Map Thread XX

It's January 1st, 1980 and the Third Indochinese War rages on as the Popular Army continues to press forward against their enemies on the roads to Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnamese-American cosmonaut Valentine Vu frets as she thinks she sees enormous smoke bellows rising up from Southern Vietnam... or is she seeing things in the window of the Enterprise? Her mom is going to give her an earful about it on their next videochat. The fuel and coolant lines of the nuclear-powered ship need more diagnostics before the next lunar transit, so there's plenty to do, but she can't help but think about her mom... and politics. If only President King could do something more for those poor people in the old country. Simply resettling refugees in Texas and sending them a monthly Bank of America check for half the amount that citizens receive stank of vapid weakness. How was the Alliance going to catch up to the Federation on Mars if this kind of molly-coddling kept up?

She may not have voted for Nixon's re-election after the Capitol Hill Club scandal, but she is seriously considering her next ballot for a true man of the people. Her favorite candidate for president reminded Valentine of her own father. While she began to organize her toolkit for the upcoming procedures, her mind was far away, wondering about primaries. George Bush had "the Big Mo" on his side: all he needed to do now was to rake that idiot Ronald Reagan over the coals for his ridiculous debate shenanigans. There was no way Ted Kennedy would ever get passed 2nd place, not in a contest for the Democratic-Republican nomination! The future really might be bright for the Alliance if they could just elect an actual war hero into the White House. Valentine was ready for America to be the land of the brave again.

Corporal Vu was doing her part! After all, she had submitted her application for the Ares mission the day she had qualified. When would she be notified on her application's progress? Was it because she was a woman that the boys in Houston kept her in the dark? Or was it more that she was half-Vietnamese, or that her father was British? She sighed (not that old thought pattern again) and then started flipping switches for fuel rerouting procedures.

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Communists taking over the entire world and she cares about stimulus checks?
There's not actually going to be many communists left once the Viet Minh are defeated. They really gave the Kunist-Stalinists a bad name. ;)

More like guaranteed income checks, but yeah. Valentine is one of those, but still extremely competent at her job.
 
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Crosspost from MOTF 239: A House Divided:
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India at Boiling Point: The Events Leading to the Indian Civil War
In 2040, India looked set to be the next global superpower. Many of its biggest rivals had succumbed to civil war: America in 2025, Russia in 2026, China in the early 2030s. However, there were troubles brewing in the subcontinent that would lead to India falling into the same fate.
Taliban Insurgencies in Pakistan
Having taken control of Afghanistan in 2024, the Taliban then set its sights on on the fellow Pashtuns of Pakistan. The former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (or FATA), now split between the Pashto-majority states of Pakhtunkhwa and Khorasan, provided manpower for the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (also known as the Pakistani Taliban), and the Taliban government provided guns and money. The Pakistani Taliban aimed to overthrow the Pakistani government, and as of June 2040, control several districts in the border areas, and conduct occasional terrorist attacks in major cities.
Disputes over Kashmir
Ever since Partition in 1947, Kashmir had always been a sour point between India and Pakistan. Both countries claimed all of the region, but each only controlled part: Pakistan controlled Gilgit, Baltistan, and Azad Kashmir (1 on map), while India controlled Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh (5). In addition, both claimed the uninhabited Siachen Glacier (3), but neither controlled it. India also claimed the Shaksgam Valley (2) and Aksai Chin (4, 6) from Uyghuristan and Tibet. Religion played a major part in the dispute: whilst all of Pakistani Kashmir was overwhelmingly Muslim, Indian Kashmir was more religiously divided. Kashmir proper was mostly Muslim, Jammu was more Hindu, and Ladakh was Buddhist. Given the religious disparities between Kashmir and the (mostly Hindu) rest of India, Kashmir has frequently tried to secede; however, this has backfired, resulting in crackdowns on religion and Kashmiri culture. In 2020, the state of Jammu and Kashmir (then including Ladakh) was dissolved and replaced by the two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Since then, Jammu has been intensely Hinduized, and in 2038 granted statehood. Many Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir were still bitter and would like to become independent or join Pakistan.
Workers' Strikes
India is a major source of cheap labor to the West, as large companies can take advantage of low wages to produce goods cheaply. However, not all workers were content with living in poverty. Across India, there have been many strikes and peaceful protests by workers calling for higher pay and better living conditions. In Jan 1 2040, workers in a factory in Moradabad, Paschim Pradesh, refused to work, demanding increased pay; their demands were accepted. This was followed by more strikes and protests around India, many unsuccessful. Many Indian workers awaited the day the Revolution will come; fortunately for them, that day came soon.
Bengali and Maldives Refugee Crises
Climate change, the invisible terror created by man and ignored for long, hit in the worst places. Bangladesh, being unfortunate enough to sit on the delta and floodplains of two major rivers, the Ganges and Brahmaputra, was one of the worst affected. Flooding has always been a frequent fact of life in Bangladesh, but the unpredictable side effects of global warming made floods more frequent, more severe and less predictable. In the Sundarbans, slowly rising sea levels have claimed some coastal settlements. With more and more people's houses being destroyed or rendered uninhabitable, many became displaced and had to flee elsewhere. Many settled in northern Bengal, the Brahmaputra Valley and Barak Valley to the east, and the Ganges Valley to the west. However, some states, such as Jharkhand and Assam, had become annoyed with the influx of Bengali refugees and wanted to enact anti-immigration laws to keep them out. Fortunately for the refugees, the Indian constitution prevented such laws. In response, those states considered secession from India to form their own country.
A similar situation occurred with the Maldives, which had many of its islands sink under the waves. In 2039, the remaining population of the archipelago voted overwhelmingly to be annexed into India. Many fled to India (primarily Kerala and Tamil Nadu) or Sri Lanka, and have formed sizable Dhivehi communities there.
 
So what exactly is the giant green blob's ideology?
It's a democratic federation with checks and balances between its member republics. I'd call it a liberal polyarchy if it weren't for the fact that many industries are fully syndicalized and municipalities have a great deal of communal power encoded in the constitution of the union.

In 1980 it's led by Chairman of the Federal Assembly Wolfgang Schmidt.
 
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Crossposting from Forgotten No More:
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East Florida is a state located in the New South region of the United States. It is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the northwest by West Florida, to the north by Georgia, to the east by the Bahamas and the Atlantic Ocean, and to the south by the Straits of Florida and Cuba; it is the only state hat borders both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Florida spans over 58,700 square miles, and is home to over XX million, the most populous state in the U.S. The state capital is Marshall and the most populous city is Tempa. The Great Bay metropolitan area, with a population of almost 10.1 million, is the most populous urban area in Florida and the third-most populous in the United States; other urban conurbations with over one million people are Greater Dade, the Marshall-Gaitlin Corridor, Boydville, and the Lâk Ôkôbê-Nyû Barê Corridor.

Various Native American groups have inhabited East Florida for at 20,000 years. In 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León became the first known European to make landfall, calling the region La Florida for its lush greenery and the Easter season (Pascual Florida in Spanish). The area subsequently became the first area in the continental U.S. to be permanently settled by Europeans, with the Spanish colony setting at St. Augustine, founded in 1565, being the oldest continuously inhabited city. Florida was repeatedly contested by Spain and Great Britain throughout the colonial period. During the British occupation of Florida in the late 18th century, the colony was split into East and West, roughly corresponding with the modern states. Both Floridas were ceded to the United States in 1803 (West) and 1806 (East) respectively; East Florida was admitted as the XXth state on March 3, 1840. East Florida was the principal location of the Seminole Wars (1816-1841), the longest and most extensive of the Shame Wars in U.S. history. The state seceded from the Union on January 10, 1857, becoming one of the Confederal States. After the first civil war, East Florida was made subject to a long period of reconstruction that continued past re-admittance into the Union on June 25, 1877.

Since the 20th century, East Florida has experienced rapid demographic and economic growth. It's $1.9 trillion economy is the largest sub-national economy in the world. The main sectors are tourism, hospitality, agriculture, real estate, transportation, and cinema. East Florida is world-renowned for its beach resorts, amusement parks, warm and sunny climate, and nautical recreation; attractions such as the Magik World of Disnê, the Liberty Space Center, the Tempa Film Industry, Tekesta Beach and Wilêumston Beach draw tens of millions of visitors annually. East Florida is a population destination for retirees, seasonal vacationers, and both domestic and international migrants; it hosts the ten fastest-growing communities in the U.S. The state's close proximity to the ocean has shaped its culture, identity, and daily life; its colonial history and successive waves of migration are reflected in African, Indigenous, Anglo-, German, Latino, and Asian influences. East Florida has attracted or inspired writers such as Margorê K. Rawlinz, Ernest Hemingwâ, and Tenesê Wilêums, continues to attract celebrities, especially actors, and athletes, particularly in golf, tennis, auto racing, and water sports.

East Florida occupies a peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. It has the longest coastline of any state south of the Arctic, spanning over 1,000 miles, not including its many barrier islands. East Florida has more than 4,000 islands that are ten acres or large in area, the third highest number after Eustis and Glacier. Much of the state is at or near sea level, and is characterized by sedimentary soil. East Florida is the flattest state in the country, with the lowest high point of any U.S. state, at just 345 feet (105 meters). Lake Ôkôbê is its largest freshwater lake. Several beaches in East Florida have turquoise and emerald-coastal waters.

East Florida's climate varies from subtropical in the north to tropical in the south. It is the only state besides Jamaica and Caribea, and the only state on the contiguous U.S., to have a tropical climate. East Florida and Caribea are the only continental states with both a tropical climate (at the lower tip of the peninsula) and a coral reef. Consequently, East Florida has several unique ecosystems, most notably the Grass Sea National Park, the largest tropical wilderness in the U.S. and among the largest in the Americas. Unique wildlife include the Roseate Spoonbill, American flamingo, bottlenose dolphin, and the endangered American alligators, manatee, and Florida panther. Small numbers of American crocodiles may persist in regions of the Grass Sea National Park, but none have been sighted since 2011. Invasive species have damaged East Florida's ecosystems significantly and a number have established breeding populations. Today, the state bans the release of any non-endemic animal into the wild and hosts a variety of extermination programs - most famous was the Florida Hungry Hippos project in the 1980s to eradicate a small, but growing population of hippos that had begun to grow in the Grass Sea National Park. The Florida Reed is one of only two living coral barrier reefs in the continental United States, the other being the Belize Barrier Reef in Caribea.

East Florida's large population and economy give it considerable influence in national politics; since the late 20th century has been a major battleground in presidential elections. East Florida was devastated by hurricanes during the 2003 Atlantic hurricane season and a major political shift towards green energy occurred in the state. This paved the way for Cal Inslee's unexpected primary rise in 2006 that eventually won him the presidency, and with its influence, East Florida has pushed the national narrative in favor of robustly combating climatic escalation. Tempa, along with Gaitlin, Bôêdvil, and Tekesta, is recognized as a global city and considered the cultural and economic capital of the Southeast and the Caribbean. The state has some of the country's largest and most prestigious universities, with its flagship University of East Florida ranking among the ten best public universities in the National Collegiate System. East Florida is among the ten overall best states best on metrics such as governance, healthcare, education, recreational activities, and economic opportunity.

(The write-up is an adaption of the OTL write-up found in the Florida Wikipedia article.)
 
India at Boiling Point: The Events Leading to the Indian Civil War
In 2040, India looked set to be the next global superpower. Many of its biggest rivals had succumbed to civil war: America in 2025, Russia in 2026, China in the early 2030s. However, there were troubles brewing in the subcontinent that would lead to India falling into the same fate.
Wow. If the four great continental powers have all collapsed into civil war, then who would be left on top after India? Maybe the EU if it's still around, Japan, Indonesia, or even one of the more populous African countries? What does America, China and Korea look like by 2040? Has Taiwan emerged unscathed?
 
And a mere ten years later, my desire has been granted!
My pleasure!
The next wish will be fulfilled in 2041
I always love your work, especially the color palettes you used (especially in the Middle East).
Would you give me permission to reuse some of them?
Thank you! I wasn't sure about this case, I thought that people would just get confused about the colors.
Of course you can use them without any problem.
 
Wow. If the four great continental powers have all collapsed into civil war, then who would be left on top after India? Maybe the EU if it's still around, Japan, Indonesia, or even one of the more populous African countries?
  • The United States of Europe (formed out of the EU in 2037), which stretches from the Atlantic to the Caspian and has territories on all seven continents.
  • East Africa.
  • Nigeria, which has its own SoI in West and Central Africa.
However, most power is wielded by alliances, including the North American Union in North America, Mercosur in South America, the Baghdad Accord in the Middle East, and the Pacific Rim Alliance in East Asia and Oceania.
What does America, China and Korea look like by 2040?
America: Its prestige ended with a bang in the Second American Civil War of 2025. Nowadays it is one of the integral members of the North American Union. Many companies fled to Canada, Cascadia, California, New England or Texas (the latter four all seceded during the war) during the war and stayed there. Population (2050): around 200M.
China: Hit hard by demographic collapse and harder by the civil war of the 2030s. Nowadays, a fairly liberal democracy. Lost Xinjiang, Greater Tibet, parts of Inner Mongolia, Yunnan, Guangxi, Canton, and Hainan to secessionists. Population (2050): around 700M.
Korea: Unified during China's civil war as North Korea had no reason to exist. Population (2050: around 90M.
Has Taiwan emerged unscathed?
Yes.
 
I don’t know but I’d like to think so too.
Unless the rest of the world is very different from OTL, seems likely. (Looking at the divisions, now I'm wondering why the Spaniards in the late colonial period bundled Bolivia together with Argentina in the Viceroyalty of La Plata. Keeping it united with Peru would seem to make more sense geographically and culturally.)
Excellent stuff.
 
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