Norman & Tom B: EXCELLENT! This helps explain the Lost Lifetime and to slow things down significantly even after it is over (the Interplanar Alliance background requires the timeline technology to be a few years ahead of OTL at the most). I figure the 20th Century will have increasing resource problems, especially petroleum...remember, they used some up in the first Industrial Revolution, just like we did, then used up more in the Recovery, so their problems will be bigger than OTL's. Resource extraction and usage may be a couple decades ahead of OTL, much more efficient, since this is likely the main priority when technology starts moving again. This may be a good bargaining chip with the IA.