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2079: Colonization by YNot1989 2079: Colonization by YNot1989
Necessity is the mother of invention. The Little Cold War, the Space Boom, the Labor Shortage, WWIII, all these things spurred the development of new technologies, but one in particular was common throughout: robotics. The post war boom in military spending on space based military assets drove robotics from industrial convenience to common market necessity. While robots had existed in one form or another for over a century, within the last twenty years they came to be as common as the home computer during the Dot-com boom. Robots filled gaps in the labor force and increased productivity to new heights. For a time robots were seen as the key to economic prosperity, but now as a labor shortage becomes a surplus, automation and life extension/productivity technologies put millions of people out of work in the United States on Earth. The most hard hit region was the new industrial belt in the American Southwest, which was almost exclusively Mexican.

Unemployment, and skyrocketing demand for energy to supply the automated workforce become ever present in the political discourse, and the election of 2080 effectively begins in 2078. The race is quickly defined by two candidates fighting for the votes of a more conservative leaning America, as the more traditionally established progressive pro-immigration candidates are marginalized in the face of crippling unemployment. The two candidates argue for closing the borders and ending nearly five decades of aggressive pro-immigration policies, but one is more radically in favor of forcibly deporting millions of people from the American South-West back to Mexico and Central America. The other, a relatively moderate Governor of Colorado, is supposedly being courted by elements of the Mars Corporation to secure a steady supply of warm bodies once Mars begins accepting new colonists in 2082. Even after the resettlement of the Anglosphere following the end of the Flood, America is still unable to manage its population density in the increasingly divisive southwest. This divisiveness is not helped by the rise of Mexico. Once a great power on the American continent, made restive after a series of wars and rebellions, Mexico has grown to be one of the top five economies on Earth, surpassing Japan as it's population begins to decline as its demographic crisis nears its conclusion. Mexico has formed a sphere of its own to secure its economic interests, held together by new policies granting votes in the Mexican Congress to those of Mexican ancestry abroad.

In Europe the Mediterranean Union enjoys an outlier of prosperity with economies fueled by business ventures to capitalize on the new wealth of the North African states as the rest of Europe and the Middle East stagnates and returns to old conventions. Atlantic Europe and the decaying Turkish sphere are filled with people clamoring for life in the colonies which promise more than the stagnation of Atlantic Europe and the fractionalism of the West Asia. Only Poland seems to have maintained some semblance of stability, even after the messy integration of the Baltic states into a Polish "Intermarium." Mars's impending "sustainable habitability" is seen as the solution to the Earth's population problems, and as the frontier of the once prosperous Arctic nations is closed once again by the cold, Mars offers hope. The same can be said for those in Africa, India, and China, who are already feeling a push back from nations that once clamored for their people to fill the labor gap. Even after America's annexation of the Anglosphere, following its decades of hardship brought on by flood, drought, and refreeze induced war, the new territories have not seen a demand for new labor.

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:iconthetexasranger:
I'm surprised there doesn't seem to be indigenous independence problems in Peru and Bolivia almist half of both countries are indigenous people. Were there any problems with the indigenous people in Peru and Bolivia?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The indigenous populations of these countries' luck hasn't improved.
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13kz Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
You have some sort of phobia towards Russia? Why do you reduce it, and the United States are increasing?
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Shisco11 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
I wanted to ask the same question as 13kz... America deserves to fall apart, not grow
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LouisTheFox Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with you on that. America is currently too big to control over billions or millions of people. Not to mention that I am sure there are many resistance groups in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, former Canada and Britain. If you ask me this is just major silly.
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CivPlayer Featured By Owner Edited Jan 15, 2015
You are aware that in this scenario the countries you mentioned willingly joined with the U.S.? So how exactly would there actually be resistance groups?
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LouisTheFox Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
There is always going to be resistance groups, no matter what the situation will be whenever. There is always going to a rebel group. 


Simply I will tell you this, to me being an American. This map is total bullshit, I'm sorry but America won't just annex Canada, Britain, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. That is just like totally alien space bat. 

And it would make sense if there were resistance groups in those countries annexed by America. 
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CivPlayer Featured By Owner Edited Jan 21, 2015
Again, the countries you mentioned IN THIS SCENARIO WILLINGLY JOINED WITH THE UNITED STATES!  What part of that do you not understand?  We've successfully annexed independent countries before, such as Texas and Utah, which although the latter was not formally independent was essentially a self ruling state for over a decade, without there being a resistance.  Why do I get the feeling that you haven't even bothered to read the write ups that YNOT wrote for each of his maps, cause if you did then you'd understand how this particular scenario comes to pass.

BTW, somebody who created a map that has Canada annexing half the lower '48 really has no place criticizing the realism of this map.
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China's GDP is predicted to overtake the US's as early as 2021 (has ALREADY overtaken the US going by PPP), and yet this guy can still say with a straight face that the US will remain the largest economy for pretty much forever, and will never at any point be overtaken by anybody. I dunno man.

I mean, as someone who fears what a China-dominated world would be like, I wish his predictions would become reality. But it's not going to happen. China has five times the population of the US; their surpassing the US is an inevitability.

He also predicts a world of increasing balkanization, with just about every country breaking up into smaller countries. Except of course for the US, which not only manages to avoid breaking up but even absorbs other countries. Not that I would mind living in such a future, but it's Ameriwank, really.
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CivPlayer Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
No, their surpassing of the U.S. is not an inevitability.  Contrary to popular believe, China was only really the global economic heavyweight from about 500-1500.  That in and of itself is a long time admittedly, but accounts for only 1/5 of China's history.  Throughout much of its history, China was not the world's largest economy.  Since the end of the 15'th century, the general trend in the world economy has been that whatever power dominated in the America's, which currently is the U.S., had the largest and most dynamic economy.  That is not going to change just because China is being integrated into the world economy.  You do know that China has been caught over reporting their economic growth multiple times, right?  And that both the IMF and World  Bank refuse to take these into account when reporting on GDP, both Nominal and PPP, because they want some brownie points with the PRC's government?  Of course not, but then again you are basically an admitted China alarmist and would never let facts get in the way of some good fear mongering.  You know, contrary to popular belief, the Chinese are not some super intelligent master race.  The fact is that the economic situation in China is far too complex for it to simply be a case of more people automatically equaling a larger economy.  Actually informing yourself about the various pitfalls likely to befall the Chinese economy in the next couple of decades, such as demographic issues, an ultimately unsustainable reliance on exports, and a labor force that is no longer to cheapest in the world, to just name a few, would probably give your argument some actual weight.  Will China collapse?  No.  Will it have to drastically slow economic grow to a more sustainable level?  Probably.
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LouisTheFox Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't million fucks if YNOT makes his scenario of the "future" and shit. He based most of this absolute crap from various books and novels. 

I honestly am totally fully against every damn scenario he makes about "the future". 

NO Quebec will not nor will ever secede from Canada. Canada is bilingual and will be always that way.

First Nations will not break up Canada.

Canada will never be annexed by the US. (So leave Canada alone you jerk)


Mexico will never grow bitter by the US again. Been there and done that, were friends now.

Japan will not become bitter either with the US again either, same with Turkey.

Does he even realize that Canada, US and Turkey are in the NATO. Unless he made a reason in whatever scenario of his, about what had happened to the NATO is still not good enough. Because 1. It is against the NATO laws for a member country to annex or head to war over another NATO member.

Nor would it mean that Turkey or Canada or any other member of the NATO would leave the NATO. They will never leave the organization any time soon!

I do agree with him, the sea level will rise and droughts will happen in places such as Australia in his scenario, he is right with that.

However to the point that the United States decides or every country on Anglosphere decide become apart of the US is utter full "US Expansion and Domination". 


The future should not be DARK nor should the future be full of sadistic people either. THE FUTURE SHOULD BE BRIGHT AND PEACEFUL! My god I had it now. This argument is over and done!
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ShadowFFD Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
So your sticking your head in the sand because you refuse to accept that the future could b dark. You think that earth and everyone else will just keep chugging on forever?
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CivPlayer Featured By Owner Edited Jan 22, 2015
You're totally right, current society is the pinnacle of existence, and the current geopolitical world order is going to last from now until the end of time, all because you say so.  The future is not going to be all unicorns and rainbows just because you say it will, and your past statements have shown that you suffer from an incredibly childish naivety about the world.  I have the distinct impression that you're younger than 18, and if so you are clearly out of your league.  That being said, I agree with you, this argument is over and I have no interest in continuing a conversation with someone who has the political sophistication of a 6 year old.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't have a phobia towards Russia, I actually kind of pity them. Russia's been dying for a long time, it's breakup was inevitable.
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13kz Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
It's your dream and nothing more)
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not my dream, it's a geopolitical reality.
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praetorfenix1994 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Nice map. To what extent will Mexico be able to project power within its sphere. At this I think the US would be able to prevent an official presence anywhere, and even in Latin America it'd probably be through covert influence and proxy forces. With what coalition of countries do you think Mexico would challenge the United States?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At this point, Mexico is still the weaker power, but its steadily growing in power. The problem is that the US doesn't really see Mexico as a real threat, and still thinks of the country as a minor power perpetually tied to the wishes of the US. This arrogance (which has cost the US with emerging powers before *cough* Japan *cough*), will give Mexico freedom to move, and make a challenge to the US inevitable.
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Deltax10 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
does India have an empire or something? I'd expect it to be pretty influential on the Indian Ocean, possibly spreading Hinduism to Madagascar and Somalia. I also bet Poland advocates pan Slavism, since it is the strongest Slav state. Any Punk Technology? How is China Doing? What is relationship between Quebec and France?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
India's sphere was propped up by the United States to provide a counter to China and Turkey, but the current alliance structure is already starting to fall apart as Turkey's sphere fragments. Madagascar is actually Neutral ground between Brazil and India. Poland doesn't want Pan-Slavism, so much as it wants to stretch its empire from the Urals to the Rhine and become an equal player against the US, which has them trapped in the Baltic. Punk technology is something I avoid in all my timelines. China is facing crippling unemployment, and much of its population is clamoring to be on the first O'Neil ships to Mars once it opens its doors in 2081. Quebec and France are formally on very good terms, in the sense that they both want an alternative to perpetual pseudo-subjugation by the Americans.
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chiefofstatebodu Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Did Austria join the Polish Bloc?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes.
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microwavedreams Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
So George Friedman has stated that North America is to be the seat of worlds power the next 500 years largely due to its access to both oceans and many river systems...why can't the same be said about South America? 
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because there is a large Rainforest filled of things that would like to poison/eat you currently occupying the space between those two oceans in the northern half of that continent, and impassable mountains in the southern half. 
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ugiel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Looks like Poland is reasserting her position :) Very high level, as usual: detailed description and well made map. Bravo :clap:
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Breeblo Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Yay there is russia!!!
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microwavedreams Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Why is it that Japan's demographic problems are only becoming an issue now? The supply of people from former Russian and Chinese lands keep it going til now? 
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They've been an issue for years, but now they're reaching their conclusion. Japan managed to survive by exporting industry to Russia and China (they're society's too xenophobic to allow for mass immigration). After the end of WWIII, Japan lost those holdings in mainland Asia, and their economy suffered for it. Now their older population is finally dying off and a degree of normalcy in age groups is returning, but the damage by decades of economic decline has been done.
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Beastboss Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I take it mexico has calmed down also
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh hell no. They've stabilized economically, but they're quite dynamic, comparable to Japan during the 1970s and 80s.
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Beastboss Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh I see, though I hope it's safe to at least visit without the threat of the cartels
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yeah, Mexico is a fully modernized country by this point.
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Beastboss Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Sweet :)
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gatemonger Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Just occurred to me: what happens to the Palestinians in your scenario?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The West Bank is (Mostly) annexed by Turkey as part of the non-intervention treaty with Israel during WWIII and the area is largely developed by the Turks to calm the Palestinians down. Gaza's population had already relocated after the flood had destroyed most of the area, and its since been reclaimed by Israel.
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microwavedreams Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Also, what is Patagonia's status? I don't see that it is an independent country, but it does seem to own islands in the Atlantic
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh shit. That's actually not supposed to be there until the next map. Thanks for spotting it.
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microwavedreams Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
So is it safe to say that after the inevitable US-Mexican war(s) the North American continent will be almost completely annexed by the US? If that were the case, would any other country on Earth have any capabilities to challenge it at that point?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Keep watching, you'll see.
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Scarfield Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Interesting map as usually: Japan is back in the US Sphere, an independent (Mexican-backed!) Saharui. The "new wealth of the North African": from Spacebased industries/"terraforming" of the Sahara? Any reason why Angola and Mozambique is no longer part of the Lusosphere?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
North Africa is wealthy thanks to river and overland trade of agricultural products from the central of the Sahara. Angola and Mozambique are part of the Lusosphere, I just didn't pick very distinctive colors from those of the Mexican sphere and they're a tad difficult to identify.
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Scarfield Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Given that it seems to me the MU feeds on Turkey's misfortune, and Poland have become more disenfranchised with US after WW3, which might give Poland incentive to cooperate with the MU and Mexico. How are Poland and Turkey's relationship with the MU and Mexico? And how aree the other major powers: China, India and the Lusoshere align in the US-Mexican powerplay?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Turks consider them an adversary, but can't risk foreign entanglements as their own sphere faces internal problems and the Poles while not fans of the MU, do see Mexico as a potential alternative to the US. Most other powers are still semi-allied with the US, but are playing a wait and see with Mexico.
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Scarfield Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
In a previous map/blog you mention the MU as aristocratic, is this new oligarchs from the economic boom turned lords, or old nobility, aka the Windsors or Hohenzollern, returned to power? Also, I just saw that Denmark is no longer under Polish Sphere, as it was after WW3 in 2055 and allowed the Poles access to the Atlantic. Is this beacause of American pressure, or just a result of the fact that sealines are no longer as important as space launches? 
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mostly new oligarchs claiming some ancient nobility. Their governments look more like those of Carthage than Rome. As for Denmark, yes the US muscled their way in to keep the Poles isolated and in check. This will come back to bite them soon. Sealines are still very important, and space facilities enable America's dominance over them.
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JacekIINowy Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
O! This is my dream! Greater Poland :)
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YRPOtaku169 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student Writer
What happened to cause Russia, Pakistan, and China to disintegrate so much?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Russia fell apart after an unsuccessful "Little Cold War," with the US that ended with an economic collapse and several insurrections from minority groups and underpaid military divisions. China's economic reforms (going on now) eventually pissed too many people off, and compounded by the Flood, the country broke out into regionalism and civil war (same old story with China really). Pakistan collapsed after the US pulled out of Afghanistan and handed control over the region to Iran (didn't hurt that Russia and China were no longer in a position to support the regime, and the US had pulled out their support too).
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YRPOtaku169 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student Writer
Wow.
You really thought out this scenario...
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Zifker Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Did the US annex Liberia? It looks to be the color of a state proper, but it isn't labeled as such...

Also, did the Anglosphere accede, or were they annexed without approval from the displaced natives? 
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