In our 2016 MegaGame, Brave New World, 77 players were split into 22 teams. These teams fall under 4 categories:
While these SuperNations generally stand in solidarity, representing the smaller nations under their umbrella of political influence, most of the individual nations of the early 21st century still exist. Governance of such a large global population, however, has been made far simpler through the creation of 8 governing bodies spanning (almost) the entire planet:
North American Federation [NAF]
A conglomerate of the old United States of America, Canada and several small South American nations, NAF has only just re-entered the world stage after over a decade of domestic recovery following the American Spring. While it may not be as powerful as its predecessor, NAF has nevertheless made clear its intention of climbing back to the top of the global political ladder.
Latin Republic of America [LRA]
Beginning with an unlikely governance merger between Brazil and Argentina, LRA has grown in recent years to cover the majority of the South American continent. LRA thrives economically, peaceful and well beyond the disputes of its Northern cousin state.
People’s Republic of China [PRC]
China, while now holding more territory than it did at the turn of the century, has made few major changes in the last forty years. As the 2050’s opened, China was too distracted with its colonist settlement on the Earth’s moon to focus much attention to its internal mechanisms. For this reason, the state is currently in drastic damage control as civil unrest grows.
Russian Federation [RusFed]
Currently working towards some kind of mutual conclusion to conflicts on the Moon, Russia has become highly militarised in the last few years as territorial tensions with the PRC grow. Economically the Cold War giant is one of the more powerful states on Earth at this time, though relies a lot on support from the Pacific Partnership.
Australasian Confederacy [AC]
With one party staring down the barrel of an alarmingly shrinking population and the other losing the majority of its trade safety nets as conflict between China and Russia grew, the AC was formed two decades ago when Japan and Australia first started talks about an economic Pacific Partnership. Now, with numerous island states having joined the growing power, the AC is a powerful trade entity dominating the Pacific.
European Union [EU]
Becoming more than just a political union across Europe in the late 2030’s, the EU now stands as a solid socio-economic entity with dozens of cooperative members. With a truly united European, and territory bleeding into the Middle East, the EU is now a powerful player on the global stage, especially with the recent announcement of their new, highly advance space exploration program.
Indian States of South Asia [ISSA]
The newest ‘SuperNation’, only formed in the last decade, ISSA has expanded considerably over a short period of time. United as a large chunk of Asia (a matter hotly debated by the Chinese), ISSA’s big step to prominence came only three years ago with its combined space program’s manned mission to Mars. It is because of this ‘giant leap’ made by the combined ISSA governance that the space race has accelerated to what it is today.
Egyptian Republic of North Africa [ERNA]
Of all the modern entities of the 2050’s, ERNA has been forged with the most difficulty. Through blood and fire the Republic now stands firm and relatively secure, uniting the majority of north African nations and creeping into the Middle East. Bordering the volatile South African Union, however, means that ERNA isn’t out of the frying pan yet. As we enter 2054, war looms over the African continent and the threat of the world’s third nuclear conflict is looming.
UNIVERSAL NEWS NETWORK
Another step toward a planet operating in solidarity was the amalgamation of the world’s most prestigious media outlets at the turn of the Century. While independent news outlets still exist, and individual nations still rely on their internal media mechanisms, a single global media outlet now stands supreme and is thus held accountable for accurate and vigorous reporting.
The Universal News Network team is made up of five players:
Editor in Chief
Ultimately responsible for what is published in the yearly summary newsletters, the Editor is essentially the ‘leader’ of the News team. Their responsibility is to ensure the news reported is accurate and done so in an ethical way, and to balance the sponsorship of their media outlet with the resources granted to each Correspondent throughout the year.
The Political Correspondent is responsible for reporting on the Governments of the world, their actions and their back room talks. This Correspondent has an open invite to the Quorum of Nations and access to the political offices of all major nations on the planet. Their main struggles are ensuring they have the required resources (from the Editor) and cutting through the red tape of political bureaucracy when dealing with government officials.
Science and Technology Correspondent
Expert in the ever-expanding field of scientific and technological advancement, the SciTech Correspondent is responsible for keeping the public up to date on scientific breakthroughs. Dealing with corporate and government entities alike, this correspondent is always looking to report on the exciting back room development different teams might have going on.
Economics and Business Correspondent
With most focus on the corporate world, the Economics and Business Correspondent is all about the stock market and the competing enterprises around the world. The cut-throat world of corporate business is a fast moving one and this Correspondent’s main struggle is knowing where and when to be to catch the big trade deal or investment.
Breaking News Correspondent
The catch-all filter of the Global News Media, the Breaking News Correspondent deals with war, controversy and spur of the moment drama which doesn’t fall into any of their colleague’s portfolios. Acting as a kind of Executive Officer to the Editor, the Breaking News Correspondent is the most versatile role and is required to keep light on their feet at all times to ensure they don’t miss a breaking story.
In Brave New World, the corporate giants of the 2050’s are major players on the world stage – socially, economically and politically. Summed up by 9 individual corporate entities, the business giants of the globe fall into three neat categories:
Pharmaceutical Research and Engineering
The most contentious of the three pharmaceutical giants, GenCorp is also one of the newest entities to climb the business ladder. Operating mostly in the EU and ERNA, GenCorp’s claim to fame is its extraordinarily advanced, and global questioned, biological engineering projects.
Coming to prominence at the back end of the War on Terror, Oren Prime is known for its military involvement and it’s overly funded biological weapons research program which was originally funded by the former United States of America.
Belle & Sol
The most customer friendly of the three pharmaceutical giants, Belle & Sol is a conglomerate of several large giants of the early 21st century and currently dominates the market with social and public welfare services and products.
Construction and Civil Engineering
Coming out of Germany before the conglomeration of the modern day EU, HMarx is the dominant player on the global stage for all things civil engineering. Ninety percent of all major infrastructure projects over the last thirty years, especially those pushing the boundaries of architectural design and functionality, have the HMarx stamp somewhere in their design and delivery process.
A big player in the Americas, though now a global household name, Optimum Horizon was and always has been involved in the modern space race. It was an Optimum Horizon rocket, just three years ago, that safely delivered the first manned mission to the red planet (backed by the ISSA government of the time).
Coming to prominence in the Pacific, General Construction is one of the newest business giants on the planet and has made a name for itself with its vigorous research programs and high class military defence system production.
Advanced Mil Systems [AMS]
One of the oldest military firms on the planet, a conglomerate of some of the largest suppliers from back during the World Wars, AMS is known for its cheap, efficient and deadly vehicles, weapons, war gear and even (more recently) battlefield AI.
A rather quiet and conservative group, UnitedOps is the world’s expert in preventative and defensive products and services in the field of military operation and homeland security. Still coming to prominence, experts swear that the financial dominance of UnitedOps is yet to be felt on the market.
A name which has only surfaced I the last 18 months, Protheon still has a number of experts asking ‘just what do they do?’ Despite this, this fiscal giant is already leading the way for the science and development community in the fields of cybernetics and artificial intelligence.
Sometimes out of sight, but not too influential to be out of mind, there are a number of smaller entities floating around the planet in the 2050’s which don’t quite fall under a government or corporate body. These Non-State Actors vary in size, activities and purpose, and all play and integral part within the political mess that is human civilisation.
Earth Now [DISCONTINUED]
A new group based on old ideas, Earth Now is a rather conservative human rights and pro-environment movement. While self-labelled as ‘peaceful educationists’, the media classifies Earth Now as a growing activist movement which is gaining traction by the year. Earth Now is generally opposed to big business and industry and all for the preservation of human rights.
Friends of Mars [DISCONTINUED]
An activist group which has only come into being in the last two years, Friends of Mars grew from an online community to a real world, on the street movement over the course of mere months. Their main goal is to educate the public and enable to colonisation of Mars, hence they are big supporters of ISSA and the corporate entities helping design the future.
Brotherhood of Liberty
One of the most extreme groups making headlines in the 2050’s, the Brotherhood of Liberty is a direct repercussion of the American Spring. Originally a militant group, then a social support group, the Brotherhood is now a volatile human rights activist group which operates mostly in the Americas and condemns any action by any governing body which opposes the rights of its people or the public in general. Known for rallies and protests which often get out of control, as well as cyberwarfare.
HumanShield, a conglomerate of several large aid organisations which existed at the turn of the century, is a Non-Government Organisation focussed on the continuing crises the human race faces: poverty, welfare, war (conflict resolution), social problems, and government and corporate corruption. The organisation is very professional and well respected in the world as the overarching watchdog of the everyday person.
Born from the Chinese industrial boom of the early 21st century, Iron Tide is a planet-wide paramilitary mercenary contractor which engages private and government entities on a daily basis. Iron Tide offers its own privately own manpower, equipment and technology for anything from home security to war.
The Human Project [DISCONTINUED]
Why travel to a new planet when we haven’t fixed this one? The Human Project, calling itself a pro-peace activist movement, is all about saving Planet Earth. The group is anti-colonisation and, despite having some radical views on how the world should be, growing exponentially since the conflict on the Earth’s Moon began.
In the early 2050’s, Terminal Velocity took to the world stage as the first private paramilitary force on the planet to own its own navy. Based mostly in the Pacific, Terminal Velocity contracts to the highest bidder and has been stuck in a price war with its only main competitor, Iron Tide, for several years now.
iRIS Operating Systems
After years of operating from behind the scenes, iRIS Operating Systems have emerged as the body responsible for propagating “Shadow OS”, a popular operating system that allows its users to maintain complete anonymity while using any device, widely used across the globe.
Now a publicly visible company, iRIS continues to refine its operating system, and distribute it free of charge (although donations are greatly appreciated) across cyberspace.