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Well, I'm finally broke enough to open up for commissions. I've never done this before, don't really know how it works, so I apologize in advance for any difficulties that may arise.

===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
*Custom Flag or Seal - $20

===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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So I may have had a little too much caffeine last night and responded to this post on reddit asking if we're headed for a political realignment for the Millennial generation.


I don't know what we call this era that we've living in, all I know is that its defined by the return of nationalism to the political mainstream and prolonged economic malaise largely impacted by the evaporation of effective demand that began with the Crash of 2008. These are the facts of our time, and if we're going to analyze how millennials will impact the next political realignment, we must first accept that this era is not a passing fad that will be over by the next election cycle, and examine the root cause of the conditions of our time.

Economic Malaise 
Two factors have contributed to the persistent economic malaise we find ourselves in more than anything else: the retirement of the Baby Boomers and the Crash of 2008. These two events have resulted in the same thing: A steady increase in the Personal Savings Rate, and a decline in effective demand. What this means is that consumers are spending less on goods and services that cause a trickle down effect in economic activity. Consumers are still spending, but with the Baby Boomers retiring, more and more are spending money on goods and services that are provided by a smaller portion of the population (services like end of life care, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, etc.) and to pay off debts. This has led to a contraction in capital that can flow to a larger portion of the population and compounds the problem overall because the less money people spend on goods and services that a majority of the population uses, the less money that flows back into the system and "trickle's down" to the rest of the population. In effect, we are witnessing the beginning of the end for Supply Side or Trickle Down Economics.

Some believe the situation is being made worse by the rise of new technologies, but I am not convinced of that. I would argue that we are also seeing a shifting of the centers of employment to areas that used to be just centers of investment. The most ambitious manufacturing enterprises are moving to the American Southwest and West Coast and are ignoring the Rust Belt and Heartland. However, we cannot ignore how this will impact the economy in the short term. 3500 retail locations are expected to close nationwide in the next few months alone, and 30,000 retail jobs have been lost every month of 2017, partly due to the decline in effective demand, but also due to the rise of services like Amazon.com. This will disproportionately hurt Millennials, and will have lasting political consequences.

Nationalism
While it was only noticed in 2016, nationalist sentiment has been steadily rising in Euro-American civilizations since 2008. The most iconic examples of this were Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, but I'd argue it truly began with the election of Viktor Orbán as Hungary's Prime Minister in 2010 and the rise of the Tea Party that same year. The surge of nationalism in 2016 can largely be attributed to the economic malaise outlined in the previous paragraph. Many people have dismissed this economic anxiety as imagined, but for it is exemplified in one trend that began in 2007: home-ownership in the US has fallen to its lowest levels in almost 50 years. The elites have interpreted this as a good thing. Homes are expensive, and impractical in urban areas where most people live. The problem is that the definition of Urban is way too vague, and often lumps in suburban communities into larger metro areas, and for most people owning a home is a sign of security and economic independence. Right now, if you are just below the median income in the United States, you cannot afford to own a home. In 2016, that predominantly impacted rural and industrial workers. This, combined with a largely ignored opioid epidemic led to a sense of desperation that resulted in 7/10 suicides in 2015 being committed by white men (particularly in middle aged men), and the election of Donald Trump by the same demographic.

This crisis will not be confined to impacting older white men forever. As effective demand continues to contract as more baby boomers remove themselves from the work force and traditional economy, the buying power of the average American will continue to fall, and sure as night follows day, Millennials will be just as seriously impacted by it as older people. We saw the beginnings of this with the rise of Bernie Sanders, himself another economic nationalist, albeit a progressive one. I think its fair to say that nationalism will become the order of the day in our politics, but millennials will be what causes its normalization in our political culture. As their parent's generation continues to either die off or retire, and Millennials make up more of the workforce, they will adopt more protectionist tendencies. But there will be one key difference between them and Donald Trump's supporters: Millennials will support an extremely open immigration policy to bring in a larger work force to supplement the drop in productivity caused by the retirement of the baby boomers.

All of this will translate to the following political shifts:

1.) Millennials will largely support shifting the US away from supply-side economics and free trade, but opposition to these new policies will come from urban/tech centers like New York and the Bay Area.

2.) Millennials will support adopting more government welfare programs to increase consumer buying power by reducing their financial commitments to basic needs.

3.) Millennials will largely support an aggressive campaign to attract immigrant labor to the United States to increase productivity, tax revenue, and effective demand.

4.) The liberal-conservative divide will shift with the new economic changes (and partly do to the normalization of post-agrarian family structures and the die off of older generations). We're actually more likely to see "Conservative" roughly equate to "Libertarian" and "Liberal" roughly equate to "Economic Nationalist." The conservative hearts of America will be in wealthy urban centers while rural and suburban areas will become the progressive heartland.

The political shift will most likely come around the election of 2028, maybe 2032. The retirement of the baby boomers (expected to peak in the early 2020s) will lead to a temporary perceived good as the vacuum in the work force creates a near-full-employment economy. However Millennials will not be able to produce enough to meet the demand for goods consumed by an aging population that do not create wealth for the majority of Americans, AND produce enough to supplement their own economic needs. Effective demand will continue to contract as production desperately tries to grow to meet demand from non-trickle-down sectors. Around 2025, we'll see this reach a true crisis point as Baby Boomers, having exhausted social security will begin selling off assets to live off the equity, mostly in the form of homes that people won't be able to afford, leading to a housing market crash the likes of which will utterly destroy the industry and bring the US financial sector to its knees. Whoever is elected in 2028 will be given the kind of political power that only a few administrations ever see, and will radically restructure the US economy, much as Reagan, Roosevelt, Hayes (sortof), and Jackson did.

  • Listening to: Stan Rogers
  • Reading: Geopolitical Futures
  • Playing: Nothing
The History of Martian Terra-forming Pt. 1
2023 - Expedition 1: The Mars Corporation launches its first manned mission to Mars. 

2024 - Humans on Mars: Meridian Base is established in Margaritifer. Bradbury Base is established in lower Tharsis shorly.

2027 - Heinlein Station is established in the Tharsis Territory. The Mars Corporation begin distributing genetically modified bacteria across Mars to generate ozone, oxygen, and heat. Other species are introduced to process the toxic dirt into usable soil.

2030: In-Situ 3D Printers begin building propulsion systems on Ice and Carbon rich asteroids in the Asteroid Belt to send them on the long, eccentric orbit into the Martian atmosphere.

2031: MarsCorp and Venus Group begin building of a series of propulsion systems on the largest asteroids in the belt using In-Situ Printers. Similar efforts are made on Phobos and Deimos to position them in more stable orbits and collide with these other bodies, thus creating larger moons to build a more permanent magnetic field.

2033 - The Green Magnetoshield is placed at Mars L1. The inflatable superconducting coil provides a 2 Tesla Magnetic Field to protect Mars from solar radiation.

2035 - Praxis Group begins construction of the first Space Elevator on Mars using Molecular Compilers originally developed for DNA printing.

2036 - Solar Reflectors arrive at Mars. Named for ancient gods of the Sun and Dawn, these continent sized mirrors begin accelerating the heating of the planet.

2037 - The Gondor Colony is established on Titan to send valuable Nitrogen to Mars. The First seas appear on Mars.

2039 - Huygens Agreement: MarsCorp and Galileo Development enter into a partnership that binds the inner and outer system's colonies under a single market, and ensures Nitrogen from Titan will flow to Mars unabated. MarsCorp begins deploying hosts of genetically modified algae, lichens, fungi, and mosses across the planet to aid in terraforming. 

2041 - Vesta and Pollux reach Martian orbit and are heated using the mirrors to a semi-molten state, along with Deimos. All three bodies collide into eachother and fuse into a single mass that takes on a spheroidal shape. 

2044 - Several "Cold Pockets" are created on New Deimos using graphene heat sinks to bleed off the intense heat near the surface. 

2047 - Mars's expanding seas are stocked with genetically tailored corals as the algae blooms that thrive in the iron rich seas produce a great deal of oxygen. The first hosts of planktonic organisms are stocked into the oceans to keep the algae populations in check.

2051 - Martian surface pressure in Valles Marineris is now high enough for humans to operate without pressure suits.
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I cannot recommend this read enough for people looking for a new perspective on creating alternate history scenarios. geopoliticalfutures.com/water-…

So I may have had a little too much caffeine last night and responded to this post on reddit asking if we're headed for a political realignment for the Millennial generation.


I don't know what we call this era that we've living in, all I know is that its defined by the return of nationalism to the political mainstream and prolonged economic malaise largely impacted by the evaporation of effective demand that began with the Crash of 2008. These are the facts of our time, and if we're going to analyze how millennials will impact the next political realignment, we must first accept that this era is not a passing fad that will be over by the next election cycle, and examine the root cause of the conditions of our time.

Economic Malaise 
Two factors have contributed to the persistent economic malaise we find ourselves in more than anything else: the retirement of the Baby Boomers and the Crash of 2008. These two events have resulted in the same thing: A steady increase in the Personal Savings Rate, and a decline in effective demand. What this means is that consumers are spending less on goods and services that cause a trickle down effect in economic activity. Consumers are still spending, but with the Baby Boomers retiring, more and more are spending money on goods and services that are provided by a smaller portion of the population (services like end of life care, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, etc.) and to pay off debts. This has led to a contraction in capital that can flow to a larger portion of the population and compounds the problem overall because the less money people spend on goods and services that a majority of the population uses, the less money that flows back into the system and "trickle's down" to the rest of the population. In effect, we are witnessing the beginning of the end for Supply Side or Trickle Down Economics.

Some believe the situation is being made worse by the rise of new technologies, but I am not convinced of that. I would argue that we are also seeing a shifting of the centers of employment to areas that used to be just centers of investment. The most ambitious manufacturing enterprises are moving to the American Southwest and West Coast and are ignoring the Rust Belt and Heartland. However, we cannot ignore how this will impact the economy in the short term. 3500 retail locations are expected to close nationwide in the next few months alone, and 30,000 retail jobs have been lost every month of 2017, partly due to the decline in effective demand, but also due to the rise of services like Amazon.com. This will disproportionately hurt Millennials, and will have lasting political consequences.

Nationalism
While it was only noticed in 2016, nationalist sentiment has been steadily rising in Euro-American civilizations since 2008. The most iconic examples of this were Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, but I'd argue it truly began with the election of Viktor Orbán as Hungary's Prime Minister in 2010 and the rise of the Tea Party that same year. The surge of nationalism in 2016 can largely be attributed to the economic malaise outlined in the previous paragraph. Many people have dismissed this economic anxiety as imagined, but for it is exemplified in one trend that began in 2007: home-ownership in the US has fallen to its lowest levels in almost 50 years. The elites have interpreted this as a good thing. Homes are expensive, and impractical in urban areas where most people live. The problem is that the definition of Urban is way too vague, and often lumps in suburban communities into larger metro areas, and for most people owning a home is a sign of security and economic independence. Right now, if you are just below the median income in the United States, you cannot afford to own a home. In 2016, that predominantly impacted rural and industrial workers. This, combined with a largely ignored opioid epidemic led to a sense of desperation that resulted in 7/10 suicides in 2015 being committed by white men (particularly in middle aged men), and the election of Donald Trump by the same demographic.

This crisis will not be confined to impacting older white men forever. As effective demand continues to contract as more baby boomers remove themselves from the work force and traditional economy, the buying power of the average American will continue to fall, and sure as night follows day, Millennials will be just as seriously impacted by it as older people. We saw the beginnings of this with the rise of Bernie Sanders, himself another economic nationalist, albeit a progressive one. I think its fair to say that nationalism will become the order of the day in our politics, but millennials will be what causes its normalization in our political culture. As their parent's generation continues to either die off or retire, and Millennials make up more of the workforce, they will adopt more protectionist tendencies. But there will be one key difference between them and Donald Trump's supporters: Millennials will support an extremely open immigration policy to bring in a larger work force to supplement the drop in productivity caused by the retirement of the baby boomers.

All of this will translate to the following political shifts:

1.) Millennials will largely support shifting the US away from supply-side economics and free trade, but opposition to these new policies will come from urban/tech centers like New York and the Bay Area.

2.) Millennials will support adopting more government welfare programs to increase consumer buying power by reducing their financial commitments to basic needs.

3.) Millennials will largely support an aggressive campaign to attract immigrant labor to the United States to increase productivity, tax revenue, and effective demand.

4.) The liberal-conservative divide will shift with the new economic changes (and partly do to the normalization of post-agrarian family structures and the die off of older generations). We're actually more likely to see "Conservative" roughly equate to "Libertarian" and "Liberal" roughly equate to "Economic Nationalist." The conservative hearts of America will be in wealthy urban centers while rural and suburban areas will become the progressive heartland.

The political shift will most likely come around the election of 2028, maybe 2032. The retirement of the baby boomers (expected to peak in the early 2020s) will lead to a temporary perceived good as the vacuum in the work force creates a near-full-employment economy. However Millennials will not be able to produce enough to meet the demand for goods consumed by an aging population that do not create wealth for the majority of Americans, AND produce enough to supplement their own economic needs. Effective demand will continue to contract as production desperately tries to grow to meet demand from non-trickle-down sectors. Around 2025, we'll see this reach a true crisis point as Baby Boomers, having exhausted social security will begin selling off assets to live off the equity, mostly in the form of homes that people won't be able to afford, leading to a housing market crash the likes of which will utterly destroy the industry and bring the US financial sector to its knees. Whoever is elected in 2028 will be given the kind of political power that only a few administrations ever see, and will radically restructure the US economy, much as Reagan, Roosevelt, Hayes (sortof), and Jackson did.

  • Listening to: Stan Rogers
  • Reading: Geopolitical Futures
  • Playing: Nothing

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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think GP is gloating a little bit about how Trump has surrendered to reality and is doing it partly out of desperation because he's bleeding support at home like a siv.
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PurpleGuy101 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 13, 2017
What do you think the world will look like 500 years after the Third Mexican American War. Assuming that the peace will last that long based on re reading comments on the Eurasia Endgame map.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
By the middle of the 27th century the Great Experiment will have been completed, Earth will be united under the Union (seldom called America or even the United States anymore) with a common language, and fully integrated into the QEM which has grown in sophistication to the point that recessions seldom lead to any significant reduction in the quality of life. The Union has brought in several alien species by this point, and controls many systems beyond Sol. The White-Alcubierre Drive has grown in sophistication to enable mass colonization of star systems. The Union has grown beyond 150 Billion individuals, thousands of states, and dozens of planetary Commonwealths spread over the Local Bubble. It is a prosperous society, but not perfect by any means. While the Sol system is wealthy, egalitarian, and passive, many worlds on the fringes of the Union face internal resistance, piracy, and organized crime from groups looking to control the flow of advanced technology from the Union to newly admitted territories. These are minor annoyances for the most part, and considered a fact of life during unification. 

The Union has found only one other civilization to have achieved faster than light travel over the last 6 centuries: the Hikari of Kepler-186f (Known as Kari-Hikari to the Hikari). They are tall, lean monotremes, breed prolifically, and can undergo a series of metamorphoses over their lives that make them progressively more dangerous. Their civilization believes the species of the Union, specifically Terrans, to be demon-like beings as described in their civilization's religious texts and is committed to their destruction.

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ElSqiubbonator Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017
Neat idea, but i have some problems with the Hikari.
Why do you call them "monotremes"? As an extraterrestrial species, by definition they should not belong to any Earth clade. The two species have completely different evolutionary histories, so classifying them into a group that evolved on Earth is not good biology. They wouldn't be monotremes any more than humans are insects.
Also, why is there name identical to Japanese word for "light"? I find it unlikely to say the least that such a significant word would show up twice on two completely different planets. 
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well first off, I straight up made up the word Hikari, I wasn't aware it was already taken. Secondly, while the Hikari are an alien species, I subscribe to the notion that alien life will likely evolve under similar conditions for human evolution, or else we would have run across a few species on Mars or Venus by now if life was truly as easy to form as some of the more enthusiastic theorists would have us believe. So the Hikari, like most other species exhibit traits similar to life-forms on Earth that scientists use to more easily categorize them. Monotreme is an order, like primate. And if humans can be a part of the same order as the Tarsier, its not that hard to imagine an organism like a large bipedal platypus.
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PurpleGuy101 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017
And the star war begins
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup. But that is not going to be featured on the Wikia anytime soon. It took years just to populate the next two centuries of history as much as I had.
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naf140230 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017
Donald Trump just committed treachery against his supporters. He broke his promise to be tough on China. What do you think?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think geopolitics doesn't really care what a President promises when they're a candidate.
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naf140230 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017
I agree, but what do you think his supporters will think?
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