After an admittedly long delay, here's the first map-profile I've made in a while: this one is a bit different as it's based on the (in)famous franchise Neon Genesis Evangelion ( tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php… ). More specifically, this one incorporates parts of the original series, the recent Rebuild OVAs and the Japan-only novel ANIMA, the latter set in an alternate version of events where the notoriously mind-screwing and messed-up ending never happened. Needless to say, this one is based on that take on the series.
In any case, I tried to make this as accessible and not-so-mind-messing as the series itself while adding a few things here and there without removing the overall spirit of the 'verse...as well as a little hint of something at the top-right corner.
Hope you enjoy!
*Update* Also, a special nod to and his map ( lamnay.deviantart.com/art/Post… ), which served as an inspiration as well. Also made some typo corrections.
*Final Update* I've noticed too late that there were a few minor errors in the map itself. I like to apologize for that. And I hope the more polished version is better.
Shortly after the dawn of the 21st Century, a privately funded expedition led by one Dr. Katsuragi set off for Antarctica, with the intent of learning more about a potentially world-changing discovery deep beneath the ice: “Adam,” a being designated an “Angel.” On 13 September 2000, contact with the scientists was lost, followed soon after by a cataclysm of biblical proportions. In what came to be known as Second Impact, the entire continent was obliterated, much of the Southern Hemisphere wiped out and a series of tsunamis devastated coastlines further north. Two billion people along with thousands of different species of flora and fauna were lost forever in the initial wake. The climate disruptions, mass refugee flows and socio-political chaos across the rest of the world – in some cases resulting in nuclear exchanges done more out of desperation than anything else – would take the lives of a further one billion. To this day, the oceans still retain a reddish tinge spread about by the event.
By the time the internationally unanimous Valentine Treaty was signed on 14 February 2001, half of humanity was lost. The United Nations was granted far greater powers and influence over global affairs than its most fervent advocates imagined. Despite continuing turmoul, civilization went through leaps and bounds to rebuild itself over the next decade. Meanwhile an organization was established under U.N. control, whose task was to continue the Katsuragi Expedition’s research and should the Angels return, stop them from ushering in a Third Impact: a special paramilitary agency that came to be known as Nerv. Or at least that was the public line that even many within the organization believed. Instead, it was meant as a front for a secretive committee known only as Seele for the purpose of bringing about the Impact. And if one believes the rumors, all of this was part of a long-term plan supposedly based on the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Regardless of the truth of the matter, it’s all history now. When the Angels returned in 2015 – many of the creatures coincidentally attacking Nerv’s “Geofront” headquarters in Japan – its staff and special “Children” did their professed duty admirably in holding back these threats to mankind. But unbeknownst to their true masters, unknown agents within Nerv figured out the truth. The revelations proved too much, resulting in a violent confrontation between the defecting organization and Seele as the last Angels were defeated. Despite conflicting reports of what transpired after, was can’t be denied was that Nerv survived and that the news surrounding the events spread like wildfire. Simmering tensions between the U.N. and its remaining Member States soon intensified as the public demanded answers. This in turn helped lead to significant revisions in the Valentine Treaty the following year and a global manhunt for Seele that continues to this day.
The year is now 2018. Nearly two decades had passed since Second Impact, and three since a Third was averted. The U.N. remains a strong and influential body in international affairs, though its uncontested power has waned. In the wake of the revised Valentine Treaty, national and regional sovereignty are once more resurgent as the world’s countries reclaim control over their own destinies. The General Secretariat’s press statements on the “unity and solidarity of the human family” are gradually being sidestepped by the kind of bureaucratic red tape and realpolitik that a 20th Century diplomat would find familiar. Most states however, consent to the U.N.’s role in ensuring peace across borders as well as the maintenance of various civil, humanitarian and joint military programmes, including the multinational fleets that patrol the oceans. So long as the “men in blue” don’t push the local governments too much, anyway.
Among the organizations still given high regard is Nerv, or rather what’s become of it. In light of the events of 2015, the surviving remains of the paramilitary force were reorganized into semi-autonomous groups that remain nominally under the U.N. but answerable to the governments of their host nations; some in particular chose to retain their original names. This was done to ensure that no one body may assume as much power over the entire network as it was back during the Angel attacks, at least once it was certain that there weren’t any more Seele operatives within them. Their new, genuine purpose in many ways is a validation of their public appearance: to ensure international peace and prevent anyone or anything from trying to bring about Third Impact. And as before, they are the only groups that have access to the infamous Evangelion units, fearsome biomechanical humanoids derived from the research on Adam which were instrumental in defeating the Angels – and Seele’s retaliation. Of these reformed factions, Nerv Japan is considered one of the leading divisions if not the first among equals. Still situated in the Geofront beneath the new Japanese capital of Tokyo-3, it’s also notable for its special “Children” pilots – now young adults who have become full-time ranking personnel within Nerv – and being led by Commander Misato Katsuragi, daughter of the doomed head of the Katsuragi Expedition. All of them contributed to the revelation of Seele to the world in some form or another, although there are those who suspect that Cmdr. Katsuragi’s fiancée may have been the one who leaked the news in the first place.
Meanwhile, societies around the civilized world continue to build on the successful reconstruction strategies that helped civilization itself cope with the aftermath. Of course, “successful” is relative given the massive scale of Second Impact. On the one hand, standards of living in the developed and most well-off nations are on par with if not surpassing 20th Century levels. Grand engineering and restoration projects are aplenty, whether it is the technological marvel that is Tokyo-3, the fully rehabilitated New York City or the ambitious Mediterranean purification programme of the European countries. The U.N. even sponsors “Resettlement Zones” in the Southern Hemisphere for expatriates, refugees and anyone daring enough to see what became of their former homelands. On the other hand, less fortunate countries still strain to maintain order. Some refugee camps in regions like Latin America had turned into veritable micronations that are kept in check by U.N. task forces. Hunger also remains a persistent issue even within the wealthiest parts of the globe. Elsewhere, rebel groups and terrorists persist in the fringes and underbellies, making life for the worst-affected barely above pre-2000 failed states like Somalia or akin to petty dictatorships. Nonetheless, humanity’s recovery continues unabated.
The same cannot be said however of the Southern Hemisphere itself, which suffered the full force of Second Impact. Outside of the still sparsely populated Resettlement Zones and the various “reseeding” works within them, private, government and U.N.-sponsored surveys report a vast wasteland devoid of anything save for the occasional ruin or frail molds of bacteria. If anyone survived the initial event deep inland, it’s highly unlikely that they would have lasted long. For those braving this warped frontier meanwhile, it’s akin to stepping into an almost unrecognizable hostile landscape that would make the pre-2000 Australian outback look tame, rumors of strange creatures notwithstanding. Then again, it is only a relatively small step above the altered climate conditions experienced by the North. Winter for instance is known only by the post-Second Impact generation as something in books or old movies, at least in places like Japan; the Russians still take pride in even having sizable snowfall. Enough ice has melted that it has opened up new sea routes and additional space for various facilities, which proved to be a significant asset when the return of the Angels caused panic in the fragile global economy.
But of all the threats in the horizon, one remains a significant concern: Seele. Under Chairman Keel Lorenz – an enigmatic figure from Germany with significant political influence – this secretive committee of individuals from the major, if primarily European powers were revealed to be the original, “true” masters of Nerv and the U.N. itself, albeit with a bizarre tendency to represent themselves with holographic monoliths. If one believes its members’ more esoteric beliefs, this group also purported to be the latest manifestation of a centuries-old order that had tried to push history to their liking, at least until they discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls and its true contents. Whether or not their prattle has any sense of sanity was of no significance for their goal was – and still is – to bring about Third Impact for the good of all mankind. With their plans derailed however, and their public fronts exposed, they went into hiding. Although their exact location remains unknown, it is strongly suspected that they retain significant connections with affiliates and what can only be charitably called “useful idiots” with which to throw at anyone who gets in their way. Reports from Nerv agents suggest that they also run various facilities, some of which are believed to be utilizing reversed-engineered technology based on the Angels. These same accounts also point to possible sleeper cells still present within the highest echelons of government, which so far have proven false. Of course, the public at large has been reassured that the prospect of such a sinister group ever succeeding this time around is nil so long as the Evangelions exist.
Or at least we hope so.
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