The Matrix: Deliverance

Prologue – The Zion Archives

Welcome to the Zion archive. You have selected historical file number Twenty-Zero: The Treaty of Zion.       

Following the end of the Machinist Invasion and a cease-fire, the need for an official, clearly established list of tenets to insure the survival of the peace was immediately evident. Original terms as proposed by the Machines were submitted to the humans, electronically, and reviewed by the Council of Zion. As the Machines expected, alterations were made to the terms, though they were fairly sparse in nature. The Zionists were surprised by the graciousness of the terms extended by their former archenemies, though historically, this is not surprising: Machines have long since been more willing to make sacrifices than Humans, even prior to the War. 

The final terms, resubmitted to the Machinists and reviewed by the Higher Machinist Intelligence Core, a decision-making body created generations ago for the rare event that a peace would be attainable. They were accepted, as follows:

Term I:

All offensive hostilities between Machinist and Zionist Forces will be ceased immediately. Destruction of Machinist Property, in the form of Sentinel Drones and other equipment, as well as destruction of part of the Underground City of Zion, in the form of the Docks and other infrastructure, will not be held accountable and no charges will be made by either party, either in terms of property destruction or loss of life and sentient intelligence.

Term II:

All living Humans who are still maintained in the Universal Reality Replication Matrix, or "the Matrix", and who wish, beyond the point of reasonable doubt, to be removed form the Matrix, will so be given the option. The process of organizing and supervision of such individuals will be managed by Machinist Programs in the Matrix, while the process of releasing and extraction, or "freeing" such individuals will be managed by the Zionist Armed Forces. Once "freed", they will fully under the jurisdiction of the Zion.

Term III:

All living Humans who are still maintained in the Universal Reality Replication Matrix, or "the Matrix", and who wish, beyond the point of reasonable doubt, to remain in the Matrix, whether or not they are consciously aware of the circumstances, will be allowed to do so. They will remain fully under the jurisdiction of the System Administrators of the Matrix, and such involved parties.

Term IV:

To further insure the maintenance of the previous three terms, all acts of terrorism, vandalism, destruction of life and property and other inexcusable criminal violence as committed by Human parties in the Matrix through Zion-created interface equipment will be ceased immediately. Such Human parties, or "Freedminds", will only be allowed into the Matrix under the one condition of freeing said individuals of Term II. Any "Freedmind" acting otherwise will fall under the jurisdiction of the Machinists, and no provisions for protection or humane treatment can be made to those who engage in the said acts of terrorism, vandalism, destruction of life and property and other inexcusable acts of criminal violence.

Term V:

In order to better safeguard the peace, both the Machinist and Zionist forces will be allowed to maintain their respective armed forces, whether of Sentinels Drones, Hovercraft or otherwise. However, sentient Machinist equipment will not be allowed to enter the are of the Underground City of Zion, while Human-operated hovercraft will not be allowed outside the area of the Underground City of Zion, except for such locations as previously designated by the Machinist Authorities for the act of "freeing" humans, as defined in Term I.

Term VI:

As a result of the end of hostilities between the Machinists and Zionists, the Machinists therefore agree to preserve the current form of the Matrix in its present state, and refrain from engaging in a system reset.

These Six Terms, as agreed on by both the Intelligence Core and the Council of Zion, will be accepted until otherwise amended through direct negotiation between both parties.

The Treaty, known as the Six-Term Treaty to the Machines, was accepted quietly by both sides. However, a treaty between humans and artificial intelligence was invariably, just that, artificial. Spoken and unspoken words would amount to little if there were not some sort of force on either side to support it. And while it is yet to be seen how long this treaty will survive, but one thing remains known: history has told us no agreement between humans lasts forever. Whether this treaty between humans and machines would be different remained to be seen.