Sir Chaos wrote:
*IF* they successfully destroyed Pakistan´s capabilities. And *IF* the Caliphate did not decide to use its own nukes against India to avenge their fellow Muslims killed in Pakistan. Even then they´d probably get a load of fallout from Pakistan.
Basically, India would be in better shape than the main combatants, but not nearly as good as those nations who "sat out" the war.
Probably in the IC (Swiss-British-East-Asian) bloc. Partial recovery.
Sir Chaos wrote:
One "food-based" bloc, around Brazil and Argentina.
One "pharaceutics-based" bloc, around Switzerland.
One "resources-based" bloc, around some coalition of African nations.
"Based" as in, this is what fueled their original rise to prominence.
Corporations then diversified to further fields, but the original economic niche still dictates much. Indeed, UAM (United African Minerals) is still the primary mining company, though the other two engage in mining as well.
Definitely. But the other two will probably mostly mine the more easily available resource - on their planets, mostly, and on the moons of those planets. Besides possibly being cheaper than dealing with the big mining corps, it maintains their ability to do their own mining, should they need it in case they cannot or do not want to do any more business with the mining corp.
Sir Chaos wrote:
I think one of the resources for the African bloc could be a key resource for whatever succeeds oil as the fuel for a global industrial economy, so the African bloc could be sort of a new OPEC.
Of course, all cards are shuffled once you start mining asteroids and off-world colonies. UAM will still be in a position to get a headstart in this race to belting, but that edge is slowly being blunted by fierce competition over offworld minerals.
Sir Chaos wrote:
I think the "food bloc" and "pharma bloc" would be more interested in habitable planets. For the food bloc, they offer new plants and animals for food production, and the prerequisites to produce Terran food without massive technological assistance (such as hydroponics). For the pharma bloc, every extraterrestrial species is a potential source of substances or processes that could be the basis of some new medicine.
The "resources bloc" might not even be interested in habitable planets at all, preferring asteroid mining, or strip mining lifeless rock balls without having to bother with environmental protection (or with the interests of people who might live where they want to mine). They know they don´t need habitable planets, but the habitable planets need them for the resources they produce. Even if they do take their own habitable planets, they´ll still be predominantly space-based and hostile-planet-based.
Your map has two "arms" anyway along which humanity expands; the "food bloc" and "pharma bloc" each get one arm, the "resources bloc" kind of shares both with their respective main owners because their primary interests are different enough that they can co-exist fairly peacefully...
So, you got an Anglo-Swiss arm (UN) and the American Arm (AF) (or the Latin Arm?). the IC (dominated by Africa and to a lesser degree India) would have colonies on non-habitable mining worlds on both arms.
I imagine the UN and AF will focus on systems with habitable worlds, and those system without habitable worlds that are needed as waystations to reach systems with habitable worlds - especially in the main arms where Jump-1 routes all the way to Earth are possible. Other systems will be nominally part of the arms but mostly left to the IC.
I'll have to do some research into Swiss culture; I hope this culture is suitable enough for colonial expansion; otherwise, the British part of the UN will do the colonizing while the Swiss part will form teh biotech-finance core...
Biotech, finance and security. The Swiss were once a leading exporter of very
competent mercenaries. And in times of world-wide crisis, they may well decide to go "back to their roots". Although maybe they mostly train and equip and lead mercenary units, while the manpower comes from the wilder regions of Earth, where people are tougher than the (relatively) pampered, civilized arcology inhabitants.
I'll also need convincing corporation names for the main Brazilian (agritech), Swiss (biotech), and (South?) African (mining) companies. I have several second-tier companies planned. such as the Royal British Interstellar Company (RBIC), Zhang-Markov (remnants of Russia's Far East and Northern China industry somewhat less affected by war), and Federated Robotics (North American high-tech company).
"Sanapharm" for the Swiss biotech corp? "Sana" is Latin for "healthy", and "Pharm" is fairly self-explanatory (see "Ratiopharm").
If you want to go the "Swiss mercenaries" route I suggested, too, a Swiss private military contractor could be "Eidgenössische Sicherheits-Dienste" (ESD for short). "Eidgenössische" refers to the old Swiss Confederacy, and the rest means "security services".