Dave's ASH Archive - World Politics
Last Updated: 2/21/18
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The map above gives a rough lineup of the geopolitical situation on Earth in
the year 2026. The meaning of "influenced" will be explained in each power's
section. See the Academy series for more
details on each of the world powers, this page will sketch out the basics and
also serve as a place to find updates.
The United World
The United World was officially founded in 2018, although its
seeds were in place as far back as the 1990s. It acts in many of the roles
the old United Nations used to fill, but with some differences. The United
World does not yet have a strong military arm, nor does it see internal
peacekeeping as a priority at the moment. Rather, the UW is more concerned
with matters that are more global, such as the internet and dealings with
alien powers, both extraplanetary and extradimensional. STRAFE, the
Superhuman Tactical Resources and Affiliated Field Experts, is sanctioned by
the United World to act against threats that conventional military forces are
either too slow to react too or are otherwise not things that armies are good
at dealing with.
As of early 2026, the members of the United World are: the North American
Combine, the Eurasian Union, the Muslim Confederation, the Central Asian
Confederation, the People's Republic of China, and the Southeast Asian Treaty
Organization. The Muslim Confederation's membership is always uncertain, and
the three parts of the former Chinese super-state are only recent
The United World's headquarters are located in Australia, which is a neutral
country and UW protectorate. Australia, New Zealand and several Indonesian
nations have joined together in an alliance that falls under UW protection.
The United World's only real military forces at this point exist to keep this
protectorate secure against Khadamite threat. However, the UW can officially
call on aid from the Planetary Confederation, a potentially big stick that is
In theory, the UW has jurisdiction over any territory not
formally part of the North American Combine, the Eurasian Union, the Muslim
Coalition or one of the three Chinas. In practice, Khadam holds sway over
much of this unclaimed territory, especially in Africa.
The United World banner is a deliberate reference to the old United Nations
flag, but using a different projection of the world map, and a unifying oval
rather than a wreath of olive branches. The symbolism is geared more towards
unity than peace, as is the UW itself.
North American Combine
The North American Combine is the strongest economic power in the world of
2025, partly due to the lesser damage it suffered in the wake of the
Godmarket, but mostly because it has no immediate rivals on the ground. The
Eurasian Union must spend considerable resources keeping Khadam, the Muslim
Coalition and China out of its territories, and those other three powers were
all hit hard by the Causality War (although China will not admit to this
fact) and the events following it.
The core of the NAC is the three States of Canada, Mexico and America. Each
is broken up into Sectors that map fairly closely to their pre-unification
states or provinces, although some of the more populous states were broken
into multiple sectors, such as North and South California Sectors.
Constitutional freedoms have been slowly restored over the past two decades
after being suspended during the state of emergency at the turn of the
century, but citizens of the Combine still don't enjoy the freedoms they
might have had during the 20th Century.
The Combine's influence extends into much of South America and the Pacific
islands. Most of this territory is nominally under NAC law, but often the
true law comes from the corporations which have set up shop in the area.
South America is riddled with small corporate feifdoms which resemble
upscaled "company towns," with no law but the bottom line. These are slowly
being brought into NAC regulation, but it's still something of a wild
The flag of the NAC is a combination of the colors of the flags of the three
core States (each retains its original flag as a State flag). The seal of
the Combine is an eagle with a shield over its chest, the shield bearing the
pattern from the flag.
Born out of the European Community and the shattered remains of the
Commonwealth of Independent States, the Eurasian Union had to pull together
quickly in the first decade of the century, thanks to a mulitude of enemies
around it and many prospective member states who were ripe for the picking by
powers like Khadam or China. The charismatic Lenard Duvallier managed to
bring the nations together in 2005 as a more economic than political
Economic power quickly translated into political power, as the richer nations
started to dictate policy for the poorer nations. A few minor wars were
fought with China, resulting in Bangladesh being ceded to China in return for
guarantees of Japan's safety and promises not to invade India. The EU is
very pro-United World, although each nation has slightly different reasons
for wanting the United World to succeed. Richer nations see it as a path to
wider trade and higher profits, while poorer nations hope that they might
someday be able to use the UW as a tool to gain greater indepedence from the
EU without being gobbled up by hostile neighbors.
EU-influenced nations are generally members of the Union, but they either
lack significant power or are threatened border regions. India and South
Africa are such minor powers, as is Israel (on Cyprus), while Morocco and
much of Siberia represent border regions.
The flag of the Eurasian Union is based on the European Community's banner,
which was twelve golden stars in a circle on a navy blue field. The ring of
stars has been replaced by a star in a solid ring. Some have joked that the
ring represents the gold which keeps the EU together.
People's Republic of China
China went behind a curtain of silence after the turn of the century,
claiming to the outside world that they had suffered no losses from the
worldwide disaster, and quickly moving to absorb nearby nations. Japan's
ties to the Eurasian Union kept it safe, and parts of Malaysia were able to
remain free of Chinese hegemony by joining the Muslim Coalition.
Isolationism, plus bitter memories of the wars of the first decade of the
century have kept China out of the United World.
China's Premier was perhaps the world's most powerful Anchor, able to
suppress supernatural powers over the entirety of the People's Republic. As
nations fell into Chinese control, the Anchor Effect extended over them,
aided by specially-recruited Anchors who patrolled the fringes of Chinese
territory. The Premier's death in July 2023 (along with much of the
government, in a nuclear explosion engineered by the Devastator) unleashed a
wave of supernatural power over China and threw the government into disarray.
Fortunately, no nuclear weapons were launched in retaliation, but the nation
spent months in turmoil.
A year after the destruction of Beijing, China had largely settled down and
gotten its public face in order, with a seemingly unified government
continuing to maintain a policy of isolationism. In fact, however, dozens of
minor rebellions flared up every month, stamped out with ruthlessness or
co-opted by one of the politicians seeking to carve out his own kingdom.
Behind the "Bamboo Curtain," China was in chaos, and it was only a matter of
time before the secret wars became public.
Two years after the destruction of Beijing, the People's Republic finally
lost its battle to keep its internal divisions secret. Two new political
entities announced their existences to the world: the Southeast Asian Treaty
Organization (SEATO), and the Central Asian Confederation (see below). Most
of the territory lost to these polities came from satellite nations, not
China proper, with Tibet and the westernmost province of China being the most
significant losses. The People's Republic has recently normalized relations
with the rest of the world and joined the United World.
China's flag is the same as it has been since 1949, a red banner with five
Despite aggressive Chinese policies of intermixing, the nations that broke
away to form SEATO generally do not have significant ethnic Chinese
populations, being a mix of Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, Malay and other
ethnic groups that have clung to their cultural identities in the face of
assimilationist doctrine. SEATO was formed in late spring 2025 by several
nations who realized that they stood a better chance of freedom together than
they did separately.
As the name implies, this is a coalition rather than a single nation. The
specific name SEATO was deliberatly chosen in an attempt to curry favor from
the North American Combine, whose American state had been behind the original
SEATO's formation. Most citizens of the member nations don't like the
Combine much more than they do China, but they figure that they can play the
giants against each other and remain free. It is a dangerous game they
play. SEATO has recently joined the United World, and tends to vote with the
SEATO does not have an official flag yet, but the member nations have revived
their TwenCen flags. In the case of Vietnam, there is some talk of going
back to a pre-Colonial banner, to further distance themselves from China.
Central Asian Confederation
Unlike SEATO, the Central Asian Confederation is not simply a collection of
TwenCen nations breaking away from Chinese influence. While it does contain
nations like Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, it also holds chunks of what was once
western China, Outer Mongolia, Bangladesh, and even the formerly much-
disputed Kashmir. A number of nations such as Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are
on the fence, trying to be friendly to both the Muslim Confederation and the
Central Asian Confederation. The CAC is rumored to be strongly courting
India, which is driving Pakistan into a closer relationship with the Muslim
The CAC is largely held together due to the efforts of an extremely
charismatic woman who calls herself the Western Dragon. She is rumored to be
a supernormal. The flag of the CAC is a simple green banner, six times as
long as it is wide, with gold tassles at the end.
The deaths of all those who followed pagan gods in 1998 ignited a renewed
fervor in the "major" world religions (which had been getting dangerously
marginalized in the late 1990s), and Islam was no exception. A short and
bloody war with Israel resulted in the "Holy Land" being reduced to
radioactive ruin, and much of the Jordan was destroyed by fallout. The
Muslim Confederation (also called the Muslim Coalition, as the terms do not
translate precisely and the MC is not inclined to clarify) arose out of the
alliance to fight Israel, but stayed together to help promote Islam and
recover from the war. While the individual nations originally ranged from
total theocracy to democracy, the surviving Confederation members joined in a
single Theocracy, rule by holy men. Considered socially oppressive by other
nations, it is nonetheless a stable system. Especially since many of those
who might have dissented died in 1998 or shortly after.
The brief war against Q'Nos has brought the Confederation closer together in
some ways, but this has also thrown their differences into sharper contrast,
and outside observers tend to think something is going to have to give.
Either the Confederation will loosen, or it will fracture along doctrinal
Important note: For much of my life I was under the mistaken
impression that "Moslem" was the preferred spelling and that "Muslim" was
somewhat insulting, only to later discover I had it exactly backwards. I
apologize to any who I may have offended through ignorance. "Moslem" will
still appear in older works and older image files such as the global map at
the top of this page, but going forwards I will attempt to keep from
repeating my mistake.
MC-influenced nations are nominally members of the Confederation, but have to
tread lightly with powerful neighbors. The flag of the Muslim Confederation
is not a fixed banner, but always involves Islamic elements, such as the
crescent moon. Pictured here is one of the more common designs.
Khadam is actually a fairly small city-state, located at about 10 degrees
East longitude, 25 degrees North latitude, at the site of the older city of
Ghat in Libya. It is ruled by a council that is a mix of the original
Technomancers and representatives of the alien Pranir trading houses, and is
very much an authoritarian state. The average citizen is lucky if he's not
used as fodder for experiments or sold for his organs to the Pranir
organleggers. Still, people flock to Khadam for that one chance in a
thousand of hitting the jackpot and finding good work, as a security guard or
lab assistant or whatnot. Mercenaries make up a large part of the population
of this black market spaceport.
Khadam's influence ranges over most of Africa and scattered enclaves in South
America and even Antarctica. The products of their genetic experimentation
make such areas dangerous to be in, and have slowed the encroachment of other
powers into the Sahara and subsaharan jungles. Several lesser Pranir houses
have established their own spaceports in Khadam-influenced areas for the
purpose of offloading cargo that's too nasty even for Khadam's loose
Derek Radner, aka Triton, is currently the Chancellor of Khadam, having
displaced the last of the Zugmann heirs. The Conclave of Super-Villains
helps him retain power, but it also helps that several of the formerly ruling
factions were weakened significantly during a series of internecine conflicts
Khadam's flag was designed to vaguely remind one of the Nazi banner without
being immediately recognizable as such, since the nation was founded by an
expatriate Nazi (see Academy #1).
The Kingdom of Q'Nos
The newest of the major world powers, this kingdom is ruled by an ancient
Pureblood named Q'Nos. Q'Nos lost most of his power in struggles with other
Purebloods and was "demoted" to the status of demigod, and further humiliated
by his defeat in the 1990s at the hands of Solar Max I. Freed by Solar Max
II, he set about building an army out of the mythical creatures in the
twisted wastelands of what once was Greece (aka "Shattered Hellas"). During
a brief war with the Muslim Confederation, he lost much of his mystic power
to the leader of their supernormal cadre, but the war was only a smokescreen
covering his attempt to summon up his mother, the Leviathan.
In the wake of his failure to conquer the world, Q'Nos retrenched and started
planning for long term power, making his kingdom a refuge for misfits and
freaks from around the world (a move that briefly caused tensions with
Khadam). The revelation that Venus's terraforming was the result of his
mother's banishment to that world has caused him to claim the entire planet
as his birthright, and Khadam has openly supported this claim in exchange for
considerations. Where this will go has yet to be revealed as of January
Q'Nos's banner is the golden double-headed axe, or labris. He wields such an
axe, coated in mystically-created Collapsauron, or hyperdense gold.
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