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2066: Fault Lines by YNot1989 2066: Fault Lines by YNot1989
More than Ten Years since the end of the Third World War, the United States enjoys an era of unprecedented prosperity, but it seems peace remains a goal that can never be reached. The Flood has finally come to an end, with the Earth Working Group's construction, or rather reconstruction, of a series of ancient rivers and lakes in the Sahara, and the refreezing of the polar caps via the Mars Solar Reflectors (now being deployed across the system to provide much needed sunlight to the Titan and Triton colonies), but the new water bodies and return to a cold north appear to have caused more wars than they stopped. 

The First Nations of the arctic circle originally left Canada on fairly good terms; Canada would gain access to arctic oil supplies without having to destroy their own natural beauty, and the First Nations got the independence and prosperity they had longed for. But with the refreezing of the polar caps, and the death of the oil industry thanks to space based energy sources, these prosperous nations were turned back into bankrupt tundras. To survive the First Nations allied to invade Canada's northern territories which were still warm enough to support some agriculture and industry (thanks in part to the Earth Working Group's "Rewilding" of the subarctic). The Arctic Nations had long prepared to defend their valuable oil supplies and funded a military buildup before the Refreeze. Canada and Quebec quickly found themselves being invaded by the First Nations. For the better part of a decade the US had occupied Cascadia and the Yukon in the hope to prevent any hostilities between the First Nations and the Canadians, and had no desire to face another invading power to their northern border. In 2065 the US entered the war with the Canadians and Quebecios. With America's entrance into the First Nations War, Canada had hoped that victory would be assured, but one year on, the United States's commitment is clearly marginal at best, as they fight mainly to keep the war from reaching American interests. This may change as the current Administration faces an impatient public in the 2066 midterms, but for now the American presidency has no desire to make its dominance of the former Anglosphere any more formal than necessary. 

Meanwhile in Africa the new freshwater rivers and lakes have spurred an economic boom as agriculture in the Sahara now becomes the new reality. Once marginalized peoples have used this opportunity to gain independence, often at the expense of nations that were already weakened during the Flood. The Turks provide a degree stability at their immediate periphery, but beyond that the chaos is too extreme for anyone to attempt to restore order. Despite this, the economies of the Sahara are blossoming with the land, and investors from Southern Europe are riding the coat-tails of this growth, saving themselves from Northern Europe's fate. Where Germany and France were once the economic engines of the Eurozone, they are now sad reminders of the death of the Eurocentric world. There was hope that Britain and Ireland would be repopulated after the flood, but with London looking like a drained reef, and more than a generation of Britains having known nothing but a life in the United States and Canada, it seems that whatever remains of these once great civilizations will soon be formal American territories.

While chaos reigns in the forgotten corners of the Earth, in space prosperity and peace live side by side. The wealth of the Outer Planets has grown with the demand for energy on Earth, and the construction of the Ecuador, Indonesian, and East African Space Elevators have opened Earth to more goods from the colonies than ever. Mars will be fit for permanent human habitation within 15 years, and Venus now supports the beginnings of an ocean. The Moon remains the refinery of the Solar System, as gasses from Jupiter and Saturn flow down system for a hungry society. Most of these resources flow thoughout the colonies and never make it to Earth due to the limited global infrastructure (by Colonial standards). The first warp drive capable probe, the Prometheus, has proven faster than light travel is possible, and in 2063 mankind took the next step with the launch of the Enterprise (because what else were they going to call it?) Warp Drive will not be fit for transporting the large masses that come with colonization, that task falls to the great O'Neil ships being built in the Belt and Jupiter to colonize Mars when the time comes. 


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microwavedreams Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Why is it that in your take on the Friedman scenario you portray a collapse of the Saudi Kingdom, while in this timeline you show the Arabian Peninsula to be a unified entity?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not unified, simply undesired. Arabia is little more than a collection of city states with no real central leadership.
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microwavedreams Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Interesting! Can you give a historical example of something like this?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Arabia prior to the discovery of oil in the Persian Guld.
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FanartGalaxy Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
Hey dude, i make maps too, so i was wondering what program you used for these... thanks
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GIMP
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microwavedreams Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Can you give an estimate to the US and world GDP at this time?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In present day dollars about 30 trillion.
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Zifker Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
What interest could the US have in supporting Canada against the First Nations if NATO is gone and fossil fuels are obsolete?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NATO is gone, but the US and Canada still have close ties with one another due to their mutual border and long history of military and economic cooperation. Canada is a known quantity, and given the United States's treatment of their native populations, there was a nagging fear that should Canada fall, they could face insurrection by natives in the Western states.
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