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Earth is the centre of the Sol system, home to roughly five and a half billion people, (which is just over half of the total human population) it is the major driving force behind the Vast Worlds economy and the keystone of human existence.

By 2100 Earth has changed a lot, and very little at the same time, as it is rather like comparing 2009 to 1909. There have been no truly earth shattering events, humanity has so far avoided World War Three (though not for lack of trying), and there is still poverty and destitution, just not the same kind you see today. There have been some large and obvious changes though; five equatorial space elevators thread their way towards geostationary orbit, each owned in part by the major factions. Hypersonic trains lace the surface (which has more or less killed the aviation industry) and the country side has become more and more remote as the cities become denser and global population falls.

You’ve may noticed that 2100 Earth has a lower population than 2000; this is due to several mass migrations sponsored by the various factions and has majorly altered the economics of Earth. For example, farmland is fairly plentiful, this is of course not uniform but the amount of crops required is far below Earth’s capacity, and even so there are major orbiting farms providing additional food for anyone who desires. Population density has also skyrocketed; partly this is due to the sheer infeasibility of being a commercial farmer, but also because the exeunt of a good number of workers and the construction of mega-structures such as the London Arcology or the Streets of New York. Suburbia has in many cases, just been moved above the offices, or to the newly renovated inner-city districts, and there are many publicly and privately funded efforts to increase population density as it is excellent for the economy and reduces humanities footprint on Earth.

Speaking of which, our environmental impact has, rather quietly, become neutral. Mass deforestation, landfill and strip-mining, have all become things of the past, though not because of any particular feeling of civic duty, it is just now cheaper to recycle and mine asteroids. This has actually caused some problems for the terrestrial economy, minerals are cheep, crude oil is rarely used and automated manufacturing has been on a meteoric rise for decades, so centering the global market on scarcity of resources is troublesome. There are areas where scarcity is king, stellar imports or just parts for space travel are horrendously expensive, and extremely modern goods, or those complex in concept are too highly priced and prized.

This is probably best summed up as a very sharp poverty gap, goods such as refrigerators, run of the mill cars, even basic housing are all very cheap (comparatively) whereas more exotic items are well out of common reach. A roll up computer will set you back a good few month’s wages, for example, and Theemim Ever-Lamps™ are currently the must have item for the rich and idle.

Politically, the planet is divided into eight blocks, and six major factions. The factions are: America, The British Commonwealth, Russia, China, New Inca and the African Middle eastern Alliance (AMA for short) and the EU and Japan are still in existence, though not on the same level as the super blocks. I’ll go into the details of the politics and such at a later date as it’s its own topic, same for the formation of these powers, but suffice to say that, while each controls a significant proportion of the global economy, none have the power to challenge the others directly. While this is not quite a cold war, there is friction, and where there is friction there is plot.

Random Fact: In 2100 no species on record has gone extinct in twenty years. Give the environmentalists a cheer!

Author’s Comment: This is nowhere near everything there is on Earth, but there is a finite limit on what I can say before I it becomes its own sub-section. On the to do list is the political situation, average living conditions and a few special cases, such as the London Arcology. Feel free to ask any questions though.

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