Cyborg IM1 wrote:
Reading your history of the solar system, I am concerned that the recovery might have happened too soon after a war that bankrupted everyone. Basically 4 years after the war, martian colonies are present. I think that you should give the Trade Blocs and Corporations a decade or so to consolidate their power before moving beyond where we are today. First orbital launch after the war (comm and spy satellites) probably didn't happen until 2060s (maybe late 2050s). I think if you just bump things out a decade or two, it will be fine. Obviously, we don't know what it would really take, but when reading it, my first thought was "WOW, that was fast".
Hmmm... Good point. I think I'll move the timeline a few decades forward - that is, current year would be 2170, 150 years from now rather than a mere century. So two or three decades of recovery post WWIII and somewhat longer colonial generations.
Cyborg IM1 wrote:
Also, your 3 Trading Blocs are pretty standard and strike me as being similar to 2300 (Europe, America, Asia). How about splitting things up a bit more... Maybe Europe is split in half again (if the fighting took place there, they are unlikely to immediately reunite under the IC). Also, add North and South America together, but put one (or 2 of the 3) dominate Arcologies in South America (1 in Brazil and 1 in Argentina maybe) that makes this Bloc very fractious and a lot of infighting but also a drive to catch up to the others... The US should not dominate this bloc (IMHO).
Brazil one leader of the Americas - this could be cool. Potentially rename Iron Star Enterprises into a more Brazilian or Portuguese name. Potentially the capitol would be in Sao Paulo. Or make Iron Star Enterprises Canadian!
An alternative - is to keep Latin America in the UN (but make Brazil an equal partner to Russia and China), but replace the American federation by a polity combining North America with the old British Commonwealth, and potentially India and South Africa (ironically, with India having a leading role eclipsing old Britain). Maybe the IC
would be America plus Britain, India, Australia, and Pacific nations?
Or take the countries who were secondary (or even lesser) combatants in WWIII, such as India, Brazil, and South Africa, and make them into the UN? Russia and China will then be in the same Bloc as Europe?
Potentially with most of Europe going over to the Russo-Chinese side already in early WWIII.
Cyborg IM1 wrote:
I think you need to figure out the sides of WW3 and build the blocks from the sides. If Russia and China ally against Europe and the US, fine, but Europe will likely split up - maybe have Britain as part of the Americas block but as a secondary partner?).
Potentially, the belligerents would be:
1. US, Britain, and perhaps France and/or Germany; also Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.
2. Russia, China, and most (all) of Europe.
3. Potentially an alliance of Middle-Eastern and Central Asian (and potentially African?) countries entering the war in its second stage, gambling on geopolitical victory as a way to avoid the crises caused by Peak Oil.
The US, Western Russia, the Chinese coast, Australia, and the Levant got hit the hardest.
India, Brazil, South Africa, and to a lesser degree Canada - managed to stay out of the conflict, came out in relative good shape, and grew to leading positions in the Trading Blocs later on.
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