“Thirty years ago, the United Kingdom had a population of sixty-six million people. Between The Rising and The Purification it is now less than a quarter of that. London itself used to be home to nine million, now it’s less than one.”
Gayle walked slowly down the aisle between the desks toward the back of the room.
“That’s just the UK. In America the death toll was significantly higher. Africa, South America, the Middle East… the attacks were brutal, the cost in life high. Whole countries were wiped out in days. Russia went dark twenty-eight years ago and hasn’t been heard from since.
You want some more big numbers? The human population of the world right now is somewhere around one billion people. Sounds like a lot? Well, before The Rising that number was almost seven and a half billion. Look at your classmates…”
The cadets all looked at each other in mutual confusion.
“Twelve of you in this class, so by my math… at least ten of you would be dead now.”
2016 was the year that the world discovered monsters were real. Billions died or were turned. ‘The Rising’ triggered a war for dominion over our world that lasted for little more than a year – but had massive repercussions.
29 years later, the world is still picking up the pieces. The Fae had helped established a peace of sorts, but the world was not a stable place. It is now 2045 and everything is changed, politically and geographically.
The Vampyrii refused to return the United States back to the Americans. Holding it and renaming it ‘New Victus‘. Canada remained under Werewolf control, becoming ‘Pack Nation‘. The evacuated North Americans gathered in Hawaii and Alaska, the only two significant states left under their control. The remnants of their Military formed the North American Alliance (NAA), and started planning the liberation of their country.
Over in Europe, The Purification had cleansed much of the continent of the monsters that had killed and turned so many. It had been a dreadful period, but had resulted in the formation of the Federated States of Europa (FSE).
The new capital of the FSE became the United Kingdom, which isolated itself with a huge coastal wall, known as The Bulwarks, built rapidly around the small island nation. Colloquially called ‘Fortress UK,‘ became the defacto base of operations for what became known as the Human Fae Alliance (HFA).
The fightback had began from there.
Not all monsters were found to be bad, however. The Ice Giants and the Trolls forged an alliance with Humanity and formed the new nation of NordScania. They fiercely guard the mysterious new mountain range to the east, known as Clypeus Mountains, that cut the countries of the Federated States of Europa (FSE) off from the missing Russia, not heard from since the early days of the war.
The last of the fighting between the Humans, the Vampyrii and Werewolves happened in Iceland. As it was a strategic stepping stone to Europe, neither of the three factions wanted to cede their control. Eventually the Fae stepped in and a tentative ceasefire was called. Iceland got split into three sectors, and where they joined a new city was built.
A neutral ground. A place where the three factions, and more, could meet in peace and debate their issues rather than shedding blood on the battlefield. It became a mixing pot of all the world’s new factions. Where treaties were negotiated.
The planet’s last, best, hope for lasting peace.
Meanwhile, around the world…
Africa was overrun, a lost continent now ruled by monsters. Adze, Obayifo, Asanbosam, Sasabonsam, Tikoloshe… so many creatures. Humankind now all but extinct.
Zûguó – the Republic of China – was still cut off from the world. The Empire of Japan, likewise, kept to themselves. Almost nothing is now known about how they pursue their internal affairs, but the AustralAsian Navy has witnessed numerous skirmishes between the two nations.
The Middle East is now a no-go area – much like Africa – ruled by people who have powers and refer to themselves as New Gods. They call it Balad Alaliha – ‘Country of the Gods’.
In South America, the corrupt and violent Free Traders Association – otherwise known as The Cartels took advantage of the confusion to seize control over large portions of the continent. Much of the rest of the continent formed a coalition group called the ICSA (Independent Countries of Southern America).
The Fae, meanwhile, now walked among us. While they had been instrumental in stopping the fighting, they needed soldiers to help keep the peace. To keep the monsters at bay.
Fortunately, they had provided a solution to the problem.
For all their power, Fae were also very promiscuous. It wasn’t unusual for them to have affairs with humans and sire children. These hybrid children could harness some of the powers of the Fae. When they got old enough, they were trained and put into service as soldiers. Their job was to be deployed to trouble spots around the world where the monsters of myth, now exposed as real, threatened the well being of FSE citizens.