“They meant to save a nation. Instead they destroyed the world.”
Just past the midpoint of the 21st century, a chemical was discovered that outstripped oil as the world’s dominant source of power. One crisis ended, and a new crisis began. The economies shattered by the loss of their primary export plummeted into poverty, and banded together in a desperate bid to save their way of life. Their efforts led to a war that touched every continent with its destruction, and global civilization collapsed.
No victor emerged from the disaster.
Years later, fleets of warships sailed the globe, reconstructing cities along the main thoroughfares in the Americas, Europe, and Australia. Starving populations flocked to the resource-rich centers, where they were promised a life of plenty in exchange for loyalty to the new regime. They called it the World System, and before long the new government’s noose tightened around the world. Migrations to the cities became forced, and those who did not comply were hunted down and exterminated.