The scientists before us really never understood what the future could hold. They thought if we slow down our births and oil usage the world would fix itself. Well, it isn’t like that. The scientist who thought all the glaciers would melt within 5,000 years greatly underestimated what the human race was cable of. Turns out it only took until 2104 for the glaciers to completely melt.
The Netherlands, The Gambia, Maldives, Kiribati, The Bahamas, Nauru, the coast of China, USA, Europe, Japan, India, Africa, and South America are all under water and we had no idea. The melting may have come slowly but 100 years is not nearly enough time to move a billion people inland.
So here we are today, terrifying hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes killing thousands, although within all of this panic there is a fight, further north than ever before.
Canada, Russia, the United States, Norway, Greenland and Iceland are the largest powers in the arctic. The wars taking place in the north are common but no nuclear weapons have been used. In 2072 the United Nations had passed nuclear proliferation but it is an open secret that Russia and the US have nuclear weapons.
The Canadian archipelago is partially underwater but the Torngat Mountains in Nunavik and Labrador and the Baffin Mountains on Baffin Island still are way above the new sea level. North Slope County in Alaska is rather low-lying except for the Brooks Range. Barrow and Prudhoe Bay are underwater, but the two cities were only military bases warding off Canadian and Russian expansion in the Arctic. The two cities were once major outposts to use up the Northern Alaskan oil fields.
Russia has asserted the most dominance over the Arctic. Russia has built plenty of military bases in Siberia, mainly in the Novosibirsk Islands, in Uelen and Lavrentiya (to stop American expansion into the Arctic), throughout the Yamal Peninsula and Yuzhny island, and most importantly in the ginormous city of 350,000 thousand people, Murmansk on the Kola Peninsula.
Norway once had the most northern city, Longyearbyen, but that has been beaten by Canada, now that Alert is habitable. Russia has claim on Svalbard, an archipelago that Norway owns. Russia once had a small coal mining outpost, Barentsburg, that has mainly been abandoned. Russia would have invaded Svalbard by now, but since Norway is apart of NATO, that prospect seems unlikely. Norway also owns Jan Mayen, an island with no population.
Iceland has little to do with the Arctic except for new fishing locations, but Greenland to the west, which had seceded from Denmark in 2027 may be the most important part of the Arctic. Greenland had the largest glaciers in the world, but all of them had melted, leaving behind a large archipelago. Since glaciers were what once blocked off the Greenlandic communities from each other, they were very isolated, but now that ferries connected the islands together (and the temperature was much more habitable), the largest cities; Nuuk, Sisimiut, Qaanaaq, Qaqortoq, and Tasiilaq were now less isolated and connected. Greenland, being a country owned by the natives, probably has the most diplomatic power in the UN compared to Canada, Russia, the US, Norway, and Iceland.
The Cold War never turned hot, global warming wasn’t a problem in 1950-1990 but now, the world was much warmer, a potential Cold War started in the 50s between the US and Russia, but now with so much tension in the Arctic, the war turned hot. That is exactly what happened on Friday, June 27, 2104.