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This is the Portal Page of the TL Think Before You Act. It examines a world where Napoleon temporarily declares a ceasefire and resumes war later. This time, he conquers Europe, making France the master of the world. The POD sets a chain reaction which changes the world forever.

Contemporary Era and the Present Day

It is the year 2000 AD is the 3rd Millennium. In France, the mighty power of Paris, with its country France, and its Empire standing strong. Its people rejoice and boast of the power of their Empire. Paris’s power extends on every continent, from the Antilles to Algeria, from Portugal to Polynesia, from Morocco to Malaysia, and from Guyana to Greece. The empire’s only Royal Family during its lifetime, the Bonaparte family, is the most powerful family in the world, awed and respected by its people and the world. In America, people celebrate the Fourth of July to remember the triumph of freedom over tyranny. As the world’s most powerful democracy, America vows to defend democracy worldwide and to vanquish tyranny where tyranny looms. In China, the people and the emperor are one. As the world’s oldest living civilization, it has always managed to keep this title. A beacon of technology and culture, China is truly the heart of Asia. The extreme patriotism of the people will mean even defending their country from any threat. In Japan, the people follow the way of the warrior like their fellow samurai and shogun. A country a fierce pride, one foreigner shall never underestimate the fierce Japanese. Born from the four islands of the fierce seas, they are a proud people who tamed the power of the waters and harnessed it into their own. They are masters of the Pacific, with the ability to destroy an enemy fleet within a matter of hours.

-Joseph Kennedy, 21st Century

The year is 2012 AD, the 12th year of the 3rd Millennium according to the Gregorian calendar. The century began on January 1st, 2000, and will end on December 31st, 2100.

The current period the world is currently in is the Contemporary Era, which spans from the 1980’s to the present day. Some of the most major events of the Contemporary Era include the Reshaping of France, the end of the Cold War, the Pacific Reunion, numerous modern conflicts, and major scientific accomplishments and humanitarian achievements. Some historians say that the world has reached into another technological golden age.

In the Contemporary Era of Science and Technology, numerous achievements include spaceflight, nuclear technology, laser and semiconductor technology, and at the start of the Information Age, the development of computers, molecular biology, genetic engineering, particle physics, the Standard Model of quantum field theory, and modern bio-products.

In contemporary world history, there was the European Spring, the Reshaping of France and the process of French-European integration and cooperation, the end of the Guinean Civil War, the Baghdad War, the Second Darfur War, the Arabian Sea War, the Third Darfur War, the Mauritanian War on Independence, Liberian-Guinean Border War, Equilateral Guinea War, Zanzibari-Congo War, Angolan Civil War, the Darfur War on Independence, the 9/11 Attacks, the Era of World Demilitarization, the dismantling of nuclear weapons, African Spring, the Civil Rights Movement in South Africa, and the issue of climate change.

Socio-Technological Trends

By the 1990’s and the 21st Century, the world was at a major turning point. Throughout the era, technological advances have been extremely common especially during the 90’s. Computers, the Internet, cell phones, medical advances, improved transportation, lasers, semiconductors, space technology, and more environmental friendly technologies have radically altered daily laws. There was an increased globalization, specifically westernization (split into Frenchnization and Americanization) had occurred. While it hasn’t caused any threat, it has caused anti-Western, anti-French, anti-Chinese, anti-Japanese, and anti-American feelings in some parts of the world, especially in parts of Africa. The English, Chinese, Japanese, and French languages are the world’s leading global languages (mostly French though). Any people who don’t know how to speak any of those languages are seriously disadvantaged.

The trend connecting the economic and political events in the world is the rapidly increasing demand for fossil fuels in places including the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia, Canada, South America, and West Africa. However, greater extraction costs and political turmoil caused rising of the price of gas and oil, which soared up to ~300% between 1995 and 2005. While lower than OTL, it is still a major problem in the global economy. In some places, prices can be high as $4 per gallon. This caused many nations to look to renewable energy sources to counteract and avoid a possible “Peak Oil Crisis”, a moment when there is no more oil left in the world.

Challenges and Goals

In the Contemporary Era, there are several issues the world is currently facing since the end of the Cold War.

First of all is wealth. It is concentrated among the world’s superpowers, Persia-Arabia, Hindustan, Brazil, and South Africa. The richest 1% of adults alone controlled and owned 10% of global assets during 2000, and the richest 10% of adults owned 25% of the world’s wealth. Meanwhile, the rest have control of 75% of the wealth. Meanwhile, another study showed that the richest 2% have controlled of 20% of the world’s wealth. During the 1990’s, wealth distribution changed rapidly that directed wealth from high concentration areas into lower concentration areas. Needless to say, nations with large and power economies along with wealthy individuals contributed to the rapidly evolving, but poor economies of the Third World. However, despite the improving condition, those countries have mounted many challenges, including the need for a large taskforce, the increasing expanding populations, and the need to preserve and protect the environment. Because of this, there was a great cost along with those challenges.

But other than that, disease and war were even greater obstacles, especially in the most unstable regions of the world. New diseases such as SARS, West Nile, and Bird Flu continued to spread quickly and easily, increasing the mortality rate worldwide. Malaria and HIV are also diseases very difficult to handle, as they affected millions, especially in Africa. The virus has also caused epidemics in Southwestern and Southeastern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia in 1996, 2003, 2009, and 2011. However, on February of 2011, a cure was officially made, allowing the virus to be finally contained after years of infection and death. Even non-infectious diseases are common in most parts of Africa and other poor parts of the world. The fast rate of technology has caused TV, fast food, computers, and the elevator to be more common, causing obesity to develop. This causes challenges not only on the global economy, but also on world health since obesity is linked to numerous diseases, especially those that affect the heart. Obesity can also grow is poverty-stricken areas. The problem opposite of that is famine, where many parts of the world have suffered food shortages due to war and lack of needed water.

War is still the biggest issue, as there have been several conflicts in the final years of the 20th Century and the 21st Century. They include the Baghdad War, the Second Darfur War, the Arabian Sea War, the Third Darfur War, the Mauritanian War on Independence, Equilateral War, Zanzibari-Congo War, Angolan Civil War, and the Darfur War on Independence. Some of these wars were the acts of terrorists, especially Islamic terrorists, responsible for the 9/11 attacks the led to the Baghdad, Second Darfur, Terror, and Third Darfur wars.

Terrorism, dictatorship, and the spread of nuclear weapons have alarmed the international community and have caused worldwide attention. Dictators such as Haile Selassie II of Ethiopia continue to pursue the obtaining of nuclear weapons. This fear not only exists in those nations, but terrorists are also attempting to get their hands on them as well. Yet few terrorist organizations have laid claim to a few nuclear warheads.

Climate Change

Climate change and global warming are the major issues for the environment today. While it has said it began in the Industrial Revolution, there are many present factors today that are connected to global warming. This includes use of fossil fuels, which emit CO2 that trap more heat in the Earth, causing an increase of the average temperature of the Earth’s surface and the oceans since the 1950’s with projected continuation. This causes a devastating effect known as global warming, which is most felt at the Polar Regions. Other than global warming, human life and the natural environment are also being affected by global warming. A study in 1991 by the IPCC saw an increase of glacier retreat, ice shelf disruption, seal level rise, changes in rainfall patterns, increased intensity and frequency of extreme weather events (such as hurricanes and floods), droughts, increased area of desert, increased sacristy of water, decreased amount of ozone in the ozone layer, and large-degree migrations from coastal areas. Negative health effects and changes in mountain snowpack are also very common in global warming.

The Copenhagen Protocol in 1990 helped plan the reduction of global warming. Every nation in the world planned to cut a certain amount of emissions based on how much of it they produce. It is more successful than the OTL Kyoto Protocol. Measures including the increased use of renewable energy sources, the slow, but steady declining use of oil, and the use of more bio-products have helped decrease emissions worldwide. However, there is no true plan for ending global warming as this is just a ‘rough’ draft.

One factor that prevents a common goal for the end of global warming is the failure for environmentalists and industrialists to work on a consensus on global warming. Environmentalists claim that industrialists, developers, and oil companies are the greatest contributors to global warming and climate change. Industrialists, developers, and oil business owners claimed that they also try to regulate how much emissions are released into the air. The continuing quarrel prevents any real compromise between the two sides.

It is usually impossible to truly predict future weather events and which ones would have the big impacts on human life. Instead, many weather scientists predict impacts caused by changes on weather events, such as frequency increases or the intensity of heavy precipitation. Much, more wider effects that have been the most expected including glacial shrinkage, Arctic shrinkage, worldwide seal level rise, crop yield changes, the existence of new trade routes in formerly impassable, extinctions of certain species, and the changing ranges of disease vectors. Until 2011, the Arctic Northwest Passage ice pack prevented any ships to travel though the area, but climate change has melted most of the pack ice, allowing it to be more navigable more ships, which also serves as a quicker shortcut.

Contemporary Technologies

Various technologies either emerging or developed in the Contemporary Era have momentous future impacts. One of them is the developments and convergences in the various fields of technology due to the new technological progress. Developed technologies cover some of the technologies introduced during the early years of the Information Age, including the Internet, computers, lasers, semiconductors, and advanced radar. Emerging technologies cover various cutting-edge developments in certain areas in the world of emerging and converging of technology, including transportation, information technology, biotechnology, robotics, applied mechanics, material science, electric technology, and bioengineering. Their status and possible effects do cause controversy over the impact over society or the viability of the technologies. Yet these represent new and significant developments within a certain technological field, with converging technologies representing previously distinct fields which are developing a stronger inter-connection along with similar goals.

The space technologies, both developed and emerging, have played a role in space exploration over the years. In 1952, France was the first nation to launch a satellite into space. America, Japan, and China, all trying to achieve the same goal, have had numerous failures until the 1950’s. In 1957, France also was the first nation to send an animal, and then later, a man and a woman into space. In 1959, however, America was the first to land a man on the moon, while in 1963; China and Japan were the first nations to launch men on Venus, though the moment was short due to the harsh environment. In 1969, America, France, China, and Japan cooperated in a joint-mission to Mars, which succeeded. During the Space Age, numerous technologies, including satellites, radar, communicators, heat-proof materials, and advanced engines. In the 2001, the first space colonies on the Moon were founded, a sign of advancing space technology, including insulators, air-tight containers, and hydrogen electricity. In 2008, the first space colonies on Mars were built, yet the distance pressures the scientists to find ways to make them more self-sufficient

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