|Mogadishu: Rise of the Seahorse|
One of the more popular internationalist cities, especially in the content business. It is viewed as one of the economical and political miracles of the world, what China never became.
The city and land was largely wrecked during the civil disorder of the 90's, divided by feuding warlords. The situation stabilised itself during the zeros and tens. The population, tired of the violence and chaos supported demobilisation plans of president Abdiqasim Salad Hassanwith, beginning to build united police forces and restore the infrastructure. The different warlords and factions either joined in or were marginalized or destroyed - but often they demanded concessions and grants to help the effort peacefully. The result was that while order returned the city and region was divided into a number of pieces with a great degree of independence. The Mogadishu businessmen eagerly supported a government helping them set up an infrastructure, but also made it clear that all help would end if it interfered with their libertarian business. The weak central government never managed to gain effective central power, and as the internationalisation process accelerated outside it never got the chance to iron out the power structure. Instead many local groups got investments from internationalist networks (some for ideological reasons, some just as investment in the fast growing if small economy).
The infrastructure was to a large extent virtual; already in the 90's cellular phone and radio networks had begun to spring up, with nodes run by different factions. Over time they evolved into an anarchic network, supported from the outside by international aid organisations that found it to be an ideal way of bringing educational material to the region (Somalia was one of the first major efforts of net-based education, and became the template used for many other efforts). As the virtualisation spread Somalia (or at least Mogadishu) was poised to take advantage of it. Micromanufacturing and later microfarming was quickly adapted, and the emerging software industry competed efficiently with Arab-language software companies and profited from selling to other emerging African nations.
Mogadishu truly took off in the late 20's, as it became a popular internationalist haven. Many biotech buildings grew up and transformed downtown, a new airport was constructed and the city briefly became a culinary Mecca in the early 30's. The various districts, still largely independent polities, have specialised for various activities and styles.
Together with Socotra it is viewed as the (current) internationalist
powerhouse in the western Indian Ocean (if internationalist activity can
be said to have a location at all). Relations to
Green Arabia and the other progressing african nations are good. There
has been some conflicts with the conservative and more nationalist Somalialand
to the north and a few incursions of marauders from the west, but these
have just been marginal disruptions of the peace.
Relations to Green Arabia and the other progressing african nations are good. There has been some conflicts with the conservative and more nationalist Somalialand to the north and a few incursions of marauders from the west, but these have just been marginal disruptions of the peace.