Eastern reaches compromised. Interior clean.
Syndicate/Ecototalitarian Coalition (Mafia/CSIRA)
160,210,000, falling. 4% retrofitted against ßehemoth.
Technology current; feudalism and subsistence-scavenger increasing in eastern and southern regions.
Power grid extensive but increasingly unreliable: mainly geothermal, nuclear, and wind. Agricultural methane under development as an alternative source. Global warming has increased the breadth of the Russian agricultural belt to the point where this region is now the world's leading practitioner of traditional agriculture, and virtually the world's sole major exporter of "conventional" foods. Russian gengineering (a proprietary technology owned solely by the corporate arm of the ruling Russian Mafia) permits significant agriculture even in notoriously thin northern soils recenly released from permafrost. An extensive series of parallel irrigation systems distribute northern meltwater southwards throughout Russia and Siberia; east-west interconnects are restricted to less than 10km to minimize the western spread of ßehemoth from the Okhotsk Beachhead.
ßehemoth was first confirmed on the Kamchatka Penninsula in 2053, following transport from the North American hot zone via the North Equatorial/Kuroshio Gyre. Its appearance was especially problematic since the area had recently been colonised by environmental refugees from the Hindian Subcon; this resulted in a number of locallised but extremely virulent outbreaks. While these were contained with admirable speed, ßehemoth persists (albeit more diffusely) along the east coast of the continent, and is progressing inland. Coalition countermeasures are strictly rearguard, and can do little more than slow the rate of advance. Extensive incendiary containment is ongoing, but the sheer scale of the infected area renders even this extreme measure of dubious effectiveness.