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At this point China had achieved what it had been threatening to do since the start of the twenty first centaury and was the capital of industrial power with a great deal of the worlds production and innovation going on within its borders. China however was not the world leader in several other fields such as computers and banking and its voracious growth had slowed somewhat in recent times as it was finally innovating rather than imitating. There were significant amounts of unrest in several areas across China over education, standard of living and political controls[1]. The government was also suffering from a massive deficit[2] and was desperately funding more sustainable interests as there are rumours that its vast stores of resources were beginning to run dry.

On the world stage China had reduced its military assets over the years due to the shortage of funds, though still had massive amounts of influence due to its control of a large proportion of the world’s industrial power. Incidentally the corporations had a very high presence in China, especially in the more industrialised cities. They had nowhere near the sway over the government that they had in America, but the government was well aware that if one or two of the larger ones left their economy may never recover[3]. China was also was very strong in space with a large number of defensive and possibly aggressive satellites in orbit along with the largest shipyard at the time tethered to their space elevator[4].

In Summary:

  • China had a great deal of industrial power but it is debateable whether they were running the industry or run by it. In addition, large scale industrial production was looking increasingly unsustainable, even assisted by short range stellar mining.
  • The country was undergoing an economic crisis at the time and while on the surface they appeared healthy the debts were beginning to build up and the reduction in military forces was the first symptom of problems ahead.
  • China was one of the more organised factions and quickly reacted to external events; its response to the derelict was almost immediate and only they and American dispatched ships in under a week.
  • Internal unrest had not yet reached a crisis situation but it was seen by many as inevitable that there will be some form of scission[5].
  • China had significant assets in space and was the number one supporter of stellar mining projects.

Author’s Comment

As I said earlier, this summary is old, and by that I mean Vast Worlds was still supposed to be a video game at the time. This means that the events here are not actually the mostly likely events in my opinion, but they provide the best footing for a game with plenty of political tension, various wars, and diverse faction types. Also it’s reached the point where I have so much timeline based off this that rewriting it would require me to redo pretty much everything, and that’s actually becoming a rather daunting amount.

Anyway, both the Independence and Corporation wars are mostly due to political decisions made at this point in history and so this background is helpful in understanding the motives and mindsets of the various factions. Interestingly, The Derelict only delayed these various problems, fifty years later when the colonisation boom was coming to an end American still had too little territory, China was still near rebellion, the Commonwealth still had more land than it knew what to do with, excreta excreta… I’m not to sure what this says about humans in my model, even something extraordinary happening only stops us bickering for a little while.

[1] Several areas believed they would be better run by a more local government rather than the capital, especially the more rural and distant regions.

[2] Mainly due to the number of pensioners which significantly outnumber the current tax paying population.

[3] The Cray Group held sway over vast amount of the commercial Chinese stellar interests and Noble Shipbuilding has over seventy percent of its production centred around the Chinese space elevator.

[4] The Chinese space elevator was the only one that was actually on the equator. Both the Commonwealth and AMA have theirs off centre for economic reasons. New Inca’s is placed further south to avoid American airspace, America doesn’t cross the equator and Russia doesn’t actually have a space elevator but an assisted floater rocket system.

[5] Many people from the areas of unrest elected to leave for the colonies far earlier than those in regions closer to the capital. This meant many of the colonies historically do not get on well with the Earth government.


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