As the population of India grows further into the billion band with water shortages, limited living space and inadequate farm land as well as a menagerie of other reasons, I can see India annexing pakistan in the mid-century timeframe (2030-2070). With economic troubles and a suite of other issues, the international community (namely the US) will be totally powerless to stop it, in any case, India will need the land and resources enough to follow through. China gets nervous with the war occurring along its boarder and after a lot of heated international debate, one side or the other opens fire, not entirely intending war. The repercussions are enormous and India and China go to war. Over the next few years, international aid is given but almost all countries not in the region are trying their absolute hardest to avoid entering the war, since their economies are pretty much shot to shit. As for all neighbouring countries, it is a real mess with chemical and biological warfare rife throughout the course of the war. While no nuclear weapons are used, non-replicating pathogens are spread into villages and population centers in both nations, as are nerve-gas and other internationally illegal weapons.
Around this time, there are waves of middle eastern and northern african refugees trying to escape the worst of the warming climate by migrating north up to Europe with many millions entering into Muslim turkey before spreading out through the rest of the content, and many more heading east into Asia. China is forced to fight on two fronts, fighting vietnam and India to the South and droves of refugees to the west.
How plausible do you think this is, and what would happen next?
Edited by eacao, 16 April 2012 - 04:34 AM.