Chris, Iâ€™m going to summarize your comment, because it hurt my head.
“If I destroyed everyone alive and repopulated the world with my followers, is it cheating because the only remaining humans would be genetically altered to be incapable of rebelling against me?”
Before you get carried away and invite all Four Horsemen to your Day of Reckoning party, consider the scope of what youâ€™re planning here. You will have to wipe out the entire human race quickly & cleanly enough that nobody notices until it’s too late. If you can pull this off, youâ€™ll still need to watch your back – somebody might eliminate YOU and use your hard work to set up a dictatorship of her own. When did you say you were planning this again?
Also, youâ€™ll need a crack team of loyal geneticists to alter the human race to your specifications, not to mention workers to restore the world to a livable state after your trigger-happy worldwide May Day, as well as enough resources to maintain yourself and the select population that you choose to keep around.
Wouldnâ€™t it be simpler to subvert the existing population by taking the current system and shaping it to your needs? Look at Alexander the Great.
Or, if it’s too early/late/stultifying to read, watch the movie:
In 323 BC, Alexander conquered the Persian Empire and mingled his culture with that of the defeated, resulting in the Hellenistic Age. Donâ€™t you want an Age? And a nifty title, like So-and-so the Inordinately Clever, or You, the Truly Exceptional?
Note: you may want somebody else to do the actual conquering for you, as Alexander also died in 323 BC after 12 years of campaigning and taking over the known world. Also, the known worldâ€™s a lot bigger now, so you might want to get cracking. Lazy git.
For more fun, see Alexander the Great, the Musical Version submitted by petritsi:
There are lyrics, so you can pretend it’s Rockband, which is a great way to make friends with your neighbors.
Image Credit: Prior to my meddling, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, by Viktor Vasnetsov (1887).