Speculations from 2090 to 2099.
In January 2090, the Hawaiian islands of Nihau and Kauai fell to the Chinese. That month, Indonesia pulled out of the war, and Australia began the peace process. US president Xavier Owens vowed to fight on, but war had greatly drained the military and economy. The Pentagon began questioning the ethics and viability of continuing the conflict.
In April 2090, the rest of the Hawaiian Islands fell to the Chinese. A resistance force of Hawaiian and American civilians fought the Chinese from the hills, but the Chinese managed to suppress the guerillas. That month, Australia, Canada, Poland, and Germany pulled out of the war. The US was left to fight on alone. Finally, on June 22, 2090, the United States made a conditional surrender to China. The terms of the surrender were harsh on America. Taiwan and Hawaii became Chinese territories, and the United States would never threaten China, if China never threatened the United States. The United States would have to respect an Chinese land grabs anywhere, including Somalia. The United States would also have to abandon its territories of England, northern and western France, and the territories of Iraq and Syria. A new state, Kurdistan, was created in northern Iraq. and southeastern Turkey. The US also ceded its territory of East Siberia to Russia. World War IV was over, and the allies had lost. On the bright side, no nuclear weapons had been used.
In July 2090, the US officially, according to the Chinese, became the world’s second greatest superpower. China had once again risen to the top. The surrender sent the US into a steep downward curve that would eventually lead to disaster.
In October 2090, the German government collapsed. The void that was left was walled of by Poland and Denmark. Germany was just one of many European nations that had collapsed since the 2040s.
In December 2090, US president Xavier Owens passed a law restricting immigration from everywhere. The new law barely made it through Congress. The American Wall Act, which was really an attempt at isolationism. The act, in no better way of saying it, pissed off a lot of immigrants. This inflamed the large Mexican immigrant population. The southern border states, which were primarily ethnically Mexican were considering secession. Southern California (s of Fresno) was 75% Mexican, Arizona was 90% Mexican, New Mexico was 70% Mexican (95% Hispanic), and Texas was 60% Mexican. The Mexican majority in the southwest had not really been assimilated, and considered themselves a separate nation within the United States. The “Republic of Azatlan”, demanded semiautonomy. President Owens had no choice but to grant them more autonomy, but not independence. Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California were still firmly within the union of 49 states.
In March 2091, Germany colonies on the Moon and Mars decided to secede, knowing there was nothing more Germany could do for them. The two new nations, New Brandenburg on Luna and New Germany on Mars, were the first independent countries in space.
In June 2091, the US president Xavier Owens pushed a law to Congress to close the Keystone Pipeline. The oil pipeline, which had been constructed between 2016 and 2019, and running from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf of Mexico at Texas City, Texas. Oil had flowed through the pipeline for decades, and in 2091 it was the only obstruction to complete clean energy reliance. The bill was rejected, and Owens vetoed the veto. Congress blocked him, and oil continued to flow through the pipeline.
In October 2091, the anarchists struck again. Car bombs exploded in public spaces in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, St. Louis, Chicago, Washington, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Charlotte, and Atlanta. The vast scope of the attacks was almost too much for the Department of Defense to handle. Only a few of the anarchists responsible were captured, and they refused to say a word.
In January 2092, sea levels reached 6 feet above 2000 levels. This put much of south Florida and the Mississippi River Delta underwater. Water overtopped Washington DC’s levees on the tidal pool and filled the WWII Memorial with two feet of water. The National Reflecting Pool and the National Mall were spared, but not for long.
In April 2092, the Republic of Azatlan seceded from the United States. US president Xavier Owens had to act. He sent the US military to occupy the states, and began negotiations with the rogue nation. The president of Azatlan, Juan Cortez, and the president of Mexico, Carlos J. Nuerto were invited to Washington DC to meet with President Owens. Between April and June, the three leaders hammered out a deal. Since Azatlan wanted to become a part of Mexico, the US agreed to cede the territory to Mexico. The American Cession gave the southwestern half of Texas, from Corpus Christi (Mex.) to Lubbock (US), the southern 2/3s of New Mexico, the southern 2/3s of Arizona, and the southern 1/7th of California to Mexico. The border in California ran straight through the city of Los Angeles, dividing the Mexican ethnic neighborhoods from the other (primarily Asian) neighborhoods. Compton, which had a large black population, remained in the US, while territory on its western, southern, and eastern flanks were Mexican. The downtown skyscraper district remained in US hands, but only barely. The American Cession appeased the Mexicans, and calmed tensions between the two nations, but it infuriated many Americans. Congress even tried to impeach President Owens, but the impeachment failed.
In November 2092, the presidential election pitted democratic candidate Mary D’Alyea against conservative William Kensington. Kensington won and took office in January 2093. President Kensington began to institute his conservative campaign promises. His number one goal was to enforce and tighten President Owens’s immigration policies.
In February 2093, President Kensington ordered the construction of walls along the populated new USA-Mexico border, to stop illegal immigration. This included the city of Los Angeles, which was divided between the two countries. Since the border often followed rivers, the wall was built on the American side. When the border followed major streets, the wall was built down the middle of the street, and the roadway on either side was turned into smaller two lane two way streets. The system was completed in 2096, and was successful in keeping illegal immigrants out. The wall’s success irritated a lot of Californians and a lot of Americans.
In May 2093, Chinese president Zin Chang met with US president William Kensington to discuss the environment. President Zin wanted President Kensington to close the Keystone pipeline. By that year, China was 93% reliant on clean energy, and India was 88% reliant on clean energy. The United States had stalled at 84% reliant on clean energy. President Kensington refused on the grounds that it was “the only thing keeping America energy independent”, which was lie. Not closing the pipeline was really just a way of standing up to China.
In September 2093, another anarchist plot targeted the federal government. Bombs exploded in the capital rotunda, in front of the White House, and in the center courtyard at the Pentagon. The government responded by tightening security and giving even more power to the NSA, CIA, and FBI.
In January 2094, US president William Kensington pushed a defense bill into Congress. The goal of the bill was to build up defenses on America’s coast lines to prevent attack. The bill passed by a large margin, and the United States began building fortresses along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Special emphasis was put on the Pacific coast, where the threat of Chinese invasion was growing.
In April 2094, Russian settlement expeditions to the Moon and Mars. Russia was just one of many countries to have space colonies, and every year more and more countries were launching settlement expeditions.
One day in July 2094, a US satellite passing over Europe showed not even one light in any country besides Russia and European Turkey. The US sent hypersonic military jets to assess the situation. They discovered that every state in Europe, except Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and Iceland had collapsed. Those who had survived had lost electricity with the fall of the others. Only Iceland maintained its electric power grid. This final fall thrust Europe firmly into the 3rd world, and back into the middle ages (with metal ships, railroads, and some cars, and plumbing). The United States was the last vestige of western power and western civilization. Canada had been transformed by outside influences, and the rest of the Americas were not really “western”.
In December 2094, US president William Kensington gave Americans a rousing speech about the importance of the Lunar and Martian settlement for the future of the United States. President Kensington was right, and the American people knew it. Between late 2094 and late 2097, the population of the American colonies on Luna and Mars went from 21,400 and 20,800 to 29,700 and 29,600, respectively. America still had by far the largest Lunar and Martian populations of any country.
In March 2095, a growing movement in Alaska became a national issue. Alaskans were tired of American gridlock and infighting, as well as being treated as inferior because of its location away from the rest of the United States. The Alaska independence movement gained traction as gridlock in Congress and a focus on the lower 48 made Alaskans feel under appreciated. President Kensington gave the Alaskans more autonomy, but refused to grant them independence. Alaska was a valuable outpost, giving the US a closer window on Asia.
In June 2095, an group of anarchists took the state capitol of Wyoming in Cheyenne. President Kensington sent in the national guard to take control of the situation. It ended in disaster. The anarchists set the building on fire when a SWAT team tried to enter. The fire was put out, but the inside of the building was severely damaged and all the anarchists were killed. The anarchists attacks were escalating, and the climax would be disastrous.
In October 2095, a large hurricane slammed into the Chesapeake Bay area, including Washington DC and Baltimore. Washington had had flood defenses built between 2070 and 2072 on the Potomac River between Colonial Beach, VA, and Issue, MD. The storm barrier protected the city from storm surge, but not wind. Baltimore had no sea defenses, and was hard hit by category 4 Hurricane Nathan. The damage to the structures of the city was repaired, but the storm had lasting psychological effects. Many Baltimoreans wanted looted defenses, but no significant storm barrier could be built because of the topography of the area.
In January 2096, the population of the Canadian Borealis hit 3 million. Canadians had been moving northward with the tree line for decades. By 2096, the Yukon, Artica (the Northwest Territories), and Nunavut had a combined population of 3 million. Canada was one of the fastest growing nations in the world, and was the 6th most powerful in the world. It had a population of 86 million, and rising quickly. Australia had similar conditions.
In April 2096, Alaska seceded from the United States. Led by James O’Connor, the first president of Alaska, the Alaskan people declared their independence and named Anchorage as their capital. US president William Kensington sent US troops to Alaska, but the Alaskan military defeated the US on land and at sea. By August, the Alaskan Revolution was over, and Alaska had won its independence. Alaska received help from Russia, Canada, and Japan in its early years. Alaskan president James O’Connor tried to make peace with America, but President Kensington would have nothing to do with it. He recognized Alaska’s independence, but cut off all relations with the new nation.
In July 2096, former US president Daniel Calverton passed away. He was born in 1997 and was a democrat from New Hampshire. During his two terms as president between 2053 and 2061, President Calverton was credited with bring the United States back to its former glory after the Second Civil War. President Calverton, who had served in WWIII, was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington DC.
In November 2096, the presidential election pitted conservative incumbent William Kensington against democratic challenger Marcus D’Patreaux. D’Patreaux won the election, becoming the third black president. D’Patreaux began trying to stabilize the country, which was going into a tailspin from President Kensington’s extreme conservative policies.
In February 2097, a large earthquake struck the city of Hong Kong. Several hundred people were killed, but the city was quickly repaired.
By June 2097, the United States had slipped to the fourth most powerful country in the world, after China, India, and Japan. The United States was barely a superpower, it was hanging by a thread. Canada was almost as powerful as America by then.
By August 2097, the Christian-Muslim crisis in North Africa reached critical mass. Several towns on were almost completely Christian, and the Christian no-go zones were expanding. The governments of North Africa tried to be accepting of the new Christian immigrants, but they didn't assimilate and rejected Sharia Law. Finally, the situation boiled over. The North African government cracked down on Christian communities, imposing Sharia Law and restricting immigration. The Spanish states and the new Sicilian government (the mafia) pushed back. In November 2097, Moroccan troops invaded the southernmost of the Iberian states, Andalusia. The country fell within weeks, and the other Iberian nations, Madrid, Valencia, Leon, Galicia, and Castile all fought against the Moroccan invasion. In October of that year, Sicily invaded Calabria, then in November it invaded northern Tunisia, capturing the 75% Christian city of Bizerte.
In December 2097, Puerto Rico seceded from the United States. US president Marcus D’Patreaux recognized the secession, and was accepted by most Americans. That month, President D’Patreaux also pushed an economic stimulus bill into Congress. Since a slow economic decline began in 2093, the US had been thrust into a depression. By 2097, the depression had accelerated, and the stimulus bill sought to stop the decline. The bill passed by an enormous majority.
In March 2098, the city of Las Vegas was no longer a city. It wasn't even a town. Las Vegas was a tiny village strung out along a sand covered boulevard. It had a population of 195. The nearby village of Oasis, founded in 2082 along the banks of the Colorado River in a green meadow that was once submerged by Lake Mead, had a population of 220. Las Vegas was not the only city feeling the burn, though. Phoenix, now the capital of the Mexican state of Arizona, had only 300,000 residents, with a rapidly dropping population. Los Angeles had seen its population stagnate, and it had fallen to 3rd, almost 4th place in the list of America’s largest cities. Although the city was near the coast and had a port, it got most of its water from a source that had run dry. The Los Angeles Aqueduct was only a trickle, and LA had to ration water because of it. The city, which was now only half in the United States anyway, needed a solution, so it had begun constructing desalination plants. Reno, in northwestern Nevada, had also seen its population shrink from 402,300 in 2050 to 20,200 in 2098. Salt Lake City, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Denver had also seen a crush on there water supplies. Tucson, Arizona, Mexico, once successful American city, was now a small, poor, Mexican town with a population of 2,500.
In June 2098, a large Chinese invasion force unexpectedly landed at San Francisco, Los Angeles, Eureka, and San Louis Obispo. This unexpected invasion seemed to be the beginning of another war, but the Chinese acted much less aggressively toward the civilian population. The US military fought back, and US president Marcus D’Patreaux ordered the Pentagon to send a massive force to California. During their initial attack, the Chinese had destroyed all the US military bases in coastal California, and they also destroyed important infrastructure, such as railroads, highways, and bridges. San Francisco fell first, and by late June the entire coastline and central valley have fallen to the Chinese forces. The US military stopped the Chinese advance in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, but were slowly pushed back. A massive flow of refugees fled California, going to places like Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. California’s population of 53 million dropped to 41 million, and continued dropping rapidly. By late July 2098, the Chinese had taken the entire state, from the Mexican border running from LA to the Colorado, along the CA-NV border, and then along the OR-CA border. But then they stopped. This move shocked American leaders, but the military continued fighting.
In August 2098, China made a shocking statement. Chinese president Wang Xi declared that California was now a Chinese territory. He told Chinese troops to allow any Americans who wanted to leave exit the territory. He also decreed that any who wanted to stay would have to accept Chinese rule and become Chinese citizens. Americans were outraged by the Chinese decrees, and US president Marcus D’Patreaux ordered the US army and air force to continue hammering the Chinese in the Sierras. President D’Patreaux felt empathy for the Californians, he was from New Orleans, and he himself had lost multiple homes, including the house he grew up in. In late August 2098, the Chinese president asked for peace negotiations. D’Patreaux’s response was “you’ll have peace when you leave California”.
In October 2098, the Caribbean faced a threat it had not seen since the dawn of America: Piracy. In 2090, a south Floridian named James Lyon, left his native Miami for Atlantis, a crime ridden tenement city that was a resort in the early 2000s near Nassau, Bahamas. He made a name for himself in crime, and he formed a gang. They stole a small ship and left port heading northward. In October of 2092, a working, nearly exactly replica of a mid-18th century metal French warship disappeared from Montreal’s waterfront. In November 2092, Lyons and his gang, by then known internationally as the Atlantis Warriors, returned to Nassau with the stolen warship. The Bahamian government turned a blind eye, and the ship, renamed the “Atlantian Raider”, was refitted with powerful cannons and better armaments. In December 2092, the Atlantian Raider set sail from Nassau on an epic crime spree. For months at a time, the ship would raid ships around the Caribbean, taking the intact vessels, and sinking those which were unsalvageable. For two years, Lyon went virtually ignored, but in February 2095, Lyons piracy ring, now consisting of 800 men and 3 ships, attacked an American cruise ship sailing from Port of Miami (still kept up unlike the city) around the Caribbean was attacked off the coast of Havana, Cuba. The ship was looted and sunk, killing 1,000 its 4,000 passengers. This attack gained real international attention, and James Lyon became public enemy #1 in several countries around the Caribbean, including the US and Mexico. Still, Lyon thrived in the Caribbean for years. Finally, in October 2098, Lyon took another cruise ship off the coast of Jamaica. He was’t able to escape, however, and it turned into a hostage situation. His fleet escaped, but he and half his crew were stuck on the ship. The US navy arrived to save the day, and negotiations began. No agreement could be reached, and the situation wore on for weeks then months.
Finally, in January 2099, the situation ended in disaster. The US government, having negotiated the freedom of 32,00 on the 4,300 passengers, ordered a raid on the ship. The pirates were able to shoot down the American helicopters, and the US navy opened fire on the ship. nearly 100 pirates and 200 passengers were killed in the attack, and the ship, which had managed to sail to the southern Bahamas, was mortally wounded. Over the course of two days, the ship took on water and slowly sank. Lyons was killed in the sinking. It was later revealed he never killed a hostage. This end to the first Caribbean pirate in centuries was not an end but a beginning. In the late 2090s, piracy grew around Nassau, and more than a dozen minor and major captains called the city home by 2099.
In April 2099, the Chinese defeated the US army in the Sierras and destroyed the secret military base Area 51 in Nevada. China offered the US a deal. China would pay the United States 200 billion for the territory, if the United States would end hostilities and allow the Chinese to bring California under their control. US president Marcus D’Patreaux had no choice but to accept the Chinese terms. President D’Patreaux received enormous criticism for his action, but he responded by saying “its one state or the entire union. D’Patreaux was right, and he may have bought the union several decades more. The Chinese made San Francisco the capital of their new territory. The old American capital of Sacramento was unsuitable, because it’s levees had failed decades ago and it was regularly flooded by the Sacramento River. Some parts of the city were even permanently submerged. Los Angeles, or at least the formerly American half of the city, was also taken by the Chinese, who continued fortifying the now China-Mexico border. In the months after the invasion in 2098 and 2099, millions of Californians fled their state. The population dropped from 53 million to 32 million. China, a nation of 1.4 billion, needed an outflow other than space, and California was a logical choice. 2 million Chinese moved to California in 2099 alone, and millions more came in the years that followed. California’s demographics shifted massively in the decade that followed.
In July 2099, the United States lost its superpower status. After years of a declining GDP, declining military reach and power, and overall decline, the USA lost its status as a superpower. The list of the world’s top ten most powerful nations was: 1. China (SP), 2. India (SP), 3. Japan (SP), 4. Korea (SP), 5. Indonesia (SP), 6. United States (WP), 7. Canada (WP), 8. Brazil (WP), 9. Australia (WP), 10. Russia (WP). By December 2099, Canada had surpassed the United States in national power and GDP. President D’Patreaux tried to pull America out of its deadly tailspin, but it seemed the end was near. President D’Patreaux pushed an economic stimulus bill through Congress. The bill successfully stabilized the US economy after a few years.
In October 2099, a new pirate took the lead in the Caribbean. Francois Rennes of Louisiana began operating out of New Orleans and Nassau. His flag ship, King Louis’s Revenge, was an old 2020s US destroyer, the Kingfisher, he and his crew had stolen from its moorings in Houston that summer. Rennes used the warship to maximum effect. Rennes quickly replaced Lyon as America and the Caribbean’s enemy number one. Lyon’s former flagship became a part of Rennes’s flotilla of 8 ships and 3,000 men. The ships often used a lone wolf approach, but occasionally the entire fleet attacked. The US navy went after Rennes’s fleet, but never caught a ship. Several naval battles were fought between Rennes’s fleet and the navies of the Caribbean, and Rennes always won. US president D’Patreaux declared that the United States would kill any pirates and attack any pirate vessels in the Caribbean.
In December 2099, US president Marcus D’Patreaux made a proclamation. He drew a line from the coastal counties of Georgia, along Florida’s northern border, cutting off the southern protrusions of Alabama and Mississippi, then carrying across Louisiana, then following the northern and western borders of Texas’s coastal counties to the USA-Mexico border at Corpus Christi. He declared that anyone south of the line was obligated to leave the area within a year. Any who defied the Proclamation of 2099 would receive no assistance from the federal government. The power grid would be handed over to local authorities, bridges would be blown up and roads blocked off along the line. Since one entire state (Florida) and another state’s capital (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) were in the no-go zone, they were the exceptions to the proclamation. Residents of Baton Rouge and Tallahassee were allowed to remain in their cities. Both cities were mostly out of the reach of sea level rise and storms. Cities like Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa, New Orleans, Mobile, Biloxi, were abandoned and flooded. New Orleans had a population of 3,000, Miami had 4,000. Miles of abandoned homes lined the coastline, they were used as hideouts by pirates and drug dens by smugglers. Much of the “south coast” looked like Italy after the fall of the Roman Empire + sea level rise + skyscrapers. The entire zone had been cordoned off by the federal government, and the people that lived there began too feel like they had been abandoned.