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All in all, there are around 7.9 billion people alive in 2034. Of these 1.8 billion can be said to be internationalists or closely aligned.


Europe is cold, nationalist and forlorn. After the failure of the EU, the climate changes and the massive brain and capital drain to the south a large portion of the remaining Europeans feel cheated, left out or angry. At the same time many of the major european cities are internationalist strongholds. The rift is intense and contributes to a paranoid climate.

The British Isles are struggling against the climate; regular storms devastate the countryside. At the same time they are fairly well aligned with the internationalists politically and have extensive biotech applications (the London Tent was the most famous one).

France, the low countries and Central Europe remain the most influential nations of Europe and among the strongest voices in international national politics. They are divided when it comes to internationalism; towards the majority of the population the governments show a populist-nationalist attitude, while at the same time giving internationalist enclaves tax breaks and other benefits. This hypocricy as well as the many social problems caused by the economic transformations have led to a fertile ground for the emergence of terrorist groups.

Sweden is a snowy isolationist nation, having largely closed its borders for internationalism in order to preserve what was considered important swedish values and social systems. It is mildly racist and unlike Canada refuses to consider that it will not persist forever unless the ice age ends.

Southern Europe is experiencing a limited renaissance. Most of the capital and brainpower moved further south, enough stayed around the mediterranean. While the Vatican remains staunchly nationalist, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece has very much adapted to the internationalist world.

Russia had bad luck. When the economy thanks to internationalisation had begun to recover, the climate shifted. The already severe brain drain intensified, and left Russia impoverished and isolated. Conditions in Siberia are becoming so severe that climate refugees are invading both China and european Russia, causing unrest and local overcrowding problems. Nationalism is very strong, and many worrying militant groups are gaining in strength.


Africa has developed significantly from the 20th century, although the continent is far behind the rest of the world in prosperity, peace and stability. Still, it is what Asia was during the 1960-80's and South America during the 1980's-2010's - it is quickly taking its place in the world.

Northern Africa is experiencing a renaissance not seen since the days of the Islamic conquest. The changed climate has brought rain to western and northern africa, climate refugees have contributed capital, skilled workforces and an internationalist atmosphere that serves to attract other internationalists. While some regions like Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia are far ahead of the others in development, Mali, Senegal and (to some people's surprise) Mauretania are doing quite well. Internationalist enclaves are sprouting everywhere, infrastructure is being developed and the countryside is greening thanks to the climate and biotechnology.

Another prosperous area is the eastern coast, from Somalia, Kenya down to Tanzania. Especially Mogadishu has jumped into the 21st century with vigor, and Nairobi and Dar es Salaam are not far behind. The developments in biotech on Soqotra and in Saudi Arabia create a cooridor of "green" regions.

Egypt and some other regions of eastern Africa has instead turned their backs on the world, becoming isolationist theocracies or dictatorships of little interest to the internationalists. The same goes for the continuing chaos in the interior of the continent, where (except for a few small enclaves) much of the internaltional community has given up or lost interest in the various wars, insurrections and disasters. The deep wounds caused by the AIDS epidemic and decades of local wars are hard to handle, despite efforts in spreading microfactories, microfarming and wireless net-education from the UN and interested aid agencies. The old conflicts, remaining bands of marauders and flare-ups of new epidemics is a constant worry for the eastern and northern regions.

A noticeable number of the small island states surrounding Africa such as the Seychelles, Sao Tomé and Malta have become internationalist strongholds.

South America

South America took the step into the developed world at roughly the same time the internationalist revolution occured. The combination of prosperity and widespread alternative networks instead of relying on governments made the continent a natural source of many first generation internationalists.

North America

The US never accepted the idea that national states were becoming irrelevant. A strong current of nationalism dominates the US, while at the same time the differences between regions and in internationalisation are more extreme than anywhere else. California, Florida, many major cities and neighbourhoods have become direct internationalist havens, while large parts of the midwest now are ultra-conservative and dominated by the Brothers of the Land.

Canada is adapting to the cold. The realisation that the nation will not last (at least not in its current form) forever as the Ice Age continues has led to a widespread sobering but also division. Many people have chosen to move south or become internationalists, while others remain and try to find ways of maintaining the region against the encroaching snow. Terraformers and people promoting union with the US are common.

Mexico, the Caribbean and parts of Latin America have become internationalist havens. The Caribbean is almost the heartland of the old digital banks, cryptohavens and early libertarian islands, although by now the second generation internationalists have totally lost any allegiance to such local geography.


China's devastating collapse has changed the politics of the region. At the time, India and Indonesia were weakened by the internal struggles between regions and internationalists-nationalists and Japan found itself lagging in the move towards an international society. In the wake of these changes Asia has become a tremendously diverse and complex place, with vast differences in wealth, politicial stability, ideology, technology and style from region to region.

China remains a headache. The internal turmoil tends to spill over into neighbouring regions. Massive refugee streams forced Vietnam and Korea to close their borders, and various terrorists or organised crime networks linked to China plague much of eastern asia. Overall the international community prefers to have as little to do with the internal chaos as possible, with the exception of enclaves and "nice" ministates such as Guanzhou.

Indonesia divided relatively peacefully into a number of independent states, creating a diverse region with everything from total internationalism to theocracy side by side. While relatively prosperous, there are many sources of friction between the Indonesian nations.

Japan had a hard time adopting to the international paradigm, instead largely retreating to stability, structure and nationalism. A large part of the youth and most expansive industry left for internationalism, creating a noticeable "hole" in society.

India was the economic wonder of the 2010's, but suffered enormous tensions between regions and nationalists-internationalists. In the Reform War the sub-continent split in all but name, becoming yet another heterogenous and chaotic megaregion.

The Arab world (and Israel) has retained its stability better, largely retreating into nationalism and a return to religious (or environmental) values but with a small and influential minority extending into the international world. Especially Saudi Arabia has changed tremendously due to the introduction of biotechnology on a large scale and the changed needs for petroleum. Many regions have suffered massive brain drain (such as Israel) as fundamentalism spread, creating local nearly fortified academic townships or driving people to the internationalist enclaves.

The Pacific

Australia and New Zeeland adapted relatively well to the changed needs of the new economy, attracting much internationalist investors suspicious of the long-term stability of the more nationalist US. A minor conflict with fundamentalists from Irian Jaya may be brewing.

The Pacific islands are booming, as internationalists, rich climate refugees and warmth-seeking northerners flock to them. While the strain from the increasing population is a major problem, the spread of biotech islands and ecological repair (as well as the generous sources of income) help them to cope. Many atolls have become internationalist havens, and there are many artificial islands cruising the currents. In order to deter piracy (especially from desperate Chinese refugees) the US Pacific fleet patrols the ocean, officially to maintain US interests but in practice leased by the internationalists.