XXVc: The 25th Century
Some fun facts about Earth, the “Old World.”
- It is currently under the control of RAM
- Pollution levels worldwide are as bad as modern day China.
An actual photo of Beijing, not a scene from Blade Runner.
- As a result, illness and disease are rampant. Life expectancy is 55 years of age. Infant mortality rates are huge, as are mutations. Air filter masks are now a necessity while outdoors.
- Despite the shrinking population (3.9 billion, about half what it was in the 21st century) overcrowding is a persistent problem due to the reduction in livable areas, particularly in the so-called “sprawls” which average about 450 people per sq. mi.
- Water levels have risen to the point were most coastal cities are now underwater.
- This, in combination with global warming has caused humidity levels to rise, which in turn has promoted the growth of algae in most fresh water lakes and rivers. Algae is now the number one food product on Earth.
- Depletion of forests has lead to increased areas of desert, drastically reducing useable farmland.
- Oil reserves ran dry over 120 years ago.
- RAM frequently harvests Earth’s dwindling natural resources and replaces them with tons of waste, much of it toxic or radioactive.
- Millions of animal species are now extinct.
- Thousands of people disappear every year and are never heard from again, presumably abducted by RAM and enslaved (or worse) on Mars.
- Arcologies are great places to live
- Recycling has gone from the stop-gap measure of the 21st century to a necessity in the 25th. Resources have become so depleted that 90% of everything manufactured, from clothing to computers to food, is made from recycled materials, including human bodies. In most areas, not recycling waste is a crime punishable by a life sentence as a garbage harvester.
- Six out of every ten inhabitants on Earth works at one of the thousands of recycling plants across the globe, just in case you were wondering how people provide for their families on Earth. The rest work at water treatment plants.
- Despite all this, North Americans are still a cheerfully optimistic people.