The world was plunged into chaos following the assassination of President George W Bush by Amy Whitehouse. Oil prices rose to $2000 a barrel, and the USA emergency military Government, run by Exxon Corp decreed that the vast prairies of America be turned over to bio-fuel production. Food riots swept the country from the West Coast.
Thousands of ex-hippies remembered the counter-culture movies of the Seventies, dug out ancient Betamax tapes of 'Woodstock', and sang Joni Mitchell dirges to each other as they cycled toward the White House, in a final, post-apocalyptic mass bicycle rally.
In London, members of the Hyde Park Folding Bicycle Society stormed Parliament, quelled the rioting masses with high pressure bicycle pumps and lumps of chewed-up blotting paper, and formed an interim emergency government, but not before starvation and daytime television quizzes had whipped the angry townsfolk into action on both sides of the Atlantic.
With order restored, and dinosaur-juice energy banned, there was one final decision to be made. Which folding bicycle would become the Volkswagen of the, er, People, to transport them to a brave new car-less world?