United by the African Union, the nations of Africa have come together to build several Pan-African projects, including the continent’s own space elevator and a reforestation effort at the edges of the Sahara.
Economic ties with Europe and the Americas have slowly been replaced with projects funded by the UN, Asian interests and the cross-border Megacorps.
After decades of turmoil, North America isn’t what it once was.
The United States fractured into several successors, eventually leading to the Western Republic centred on old California, Independent Texas, the Empire of America holding the Midwest and much of the old southern states, and Free New York the last of the northeastern states not to join Canada.
Mexico and Canada have weathered the fall of their neighbour well, gaining land on their old borders and happily bolstering their populations.
Central America has also seen a boost, with UN and Megacorps beginning construction of a new space elevator project off the coast.
Following years of struggle, South America has also had its borders reshaped. The rise of the criminal cartels and their subsequent fall has left behind a patchwork of semi-recognised micronations. They are currently administered by the UN and various NGOs, trying to sew the old continent back together again.
Following years of lobbying by corporations, human industry has arrived in Antarctica.
Whilst mineral reserves below the continent are being extracted, work is also underway to make the continent more habitable for humanity in the form of the Antarctica Arcology. A combined work of perhaps half the corporations on the planet, it could become every part the corporate state that the IICP has evolved into.
Home to almost a third of humanity, the powerhouse of Asia has become the centre of modern human civilisation.
The technological rise of Japan, Korea and China has propelled great social upheaval, though it was China’s annexation of much of Siberia and the reunification of Korea being the main turning points in the last decades. The oligarchs of the new Russia Hegemony work tirelessly to build their military-industrial state, whilst the Peace Movement in India has managed to draw much of its own population out of poverty.
Peace it seems will never be achieved in the Middle East. Pan-Arabism and Zionism erupted into brutal conflict and have not calmed for some decades, save brief ceasefires for a year or two as the rest of the world seeks a resolution.
The European Federation, the Russian Hegemony and Britain have all seen their fortunes rise and fall.
After Russia’s losses in Asia and the fracturing of its United States allies, it fell back to diplomatic relations with Europe, strained for decades but nonetheless. Whilst it could have no hope of joining what was now a distant neighbour, it could at least patch some of its worse ills.
Britain too had become a distant ally of the Federation, though has taken much longer to repair its links. Home to several of the largest corporations in the world, it has relied heavily upon them for economic gains, infrastructure and even governance.
Not everyone was happy with the Federation of course. From the economic collapse of Greece came the rise of the terrorist group called Xenophon.
Oceania and Zealandia:
With the IICP at its heart, the Pacific has gained the most in the last few decades, becoming just as much a powerhouse of economic and social revolution as Asia.
Following terrorist attacks on several Australian cities, a group called Xenophon claimed responsibility. Calling for immigrants rights and a world without borders, their attacks on the public authorities did anything but open Australia’s borders.