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Comtech Era: 1980 - 2025

This is a period of increased geopolitical tension. Corporations act only as crutches to government, giving them more aid than ever before, in the form of discounted goods and services, even extending to extensive loans and military forces, in exchange for tax breaks and legislation in their favor. Governments become heavily sectarian, until one party controls the government in most countries. Political alliances form and begin sabre-rattling, based on trading blocs. Minor wars break out worldwide in many third-world countries over resources. The world economy booms, especially in China, Japan, India, the EU, and the Middle East.

The US

Early in the 21st century, with oil supplies diminishing fast and the US hostile attitude to Middle Eastern culture, many Middle Eastern oil suppliers switched from the then widely used Petrodollar to the new Petroeuro. There were two major reasons for this. The first was that it was more profitable, for reasons of currency exchange, to sell oil for euros than it was to sell oil for dollars. The second was a collapse of support for the US. Many in the Middle East relished the opportunity to stick a knife in the US' side. And they did.

This had a rather catastrophic effect on the already straining US economy. The US had just started a very expensive, and very controvercial, military intervention in Iran. Oil prices had dropped since the 2006 highs, but had never really dropped back to anything the US would consider acceptable. The issue was further hampered by a later US presidential administration which claimed that there was "no need" to seek alternatives to oil and that it would cause "undue disruption to the American way of life." This was followed up by the infamous cartoon of an ostrich with its head wedged firmly between the buttocks of the US president at the time.

Tens of millions of US citizens were left destitute and homeless by the failing economy. Industries collapsed because no one was left to buy their goods in sufficient quantities. Crime rocketed. The coastal states used their influence and money to get the US government to allow them to deport the huge amounts of undesirables to camps in the midwest. The midwest protested, but was over-ruled by the government. At the same time, the government imposed caps on what the mid-west could charge for foodstuffs it exported to the coastal states. The country became polarised, with tensions rising sharply between coastal states and heartland states.

Christian fundamentalists were one of the few organisations to help, creating shelters and handing out food, while preaching against the evils of wealth and the evils of the government. This message struck home with many homeless people and a huge, underground, Christian fundamentalist movement grew up in the homeless communities. At the same time, Muslim extremists continued to bomb targets in America. The Christian and Muslim extremists often clashed, sometimes causing massive collateral damage. In the midwest, a charismatic Christian preacher, named Mortimer Mason, rose in popularity and told people that they too had to rise up against the government and take back the US for God.

With the US Oil Crisis, widespread unemployment and crime, religious fundamentalism, the withdrawal of foreign investment, the legacy of the Petroeuro still ringing in American ears and the ultimate fall of the US Dollar weakening the Federal power of the US, the end of the United States of America seems almost inevitable in retrospect. With organisations such as FEMA being less and less able to support the US populace, many states began to form their own political and economic unions in order to cope with the difficult times. Many of these unions became far more powerful than weakened and flailing US Federal Government and dissension was inevitable. Many of the largest unions, the North Eastern Banking and Investment Collective, the Western Technological Initiative, and the Northern States Forest and Mining Union had close ties to foreign states (it was a running joke in global politics that a state union ambassador got a better reception in most countries than the USA ambassador). The closest member of these was Canada. With the Federal government about to fail entirely due to lack of funding and almost no public support, many northern and coastal unions approached Canada, beginning the March 21st Adoption Talks of 2021, which lead directly to the formation of the UDC


The UK

2010 - The United Kingdom continues to fall apart at the seams as cries for regionalism fall on deaf ears at Parliament. The depression has done nothing but cement the emerging rigid class system. The vast underclass of uneducated, unskilled workers, born from the incompetent social system employed over the decades face diminishing financial support from the welfare system, already stretched beyond it's sustainable limit.

The immigrant/minority ethnic population now makes up 15% of the country, and have a far higher birthrate than the natives. This causes tension amongst the native population, previously distracted from such issues by it's affluence.

Socially the UK is in a dire situation, with many of its most skilled and intelligent citizens moving to countries such as Australia, Canada or New Zealand.

Extremism rises amongst Muslim communities. Immigrants become a scapegoat amongst part of the population, despite the efforts of the government.

As the Irish economy falls apart tensions rise over the issue of Northern Ireland, which itself sees a greater sense of will to remain part of the Union. It alone out of the home nations expresses this desire at government, but as in the rest of the UK sees a great deal of verbal strife over the issue. Regionalism has yet to escalate to violence other than the occasional letterbomb and empty threat.

Cornwall, Scotland, Wales and parts of England are expressing a desire for varying degrees of regional government. There is a popular move in England for an English Parliament.

As in all times of economic hardship, the population has become relatively politicised.

2015 - The Scottish National party starts a series programmes to make Scotland more self sufficient, an obvious precursor to declaring full independence. Amongst these programmes is acheiving a greater connection to the continental EU and planning it's greater integration and sustainability as an independent nation.

Wales has not yet reached this level, nor has Cornwall, a Celtic Nation and county of England.

2016 - The first violent events spark in Glasgow as Unionists clash with Nationalists during a demonstration against unemployment. The Armed forces try to separate the crowd but find themselves protecting the Unionists as both come under attack from the Nationalists. 17 Civilians are shot during the protest. The event sparks the nation into fervor, and the SNP declares independence the following week. Mass progroms of Unionists send a million refugees into England and Northern Ireland.

The remnants of the United Kingdom invade to retake Scotland. They meet little resistance due to the unified and integrated nature of the British Armed forces however the UK finds itself expelled from the European Union for this. With the British Armed forces concentrating solely on Scotland, a coalition of European forces led by the France and Germany lands forces near Dundee, and eventually retake the whole of Scotland.

Spurred on by this, the regionalists rise up and attempt to claim various regions of the remnant UK. In Wales and Cornwall the regionalists had formed limited militias and attempt to take over local government, to varying degrees of success. The find themselves fighting local police and territorial army units (several fighting with the regionalists) and facing a large number of unionists.

At that time both Wales and Cornwall can not be considered either separate or integrated in the United Kingdom, but rather in a state of flux. With no army to enforce centralised government, things are anarchic.

The North of England, already expressing a minor desire to be recognised as culturally different to the South has little time to fight a regional campaign as it finds itself under attack from the North West by the Irish led European invasion force. The regionalists (who although number fewer than in Wales or Scotland still have considerable support) aid the European invasion force rather than fight alone as in Cornwall and Wales.

Generally the regionalists seek integration into the EU superstate and repblican values, and the Unionists fight for a more isolationist United Kingdom and generally support the constitutional monarchy.

2017 - The fighting over Scotland ceases as the British Armed forces retreat to the remnant UK to consolidate the nation and fight the regionalists. It succeeds easily, but loses Scotland entirely to the European Union in a treaty which allows it to keep control of Wales, North West England and Cornwall.

The fighting over the year has polarised the nation between those seeking integration into the European Union and those against it. The neutral majority has disappeared in the face of mass side-taking. Although the fighting has ceased, EU supporting, regionalist movements in Wales, Cornwall and the North West are now well equipped, well organised and very motivated. The EU has been supplying them for the entire length of the situation.

2020 - The European Union and the United Kingdom host talks aimed at settling the situation. A conditional re-acceptance into the EU is offered but refused but other than that, there is some progress made.

Cornwall, Wales and the North West are given special administrative control over their regions, leaving the rest of England and Northern Ireland the sole remaining nations of the United Kingdom.

During the conflict the minority ethnic groups endured much discrimination and acts of violence but generally stayed integrated into the communites they had migrated to and found themselves not on the outside of the main population but part of the two emegerent factions.

Ireland

2012 In Northern Ireland the general feelings of the population to remain part of the United Kingdom rekindle old flames and the Irish Republican Army has reformed, uniting the Provisional and Continuity IRA under one banner, Sinn Fein. Politicians fail to acknowledge any such under taking, leaving speculation open that a “new” IRA has formed. Unionist politicians lobby the UK for military support once again, however, nothing is done.

2015 - The Taoiseach reads a statement in a session of the Dail stating solidarity with Northern Ireland in its times of trouble offering troop support and investigatory powers subject to the control of the Legislative Assembly. The move is bold and unprecedented and begins a true thaw in the icy relations of Republican and Unionist politician in Ireland.

2016 - In response to the expulsion of the United Kingdom from the European Union for violently refusing Scotland self rule, Ireland joins a coalition of European Nations and spearheads an invasion of North West England. There the Irish Army is greeted with violence from some civilians, and militant support from others.

2020 - As a result of the talks held regarding the United Kingdom by the EU, Ireland and the UK have a concordat over the different currencies they use but the capacity for a linked economy. Using Northern Ireland as a filter for goods, quite literally get “laundered” and enter the region from Ireland with little to no export tax and enter the UK and vice versa. Corporations will later use this system and take advantage of it.

Ireland publicly calls out the UK to join the EU to help promote unity.

The Middle East

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Oceania

During this time, global warming and the thinning ozone layer start to precipitate some of the most severe effects on oceanic nations. Countries with large lower-class populations fair the worst as storms of unprecedented severity destroy major tourism areas, in many cases removing the only major source of income for provincial areas. Increased UV radiation causes crops to fail and skin cancer rates to soar, sporadic famines strike many of the island nations. Ironically, the least developed areas fair the best - retreating to jungle areas and returning to traditional lifestyles, many find a somewhat comfortable if spartan existence.

The people of semi-urbanized areas do not fair nearly so well. Slightly too dependent or used to modern inventions, but not wealthy enough to shield themselves from the ravages of the changing climate the stream of illegal immigrants normally found crossing towards mainland Australia becomes a torrent as the comparative prosperity of their southern first-world neighbor glistens, even if internally the country was barely holding as it was.

The torrent of immigrants created a crisis for the Australian government - unskilled migrants, frequently with relatives debilitated by skin cancer were threatening to overwhelm the health and welfare systems, already struggling to cope with internal strife generated by the viciously evolving climatic variation.

The Australia First legislation was implemented, passing without challenge even as lone critics echoed its similarities to the White Australia policies of the 20th century. Naval assets and coastal patrols were stepped up in the northern waters, and army training exercises increasingly focussed on northern coastal areas to intercept any migrants who might make landfall, moving them speedily to detention centers.

With the announcement by EuroPhys that the UH-4 Generators would be constructed at the North and South Pole, Australia believed that at least one of their problems had been solved. The mean temperature would be restored to its 1976 pre-global warming figure. The Ozone holes were still a problem, but UH-4 had a mild scattering effect and would at least reduce the increase of the mean UV index over the next few years.

Mid 2024, ASIO began to observe suspicious political developments in Indonesia. Looking more closely it was discovered that a major operation was in the early stages of preparation by the Indonesian government for a huge social engineering attack on Australia's sovereignty. Slightly over 50% of the country's population was being supplied with the necessary tools to set to the sea towards Australia in a massive immigration move designed to give Indonesia effective governing control over Australia by weight of numbers alone, crucially gaining access to UH-4 shielded farmland and habitation to relieve the strain of the climatic changes on their own infrastructure.

The signs of the plan couldn't have been clearer to any observer, and it was apparent to the Australian government that the event would effectively end the internal government and likely the standard of living of the country - despite hardships, relatively unscathed by the new climate. The question of what to do however, was not necessarily going to be answered so cleanly - although Australia First had passed without incident, internal discourse and dissent had increasingly decided that it was a temporary solution and whether the public would back major actions to resist the Indonesian wave was uncertain.

As debate over immigration increasingly reignited in parliament, privately ASIO received directives from the Prime Minister to impose a misinformation campaign over the state of affairs in Indonesia while beginning a campaign of espionage to subvert the plans of the Indonesian government. An apparent resurgence of terrorism was in actuality Australian agents bombing military and industrial facilities, and provided a credible backdrop to impose travel restrictions to the nation. Journalists were intimidated and in many cases murdered where they tried to find the real story, often killed as part of the supposed "terrorist" attacks. By intelligence standards, the operation was a resounding success and not unsurprisingly public opinion of Indonesia began to turn as the perception of the nation became increasingly one of a nation in poverty because of Islamic fundamentalism and the lack of action against extremists.

Over the next half year, Australia drastically increased military spending to police and prevent Indonesian illegal immigration with full approval of the public "to prevent Muslim terrorists entering the country". Even as northern waters became a virtual freefire zone, public debate never reached a consensus that any wrongdoing on the part of Australia could be at play. The UN urged the nation to relax its policies and grant asylum to those seeking it, but even at the turn of the century such declarations had been easily dismissable by the government.

On New Years Eve, 2025 an enormous ramshackle fleet of merchant vessels from Indonesia put to sea. Although Indonesian plans had factored a militant response by Australia, ASIO's espionage campaign had effectively crippled any serious military aid Indonesia might send to any ship that came under Australia aggression, being careful however to ensure that a seemingly credible escort fleet of patrol boats would be present for when the fleet came within range of the Australian navy.

Corporation-State Era: 2025 - 2050

Corporations continue to become larger and more powerful. Large aggregate holding companies begin to form, consolidating corporate military power. The many political alliances that have formed begin to compete to attract the attentions of the major corporations, hoping to have the economically stabilizing effect of a major corporate headquarters, and for the policing forces to help control the increasingly dissatisfied and violent public. The gap between rich and poor widens worldwide. The major technological innovations seen in the modern era are invented by a growing Corp power base, eager to gain a severe, proprietary edge on their enemies. Toward the end of this era, governments grow weaker and more dependent on corporations.

The US

The federal government continues to dwindle, until it is reduced to no more than a custodial entity, settling interstate disputes and running the coast guard and border control. Governors become powerful political figures in the geopolitical community. The various economic unions become more powerful, and act as autonomous economic units. Canada, which became the Western Hemishphere's second most powerful nation, after Brazil, begins cooperating closely with these unions, particularly in the north. In 2025, Canada officially annexes several of these unions, including the North Eastern Banking and Investment Collective, the Western Technological Initiative, and the Northern States Forest and Mining Union.

The UK

The UK fails to attract as much corporate interest as other regions during this era. While banking and investment markets remain very powerful in London, and Corps do open headquarters in the UK, The UK controlling standards and strict laws agains corporations restrict heavy interest in the region. During this era, the UK begins to display isolationist trends, becoming more focused on internal stability and control than external problems. The Parliament passes many controling and monitoring laws that elicit some outcry from the left, but these are accepted by the general populace as acceptable measures to stop a corporate take-over similar to the EU's.

The Special Administrative Regions become a hotbed for corporate exploitation and they carve out their own nations due to the inability of either the remnant UK or the EU to enforce law there.

The Middle East

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Oceania

Emerging on the tide of blood and wreckage from the Australian Navy massacre of the Indonesian fleet, at least 6 million displaced Indonesians washed up alive on the North Australian shore. The Australian government had no idea what to do with the huge number of illegal immigrants which now made for a noticable portion of the countries population. Obviously deporting them wouldn't work, so the skilled immigrants were given what they so clearly desired: A place in the comparative paradise of the South Australian cities. There they became labourers in whatever tasks had not already been delegated to machines at the time, helping with the ageing population issue, and staving off the death of Blue collar work.

As for those deemed "unskilled" by the Australian government, they were given minimalistic financial aid to rebuild their lives... In the slums of Cairns and Darwin, unless they could be convinced to work in central Australia, the same desert hell it had been in the ComTech era. Wherever possible, the government tried to subtly push these people out of the country, but even to the present day, downtown Cairns belongs to the huge amounts of Indonesian poor descended from the original "unskilled" survivors.

News from the North that UH-4 actually had highly toxic side effects were recieved by Australia, but not truly heeded because it was believed Australia was out of the effective range of such phenomenon. It did however, give the population a slightly increased Paranoia that increased the growth of the exceedingly popular Arcology phenomenon.

As the rest of the world turned into either a steaming bed of conflict or a steaming desert, Australia began to be a popular destination for Corp CEO's.

Dystopian Era: 2050 - 2069 (Present)

Chaos and urban decay reign. Poverty skyrockets. Corporations begin introducing the idea of Arcologies, which had existed earlier as corporate housing projects. These new Arcs become almost totally self contained, even intergating water and air purification. The urban dynamic shifts radically, with government cops being left to patrol the urban sprawl alone. Corporations continue their policy of funding government troops, but in a more careful and guarded manner. Arcs cause massive shifts in population away from ailing or dwindling population centers to cities that contain Arcs, causing many small cities and towns to be totally abandoned. Nature begins to reclaim the regions in between the large cities, and for the first time in in a century, the total inhabited area drops even as the population continues to increase.

The UK

The UK continues to harden against dissenters and nay-sayers during this era, and strengthens its powers. The populace remains generally happy and content (compared to other nations), and corporations continue to ignore the country as a power base. Insulated from corp-promulgated trends and fashions, the UK goes through a period of what is termed "Hyper-retro", with elements of Edwardian era dress returning to the mainstream, accompanied by modern accents.

The Special Administrative Regions continue to be ruthlessly exploited. Many resistance groups emerge using the unit structures of their militant fathers who fought in the Isles Crisis.

The Middle East

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Oceania

Australia, bowing to a generalized corporate pressure dissolves the lower house of government, formalizing all power in the Senate (a body ill-suited for the responsibilities of full government) and thus effectively moving all government decisions to the offices of corporate lawyers.

Local government in the southern cities increasingly distances itself from economic and aid-provision ties to the north as their economies surge from booms in tourism and manufacturing, powered ironically by the surplus of cheap skilled labor from the Indonesian migration surge. By comparison, northern cities are in virtual free fall as infrastructure collapses and crime soars. The duality suits many multi-nationals fine however, establishing their corporate headquarters in the south while operating with impunity for morally dubious endeavors in the north.

Australia's governmental health service is finally completely privatized and folded into the global MediCare corporation, effectively eliminating the provision of health services to the lower classes. Coastal city expansion takes on a contrary character to previous decades as major urban expansion advances outwards and over the oceans. Habitation, infrastructure and port facilities are floated out onto the Indian and Pacific ocean, linked to land by sections of flexible highway.

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