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2132: Dusk by YNot1989 2132: Dusk by YNot1989

History repeats itself, until the underlying problem is resolved. For the 22nd Century, it seemed Earth was entering a new age of chaos and hardship. The empires of the United States and Mexico had clashed a dozen times through proxies in the last 20 years alone, destabilizing much of Eurasia and Africa. Brazil and Poland, once tacid observers to America and Mexico’s conflict, have been drawn into it as direct actors. Brazil began siding more and more with the US after the wars for East Africa almost ended with the loss of the Uganda Tower, and the Civil War in China threatened to spill into Macau. To counter any potential US-Brazil entente in the Western Hemisphere, Mexico and its Latin American allies directly invaded Brazil in 2129, citing a desire to restore order after a series of riots broke out in Brasilia; riots engineered by Mexico. The Latin American states put down the riots, and then propped up a puppet government that quickly signed a non-aggression pact with Mexico. The Latin American states established satellite states in Southern Brazil, annexed neighboring territory, and now had access to the wealth of the Amazon. The Mexican strategy of destabilization by supporting popular uprisings and regionalist groups were partly intended to build alliances for Mexico, but mainly to distract the US around the world with costly wars just to hold onto partners they’d already won. With Brazil out of the picture, and America already busy with with civil wars in India and China, the US didn’t have time to aid a potential ally in South America. Mexico had proven itself to be a major player over the last 50 years, and had shown that the US wasn’t invulnerable. A number of powers closed ranks around Mexico, partly to spare themselves of any further destabilizing conflicts, but also due to a prevailing belief that Mexico would be the dominant power in the 22nd Century.

In the US, as with the rest of the Earth, the economic stagnation of the last 50 years had finally reached a tipping point by the late 2120s, with markets propped up by the reforms of the 2080s finally collapsing under their own weight. With the demand for goods unable to be met, fear of insurrection returned to the US. Mexicanos Libres party members began calling for autonomous status of the bankrupt Southwestern states, a prospect supported by Vice President David Castillo. The Second Martian Revolution, attempted to declare independence from the United States, but was quelled by ITC Chairman Lionell “Leo” Halvidar, one of the surviving first colonists of Mars. Following the Second Revolution, Halvidar announced his candidacy for the US Presidency, traveling to Earth to campaign directly to the American people on Terra. Halvidar, running on the new Union Party ticket, advocated for the US (and by extension all of Earth) to adopt the Quantum Economic Model, grant full integration of the colonies into the Union, and a undertake a phased population relocation of citizens and prospective citizens to the soon-to-be-habitable colonies on Venus. Halvidar, a former Terran, resonated with many disenfranchised people on Earth, and many of his speeches and appearances were viewed en masse around the Earth, and across the system. Colonials contacted and urged relatives on Earth to support Halvidar, while Mexican nationals, still furious over the deportations of the 2080s urged the people of the Southwest to stop Halvidar at all costs. The Mexicanos Libres party directly engaged Halvidar and the Union party more than any single group. The MLP was staunchly anti-colony, arguing that the inclusion of the colonies would drastically tip the balance of political power off-Earth, and leave the Mexican-Americans ignored and disenfranchised even more. Mexico, who supported the MLP,  considered the colonies to be the single greatest threat to their future. So long as the American's access to space based resources is limited, and Mexican control of the Hispanosphere ensures a real chance of unseating the Americans as the dominant force on Earth, but if the Americans ever formally integrate the colonies into the Union, Mexico would be dwarfed by the US in terms of economy and population. It was for these reasons that the MLP received more money from Mexico in 2132 than during any other election, even supporting Conservative Party candidates to chip away at the Union-Progress coalition. On Election Day, 2132, Lionel Halvidar won 37.5% of the vote, and was the second choice of another 17.5% of voters, winning him a narrow victory, and resulting in the secession of four Southwestern states.

Ironically, Mexico did not anticipate this outcome, despite engineering similar events around the world. A Second Civil War in America would inevitably lead to a far worse war between the US and Mexico. With this in mind, Mexico sought to keep the conflict contained by building up its forces along the border and making regular contacts with the Americans, pledging non-intervention. Meanwhile, Mexican proxies ramped up their war efforts in Eurasia and Africa to keep American hands from finding Mexico's throat. Militant elements inside Mexico, had already begun to fund these separatists, and distribute nationalist propaganda across Mexico and the Latin American allies. Opposition to the moderate government under President 
Deandre Garcia, began to increase, as her administration continued to support an indirect approach to combat the Americans. Garcia's own generals began to oppose her, supporting a more direct approach against the Americans. One such general in the Mexican orbitals began running bombardment drills, and war games with his colleagues on Earth, without the President's permission. Despite what the leadership may want, Mexico seems ready to march to war.

In the colonies, the remnants of the revolutionaries broke up almost overnight at the promise of integration by one of their own, while colonial leaders prepared for what they feared most. The Planetary Guards of the colonies began running war games, while Venus Working Group did everything they could to accelerate the planet's declaration of habitability. Colonial organizations began moving to fund similar projects on Earth that had unified the colonies, beginning with teaching tours by colonial experts on post-scarcity quantum economics. The colonies may be getting ahead of themselves though; with civil war all but declared, and the Union Party with just barely a majority in Congress, integration will be a hard fought battle, but it may be the only one that can save Earth from an apocalyptic war.

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:iconrajalyoko23:
Rajalyoko23 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student General Artist
what base map do you use for this? I can't find similar projections.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I Don't know where the original came from anymore, but I did all the outline work myself.
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:iconrogueleader1000:
RogueLeader1000 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
When the U.S. annex the Caribbean and Pacific Islands.
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Carribbean in the 2030s and 40s, Canada in the 2070s.
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A-Cynical-Idealist Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  New member
Great scenario!  I've really enjoyed reading it so far.

About how far do humans reach in space at this point?  Obviously, Mars and the Moon are very developed (and maybe Venus?) and there are mining and processing colonies on Titan and Triton.  But where else in (and out) of the solar system do humans populate and/or explore?  And is there life on Europa beneath the lunar ice in this TL?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Warp ships have made it only about 100 light years from Earth thus far, but missions are being planned all the way out to Kepler-186 (400 light years). As for human settlements, there aren't many beyond 20 light  years out right now, as it takes slower-than light transports to move anything of significant mass (warp ships are comparatively small due to the limits of warp field volumes). The largest colony outside the solar system is on a planet dubbed Atlantis in the Alpha Centauri system. Its a water world, currently being terrafromed and only has about half a million residents as of 2132 after 60 years of exploration. Mars is almost completely terrafromed, Venus is nearly habitable (but it will be another century before its environment is completely sustainable), the Moon is a cave world and is now moving to a post-industrial economy. There's some small settlements on Mercury for mining rare earth elements, the Uranus system has some mining outposts, there's a shipyard at Pluto now, and a sizable network of colonies beneath the ice of the Jovian moons, all three of which have life, but Europa has complex macrolife.
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A-Cynical-Idealist Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  New member
So what about Tau Ceti? I've read some other comments where you've told of a bronze-age civilization there and about another civilization devastated by nuclear disaster. Do either of those planets have any human colonies?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No. There's an embassy and a school set up and run by humans in the Tau Ceti system and the other planet has about 20,000 humans living around the planet doing reconstruction work, but not colonies. NASA has a kind of prime directive set up fairly recently that bars humans from settling in any system with intelligent life, even if its only on one planet. NASA does encourage its explorers to make first contact no matter what the technological level of the civilization in question, as the early voyages discovered a number of worlds with clear signs of planet-wide Armageddon.
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grisador Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Great Future/Alternate Future Work; a bit sad actually
But its a different timelne from 2nd Renaissance right?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep.
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ElSqiubbonator Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
Why are Turkey, Japan, France, and Germany US Allies here? I thought they were our enemies in this timeline.
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why is America currently allied with Japan and Germany today? Times change.
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ElSqiubbonator Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
True, I guess.
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microwavedreams Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
What sorts of weapons can an average citizen purchase? Still just gunpowder based guns? And what is the military's primary m-16 type standard weapon?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gunpowder, low velocity rail guns, AP Lasers. Stuff that tears through flesh mostly. The standard issue rifle of the 22nd Century is the M107e MagRifle, which fires a round that is either heated to the point of plasma and discharged at short ranges, or fires a semi-solid round upwards of 250 miles that morphs into a flat disk .0000128 seconds prior to the point of impact distributi g the most force over the largest area.
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microwavedreams Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
What is the power source for these super-high power weapons? Miniaturized fusion reactors? 
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep.
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:iconmicrowavedreams:
microwavedreams Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
Will there be a world map like this one for the aftermath of the Mexican American War?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes.
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:iconthetexasranger:
A few questions if I may ask.
1. You said that Poland wants an empire spanning from the Urals to Rhineland to rival the US so could they just annex all of the Visegrad group right now if they wanted?

2.Why did Manchuria side with the US didn't you have it as a Mexican funded uprising?

3.Was there any close calls to a Civil War in the US from now to the Southwestern US seceding?

4. Is Mexico wanting to annex the Hispanosphere like how the US annexed the Anglosphere?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1. They prefer the pseudo-confederacy to outright annexation. They saw what happened when Yugolsavia and Russia tried that.

2. When the Federalist government in Beijing collapsed, it was every man for themselves, and some places left without Mexican help. Manchuria and the nation that now makes up the Chinese core, were both hastily propped up by a combination of US and local forces. They weren't formally united because it wasn't feasible for a rump china to administer Manchuria.

3. OH hell yes. Pretty much from the 2080s to the actual civil war, it was a mighty tense situation in the South West. The Second Mexican American War saw both powers avoid direct conflict on their shared border out of fear of civil war sparking a larger conflict. The Gaurdiola Incident of 2099 saw the US government essentially abandon their colonies to face a war with a proxy of a Mexican proxy out of fear that if they got involved it would lead to a war with Mexico that would in turn lead to civil war. And every other week some Mexijanos Libres party asshole threatened secession over one reason or another.

4. Mexico wants to annex the Hispanosphere, but slowly, as they are all developed fairly independent nations with ties somewhat split between Argentina and Mexico, where the Anglosphere was basically America and Friends by the 2070s.
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:iconthetexasranger:
Does Mexico want to annex any former Spanish colonies in the Pacific or Africa?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In some cases yes, but only in small territories that they intend to essentially colonize, like equatorial sites for space elevators.
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:iconthetexasranger:
TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
So what emerging powers are there at this time?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There aren't any emerging powers, there are just the superpowers, Mexico, Poland and the US. Brazil was in there for a while, but that died with Mexico's coup/invasion.
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TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Any disease problems like alien diseases or genetically modified diseases?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There was a brief scare with anti-bacterial resistant diseases, but Phage therapy was promptly adopted in the west after some arm twisting by Russia. Genetic and cybernetic engineering has virtually eliminated all other forms of disease, so alien disease was never a problem. The last real holdout for disease is neural cellular degradation and cybernetic neural sclerosis. These are treatable, but they're essentially what is keeping humans from getting much older than 200.
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WARNING! Carry on reading! Or you will die, even if you only looked at the word warning! Once there was a little girl called Clarissa, she was ten-years-old and she lived in a mental hospital, because she killed her mom and her dad. She got so bad she went to kill all the staff in the hospital so the More-government decided that best idea was to get rid of her so they set up a special room to kill her, as humane as possible but it went wrong the machine they were using went wrong. And she sat there in agony for hours until she died. Now every week on the day of her death she returns to the person that reads this letter, on a Monday night at 12:00 a.m. She creeps into your room and kills you slowly, by cutting you and watching you bleed to death. Now send this to ten other pictures on this one site, and she will haunt someone else who doesn't. This isn't fake. apparently, if you copy and paste this to ten comments in the next ten minutes you will have the best day of your life tomorrow.You will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain u will see a little dead girl in you
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:iconthetexasranger:
TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
So I'm guessing that the US flag is basically the same except with however many more stars on it.
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, but there have been attempts to redesign it further, though they've never gotten passed.
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:iconthetexasranger:
TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
How's religion in the future?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not quite unrecognizable, but getting there. Religion hasn't gone away, its just receded a bit. America of 2132 is more secular than it is today, but about 60% of the country self-identify as religious. About 35% of Americans are Catholics, the rest are Protestant, Hindu, Buddhist, Atheist, and Agnostic. Europe is actually more religious in 2132 than it is today, and the Muslim world has finally calmed down. 

There were a number of religious reforms in the 2060s and 70s due to the Genetics revolution, globalized gender and sexual equality*, and the discovery of life beyond Earth (and new life at home in the form of sentient-AI). The Catholic Church has permitted women to become priests, though none have yet become Pope, Mormonism hasn't gone anywhere, though its become a little less crazy with time. Buddhism is a whole new animal now, ever since the current 
Dalai Lama declared the reincarnation cycle will end with him (he's suggested this, and its mostly to prevent the new Lama from being a puppet to Beijing). Today Buddhists are almost Kurzweilian.

Most religions have turned away from literal interpretations of their scriptures as technology has erased the significance of creation to something humans can readily accomplish, and there's a general sense of "live and let live," amongst the major faiths. Its even more extreme in the colonies where there are hundreds of faiths that sprang up all across the system, and have almost no organization and are treated almost like fads.
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:iconthetexasranger:
TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
Alright and 2 things:
1: Is Australia split into multiple US states along the borders of present provincial boundaries?
2: How many US states are there?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1. Yes, and the borders are actually pretty close to the existing ones.
2. There's 81 before the colonies are admitted to the union.
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RogueLeader1000 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
So Quebec, Japan, and South Africa are Free Association states?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, but damn close to it.
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:iconthetexasranger:
Will China and India reunite after the war cuz it seems like the US is going to win after what happened at the battle of DC
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, spoilers.
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ElSqiubbonator Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
I sure hope they win!
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menapia Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
v interesting storyline but what is the quantum economic model or is that just the next big "thing" in the future?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Quantum Economic Model is how the colonies are able to implement a post scarcity economic system. China was hoping to adapt elements of it to manage their own economy (for them it would mean nationalizing their existing resources and essentially signing away a lot of sovereignty to the colonies to build the infrastructure that would allow China to best utilize the resources coming off the New Guinea elevator.
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menapia Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
Nice bit of world building then especially when you covered how robots would cause unemployment etc
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:iconmicrowavedreams:
microwavedreams Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
So besides the US, Mexico, Brazil and Poland, are there any other minor or rising powers? Countries more dynamic than others? Vague potential challengers if you were to continue the timeline through the entirety of the 22nd century? 
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Argentina is the other pole of Mexico's grand alliance, and they were quite pissed that they were not permitted to claim the rest of the Rio de la Plata after they essentially conquered it for Mexico's interests. If Mexico were to win, Argentina would eventually try to challenge them. The Congo and Uganda on their own are minor powers that benefit greatly from US interests, but should the Americans loose they would be natural allies and would quickly become the richest bloc in Africa. No one fucks with the Ural Federation, but they don't really have any way to grow.
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gatemonger Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
Do you think a contemporary(2014) power like the BRICS could use the anti-hegemonic strategy you have depicted in this TL against our US' global order? If not, why not?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No. If you combined the economies of the BRICs, the US Economy would still be more than 2 trillion USD less than that of the US. That's ignoring the complete lack of a Blue Water Navy by any of these powers (save for Russia on a good day). In order to counter the US in this regard Mexico (or rather its Alliance system) had to reach parity with the US. This means they had to be at least 80% as powerful as the United States. As of 2132 Mexico has the Earth's second largest economy, a large navy and space force, and a united populous. China has an economy that they built in less than 30 years and is already starting to crumble, has a Navy that can't do much beyond defend their own waters, and has several very large border regions that hate Beijing's guts. Russia is very similar, Brazil is still too poor, and India see China.
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gatemonger Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
So no mass destabilization in the Little Cold War. Hmph. I was expecting at least you'd say those would appear. lol
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There were attempts, but no where near as successful as Mexico's.
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RogueLeader1000 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
Wait, Israel is an ally of Mexico?
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