Borneo’s rainforests have been wiped from the map
The world’s 3rd largest island, Borneo was once home to a staggering range of biodiversity, covering hundreds of thousands of square kilometres. Its lush rainforests have now almost completely disappeared as a result of deforestation. Many rare species are declared extinct around this time including the Orangutan – one of the most intelligent of the great apes.
Turkey becomes self-sufficient in energy production
While many countries are struggling with the effects of peak oil, a lucky few have benefited from recent new discoveries. Turkey, for example, has become entirely self-sufficient in energy production – with 10 billion barrels of oil reserves and over 1.5 trillion cubic meters of natural gas uncovered in the Black Sea. These huge reserves have enabled the country to completely end its dependence on foreign imports and meet its energy needs for at least the next 30 years. Turkey’s standing in the world is significantly increased as a result of this, boosted further by its recent entry into the EU.
Major new discoveries have also been made in Iran, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and China.
More controversially, the frozen polar wastes of the Arctic and Antarctic are now being plundered for their oil and gas reserves.
U.S. and Texas Armed Forces Activated
Texas and U.S. Army forces are alerted by their commands however, after years of fighting alongside each other, commanders could not order troops to fire on each other. Federal troops still loyal to the United States are allowed to return to US territory whil those who stay are offered enlistment in the Texas Army Guard. Infuriated Washington orders the 82nd and 101st Airborne into action against Texas.