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Post Flood Earth by YNot1989 Post Flood Earth by YNot1989
2060: After nearly three decades, the Flood, the ecological disaster mankind had wrought upon the Earth, has finally come to an end. After nearly a decade of work in Greenland, Antarctica, Kazakhstan, and the Sahara Desert, as well as several smaller projects from Utah to the Great Rift Valley, humans were able to finally reduce Sea Levels to pre-flood levels.

While humans succeeded at healing the Ozone layer and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to pre-industrial levels, the damage was done. Worldwide flooding from polar melting continued for much of the first half of the 21st Century, rising to an additional 9 m with the melting of the South Greenland Ice Sheet. This intial melt off was just low enough for most of the world's major cities to counter it with large sea walls, though many areas like the Netherlands, Flanders, Venice, Bangladesh, and much of the Louisiana and Floridian coastlines were lost to the sea. The initial flooding sent millions from their homes, and displaced whole populations. By 2040 the crisis was pushed beyond the limits of the sea walls with the loss of the majority of the Antarctic Ice Shelves. and West Antarctic Ice Sheet, pushing sea levels to 30 meters above pre-Flood levels. Now even the rich countries suffered major flooding, the British Isles were effectively evacuated to the US and former Canada, Holland and Belgium found their populations in Germany and France, and Denmark finally retook Scania to survive. This is the event that drove the major powers of the planet to war.

In 2043, eight years before the outbreak of War, a consortium of businesses, NGOs and governments set out upon an ambitious project to apply terraforming techniques being used on Mars and Venus to Earth. The project began with the positioning of several solar shields in polar orbit above the North and South Poles. The Shields would allow for a rapid drop in polar temperatures and return the North and South polar ice within a decade. The shields would not return the Glaciers of the South Greenland Ice Sheet, however, only enough snow and ice to reflect the sun and prevent subsurface melting. This remaining 9 m of water would have to be drained into new manmade bodies. Three artificial basins were created in Chad and Algeria, while the existing Aral Sea was dug out to allow its water to remain. The excess of sand and rock would be used to reconstruct the world's beaches, and create hills around the new Seas to create an artificial rain-shadow effect. New forests and grasslands were planted along the Kanduna river's expanded tributary, and around the new seas to further promote a healthy biosphere.

WWIII came and went, lasting only a few years, thankfully, due to advances in precision weapons technology. And shortly after the war's end the new basin's began to service the draining flood waters. New Nation's sprung up around the new tributaries and inland seas, servicing peoples who had never been given a fair share of Earth's bounty. Today the Seas have saved mankind from oblivion and returned the lost cities and coastlines to the Earth, but the damage has been done, and it will take many decades still to rebuild these washed away lands, and battle for the newly fertile lands has added a new chapter in mankind's history.
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HaosPrincessFabia Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist
But it could be that Tatarstan will be independent country ? They have a chanses
Saint-Tepes Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
What happened with China, Korea and Japan? Any more communism in China or Korea? How come they united?
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
China is under a light nationalist regime propped up by the US during WWIII, Korea was reunified after the Kim government collapsed in the 2030s, and Japan is still licking its wounds from the last world war.
mate888 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Can I ask why Patagonia and Araucania are independent and how?
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As the climate shifted it became possible to grow more stuff that far south and they were able to support a large enough population to vote for independence.
oppagangnamstyle80 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
before: *in canada* after: *in canada* im still in canada :3
Serge2nd Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Оригинально -с чего вы взяли, что ненцы создадут своё государство?
RoyalPsycho Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
I'm amazed that after every other large nation has balkanised, the USA is still a single cohesive entity (even Hawaii and the Pacific Islands).
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mexico and Brazil are all in one piece too.
Sakerti Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
South africa even went bigger.
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