The Merlion Protocol

Summary: Kaiju have never attacked the city-state of Singapore. Here is why.

New York, Tokyo, and the other metropolises of the world have long attracted giant monsters from all manner of places. From forgotten life-forms to otherworldly invaders, the creatures seemed inexplicably drawn towards the centers of human civilization. However, one city was never attacked by such multi-story monsters: Singapore.

Singapore was no soft target. The lessons of the British defeat, and the brutal Japanese occupation, would not be forgotten. The city-state produced much of its own military hardware. Its male citizens were required to do National Service in the military, police, or civil defense. Emergency shelters and expert planning turned the city into fortress against both any would-be invader, including the rising sea levels.

The first kaiju to take the challenge was a gigantic, skittering abomination that resembled a sea-spider risen to the height of a skyscraper. It swam through the Straits of Malacca, devouring ships and whales along the way. It was a one-monster ecological and economic apocalypse, and it had the Lion City in its sights. Whether Singapore was its true target, or it was traveling between the Pacific and Indian Oceans would never be known.

It was known as the Straits Scuttler, and it came ashore south of Changi Naval Base. Having been alerted to something anomalous, the military and civil defense were already on alert. They were utterly unprepared for such an invasion, or so they thought. They fell back on desperate tactics, as the monster effortlessly came ashore and smashed through the city's HDB complexes.

Despite the camera footage of the creature's rampage, the body count was far lower than the destruction indicated. The civilians had already been evacuated to emergency shelters, with police and civil defense carrying the disabled, sick, and elderly. The military's firepower was a minor annoyance to the monster, but it did succeed in luring it away from the still-populated areas. The military tried to draw it to a pre-determined point, but the monster did not follow human logic.

Instead, it wandered directly towards Singapore's central business district. The titanic limbs of the creature swept aside boats and buildings alike as headed for the skyscrapers. The city's famous Merlion statue could practically see it. As the Scuttler crashed into Marina Bay, the leaders of Singapore engaged their last option. And so, one of Singapore's landmarks came to life, revealing its true form to the world for the first time.

The Marina Bay Sands, a casino and hotel, was an iconic building on Singapore's skyline. It consisted of six skyscrapers, three pairs of towers, supporting a boat-like structure above. Once the Merlion Protocol was activated, the Sands sloughed off its superficial d├ęcor. It revealed an array of bristling gun turrets, rocket launchers, and heavy weapons. On the six legs that were disguised as towers, it strode forward to do battle.

The records of that battle are still legendary today. Bits of the Scuttler were found for months afterwards, despite the rapid decomposition of the main body as it drifted past Jurong Island. Singapore not only adopted urban planning and engineering from the rest of the world, but the most successful kaiju defense protocols as well. To date, all kaiju, no matter their origin, give the Malacca Straits a wide berth.