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2013: The world faces arguably its greatest crisis. The Flood, a great rising of the seas brought on by a perfect storm of human created greenhouse gasses, naturally occurring cycles in the Earth's climate, and a freak accident that unleashed billions of tons of natural gas into the atmosphere from beneath the now gone Siberian permafrost.

2015: As sea levels continue to rise unabated, billions are driven from their homes and left without food or clean water. Extreme weather patterns result in record low crop yields around the planet, and the desalination of the ocean kills the vast majority of the world's salt water fish, leaving the oceans barren, and the planet starving. Wars over lack of access to usable resources, land, and food, or simple desperation break out over the next few years.

2016: The United Nations forms the International Flood Relief Organization, and sends peace keepers to try and manage the global refugee crisis where it is at its worst. The United States, Europe and India all begin investing heavily in alternative farming techniques to make up for the deficit of food.

2017: Mariner Space Development captures an asteroid in Earth-Luna Orbit. Regular flights yield billions in resources. Mariner begins investing heavily into several humanitarian projects.

2018: The Russian civli war comes to an end, Russia formally dissolves into the Republic of Moscova and the Siberian Socialist Republic.

2019: The Chinese civil war comes to an end, along with the Cartel War, but conflict between the US and Gran Columbia continues in Central America.

2020: Mariner establishes Generation Enterprises as the primary holder of their revenue from off-earth mining operations. The organization funds trillions in R&D and humanitarian projects. Africa receives trillions from Generation for infrastructure development. Private Military Contractors are sent in to protect the various projects. With gene sequencing so inexpensive that most sinks have them installed, the Jaques Cousteau Foundation begins sending out Sequencing Probes throughout the world's oceans to identify the genetic code of every sea creature, dead or alive. This raises hope for rebuilding the desalinated oceans.
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2060: After nearly three decades, the Flood, the ecological disaster mankind had wrought upon the Earth, has finally come to an end. After nearly a decade of work in Greenland, Antarctica, Kazakhstan, and the Sahara Desert, as well as several smaller projects from Utah to the Great Rift Valley, humans were able to finally reduce Sea Levels to pre-flood levels.

While humans succeeded at healing the Ozone layer and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to pre-industrial levels, the damage was done. Worldwide flooding from polar melting continued for much of the first half of the 21st Century, rising to an additional 9 m with the melting of the South Greenland Ice Sheet. This intial melt off was just low enough for most of the world's major cities to counter it with large sea walls, though many areas like the Netherlands, Flanders, Venice, Bangladesh, and much of the Louisiana and Floridian coastlines were lost to the sea. The initial flooding sent millions from their homes, and displaced whole populations. By 2040 the crisis was pushed beyond the limits of the sea walls with the loss of the majority of the Antarctic Ice Shelves. and West Antarctic Ice Sheet, pushing sea levels to 30 meters above pre-Flood levels. Now even the rich countries suffered major flooding, the British Isles were effectively evacuated to the US and former Canada, Holland and Belgium found their populations in Germany and France, and Denmark finally retook Scania to survive. This is the event that drove the major powers of the planet to war.

In 2043, eight years before the outbreak of War, a consortium of businesses, NGOs and governments set out upon an ambitious project to apply terraforming techniques being used on Mars and Venus to Earth. The project began with the positioning of several solar shields in polar orbit above the North and South Poles. The Shields would allow for a rapid drop in polar temperatures and return the North and South polar ice within a decade. The shields would not return the Glaciers of the South Greenland Ice Sheet, however, only enough snow and ice to reflect the sun and prevent subsurface melting. This remaining 9 m of water would have to be drained into new manmade bodies. Three artificial basins were created in Chad and Algeria, while the existing Aral Sea was dug out to allow its water to remain. The excess of sand and rock would be used to reconstruct the world's beaches, and create hills around the new Seas to create an artificial rain-shadow effect. New forests and grasslands were planted along the Kanduna river's expanded tributary, and around the new seas to further promote a healthy biosphere.

WWIII came and went, lasting only a few years, thankfully, due to advances in precision weapons technology. And shortly after the war's end the new basin's began to service the draining flood waters. New Nation's sprung up around the new tributaries and inland seas, servicing peoples who had never been given a fair share of Earth's bounty. Today the Seas have saved mankind from oblivion and returned the lost cities and coastlines to the Earth, but the damage has been done, and it will take many decades still to rebuild these washed away lands, and battle for the newly fertile lands has added a new chapter in mankind's history.
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2012: The Euro finally collapses as the European debt crisis consumes the continent. Riots consume Europe's major cities, and several governments begin to collapse. President Obama orders US troops stationed in European bases to put down the mobs.

2013: Pro-Democracy protesters in Saudi Arabia go violent after the government, bleeding money with diminishing oil reserves, abolishes the year old Food Price Controls leaving the many in starvation. The US deploys its forces in the country to secure the capitol.

2014: After months of deadlock made only worse by record low approval ratings, the US Congress fails to pass a budget for FY 2015. With the European stability still in question, and forces stretched thin, the President signs an emergency budget, WITHOUT Congressional approval. Despite an outcry from Congressmen and Senators, American administrative officials follow the President's budget to the T.

2017: The 28th 29th and 30th Amendments are passed by state special conventions. The new amendments do the following: The US Congress is abolished and legislative powers are shifted over to electronic voting; Presidential Term Limits are removed; private corporations are defined to not have the same rights as individual citizens.

2018: The House and Senate chambers are converted to hold a large network of computers to handle all legislative and administrative matters. After votes are tallied the system recommends the appropriate tax to be levied to best serve the country's interests.

2020: The President signs the Pax Americana Act, officially annexing all territory with US military bases. The same year the US engages in a number of wars to unify North America.

2041: The long standing cold war with the BRIC nations continues, but the American Empire stands virtually untouchable. With its navy outfitted with Railguns, unmanned drones and traditional nuclear ordinance, all shielded by ground, sea and space based laser arrays, little can be done to counter the American Empire.

... silly I know, but I had an argument with this gal on DA today whose either spoke the worst English ever or had the crappiest translator program I've ever seen, and kept accusing me of being some kind of tyrannical monster because I made the case that civilian casualties in war are unavoidable while tragic. Also I just wanted to see how an actual American Empire as we are so often portrayed would actually rise to power... short of us all loosing our collective minds this is this has the least amount of holes I think.
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This is a new version of my origional Mars Political Map that has become so popular. I feel this better reflects the politics of my Second Renaissance scenario by 2050, but for some backstory:

During the 2020s a single NGO was able to achieve Single Stage to Orbit space flight, and in doing so became the first company to profit from space based industry and mining. By 2025 this company had become the most powerful entity in the world, commanding trillions in financial power, and operating the largest network of humanitarian projects ever seen.

In the 2030s this company, having spent trillions in R&D over the last decade, began its most ambitious project yet, the Terraforming of Mars. While complete habitability would not be achieved until the end of the century, a number of regions did become suitable for human colonization by the end of the 2030s. Under contract from the richest nations on Earth, the Mars Colonial Authority was established and the planet was divide up among the respective client nations, save for the uninhabitable Polar Region.

The Original Mars Map

The Outer Colonies

The Inner Colonies

Future Old Glory
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The collapse of Russia, the Labor Shortage, Climate Change. These are the great events that shaped the Blakanization in the first half of the 21st Century. With the end of the Little Cold War in 2023, the Eurasian Union, and ultimately Russia (the Union State) ceased to exist, fragmenting across ancient cultures long since forgotten by the world until that point. The Tartars, the Don Cossacks, and the Yakuts all found themselves independent for the first time in centuries, while the Finns retook their long lost Karelian territories, while the Visegrad Gruop poached numerous territories from Western Russia. Any semblance of order has taken a decade to emerge, made no easier by an endless effort to secure former Russian nuclear arms from upstart powers like the Samara Republic.

While Russia fragmented, China's economic troubles over the last ten years finally came to fruition in the Market Crash of 2027. While China had officially been in a state of recession for more than nine years, the Crash of 2027 made deep demographic problems in the Chinese, and ultimately the world economy apparent. With the loss of the south Greenland Ice Sheet in 2025, and the subsequent rise in global sea levels by 7 meters, China found themselves facing open revolt in much of the country, a revolt that cost them the territories on their western peripheries and made their northern border porous to foreign influence. To prevent the collapse of the world's third largest economy, the US, intervened directly, pumping over a trillion dollars into the Chinese economy and deploying US Naval detachments to provide relief to refugee flooded cities like Hangzhou. China's collapse also spelled the end for a number of Cold War era institutions like the World Bank, which was never able to secure any significant capital from cash strapped European powers, who were dealing with their own refugee crisis in the low countries. This is often seen as the direct precursor for the eventual dissolution of the United Nations, as American interests in China conflicted with those of Japan, a country desperate for labor to supplement its demographic crisis of an aging population and a xenophobic culture.

As the developing world's coastal cities drowned, across the globe, only the wealthiest cities managed to save themselves from falling beneath the waves by hastily constructed sea walls. Tokyo, Washington DC, New York, and London all found themselves fighting to survive against the seven meter rise in global sea levels. CO2 production had finally stymied by the 2030s with the Electric Vehicle revolution, but the demand for energy put ever greater strain on the global economy, even with Helium-3 shipments from Luna and new improvements in Solar energy. All of this was ultimately secondary in the global zeitgeist when compared to the Population Crisis that drove the Recession of 2027. The election of 2028 saw a new administration that made several attempts to save the global economy with economic theories left over from the Reagan and Obama administrations, but to no success. This led to the election of Dylan James Price to the Presidency. President Price pushed for an aggressive immigration incentive program to attract skilled immigrants to the US to close the labor gap met by an aging population and increased global demand for high tech goods and services. This is where a silver lining to the rising tide became apparent; as more urban centers found themselves underwater, the displaced populations could fill the labor shortage in the developed world, taking advantage of the new immigration incentives, none more aggressive than those of the United States and Canada (though with the first people's more aggressive calls for independence, Canada was still far behind the US in incentives). Millions of Burmese, Thai, Vietnamese, Nigerian, Chinese, Indian, and Bengali immigrants flooded into North America as their home countries drowned, driving the United States population to 400 million citizens.

While the United States took an incentive approach to solving its demographic problem, the Turks and Japanese took a more direct approach. With the fall of Russia, and China in such a weakened state, the Japanese and Turks took more aggressive military action to secure their regional interests, and export industry to surrounding territories to supplement their population problems. Turkey was aided by ancient ethnic ties to neighboring states and a grateful US, who supported their effort to stabilize the Middle East, while Japan exploited the power vacuum in Eastern Pacific Rim to secure national interests. It was in these years that the seeds for a new global conflict were sewn.
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Following the ratification of the United Earth Constitution the various states, provinces, etc of the Earth were mandated to redraw their borders to comply with the minimum population requirements necessary for statehood, effectively dissolving most of the Earth's historic regions and eliminating what remained of national boundaries. In North America this happened surprisingly quickly, as many former US States promptly established themselves as some of the first States within the United Earth. Many speculate this is largely due to the internal divisions within most North American regions.
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The United States Space Force (USSF) is the space and aerial warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven American uniformed services. The Space Force was formed as a separate branch of the military on 30 November 2051 under the Space Security Act of 2051, bringing the various smaller departments and commands from the Air Force, Navy and Intelligent services under one service branch. It is the most recent branch of the U.S. military to be formed, and is world's only space force, as well as the largest and one of the world's most technologically advanced air forces. The Space Force also commands its own specialized division of Marines, independent of the Navy.

Originally conceived as a way to better organize the command structure of American military operations in space, the Space Force was eventually given the power to absorb the entire US Air Force, which had become a very understaffed branch of service as unmanned systems became more and more advanced. The Space Force was charged with full command and control authority over all space and near space systems, i.e. long range-hypersonic weapons.

The Space Security Act that created the Space Force, almost didn't pass, as it would allow American Lunar colonies to reactivate previously banned Lunar National Guard forces, and grant the colonies a degree of political recognition. The ultimate fear being that the colonies would eventually demand equal representation in Congress, in effect taking some representative power in Congress away from Earth and giving it to the colonies. These fears were ultimately brushed aside after the Coalition attack on the American Orbital Command and Control network on Thanksgiving 2051. The SSA passed almost immediately after Congress reconvened following the attacks.

The first operation conducted by the new branch of the military was the defense of the Tycho shipyards. A group of US Force Recon Marines experienced in microgravity operations were transferred over to the Space Force and quickly deployed to secure Tycho from Japanese invasion, retake the city of Armstrong, and wipe out the Japanese military presence on the Moon.

Following the operations on the Moon, the Space force spent the remainder of the Third World War re-establishing American supremacy over Space and in the Air on Earth, with the launch of a next generation fleet of hypersonic drones, and the launch of a mothballed Mark 2 Orbital Command Station. This marked the turning point in the war, for the American-Allied Victory over the Coalition.

By wars end the Space Force saw a massive surge in funding. The attack on American operations in space had a similar psychological effect on the US after Pearl Harbor, and the military became obsessed with securing America's dominance over space. The Mark 2 OCS became one of a fleet of Orbital Command Stations positioned in high orbit around the Earth and the Moon. Space infrastructure received enormous funding from new dry-docks at the Tycho shipyards, to refueling stations, to the largest surge in demand for Helium 3 and Hydrogen to fuel all of these facilities in history.
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2070 CE:

After decades of work, the Flood has finally come to an end, though the damage will take centuries to fully repair, and parts of the world may be forever scared by the half a century of rising tides.

In early 2026 the world saw the birth of a technological messiah: the fabricator. A Nano scale factory, this single device made it possible to engineer anything on a molecular level, eliminating almost all design constraints beyond that of the human imagination. This device made ultraconductors a reality, cold fusion practical, and enabled the discovery of faster than light travel.

Across the globe new supranational entities are coming together, forming a world of continent spanning civilizations. Only some of these are capable of interstellar travel, though all can reach space.

Democracy is global, save for a few rare places where authoritarianism persist. Governments have seen their power drastically diminished as online forums have made representative government on the state and local level obsolete.

Most countries capable of space travel have become Four Tier Republics, inserting a new layer of government between provincial and federal, however Japan has recreated the Empire to administer their vast interstellar colonies, augmenting the Emperor into a near-omniscient being capable of partitioning his consciousness across the vast reaches of space and observing the collective status of his Interstellar Empire.

War between humanity has vanished, though terrorist and fringe groups drive the presence of domestic military power. The concept of an economy has become more of a measure of production rather than consumption, as the most common "job" is that of the freelance engineer (social, chemical, mechanical, etc).

It is a freer society than any other time in history; freer from government, corporate tyranny, from war, from want, and from fear. It is the height of a new era of ideas and creativity, this is the Second Renaissance.
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2110: Six decades have past since the end of the last world war, and in that time Western Europe has continued its decline. In the Intermarium, the alliance of Eastern European Nations that evolved out of the old Visigrad Group, prosperity continues, and Warsaw's grip stretches as far East as the Urals. In the South, Turkey's empire has once again faded, but the Barcelona based Mediterranean Union has filled the Vacuum to balance the ambitions of Egypt. Countries have fractured, the continent remains divided, but history has been turned on its head. Old colonies have come to claim the old countries as a new war brews across the Atlantic. Since the Islands' devastation at the hands of the Turks and the Flood, Britain has become little more than an American colony,the majority of its citizens now live on America soil. And in the Iberian peninsula the fractious era of civil wars have ended, a land stabilized by Brazilian and Mexican forces, set on securing a cultural and economic sphere across the Atlantic.

Some say it is karmic justice that Europe has become the very thing they tried to turn other countries into, puppets to the great powers of the Earth, utterly devoid of agency, and unlikely to wield any real power for many centuries to come.
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February 18th, 1516: Catherine of Aragon gives birth to a son and heir to the thrown of King Henry VIII, Prince Martin. When King Ferdinand II arrives in England to see his grandson, he raises the child up out of his cradle and proclaims, "All look upon the next Emperor of the West!" Now with an heir relationships between Britain and Spain begin to flourish, and rumors of a potential union begin to surface.

1530: Prince Martin of Wales is given title to Aragon, he begins courting Madeleine of Valois.

1533: In May Prince Martin marries Madeleine of Valois, gaining title in France. The same year Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, plots an assassination of Prince Martin, who is now widely expected to succeed him. The assassination, however fails when a young Priest informs the Royal guards outside of Aragon of the attempt. Charles is ousted from office and a temporary council maintains order until Martin succeeds his father, plans for a union between France, the Holy Roman Empire, Spain, and England.

1538: King Henry VIII elects to retire so that his son may succeed him and solidify the plans for union. An alliance is struck between the Holy Roman Empire, the Kingdoms of Spain, France, Scotland, and England to form the Empire of the West under Emperor Martin I by the Treaty of Rome.

1544: The last of the Irish Kingdoms fall to the Empire, completing the consolidation of the British Isles. The same year Martin announces the birth of his successor Charles.

1545: Emperor Martin declares that English be made the official language of the Empire. With popularity among the majority of the citizenry the proclamation receives little opposition. The Imperial Capitol is officially declared to be London, the Emperor commissions the construction of the Grand Palace of the Empire in the heart of the city.

1565: The Empire begins the exploration of the New World. Five years later Sir Francis Drake makes his landing on the Eastern Seaboard of Northern Columbia and declares the new land Martania in honor of the Emperor.

1578: Emperor Martin dies in his sleep only a few months after the conquest of Norway. The Imperial Palace of Westminster is completed only weeks after his death. His funeral is observed by the Pope and his sons Charles, Edward, Henry, and daughter Mary. King Charles I of England assumes control of the Empire, as Emperor Charles the VI.

1615: Emperor Richard IV, son of Charles VI, grants Martania representation in the Imperial Senate and the Imperial House of Commons.

1671: The Empire of the West pushes the Ottomans back into Asian Turkey and Emperor John the Ruthless proclaims Empire of the West as the sole power in Europe.

1703: With no male heir to the thrown, Emperor Martin II dies leaving the Empire in Civil War. The War for the Throne lasts until 1715, finally ending with Martin II daughter Anne the Bloody assuming the throne as Empress Anne I after her army retakes London. She proclaims representation for all women in the empire in the Imperial Parliament.

1810: After centuries of conflict the Columbian Wars finally end when the Columbians finally reach a peace with the Empire.They agree to a territorial boundary at the Mississippi, while the Empire maintains their dominance in the East and allows tribes in the East to move to new lands.

1897: After decades of uprisings and support from Abolitionists in the Imperial Parliament the Slave Revolution begins in earnest when slaves in New Aragon take control of the Provincial Capitol. By 1901 slaves across all the territories of the Empire have unseated regional governors and the war finally ends when General John the Black sacks London and kills Emperor Edward VII. He grants representation to all citizens of the Empire and gives far more power the the Imperial Parliament. His second act while in office is the redistribution of wealth to the majority of the working class citizens of the Empire, and the establishment of Dominions for more autonomous regions of the Imperium.

1918: The Empire agrees to a formal peace with the Orthodox Russian Empire ending nearly 20 years of war. The Empire now spans all of Europe west of Russia, has long since conquered all of Africa and has colonies in Asia, Columbia and in the Indian Ocean.
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