex planned to rule the reinvented world, controlling all countries and governments. The By-Half Plan required that all weak or unnecessary people be killed. Only those with useful skills would be allowed to survive. Hunger, illness and weakness would be eliminated, and the remaining strong, smart population would save the planet.
A scientist working for Itex remarked that it was "more like the One-in-a-Thousand Plan." According to Roland ter Borcht, the new world population would be under a billion people. Supposedly, with the smaller population, there would be plenty of property, food, wealth and energy resources. War and pollution would no longer be problems.
As part of their plan, Itex began experimenting on human subjects to design a better version of humanity, more likely to survive through challenges such as nuclear winter. They intended many of their mutant hybrids to serve as an army. They attempted to sell the Flock as living weapons. However, they deemed most of their older hybrids obsolete, moving to the Flyboys and experiments such as Omega.
Aftermath[edit | edit source]
The details of the By-Half Plan are unknown, since the Flock successfully stopped Itex and their activities were exposed. However, groups similar to Itex sprang up as its successors. The Doomsday Group was a cult obsessed with the end of the world, who worshiped mutants as superior. The even more extreme 99 Percenters wanted to reduce the world's population by ninety-nine percent, using a bioengineered plague called the H8E virus. These efforts eventually contributed to the Apocalypse.