What happens if the climate talks fail? Foresight from the timeline of Deputy Executive Secretary Bertillon (ca. 2080)



Chapter III

In the disastrous first decades of the new millennium, the former United States had imposed its pax Americana across the world with unstoppable fervour, and almost every possible energy source had been ruthlessly secured in a series of regional wars. The practice of converting local currencies to the US dollar had massively expanded the US economy. When The Changes hit, a mass of insurance claims created an on-going recession and the sprawling economy never really recovered. The United Nations States of the US – UNSUS – still had seventy per cent of the world’s energy resources, but the costs of maintaining infrastructure in the worsening climate conditions exerted never-ending cost pressures. It was shrinking back to the US, South America, Canada and Mexico. Russia was busy reasserting its own regional dominance. China starved and India died of thirst. The world’s remaining independent nation-states were fighting it out amongst…

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