Speculations for 2110 to 2119.
In January 2110, US president Eugene J. Ores ordered the Pentagon to move half of what was left of the Pacific Fleet to east coast bases. The decision received much criticism, but it passed through Congress with one vote. He ordered the other half to stretch their resources.
In April 2110, the US economy was it tatters. Banks were collapsing left and right, and unemployment was at 14% and rising. President Ores’s strategy of letting the economy right itself had failed miserably. President Ores decided to act. He pushed an economic stimulus bill into Congress. It passed, but it was too little to late. Smaller, poorer cities like Des Moines, Lubbock, Carson City, Boise, Oklahoma City, Charleston, Tallahassee, Montgomery, Little Rock, and Nashville were declaring bankruptcy, while major cities like Chicago, Memphis, St. Louis, Denver, Detroit, Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston were all struggling.
In July 2110, history repeated itself in a fantastically ironic way. On July 12, America’s Lunar Colonies seceded to created the Republic of Luna. The secession had come after several bloody skirmishes between US troops and the protests turned separatists. President Ores sent more troops to the Moon to combat the secessionists. In December 2110, after fighting across the former colonies, the United States was defeated. Late that month, US president Eugene J. Ores met with the first president of Luna, Edward Smith. President Ores agreed to recognize the Republic of Luna’s independence from the United States if Luna would send 10% of its exports to America and support America in any future conflicts. The secession was met by disapproval and outrage by many Americans, but President Ores was content.
October 2110; California: a full report. California had been a Chinese colony since 2098, when it had been forcefully wrested from American control. The southern 1/7th of the state, from the southern half of Los Angeles to San Diego, had been ceded to Mexico 2092, and the rest of the state was Chinese. The Mexican part of the old state had been combined with the Mexican state of Baja California, and its capital remained Mexicali. The Chinese Colony of California had its capital at San Francisco. The crumbling, flooded, vegetation covered city of Sacramento was no longer a suitable, or even viable capital. The old California state capitol building was regularly flooded by the Sacramento River and was covered in vegetation. The Chinese had constructed a grand, new capital for their new colony in downtown San Francisco. In northern California, the city of Eureka was quickly turning into a major city, it was built to model a Chinese metropolis. New Beijing was established on the bombed out ruins of Berkeley across the bay from San Francisco. Down the coast, New Shanghai was established on the coast in the same bay as Eureka, and New Hong Kong was created down the coast near the ruins of Santa Maria. Los Angeles was a city divided and impoverished. Downtown was in Chinese hands, as was Compton and Santa Monica, while Manhattan Beach, San Pedro, and East LA were in Mexican hands. The Chinese continued fortifying the border with Mexico. California’s demographics had shifted a enormously since 2010. In 2010, California had a population of 37,253,900, and was 61.6% white, 37.6%, 13% Asian, 7.2% black, and 1.9% Native American. In 2110 the Chinese part was 49% Asian (46% Chinese), 20% Hispanic, 18% white, 10% black, 2% multiracial, and 1% Native American. The Asian population was growing rapidly, it would soon reach 65%.
In December 2110, US president Eugene J. Ores pushed another economic recovery bill into Congress. It was a bailout for the airline industry, which was in dire straits. Even Aeroauto was in deep trouble. It was partially Aeroauto’s fault anyway, they had invented the thing that had dropped air line usage by 40%. By then, 35% of Americans owned flying cars. The bill passed, but it did little. America was beginning to crack apart.
March 2111; border states. The USA-Mexico border had been a cause for conflict for centuries. Ever since the Texas war of independence in 1836 and the the following Mexican-American War between 1846 and 1848 was the start of the conflict. It seemed the conflict had been resolved in 2092 with the American Cession, but the crisis continued. The border states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas were all poor, broke, and embroiled in conflict. The Mexican drug cartels had been destroyed in the 2030s, but new ones were arising. San Antonio, Lubbock, Albuquerque, and Lake Havasu City were all on the front lines. Drug smugglers also crossed the border in Chinese California, where large numbers of new clients resided. Texas was not as in as deep as New Mexico and Arizona, but it was in severe peril. Mexican immigrants were also still pouring into the United States, mostly settling in the border states, as well as Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Kansas. President Ores allowed Congress to make even tougher immigration restrictions.
In September 2111, protestors on Mars protesting the same thing that the Moon colonists were protesting: high taxes and exploitation by American companies. President Ores was determined not to make the same mistake, so he closely monitored the protests and gave in to some of the demands. The colonial governor, John Atkinson, who had been elected by the Martian colonists, allowed but watched the protests.
In January 2112, President Ores made one final great attempt to haul the failing American economy out of the recession turned depression. This recession had become one of the worse in American history, surpassing even the Great Recession of 2008 and Great Depression of the 1930s. Only the Great Depression of the 2040s was greater, and not by much. By January of that year, President Ores was being attacked from all sides, even by his former political allies. President Ores knew he was most likely not going to win the next presidential election, so he decided to embark of great building projects. Presidential Memorials for Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, JFK, Ronald Reagan, Martin O’Malley, Elizabeth Pearson, Daniel Calverton, and Jose Gonzalez had all been constructed on or near the National Mall. President Ores proposed building memorials for Ophelia Woodard, Barack Obama, Michael Chang, and William Clinton. All were approved. The memorials to William Clinton and Barack Obama were constructed simultaneously, and were completed in 2114. The memorials for Ophelia Woodard and Michael Chang were completed in 2117 and 2118, respectively. Ores left his mark on the country, but the monuments were his crowning achievement.
In April 2112, after Martian governor John Atkinson disobeyed orders to allow the protests and lighten up on the territorial taxes, and President Ores did nothing. The Martian colonists followed the Lunar colonists’ example and seceded from the United States, declaring the independent Republic of Elysium and the independent Republic of Olympus. These two new nations became the first independent countries on Mars. The US troops skirmished with the rebels, but were defeated. In July 2112, US president Ores went to Mars to negotiate with the presidents of Elysium and Olympus. The United States agreed to recognize its former colonies’ independence and continue terraforming the planet if the new countries sent 10% of their exports to America, along with many other small things.
In July 2112, sea levels reached 8 feet above 2000 levels. Cities across the country were affected, but one city in particular was dealt a grievous blow. This flooding put the National Reflecting Pool under water, well, at least the paths around it. Part of the National Mall was also flooded. This was a big blow not only to Washington DC, but to the entire nations. It showed Americans that for all their technology and ingenuity, mother nature was still besting them.
August 2112; New York: a full report. New York State had been doing quite well compared to the rest of the nation, but it was beginning to hit rough waters in the 2110s. New York City, a city of 12.9 million, was almost half of the state’s population of 26.0 million. New York City was 30% foreign born in 2112, and New York State was 17% foreign born. The city was still the most diverse in the world, with an increase from 800 to 1,000 languages spoken. The demographics were very different than they were in 2012. In 2012, New York City was 33.3% white, 28.6% Hispanic, 25.5% black, and 12.7% Asian. In 2112, New York was 38.3% white, 30.2% black, 11.1% Hispanic, and 20.2% Asian. The increase of the white population was due to emigration from the collapsing countries of Europe. The black population went up from emigration from Africa, and the Asian immigrants were not only coming from East Asia, but also in droves from South Asia and Southeast Asia. The decrease in the percentage of Hispanic New Yorkers was the stop-and-go immigration policies of the 21st Century, and many had given up trying to get as far north and east as New York. Many of the Hispanics in New York were of South American, Caribbean, and Central American origin. Many were not truly Hispanic; they were Portuguese Brazilians. New York City was still the largest and most influential city in the United States, and was still playing a major role in world trade, economics, technology, and culture. Although Manhattan’s Wall Street had yielded to Shanghai as the world’s financial capital, it was still incredibly important. New York State, like the city, was the most diverse in the country, with large groups of Irish, Italian, German, Jewish, and French settlers spread throughout, with new Dutch, Indian, Bangladeshi, Portuguese, Congolese, Tanzanian, Japanese, Swedish, and Norwegian immigrant groups were making inroads upstate in cities like Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse, and Rochester. Long Island, a long island stretching eastward from New York City and containing Brooklyn and Queens on its western end, was feeling the burn, or splash, rather, of rising seas. From Montauk and Orient points in the east, through Greenport, Shelter Island, and the Hamptons, across Suffolk County to Nassau County in the west. Rising seas had been chipping away at the island’s shores for a century, and showed no sign of abating. Still, New Yorkers were resilient, and the state and city would push on.
In October 2112, a massive Korean invasion force landed on the coast of Oregon. They swept inland, quickly taking Portland, Salem, Eugene, and the rest of the Willamette Valley. The crossed the inner Cascade range into the eastern Oregon desert. They stopped approximately half way across the state. Most of the state’s population lived in the Willamette Valley, and several million fled. The Koreans offered the US government the state’s GDP if the US would allow the Koreans to take the territory. US president Eugene J. Ores agreed, and the United States lost its window on the Pacific. That year, a contingent of Chinese troops took the formerly Costa Rican island on which Jurassic Park had been built in the 2070s. This deal, like the cession of western Washington State to Japan, was met by great criticism, but President Ores defended his decision. In response to this final invasion, President Ores did make one move that was supported by most Americans. He made the Proclamation of 2112. He drew a line from the border of New Mexico and Texas west along the border borders of the Border States, up Nevada’s eastern border, and long the western border of Idaho. He declared that any one living west and south of the line would be in the “American perimeter”. The area would be a buffer zone for possible future attacks, and would be marginally administered to by the US. The power grid was handed over to local authorities, and as it had along the Gulf Coast, the power went out shortly after.
In November 2112, the presidential election pitted democratic incumbent Eugene J. Ores against conservative challenger Peter Isaacs. Isaacs won and took office in January 2113. He immediately began implementing his conservative policies.
In December 2112, former US president Ophelia Woodard passed away at 104. She was born in New York in 2008, and was a democrat. During her her two terms in office as the 55th president between 2069 and 2077, President Woodard is credited with greatly advancing American clean energy and leading at the peak of America’s great revival.
In March 2113, US president Peter Isaacs pushed immigration restrictions into Congress. Congress was majority conservative, and the bill passed. This immigration bill was incredible restrictive, and was implemented to maximum effect. Emigration was also a growing problem in the United States. The vast majority of emigrants were going to Canada, but smaller streams to Alaska and the former space colonies were present. The TFR, or Total Fertility Rate, in the United States was below the rate needed to sustain a stable population. The cut off of immigration and rapid increase in emigration, along with the Rate of Natural Increase being -1.1 caused a decline in the US population. It began to drop from its peak of 540 million to 532 million by 2113, and it was still dropping.
In June 2113, America’s infrastructure began to fail. Bridges were corroding, roads were crumbling, the power grid was having more power outages, and many plumbing systems were failing. President Isaacs passed infrastructure reconstruction bills through Congress, but there simply wasn’t enough money to rebuild America. The national debt, which spending wasn’t effected by but was affected by spending, had grown to 67 trillion. The national debt, which had been a major cause for concern under President D’Patreaux, was now of no consequence.
September 2113; Japan: a full report. Since the 1980s, Japan had been a competitive and highly developed nation. In the 21st Century, Japan grew to the status of wold power. By the late 21st Century, Japan was a superpower. Only China and India were greater than the might of Japan. In 2108, Japan’s takeover of half of Washington State showed Japan was greater than even the United States. Japan was the largest producer of robots in the world, greater than China. Japan also had the second largest navy in the world after China.
In January 2114, the US power grid began to fail. First, in January, the power went out in remote and sparsely habited areas in the west and Appalachian Mountains. By mid-year, remote settlements and farms lost power. By December even large areas of farmland across the plains, and towns with up to 2,000 lost. After several months without electricity, the places without power began reverting back to pre-Edison times, using kerosine lamps and candles for lighting. Like Europe in the dark ages, life was harsh. In the growing number of areas affected, life expectancy dropped from the US high of 104 to as much as half that. Social services broke down with the power outages, as did other pieces of infrastructure.
In April 2114, US president Peter Isaacs pushed a bill into Congress to repair America’s failing power grid, but it was too little to late. As with the last bill money was constraining, and the massive scope of the failure was almost impossible to completely stop and repair. The new bill focused more on keeping the existing grid up and running that repairing what had been lost.
In August 2114, the Great Library in the Colorado Rockies was completed. President Isaacs was present at the opening ceremony. He appointed the first keeper, or head librarian, James Williams. 1o other librarians were brought in from Washington; from the National Archives and Library of Congress. They were essentially monks, keeping all of American history and culture locked away. The library was not public, local residents knew of it but were never permitted to access the premises. Washington elites, members of Congress, former and the current president, as well as the wealthy and intelligent elites of America were often visited. The librarians all lived in the library, all were vowed to chastity and secrecy.
October 2114; Canada: a full report. In 2114, Canada reached the peak of its power, prominence, economic, and military might. The riches of the north fed the building booms of the south. New cities had sprung up in the north while old ones had been reinvigorated in the south. Canada’s great white north was being to look a lot greener with the melting of the permafrost and the extension of the tree line northwards. Toronto, a city of 7.8 million, was the largest city in Canada, as well as one of the three financial capitals of the Americas, along with New York City and Sao Paulo. Canada’s total population had reached 112 million, and was still growing through immigration from Europe, the United States, Africa, and Asia. Canada was the world’s fourth greatest superpower, behind China, India, and Japan. It had surpassed Indonesia, Korea, and Brazil. Canada was at the top, and would stay that way for decades.
In February 2115, US president Peter Isaacs attempted to resolve the growing American power outages. By then, most rural areas had no electricity. He cut off all power to Texas, Utah, and Idaho, and began preparing only the electrical grids in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, and Illinois. This move angered Americans across the country, an exacerbated the emigration from the United States.
In May 2115, a massive flash flood swept through the Las Vegas Strip. It pushed sand through the first floor of almost every building in the ruined. The disaster killed no one and caused $200 in property damage. No one really cared. Only 193 people inhabited the ruins. The flash flood only succeeded in buried every last trace of the grass lawns and asphalt streets on the strip.
In September 2115, disaster struck in America’s heartland. 50 miles southwest of Topeka, Kansas, the power was out. There was a large nuclear power plant there, which had been constructed and commissioned in 1984, which had lost power. It would be only a matter of time until not only the Uranium cores in the reactor went nuclear, but also the hundreds of used cores in the spent fuel pool, a cold pool of water keeping the spent fuel rods from heating up and reacting. Topekans realized the danger, and several hazmat teams began collecting the rods and trucking them to the nearest spaceport. The protocol for disposing of nuclear waste was launching it into space and jetting it into the sun. The nearest spaceport to Topeka was in St. Louis, Missouri, 200 miles away. The cores were transported by refrigerated trucks and trains, and by the time the water in the spent fuel pool dried up, half of the cores in the pool and all the cores in the reactors had been disposed of. But with the pool dry, the spent rods were left to heat up until they reacted. Luckily for Topeka, the weather came to the rescue. A massive thunderstorm dropped buckets of rain on the plant as well as upstream. Floodwaters poured into the plant and refilled the spent fuel pool. The hazmat teams were able to remove half of the remaining fuel rods before the floodwaters receded and the rods were exposed again. The hazmat teams evacuated as the remains rods went nuclear. A massive explosion larger than that of the US bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 rocked the Kansas prairie. Thanks to the hazmat teams and the direction of the winds, Topeka was spared, but thousands of farms and dozens of towns and villages were obliterated by the explosion, which had a 2 mile radius of certain death, 5 mile radius of probable death, and 20 mile radius of contaminated area. Over 200 people were killed, but tens of thousands were saved.
In November 2115, US president Peter Isaacs pushed a climate bill into Congress. It enforced the Proclamation of 2099 and strengthened viable defenses for Philadelphia, New York and Boston. Washington DC was already well protected. By then it was clear to most Americans that the United States was crumbling, and was liable to collapse. President Isaacs wanted to defend American cities from rising seas as well a possible, because he knew things would get very bad after America’s demise. President Isaacs did not know when America would completely collapse; his advisors had projected it to be around the year 2140, but it was really all speculation. So President Isaacs acted with a sense of urgency, because no one really knew when the end would come, but most everyone knew it was coming.
In January 2116, the United States launched a mission into deep space. Astronauts George Thomas, Ryan Harrahan, Mark Quelle, Usain Jali, and Eduardo Ortega lifted off from the Chicago spaceport. Their destination: William’s comet, a comet that had an elliptical orbit extending from Pluto around the Earth and back. It took 250 years for 1 orbit, it had a similar orbit to Halley’s Comet but was much farther away from the Earth when it passed by. The comet would swing be closest to the Earth in late January, and it would take 12 days to reach, twice as long as it takes to get to the Moon. The mission objective was to take scientific samples from the surface and interior of the comet before returning to Earth. The mission went disastrously wrong when the craft slammed hard into the comet and lost contact with NASA in Houston. The crew were assumed lost, and America’s last great exploratory space mission ended in failure.
In April 2116, a massive earthquake rocked the city of Taipei, Taiwan, China. The city was so well built, however, that it was left mostly unscathed by the 9.2. Even Taipei 101, built over a century before and was once the world’s tallest building, was not severely damaged. Only about 20 people were killed, and what little damage their was was quickly repaired.
In July 2116, US president Peter Isaacs ordered every dam, rapids, or other blockage of the Mississippi River from Minneapolis south, and on the Ohio River west of Pittsburgh. The order was carried out to full effect. The Missouri River, however, was still damned multiple times northwest of Kansas City. The dams were mostly earthen-cement combinations, and were all in disrepair. It would be only a matter of time until one of them failed.
In November 2116, the presidential election pitted incumbent conservative Peter Isaacs against independent Augustus Paterson. Paterson won, and took office in January 2117.
In February 2117, legendary pirate Francois Rennes was killed in a battle with the US navy off the northern coast of Florida. Rennes flagship, an old US navy destroyer which had been stolen in 2099, was sunk in the battle, along with the old flag ship of the first great Caribbean pirate, James Lyon, was also sunk. The US claimed victory, and the Canadian Prime Minister paid US president Augustus Paterson a money for the bet that their predecessor’s predecessors had made.
In April 2117, US president Augustus Paterson pushed a government budget bill into Congress. The bill made sweeping cuts to government spending, cutting military, NSA, CIA, FBI, DoA, DoTFA, and many other government agencies and government departments. The bills met great resistance in Congress, and the bill was rejected three times before major alterations were made and it was finally passed.
In June 2117, the total population in space reached 250,000. There were 37,200 people on 93 space stations. Any country with any prominence had at least one space station. China had 19, Japan had 16, Korea had 12, Indonesia had 11, India and the United States had 10, Canada had 9, Australia had 3, Tanzania, Nigeria, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Panama, Nicaragua, Angola, Turkey, Greater Congo, and Ireland had 1. Mozambique, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Egypt, Gabon, Cameroon, and Ethiopia were all constructing stations. The population of Luna was 104,700, and the population of Mars was 108,100. The majority of 55% of the people on the Moon and Mars were living in the former American colonies, but the colonies of other countries were growing rapidly.
In August 2117, Canada closed down its last great oil pipeline, the Mackenzie River Valley pipeline running across the tundra, grasslands, and forests of Canada’s borealis. The Mackenzie pipeline was the last big oil pipeline in North America, and it was finally closed. Only two large pipelines remained in South America, and both were slated for closure by 2125.
In October 2117, US president Augustus Paterson ordered the transfer of many of the objects and documents in the National Archives in Washington to the Great Library in Colorado. This decree came after category 2 Hurricane George rolled over the Chesapeake Bay, and dumped buckets of rain. George’s storm surge was stopped from reached Washington by the Potomac surge barrier, but rainwater pooled in the city and the river burst its banks. The lower levels of the National Archives were flooded by the rainwater, and the roof was ripped off one of the buildings of the Library of Congress. Instead of storing copies of important documents and literature, the Great Library began housing the originals.
In January 2118, the suburban power grid began to fail. The rural power grid had been completely down for 3 years, and now the parts of the grid supplying power to the suburbs and minor cities began to fail. One of the first casualties was Fargo, North Dakota.
In April 2118, the economic depression that had been wrecking havoc in America for a decade reached a new low. Half of America’s major cities, including Detroit, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston, Memphis, Minneapolis, Columbus, and Denver had declared bankruptcy, and the others were not far from it.
In July 2118, Canada’s Arctic provinces was the fastest growing region on Earth. Nunavut was chief among them. Nunavut territory was created in 1999 for Canada’s Eskimo-Inuit population out of the Northwest Territories. Nunavut became a province in 2062, coming into the union of provinces two years before the Northwest Territories (as Arctica) and two years after the Yukon. Those three provinces all had populations of 1 million or greater; Nunavut had 1.8 million, Arctica had 1.4 million, and Yukon had 2.0 million. Canada had grown very wealthy from the resources in the north, and the entire country benefitted.
In August 2118, former US president Michael Chang passed away at 102. He was born in 2016 and was a democrat from California. During his two terms as president between 2077 and 2085, President Chang presided over the golden years of America’s Great Revival. He is credited with making America almost entirely reliant on green energy.
By October 2118, the United Arab Emirates and Oman were the only surviving countries on the Arabian Peninsula. Yemen had went to hell in a handbaskst first in the late 2010s, and in the 2030s, when the oil dried, Saudi Arabia began to crumble. Riyadh was buried by the desert in the 2040s and 2050s after it was abandoned due to lack of water. In 2047 Bahrain joined the UAE, and Qatar did in 2052. Finally, Kuwait joined the UAE in 2059. Saudi Arabia, which had clung to the red sea coast for 40 years, finally collapsed in the 2070s. Oman managed to survive, but not with out the help of the UAE, China, and the United States. In 2118, the north African nation of Djibouti sent troops across a bridge over the Red Sea that had been completed in 2020 by UAE companies. They captured large swaths of territory on the Yemeni side and created a Yemeni territorial government based in the city where the bridge ended. The UAE supported the invasion, as long as the Djiboutis created an independent Yemeni state in time. The UAE was the enter of the Arab world by 2118, and was still a center of wealth, prosperity, and finance.
In February 2119, the regions cut off from the United States by the Proclamation of 2099 and Proclamation of 2112 declared they were no longer parts of the United States. President Paterson allowed the regions to leave, knowing that any new nation former in the voids would fail. He was right, but the states excluded did not rejoin the union.
In March 2119, electricians tried desperately to restore the US power grid. They tried a truly brazen technique. They channeled massive amounts of electricity from decommissioned robots, fuel cells, cars, and even hypersonic jets and space ships. The jolt on succeeded in restoring power to farms for 5 minutes before the wires fried and bulbs exploded. Thousands of farmhouses, barns, and suburban blocks burned to the ground in the hours following the jolt.
By 2119, vertical farming is common even in Africa. In the first half of the 21st Century, vertical farming, rooftop gardens, and parking garages turned gardens became commonplace in the Americas and Asia. By the second half of the 21st Century and into the first half of the 22nd Century, vertical farming came to African cities. Lagos, Dodoma, Beira, Maputo, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Luanda, Kinshasa, Brazzaville, Accra, Nairobi, Kampala, Cairo, Alexandria, Addis Abada, and other cities were all embracing this technologies as their skylines rose high.
In September 2119, a 30m asteroid slammed into central Chile. The city of Santiago, which was nearby, was bulldozed. The entire Chilean government was decapitated, and the country was thrown into chaos. After a month of disarray, a new president was elected and the capital was moved to Puerto Montt, further south. Over 110,000 were killed in the impact, and the disaster prompted the creation of an international celestial body impact prevention organization, led by China.