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Drowning America by YNot1989 Drowning America by YNot1989
In spite of the Western World's efforts to reduce their collective greenhouse gas emissions, the rapid development of what was once called the Third World, particularly overpopulated countries like India, China, and Indonesia; spurred a seemingly unstoppable climb in greenhouse gas emissions over the course of the early 21st Century. Spurred by increases in demand for Cement, Steel, Energy, and the comforts the west had enjoyed for over a century, the developing world drove a steady climb in greenhouse emissions and as such the temperature of the planet. In 2013 the Arctic was Ice Free for the first time in recorded history. In 2025 portions of the Greenland Ice Shelf began to fall more rapidly into the ocean. Combined by the desalination of the waters of the arctic and the loss of the natural mirror that the ice caps acted as for a natural shield against solar radiation, the planet began to heat up exponentially. In 2029 this reached the ultimate tipping point with the release of billions of tonns of Methane from the defrosted Russian gas fields in Siberia. This sent climate change into a virtually irrecoverable overdrive, making human produced greenhouse gasses look utterly insignificant. By the summer of 2031 sea levels had risen by as much as 100 meters, driving billions of coastal city dwellers from their homes and making almost every existing problem of the day exponentially worse by the factor of shrinking territories and massive displaced populations.

In the US, people were convinced things absolutely couldn't get any worse. The US was at the peak of what is often referred to as the Pendulum Era, where control of the government had been habitually switching between parties consistently every four years since 2012. This had created an environment where the Government was completely deadlocked and incapable of managing the economy which while officially recovered since 2013, had seen unemployment continuously go up since the end of the Great Recession due to the greater dependency on computers and automation for jobs that were largely conducted by manual labor. As a result government revenue has dropped while spending has consistently gone up via new wars, failure to realistically reform entitlements with the surge of retirees, etc. This has ultimately led to the United States being under massive debt, and has been forced to dedicate half of all tax revenue to paying off foreign debts, something that was only able to be accomplished after the majority of Baby Boomer seniors had died off.

With the onset of the Great Deluge the US economy entered into the greatest depression in its history due to the displacement of the majority of its workforce from the regions where the majority of business was conducted. Poverty exploded across the country, and while the US Capitol and few other cities were safe from the floods via sea walls constructed over the last two decades, the cost of living in these areas made it impossible for all but the richest citizens to live there. Things were made worse as the Water Crisis, which had officially been going on since the 2010s, became unmanageable with the majority of desalination plants on the coasts being destroyed, and the reservoirs in the heartland being overused by the hoards of refugees. This ultimately led to the Great Famine of 2035, where lack of fresh water for irrigation, bolstered by an inactive economy resulted in a worldwide food shortage.

In one year food prices rose 90% across the board, and bottled water went up 200%, while wages had either stagnated or gone down. Meanwhile the US Government is dithering about making meaningful financial reform, the rich are the only ones who can afford to live comfortably in the few remaining coastal cities with access to vat-grown foods and vertical farms, and the major religious leaders are claiming the end times.

In attempt to resolve the crisis President Brian Drager calls for what would come to be known as the Conference of Interests; which consisted of delegates from major religious groups, political action committees, and business leaders. The PACs send half of the representatives while business and religious leaders consist of the second half of the Confrerence's delegates. The PACs argue for outlining a specific set of legislative reforms to be made to the US economy, however business and religious leaders refuse agree to the reforms, resulting in the PACs sponsoring their own Coalition Party that would take control of Congress in the midterm elections of 2034. President Drager, fearing more instability by Populist coalitions, sides with buisness and religious leaders favoring their own proposed reforms. In 2035 the Coalition led 124th Congress issued the Rotundra Contract, where they promise to not stop until they have reformed the US Government via a new series of Amendments.

In October of 2035 a rumor started that the US Chamber of Commerce was secretly hoarding non-perishable food stuffs somewhere in the abandoned subway networks of Manhattan. This resulted in the Wader's March, named for the few protestors who famously walked to Wall Street and wore fishing Waders to keep dry over the few areas where the levies had spilled over. The Waders stormed the financial district and demanded that the Stock Market be moved to Tacoma, Washington, one of the few cities in the country that had been relatively unaffected by the Flood and remained in the hands of the middle class.

In this time the number of independent on non-state sponsored militia groups had skyrocked, starvation and crime were rampant in certain areas of the country, and the US Government was utterly incapable of doing anything to stop it.

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:iconconnecticutman:
ConnecticutMan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  New member
would branford, ct be underwater or not
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Sakerti Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That's the best thing of living on a third world country, GUATEMALA IS SAVED. ('cause no body cares about us)
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:iconjax1776:
Jax1776 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
How do you make that link you did here?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Look at Deviant art's directions.
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:iconjax1776:
Jax1776 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Doesn't matter since I managed to figure it out. :)
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Armygeneral13 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
good thing my dream home is a boat ^_^
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tylero79 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student General Artist
WOOOH!!! SPRING BREAK IN VALDOSTA GEORGIA!!!
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:iconkraeten:
Kraeten Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
I never liked Florida.
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:iconteutonicknight:
TeutonicKnight Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Student
well if that happens, im screwed
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:iconzhaneaugustine:
ZhaneAugustine Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
A very sound and interesting story.
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:iconmaster-of-the-boot:
Master-of-the-Boot Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
And I live on the fucking coast
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:iconcjlb:
CJLB Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
Why does America have state boarders, while Canada and Mexico do not
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its just to indicate that the US is somewhat the focus of this scenario.
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:iconcjlb:
CJLB Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
I love how the populated zones of Canada are simply becoming more temperate, and staying dry, while the states take a massive loss.
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, its why Canada and Russia will become the major agrarian powers when climate change gets really bad. Too bad China and the US will most like start wars over that fact.
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:iconcjlb:
CJLB Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
Yeah, you'll find me in Baffin Island by then.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
Canada still looks solid, though.
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Chanimur Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work, man. Gotta love them drowned worlds scenarios. :D
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, not much left of Cuba either
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xDraconianKingx Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Shit.... my homestate is fucked. Stupid Texas, sjhoulda built a damn wall or something.
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:iconfrazamm:
frazamm Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
I thought I read somewhere that even if all the ice melted sea level would never rise up to 100 metres. It is still a neat scenario.
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Kajm Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Neat scenario. I'm sure, in some realities where the physics are slightly different, it could well happen. Fortunately we have record of the Arctic being even more ice-free than it is now: [link]
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Nederbird Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
Wow! The US seems to have faller apart completely. It sounds pretty post-apocalyptic too me, which absolutely love. ^^

Also, Cuba and Nova Scotia seem to have gotten the worst of it. Poor, poor people. :(
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cuba and Nova Scotia? Delaware Florida and Louisiana (a combined population of close to 24 million people) are GONE. Not to mention the greater Boston-DC metroplex.
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Nederbird Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
Ah yeah, sorry. My knowledge of American geography isn't the best. XD
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:iconhillfighter:
Hillfighter Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
California now has an inland sea...and far less cropland
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:iconzalezsky:
zalezsky Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NEW YORK IS SAVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and ontario too :D
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just the Boroughs clustered inside the Lower New York Bay. Long Island isn't protected by the Sea Wall, but the rich just take their stuff, collect the insurance on their houses and move to Manhattan.
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Heads-up-Display Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
little tip only the sides of long should be under water my home is about 160feet above see level
my father always told me when I was younger that you can make an city only using 1x1x1 mile or so cube that could hold most of new york people/jobs and what not who needs an wall when you got an cube and because its an cube its more balance and can hold up to the wight of the cube

ps there been more greenhouse gases in the past its fine or better yet earth going in to its girl period lol no joke 10,000 years of peace normal weather no earthquake is over and the new 10,000 years going to be hell you could say by left side of usa by china Brazil cube japan mostly
10k peace and then 10k of earthquakes found out when people look at the layer of rocks that shows an peried of lots of EQ and one with few that date 10k years each

other ps Manhattan would be hit hard by storms rich people would most likely move upstate NY nice cheap land
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
100 Meters, not feet.
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:iconheads-up-display:
Heads-up-Display Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
100meters what? the water level going up? no way 100meters
or are you saying about the height of long island?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
100 meter sea level rise.
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:iconzalezsky:
zalezsky Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ic ic
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kclcmdr Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
Say.... how's Europe doing?

Do you plan to do one on Europe likewise or South America??
Especially among the Amazon and Chile??
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, but I intend to finish the North America segment fist, which will consist of at most four maps after this one, and largely be centered around the Second American Revolution.
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kclcmdr Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
Too late to build the MegaCity Walls...
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