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In my world, Santa Claus is the head of a large, super-secret organization that employs a large army of paramilitarily organized elves to disperse presents at Christmas, utilizing automated factories and transportation technology received from the Grays and Reptilian Aliens.
However, it still takes twenty-four hours to faciliate the dispersal of Christmas presents to the two billion people who celebrate the holiday worldwide. As such, a day has to be added to the year. 24 hours, in which only the elves and the military are awake and everybody else is kept in an artificial comatose sleep.
Precisely, one day is stolen from the year (which is actually 366 or (if a gap uear) 367 days long).
This implies lots of problems. Here are the main ones:
- How can the evidence for a “stolen day” be hidden? How can reputable astronomers or scientists be prevented from unmasking the lie using simple observations and calculations? It is okay if conspiracy theorists can try to “spread the truth”, but normal people should not be compelled to track the sun’s location and calculate the Earth’s orbital period from that by themselves instead of using the (fake) numbers provided by the government.
- How can a smooth “phase-in” and/or “phase-out” be guaranteed so that those who awaken early do not notice that the rest of the world is still asleep?
The following limitations shall encourage creative thinking:
- No time travel or physics bending.
- Please keep mind control or memory wiping to a minimum. It is mandatory for those not involved in the operation to be in an artificial coma during the time period, and there will probably be lots of disinformation and psychotronics used, but please, please try to minimize such techniques used. They will be discussed in a separate question.
It can be assumed that the organization performing the operation consists of several dozens of millions of people (with minimal whistleblowing activity) that work fully cooperatively and efficiently.
Note: this does NOT deal with the means by which the population is brought into a comatose state.