Superpowers are states which are able to support a space program, with military-civilian space presence. To find out how many superpowers there are in your world, roll 1d6+2. You can use nations from our earth, or you can roll or choose from a table.
How did this situation come to be?
GM can decide alone, or the GM and players can jointly decide the
course of the world since 1880 which would result in the geopolitical
situation outlined above.
rolls 1d6+2, with a result of 4+2 = 6. Six superpowers are on this
Earth! One player requests the USA to be a superpower, so that her
character will work as she envisioned. No one objected, so the USA was
The other 5 superpowers were randomly rolled. They were
Greater Nigeria, The Australasian Republic, Great Brasil, The Malay
Republic, and Mormon Zion. The players and GM between them come up with
the following scenarios:
1. Europe was flattened in The Great War
- devastated, crushed, and bled dry. There are still armies of
barbarians roaming the ruins throwing stones at each other as one player
joked. A bit of overstatement maybe, but it never really ended, and
armed arnarchic militias do indeed fight each other still in the
2. A Mormon prophet came to prominence in
Utah, creating a huge religious revolution in the Rocky Mountain areas.
From the Dakotas to Alberta and Britsh Columbia, down to Oregon, to
northern Nevada down to Utah, left the Union and became a Theocracy, to
the relief of the rest of the USA.
3. In Nigeria, a Dictator
arose when the British pulled out because of the Great War. An able
administrator, he pulled the country together, then using his large,
well drilled, well equipped armies, conquered everything in sub-saharan
Africa but the southern part and Ethiopia and the Horn.
Because of the Great War, a flood of British and other European refugees
set up a state in the Malay Peninsula, based in Singapore. The Dutch in
Borneo, Java, and Sumatra soon joined in, along with - eventually - the
French in Indo-China, The Thais, and Burma, making a multi-ethnic
Asian-European state with immense resources.
5. The Pacific War
of the 1940s between Imperial Japan on one hand and Australia and the
USA on the other resulted in a union of Australia with western
Indonesia, along with the Philippines and many Pacific islands. Japan
was ultimately defeated, though not until they almost broke Australia
and the USA, and today is a second rate power.
6. During and
after the great War, a great many Europeans emigrated to Brazil, which
enthusiastically embraced them into its ethnic and cultural stew. Using
diplomatic and economic pressures, eventually all of South America north
of Chile-Argentina-Uruguay were “volunteered” to be assimilated.
Overall, aside from The USA and Mormon Zion, the equatorial position
of these nations gave them an advantage in space launches before the
discovery of anti-mass.