As the global capitalist system attempted to lurch into the information age, e-stock volatility destabilized world stock markets, resulting in the crash of ‘08.
Terrorism, regional wars and border skirmishes, and environmental crises exacerbated the disintegration of the interconnected, globalized economy.
Production and, more importantly, distribution of needed raw materials, goods and services collapsed in many areas.
Fear of looting and piracy generated armed isolationism in many countries, and in many communities within countries.
By 2023, political units fragment, creating new city-states, urban tribal systems, and roving bands of refugee nomads on both land and sea.