Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Day Nine: State of the World, Pt. 2



Oh, what a day, readers. What a day. I suspect that this was the kind of day that everyone has every once in a while…where you’ve got an objective in mind, but everything seems stacked against you. I’ve usually found that it’s best to keep your head down and power through a day like this; just put off your intended goal for tomorrow if you can, and dedicate your time to making sure that the unexpected problems can’t stick around any longer than necessary.

I did manage to get some notes out today, despite it all, but I’m planning on developing them further tomorrow so I’ll keep that information in reserve for the rest of the night. As promised, you can find the rest of my preliminary fact-book entries below.

Now. If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go fall over.

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  • Russia: Russia made significant strides towards the monopolization of manned space-flight in the years following the decommissioning of the NASA shuttle fleet, and they’ve held tight to that ground ever since…Even if they hold no great ambitions for immediate expansion. The nation owns the majority of Near-Earth orbitals outright, but maintains little lunar presence. Economically, this is perhaps better for them because of the control that they have over global telecommunications and the Near-Earth manufacturing of orbital facilities (anyone who leases an orbit can put a station of their own up, but most choose to buy space-constructed prefabs from the Russians). A decade or more of slow, populist up-swell in the wake of Putin’s return to power has gradually led to the emergence of a more globally cooperative, but still fierce, Russia.
  • South America: Not much to say. An increased level of industrialization across the continent has led to greater wealth and higher levels of economic and social development in several nations. It’s hardly an even spread of development and wealth distribution, though, and the increasing poverty and unrest in several key regions has been creating escalating conflict flashpoints for decades. The increased UN attention that has resulted from this gives Dow his pick of work in the area, and, despite the continued danger and gradual growth of the drug trade, tourism remains popular along the coastal regions.
  • New Zealand & Australia: Facing its own population problems in the readily habitable portions of the island, Australian bio-tech firms have heavily increased work on their own super-crop programs. Further, there has been a significant development boom as tax incentives have encouraged many corporations with orbital ventures to build communications facilities and launch/recovery sites out in the deserts. New Zealand remains largely unchanged, though its popularity as a filmmaking destination has increased well beyond anyone’s expectations and remains steady.
  • Antarctica: Research centers and flightless birds. Antarctica remains largely unchanged and intact, and—while the research done there remains important—many on the continent are somewhat resentful of the “other” McMurdo’s popularity with the public, and barely tolerate the large numbers of space-bound civilians who regularly come to the area for their requisite month of simulation training.

And that’s all that we have for today.


-Sean

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