THe world before it ended - a glimpse back in history

For the one who wish to understand how we, in the year 2209, ended up in the situation we’re currently in today, many scholars are convinced that a historical perspective on society’s development for the past five years is crucial. Many of these scholars talk of the origin of this period being when the industrial revolution, by the end of the 18th century, made it’s way through the western world, when the agricultural society turned into the industrial society. A lot of people saw their opportunity to gain a better standard of living, and objectors to the industrial techniques were few. Investments in steam-powered ships, railroads or other means of transport added to the spreading of the industrial revolution all over Europe, and soon the entire world. The consequence to all of this turned into a great transferring of the population, from countryside into cities, and this increasing access of uneducated workforce put high demands on society planning and economy. It didn’t take long before the departments responsible for this planning realized that a growing population of this magnitude was not of splendor alone, and in many cases a dilemma surfaced, of how many citizens a society could hold before collapsing. An issue long discussed.

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During the industrial revolution the natural science started to develop knowledge of electricity, energy sources and thermodynamics, and overall people gained a better position economically and a greater opportunity to education, at least in the cities. All this made a technological revolution possible, characterized by electronics and the usage of electricity. The market broadened by free trade inbetween countries, which led to more advanced products and services developing and became available to the masses. Continuous productions of cars begun, and the workers got increasingly specific task assignments and abilities, which later was named “the conveyor belt principle”. This principle would come to be used by organizations and businesses with a high level of specialization. This conveyor belt principle laid way for a high tempo of production and gave great economical profits compared to rivaling companies who did not apply the same methods. This tactic was founded on an authoritarian hierarchy with a firm management and lots of workers who performed predetermined tasks with no insight in the decisions made within the company, this proved to be very lucrative. It improved the standard of living which added to - among other things - more children being born. The increasing population was significant in many locations for decades to come. This meant more mouths to feed and more people to employ. Many thought that the technological revolution would mean that individuality would benefit, but to the surprise of many the opposite happened. The individual worth decreased and instead each persons worth was measured through the work they contributed along with the masses. Special knowledge and abilities was valued in a way so that each work task nowadays was very specific, but this value was at the same time paradoxical since no work task really required a special competence and therefore could be performed by anyone.

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It didn’t take long before this new regard of trade and result started to affect how society viewed politics and public governance, also within other areas than production, and in the end of the 22nd century the thought of individuals as a concept was lost. Many professions that previously meant having a broad knowledge within said trait was now more segregated within each organization, for example a mechanic no longer had any basic knowledge of machinery, but was specialized to only handling one specific part of one machine. This meant that general occupational titles like “mechanic” or “carpenter” was viewed as old fashioned and unspecific, while titles like “scuttle-mechanic” or “threshold-fitter” was considered more appropriate.

This gave many a sense of insignificance in society, and led to many people escaping in buying products and experiences. Mass consumerism created an increasing demand and production, which in time enhanced the global economy further. The struggle of which country could offer wares to the lowest price would come to exploit and impoverish the natural resources, that in many places of the world was already running out. To be able to keep up the pace of production that was requested the fastest and most greedy companies took control over previously protected natural sightings, and soon everything that was once rain- and mangrove forests was nothing but memory. This type of exploitation meant great consequences for the biodiversity, and when necessary life such as pollinators and other insects were pushed aside this quickly led to impoverisation of the soil.

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The fields got no opportunity to recovery since also the climate was heavily affected by the progression of humanity, and extreme weather phenomena was not unusual. Sun storms, floods, massive hailstorms and devastating hurricanes were common and many areas were eventually as good as uninhabitable. These new circumstances in combination with the global warming progressing through the last decades, made it impossible for food producers to deliver as much as they were expected. This added further to rich countries taking advantage of their poorer counterparts economical dependence, but also within those countries conflicts were taking form. For too long an exploitation of labor, rights and privileges of the weaker groups in society had been in process, and when eventually the food production - and soon the access to clean freshwater - subsided, people got fed up. The more scarce the resources became, the more the desperation increased, and in the end concrete conflicts were unavoidable. In many places, civil wars as well as wars between countries and nations were in full rage. Bigger nations didn’t shy away from using nuclear weapons, and to this day huge areas exist where only zoon-runners may travel without succumbing to harm from radiation. As to be expected, the wars meant that big parts of the population perished, many as a result from simpler reasons like lack of hygiene and spreading of diseases. At the start of the 23rd century the human race had all but annihilated itself, and The Green Wars Aftermath was a fact.