Thinking back to part 2 of the Marxism series (bit.ly/3qe9hFX), we ended on a thought about where the earth would be in 2100. Let’s elaborate on that.
Political Pandemonium. Absorbed in self-interest, governments across the world sold absolute power to a confederacy of TNCs and social elites. The books didn’t need balancing any longer; they were thrown out. Free to do business with anyone, they determinedly went about stockpiling resources in preparation for the climate to deteriorate further. Inevitable in 2100; distinct possibility in 2020. Promised safety for their families, government officials cowered behind the elites in permanent retirement.
The seas rose, just as the scientists told deaf ears would happen. New capital cities were established and the cyber-authoritarian order of the mid-2000s began to crumble. Cities decentralised into street factions ran by elites; a postcode power hierarchy formed that dictated an individual’s social position. The police disappeared with the government; elites dictate and embody the law now.
Most millennials are dead, but many Gen Z’ers are enjoying late retirement. Or at least, the rich ones are. And they won’t be by the coast because all the once-idyllic beaches flooded decades ago. There’s no oil left either, other than a couple of elite-controlled reserves. Air quality is at an all-time low and 1 in 2 die from the respiratory diseases that thrive upon the unvaccinated lungs of the poor. After all, healthcare devolved without external funding.
As the few surviving corporations have gone virtual, the rest consumed by administration and mergers gone wrong, city centres lie ransacked and desolate. Meanwhile, on private concrete islands, server rooms span miles, nestled in the centre of the Western Atlantic. Some say that the elites moved underground, controlling the world remotely, others say that they managed to upload their consciousnesses online to truly dominate global marketplaces. Many proletarians have attempted to infiltrate them, but no-one has ever succeeded.
Meanwhile, the seas surrounding what earth is left lie starched; devoid of life. Landfill lines the sea floor several metres deep. Global ecocide. And on the surface, the only trees left have been genetically modified to the point that they grow and live online, vulnerable to pollution IRL. Virtual heaven lies exclusive to the 1% and their families. The rest in crumbling ruins; myriads of unresolved, irreconcilable micro-dictatorships.