3D High: The Human World (2078 CE) Picture
- Now includes major shipping routes and flight lanes. Both are guarded by the UN Federation Defence Forces, and regional forces from pirates and attacks by Rift-Scions.
- Also includes major power blocs within the UN Federation System. Each power bloc has a Regional Assembly, which individual countries elect representatives to. All Regional Assemblies are subordinate to the UN Global Parliament, which is made up of Regional Assembly representatives.
Created for use as part of a work-in-progress anime/manga universe: 3D High.
3D High takes place in an alternate future, where our world is connected by portals to two other dimensions; a European high-fantasy world called Erdas, and a Jidai Geki/Wuxia fantasy world called Jodo. Struggling with dwindling resources and issues arising from the spectre of xenophobia, all three worlds are also beset by the Rift-zones; destructive holes in the fabric of reality that are home to the Rift-Scion Host, relentless legions of extra-dimensional beings that seek the annihilation of tri-dimensional civilization. The story follows the struggles of Rin, a troubled Erdasian teenager, and her schoolmates, as they are thrust by powers long hidden into the heart of an inter-dimensional war.
The 'Rift Crisis' of 2015 CE marks the sudden and catastrophic destabilization of realspace across human world, causing what are now known as 'rift-zones' to engulf large swaths of the Earth's surface, atmosphere and crust.
As the zones expanded, they brought violent weather conditions, deadly radiation, matter disintegrating spatial distortions, warped gravity and other effects that make a mockery of scientific law as humanity knows it. From within the depths of the rift emerged grotesque and monstrous aberrations that were later found to resemble various beings described in various culture's mythologies, the Rift-Scion Host. As the Rift-zones spread, the Scions too expanded their reach, sowing chaos and destruction wherever they passed.
Shipping lanes, air routes and hard-line communication networks were cut, paralyzing the global economy. And with only a few satellites and short range radios intact, tools for coordinating anything resembling an orderly evacuation were severely limited. In the face of this, dozens of governments imploded and entire countries were rendered uninhabitable over a matter of hours, creating a panicked exodus that is now measured in tens of millions, and an initial death toll measured in hundreds of millions.
As of 2078 CE, the 'Rift Crisis' remains the single deadliest global disaster in recorded history, with the initial rift-zone expansion consuming 29 countries, and claiming almost 2 billion lives. The chaotic decade following the crisis, known as the 'Aftermath' (2015-2025 CE) saw the loss of another half a billion lives to pandemics, famine, regional anarchy and other humanitarian crises before surviving nations re-established order under the leadership of the United Nations. Reconstruction began soon after, and the United Nations Federation was founded 5 years later as humanity's first supranational government.
In total, out of a pre-crisis population of 7.3 billion, 2.5 billion were lost; about one third of mankind. In memory of the single greatest loss of life in human history, the United Nations Federation constructed the 'Plaza of the Eternal Flame' in the new federal capital of Brussels, Belgium. The plaza was built on the doorstep of the Global Parliament Building, as a tribute to the lives lost, as a reminder of humanity's darkest hour, and as a symbol of the enduring will of mankind.
FALLEN NATIONS (nations whose territories were mostly consumed by rift-zones, resulting in partial or total government collapse)
- Republic of Angola
- Republic of Burundi
- Republic of Cameroon
- Central African Republic
- Republic of the Congo
- Republic of Costa Rica
- Republic of Chad
- People's Republic of China
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Republic of Ecuador
- Republic of Equatorial Guinea
- Republic of The Gambia (Gambia)
- The Gabonese Republic (Gabon)
- Republic of Guinea
- Republic of Guinea-Bissau
- Islamic Republic of Iran
- Republic of Iraq
- The Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan)
- The Lebanese Republic (Lebanon)
- Islamic Republic of Mauritania
- Republic of Namibia
- Republic of Nicaragua
- Republic of Palau
- Republic of Panama
- Republic of Vanuatu
- Republic of Senegal
- Republic of Sierra Leone
- Republic of the Sudan
- Republic of Tajikistan
A 300km minimum safe distance from designated rift-zone areas where civilian ground travel and settlement is completely forbidden due to risk of heavy rift storm damage and light to moderate concentration of spatial distortions. Travel by air and sea is not forbidden, but greatly discouraged for aircraft and sea vessels that do not possess rated rift-distortion protection systems.
The Federation Defence Forces regularly patrol terrestrial exclusion zones and maritime exclusion zones within 200km of densely populated areas, on the lookout for incoming rift-storms or Rift-Scion incursions.