Double page spread depicting the battle between Moby Dick and the Pequod's crew. The shadowed character in the foreground is Ahab, approaching the whale who is busy killing his crew. Out of the whole project I like this image the most purely because I think for once using colour in my work builds a great atmosphere, and it got me back into painting practice too
Oceania ----------- Territory: Americas, Ireland, Iceland, Oceanian islands, Australia, New Zealand, and southern Africa. Government: Single-party totalitarian oligarchy Ideology: Ingsoc(English-Socialism), Corporatism, Oligarchism, Statism, Anti-Communism, Anti-Democracy, Anti-Religion Political position: far-right
Great Socialist Union (former USSR, known as Eurasia in Oceania) ------------------------------------------------------------------- Territory: Europe,half of Central Asia, Russia. Government: Single-party communist dictatorship Ideology: Marxism-Leninism, Communism, Anti-Capitalism, Anti-Fascism (Neo-Bolshevism in Oceania) Political position: far-left
Chinese Federation (known as Eastasia in Oceania) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Territory: China, south of Mongolia&Kazahstan, Japan, Korea,Nepal, Bhutan,Central Asia,Afganistan. Goverment: Federal multi-party semi-presidential republic Ideology: Democracy, Liberalism, Capitalism (Death-worship in Oceania) Political position: center-right
History: ----------- 1945: WW2 ends but some issues appear. Nazi soldiers caught by the Allies tell to the Anglo-American forces about forced labour camps in USSR and confessions of people in Ukraine about the events of the Holodomor. Believed to be nazi propaganda and rumours, some soviet soldiers that didn't want to go back in the USSR gave as reasons the same things the nazis say. USSR demands the return of its soldiers but US and UK refuse. Tensions start to grow.
1946: Soviet spies tell the leader of USSR about Operation Unthinkable, a plan of the Angro-American forces to invade USSR. In one night an assassination atept took place in the Allied Control Council.No one knows who did it but the soviet forces began attacking the western allies. Germany is invaded by the soviets and they march forward to conquer the war torned Europe. The same year China invades Japan.
1946 - 1948: Central Europe is conquered by the soviets with the help of the Eastern Block states that were threatened with the incorporation in the USSR if they don't cooperate. China takes over Japan and Korea. After conquering Machuria, China enters in war with the USSR.
1947: US,UK and several countries for the New World form the Oceania Union, a military anti-communist and anti-fascist organisations similar to NATO and EU.
1949: USSR developes the atomic bomb and threatens to use it. Anglo-American forces retreat and the end of the year the entire Europe is conquered except the UK and Ireland. China conquers the Central Asian states and half of Kazahstan and Mongolia.
1950: After the conquering of Europe, the world was now in a red scare, fearing of the soviets will might try to take over the world. Almost all the countries in the Americas joined the Oceania Union. The countries in Oceania and the new greater USSR remain in a cold war. The sino-soviet war ends and the two nations remain in cold war. USSR is renamed the Great Socialist Union and China along with its conquered states its called the Chinease Federation.
1951: A terrorist bombing took place in USA in the Oceania Union Center, sparking off military operations, economic measures and political pressure on groups accused of being terrorists, as well as on governments. Emmanuel Goldstein is declared resposable for the attacks and many other that took place in the Oceania Union member countries. He was declared a religious terrorist working for the outsiders from the Old World.
1951 - 1956: Millions of people are arrested, deported and executed in the Americas and British colonies. All parties and many new religious movements have been outlawed and their members arrested. The member countries of Oceania Union enter in cold war with the Chinease Federation.
1953: All countries in Americas along with the British colonies have united under one state, Oceania. There will be only one party. The leader of the GSU dies, this resulted in a nationwide mourning and a power struggle between pro-stalinists, anti-stalinists and the new european members.
1957: As the great terror ends in Oceania, news start to appear about the founder of Oceania and the Party. He is a war hero and child prodigy. The name is unknown for security reasons so this person is refered to as Big Brother.
1960 - 1965: Oceanias territories from Africa began to experience violent revolts and with the help of aid and weapons from communists, the african-oceanians began fighting for independence. Oceania invaded the former colonies but managed to conquer only the south of the African continent the border being at Brazzaville. Oceanian army and secret police tightened the security in the rest of the Oceanian territories and lowered considerably the rights and freedoms of people and any form of disobedience and complaint about the goverment rule was severely crushed.
1966: As millions where execute or send to prison camp there were left a lot of orphans in Oceania. These were sent to the state Children's homes were they had shelter and food and were granted with free education and given a better life. Poorer families were enouraged to send their children to these Children's Home for living conditions and educations.
In 2011 the Kanji of the Year, as nominated by the Japanese public, was "kizuna" meaning "bonds" or "connections". This choice, of course, came in the wake of the 3.11 disaster. In the aftermath, it appeared that in Japan, bonds and connections - between people and people, between humans and the environment, between Japan and other nations, between the past and the future, and, as a result of radiation, between the molecules that constitute life - were recognized as having greater significance in people's lives. People had learned first hand that when you strip away everything else the only thing that really matters are these connections and bonds. Out of the tragedy of 3.11 this had been the major lesson learned and a major value shift had been the result. It appeared that, after the years of stagnation, a path to a more harmonious, enlightened future had opened up.
Or so a lot of us thought...
Just one year later, the Kanji of 2012 is "kin" meaning money/gold. This seems to suggest that "money" - material gain - has once again become the main priority for the majority of Japanese. There have been those who have argued that "kin" can be interpreted as "success" or "achievement", or "the path towards" those things, but there are alternative kanji which could have been selected if that was what was truly meant. Even if this was the case, it's sad to see that we still associate success/achievement with gold/material gain, particularly after the lessons learn from 3.11; It was precisely the obsession with material gain (greed) which compounded the effects of the natural disaster - earthquakes and tsunami are easy to recover from (Japan has lots of experience), radioactive fallout isn't. The pursuit of material gain as the only recognized measure of success and achievement damaged the lives of millions of people and the surrounding natural world. And because money is the only measure that people seem to recognize, the only way that people can be compensated for their loss is with more money. Doesn't this vicious cycle, which results from placing "kin" as the sole measure of rewarding success and compensating loss, reveal a lack of truly innovative thinking?
If you needed anymore proof of the failure to think about things in a different way, today the pro-nuclear, right-wing LDP led by nationalist Shinzo Abe was returned to power with overwhelming support. Abe was Prime Minister in 2007 and says that his way of thinking hasn't changed in five years since he resigned. The re-election of Abe is a return to an earlier way of thinking, a way of think that alienated Japan's neighbours and produced the problems which magnified the effects of the 3.11 disaster.
Why did people forget so soon? Are humans doomed to keep repeating the same mistakes eternally? How many times do we have to touch the fire before we realize that it burns? What does it take for humans to change their values in a meaningful way? How earth-shattering - literally and figuratively - does the wake up call have to be? This lack of creative thinking mixed with long-term memory loss isn't just a Japanese trait, it's a human trait - how many mass shootings do there have to be before people decide that things need to be handled differently?
I'm guilty of these same mistakes myself, I've become too caught up in the pursuit of worldly success and have lost touch with the things that are truly important to me.
So, I will be returning to the source; Vow to create more than I consume; Ask more of myself than I ask of this world.
The world map from the postapocalyptic science fiction short story by Harlan Ellison "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream" SEE MORE INFO=> en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Have_N… The Cold War had escalated into a world war, fought mainly between China, Russia, and the United States. As the war progressed, the three warring nations each created a super-computer capable of running the war more efficiently than humans. The machines are each referred to as "AM," which originally stood for "Allied Mastercomputer," and then was later called "Adaptive Manipulator." Finally, "AM" stands for "Aggressive Menace." The machines become self-aware and turn against the humans. The war ends with the victory of the machines. They started conquering the entire world and divise into three.
Russian AM(aka Soviet AM, Eurasia(n) AM, RussiAM, RAM) Territory: entire Europe, Africa and half of Israel and the Arabian peninsula, for it has large amounts of oil. Rule: Communist autocracy. People live in a authotarian communist society. Strikes or protests against the rule is severely crushed. Everybody, man,woman, worker, farmer, inteligessia, make part of one class and everybody works from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs, everybody has homes, jobs, clothes, and food by ration but there are no poor to lack of something, nor any rich to have too much.
Chinese AM (aka Asian AM, Asian Machine, ChinAM, China AM, Sino-AM, CAM, later Asia(n)Mother) Terrytory: South and Eastern Asia, Oceania, Middle East, half of Israel and Arabian peninsula. Rule: Socialist autocracy, later state-social-capitalist constitutional republic. In the beginning it had a lighter form of socialism, compared to Russian AM. Over the time the Asian AM felt sorry for the humans and for the way the live in all 3 AMs, so it decided to become more democratic and less repressive and authoritarian. Everyone has freedom of speech, religion and movement. The state became a flawed democracy, because ChinAM, now named by the humans Asian Mother, has still a tight grip over the way things work and still has heavy surveilance but doesn't invade privacy but it must combat crime and corruption.
American AM (Allied Master Computer, AMerica(n), USAM, AmericAM, Aggressive Menace, Atrocious Monster, AM) Territory: entire American continent Rule: Psychotic Genocidal Dictatorship The worst of all the AMs. Genocides, physical and mental torture are the order of the day here. People live in perpetual terror, poverty, famine and disease. Tens of thousands die each day and they'll continue to die till mankind in USAM will be near extiction.
Free Isles Territory: Islands in the Pacific and Indian Ocean, Antarctica. Rule: Centrist Democracy These islands are the only places in the world were humans live free and independent from the three AMs. China AM is the first to know about the free island in the Indian Ocean(the Lakshadweep islands) but decided to keep it secret and not get involve.