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The Land of Neon and Northern Lights



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Lately I've been working on a minor project that will consist of several interlocking short stories based in a future history scenario in which, around the year 2100, Greenland has become the center of a major Arctic mining boom as deglaciation has revealed vast mineral and petro resources for the island. The world is a mix of futuristic and down to earth ideas and tone, and so to start off the idea I figured I'd give everyone a preview of the whole world.

The world in 2100 is a place that is both very different but also still familiar to most people. Global warming has taken its toll on the world, but mighty international efforts have slowed it from total chaos. Countries have formed together, split apart, and been rocked by revolution in the dying gasps of the colonial world order of the 20th century. Technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, though the everyday life of most people hasn't changed too radically; people are still people and no amount of fancy portable computers can keep people from being bored or lazy.

Perhaps the biggest change has been the rise of Africa as a continent full of riches and power, particularly in East and Southern Africa rather than the strongholds of North Africa and West Africa in the 20th and early 21st century. Booming African nations like Ethiopia, the East African Federation, and Nigeria lead the way in science, business, and technology as the governments, newer and less bogged down by tradition, push the boundaries of what a modern state can do. Angola, meanwhile, has come through its "South African Miracle" of the mid-21st century to go from a petro state to a regional mixed-market power and leader of the South African Defense League, an organization formed during the collapse of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and South Africa in the Great Revolts that rivals other international alliances, most notably the anti-Russian Kosice Pact.

One of the biggest defining movements of the 21st century, though, was the breaking apart of many nations that had been created through colonialism. It began with the collapse of Venezuela and Pakistan, but spread to many other parts of the world such as southern Africa, western Africa, northern Africa, and particularly the Middle East as borders formed by greed and racism at last tore themselves apart. The Middle East went through troubling times as the Second Arab Spring overthrew the shaky stability following the downfall of ISIS. The collapse of the House of Saud particularly threw things up in the air after the Saudi royal house and their terrorist-funding allies attempted (and failed) to use smuggled nuclear weapons on Israel and then Mecca itself to spark a Holy War against the West, and the result was a revolution by the Arabian people against their corrupt and terrible leaders and the restoration of the House of Hashem to Mecca, among other things. Peace has at least been gained as Iran and Turkey have reached a relaxed, if somewhat paranoid, detente that quietly ignores Israel’s self-proclaimed “fortress state”.

The world in 2100 is changing. Mankind is pushing the boundaries of settlement, be it in Antarctica, underwater, or even in outer space. The world holds itself in a shaky peace as it looks toward the future and what it may hold. Colonization of space, mining of asteroids, human uplink to the internet, air wells that capture moisture out of the air, and much more await this world and the people who live in it, and it is this world my stories will inhabit and which I hope you all will enjoy. 

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