World powers of the 26th century

Though its events took on global significance, Dömötör’s Tale is set in a small area of the world, and its residents had limited access to products or peoples from outside a three-hundred-kilometer radius. Its discussions of history are specific to the storyteller’s lived experience, and may not align with your understanding—nor must it. The past is very different.

That said, whatever Dömötör’s own feelings or enmities, Dömötör’s Tale represents how even a highly educated and cosmopolitan person of his time and place would have seen the world.

At the start of the 26th Century, the world had divided into medium-sized agglomerations of several nations, either under a primary nation or a federalized system. Sometimes these large multinational states shared long borders, but sometimes they needed nominally independent but trade- and resource-dependent smaller states to exist as a buffer between them. 

Given the violent changes of the 22nd and 23rd centuries, it may be easier to compare these actors with the more stable world of the 21st century.

Major historical actors significant to or referenced in The White Lake: 

The NovSlav Compact, a federalized empire that encompasses 21st-Century (21C) Western Russia and Central/Eastern Europe

Jumuiya (21C Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia & Uganda)

The North Sea League (21C Scandinavia and Northwestern Europe) 

Appalachia (21C eastern and central United States)

The Allied Principalities (21C Southern Europe and the British Isles)

The Middle Collective (21C central and southern China, Korea, Vietnam)

Finally, the The Lovers’ Interface. Though the Lover’s Interface is not a state, in the 26th Century the Interface had a global reach and the attention of all world powers, oddly comparable to that of the pre-Renaissance Catholic Church in Rome. By serving the wealthy and powerful, but maintaining relations with all classes and sects on their terms, the Interface gained supporters and, slowly, power—though how much power is still unclear, even after the revelations in Dömötör’s Tale.