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Thanks for all the favs, views, comments, and watches over the last few years. Hears a crappy trace and recolor of a Scott Pilgrim panel!

Seriously though I hadn't even noticed how much my pageviews had grown, and its surprising to say the least that I've cracked 100,000. Since I started on DA I've gone from making crappy maps in MS Paint (Windows XP version) to making Ok maps in GIMP. Some of my work is the first things to come up when you google image search the Second Cold War or the Emberverse (seriously my maps appear above the images of fucking covers of the books). I've helped turn Maps and Flags from one of the lesser known communities into one of the largest cartography and vexilology communities on DA, and I've done all of this while being basically penniless and diverting time and energy that could have been spent on work. Believe it or not this is not bragging, just me marveling at the ridiculousness of this whole set of circumstances. My work has slowed down a bit in recent months, and there's a laundry list of projects people have requested me to do that I've gotten bored with and abandoned after remembering that I don't get paid for this really obscure hobby. All the same I feel great-full for those of you who inexplicably take interest with my hobby, without this I'd be a much more depressed person. Thanks for everything guys, and I hope to keep churning out new art for a long time to come or until I get paid well enough to drift into obscurity.
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Ok, I've been having some people over on future.wikia bug me about the admin situation, and I need a sitting Bureaucrat to respond so I can hand a list of potential admins.
Just a couple of tide-you-overs until the next big map.
I'm taking a breather from the American front of the Third Mexican war, and from the Americas in general for a bit. The next map will feature the Pacific theater of the war and a little bit of future Chinese history. Following those pieces I'll return to the Americas and close out in Europe. A world map will be the closer to the Third Mexican War, and the maps of Mars and Venus will serve as the epilogues.
  • Listening to: Metallica
  • Reading: Work Stuff
  • Watching: Red Green
  • Playing: GTA V
  • Eating: Spaghetti
  • Drinking: Water

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Sean McKnight
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
I'm just another denizen of the internet seeking enlightenment in a world of trolls, false flaggers, and flamers.

I'm from Western Washington, though I hate Nirvana, Coffee and Microsoft.

I'm an aerospace engineer in training (mostly so I can pick up women by saying I'm a rocket scientist)

Politically I can best be described as Liberal American Exceptionalist; 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: Prescott, Arizona
Favourite genre of music: Rock in all its forms and all its glory!
Operating System: Mac, but switching to Ubuntu
MP3 player of choice: iPod Classic
Favourite cartoon character: Gene Starwind, Vegeta, Brian Griffin, Katara, Nicholas D. Wolfwood, Spike, Batou
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gatemonger Featured By Owner 2 days ago
8China clearly is showing vulnerability, but not collapsing like Friedman suggested. it seems to be pushing its weight around quite a bit. Challenging the US led financial order, establishing refueling stations in other countries for its nascent blue water navy, and the push into disputed islands. Do you think its reasonable to say there is, in addition to the Russian little cold war, a secondary Chinese little cold war occurring? More broadly, what are your thoughts on where China is headed in the next few years?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Friedman was always wishywashy on the collapse element, and in the next decade he focuses more on China declining into a stable upper tier economic power, likening them to what Japan has been trying to do for the last 30 years.

And no, I don't take the Chinese as a serious contender into the little cold war at all. The only scrap of land they are insistent on being regarded as a player in is the South China Sea, and for all their efforts to build up their military, they'll be too busy worrying about internal security as they try to distribute economic prosperity more evenly (which is already starting to hurt the rich coast, so expect more Hong Kong protests and eventually real protests that turn into riots). Russia is used to being unbelievably poor, China has been rich before, and they tend to not respond to poverty as stoicly as the Russians. I expect Beijing to start to start to be more authoritarian (not Mao levels, but early Putin's Russia) to quell the pushback against their efforts at economic normalization. They'll eventually ratchet down a lot of their military programs, which aren't unique to China, technological diffusion has enabled a lot of small powers to counter the current US military architecture more effectively than before, and that is already starting to get Washington ready for a big shift in strategy. I expect that they'll achieve a level of stability around the late 2020s, with a more or less sustainable economic model and a closer partnership with the US... before climate change sends everything sideways.
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner 4 days ago
If Jeb Bush ends up as president what kind of presidency do you think will follow ?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bush wouldn't last more than four years (if he ever got elected), but we'd most likely see a much stronger President overtake him. Bush (in the unlikely event that he wins) wouldn't be strong enough to keep his party in order and deal with the Democrats, after four years of that the country would vote for someone who would look almost like a bully today just to have some sense of peace in DC. 
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner 3 days ago
In that case what would a Hillary administration be like ?, would it have the same issues the Obama one has had with brain-dead Republicans making it almost impossible to pass laws and generally get things done eg filibusters ?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Hillary Clinton administration would LOOK like a fundamentally different administration from Obama's, but it would follow most of his policies. Hillary is a far more corrupt politician than Obama, but that actually might benefit the country in an era where populism has run far too rampant. She'll campaign on foreign policy mostly, probably try to draw the Republicans into fighting some culture war stuff that they'll loose, and she'll try to work with them on a few feel good projects that the President isn't really needed for. Hillary Clinton will be the Reagan to Obama's Kennedy/LBJ, in that she'll be the one who concludes this New/Second/Little Cold War, and the economy will most likely be doing well by the time she seeks a second term. She'll be more aggressive than Obama (in appearance), and won't be above tooting her own horn when she wins. Though her corrupt ways may get the better of  her in her second term, and we'll be begging for a psuedo Libertarian in 2024.
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microwavedreams Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
Also, if ever happen to be short on reading material, I recommend Peter Zeihan's "The Accidental Superpower"

Its like an updated version of "the next 100 years" despite only going on to 2030ish. It takes into account things Friedman didn't see coming in 2009, like the Shale revolution, and the impacts that will follow from it.
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microwavedreams Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
What affect do you see life extension technologies having on the global demographics crises?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They'll prolong it far longer than any previous demographic crisis, but functional immortality won't come into play until the middle of this century, and the crisis should be done by then.
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Functional immortality ?
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