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Request: Beta Protocol Earth 2252 by mdc01957 Request: Beta Protocol Earth 2252 by mdc01957
Well, it's finally done! Here's a request made by :iconsteelroninwarrior: based on his Beta Protocol AU series. He also asked me to make a profile-description based on the material in his gallery ([link]), the rest expounded from all that. If there's any question regarding the AU, you might have to ask the one who requested this.

Also, as a disclaimer, this is NOT meant to be a propaganda, political or discriminatory piece at all. All this is (science) fiction and done as a request.

In any case, enjoy!

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The future, as it is said, is not what it used to be. After further world wars, upheavals of immense magnitude, mass interstellar colonization and first contact with intelligent albeit hostile life, humanity (or at least Earth) has finally seemed to have settled down. But the changes brought about by the previous two and a half centuries have resulted in a largely unrecognizable world.

The New World suffered terribly from the conflicts, reducing vast tracts of land into proxy battlefields, primeval hovels and uninhabitable wastes. But in the former United States, four major powers had emerged. Whether it is the Federal remnants in Appalachia, neo-Confederates of Dixie, Libertarians of the Republic of Yucca or the Neoleftist Northwest Empire, all claim to be in one way or other successors to the old Union, which also have been the source of many tensions. Even in the present time of peace, these tensions could still erupt into outright war if anyone does as much as look menacing. Meanwhile in what used to be Latin America, little sign of civilization exists outside the Commonwealth territories and the convict colonies of European Guiana.

Across the Atlantic is a different story. In the intervening time, the vast majority of Europe had unified under the still powerful European Federation. But while it considers itself a continuation of and successor to the old EU, the EF has since become a far cry from original ideals of its founders. Democracy had long given way to a strange form of technocratic absolutism as national identities were forcibly destroyed in favor of molding a uniform “European” image. As the shockingly brutal end of the British Revolution in the late 21st Century demonstrated, the ruling elite would go to every means necessary to preserve their nigh-sacred “closer union.” Not even its defeat at the hands of both the Persians and EAF in the 2210s did little to diminish these trends, let alone their power. Aside from the EF, however, there still remain a handful of fiercely independent countries. But whether it is the neutral Swiss, bitter Greece or the free Nordics, all share a defiant stride against their mutual neighbor, which contributed to the latter’s defeat during the recent war.

Africa meanwhile had undergone a strange shift. Despite the effects of both climate change and the ensuing turmoil, there were regions that escaped the almost unimaginable collapse that happened elsewhere. In the north, the Dominion of the Sahara holds sway over the deserts, protected by their Persian and Arab remnant allies. The heart of the continent the Neo-Communist Democratic Republic of Africa, which compared to the wastelands at its borders, is a stark improvement. The southern half however is dominated by the Exiled British Empire, also known as the Commonwealth of South Africa. Formed by political prisoners, masses of refugees fleeing EF-controlled Britain (now renamed Albion) and local loyalists, it has come to be a world player and an insistent (as well as very angry) annoyance to the Europeans.

The rest of Eurasia (and to a degree the rest of the planet) is largely split between three major powers. What remains of the Middle East (a large portion of which having been devastated in World War IV) is under the watchful eye of the Second Persian Empire, a constitutional monarchy forged after the Fall of the Ayatollahs in the early 22nd Century. Meanwhile the Far East has seen a renaissance through the East Asian Federation (or EAF), whom some commentators claim as the EU done right. Led by a joint coalition between Japan, China and Reunited Korea, it is known for its high standards of living and remarkable liberties despite its non-democratic system. Much of Russia and the former Soviet Union have long since been reduced to wasteland due to the wars, though the relatively civilized lands between Persia and the EAF remain disputed, a legacy of these allies’ more violent history with each other. Meanwhile Southeast Asia and much of Oceania-Pacific have banded together under the Singapore-led Empire of the Emerald Seas, a closely-knit alliance designed to counteract its powerful neighbor to the north.

In terms of technology, the world has become one of incredible contrast. Major powers, and to varying extents other independent countries enjoy marvelous advances that would envy previous generations, each side also developing various secret experiments. With the developments in space travel, nations could now launch their own mass colonization projects. On the other hand, life in the wastes and warzones could be described as akin to present-day Somalia or Haiti, only more severe and widespread. Life in such places are short and brutal, with reports of cannibalism and even mutant raids not uncommon.

Socially and culturally, humanity has grown at once both united and divided. English and various offshoots of it have come to become the lingua franca across much of the globe, although corrupted versions of Russian continue to be spoken in the wastes and various local tongues remain used in Persia, the EAF and free Europe. A form of nationalized and regionalized globalization has stratified existing systems while simultaneously making many cross-cultural and economic practices standardized. Years of conflict have made the world in a sense unified against further upheaval, though each bloc has their own version on how to achieve lasting peace. And even though the landmark first contact by Appalachia (and subsequent war) with the Kal'Haruum aliens was instrumental in giving all mankind a common enemy to fight against, it has not stopped differences and animosities from seething below the surface, with many arguing on whether there’s even a point in fighting a distant enemy. Indeed, amidst what has been said, all it would take is an international incident to bring the globe back to the brink, just as what happened before.

And then one puts the mysterious “Beta Protocol” into the equation…
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Target21 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Majulah Singapura!
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
That's one way to put it...
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Target21 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Haha, yeah. You know, I think it wouldn't hurt if Singaporeans dream a little. And who knows, maybe one day Singapore would play a larger role in the world than it is today.
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KCammy Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Is it hatched?
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Nope. It's actually a digital screen effect from photoshop. ^^
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:iconkcammy:
KCammy Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Ah. :)
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Though I had to make that effect myself though. ^^;
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:iconkcammy:
KCammy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
I don't follow? :D
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
More like I had to look up some instructions on how to pull off a "digital screen" look via Photoshop. :)
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:iconkcammy:
KCammy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Ah, I see now. :D
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