In my world, Santa Claus is the head of a large, super-secret organization that utilizes advanced technology and paramilitarily organized elves to distribute presents to billions of households on an additional, “secret” day between December 24th and 25th, cooperating with the global governments in order to keep the secrecy.
The existence of this “stolen day” of the year is kept secret by means discussed in another question.
Here, the biological and logistical implications of this day are to be discussed.
It is straightforward that a majority of the world population (excluding the several dozen million people who participate in the operation) must stay in an artificial coma during these 24 hours.
My question is:
- How can a majority of the world’s population (and relevant animals, plants, etc...) be placed into a coma for 24 hours, halting biological processes such as aging, development and healing of diseases and wounds, pregnancy, growth and thelike or at least slowing them down severely?
- How can those who need to stay awake for one reason or the other during the night be granted a “seamless” time loss experience?
- How can global sleep times and time zones be accounted for so that (if possible) presents do not appear suddenly out of the air for the comatose observer but rather are found after waking up?
- How can those who are supposed to be kept awake?
Special elf teams will be tasked with taking care of time-sensitive processes such as chemical experiments that only last minutes, “faking” or “replacing” them. Some crucial infrastructure personnel such as nuclear power plant workers will be allowed to stay awake during the day. As such, you can safely assume that the signa of the secret operation will be reduced to minimal “anomalies” that will be exploited by conspiracy theorists in YouTube videos and reddit posts.
To incentivize creative thinking, the following limitations will be made:
- No time travel or physics-bending.
- Kardashev type 1.0 technology at most.