It is the year 2100CE. The world is both similar and different to the world we are familiar with. The world’s population is around 14 billion and it is a time of relative prosperity. Only a few nations are truly wealthy, but none are truly poor – even in the Third World, access to secure food and reasonable health care has been achieved.
There is one true global superpower – The Commonwealth, born of the Commonwealth of Nations, born of the British Empire. The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union in the 2030s and the subsequent formation of a union based on the Commonwealth represented a profound powershift in world affairs. Some refer to it as the Second or New British Empire, but the official position is that such a comparison is embarrassing – this is a community of equals not an empire.
Other prosperous and significant powers include the Indian Hegemony, the European Community, the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, and the United States of America.
The United States of America has managed to maintain a reasonably high level of prosperity only by amassing massive debt over the previous century – debts that other nations have not called in for fear of collapsing the entire world economy. The United States has ceded Alaska and Hawaii to the Commonwealth in exchange for generous trade terms and terms of credit with the world’s superpower. No attempt has been made to absorb the United States into the Commonwealth, only because its national pride would prevent that final step being taken and nobody wants to force the issue – the United States retains the world’s only large nuclear arsenal after the Russian arsenal deteriorated in the first half of the twenty first century.
A variety of other smaller nations still retain sovereignty particularly in South America, Africa, Southern Europe, and the Middle East. The world is a relatively peaceful one, overall.
The United Nations continues in a similar role to that it had in the early twenty first century. The Security Council has four permanent members, but three of those members have more than one vote.
The Commonwealth – 3 votes (having the votes of the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia – all permanent members at the time of union)
The Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere – 2 votes (having the votes of China and Russia – both permanent members at the time of formation of the Sphere)
The European Community – 2 votes (those of France and Germany at the time Combined Sovereignty was achieved)
The United States of America – 1 vote
Most controversial votes, involving the direct interests of the permanent members tend to tie 4-4, rendering the United Nations fairly impotent when it comes to major issues.
The Indian Hegemony is pushing for status as a Permanent Member. This is supported by The Commonwealth and the United States and opposed by the European Community and the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.