Blade Running ATL: A Collaborative TL with Electric Sheep

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: After 1900' started by Mr_ Bondoc, Sep 18, 2015.

  1. baldipaul Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like the OTL economy of some Chinese cities today. Very dangerous for the recyclers as well with the fumes from melting the solder.
     
  2. riggerrob Well-Known Member

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    Yes Baldipaul,

    My thesis is that dystopic science fiction is not something that MIGHT occurr in a distant future. Rather dystopia has already arrived in many nations (Tibet, the Owens Valley of California, etc.).

    Even worse is that many nations had too few natural resources to achieve a healthy standard of living.They ever had a chance to climb out of the Stone Age. Traditionally Tibet could barely feed its few people with subsistence agricultural: herding on the Northwestern Plains and farming on what little arable lands could be found in jagged river valleys. Tibet remained backwards until Han Chinese built a railroad to Lhasa. Now Chinese corporations strip-mine Tibet's minerals. Their mining practices leave sterile soils, toxic tailings, scary slag and contaminated ground water. A dozen African countries stagnated at the same stage of development.