It's Big Ass Map time!
I tried out other sizes of this map and nothing looked right, and I just couldn't be arsed about slicing it into sections and posting them individually, so here we go - one giant map of the world from my ComCom timeline, the year 2077.
The map shows the Earth-bound territories of the three main powers, the Communist Commonwealth, the League of Allied Nations, and the Progressive Union. Grey lines within countries show nations within a confederacy or personal union.
The map is set three months before the invention of the Atherton-Richmond Engine, the greatest invention in fusion technology the world had ever seen - and the cause of one of its greatest social disasters...
The ARE was a revolutionary type of fusion reactor, developed at labs in Cambridge, Britain, in collaboration with scientists from around the Progressive Union - a transnational organisation formed from previously communist and capitalist nations who broke away from the ComCom and the LoAN, and taking up the philosophies of Douglas Everret, who preached that humanities lack of scientific advancement would one day be it's downfall, and that scientific and social progress should be made at all cost.
Fusion reactors had been used for half a century by this point, but they were bulky, expensive, and difficult to maintain. The ARE were built in a solid-state, could be mass-produced, were cheap to fuel and run, and were immensely versatile - they could be built to any size bigger than a tin can, and the energy produced could easily be converted to any use that was needed.
Hailed as a triumph of modern technology and the saviour of mankind, the news of the ARE's invention went around the world within a day. A week later, the world was on the verge of war.
While larger, older fusion reactors powered many national grids in the world's more advanced countries, most nations still relied on fossil fuels. With the news of the invention of the ARE - and the promise of virtually free energy they brought - the price of these fossil fuels plummeted. Owners of fossil fuel stocks pumped and sold their fuels faster than ever, attempting to sell it off while it was still worth something. This just served to devalue it even faster. A week after the announcement, oil prices stood at 50¢ a barrel, and the world's economy, still built around that oil price, faultered and collapsed. Few countries didn't feel the impact of the switch, with the only ones even partly spared being the members of the Progressive Union, by virtue of their forward-planning (and a covert document sent to the various PU governments letting them know of the ARE invetion, a month before it's public release).
That's all I can think to write for now, I may update it later when I'm not busy. Comments and questions always welcome