By 2065 the world somehow avoided a global conflict for more than an entire century, but in turn it faced a series of disasters. One of these disasters was the Russian Crisis, which began in 2020 when someone assassinated President Vladimir Putin.
Putin left Moscow with a government that was centered on himself. It could not last without him, and as a result Russia fell apart. Nationalists and a liberal-elite alliance fought over the future of the country, and in the process Moscow was burned to the ground.
Most of Russia’s oligarchs moved to the far east to escape the chaos that engulfed the Kremlin, and they redirected their attention to other markets in East Asia. A few years later in Vladivostok, a political party funded by these oligarchs declared independence for Vostokia, their newly established state.
Meanwhile global events, including the Flooding of Bangladesh, the Arab Wars, and the Collapse of Pakistan, prompted the largest refugee crisis in human history. Hundreds of millions of refugees, rejected by the rest of the world, settled in Siberia due to Russia’s lack of border control and its availability of land and resources. They formed communities, rebuilt and improved the infrastructure and prosperity of the Russian cities they settled, and integrated with the Russian communities that welcomed their support. As a result Siberia became the Refuge State.
The rest of Russia remained divided. Some regions were controlled by strong-men, warlords, organized crime syndicates, and oligarchs that never left. Others acted in accordance with each other under the Russian Orthodox Church. With Moscow no longer in control over Russia, Tatarstan declared independence and a few neighboring republics joined it as an independent Tatar state. While it experienced a few years of prosperity, Tatarstan’s independence was short-lived and its capital Kazan suffered the same fate as Moscow.
After Kazan’s destruction Moscow was eventually rebuilt, but not as the capital.
It became a global zone along with St. Petersburg, and the two cities remained Russia’s only access to what was left of global trade, limited to other global zones in a worldwide effort to restrict and minimize globalization.
The rest of the world forgot about Russia by 2065. Every country focused on themselves, the global zones focused on each other, and President Benny Bright in Baltimore decided that America needed to trade with Siberia so that his business, Bright Enterprises, could make a profit.
Siberia had a great wealth of resources, most importantly freshwater.
Bright’s presidency allowed his corporation to secure control over America’s freshwater deposits and become one of the biggest names in the water business, but Siberian competitors in the water market forced Bright Enterprises to lower its prices.
That was when Bright realized he needed access to Siberia’s freshwater deposits in order to secure a larger profit margin for his corporation, and to drive its Siberian competitors out of business. But when Bright called Novosibirsk, President Nikolai Choudhry rejected Bright’s request due to America’s permanent ban on accepting refugees since 2018, and for America’s ongoing human rights violations.
As far as Bright was concerned his business still needed access to Siberia’s water, so he consulted his Vice-President, Vincent Biggs, about the matter. When Bright sat down with Biggs to discuss his dilemma, Biggs gave him an idea that could solve the problem.
“We should support an insurgency to take down Siberia.”
They brought Russia back from the dead.
To be continued…