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2055 to 2059

The late Fifties mark the beginning of a new generation, one which will never worry about having only a century to live, disease, or an era before transhumanism. The situation is serious, but the fact that people are doing things about it imbue the youngsters of this new generation with a shining sense of optimism, though their Generation Beta parents think of them as naiive. But progress is being made. The people in power are getting off their butts and doing something about the world's problems.

 

2055. Generation Gamma (2040 to 2055) ends and Generation Delta (2055 to 2070) begins. The Deltas are optimistic as a rule. They embrace the full range of powers transhumanism has to offer. They multitask like crazy. They travel around the world and beyond, working incredibly hard to pursue their dreams. John Smith, from my post about daily life in 2100, is a representative of the later part of this generation.

 

2055. Primary and secondary education has changed in the past forty years, and most of that change has been in the past five or ten. For one thing, education is no longer geared so heavily towards the retention of facts—brain implants can do that well enough—but towards the discovery of facts, and on learning how to think. For another thing, education is very heavily geared towards STEM fields; with robots taking over so many jobs, the choice is pretty much STEM or the street, with a few exceptions such as business, politics, and entertainment. The education system is also almost entirely virtual, and has mostly been privatized or semi-privatized, providing a greater range of options.

 

2055. An international Climate Change Reversal Summit is held in London. Many initiatives are started due to this summit, but the most important one is Project Verdant, an American-Brazillian collaboration to reverse desertification worldwide over the next 25 years.

 

2055. Suspended animation is successfully and safely performed on humans for the first time. It has only been tested on short-term scales of weeks or months thus far, but in time, it may prove helpful in reaching the outer Solar System, and beyond.

 

2056. After nearly two years of travel, the Jovian Missions land on Europa and Ganymede, each carrying a crew of eight. This is a historic moment: the first time humans reach the outer Solar System. It has been an international collaboration, with contributions from the United States, Russia, China, Japan, Europe (all of whom are members of the Global Space Exploration Commission), and many companies.

 

2056. This year is known as the Year of Transhumanism, and for a good reason. It is in this year that dozens of different fancy "upgrades" explode into mainstream usage, with people augmenting themselves just because they can, instead of for medical reasons. Most of these upgrades serve no real practical purpose, but a few that are invented this year go on to be more than just a fad.

 

2056. The Superhighway/Vactrain link between Russia and America is finally complete, running from Seattle to Anchorage to Nome and under the Bering Strait to Siberia City. Twenty years ago, it would have been a road/train to nowhere, but now that is not so. On the Russian side, Siberia City and a myriad other cities have sprung up in Siberia, and on the American side, Nome has become a bustling city thanks to a warming climate and serious trade opportunities. This connection creates a strong bond between the United States and Russia, though they retain a friendly rivalry. There is considerable interest in expanding the link, the Friendship Highway, as it is called, both on the Eurasian and North American ends.

 

2056. Technological unemplyoment rates have surged to over 20 percent, leading to global crime rates soaring. In response to this, the United States creates the Bureau of Watchers. The BOW is far more skilled at gathering intelligence than its predcessor, the NSA. With predictive algorithms, brain scanning, drones with advanced holocams, and a new police division of NART at their disposal, they begin to working to curb the crime wave.

 

2057. Human synthesis is performed successfully for the first time. After a few genetic tests, the newly made synthetic is adopted and raised as a normal person; her identity is not public knowledge due to the risk of undue attention and persecution.

 

2057. The California Spur of the vactrain system has been completed. It runs from the terminus at Seattle down to southern California and then east to Texas. Meanwhile, a line to Chicago and Pennsylvania City is under construction.

 

2057. Claytronics and nanotechnology have advanced to the point where very basic shapeshifting is possible in small, simple objects. For instance, an object can change from a red cube to a blue sphere and back again at the press of a button.

 

2058. Traditional assembly lines have been rendered virtually obsolete by 3D printing, which is now capable of quickly and cheaply making all but the most complex and specialized objects. Very large objects like buildings and skyscrapers are typically printed in smaller elements, which can then be fitted together on-site in a matter of hours or days.

 

2058. Technological unemployment reaches its worst at around 25.8 percent. From here on, this percentage will be reduced to nearly zero as people take advantage of the quickly expanding wealth of new opportunities that are opening up in a myriad of sectors whose existence was barely dreamed of fifty years ago.

 

2058. The Pennsylvania City line of the vactrain system has been completed, allowing transcontinental train travel in under an hour, for a fraction of the cost of similarly fast air travel. However, air travel is still utilized in many cases, since vactrains do not go everywhere. And, of course, VR conferencing has become the norm in the past fifteen years, reducing—but not elliminating—the need for long-distance business travel in general.

 

2058. Another wave of Islamic terrorism is rising again in North Africa after having been dormant since the fall of the Caliphate a quarter of a century ago. This will be the final major wave of Islamic extremism, although Islam itself will continue to exist and be practiced by millions of people for at least several centuries.

 

2059. The Russians begin helium-3 mining in their lunar base near the south pole of the moon. With this new resource, they begin constructing the first nuclear fusion power plants designed for helium-3 fusion.

 

2059. Some corporations are beginning to use AI to run complex simulations, helping corporate officials in decision-making in management of the companies. However, humans still have full control over the actual running of companies, and will do so for a very long time to come.

 

2059. Telepathic communication becomes practical, fast, and reliable enough for everyday conversations. This new technology makes use of brain implants to record the words that a speaker is saying and transmit them to the recipient's brain implant, which will make the recipient "hear" what is being said, though this is a clever auditory illusion done by the implants.

 

2059. Five years after the end of the dictatorship in North Korea, much effort has been made to reapir the dictatorship's damage, and in many cases this is succeeding. The two Koreas finally reunify, becoming simply Korea again.


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2060 to 2064

Now the beginning of the 22nd century is closer than the beginning of the 21st. Transhumanism is becoming mainstream, technological unemployment is on the decline, the world is being linked by a global transportation system. The majority of the world is no longer third-world. In the past half-century, billions of jobs has disappeared, but billions more have been created. The world population stands at 10.2 billion, and tens of thousands reside beyond earth: 12,500 on the moon; 5500 on Mars; 2100 in the asteroid belt; 16 on Ganymede; and 12 on Europa. Climate change continues to be the main issue facing the world.

 

2060. Two once-huge industries are fading into insignificance by this year. One is the fossil fuel industry. Outside of third-world countries, only a few niche applications require fossil fuels; nearly 80 percent of energy comes from either solar or fusion. Except for a few minerals and metals, the terrestrial mining industry is also becoming obsolete, thanks to asteroid mining and the new underwater mining industry. Only a few countries like Russia still have a strong mining industry on land.

 

2060. Orbital transport (OT for short) has military applications. New spaceplanes allow NART and other militaries to carry troops through earth orbit instead of flying through the atmosphere. This allows troops to be sent anywhere in the world in under an hour, faster than even the fastest military transport aircraft.

 

2060. Artificial floating islands are being deployed on the high seas. Such islands serve multiple purposes, including energy generation, living space (the largest can hold several thousand people), and platforms for underwater mining. Most are owned by corporations, but a few are run by various governments.

 

2061. Several new links have been added to the global vactrain network. One runs from Siberia to Shanghai, another runs from Siberia to Berlin to Paris to London, and a third runs from southern California to Mexico City. Due to the sheer speed of these vactrains—around 4000 miles per hour, barring slowdowns and stops—it is becoming possible to cheaply travel anywhere in the developed world in two or three hours.

 

2061. A charismatic young man named Jak Askam begins rising to power in his native Kenya, having recently returned there from the United States, where he recently graduated with a dual major in biology and political science from a prestigious university. Askam's ambition is a unified and industrialized Sub-Saharan Africa and he is prepared to do anything to achieve this goal, through negotiation, or even force if necessary.

 

2061. Luminous surfaces become viable as an illumnation mechanism. This is the beginning of the end of standalone electric lights and lamps, such as lightbulbs and LEDs.

 

2062. Traditional agriculture is largely nonexistent in the United States. For one thing, large areas of the nation's agricultural land have become urban or desert. For another, vertical farms with hydroponics and aeroponics are now responsible for nearly 97% of agricultural output in developed countries. However, a few orchards, family farms, and the like still remain in certain rural areas, even in developed nations.

 

2062. Quantum computing becomes practical enough for consumer use. In the coming years, the increased computing speed will allow robots to be human enough to take part in mainstream society, the creation of entire virtual worlds, and many other developments.

 

2062. Climate change refugees are now pouring into the United States from Central and South America by the millions. Some do stop in North Mexico, but more than 30 million have pushed on to the United States in the past seven years, about 25 million of them illegally. The US, in an attempt to stem the tide of refugees, erects "The Fence", a 60-foot-high security wall along its southern border and stations thousands of NART troops, military robots, and drones along it. The vactrain line remains open, but is subject to a heavy security checkpoint. Several other countries, including Europe, Russia, and Australia are also tightening their borders as well, although none in as drastic a fashion.

 

2063. Crime in the United States has fallen to just 10 percent of what it was 50 years previously. This can be credited mainly to the work done by the Bureau of Watchers, who are capable of detecting most criminals minutes or hours in advance. It is now almost impossible to get away with any crimes unless one has millions of dollars in resources. A few well-organized criminal groups, such as "hex rings", which capture and sell people for human experimentation, manage to thrive for the time being, however, though even they are hard-pressed to continue operating by the end of the decade. But gone are the times when a random shooter can just walk into a public place and open fire.

 

2063. The US DMS (Department of Military and Security) is now capable of manufacturing a few grams of antimatter per year, some by harvesting antiparticles from the Van Allen Belts. This leads to the invention of a new form of missile, called a Rider. On the outside, it appears to be a normal kinetic bombardment missile, a "Rod from God". However, a small "pocket bomb" with a few hundred milligrams of antimatter "rides" inside the rod; the pocket bomb only detonates once the rod has penetrated the bunker, exploding with the power of a small nuclear weapon. And thus, it kind of renders all but the strongest conventional bunkers rather pointless.

 

2063. A manned mission to Venus is carried out. The technology to do so has existed for a few decades, but the mission has kept getting pushed back, first by the colonization of Mars, then by World War III, then by the Jovian mission. The mission does not go down to the surface, of course, but instead is done from an airplane flying around the planet at an altitude of 50 kilometers for a week. Probes are also dropped to the surface; advances in materials technology will allow them to function for months, instead of hours, unlike earlier probes.

 

2064. The first attempts at large-scale geoengineering are carried out off the East Coast of North America by a private company, having been authorized by the government to do so. The first attempt, dissappating a category 6 hurricaine, is a partial success, reducing the casualty count by an estimated 39%. A few months later, the company manages to dissipate a category 5 hurricaine entirely. The third attempt, stopping a magnitude-8 earthquake in California, on the other hand, is a disasterous failure, strengthening the earthquake and costing thousands of lives.

 

2064. Humans set foot upon the Jovian moon Callisto for the first time. Like the other manned missions in the outer Solar System to date, it is a colonization effort; there is little point going that far only to just return. Several of the 100+ people on Europa and Ganymede transfer to Europa as well. Additionally, the first person born in the outer Solar System is born this year, on Ganymede.


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Excellent timeline - except for one thing: the dictatorship of DPKR will only fall from outside intervention, if happens in the 21st century.

 

Many of the people escaping from North to South Korea, begin to suffer a severe depression and/or think that dear Leader is reading their mind and is coming after them. Mostly the former.

 

I think you underestimate the actual brainwashing, and the fear and the real oppression that happens there. Until a while back, export of cheap disc video playing devices from China to DPKR was popular - many watched Western movies. That was until the government cracked down so heavily on the people watching Western movies that exports of this device fell by over 90%. What happened was just "the usual-" tens of thousands "disappearing," the sellers of these were shown to be "agents of the evil USA," and were all made examples of.

 

A well-functioning oppressive state is very hard to bring down. Any protests would be dealt with brutally at first sign of appearing, and that's if anyone planning in participating wouldn't be "dealt with" before they ever arrived. It's possible for the central square of every DPKR city to become Tianmen 10.

Although, I think that DPRK will fall sometime in the 21st century (and probably not be conventional revolution; most people there are probably too brainwashed to participate...) I'll acknowledge it falling in this particular way is a really long shot. Maybe not impossible, but I'll agree it's exceedingly unlikely. I just thought it'd be kind of interesting, hence my throwing it in


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2065 to 2069

Fifty years from today, mankind has travelled to the outer Solar System, increased terrestrial transport speeds by an order of magnitude, explored the mysteries of genetics, created sentient minds, and made astounding strides towards globalization and establishment of democracies. The last decades of the 21st century will hold great challenges, climate change, ecoterrorism, and global unrest will peak, and then wane as the century closes. But in about 25 or 30 years, the worst will be over. Mankind will be ready for the 22nd century. For greatness.

 

2065. The polar region is now completely ice-free for upwards of half the year (April to November). This is exposing more land in Greenland and northernmost Canada, but further south, sea levels have risen more than two feet. Most coastal cities in affluent regions have long since built massive flood protection structures, but poorer countries and cities are less lucky, and tend to be inundated. More than a hundred million people have been displaced, and more will follow.

 

2065. The crazy upgrading phase of transhumanism has largely ended, as impractical 'upgrades' fall out of fashion. A few of the more practical upgrades and brain implants have become mainstream, however. For instance, top-of-the-line medical nanobots can, in addition to doing general fixes on any minor problems (most older ones had a specific function), alert emergency services of major ones.

 

2065. Education has largely been reformed. The vast majority of primary and secondary schools are virtual—though most higher educational institutions remain in meatspace—and are now run by private or semi-private organizations, which prove far more capable of training people for the extremely competetive, mentally demanding jobs that remain after technological upheaval over the past fifty years.

 

2065. Another link in the global vactrain line has been completed. This one runs from Shangai to India, and on to Arabia, before terminating in Cairo. Meanwhile, the Superhighway system has now largely replaced older highway systems in most of North America, all of Europe, and most of Asia. These international transport systems are not run by national governments, but instead by the Global Transport Authority. Fatal car accidents have decreased by 99 percent in the past fifty years, while travel time has greatly decreased: in addition to AI-guided traffic management eliminating congestion, travel speeds are far higher (speed limits vary in real time based on traffic and weather conditions, but typically hover around 200 mph for autonomous cars in rural areas in good weather).

 

2066. Some of the damage caused by aging can no longer be merely slowed down, but can be reversed to an extent. As a result, the global average life expectancy for babies born in this year is over 100 for the first time, and is around 115 to 120 in the most developed countries. (Note that these estimates do not account for advancing technology, which would add at least half a century.)

 

2066. The global Android Rights Movement becomes mainstream for the first time. Although android rights have previously been discussed extensively on the webnets, it is now beginning to be the subject of serious debates among politicians, with the most radical among them demanding full integration with human society, while opponents point out that they are not technically people. An android in a domestic service role unsuccessfully attempts to sue for its freedom in a case that gets all the way to the Supreme Court.

 

2066. Jak Askam has now secured control of much of eastern and southern Africa and has declared himself president of the African Federation after five difficult years of gathering the continent together. The territory is still a desertified wasteland, plagued by climate change, local warlords, and the occasional religiously-motivated terrorist. But things around what was once Kenya are stabilizing somewhat, allowing for a remarkable new feat of engineering to be attempted. Askam secures the aid of SpaceX and the Global Space Exploration Commission to construct a space elevator in Nairobi, the capital of the AF. Construction begins this year amid much excitement: once completed the elevator will reduce the cost of traveling to space from $10,000 per person to only $500 per person (in 2016 dollars).

 

2067. A global currency is coming into effect, usable almost anywhere in the world or beyond it. Unlike previous mainstream currencies, the governments of the world have specifically designed this to be used only on the webnets. After all, virtually nothing is purchased with cash or credit cards anymore, save for illegal goods.

 

2067. The world's first true arcology, the Galaxy Tower, is built in northern Europe. It stands 7,233 feet tall and serves nearly 95,000 people. In addition to apartments, the tower contains a power station for receiving space-based solar, vertical farms to produce most crops, and a park on the 230th floor. Eventually, such structures will vastly increase the planet's carrying capacity, but for a long time, they will be few and far between due to a lack of demand.

 

2067. Water prices are fluctuating drastically. While most water has been procured through desalination for decades, desalinaiton plants are constantly being forced out of commission by extreme weather; at any given time, only half of the world's plants are typically operational. As a result, food prices fluctuate as well, and tend to be extremely high. Even in the United States, vertical farms and water lines in some hard-hit areas (like the southeast and southwest) are under heavy guard by NART during expensive times. There are repeats of the Water Riots of 2030, but on a far greater scale.

 

2068. Global temperatures are now 4 Celsius above the average in 2000. Although many tens of millions of people have now been displaced by rising sea levels, habitable land is finally opening up in Antarctica. Many of the treaties regarding Antarctica are cancelled, making large-scale colonization of the continent lawful.

 

2068. The 2068 Summer Olympics mark a radical transition in the games. After eighteen years of controvery, arguments, and scandals over transhumanism, "upgraded" athletes are finally permitted to participate without restriction. This causes a considerable degree of controversy, to the point that several countries boycott the Olympics and create their own Games for non-upgraded athletes.

 

2069. The space elevator in Nairobi is completed, allowing truly cheap travel to space for the first time. This remarkable feat of engineering also gives the African Federation, which now covers all of sub-Saharan Africa, a prominent place on the world stage and the economic benefits greatly increase the standard of living. At the top of the elevator is Askam Station, the largest space station in history; it measures nearly 1.5 kilometers across and 500 meters high. It is capable of holding thousands of people and handling multiple interplanetary spaceships at once.

 

2069. The Android Rights Movement is seriously set back by the rise of the robo-supremacist group Metal Storm. A large group of military-use androids sieze a railgun factory in Texas and kill hundreds of people and engaging in a two-day armed standoff against the National Army of Transhumans before being beaten. (It was a terrible tragedy, but no robot apocalypse...) Metal Storm turns many on-the-fence people against android rights, and is also condemned by androids seeking equal rights through peaceful means.

 

2069. A new faction of terrorists are rising in the United States. Unlike most earlier terrorists, these are ecoterrorists, hell-bent on undoing the past 300 years of technological and industrial progress. Being extremely well-funded, well-organized, and fortunate enough to have spies in the government , they do manage to cause some damage.


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Well, certainly a better future timeline than I could produce.  Still, I don't like the last prediction for 2026.  I would have preferred something along the lines of "the caliphate disavows the use of any first strike violence that is intended to further the goals of ISIS". 

 

Follwed by "the U.N. enters into a treaty with the caliphate recognizing its right to peaceful coexistence."


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Here you go!

 

 

2070 to 2074

As a new generation begins, technology continues to march on at a rapid pace. But now it is fully engaged in a desperate race against forces that can may well destroy society. Nearly two hundred million people have migrated northwards and inland to avoid the ravages of climate change, while ecoterrorists cause chaos and destruction on an ever-greater scale.

 

2070. Generation Delta (2055-2070) is ending, and Generation Epsilon (2070-2085) is beginning. The differences between the two generations are numerous. Circadian rhythms, still somewhat clung to by the Deltas, are completely thrown out the window by most Epsilons. Epsilons are also the first generation that almost universally has multiple fields of expertise, which are an absolute must for the hyper-fast, ultra-competitive job market of the late 21st century. They do not consider transhumanism, space travel, and drastically reduced aging "cool" or "cutting-edge", but a part of everyday life. Generally, Epsilons tend to be technologically optimistic, but socially pessimistic, closer to their Generation Gamma parents than to the wide-eyed idealists of Delta or the cynics of Beta.

 

2070. The Virtual Planet project is completed after years of effort. This is a highly detailed virtual reality simulation of an entire planet, created by VR enthusiasts from around the world, made possible by advances in quantum computing. Its level of detail does not come remotely close to the quantum level, but does appear completely lifelike to the naked eye. Such innovations are causing VR addiction to become a major disorder, with some people having trouble identifying whether they are in reality or not.

 

2071. The global vactrain system now has a link running from Cairo to Nairobi (and the space elevator) and on to Cape Town. This greatly increases access to the space elevator, ensuring that future generations will be able to easily and cheaply access space.

 

2071. Wearable nanotechnology makes a new leap forward, aided by claytronics. In this year, clothing capable of changing not only its form, but its function (to an extent), reaches the market. For instance, one may with merely a thought transform one's casual clothes into a suit for a business meeting, and then afterwards transform them into sports gear and go running.

 

2071. Brazil, by far the most powerful nation in South America, is approaching superpower status. While the environment has been trashed across the continent, Brazil has fared the best due to the efforts of Project Verdant and a booming technology sector. Many other nations in South America are nervous of this new power.

 

2072. Saturn's moon Titan is colonized, with a crew of ten setting up base on the shores of Kraken Mare. This is the fourth colony in the outer Solar System, after three of the four Galilean Moons around Jupiter. No life is discovered, but vast amounts of fascinating data about Titan are gathered. Like most major colonization efforts these days, this is done by an international team, funded by private companies, but run by GSEC.

 

2072. A massive ecoterrorist attack is carried out on the power grid. Almost all electronics in the United States are shut down for three days, during which time chaos reigns. Fortunately, due to the efforts of both innovative American engineers and help from other countries, the grid is repaired. President Sears recognizes that the grid's protections must be strengthened, and plans are made to do so worldwide.

 

2072. Telepathic appliances are widespread. Instead of having to fiddle with buttons or give out verbal commands, one need only think commands at one's appliances; they are sent to the machines via a brain implant (brain implants are becoming ever more important to function in society, much like internet did 60 to 70 years ago). Even mid-range autonomous cars are now also commanded this way.

 

2073. A planetwide Martian government is officially established. While local governments have existed for some years—the planet's population is over 80000 now, after all—it is not until this year when the first governor of Mars is elected. Rather fittingly--considering who got people there in the first place-- one of Elon Musk's grandchildren wins the election. The moon does not have this sort of governance, however; it is close enough to earth to be affected by national differences.

 

2073. Brain implants capable of holding basic facts and figures for their user are now widespread. There is no longer any need to memorize common formulas and the like. Fortunately, schools have been geared more towards teaching innovation and research for many years now, and such inventions only serve to free up useful brain space. Later implants will go even further down this path.

 

2073. Australia is connected to the global highway/vactrain system with a link running from southern China through the Indonesian islands. Only Antarctica, which now has tens of thousands of permanent residents, is still cut off from this transport system.

 

2074. Terraforming officially begins on Mars following a grand ceremony. Expeditions are sent out to grab comets and smash them into the surface. Greenhouse gases are imported from Earth. Nuclear bombs are stockpiled strategically across Mars to aid in the process. Although these moves have not been uncontroversial, it has the support of a majority of Martians. One of the most powerful space exploration companies, The Mars Company, leads the effort. Massive numbers of jobs on Mars immediately open up, and countless thousands of young people from Generation Gamma (2040-55) begin flocking to the Red-But-Only-For-Now Planet.

 

2074. War breaks out in South America, as many splinter groups from the remaining countries there, desperate for resources, attempt to attack Brazil. Several North American countries, mainly the United States, send forces to help defend Brazil and the Project Verdant properties in the Amazon region.


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Hey Jakob,

 

I don't come to this site as often any more, but whenever I do, I usually come as a guest. However, today I felt like logging in just to congratulate you for your work on this timeline. There's a lot of stuff that I don't think will happen but, being a sucker for timelines past and future, it was still quite an enjoyable read. I've been following your timeline closely and I wonder if you plan to continue it well into the 22nd century or if you'll keep it in the 21st. In any case, keep up the good work. I'll continue following it as a guest once I receive your reply.

 

On a different note, I have to say that I chuckled at the Jak Aksam sub-plot. First of all, because of the name, but I understand, no worries, hehe, but most importantly because there's no damn way a space elevator will be built in my country. xD It would be effing awesome, though. Not to discourage you, but uniting Sub-Saharan Africa under a single federation will never happen. The most I could see is the African Union playing the same role that the EU plays in Europe today, but that's pretty much it, nothing more. Cultures between African countries are as different as the ethnic groups within a single country. Most people in my country, for example, identify with their ethnic group more than anything else, which is okay but is a major issue where politics is concerned. For example, along the border between Kenya and Uganda, there are ethnic groups that are very similar and, unsurprisingly, get along much better than they would with geographically distant tribes that are still within the same country. Being Ugandan or Kenyan means nothing to them for these were basically the same people for thousands of years before an arbitrarily placed border split them up.

 

Just saying that Jak Aksam would have his work cut out for him if he were to seriously consider uniting the continent, even just the East African region. It would most definitely have to be a brutal affair because those in power would not relinquish it without a fight. His only option to truly set up a democratic and united Africa would be through a series of revolutions, supposing he could coordinate them simultaneously. But even so, it wouldn't be united for long as people from each country would increasingly demand autonomy and not to be ruled by a Kenyan president. To consolidate power and maintain control, he would have to be a brutal dictator.


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keep adding MORRE plz I so love it


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2075 to 2079

Three quarters of a century have passed since the beginning of the millennium. In that time, the world has taken massive steps towards globalization, gained a solid foothold in on multiple planets and moons, solved the mysteries of genetics, and turned nanotechnology and transhumanism into parts of everyday life. Meanwhile, food and water prices remain high, especially as ecoterrorists have begun systematically attacking desalination plants, and climate change refugees begin petering out as most people have left the coasts, or moved to cities with advanced flood protection mechanisms.

 

2075. A new power grid is in place, and is far less vulnerable to attack than the previous one. It makes far heavier use of space-based solar stations, which are rather difficult to attack. The grid is global, not national, and is run by the World Energy Corporation.

 

2075. It is no longer enough to have one field of expertise, if one hopes to be competetive in the job market, as the significant majority of the workforce consists of intellectuals. For this reason, the significant majority of college students these days tend to be double majors, and doing undergraduate research is considered the norm.

 

2075. Hunlock & Gardner, the first company for creating synthetics, begins business. In its first year, 80 people are successfully synthesized. In time, the process will become far faster, cheaper, and more reliable. It's still controversial, as most people do not want to acknowledge synthetics as fully human, but they have officially had human rights for three years now (in the United States, where H&G is based).

 

2076. After three years of construction, a Transatlantic Tunnel has been completed, running more than 3000 miles from New York to London, where it connects with the European line of the vactrain system. The tunnel consists of a Superhighway—four lanes for car traffic in each direction—and two vactrain tubes in each direction, plus two maintenence tunnels. Previously, traveling from New York to London required either a 15,000-mile, 5-hour trip via Alaska and Russia, or a very expensive airplane or OT (Orbital Transport) ticket. Now, the best of both worlds is available: traveling to Europe in just 55 minutes for only $100 (in 2016 dollars).

 

2076. Handheld laserguns are becoming practical for the first time. The main problem that has stopped them from being used by soldiers before has been battery life. Now, however, with ultradense batteries and a power grid that can be wirelessly accessed from almost anywhere on the planet, that is no longer a problem. Even light laserguns are more destructive than all but the heaviest railguns, and can fire literally thousands of shots without needing repairs/reloading. NART begins phasing out its railgun series, and the militaries of other superpowers begin following suit by the beginning of the next decade.

 

2076. The Brazilian forces and their allies are beginning to gain a decisive upper hand in the South American War. A few formerly neutral nations in South America have allied with Brazil in excahnge for access to Brazil's resources. Technological advances like primitive asteroid warfare—a 15-meter asteroid is far more dangerous than a Rod from God—mind-altering nanotechnology, capable of wreaking havoc in ways such as causing enemy soldiers to turn on each other, and laserguns that, unlike railguns, don't need reloading have also shifted the war in Brazil's favor.

 

2077. A new generation of FIVR technology is arriving. Third-generation FIVR is considerably more advanced than the first and second generations. Instead of bulky tanks that one must immerse oneself in, now only a helmet with electrodes plus ten to fifteen brain implants (depending on how much realism/detail is desired) are required. This is considerably less invasive than previous incarnations of the technology, and it finally begins to gain a foothold outside of serious gamer circles.

 

2077. After three years of combat, the South American War ends, with Brazil and its allies being victorious. This is perhaps the first major step towards South America unifying as one country.

 

2078. Global warming has now reached 5 Celsius above levels at the beginning of the 21st century. Most of the land within 40 degrees of the equator is desert or urban, with the exception of Project Verdant land. Water and food prices continue to run high, although they have mostly plateaued off. Geoengineering is seeing limited success; for instance, weak hurricaines can be reliably gotten rid of, or redirected away from populated areas. Category 5 and 6 hurricaines, however, continue to take their toll on coastlines.

 

2078. A South American Union is beginning to form. Brazil and its allies have joined to form one nation, which occupies the vast majority of northern and eastern South America. At this stage, the nations on the opposing side in the South American War are steadfastly refusing to join the Union, however.

 

2079. The South American Union is not the only new nation that forms in the second half of the 2070s. In this year, Antarctica, now home to more than a million people, with more coming in rapidly, is officially granted independence. The new nation is known as the Democratic Republic of Antarctica, and its territory consists of the entire continent of Antarctica. The capital is Amundesen, in the Antarctic Peninsula.

 

2079. A manned mission to Enceladus is launched, making that planet the fifth manned outpost in the outer Solar System. Like Europa in the Jovian system, Enceladus proves to be a viable source of water. Like both Titan and Europa, many scientists are also eagerly seeking signs of life here. Thus far, however, nothing has been found, and many people suspect that extraterrestrial life will only be found around other stars.


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keep going I totally love this I hope u go for  many decades I recommend adding stuff faster and faster and make a few apociptic situations granted you don't  have to be world wide events just contry or regon events tht we bounce back from to make it realistic and creative as well and when u take out eco terrorist do it with nature some how or with some kind of super solder be creative or try to the same with other terrisum  grupes u interduce if u can try not to gloss over how u do anything idk about anyone else but I like detals if u cant do anything I recommend tht is ok do not worry but I hope u do and at some point blow up a few planets or something to show space is dangures be creative with whtever u do and in case u think im telling u ur not being creative u totally are and u don't have to inplment everything in ur next update add it over time plz



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2080 to 2084

As the penultimate decade of the 21st century begins, the darkest decade of the century begins, with the possible exception of the '40s (when there was WW3). Ecoterrorism and climate change reach their peak, and the North American political situation becomes

 

2080. After 25 years and two trillion dollars, Project Verdant draws to an end. 80 million acres of rainforest and about 200 extinct species have been restored, although more was lost in the previous quarter-century. Still, the project is considered a modest success and will be used as a model for much larger corporate rewilding projects in the 22nd century.

 

2080. The global vactrain system is extended into South America with a link from Mexico City to Rio de Janiero, providing an economic boost to the new South American Union. The international Superhighway system is expanded to key cities in South America as well.

 

2080. With scientific fields becoming ever deeper, with more and more knowledge needed to get anywhere, most undergraduate educations last five years, and not four, as they did in the early part of the century. This does not even count the fact that the last three years of high school are typically geared towards being able to actually understand entry-level material in their chosen major (an arrangement which has existed for about fifteen years in Western countries, and about twenty in Eastern countries).

 

2080. In the United States, the Android Rights Act is authorized. Although it has only been just over a decade since the horrors of Metal Storm, public opinion has shifted in favor of android rights, mainly because of valliant service by androids in the South American War. The ARA essentially challenges the notion that intelligent robots are property; it grants 'droids the right to demand wages, quit their jobs, and seek alternative employment. It also forbids anyone from destroying or shutting down an android without permission from the droid, a death sentence in a court of law, or legitimite self-defence of humans or other androids.

 

2081. In an effort to stop mankind from gaining a stronger foothold beyond Earth, the ecoterrorists make their most destructive move yet, destroying the space elevator in Nairobi and killing President Askam, who was in the elevator at the time. Falling pieces of the elevator kill hundreds of thousands and cause untold billions in damage across Africa. The new AF president and US President Kester (the 55th and last president of the United States) immediately announce a global War on Ecoterrorism.

 

2081. A new array of twenty space telescopes are being released in lunar orbit to search for more exoplanets. With a diameter of 25 to 30 meters, these telescopes are colossal compared to earlier space telescopes. Exoplanets at distances of many thousands of light years can be detected, while closer ones can be imaged with megapixel resolution. Areas that look suspiciously like forests and grasslands are observed on Tau Ceti f, a planet 12 light years from Earth, though only a mission will say for sure what is over there.

 

2082. With climate change marching on and much of the land between Appalachia and the Rockies turning to desert, the North American continent is seeing a situation similar to that caused by the climate change refugees from Central America a quarter of a century prior. An estimated 80 to 100 million people in the Midwest and moving into central Canada.

 

2082. The South American Union has been completed. Every country in South America has now joined, contributing further to the trend of merging countries. There are only a few places left where minor countries have not yet coalesced into larger nations, and most of these will do so in the Nineties.

 

2082. The Outer Solar System Exploration Plan is scrapped. The Jovian mission of 2056 and the Saturnian mission of 2072 were part of the Outer Solar System Exploration Plan. The Plan called for a manned mission to Uranus in 2085 and a manned mission to Neptune in 2095. However, SpaceX, the main company in charge of this, split in two due to internal problems, with one of the companies folding and the other, Orbitspace Industries, focusing mainly on operations in Earth orbit. The Mars Company, now the largest 

 

2083. Nanobots have become common as a cleaning agent by this year. They are capable of cleaning clothes, dishes, and even bodies far quicker and more efficiently than soap and water. As a result, many water-heavy appliances—dishwashers, washing machines, and showers—are gradually becoming obsolete.

 

2083. The brain implants used for mental augmentation are gaining new applications, becoming more valuable and powerful than ever. While previously, MAUG implants were mainly restricted to holding basic information (freeing up memory space for other things), they are now capable doing more complex tasks, like augmenting spatial reasoning. The US, China, Korea, and Japan have all calculated that more than 50% of their populations were transhuan in their most recent censuses. Of course, even now, not everyone is upgrading their brains. However, even those who do not are more intelligent than people 70 years ago. It takes above-average intelligence and a considerable degree of dedication, but non-transhumans are quite capable of keeping up with those who have MAUG implants.

 

2084. The ecoterrorists have moved beyond bombings, sabotage, and assassinations and have begun to claim swathes of territory across the world. The largest is in the American Southwest, where the National Army of Transhumans has been able to hold them at bay, but not destroy them. The ecoterrorists have managed to hijack or build a number of military space stations, so the War on Ecoterrorism is being fought in orbitspace as well.

 

2084. Picotechnology is becoming a viable field; it is now roughly at the level that nanotechnology was three quarters of a century ago. Picotechnology is the science of manipulating individual atoms, a step beyond the molecular manipulation of nanotechnology. Innovators in numerous fields, including materials science, medicine, computing, and nanotechnology, eagerly plan new devices to make use of picotechnology.


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2085. Generation Epsilon (2070 to 2085) is ending, and the next generation, the Centurials (2085 to 2100) is beginning. This generation will be coming of age in the early 22nd century, an era of picotechnology, shapeshifting tech, non-invasive FIVR, strides towards a world government, and prototype mind uploading/downloading.

 

2085. To replace the Nairobi space elevator destroyed four years ago, American space corporations begin building a new space elevator in what was northern Brazil before the SAU formed. This operation is backed by the GSEC, much to the annoyance of Asian space corporations, who were aiming to get the elevator built in Indonesia.

 

2085. The United States, Canada, North Mexico, and Greenland have merged into one country, the United States of North America, or the USNA for short. With 90 states and over 850 million people, the new USNA is the largest country in the world by land area (though it ranks fifth by population) and once again becomes decisively the most powerful.

 

2085. Generation Epsilon is growing up, Generation Delta are young adults, and Generation Gamma is reaching middle age. All of these generations—and thus a significant majority of the population—have largely adopted segmented sleep. In other words, they grab an hour or two of sleep here and there when things are going slow on the webnets. For Delta and Epsilon especially, the terms "day" and "night" are practically meaningless; 'yes, it gets dark out at certain hours of the day, but so what?' is their mentality. (And most people only sleep about five to six hours a day by this point.)

 

2086. A vactrain line is completed from Rio di Janiero to Cape Horn and on to the Antarctic Peninsula, travelling under the Drake Passage to do so. This line will make it far easier for settlers to reach the Antarctic Republic, and as a reult, the country's population booms. The vast majority of settlement is on the Antarctic Peninsula, but already intrepid pioneers are making inroads into the still-icebound main part of the continent, much like the North American pioneers a quarter of a millennium ago.

 

2086. The ecoterrorist territory reaches its greatest extent. In the USNA, it covers large swathes of the Southwest, while in the AF, parts of Central Africa are held by the ecoterrorists.

 

2087. Africa has seen substantial progress towards first-world status since the formation of the AF a quarter of a century ago. In the 2060s and 2070s, Jak Askam turned half the continent from an apocalyptic region ruled by warlords and military strongmen into a budding industrial stronghold. He helped build the world's first space elevator, drastically raised the average standard of living, and made strides in restoring the environment. His reign was controversial, though. Not everyone saw him as a hero. For he also suppressed dissent harshly, pushed his citizens to the limit, and rigged elections to stay in power. For six years after his death, leadership changed hands many times, and everything was in danger of being ruined. But by this year, things have largely stabilized, and the AF's first free election is held, allowing the country to join the ranks of the democracies.

 

2087. The newest and most up-to-date computers are beginning to incorporate picotechnology components, allowing Moore's Law to resume for a little while longer. The average $1000 (in 2016 money) desktop computer is now a billion times as powerful as the supercomputers of 75 years ago. Quantum computing is also becoming universal. These new computers even look different from the ones we know and love: when turned off they resemble metallic triangular prisms about eight by four by six inches; when activated telepathically, a holographic keyboard and monitor appear, not a physical one.

 

2088. Seven years after ecoterrorists brought the space elevator in Nairobi crashing down, a new one has been built about two miles from the site of the original, which is now a memorial site. Of course, now it is not alone; the Great American Space Elevator in South America provides an alternative takeoff point for space travellers.

 

2088. Antimatter generation and collection have reached the point where kilograms of it can be created. Most of it is being used in missiles at this point; scientists are still unsure how to get more energy out of antimatter than it takes to mine or synthesize it, so antimatter fuel or power stations are still out of the question. Smaller (in physical size, not explosive yield), cleaner antimatter bombs are beginning to replace nuclear bombs in the arsenals of most developed countries.

 

2088. Many cities are beginning to employ advanced climate change protections, even those not on the coast or close to the equator. Systems are employed to protect people from the high levels of heat that are present in this day and age. Most experts agree that even advanced technology cannot save civilization on Earth if this continues into the 22nd century.

 

2089. The War on Ecoterrorism is over. The last of the major ecoterrorist leaders have been taken out and their forces have been decimated. There is no official surrender; most of the groups just stop fighting. As a result, food, water, and energy are becoming cheaper again, since nobody is attacking desalination plants and power stations anymore.

 

 

2089. Orbital Transport, or OT, as it is known, has become relatively cheap thanks to the improved cost of fusion drives in recent years, with even middle-class people being able to afford tickets. While extremely fast, this mode of travel is ill-suited to any journey under a thousand miles. However, at 15-18 thousand miles per hour, even the longest of flights take only about 45 or 50 minutes.


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2090 to 2094

 

As the final decade of the 21st century begins, the slow, steady move towards a government for all humanity keeps marching on, while a Mercury landing increases the number of planets that man has set foot on by one. All in all, though, this period is a relatively quiet one, a sort of calm before the storm, as it were.

 

2090. Climate change has reached 6 Celsius above 2000 levels. However, technologies to slow down and reverse climate change are in place, ensuring that the Earth will never reach +7 Celsius.

 

2090. The fourth generation of Full Immersion Virtual Reality has arrived. The hardware has shrunk yet again: instead of a clunky helmet with electrodes, one only needs brain implants. A lot of them are required though: anywhere between five and fifteen depending on the quality required. This new generation of FIVR is accurate down to a scale of only ten microns, and olfactory and tactile feedback has at last become 100% realistic. FIVR is now beginning to see mainstream use, even by non-geeks.

 

2090. The Global Census Department begins collecting data on androids, transhumans, and synthetic humans worldwide for the first time. Transhumans make up a significant minority of the global population, and 1.5% of all babies born in 2090 are synthetic, created through ectogenesis.

 

2091. A manned mission to Mercury is finally carried out in this year by The Mars Company, which has become the dominant space exploration corporation in the Solar System in the past decade. The mission lands six people near the terminator line, a few Earth days before Mercurian dawn. The astronauts spend about ten days there before sunrise forces them to leave. Vast amounts of valuable data are collected, and several sites that could be colonized in the next quarter-century are discovered. Numerous rovers—many of them built by citizen scientists—are also released across the planet.

 

2091. Indonesia is reaching first-world status, despite having taken major hits from climate change, and is beginning to develop a serious space industry. In this year, Indonesia, Malaysia, and several other nations in the region merge to form the Republic of Oceania, continuing the trend of merging countries and globalization.

 

2092. Shapeshifting technology has gained its next practical application. High-end furniture is now being made out of shapeshifting nannites, allowing one item of furniture to take on multiple roles. In the coming decades, as this technology catches on, it will allow houses and appartments to be considerably smaller without sacrificing in comfort, as the same room could serve as a kitchen, a bedroom, or a workroom, depending on the user's needs.

 

2092. Right on the heels of the Republic of Oceania—and indeed influenced by its formation—Australia and New Zealand finally complete a merger themselves after several years of considering the idea.

 

2092. As reported by the Global Census Department, a majority (50.2 percent) of the world's 11.9 billion people identify as transhuman. For the first time in history, unaugmented humans have now become the minority. This statistic is met with fear and anger from some "naturalist" circles and proto-Luddites, who are opposed to human augmentation.

 

2093. Climate change has reached its peak, at 6.1 Celsius above 2000 levels. After this year, it will start going down. It is hoped that within a few decades, the climate change protection measures in many cities will no longer be neccesary and can be removed.

 

2094. A third space elevator is under construction, this one in Jakarta. Known as the Eastern Space Elevator, it is being built by Oceanian and Asian space corporations, with some government aid. Even as it is under construction, it creates thousands of jobs and vast economic benefits for the Republic of Oceania.


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