The tide of history has shifted across the last forty years, leaving behind a new configuration and distribution in the global balance of power. America continues to be the leading nation of global military power and diplomacy, but one whose economic and moral might has withered in the face of its repressive grip on parts of East Asia. Europe, arguably the largest economic bloc, remains hamstrung by political infighting and regional feuding. The Two Chinas (Cathay and Zhongguo) combined would be the most powerful nation on the planet, but their smoldering quarrel inhibits economic cooperation. Japan is a fading power relegated to middle-power status by its isolationism and neutrality. Amazonia, headed by the Brazilian powerhouse, is a major world player and a strong force for Christian missionary work. Holy Russia is also a major player, but is currently preoccupied with a brutal religious war in Central Asia. India is an economic giant, but is split along political and religious lines which hamper its ability to exert force. Azania and Nigeria compete for African dominance in a bitter cold war, but their economic might is limited.

Protocol Seats
The Protocol Security Board is composed of the major powers as follows:

  • United States - representing North America
  • European Union - representing Europe (rotating representative)
  • Hindustan - representing the Indian sub-continent
  • Huaren Clan - representing United China (dual representatives)
  • Brazil - representing the Amazonia Confederation
  • Azania - representing Africa (contested by Nigeria)
  • Persia - representing Islam
  • Holy Russia - representing Slavic & Orthodox interests

    Largest Economies
    Using the standard Revised Purchasing Power guidelines, the world's largest and most influential economies by Gross Domestic Product are as follows:
  • United States of America - 17% - informatics, financial, research, military
  • European Union - 17% - informatics, financial, vehicles, biotech
  • Indian Confederation - 11% - heavy industry, vehicles,
  • Cathay - 9% - informatics, financial, transport
  • Zhongguo - 6% - heavy industry, vehicles, consumer goods
  • Amazonia Confederation - 5.5% - informatics, entertainment, agriculture
  • Japan - 5% - informatics, research, biotech
  • Holy Russia - 4.5% - heavy industry, military, aerospace
  • Persia - 3% - heavy industry, consumer goods, white goods

    Nuclear Powers
    Many nations have harnessed the power of nuclear weapons, and these still remain permissible in certain extreme circumstances, though bio-chemical weapons are proscribed by the Research Control Regime. Nuclear weapons were used on several occasions during the Pacific War and the New Mutation. Paradoxically, the horrors of nuclear attacks have inured many people to their horrible violence. A new generation has grown up in the shadow of nukes being used repeatedly, and has accepted them as terrible weapons of necessity. After all, purity and survival require many sacrifices.

    Acknowledged nuclear powers include USA, Holy Russia, Zhongguo, Cathay, Korea, Japan, Hindustan, Brazil, Persia, Israel, France, England, Spain, Azania, Nigeria, Turkey, Pakistan (remnants), Malayan Fed (limited), and possibly Australia.

    ++++++Man, that was so whacked when the Malays threatened to nuke Jakarta if the Apparatus-trained commando boys didn't pull out of Kuala Lumpur within 12 could practically see them running like hell into the jungle. Even today, nukes are still the "poor man's army"+++[Kalorific]+++

    ++++++Course, today there are worse things than nukes....Bleeding Mary comes immediately to the mind, but I can think of a dozen things worse than dying in a sun-hot thermonuclear fireball....+++[Ipswitcher]+++