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Some Future or Other by QuantumBranching Some Future or Other by QuantumBranching
Another overly wordy map, surprise surprise!

A map, inspired by an old Future History map challenge.

It's been a tough 21st century. Global warming bit hard, economies collapsed as lessons were ignored in favor of comfortable lies, great powers fell apart and chaos spread to much of the world. But now as the start of the 22nd approaches, the world is (shakily) at peace, people have gotten a handle on the climate changes provoked by global warming and learned to live with them or work around them, and a new prosperity based on weak AI, quantum computing, genetic engineering, and fusion power has spread widely. Four major power blocks dominate the globe, all originating in what was once dismissed as the "Third World", although the nations of Europe remain far from unimportant, and Canada is nobody's hat. New religious movements have emerged, and Russia, although too shrunken in population to be a first-rate power economically or militarily, has drawn the attention of the world with a new spiritual awakening (the Neo-Orthodox clergy are dedicated in their probity: they not only take oaths, but also implant anti-sin control chips in their brains). India currently bestrides the world, but technocratic Mexico, bio-tech fascinated Green Brazil, and the Indonesians and their allies won't let them rest on their laurels. The world moves forward into a new century...
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zoniczama Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
Is not Columbia is COLOMBIA is not that hard people.
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ShadowOfTheVoid Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Oh, God. What happened the U.S.? As a South Carolinian who leans to the left, I guess I move to the North in my old age in this hypothetical future.
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Todyo1798 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Traditional Irish Centered Post:  Belfast is actually just a slight majority Catholic these days, and as this trend will continue it will be a strong majority in the next 50 or so years, so if the Unionists were to be reduced to a rump state it would be either slightly south-west around north Armagh and Down, or north in county Antrim.  

Considering that normal Unionist politicians are becoming more radical in order to appeal to the very small but very loud, racist, sectarian and violent hardcore Unionists, whilst the majority Moderates are staying moderate, I say that traditional Unionism is on a very slow path to destruction, though the Anglophiles on AH.com would deny this to death.
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PG-1987 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
Shame about what happened to China in the 21th century, but otherwise it's a pretty cool future.
I really would like to live in this world. :)
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
As long as my son is the one running Russia, I'm fine with this future :)
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Beijingbound111 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
I realize this is just a scenario, but it's also close to the least likely outcome for a post-global warming world, given that the vast majority of the environmental devastation which results will be visited on the tropics and southern hemisphere. India and Brazil are significantly, even immeasurably, more likely to implode catastrophically than China and the US when the topics bake. Seriously, if the worst-case scenarios come to pass, India will be lucky to come out off the twenty-first century with half its present population.
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Oh, please. Alright, maybe India would be very hard-hit by a severe global warming scenario, on account of their massive population relative to land area. Brazil, I think not, as they have a much smaller population on a much larger land area.

But you'd have to be out of your mind to think that China is getting through a severe global warming scenario unscathed. China has a massive population itself. It's not self-sufficient in food (world's largest food importer). It's not self-sufficient in oil (world's largest oil importer). Although it's land area is vast, much of its territory is undeveloped desert and mountains. Much of its population lives in coastal cities which are vulnerable to sea level rise. Oh, and the deserts I mentioned? They're spreading. Already. So believe me when I tell you that China is not going to weather climate change well at all.

The US can probably handle a severe climate change scenario, albeit with some difficulty. It's a first world, developed nation with the resources and the technological capability to do so. And it has a much better population-to-land ratio. China is not on the US's level at all when it comes to development, so don't assume that you'll do as well as they do.
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CyberPhoenix001 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Out of interest, what was the challenge?
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mate888 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Umm... Why there are crazy sheep killers in Malvinas?
And more importantly, those Brazilian killer robots are killing natives? Because that would be certainly bad.
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
No, just people who cut down old growth trees and such. Of course, if you are a native Amerindian who wants to create some more farmland, it's sort of a bitch to get the necessary permits...

They aren't sheep killers, they're cultists. Sacrifices are needed. I was inspired by a little bit in one of Arthur C. Clarke's stories set in the future where the Falkland islands are noted as one of the countries which haven't joined the World Government, and are known for their bellicose nationalism. The idea of "dangerous Falklands" tickled my fancy, and since even by 2100 AD I doubt they'll have the manpower to do much in the lines of WMDs, I made them Scary Cultists instead. :)
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JohnCClamoreKhaner Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Very good map, and not particularly PC :) So questions I have. What happened to the Black and Hispanic populations of Washington and Atlanta? To the various non-White minorities of Europe? And, perhaps most importantly, the diaspora Jews? Has Australia's White population been completely displaced? What is the population of this world?
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Interesting, nice to see a Balkanized EU for a change. More optimistic than my vision of the 2100s, but that's a given. :p
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TwisterAce Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
I'm surprised Russia didn't Balkanize like China and the United States did. It looks like Chechnya and Dagestan are independent, but the rest of the country is intact. Maybe that whole Orthodox revival is keeping them together?
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Perhaps: the original future history scenario didn't mention the Russians, and they've had such a shitty 20th century I decided to give them a break. :)
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
No offense, but the only way to give Russia a good century is to have it led by the Siberian half, not the incompetent assclowns west of the Urals. That's just my opinion as Russian.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Budapest Block... I like the sound of that :D
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Seems like Canada is poised to be a world power here. Though it seems like the US got the short and of the stick. Perhaps the Tea Party and Occupy Movements finally made America's political divisions permanent?
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ToixStory Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Superpower Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, and India all at the same time? Seems someone has checked my laundry list of favorite nations. Nice work on this one, and love the notes. Wouldn't mind living in this world, personally. :D
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OttoVonSuds Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Nice stuff.
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Tuskin38 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
" and Canada is nobody's hat."

Heh I love that line. I approve, as long as Canada is still the peace loving nation it is now.
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Laputa-Scorefinger Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
As a transhumanist Indophile, I approve of this world. :)
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