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Friedman's Empire by YNot1989 Friedman's Empire by YNot1989
*NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization): Oldest Alliance of the US, having little to no actual authority since the Second Cold War

*APESC (Asia-Pacific Economic and Security Council): Established at the end of WWIII the organization permitted Japan to maintain a limited sphere of influence in the Pacific while acknowledgement Chinese sovereignty and American Naval supremacy.

*AFTA (American Free Trade Association): Established during the Second Cold War from NAFTA, while allowing some US military presence in every member state.

*Visigrad Group (The Polish Bloc): Established just prior to the Second Cold War, the Polish Bloc is the most powerful entity in Europe, rivaled only by the Turks.

*EMC (Eastern Mediterranean Conference): Established at the End of WWIII the EMC limits the Turkish sphere of influence and allows them to continue to be a stabilizing force in the Middle East and North Africa, but is also intended to balance the Poles in the Balkans.

*APGS (Alliance of Persian Gulf States): Established shortly after the collapse of the Saudi Kingdom, this economic and security organization formalized Persian dominance in South-West Asia, and was intended to balance the Turks and the Indians.

Following the end of the Third World War, the United States ascended to be the unquestioned hegemony of the world. After years of tripping over their own weight the Americans have finally begun to understand how to run a responsible Empire; carving the world's great powers into several sphere's of influence, balancing one off of the other.

The US Government has issued a number of reforms over the years to better handle its position of geopolitical dominance, while the Republican Experiment has been preserved via a series of new Amendments to the Constitution. America now spends less on defense than at any other time in the last 100 years, but it still exceeds the budgets of every other great power. The Battlestar network has been expanded and upgraded to administer a planet wide network of hypersonic UAVs, spy satellites, a largely unmanned NAVY, and a small, but lethal force of power-armor equipped special forces units and UGVs.

Domestically the 2060s are a time of economic prosperity greater than any time in US History. At 420 million people, and spared the demographic problems of Eurasia thanks to an aggressive immigration policy, the United States's economy outshines that of the next five largest economies combined.

The technology developed during the War, has given the country, and the world, more opportunities for prosperity and leisure than ever before; but they have also forced a new social movement. Genetic Engineering, robotics, and information technology have all advanced to a point to where their affect on society is forcing every major religious group to reconcile with a planet that no longer functions under the old dogmas. Marriage is virtually non-existent in the Developed World, and birth-rates are beginning to level off even in the US, which had long since been an outlier.

The end of the war forced the borders of the former Russian Federation to solidify, and ended the formal occupation of much of the Russian Heartland by the Visigrad Group. The Iranians and Turks have brought stability to the Middle East, shifting it to a largely service based economy now that oil has been replaced entirely by America's vast network of space-based Solar Arrays. East Asia has finally normalized, and China has finally broken its cycle of rapid rise and collapse to become a modern Economy. NATO remains, but is little more than an informal American vassal, while the Polish Bloc (Visigrad Group) bestrides Europe like a Giant. The Americans now have absolute unity in the Western Hemisphere, but to their southern border an old and long forgotten enemy is beginning to rise...

**This scenario was conceived by STRATFOR founder, and geopolitical/economic analyst George Friedman. I did my best to illustrate his very interesting scenario which you can read about in great detail in his books: "The Next 100 Years," and the "Next Decade"
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Juho-Lee Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I read his book, and I must say your work is quite accurate and impressive. 
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I like this a lot. My only real questions are: why, when and how did the US acquire its numerous new territories. I've noticed Greenland, various Caribbean islands, Guyana, Panama and a chunk of Canada filled in in the same color as America  
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YNot1989 Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They bought Greenland from Denmark after WWIII to supply their polar orbiting Battlestars. Guyana was annexed in pieces, first with the English speaking portion which is seeking a Puerto Rico like relationship with the US anyway, and the French and dutch portions were annexed after the World War to prevent a foreign power from accessing equatorial launch sites. Panama was essentially annexed to counter Mexico.
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kyuzoaoi Oct 22, 2013  Student Artist
What would Japan's population would be by 2100? I read such scenarios that the population by 2200 would be as low as 15 million, but even with the current decline rates it would be very unrealistic. More like 50 million.
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YNot1989 Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd lean more towards 80, but I think I'm being generous.
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Beautifull world! Poland with East Borders, free Kurdistan, Uigurstan, Tibet, big Finland, united Ireland,
divided Russia.
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GreatJester Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's impossible to make analyse of the next 100 years. If I would told german solider in 1913 that in 2013 he will be protecting Europe together with french, polish and british forces, he wouldn't belive me. 
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YNot1989 Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True, but there were people who made some surprisingly accurate predictions of the 20th Century back then, its those that get too hung up on details that get screwed. Friedman's scenario looks at BIG events like world changing shifts in demographics, the transition from one economic model to another based on necessity. I'm taking that and trying to fill in details with artistic license.
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kazi2000 Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like very much how George Friedman does his job ! I belive he's one the best analysts in the world at the moment ... if not the best !
One of the things that captured by attention was one of his ideeas, that Poland might emerge at a power in Europe and it will be the "northern pivot" of USA in relation to Russia, while Romania should assume the role of the "southern anchor" in the same matter.
I found this map and i belive it suggests more or less, what Friedman had in mind: [link]
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kazi2000 Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice work !
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