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Horizon Far Zenith
We open on Aloy a few months after the events of Horizon Zero Dawn leading a tribe of Nora and Oseram warriors across the high desert in the far north of the Carja Sundom's territory. The group speaks in hushed downs as they finally find what they've been searching for, the ruins of some ancient buildings situated in the middle of an unassuming valley. Ruins that are crawling with Eclipse cultists of the Shadow Carja. The game opens on a mission to scout the area and we learn that the Eclipse has been traveling to this place for many weeks, and Aloy was specifically asked by Sun King Avad to track them after the cult's activities became increasingly erratic around the Sacred Lands.
By the time we enter the ruins, it is clear that the Eclipse's real interest is below ground. While Aloy expects to find another cradle facility, what she and her friends discover is a room filled with rows of strange black boxes stretching for what seems like miles in every direction. The Eclipse kills the
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War-gaming 2020
2018 - The Midterms - The summer campaign season continues to heat up. Republicans are resisting the surge of energetic, first time Democratic candidates, but the wave of incumbent Republicans retiring or being unseated by Trump Republicans in ugly primary battles, the party knows they are facing an uphill battle to keep majorities in both houses of Congress. Robert Mueller's investigation continues to heat up and the President's campaign of opposition to the investigation and demanding its closure has spread like a cancer among Republicans in the House and the GOP base. Congressional Republicans spend almost every month attempting to throw the public off with wild accusations intended to discredit the FBI, Mueller, and the vary nature of Judicial procedure. The White House makes several attempts of their own to slow the investigation without actually firing Mueller, such as sending several hundred crates of documents of dubious usefulness to the Special Counsel's office, pressu
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Commissions are open. Standard prices displayed below. Note: Custom work is charged at an hourly rate. If you intend to use this for groups, the rate is subject to change.

===FLAGS AND SEALS===
*Flag or Seal with existing logo - $5
**Variation with different existing logos - $2 for each additional flag or seal
*Flag or Seal with modified logo - $10

===MAPS===
*Small Wikia style map - $5
*Large Regional Map - $10
**Country and Ocean Labels- $5
**Sea Labels - $5
**City Labels - $10
**Rivers - $10
**Longitude & Latitude -$5
**Weathering - $5
**Mars Map - $5
**Flooded Earth Map -$5

===Characters===
Single character sketches: $25
Single character animated style: $50

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- Fair warning, turnaround will vary.
- Feel free to scan my previous work if you want something similar as a reference
- all work will be uploaded online unless specified (surprise gift perhaps?) 

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Sean McKnight
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
I'm just another denizen of the internet trying to add a little nuance where its needed, and a little bluntness where it's not.

I'm from Western Washington, though I currently reside in California.

I'm an actual Rocket Scientist (did research with rockets, and am an Aerospace Engineer).

Politically I can best be described as Liberal American Imperialist; so basically I want Universal Healthcare as an excuse to annex Canada.

I love sci-fi movies, books, and TV shows, classic cars and modern ones too, bitching about politics, speculating about the future, and analyzing the past.

Current Residence: Lancaster, California
Favorite genre of music: Rock in all its forms and all its glory!
Favorite animated character: Spike Spiegel
Favorite literary character: Takeshi Kovacs
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The Colorado River Authority is the one of the most enduring legacies of the "Green New Deal." Created in 2029 as part of the broader Renewal program, the CRA was tasked with providing free solar power and new agriculture opportunities across the Great Basin, but grew to encompass many responsibilities of the larger effort to counter the effects of climate change.
CVA Logo by YNot1989

Along with building solar farms, the CRA undertook a massive engineering project to develop and preserve the freshwater sources of the Colorado river system. The most ambitious of these projects came in the Salt Lake Desalination Project. The CRA built solar farms and huge networks of desalination plants to turn the Great Salt Lake from one of the most uninhabitable bodies of water on the planet, into the diverse ecosystem we know today. The greatest challenge for the CRA was that the Great Salt Lake was a drainage basin, and had no way to remove its salt-water to the Sea. This would ultimately be resolved in the dredging of the Sevier River to connect the lake to Lake Mead and the rest of the Colorado. 

Tens of thousands of people were employed across Utah, Arizona, and Nevada blasting and digging what would become a water rout from Salt Lake City to the Baja Gulf. The project sought to create a trade corridor along the new river where river-borne shipping and cheap energy would foster an economic boom, the first in the world based on the use of renewable energy sources rather than fossil fuels. The Sevier River would be extended and widened to allow for commercial shipping from the Great Salt Lake all the way to the Pacific, but the network would only allow watercraft that did not contribute to CO2 emissions, fostering the adoption of next generation electrically powered container ships. Dams along the Colorado River were removed in favor of new whirlpool turbines that could be positioned along the river without restricting its flow, while providing more local sources of power.

Work was also conducted to expand the extremely toxic Salton Sea in California, although that project had started years earlier by the state government. Lake Cahuilla would be completed as a CRA project, and provide a source of sustainable fresh water to southern California, and an economic boom across the Inland Empire. Indio's status as a major trade port is entirely the result of the CRA.

When the project was completed in 2038, the CRA had removed almost half the salt from the Great Salt Lake, and Fresh water had to be imported from Canada to fill what had been lost during desalination. Upon the opening of the Salt Lake Locks, the flow of the old Sevier River reversed, and salty water began flowing to the Pacific. After another decade of rain-cycle recharge, and deslaination, the Great Salt Lake is looking for a name change, with salinity down to normal levels, and the water home to a massive fishing industry. The fresh waters of the Colorado basin, now feed huge Greenhouse Complexes, modeled off of those in Almería, Spain, generating half the produce in North America. The fields of greenhouses form a sea of white, that actually generates an Albedo effect so substantial, that the Southwest has seen local temperatures drop by as much as 1 degree Celsius in the last 20 years, and is believed to have contributed to the 0.25 degree C reduction in global temperatures recently reported by NOAA.

Today the CRA is the largest Solar Energy provider in the United States, operating its own fields and installing photovoltaics across every roof int he Southwest. Its greenhouses provide jobs for 30,000 people and feeds 500 million Americans and countless people around the world. A testament to the boundless ambition of the American people.
  • Listening to: Stan Rogers
  • Reading: Geopolitical Futures
  • Playing: Nothing
I really don't want to say, "I told you so" in about 9 years.

www.usatoday.com/story/news/wo…
Zeihan changed his forecast (if you can call it that) again, he's calling his single World War III scenario "The Wars for the Disorder." Apparently he's now on board with the belief that its more likely that there will be a lot of brushfire wars in the late 20s and 30s around where the Turkish, Polish, and Japanese neo-empires will eventually emerge.
From 1980 to 2016, the Republican Party has been organized under the "Reagan Coalition," ultimately organized in four distinct factions: Pro-Business Republicans, Christian Evangelicals, National Security conservatives (often called Defense Hawks, but that's a disingenuous oversimplification of a faction that includes Chuck Hagel and Colin Powell), and what we will call "Nativists." The Democrats eventually managed for piece together an opposition coalition or environmentalists, gay rights advocates, the black community, Social-Democrats, organized labor, and feminists.
1980-2016 Coalitions by YNot1989
Contrary to popular belief, Hispanics have usually been swing voters, and aren't reliable Democrats outside of a few states where the state Republican party really shot themselves in the foot regarding immigration policy (see California). Latinx voters, and the broader Catholic community, tend to be more socially conservative (though less so than Evangelicals), but economically more liberal.

There was an inherent advantage that the GOP had: all of the factions in the coalition were in basic agreement about most issues that the party actually executed: Low Taxes, High Defense Spending, opposition to policies that benefit women and minorities (that's not how they saw it, but it doesn't change the facts). The Democrats always struggled to rally every faction of their coalition, because each faction was in and of itself so ideologically fractious that any attempt to unify a large group of the party would inevitably drive down turnout from the rest of the group. The only exception as when the party ran charismatic candidates with fairly vague policy objectives. 

In 2016, the coalitions blew up, not just the coalitions but the factions that made up the coalitions fragmented. Both candidates had alienated large segments of their parties, and in 2016 most of these groups became swing voters, with the exception of the Feminists, LGBT community, and Nativists, who have evolved into two opposing factions. The LGBTQIA and Feminist factions have become "Intersectionalists," often called SJWs by what the Nativists mutated into, the "Alt-Right" or White Nationalists. These form the only remotely coherent factions as of right now. Labor Unions sided more with Trump than Clinton, African Americans are seeing a generational schism in ideology, there are essentially two factions of Environmentalists right now and neither side seems to know what they are about or that the other exists, and the Socialists are so busy eating eachother and everyone else on the left that its hard to call them a faction. On the right, the National Security conservatives are still trying to figure out what the hell is happening to the world before they can form any kind of coherent position, Evangelicals can't figure out who they're supposed to be fighting anymore,  and Pro-Business conservatives are torn between just trying to get things back to normal and nihilistic capitalists.

In 2018, Democrats built an even BIGGER Tent than ever before, opening the door to some evangelicals and pro-Business Democrats who would have been Republicans just 4 years ago, while Republicans went all in on the Alt-Right. But the important thing was that we got something of a preview as to how these factions will evolve, though we still have no earthly idea how the next coalitions will be organized. The Social-Democrats have become Democratic-Socialists, and they are making a serious effort right now to unite Intersectionalists, and the new generation of Greens, exemplified in the Justice Democrats "Green New Deal" campaign. There are still holdouts, Bernie Sanders in particular is still doing all that he can to destroy his own movement by alienating everyone who you wouldn't call a "Brocialist" and endorsing a string of candidates who all lost in 2018. But the new generation seems to have an appreciation for how to build a new political base.

On the right things are much less clear. The Republican play to the nativists will only last as long as the Economy is doing well. Once there's a recession Labor, Business interests, and Evangelicals who tolerate this shift will go shopping for another candidate. What is less clear is how these groups will align in the years to come. Its entirely possible that the Democratic leadership will push the party to the right to build a coalition around older more conservative African-Americans, economically liberal Evangelicals and Catholics to become Christian Democrats if they think that is where the center lies for the future of American politics. Alternatively, the Democratic-Socialists could recapture Unions and both major ethnic minority groups with the promise of a comprehensive Green Jobs plan, though this could end up going the way of the old New Deal Coalition with social conservatives and liberals becoming divided against eachother in their own party.

Whatever the case may be, what we have right now are factions within factions, and parties with no real coalitions to speak of.
  • Listening to: Stan Rogers
  • Reading: Geopolitical Futures
  • Playing: Nothing
The Colorado River Authority is the one of the most enduring legacies of the "Green New Deal." Created in 2029 as part of the broader Renewal program, the CRA was tasked with providing free solar power and new agriculture opportunities across the Great Basin, but grew to encompass many responsibilities of the larger effort to counter the effects of climate change.
CVA Logo by YNot1989

Along with building solar farms, the CRA undertook a massive engineering project to develop and preserve the freshwater sources of the Colorado river system. The most ambitious of these projects came in the Salt Lake Desalination Project. The CRA built solar farms and huge networks of desalination plants to turn the Great Salt Lake from one of the most uninhabitable bodies of water on the planet, into the diverse ecosystem we know today. The greatest challenge for the CRA was that the Great Salt Lake was a drainage basin, and had no way to remove its salt-water to the Sea. This would ultimately be resolved in the dredging of the Sevier River to connect the lake to Lake Mead and the rest of the Colorado. 

Tens of thousands of people were employed across Utah, Arizona, and Nevada blasting and digging what would become a water rout from Salt Lake City to the Baja Gulf. The project sought to create a trade corridor along the new river where river-borne shipping and cheap energy would foster an economic boom, the first in the world based on the use of renewable energy sources rather than fossil fuels. The Sevier River would be extended and widened to allow for commercial shipping from the Great Salt Lake all the way to the Pacific, but the network would only allow watercraft that did not contribute to CO2 emissions, fostering the adoption of next generation electrically powered container ships. Dams along the Colorado River were removed in favor of new whirlpool turbines that could be positioned along the river without restricting its flow, while providing more local sources of power.

Work was also conducted to expand the extremely toxic Salton Sea in California, although that project had started years earlier by the state government. Lake Cahuilla would be completed as a CRA project, and provide a source of sustainable fresh water to southern California, and an economic boom across the Inland Empire. Indio's status as a major trade port is entirely the result of the CRA.

When the project was completed in 2038, the CRA had removed almost half the salt from the Great Salt Lake, and Fresh water had to be imported from Canada to fill what had been lost during desalination. Upon the opening of the Salt Lake Locks, the flow of the old Sevier River reversed, and salty water began flowing to the Pacific. After another decade of rain-cycle recharge, and deslaination, the Great Salt Lake is looking for a name change, with salinity down to normal levels, and the water home to a massive fishing industry. The fresh waters of the Colorado basin, now feed huge Greenhouse Complexes, modeled off of those in Almería, Spain, generating half the produce in North America. The fields of greenhouses form a sea of white, that actually generates an Albedo effect so substantial, that the Southwest has seen local temperatures drop by as much as 1 degree Celsius in the last 20 years, and is believed to have contributed to the 0.25 degree C reduction in global temperatures recently reported by NOAA.

Today the CRA is the largest Solar Energy provider in the United States, operating its own fields and installing photovoltaics across every roof int he Southwest. Its greenhouses provide jobs for 30,000 people and feeds 500 million Americans and countless people around the world. A testament to the boundless ambition of the American people.
  • Listening to: Stan Rogers
  • Reading: Geopolitical Futures
  • Playing: Nothing

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drivanmoffitt Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
what are your suggestions for a logo for a UN-like organization created to try and maintain peace between various Human Interstellar Nationstates? I'm trying to figure out how I should design the logo for the United Nations of Systems, an organization that I plan to use as a precursor to the United Federation of Systems
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gatemonger Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I was watching interviews of Teresa Bejan, author of a recent book on civility as a concept in political discourse. There is a decent likelihood that we cannot reform the electoral process or government to get greater moderation. What are your thoughts on how to introduce this as a baseline for more constructive political discourse? 
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its a pointless argument to have. The civility advocates are usually people who use the word "politics" as if it were some kind of theatrical distraction, and that partisanship is an unpleasant side-effect of people disagreeing on things that don't really matter. 

The problem is Politics is still very much tied to the origins of the word, in which Aristotle defined as "affairs of state." People aren't disagreeing on optics or for the sake of political theater. They're angry and divided because there are essentially two Americas, and the interests of one directly conflicts with the interests of the other. Now in most cases, this is what America looks like during an economic transition, and most everyone ends up being in the same boat eventually. Some of the dividing issues (usually social issues) are swept under the rug, and the focus moves toward economic and national security for a time, before dividing again, and so on...

The only exception to this was the Civil War and the Revolution, and had WWII not intervened, we may have had a third civil conflict in the 40s.
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gatemonger Featured By Owner 1 day ago
I agree 100% that the disagreements aren't political theater or optics (I love what it's done to put passion in writing for everything from nonfiction to tv). I honestly prefer the emotions we see today over back when OJ or Lewinsky could dominate the news. If civility returns to the political conversation it seems like it would coalesce within your "two Americas", like two massive echo chambers with independent discourses. I see a contemporary international system where the US is compelled to pull into two, but there are no obvious territorial lines like we saw with the CSA. If the "two Americas" reconcile, I could imagine it being akin to the Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary in the late 19th century - effectively two symbiotic polities only cooperating due to shared geopolitical interests. 
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner 2 days ago
How do you see the French Yellow Jacke protest ultimately playing out and their effect as they spread into Belgium etc, theu have already started demanding FREXIT in France for example.

Personally I think Macron is screwed either getting forced out or losing next election to either Front National or one of the Socialist parties.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
France benefits more directly from the EU than most other nations, enough to where while Macron may be in danger, its unlikely we'd see anything more than a soft FREXIT (in which France either renegotiates the Free Trade Zone, border security, and MAYBE drops the Euro in favor of the Franc, but that last one actually makes little sense).

The National Front will always be held back because its a family affair, and if they ditch the Le Pens they might actually stand a chance at winning, personally I think your more likely to see a Leftist soft Euroskeptic party get in.
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drivanmoffitt Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
just curious how does this sound for something my Federation's President is apart of, the Committee for the continuation of Human and Non Human Unity

trying to figure out an appropriate name for a Government committee dedicated to the Federation's unity, as it's made up of more than just Humans 
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Galactic Assembly? Interspecies Council? Interstellar Consultative Assembly?
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drivanmoffitt Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
ok, thanks for the suggestion

by the way, what are your thoughts on the Yellow Vest Movement in France?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yet another reminder that most people who actually live in Europe aren't wild about the policies of Eurocrats like Macron, even centrist Eurocrats.
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