Global Politics in the 23rd Century
The Earth of the turn of the 23rd century has a tri-polar global power arrangement. The traditional balance of power has been upset by the decline of oil; this was an eventuality everyone knew was coming but no one did anything about. The tremendous growth of China and India, among other places, created a supply shortage worse than anyone predicted. The subsequent and fairly sudden loss of petroleum as an affordable and, later, existent energy source led to international economic collapse and opened the door for a new international paradigm.
The first immediate result after this collapse was a shift in the Middle East. Having lost oil both as a revenue source and as a cause for intervention by outside states, the region had newfound drive towards two goals: the first was a more appropriate political reorganization and the second was scientific resurgence. The Peoples’ Islamic Republics (the plural in the title was retained to emphasis the union of many, though the term ‘Republic’ was used purely as a rhetorical device) was eventually created to fill the void the collapse of oil created. This is a communist state based on the principles of Islamic communism as formed during the middle 21st century. This form of communism is not at all Marxist, Maoist, or Leninist, but is based on the religion of Islam particularly emphasizing Islam’s pillars of community and community assistance.
There is not an oppressive state. Various levels of religious leaders largely carry out the roles of a government. These leaders are answerable in turn to a religious Caliph-like leader who is elected among the local leaders. Redistribution of wealth is accomplished through this system but in actuality much of the redistribution occurs peacefully and cooperatively among individual citizens. There is an overwhelming sense of Islamic community and duty.
Removal of outside influence on the region meant that Islamic leaders, who had been plotting during the decline of oil and its resultant further occupation by the rest of the world, could plan the geographical layout of their region according to their wishes and not those of any colonial power. The leaders realized that there did indeed exist the possibility of a united Arab world similar to that of the Ottoman Empire. Warring tribes, religious sects, and nations all could exist more peacefully as one large unit than as smaller competing components provided they see the greater good in such a system. The fall of oil and their modern economic life created that vision. The boundaries initially were within the Middle East, in former Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, the Arabian Peninsula, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Armenia, parts of Turkey, and Egypt. As economic collapse spread so did the impetus for others to join the only society whose people did not suffer horribly. The boundaries quickly expanded to include most of southeastern Europe (Balkans, Greece), Spain, the rest of the –stan...