North African Wastelands
Compromised: chronic outbreaks in Atlantic regions.
A mixture of Vendetta theocracies, Islamic Theocracies, and martial regimes.
Est. 300 million, falling.. <5% retrofitted against ßehemoth.
Tribal, subsistence-scavenger, current technology in maritime jurisdictions.
Heavy reliance on fossil fuels, although much of that extracted from the Holy Glasslands is radioactive. Aquaculture and the mining of wild fish remains a substantial part of food production, despite the associated pollution and ßehemoth-related risks; industrial photosynthesis accounts for the balance. Agriculture and irrigation are no longer significant. Currently isolationist (previously, major exporters of minerals and petroleum products). Water unavailable throughout the interior; desalination megaprojects conspicuous along the coastlines (Egyptian/Saudi desalination technology unsurpassed globally).
Ongoing desertification has rendered the interior largely uninhabitable; the northeastern reaches of Egypt remain radioactive following the Israeli-Syrian nuclear exchange of 2032. Surviving populations have gravitated to the Atlantic coast, despite increased incidence of ßehemoth throughout coastal areas. Settlement is somewhat sparser along the northern coastlines, due to the intense pollution of the Mediterranean. While ßehemoth thrives in hot climates, Northern African states have ingeniously slowed its spread by using the waste products from its own desalination industry to salt vulnerable maritime areas (ßehemoth does poorly in ultrasaline environments).
M&M sympathies are as strong or stronger as in the Central African States, at least in the southern part of this region; support is more sporadic to the north. Overall threat potential is lessened by lower population density and weaker infrastructure. Northern states tend to be more technologically current (Morocco, Algeria, and Egypt retain orbital presence and significant ICBM capability), and cooperate with the CSIRA sphere on occasion although no formal protocols are in place.