|2051: The Brink of War has been given an update. I will be making similar improvements to all of the world maps in the Second Renaissance Timeline.|
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
Americans love to say Mexico started the Mex-American Cold War when they annexed central America. Mexicans say America started it when their colonies created the Quantum Economic Model. While the mass deportations of the Lachman years highlighted the tension between two countries who had known relative peace for more than a century, it was the QEM that many felt was the true cause of the confrontation. For this contingent of Mexican society (the business class) the true conflict was not to their neighbor to their north, but to their neighbor's children: the American colonies. By the end of the 21st Century, Mexico had risen to become the world's 3rd largest economy, largely due to an extremely market oriented society built on International Trade. Mexico had far less territory to travel between ports to both oceans, and could support a much more rapid exchange of material goods between the world's oceans than the US. In essence, the flow of global trade for many countries was controlled by Mexico. As such, the QEM was the greatest danger to Mexico's very society. Or, so the business class believed; regardless, it was this way of thinking that governed Mexico's efforts to stop the spread of the QEM to Earth.
In 2101 Vietnam held the most contentious election in its history. Nguyen Tan Luong was a reformer who called for Vietnam to adopt the Quantum Economic Model, much as its neighbor China was attempting to do, and unite the East in a common market. Luong was opposed by candidates backed by Mexico, and were vehemently opposed to the QEM. Luong narrowly won the election, leading to riots across the country's northern territories. Luong was captured in a military coup shortly after taking office, and a Junta was put in place that called for new elections. The US supported Luong's election and Mexico supported the claims by the Junta that Luong was a dangerous radical. What followed was a costly war in Southeast Asia that would lead to the collapse of China and redefine the balance of power across the Earth.