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The End of History by RvBOMally The End of History by RvBOMally
Here it is, my 90s-punk setting. Plenty of elements taken from B_Munro's Defunct Futures. Classes start up again for me soon, so this may be my last scenario for a while. 

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It is the year 2094, and humanity is interconnected like never before. The World Wide Web has eliminated paper and has made every home and office interconnected with every other. Most people spend their time on electronic media, such as the newest video game consoles from Sega and Nintendo. Cloning has brought back everything from the dinosaurs to the pharaohs. But as the 22nd century dawns, there is again fear of a third world war. The Russo-American CoDominium, which has dominated Earth for the 21st century, is being challenged by the European Federation, led by a resurgent Germany and opposed by the Polish-led Krakow League and the remnants of NATO. In the East, Red China threatens to upset CoDo dominance. The nigh-eternal sectarian violence in the Middle East, East Africa and the Balkans serves as a potential catalyst for this global conflict, although the Quebecois-Canadian confrontation can't end well. 

Ever since the fall of the Soviet Union, the Russians and Americans have become the best of friends. In a bid to get rid of the spectre of World War III and bring everlasting peace, the two formed the CoDominium of States, an alliance between the Russian and American blocs. The reunification and the rise of Germany as the new dominant force in central Europe, and China in Asia, further cemented the CoDominium. Such threats to peace and stability had to be contained and eventually subsumed into the CoDominium itself. With the UN shattered after the controversy of adding Germany to the Security Council, the CoDominium's strength grew throughout the 21st century, and by the 2050s it was the de facto world government. Only Germany, China and their proxy states remained free of the CoDominium, although Brazil and a group of South American countries followed as the CoDominium's control over the planet began to wane in the late 21st century. 

Life in the CoDominium of the 2090s is much like life in its constituent states in the 1990s, only with more technological advances to go with it. Although a Russo-American project, the CoDominium is dominated culturally by the United States, the "winner" of the Cold War. Even the Russians themselves mostly speak English as a second language, listen to American music, eat American hamburgers, and so on. This American cultural influence is felt throughout the CoDominium, with France and India being the notable exceptions. 

Nanotechnology has made life cleaner and flashier, but not easier. Nanomachines and more macro-scale robots may manufacture everything, but AI still has to be managed by human minds, and keeping AIs in check is very mentally taxing. The transition to a post-industrial economy has left millions behind, and the CoDo governments have taken to walling off entire sectors of cities deemed too impoverished to help. The entirety of the CoDominium is interconnected through the World Wide Web, although states outside of the CoDominium are restricted and have their own version of the Internet. Indeed, some people spend their entire lives on the Internet, connected to a virtual reality system 24/7. They manage to pay for this by offering parts of their brains as processing power. After all, even the most advanced mechanical technology has its limits, and one needs to switch to organic alternatives if one wants to store more than 100 GB of data. In an effort to recover from their century-long economic slump, the Japanese have taken to interring their entire aging population into these systems, wiping their minds and selling the processing power to foreigners. Of course, the Americans and Russians don't need to depend on this yet, since they still have plenty of prisoner-provided power. 

Politically, the nature of the CoDominium in the 2090s is not altogether clear, but what is clear is that it does not listen to its people. Both the Russian and American governments maintain democratic institutions, but these democratically elected officials are merely rubber stamps for the CoDominium Council. Descended from the diplomatic teams used to manage the CoDominium in its early days, the CoDominium Council's members are ostensibly appointed by the heads of state of the CoDominium's members. However, as the CoDominium grew in power, these heads of states became puppets for the Council, appointing members based on the Council's wishes. The Council then passes resolutions which are binding upon all CoDominium member states. The only force the CoDominium does not have power over are the national militaries, and they remain the primary resistance to the creation of a true world government.

The CoDominium's opponents are not that much better. Although Germany began trying to peacefully integrate Europe with the aid of the Russians and the Americans, the opposition from the two superpowers and the British, French and Polish caused the Germans to instead settle for the looser, smaller European Union. While the Germans did successfully transform the EU into the far more integrated European Federation, they still felt surrounded by the new CoDominium. Ironically, the fears of a remilitarized Germany which sought to dominate Europe came to pass, as the idea of resisting the CoDominium with an overwhelming threat of force became more popular. By the 2090s, Germany has more than a passing resemblance to the old German Empire: a militaristic, highly advanced great power, although German corporations and political dynasties have replaced the monarchs and aristocrats of old. The annexation of Austria in the 2060s, expressly forbidden by the CoDominium, marked the beginning of the New Cold War between the two blocs. The CoDominium even formed the Krakow League in response. 

Similarly, China's rise after Japan's economic collapse was opposed by the Russians and Americans. The Chinese have been more cautious with their expansion, and the language barrier helped them resist American cultural dominance. Remaining under the autocratic rule of the Chinese Communist Party, the Chinese regulated their contact with the outside world, so that they exported more than they imported. Although the advent of automated production caused fears of a Chinese collapse, the Chinese successfully transitioned to an automated economy themselves. They only lost ten million people to chaos and starvation during the transition years; a true success, by anyone’s measure. 

Of course, these miracles of technology are only available to those within the richer countries. In the war-torn areas of the world, the miracles of the 21st century come in the form of weapons raining death down from above. Fearful of what prolonged, direct intervention in these warzones would entail, the CoDominium and their rivals are content to fight proxy wars, funding and arming opposing sides of a conflict for some vague geopolitical goals. The advent of widespread energy weapons and combat drones has not really improved matters in these warzones. Indeed, they worsened them; when a guerrilla can rearm his weapon by plugging it into an electrical socket or throwing its power pack into a campfire, they can continue fighting for much longer. This is not to say that the “first world” lacks violence of its own; terrorism, from left, right, and from various religious groups both traditional and non-traditional, has plagued the CoDominium and its rivals. Chechnya has been a sore on Russia’s doorstep for a century, and the rise of nanotechnology has spawned many American terrorists using Ludd and Kaczynski as their model. 

Space is a thoroughly conquered frontier, or at least the inner Solar System is. Luna is a popular tourist destination, the first man born in space has already died, and there are many permanent settlements on Mars. Earth’s orbit is a littered with research stations and military installations, but also with hotels, apartments, schools, coffee shops and Waffle House. The outer Solar System is the new frontier, with manned missions to the Galilean Moons and Titan planned for the turn of the century. Europa’s cold ice has been breached, revealing strange alien creatures. None of them seem to be sapient, but there are fringe kooks claiming that some blurry photographs from the early missions are actually the non-Euclidean architecture of an ancient, extinct race. Officials from the world's space agencies could not be reached for comment.
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:iconkurlozneekan:
KurlozNeekan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
What's NATO?
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Eluxivo Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
¿are you serious that you are serious?
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:iconkurlozneekan:
KurlozNeekan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Uh yes I'm Serious
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Zireael07 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is brilliant!
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freivolk Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
I think the EF should include at least Germanys former Axis-allies like Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Dang, that's a good idea. Missed opportunity. 
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TLhikan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Part cyberpunk, part retro futures, dystopianism (of course :P), and a hint of Eldritchness. Nice :D
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Yep, all the classic elements are there. :p
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YRPOtaku169 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student Writer
What about a 00's future?
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