Regional Cooperation Rocks the 21st Century
Three major political amalgamations are taking place, not by force and coercion, but because they are faced with a choice between cooperation and exploitation. These forces stand to shape the coming decades like no other. The Nordic Federation is about to take the High Arctic by storm whilst UNASUR tears up the Monroe doctrine and a Latin – Germanic Union has the 20th century powers on the defensive.
The Nordic Federation was a natural enough process after the removal of the Soviet threat and Cold War paranoia. The fact that it is composed of immensely wealthy and egalitarian countries smoothed the transition, whilst its position of vast expanses of Arctic territory has increased this wealth still further through both the exploitation of minerals and renewable energy. It has negotiated favourable terms with powers great and small, founded its own (virtual) currency and adopted The Baltic States as willing junior partners.
A Europe wracked with political crisis and faced with the prospect of either a division of the core European countries economically or a centralization of political power eventually managed to find enough left of centre governments to force the necessary democratisation of the Eurozone (EZ). Once German economic power was fused to the political status of France (a function of its nuclear status and overseas territories) at the core of a Europe in which small nation citizen’s rights were safeguarded The EZ was able to embark upon a reindustrialisation domestically whilst also proving successful at tackling numerous conflicts in neighbouring regions. China, the US and Russia now remember the days before Europe spoke with one voice with more than a little nostalgia.
After centauries of first European and then US domination UNASUR was finally able to unite in the face of northern exploitation. The economic boom that resulted from peace, trade and industrialisation earned the South American continent the title of ‘Latin Tiger’ by 2020. With a large and densely populated zone of eager partners between it and US territory to the north the US was unable to prevent a withdrawal turning into a rout. A Southern subcontinent across the Atlantic with common cause found itself with a partner eager to offer far more than the Europeans, Americans or Chinese ever did. By 2030 Northern interests in the Antarctic Peninsula had been reduced to junior partners in mineral exploitation.