Ecototalitarian coalition (CSIRA/JDU/PPP)
est. 2 billion, falling rapidly. 4% retrofitted against ßehemoth..
Largely subsistence/scavenger. Fortified pockets of current technology.
The Hindian subcontinent was unnsustainably stressed even prior to ßehemoth. Coding and information industries—the primary economic engine for a region whose natural resources were long since exhausted—collapsed with the advent of software breeding. This region was also the world's largest exporter of environmental refugees, who were driven offshore by deforestation, flooding, and the desertification which accompanied the failure of the seasonal monsoons. India retains a significant nuclear industry, which supplies most of its electricity; geosynchronous microwave was an important supplement prior to M&M attacks in 2054 that took out the IndoPakistani orbital relays. Agriculture is virtually nonexistent, and subsistence-level. Potable water is scarce, but no formal rationing system has been instituted throughout most of the region. Although food production depends entirely on industrial photosynthesis, Calvin cyclers are in short supply, especially in rural areas. With the exception of those in fortified enclaves, the population of this area is in the process of starving to death.
ßehemoth has yet to reach this area in significant concentrations, thanks to (externally-imposed) travel restrictions and the fortuitous failure of the North Equatorial Current. However, contamination via ocean currents is likely within the year; the resulting outbreaks will be extreme and immediate, due to both high population density and a lack of local resources to mount effective countermeasures. This area is a catastrophe waiting to happen; when the inevitable outbreaks do occur, widescale incendiary containment will be the only option.