Here’s a very loose and more “economically sound” cover of Front Mission Universe. The basic premise of supranationalism is maintained, but not the dominant actors due to demographic and economic realities. However, in a way by truly buying into what’s supposed to be the lies of neoliberal globalism ironically translates into an optimal victory for the ideological memetic package. This is thus an experiment on how a true victory of pure post-national globalism will probably look like. Probably not completely realistic and isn’t meant to be.
Oceania Community Union began as a Trans Pacific Trade Area, a neoliberal geopolitical project aimed to lynchpin American dominance in Western Pacific and deny it from China. Over the time however, even with all the rigging to benefit the US-Japanese cartel didn’t prevent the sweeping rise of South East Asian economies, only delaying the inevitable. Somehow the ideological momentum of globalism saved the arrangement briefly by accommodating rising Southeast Asian economies but eventually geographic sensibilities convinced the nations of Western Pacific to embark on their own enterprise, thus OCU was born, ostensibly out of the euphoria of the victory globalism over western parochial interests. Yet the reality is that it was a convergence of many interests. South East Asian aspirations were obvious enough, but Japan also saw opportunity in a looser market union of independent-minded nation states to shake off American grip on her since the end of WW2. While Australia was tempted with the prospect of becoming the sole “western example” of the union.
Yet it turned out that OCU globalism proved to be a wee bit too successful. The economic upswing of the now formerly ASEAN nations expanded their middle classes, while the precedent of effectively semi-integration of ASEAN previously forged a link between said multinational bourgeoises, giving birth to a novel approach to internationalism that provide a compromise between multiple national aspirations, which then immediately enforced through liberalization process already in motion in all countries involved. Such was the seed that eventually gave birth to ‘Oceanian liberalism’. In practice it’s an alliance of international liberals in supporting each other’s rule and coordinating development of each country so that they will complement each other. Their vision of fledging OCU was an association of allied metro cities. Yet its genesis was one of process rather than an instant, and only became possible through sincere devotion for the ideal of globalism that eventually won over Japan and Australia. The consequences for each region differ.
In South East Asia itself, globalism was to begin with a ploy to place the rising bourgeoise over the rural masses, if only an independent-minded one. Bringing Japan and Australia on board meaning enticing them with resources and cheap labour abundant from massive manpools of Java, Vietnam, Burma and Philippines. The economic elite and the government placate the masses through emphasizing the prestige of South East Asia being the physical center and through infrastructure development and facilitation of local enterprises, but these can only benefit so many in an area as large as SE Asia and without estranging Japanese and Australians. The power vacuum created by Second Sino-Indian War in 2050 and the burgeoning trade with the rising African economy created an economic boom that cemented SE Asia as Union’s center of power yet the profit wasn’t distributed equally, since it empowered primarily the cities, and eventually pure greed gradually eroded the developmentalism of the early OCU. By 2066, pundits would dub the situation in South East Asia as “the return of gate keeper state that characterized older Indonesian, Malaysian and Filipino oligarchies of the previous century… only one that serves local masters, living inside the comfort of metropolis complexes lullabied in their lofty globalist narrative”. Needless to say, their criticisms are muted by floods of propaganda and buzzwords, followed by daily reminder that globalism has made Asia great. But outside of the cities, the rural and provincial peripheries are only tamed by patronage upon the local elites, and even that isn’t enough sometimes for more distant corners of region, where unrests and low key violent activities emerge, such as in Northern Thailand and parts of Borneo. Far in the east the entire island of Papua is flaring up again, now by Papua New Guineans over their dissatisfaction under mostly-foreign dominated corporate plantation economy, and it didn’t took long for their resentment to quickly spread to the Indonesian side of the border where natives have become minority in their own land, threatening a race war. Burma used to have a rebellion before inclusion of Union of Seven Sister States aka. Northeast India, who joined out of hope for better opportunity but ended up as a consolation price to appease the Burmese with their own colonial fiefdom and nowadays flaring up in rebellion itself. Outside of those hotspots, the region is characterized by a consolidated system of intermediate provincial gatekeepers in symbiosis with mafia and corruption, these days consolidated along partially Yakuza lines thanks to Japanese influence.
On Japan, and also Australia, their situations are no less complicated. Initially Japan jumped into OCU project to shake off American domination and profit from, and eventually dominate over bourgeoning southern economies. Eventually however the sheer size of South East Asia and the globalist discourse simply absorbed them. This gradually draining Japan itself from bright talents and jobs. This trend was only exacerbated by the post-Sino-Indian vacuum and African boom which benefitted the south more. On Japan, what was initially resentment towards foreign immigrants and the social issues it caused eventually turned into one over the gradual lost of native talents and enterprises to the south. However Japan still possesses an edge in mechanical and hi-tech heavy manufacturing industry, and they made sure to exploit this advantage during the creation of the supranational OCU military and security forces, making Japan OCU's main producer of wanzers(Wandern Panzer: walking tank). There was another rising issue, however. The weakening of indigenous corporate complex due to brain drain, while not severe, was enough to push for relaxing the financial burden on young mothers and became the turning point of demographic trend towards natalism. Combine that with the departure of the more globalist, open minded people, declining native industry and the entry of foreign immigrants and businesses sown the seeds of populism. The fact that the remaining local monopolies had consolidated into larger Oceanian conglomeration further exacerbated the class divide in Japanese society, all of which pundits had warned about since the very beginning yet their warnings were muffed for decades. While in Australia, people had been more outspoken over what the local white masses dubbed as “the flood of immigrants”. Yet the local pro-globalist faction was shrewd enough to lynchpin themselves on the SE Asian economic boom at the right time which rewarded them extravagantly, and they even became major intellectual influence upon the aspiring South East Asian globalists. Swiftly they pushed their own country towards more openness to immigrants, consolidation of local specializations, and extensive propaganda campaign on the populace, already predisposed to liberal values to begin with, further obscuring nativist voices. Thus Australia became a model miniature of western liberalism to subtly remind people where the idea came from. As far as the Australians globalists were concerned, the sharing of power and assets between them, South East Asia and Japan had been satisfactory by the time the construction of OCU superstructure was completed. Yet as anywhere else, Australia simply ignores the growing resentment and dislike against the current order. There has been even a white terrorist movement from almost the beginning of OCU, yet so far it has been battered by intensive policing and subtle fixing of the popular narrative as anywhere else. Under the surface, out of everyone’s attention was growing untended scars of the local lower class as income gap grew along with ethnic animosity among them.
Then across the Indian Ocean there was also Africa whose breakneck growth since the last decade of 20th century only turned it collectively into an emerging economic power through outside assistance to stabilize it, while Africa Union solidified as an effective institution through constant action to deal with social, political and environmental challenges across the continent. Thus when European Union plunged into a crisis when the FBS regime in Russia collapsed, it was Africa Union who entered Europe to help put down Eastern European rebellion and eventually brought some of them back into Union fold.It wasn’t quick enough to deny the eastern Balkans from reemerging Russian power, under the new regime that replaced the security state. Naming themselves the Zaftra Party they renamed the country “United People’s Republic of Rossiya Zaftra”, colloquially shortened as People’s Republic of Zaftra,. They championed an anti-globalist ideology called “conservative materialism” to rival prevailing neoliberal globalist current. To help Europe fending off this threat, Africa Union retained a small garrison on Europe while helping Europeans to rebuild their military. By this point it’s pretty clear about who’s dominant over who in the relationship. The shrunken European Union had also lost most of the northern countries who turned reclusive and preferred to create their own club. Finland is aligned with Europe-Africa bloc yet so far it’s been deemed “too undemocratic” to join the union, much to Europe’s own police state tendencies. Aside from Europe, Africa Union was also among those responsible in helping anti-American South American states consolidated into USAN(Union of South American Nations). Together, Africa, Europe and South America formed an alliance called “Three Party Agreement”, and combined they form the largest force on earth. However the still rising Africa isn’t free of problems. While Sub-Saharan Africa has consolidated into a network of interconnected metropolises this in fact renewed friction against the nomadic Tuaregs on the fringes of Sahel and Sahara, already restive since even the 20th century and were the epicenter of African terrorism phenomena through the first decades of the 21st. Sub-Sahara itself is not bared from multi-dimensional problems of intra-African migrations, rural struggle against city dominance, rising spiritual objection against dismissive secularism, and the ever prickly problem of environmental degradation, the costs of African ambition for power.
And finally, the UCN. The Union of Continental Nations, the successor of Free Trade Area of the Americas, the only remaining portion of American three way neoliberal project. Unlike OCU it was to begin with designed as a supranational political union to extend US control. This primordial neoliberal creature was born from American discourse itself and thus UCN prides itself as the natural champion of globalism, and indeed its political practice is simply a continuation of USA’s domestic and continental precedents. Its more “organic” proceeding is perhaps why it’s even more an empire of metropolises, thus most centralized then any other Supernations. The Integration of the continent from Alaska to Peru opened up freedom of movement along said span of territory, pulling the workforce from rural peripheries into the cities and exposing their homes to exploitation. Not only that, all the people movement across the UCN has created numerous communal tensions as immigrants from afar spilling from the cities that cannot absorb them all, into surrounding rural area. It obviously treats countries of South America as extraction colonies and they have risen in open rebellion. But perhaps the biggest powderkeg of all lies on the United States heartland itself. Specifically, the southern states that suffered from colonial exploitation, immigration AND climate refugee crises all at once. UCN has so far been dealing with all of them with brute armed force and the terror of intelligence and national security agencies. Lately UCN decision makers have been thinking about using the climate change to their service and ease these problems somewhat through the promise of new land opened by thawing northern ice.
The only remaining region outside of this supranational empires is mainland Asia, where globalism never manages to take hold and nation states thrive. Consequently it’s looked down upon, yet it is no mere backwater. China managed to complete its “New Silk Road” project during its better days, connecting it with countries to its west all the way to western hemisphere, bringing economic growth along the way and lessening the impact of OCU domination over the seas. There’s no hope for any kind of Eurasian supranationalism among the nationalist Asian states, some which are not even secular such as Iran, an Islamic Republic. Yet they share a common interest in keeping their shared one belt Trans-Asia economic region. Which is why they don’t approve of the revival of Russian expansionism by the new Zaftra regime, and have formed a defense pact against any possible Russian irredentism towards Central Asia. Aside from that however the Asian powers have their own interests and aims respectively. Iran for one thing bosses over the gulf countries via its own-initiated organization of Gulf Partnership after the fall of Saudi Arabia, and frequently competes with China over influence over Central Asian states. While China, deep down never sincerely accepts OCU domination in East Asia, and is waiting for the chance to strike back. It hasn’t escaped their attention that OCU have been plagued by civil unrests and growing resentment, and they most certainly contribute to the Assam resistance’s bank account. However, Japan, being the most remote and exposed part of OCU attracts their attention the most. The coexistence there of vital OCU assets and the most repressed xenophobia has picqued the interest of Chinese military intelligence, which believes that something can be made out of the rising local social tension.
The year is 2090, and tension is rising in the Pacific where OCU and UCN have long competed over Polynesia island chains, only exacerbated in recent years by the independence of formerly French Polynesian colony that both sides want for themselves. It is only a matter of time before either of them to make the first move to filibuster the former European colony.
Credits to Silas-Coldwine for his "Business as Usual" map has provided me with the inspiration, and a base map to make this one, and to mattystereo for his insights into Africa and Middle East, and a little idea of his that I've appropriated for this map
In this world, Soviet Union avoided the leadership of Leonid Brezhnev. Without him in the picture and better fortune for Kosygin and Podgorny, who replaced Khruschev later, the idea of cyberneticization of Soviet economy and administration gained steam and Glushkov’s project took off. It took 15 years to complete, streamline the bureaucracy and multiply the revenue, yet eventually didn’t succeed at keeping Soviet superpower status and continuing its rivalry with US but it did save it from demise. A side effect of this process was limited proliferation of cyberneticism and effective Soviet intervention to prevent the fall of Allende and his similar Syncho program. Then an alternate *Gorbachev oversaw reform and reconciliation with the west with extended time, even managed to maneuver for a coalition intervention on the break up of Yugoslavia, which offered the promise of Global Collective Initiative, “World Government” future, and retreat from Eastern Europe and Afghanistan in grace by 1995, effectively ending the Cold War. Soviet Union still stood however, meaning that its protection remained over its remaining allies and its immediate proximity remain respected. As such Iraq won’t be ‘open’ for American militarism for a while… until the second decade of 21st century where a wave of democratic revolution sweeping across the Arab World. Thus, US chose to direct its neoliberal project towards Africa and containing growing Chinese and Indian influences there. World Trade Center attack still happened(if at different date, so no "9/11"), which was made a pretext to intervene in Somalia and Sudan. Thus the race for Africa began years sooner then OTL with American participation. It thus became ‘cool’ for other countries that can afford it, to jump in and invest in the continent, most notably Japan and S.Korea. It sped up development and investment yet American interventionism proved harmful for a number countries such as Sudan and Congo, which ended up effectively partitioned, formally for Sudan later in 2010. While for Somalia American occupation proved to be a blessing, what with it being a lot easier to rebuild then Iraq and all. While the fall of Mugabe was a mixed blessing and kick started a race towards the “Belt Region”, stretching from Angola to Mozambique , possessing immense natural resources and agricultural potential. Africa isn’t the only theater of “investment war”, however. While Soviet Union only opened few restricted “free market pockets” for foreign capital in major cities, they also invite the major economies to invest directly on much larger scale into Soviet state machinery, which proved to be magnificently rewarding for everyone involved, both in revenue and tech development. Slowly but surely, Soviet economy rebounds and progresses.
Without being a target in War on Terror, Iraq was in the position to ensure its condemnation of terrorism and Islamism be heard and its contribution in War on Terror undeniable, aside from not being the epicenter of “Clashes of Civilizations” which meant Islamophobia is significantly blunted as a global echo vis a vis OTL, though still remain enflamed among Christian conservatives and nationalists. But eventually, the wave of revolution, beginning in a demonstration in Tunisia that spiraled out of control, swept across the Arab World, and trouble began. Emboldened with success in Africa and European support, US made no delay to intervene in Libya and prevent the country from breaking down. On Iraq and Syria however, it was timed more carefully(to avoid Iraqi-Syrian détente) and preceded with building consensus among the Great Powers first, and only after filibuster of Kuwait by Uday Hussein and his bold invasion of Syria to create Greater Iraq, did international community, eager to prove the promise of Yugoslavia, came to put him down. With more resources, manpower and allies committed to the occupation, the entire fertile crescent was secured more firmly. Yet Iraq’s invasion of Syria had permanently damaged Sykes-Picot arrangement, and with vivid awareness that Sunni Iraq and Syria will inevitably coalesce into one if left alone, majority of the coalition support maintaining the occupation. Thus the situation lingered on and the region became a ground for royale proxy war between multiple players, complete with stand offs between rivaling factions as well as growing terrorist activities which strengthen the pretext to prolong the occupation, yet the situation has become less and less sustainable and the local resentment only grows stronger. In addition, occupation of Iraq and Syria had also inspired another multinational action elsewhere, with or without American troops. Afghanistan for example was mostly Chinese orchestrated, bringing together a coalition of Pakistan, Iran and Soviet Union after a political change in Pakistan on the expense of Taliban supporters, and this triggered a new chapter in Sino-American rivalry.
The world of 2016 is one of transformation, a beginning of a formative phase. 21st century African scene has proven that anti-realism brings more profit and this has changed imperialistic game, to become one of positive developmentalism. No longer it was rewarding to sabotage a country’s development rather then supporting it. Warfare has become less and less conventional and direct. The Soviet cybernetic success has added a significant boost into the growth of software technology, setting forward the internet boom by years, as well as memetic warfare. The very fact of Soviet survival has also provided a significant boost to space explorations, especially with it being less of rivalry and more of cooperation between major space program bodies. Thus arrive a period of booming growth at almost every front, and there was no sign of stopping. In general the public welcomes the era of accelerated progress with open arms, encouraged to dream even bolder, despite shaking collective international front, as reflected by prevalent futuristic fictions of the eventual completion of global infrastructure, thus a true united earth, followed by colonization of the solar system, and then the stars. But a few feel disturbed over the pace of progress that they deem to be increasingly too fast. Its effect on the environment has been all too clear and there has been a slow shift towards its mitigation. But some concerns are also more political and ideological, as some are skeptical whether the rapid proliferation of development will really not going to bring liberal model of development into collision with rising cultural conscience, or that the inclusion of Soviet Communism in global market will really not provide it with a Trojan Horse to propagate its ideology from within the capitalist structure. So far, such concerns has been looked upon with bemusement, and few can fathom the merit of such warnings.
It is four more years before the dawn of The Dynamic Era.
Somehow I ran into an old map done by B_Munro in AH.com(www.alternatehistory.com/forum…), which in turn was inspired by Mathuen’s TL(map here: mattystereo.deviantart.com/art…). I morbidly like the concept so I decided to make a re-imagined map of the setting.
As per original, a form of muscular secularism arose from United States after a fundamentalist terror attack gave rise to hardline atheist George Freemont which took power and declared war on fundamentalist Christianity and the formation of The Second Republic of United States. Its basic ideology is pretty much the same, Secular Humanism that seeks to end the reign of organized religion over society, which it actively spreads and often strengthening the already local undercurrents in places. Republican revolution that overthrew British “genteel fascism” and the monarchy it rallied around was also strongly anti-religious, although the degree to which religion is suppressed varies between Constituent Republics of Anglophone Federation. In Ottoman Empire, prolonged years of Great War and European Conflict had gradually strengthened the always secular-minded military to the point where they came to position to proceed with a creeping coup, rigged the parliament and filled it with their supporters, and eventually manipulate the royal succession to their favor. More *Baathist then *Kemalist, the secular regime has the Caliph in their hands, and with him the mainstream corpus of the ulema, granting them some legitimacy and the instrument to legitimize their agenda in Islamic context. This neo-oriental/neo-Islamic brand of secularism presents a politically correct way to pursue secularism, but it’s by no means a democratic one, and has proven to be divisive for the muslim world, with countries like Indonesia and Sokoto declared seccession from Osmanli spiritual leadership and join the opposing bloc while Moroccan Makhzen quietly settles for neutrality. Constantinople served as the site where alliance of secularist nations led by the US was signed and its Headquarters. Dubbed “Constantinople Accord”, it aims to create a united front against religious reactionarism as well as pursuing the common goals of advancing scientific progress and building a more rational world. Other major nations of the Accord are Germany, Japan and United States of Danube. Germany which saw the rise of radical nationalist socialist party into power after the ‘30s Nuclear War has now liberalized considerably, with intra-party factions competing in more or less democratic setting while still adhering firmly to national ideology, nowadays as much about Constantinopolian Consensus as about national populism. While Japan averted the jingoistic phase due to more credible challenge from China, and is now a country actively complementing institutional secularism, anti-Abrahamic by design, with its national culture, itself ever keeping up with western secular trend. Lastly, United States of Danube is Austria-Hungary that has successfully implemented federal arrangement. It is not perfect however, especially to Constantinopolian standard since ethno-religious intersectionality of its diverse population proves too sensitive for more straightforward imposition of rationalism. It instead pursues compromise between secular federal government with cultural localism. So far the delicate arrangement holds up, and is viewed by the rest of the Accord as better choice to either Christian ideology or fragmentation, though there have been complains on the Danubians being "too slow" and rather too tolerant of "backward ruralism".
All in all The Accord is fairly inclusive, but perhaps too oriented towards Abrahamic setting. Most notable member highlighting said trait being the Revived Tawantisuya, originated in mutiny of Bolivian Indio soldiers after a dragging period of general Andean War gone terribly wild. Its rabid anti-Criollo hatred lends to credible anti-Catholicism that attracted American sympathy and cash after a while, but its despot-emperor openly embraced native messianism and proceeded with building a Neo-Inca Empire from scratch. After some debate, Americans decided to treat it as another First Nation spirituality and lend a hand in shaping the nation building process down the line. Perhaps such mindset was why America and the Accord at large were not ready with the rise of China, or at least what it turned out to mean. Through better stroke of luck after Taiping Rebellion, Qing China managed to successfully implement constitutional reform. At first ardently modernizing China was viewed optimistically as the future boost to secular cause against fundamentalism, but then it became apparent that its resolute Confucianism and Dynastic reverence prove incompatible with avant-garde rationalism that tends to degrade tradition. Thus China answers with Positive Traditionalism, a platform which inspires fellow conservative nations, reinforce them intellectually, and provide “Common Axis” around which to form a coalition. Members of Common Axis champion particularism specific to each own circumstances. There is Russia, which due to later World War had modernized just enough to reform for the sake of preserving older principles and values. It has combined Tsarist autocracy and Orthodox Conservatism with drive for scientific and industrial progress, and found Chinese Positivist platform further self-confirming. The third and rising star would be Bharatiya. What was formerly India was partitioned after the rise of Hindu Nationalist to power that seeks to build common national identity based on the nativity of Hindu-Dharmic religions while excluding every other, in a twisted coalition with muslim separatists that aimed for its muslim mirror. The divorce was cool and rather peaceful aside from horrendous deaths from pogroms and population exchange that followed. And natively-arranged partition of Jammu & Kashmir have denied both sides the most immediate pretext for conflict and have settled for cold mutual respect of the other’s privacy. Then there’s Indonesia, which in this universe saw a chain of events that brought closer national Islamic movement with more accommodating colonial government(the lost of Aceh made them treading VERY carefully with muslims). Its independence was achieved cooperatively after the socialist party won in Netherlands and proceeded to push for Indonesian self rule. The resulting country was a one party democracy that is a weird mix bag of liberal capitalism, muslim religiosity and Dutch-style communal pillarism. Often prides itself as an ideal multicultural Islamic country, it in fact puts muslim economic interest first and foremost and always strives to push potential competitors away, often the Chinese. The main difference between it and India is that at least it has less pogroms and more subtle encouragement to leave. And finally, there’s France and the British conservative exile regime in Kingdom of Australia. France is a classic anti-Jacobin reactionary through and through, though lately it has been accommodating of non-white European subjects as long as they strongly conform to Catholicism. While Australia claims to be “The Last True British” and is a haven for God-fearing white protestant committed to preserve the old British values.
Between the two blocs are countries that have decided to stay out of either for various reasons. There are Poland and Korea which are neutralized by the bigger nations that sandwich them from both sides. There are Switzerland and Sweden which are upholding traditional policy. There are Brazil, Pakistan and Morocco who prefer to profit by taking the role of middleman between two blocs. And then there’s Colombia, who is too much of a perennial turf war sandbox to truly align with anyone.
The two alliances are clearly locked in stalemate. The Accord commands over most of the globe by land and reach, but the ever growing economies of Common Axis, propped by the huge size of its leading powers will sure to catch up, and this worries the Accord. And the prevalence of large nations of the world has granted it formidable balance of power, rendering it considerably resistant to change by hard power, with pretty much only Congo and Colombia as viable proxy war buffer zones. It’s thus a quite stable world, which is an ire for the ideologues of both sides. Without any sharp divide on economic outlook, the accumulate economies of both blocs cannot avoid to merge. The Common Axis are thus gearing more towards pushing their bargaining position in an increasingly globalized economy, which The Accord fears will work.
Okay, finally get this bootleg-verse map uploaded at last! Accordingy I'm still using Jacob's format and even copy-pasted some of his words when I couldn't help it
A new year has begun. The austronauts are watching the first sunrise of the year in space. Ocean breeze sweeps down the shores, children are coming back to school, and lovers are celebrating and embracing. The wind over Amazigha rushes north for Mediterranean Basin as a girl is setting up her personal caravan on a local oasis town. At the same time, another girl’s boat is floating on what used to be the old town of Venice, reimagining the past life of her Italian ancestor. Elsewhere, a Japanese maid gets scolded by her Filipina employer, an Afrophile is rewatching for the umpteenth time a romanticized Epic about late Millenial Era heroes of East Africa, and yet another band of criminals is being subdued by unauthorized power armored renegades in India. A settler farmer on Queensland is calling his friend in Sumatra to get him latest state of art android frame as he’s taking a break from tending his field. He often complains about how women of today are too assertive and demanding for his taste. Far north, another anti-south demonstration is being held yet again in Switzerland, protesting the country’s recent ascension to European Union, perceived by them as mere extension of Southern Global Hegemony. Meanwhile, a small PMC boss received call from a high ranking African client, asking his company to prevent an on going unrest in Europe from swirling out of control. He then regretfully bids farewell to this wonderful Yoruban lady he’s been seeing for the third time now. Then, he notifies his men to get ready.
The World in General : The year is 2135 and Global South dominates Earth. Long gone the days of western supremacy over the planet, and gone too the days when Asia was the center of the world. Today is when Indian Rim Community, consists of world’s largest, most developed and powerful nations, has become the economic lynch pin of the world. Some of them are older Asian powers like India and Indonesia. Africa as whole however is rising rapidly, reminiscence of China just after the end of 20th century Cold War. Africa would’ve been the sole hyper power on earth, were it not for them being simply a loosely associated collection of competing states most of the time. But when they do unite in one voice, the world knows better not to look away.
The world of 22nd century has over seen decades of relative peace and prosperity after weathering the hardships of the previous century. If one were to ask an average man of the day, he or she would likely say, we’ve done pretty well. Climate change has been brought under control and humanity is reclaiming devastated lands by inches and meters, while advances made in technology have opened new opportunities in space and under the seas. On day to day life, one would note how the food has gotten healthier, travelling and communication much easier, education more efficient, and gender equality more concrete then ever before. These notions are not unchallenged however, as not everyone is satisfied by the current arrangement of things. Under the apparent global stability the world is in constant tumult and motion, that are being met by numerous covert operations and manipulations to reign over them. But as technology advances, new cultures and religions appear and humanity’s frontier ever expanding, no one can tell what brave new future lies ahead.
Asia : The largest, most populous continent of earth remains the site of world’s largest economies and most developed infrastructure, but it could probably have been better. Asia is now dominated by the countries of India, Indonesia, Iran and Korea which divide it into their own spheres of influence. One might say that the world is currently under an Indonesian era. Indonesia, sporting proudly her world’s largest naval force, patrolling the entire Pacific Ocean as her personal lake and keeping order over international seas. Indonesia is also among the leading nations in the race to space and the forefront in the sea floor colonization. However, Indonesia has less freedom of movement compared to the past western superpowers in a world with less vacuum of power. India, while still a bit chaotic after a major revolution, remains a larger economy and industrial complex. Being the leading world police just decades prior it commands the largest army on earth as well as sizeable political and economic throw weight on the global decision making. Needless to say India and Indonesia are rivals in aeronautics, besting each other in space exploration and colonization. Between them are the lesser powers of Iran and Korea. Smaller in size they maybe but they’re forces to be reckoned with. Iran, still an Islamic Republic, is the dominant player over the resurgent “Silk Road” economic and transportation network over much of Central Asia, which has reemerged as one of the major nexuses of the global economy, in fact probably second only to Indian Ocean. To the far east, Korea is now the dominant power over northeast Asia, and currently experiencing legitimate and robust cultural revival not seen since the height of Joseon dynasty. Avowedly nationalist, socialist conservative, Korea perhaps possesses the best welfare system on earth. But it’s also infamous for its imperialism over north eastern Asia. It’s currently pursuing “Greater Korea” and has annexed former Russian Far East and is currently engineering Northeast China for assimilation and annexation. Beyond that, Korea has also constructed an economic and free movement zones designed to allow them to plant Korean settlements and profit from them. There are thus Korean city enclaves that are spread from the westernmost tip of Chugoku in Japan to the east to as far as a Korea Town just outside Almaty, Kazakhstan in the west. Both Iran and Korea are ostensibly pro-India out of similar conservative outlook, but in private they’re mostly concerned about their own irredentist projects and self-style themselves as the New Asian Superpowers. Aside of those 4 powers, there are still secondary nations and emerging powers worthy of mention. China has reemerged from the horrible civil war in the late 21st century that saw the collapse of Communist Party regime. These days China is a decentralized “transplurist” country consisting of autonomous provinces with some freedom in international relations, some more autonomous then the others like Xinjiang, essentially a fiefdom of remnants of the old PLA, while there are northern provinces who are legally participants of Korean-led economic zone, which make them Korean satelites, though not as bad as Northeast China which is under occupation in all but name. On general China is divided into two broad categories, the “maritime” southern half that’s connected to the East and South China Seas, and the rest. This however doesn’t include Tibet which is now a hardline Buddhist theocracy if with strong environmentalist commitment. This post-Communist China is rebounding really fast for the past decades almost immediately since the civil war was over. It’s a markedly a much more liberal place intellectually and culturally then the previous China, as it’s been undergoing the second New Culture Movement which strives to both embrace globalism and replenish the soul of indigenous Chinese civilization allegedly stomped by the past regime. To the east, Japan is also a post-old regime transplurist country, and nowadays friendly with China. Formerly the country of corporate industrialists, Japan is now famous for Jeffersonian Rural Globalism. Japanese are proud of their own traditional ruralism but they’re more globalist then even the Chinese, always ready to reach for the wider world and adopt the latest outside trends to combine them with their own. It’s probably a necessary trait, seeing how Japan is sandwiched between Korean expansionism and Indonesian navy. While mostly agrarian-centric nowadays, Japan still retains some of its past hi-tech capacities, and can still boast the ownership of the first space elevator ever built. On the flip side it also generates enough over population to spawn streams of immigrants to the more developed or manpower-hungry countries, chief of them the Philippines which hosts the largest population of Japanese expats and guest workers. On Philippines, it is nowadays the second most powerful Southeast Asian country after Indonesia. It is a strong economic and industrial power in its own right and act as a check to Indonesian regional hegemony. While countries of Indochina can’t quite claim over the same quality, and these days the region has become a controlled playground between Indian and Indonesian proxies jockeying to best the other. Only Cambodia is markedly more stable, and that only due to its firm attachment to Indonesia. To the west, beyond Iran lies the reformed Middle East. The region that suffered the most in 21st century has now largely recovered and has settled into Mediterranean Association for Regional Cooperation(MEARC), an organization modeled after the older incarnation of ASEAN. This includes even Israel, which has surprisingly managed to avoid driving out too many Arabs and successfully assimilate them into mainstream Israeli culture. Excluded from this are the corporate group state of The Gulf Union, the two Yemens and Oman, the current banking capital of the world.
Africa : The rising giant. Africa’s resources and breakneck development in the 21st century has given rise to some of the richest and most developed nations of Earth, but has also led its internal borders to twist and turn and many nations, except the strongest among them, to fall. Although in retrospect seen as the great winner in terms of climate change, African nations were some of the first to buckle under its pressures. In the midst of this turbulence the African Union took center stage, spreading peacekeepers, repairing infrastructure, bringing food and water, and connecting the burgeoning yet also straining economies of the continent together under first a free trade area, then a currency union, then a united bank. Collectively the African Union and African Central Bank are the largest political and economic powers on the planet, and with no doubt possesses in aggregate the greatest military force on or off-planet and more space elevators then all of Asian powers' combined. Alas, for average men on the streets the realm of states and nations is still dominant. On most days the African Union is, like most of the planet, a hodgepodge of loosely associated states and regional powers, competing and cooperating with each other. Among these states there are five stars: Congo, East Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Morocco. Nigeria, Ethiopia and Congo are all the largest, most powerful military powers of Africa and are major contributors to overall African armed forces. But aside from military and manpower, they do lead the continent through other ways. Nigeria, along with Morocco are the African vanguards of Green ideology and are committed to environmental restoration and agrarianism. Morocco is notable for its abundant phosphate reserves which allow it to dominate the agricultural economies of Africa and beyond, while Nigeria being the center of environmental engineering. Congo is allied with East Africa and together lead the more technophile industrialist bloc of African nations. East Africa however is easily the senior of the two in regards to technological development, symbolized by being the only African country to possess two space elevators. While Congo has a hand in every energy venture in the hemisphere, and owns a massive damn which powers the third of the continent. Ethiopia on the other hand is the biggest investor in transportation infrastructures. Ethiopian corps are overseeing the rail lines on the continent and are even responsible for setting up to date rail system in Middle East and Europe. Aside from that Ethiopia also leads in weapons technology and is among the world’s biggest weapon exporters. These African powers are not without competition however. Elsewhere other regional powers are in motion. The Trans-African Community (TAC), a vast stretch of land that encompasses the nations between Angola and Mozambique was, during the 21stcentury, a magnet for adventurers and convoy cabals as the booming population could not be sated by just the rails that crisscrossed the land. Over generations a confederation of traders, convoys, mayors, and governors arose to connect the region by wheel and even as rail came they fought to maintain their influence. The TAC today is in many ways a Union of its own within the African Union and fields sizeable influence in the African Parliament. There are other such sub-unions however. Southward, a regional parliament has been brought together by South Africa, formerly the prime head of African Union that has become irrelevant in the face of the other powers and is now playing catch up. In West Africa there are two more coalitions. One is led by Ghana with the open intention to keep Nigerian influence at bay, and the other being a union of western Sahelian states as an economic bloc and common infrastructural management body. In the north there’s an Egypt-led one, which like Ghana’s is also formed to counter-balance major African power, in this case being Ethiopia. This coalition is markedly less confrontational however, and are more geared towards ensuring equal standing in bilateral cooperation. Despite of these rivalries between great powers and coalitions African Union continues to move forward and grow. With European nations joining the Union and Middle East and South America increasingly moving into the African sphere people begin to talk about the prospects of a Greater Africa, perhaps one day to become the basis of a true world government. Some day….
Europe : The poster boy for backwater region these days. The continent has fallen so low from what it used to be. Corruption and crime prevail when it’s not tyranny and xenophobia, if not all of them at once. And the encroaching foreign meddlings are being met with rising tribalism and thuggery. On the good side, it’s relatively stable these days, which allows incoming investment to fuel economic growth, though it’s still a long way ahead. In the west, the remaining countries of European Union, while faring well are little more then an appendage to Africa, and has been speculated for some time that it will eventually get absorbed into African Union in the future. Southward in Mediterranean basin two foreign organizations have made their way, that is the MEARC and African Union, with some overlapping membership between the two. In the east lies the Visegrad Treaty Association, the eastern half of European Union that rebelled in the late 21st century out of perceived under-appreciation and rewarding by the west for their taking the heavy burden during Russian War and Occupation. While seemingly vibrant and proudly independent it’s in fact a playground for various dictatorships and oligarchies, although with notable exceptions of Bulgaria and, surprisingly enough, Serbia. Still it’s being dismissed by most of the world as an unruly club of thugs at best, racists at worst. Further east, there’s Russia. Emerging from the chaos of war followed by occupation followed by warlordism, Russia has greatly shrunken and has lost everything west of Ural provinces. These days it’s little more then an Indian satelite, and they’re still somewhat harboring animosity towards Visegrad nations. To northwest, Scandinavia forms its own exclusive bloc and basically just wants to be left alone. While further west lies the British Isles, while among the richer parts of the Europe is also the most peculiar one. Free State of England is ruled by a corporate group, a relic of past Indian occupation and the continuation of the older Indian regime, and the current capital of transhumanism. It’s in fact a giant factory and research facility dedicated to the cause of perfecting and prolifering post-humanism. While an undisputable proof of cyborgified prosperity, people still look at it and worry. The spokesperson of the executive board repeatedly ensures foreign observers that there shall never be any form of coercion in a person’s decision to transition towards post-humanity. And indeed, so far the regime seems wise enough to allow economic diversification where ordinary people has a place in it. However they do seem to be hiding something. Indeed there’s some occasional escapees from England that bring with them similar stories of subtle social manipulation and the tendency of people who noticed and pointing that out disappearing without trace. Across the Irish Sea its main rival, the regime of Society for Preservation of Enlightened Humanism which ruled over the entire Ireland, has never neglected to exploit such stories to defame the Free State(aside from propagating their own fundamentalist cosmopolitanism). The third and the most regular country of the archipelago is the Scotland National State who is very understandably nervous over these eccentric anti-root regimes south of them, and thus is understandably a member of Visegrad Club.
North America: United States, formerly the global superpower has undergone decline, stagnation and rebounding during the last one hundred years. But perhaps United States didn’t rebound soon enough. The famous New Patriots Movement and its reforms might had restored confidence in American unity in the south but not quite the case in the west, past the Rockies, where central influence has been growing fainter along with shrinking government size and military power. Western third of United States, having suffered badly from drought and desertification have become a collection of autonomous states and communities increasingly coming under foreign influences, the largest which being Mexico, braving pass the Great Western Dessert and pulling states as far north as Oregon and Mormon Country into its economic orbit. Mexico, the rising power of North America has presented itself as more reliable partner and source of aid for these Americans then their own fellow countrymen in the east that have failed to help them in facing the scourge of drought and desertification. Although the northern states of Mexico also suffered from desertification it proved to be a blessing for the great economic engine in the south, which had restarted in the 21st century, spun harder with the influx of new labor from the depopulated north. There are some worries over future war between America and Mexico as the later seeks to fully detach the western states off the union while America is recovering her strength and now look for a way to do something about the western states. Up north, Canada has been more attracted to the new opportunities presented by the warming northern frontier and Arctic Ocean. For the pass decades Canadian navy have been sailing across the northern seas to visit its new neighbors in the Siberia and Scandinavia as well as to expand territorially and hegemonically, as demonstrated by its annexation of Greenland and its economic strangling over Iceland. Far in the south the Carribean Basin, Central American Federation stands to counter balance growing Mexican hegemony and serves as the trade hub between Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Including the former Dominican Republic, it borders Haiti. Once the regional basketcase it has stabilized and is more prosperous then ever. Alas, it does so under a particularly disconcerting regime of transhumanist voodoo cult that’s engaging intensely in mind controlling scheme over its own population, and thus consequently a bit of international pariah.
South America: Two countries didn’t survive the previous century. Both Peru and Venezuela imploded and fell into decades-long anarchy until their neighbors, Colombia and Bolivia moved in to fill the power vacuum. In Bolivia’s case it’s complete, restoring the Peru-Boliviana Union. Venezuela however proved to be a harder nut to crack as foreign actors moved in to complicate matters. As it is Colombia only salvaged the western half, leaving the eastern portion as playground for warlords, mercenaries and corporations, which eventually consolidated first under a corporation, then under its AI network that overthrew them, and most recently under a military commander that overthrew the previous AI regime. It has largely settled down these days and resurging. To the east lies Brazil, the largest economy in the region. Nowadays adhering a national ideology combining patriotic militarism with Green ideals similar with Nigeria. Perhaps one would say that Brazil might seem to be overenthusiastic with biotechnology. It’s also at the helmet of local Green Initiative which just so happens to overlap with Brazil’s economic sphere. To the south lies Argentina, the main challenger to Brazilian growing African-backed hegemony. Nowadays ruled by a stratocracy, it’s the primary ally of India in the region and since 21st century has been hosting Indian base in Malvinas.
Australia and Oceania : For the most part, the entire Pacific is Indonesian personal lake under the thumb of her mighty navy. Indonesian naval bases and ports are thus sprinkled all over, including in the still-de jure US State of Hawai. Doesn’t mean the region is uneventful. On the positive side the region is under the watchful Indonesian patrolling navy, deterring most smuggling and illegal overt fishing operations. Indonesia also invests in many of the still remaining island nations of Oceania in sea floor colonization scheme to prevent the said nations from disappearing. On the darker side however there’s no one to stop Indonesians from committing their own violations. After all, the law doesn’t really exist beyond the standing ground, if even that. Indonesian authority has secretly conducted numerous dubious experiments above and below the seas, as well as testing many new nasty weapons. In the southwest, Australia is under permanent Indonesian occupation and divided into three parts: the northern half openly serving as lebensraum for Indonesian settlers, the south east serving as the dumping ground for most Australian population and put under an AI governorate, and a separate Green State in the west under Indonesian vassalage. This occupation and partition of Australia has earned Indonesia a moniker as the “Israel of the East”, much to the objection from the actual Israel.
Antarctica : As the Antarctic Ice Cap retreats inland, human colonies advance to follow. There are currently seven powers setting up colonies on the continent’s shores: India, Indonesia, Iran, African Union, Brazil, and Mexico. Viewed by most of the world as simply a faraway colonial region, and not a concern for global politics, the continent is increasingly growing closer together. As the generations pass the descendants of the colonial states feel more and more a kindred to each other than to their governments far across the Southern Ocean. Eventually together they built the first continent wide mega structure, the Antarctic Rim Rail, independently of the mother countries. The rail, connecting every colony together, is quietly the symbol of growing independent Antarctican identity, so far still hasn’t come to mother countries’ attention.
Space : Decades of asteroid mining and growing orbital infrastructure have finally paved way to the first wave of settlements in space. On the moon fledging towns are growing under the environmentally regulated doms. The Lagrange points between the Earth and the Moon are also seeing the growing number of permanently manned stations, providing the launch points to reach further parts of solar system. This, combined with advancing science in space travel and engineering has led to steady growth of people migrating for space, so much that the states of Earth are making decades-long plans for colonization, and differing nations and peoples are laying claims to Mars, Venus, and Jupiter. Some mention that in the long term this prickly race to colonize various places by differing people might undermine any sense of unity and one humanity that was had on Earth, and in the longer term such settlements will mix with each other and shift under the immense distance to develop new strains of civilizations that will one day challenge Earth itself. These voices are quickly hushed as such concerns are too far off and are not popular with the public or with investors. The plans continue apace.
Young Indonesian captain looks towards the seas as his destroyer braves the Pacific. He opens the holographic video of his family, playing cheerfully together as he remembered them to be. Elsewhere a Korean adventurer rides his hover bike through Northern China, looking for a new life for himself away from his parents in Busan. In Japanese villages great festivals are being held to celebrate January Revolution which symbolizes national liberation from decadent corporate rule. In the Free State of England the hi-tech manufactures keep turning to produce state of art industrial products while across the Irish Sea the port of Dublin again receives another yet arrival of ship carrying Australians fleeing Indonesian occupation of their homeland. A press conference is being held by African Union spokesperson announcing the incoming continent wide conference. Another inquisition campaign is on roll in Tibet, seeking to root out religious heretics and political dissidents as normal civilians hide in their homes, fearing possible visit by police raids. On the moon there begins officially the construction of a new Great Habitat Dom to anticipate booming immigration in decades to come. Off the coast of Somalia the Space Elevator is bringing home to earth a female austronaut after 3 months of duty in space. She can’t wait to finally reunite with her two beloved wives and children already waiting for her in the station. Far below in Dar-e-Salaam, a kid looks through the window towards the night sky, eagerly waits for tomorrow to come.
NOTE: I originally wanted to do my Future TL world map first and then the description on ideologies, but then realized that I will never finish it if I haven't really placed a clear template to guide my map drawing. So I will begin with the ideologies first, and then the maps, the geopolitical depiction, and then form of governments, in that order. I'd like to thank mattystereo a.k.a Jacob Furtado (DA link: mattystereo.deviantart.com/) for it was his own example in experimenting with fictional ideology that has inspired me to pick this up my previously vague old musings from the shelves(and also I have to excuse myself for appropriating his basic template and a few of his terms).
So without further a do....
In 21st century, in the background of global system, westphalian structure progressively weakened as the great powers continued to ride on the rise of Global South for a profit. As pursuit for absolute gains intensified, global system unexpectedly stumbled upon the road block as it seemed to increasingly contradict with the very basis that motivated its pursuit: rational individualism. This paradox caused confusion as well as critical reactions against Neoliberalism. Prominent among them at first was resurgent Structural Realism reflected through authoritarian nationalism, traditionalism and tribalism. But as both were trapped in a deadlock, there rose yet another reaction to both. One that seeks to perpetuate positive progress and global wealth expansion but one that is disillusioned with rational individualism. It champions constructivism, a theory that society, from the lowest level of villages to international order of states, is and must be socially constructed. And, perhaps to the surprise of the past, it came out on top, through its embrace by both sides!
By 22nd century, the world system and intellectual landscape has changed so much from the previous century. The Global South has unseated Global North as the world hegemon and they have redefined social and institutional modernity according to their world view, one that subverts Westphalian Monoculture and rejects antagonism between globalism and tribalism. Not only has it transformed the nature of statehood, it has also reconciled material progress with spiritual comfort. The effective accord between conservatism and materialism was thus reached. The world of 22nd century is defined by the issues of communalism, interconnectivity, and the "rights of culture", where every major political philosophy of the era arises to address them.
The Matter of State
The state generally has become more decentralized as a consequences of both more recognition for communal autonomy and the advancement of infrastructural and communication technology. State institution in general has moved to co-opt local communalism. Instead of simply imposing rule upon them, local communities and state administration embrace each other, making the former the building blocks of the later. This legitimizes more and more calls for local autonomy, in general streamlining the function of the state. That autonomy largely revolves around being a legal unit with capacity to form formal relations and dealing with other legal units, from states and corporations to administrative subdivisions, at times, down to as far as villages, to international organizations of many kinds, including those formed by groups of states, corporations, subdivisions, cultural associations, and so on. This development is concurrent with the evolution of state itself from westphalian period of clearly defined national border, redefined as complex of interconnected local cultures forming an “Aggregate Community” or "Superculture" united by commitment to a set of common goals and interests. The debate thus revolves around how much autonomy and freedom a legal unit deserves within an Aggregate Community or Superculture.
Statism gravitates towards maintaining state institution as a coherent unit. The argument is that a state, as an aggregate community is a reflection of its people and thus the people should operate in the context of their state’s shared interests and commitments. Statism is basically a reaction to the devolution of the state and does include plain opposition towards it. In practice it is pursued through constitution, strengthening of state apparatus(such as the armed forces), or even simply by force. A statist state will might be promoting diversitarianism to fragment and weaken the subject cultures, or do the opposite and simply impose uniform culture to increase cohesion.
This position argues for more autonomy precisely because a state is simply an aggregate of autonomous local communities. Therefore a state should only be a narrow set of commitments to which the subject communities participate voluntarily. On the ground however the interpretation ranges from simply recognition of the autonomy of the legal units to associate beyond the context of their states, to the more radical notion that a state is wherever a community accepts it. Dynamism thus inspires the phenomenon of international tribalism, denoting both direct participation of cultural groups in wider global scene as well as communal solidarity that transcends the limits of geographical boundaries.
Reformulation of Left and Right
Due to the merging, or at least mutual embrace between conservatism and materialism, the left and right have largely evolved from what we know today in 21st century. The left no longer disdains the spirit while the right has embraced materialism. However, deep down they both retain the same purposes as they always have respectively, one of progress and the other of preservation.
The Left for Culture. Social Justice and Progress should be synthesized with the cause of cultural preservation. It is essentially the next step of liberal nationalism. Having a culture is a basic human right and thus culture should benefit from equality and progress, which in turn turns it into a framework through which progress is constructed. However, by doing so it recognizes every culture as legitimate medium, since they are all equal, just like the individuals that make them. Effectively it soldifies cultural groups as bearer of basic rights as much as the individual, as well as tying Progressive cause to mass mobilization. Cultural Left is by nature, universalist as it values interconnectivity as essential to ensure mutual material and moral support for social justice and common progress.
Materialism for The Right. Essentially Conservative Socialism. It marries the conservative objection against liberalism with material dialectics, merging economic and cultural reactions against capitalism into one single package. It originated in objection to global capitalism, perceived to be harmful to both traditional culture and the economic well being of grass root folk which the former embodies. They differ with Cultural Left primarily in their view on interconnectivity and global economy. If Cultural Left views them as benefiting culture, Material Right is more wary and critical of them. It instead prioritizes on upholding communal solidarity and the well being and justice for and within one’s own cultural community or nation. How culture is defined may vary in scope however, ranging from parochialism of specific individual cultures to wider perceived supercultural sphere, not always but often defined by religion.
X axis : Denotes opinion on globalism. On the left of the axis are the people who view global interconnectivity as essential to peace. They believe the more people work to reach and find common ground among themselves, the better and stronger they will become in upholding stability and absolute gains. On the right are people who maintain one’s own community should be prioritized first. They believe that communal solidarity is responsible first and foremost to itself, and traditional culture should be independent from outside imposition and hold it as essential precondition before any global commitment.
Y axis : Denotes opinion on cultural egalitarianism. On the top of the axis are people who believe that all cultures are equally worth protecting and that they have to form a cooperative platform in order to ensure mutual survival. On the bottom are those who reject the idea, citing that stable ordered society requires a superior standard imposed over everyone PRECISELY because everyone is different. Some of them will go as far as arguing that increased homogenization is a sign of progress and thus, a good thing.
Diagonal Lines : Denotes opinion on the political approach to achieve and uphold the principles represented by the axises. Outside of diagonal box is the position for top down imposition of the favored sides of the axises. While inside of it calls for more bottom up or horizontal approach.
Plurism : Plurism comes from the word “Pluralism”, which is the raison d’etre of the ideology. Plurism espouses a “plural state” which promotes pluralism and multiculturalism internally. Plurism argues, that a state shouldn’t be forging a unified national culture by stomping over local diversity but should instead encourage and protect said diversity. The reason is because all cultures are equal, since cultures themselves are really just social construction maintained by human participation, and so is the state by extension. In order to do so its adherers believe that the state should be strong enough to provide the condition and infrastructures to safeguard diversity and promote mutual respect and cooperation between cultures. And then, the states themselves should cooperate on this endeavour. This way, cultures can then be encouraged to embrace and enrich each other, perpetuating the productive cycle of innovation, renovation and development, unifying them together in a collective march towards progress.
Transplurism : A globalist reexamination over the plurist cause. If the point of peace and progress is globalism and exchange between cultures, why should the state be the limit? Cultures working together to pursue progress is a global cause and they have to directly participate in it. And thus states should simply function as minimalist local watchdogs while allowing cultures direct global access to their counterparts on the other side of the globe, which then should be facilitated by higher international bodies. Transplurists lean solidly dynamist.
Pillarism : Pillarists want to embrace communal pillarism to the fullest, since cultures must be preserved. But how can they be preserved if they aren’t allowed to have a private space of their own? Pillarism agrees that there needs a constructive platform to ensure peace between cultures, but it should be to maintain the essence and uniqueness of cultures, since shared tradition isn’t simply outer cloth, but also what defines a person. They don’t trust Plurist notion of constant exchange and openness between cultures, suspecting it to be just a roundabout trick to uniformize them. But they do agree with statism, viewing state institution as necessary to ensure not only peace and cooperation between cultures, but also to support them preserving their cultural essence.
Transtribalism : Transtribalism is dynamist take on pillarism and socialist answer to transplurism. It argues for greater autonomy for cultural communities in order to uphold cultural and economic protection among themselves. Transtribalists are skeptical of the state institution, or at least larger ones, as natural enforcer of imperialistic monoculture, and believe that mutual preservation between cultures has to be a universal, not parochial cause. Transtribalism inspires formation of transnational associations, whether religious or secular, of independent-minded right-wing provincial enclaves, communes, and even smaller states.
Organicism : Organicism is the new name for the oldest style of nationalism. As a reaction to diversitarianism, classic nationalism also has become more focused on the idea of an organic holistic nation, grounded on blood and soil loyalty as reaction towards integration of diaspora since it detaches them from the mother country. An organicist country always fervently enforces its national monoculture domestically and sometimes, depending on whether an Organicist country is assertive or defensive, strive to impose control over its diaspora, if not actively spreading them, and keeping them bound to mother country. Defensive Organicist countries are unmistakably statist and sometimes even isolationist, but the assertive expansionist ones tend to be on a muddy water where they can both exhibit statist and dynamist qualities.
Mutualism : A form of nationalism that interprets constructivism in favor of building single national culture. It champions mutual crosspollination and amalgamation between cultures dwelling within a state boundary. This ideological current has a growing segment of adherers since it provides a moderate answer to the anti-monoculturalism, arguing that peaceful interaction between cultures is a perfect platform for a peaceful construction of a unified national culture. Mutualist philosophies are decidedly statist.
Essentialism : The tip is in the name. Essentialists want people to anchor themselves only to essential values of humanity and nature. They argue that people need a set of universal principles to be able to handle everything. Traditional and primordial roots are viewed as liability and ultimately obstacle to peace, and the alternative they propose is a society solely based on clearly spelled, unmitigated essential values of mankind. In practice they strive to form a set of social consensus and expectations, that is culture for everyone to conform to, but one that’s specifically directed against traditional and primordial attachments and replace them with value-centrism. They’re actually comparable with the Organicists aside from their diametrically opposite position to ancestry and land. However, Essentialism is by purpose a proselytic expansionist and anti-constructive ideology and gives no thought over debate between statism and dynamism. They’re also against the established left-right division since essentialists viewed it as capitulatory towards tribalism.
Fraternalism : Fraternalism is a form of libertarian humanism. It combines cosmopolitanism with skepticism towards the government, regarding the state institution as simply an enforcer of culture, thus it's up to common man to band together and realize post-cultural fraternity. On the ground however they tend to form local enclaves and communes albeit which indeed tend to form effectively-run international associations, of which Cosmic Tribe, famous for employing mutualist methods to deconstruct traditional cultures into a stack of reductionist appropriations, is an example.