They claimed it was the end of history, that the end of the Soviet Union meant Western Liberal Order had won the day. It was supposed to be a golden era of global prosperity, free of the strife of the previous centuries. Pax Americana, they called it, and we believed them. Now we have to pay for our hubris.
The dawn of the 21st century wasn't an extension of the 20th century like so many predicted. Hind sight's 20/20, if we had known then, what we know now... The early 21st century saw a decline in American relevence in the world, not the expansion of it, and in the wake of growing spending, the US Foreign Policy was paralyzed. China used the opportunity to expand its sphere of influence, securing resources for its booming manufacturing sector. Russia, empowered by its booming gas sales, used this time to reassert it's hegemony over Eastern Europe, and parts of the Middle east, furthering its control on the oil supplies of the world. The pressure from the east, forced the European Union closer together, negotiations are going on even today for a unified federation, with only France and Britain as the chief euroskeptics. France, trying to find itself in the world turns its eye to its former empire, the Francophonie. Britain, on the other hand finds solstice in the company of the Americans, who, despite its losses, remains the unofficial leader of the Anglosphere.
Other powers haven't been sitting by idly. India, Brazil and Japan all want their own place in the sun, and they're willing to fight for it, it necessary.
We were so afraid of a New World Order, we didn't notice when the last bit of world order slipped away. What's left is pure chaos. Anarchy. God Help us all.
This is the page for The Second Modernity, a mod spanning 2036 to 2136. It is meant to run a world, as conceived by contemporary political theorists and science fiction writers: Neo-Liberalism run amuck, the end of the Nation State, and the return to a sort of 19th Century Multipolar world order.
It is acknowledged that Vicky cannot model the Current Era perfectly, but it is my opinion is can handle best of any paradox game. To this end, we must note a few necessary abstractions:
- Airpower will be modelled as attached to infantry, granting a unit and stack a boost to recon and firepower, at the cost of a large maintenance cost.
- The threat of Nuclear Armageddon is a thing of the past, due to an international missile shield. Directly ripped from Endwar, but its a nice Deus Ex Machina.
The goal of this mod is thusly:
To create gameplay that allows players to experience, explore and playthough the shift from a "monopolar" world, to a multipolar world. Not only this, but cultural shifts due to globalisation, and the breakdown of national sovereignty and potential future government systems, which may arise due to that same reorganising power due to globalisation.
Secondly, to explore the potential impact of a shifting technological paradigm on cultural movements.
This sounds rather lofty, in simpler terms,
This mod is designed to take you from a world which is designed after the near future (ala Tom Clancy's Endwar) and end up in a world designed after more dystopian or cyberpunk elements (ala Battlefield 2142, Deus Ex, Snow Crash, Diamond Age).