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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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SE-Roger Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
so when they first came into the un-flooded New-Orleans, New York, and Tokyo, what was is like for them?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They looked like drained reefs, with buildings slumped over and in some cases dragged out to see with the silt of the mouth of the river, eroded by the decades. New York was actually in pretty good shape. Between the sea walls that saved most of the city and Manhattan being a big chunk of rock. 
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SE-Roger Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok. so when/if they rebuilt it they tore everything down. did NY's subways becomes a underground reefs?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Subways were drained shortly after they flooded. Critical infrastructure was largely salvaged in New York. Miami, New Orleans, Tokyo, etc. had to be largely rebuilt from the ground up.
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SE-Roger Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok.
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TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
I know what the purpose of space elevators are but how are they built to be able to stand tall through several layers of the atmosphere?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They don't stand, they're under tension. A large counterweight station (originally an asteroid, but they've become large port-cities as time passed) keeps the elevator's strands under constant tension. The tower is really more like four or more cables in close proximity to provide support for the huge elevator car/building.
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TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
I just realized that Sierra Lione is a part of Liberia. What happened to push those 2 countries together?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Climate change and a couple of small wars.
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TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
How difficult would it be to make space elevators with today's technology.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn near impossible on Earth, the moon's another story due to its low gravity. But without Nanotubes or Graphene sheets, you can't build one on this rock.
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TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
How'd Hungary get land in Croatia and Serbia? I thought the Hungarian ethnic groups were in Slovakia and Romania.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are Hungarians in Norther Serbia, and Croatia's territory was take for military necessity.
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Coloanas Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Is this based of Friedman's work, or your own?

First of all, Greenland will not go to US. 
There is a little chance of  Inner Mongolia going to Mongolia and China's other autonomous regions becoming independent (people already tried, but didn't suceed, considering a majority of the autonomous region's populations are still Han Chinese. 
If anything, US will NOT be a superpower no longer, while the world will see economic collapse in developed countries due to lower fertility rates and more dependency ratios. Most of the world's wealth will start to shift to Asia's and Africa's developing and newly industrializing nations. Also, you made Brazil and Argentina play nice with the rest of the continent. 

In my opinion, the world's superpowers will be either China or India, or perhaps, (if they merge together) ASEAN (Association of South East Asian nations). 
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd bother rebutting that first paragraph, but I've done it so much that it no longer provides any mental stimulation. Suffice to say you're wrong and I'm right.

As for China or India ever being superpowers (or merging, which is about the stupidest thing I've ever heard given their history), I don't doubt that they'll be important regional powers, but the era of superpowers has past and we're back to one dominant power and several smaller regional powers balanced off of each-other. 
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Coloanas Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
So you're saying this is a multipolar world. But I still doubt America will retain its superpower status. 

Also I said ASEAN not India or China, might merge. 
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, this is a world with America at the top and a number of alliance systems crafted to suit its needs, many of which intentionally designed to play off of each-other. Why do you think America is formally allied with India AND Pakistan.
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Coloanas Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I see.

But if America still has a global influence its has a superpower status, which its unlikely for it to retain for two centuries. It's either a multipolar world, with two or more superpowers, or a unipolar world, with China or India, being superpowers. 

Or is America a regional power in this scenario?
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Coloanas Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
GLOBAL WARMING CANNOT HAPPEN OVER A FEW DECADES. IT IS PREDICTED ALTHOUGH THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WILL RISE BY TWO DEGREES CENTIGRADE, THE SEA LEVEL WILL ONLY RISE BY 1.45 FEET. 
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CivPlayer Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
Holy crap, this is actually the first half-way logical thing I've seen you write down that you didn't pull out of your ass!  Congrats.
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Waffle-Republic Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks awesome :)
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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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TheElevatedDeviant Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Australia and New Zealand appear to be doing fine as always!
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They're being resettled and dedesertification in Australia is estimated to take decades.
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microwavedreams Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
How is Brazil doing? The other BRICs dont seem to have fared too well, however Brazil hasn't lost territory or collapsed. Just a disclaimer; my near daily stream of questions stems not from skepticism, but from a genuine interest and admiration in the timeline you have created. Keep it up!  
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brazil is a major regional power, the South American equivalent of Germany or France as they are today (where as Germany and France are now comparable to Brazil today). The Americans have been supporting Argentina to check the Brazilians who have been setting up a Brazil led Lusosphere.
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microwavedreams Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
What are the 5 largest economies? I'm assuming US is number one followed by Japan, but after that? Poland? Brazil? Turkey? 
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The United States, Japan, China, Poland, Mexico.
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microwavedreams Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
What is the population of the US and the world overall at this point?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
About 9.2 billion based on current estimates for the total human population, with about 70 million living in space and 600 million living in the United States.
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microwavedreams Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
My question is this: Is this you developing a fun and interesting timeline to work with, or do you see this as the probable future for the 21st century?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The latter.
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SamSquared Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Student
Although this is somewhat Ameriwanky and I am extremely skeptical about FTL travel by the 2060s this is one of the best timelines I've come across on DA; well thought through, interesting events and great maps. It has inspired me to be more adventurous with my own timelines and I look forward to the next installment :)
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microwavedreams Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
I have questions on the whole ocean draining concept. Where did you get the idea from? How would it be drained? How deep are these new seas? 
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't say for certain about the depth of the new seas, but they're based on ancient inland "megalakes," that dried up with the Sahara, and are being fed by recently rediscovered ancient Saharan rivers that by this point have been dredged and made usable again for water from the Med to drain into them. The idea came from the actual "Sahara Sea" megaproject first conceived by Donald Mackenzie in 1877.
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Very nice, although a bit over 10 years seems a bit fast for such an Ocean-draining project! I have been enjoying this series of maps: they're better than most atlas maps, frankly. Hope to see more.
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CoralArts Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This map is  very well done and the whole scenario sounds very interesting!
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BlueLizard287 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Very interesting scenario!
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
I just realized something: wouldn't the Japanese for instance rename Sakhalin Island Karafuto?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, good idea.
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