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Earth has existed in various states throughout its history: Ice ages, desertification time periods, times of great dryness, etc. Man brought much change to the world. In the 20th century, man experimented with synthetic substances and nuclear materials. Man dumped these into the oceans, buried them underground, or let these substances or sources of power surge into the atmosphere.  These chemicals would eventually cause genetic changes in animals and man himself. Man caused great extinctions and caused much ecological change, just by learning how to control his environment, like most sentient species.

The year is 2330 and man has mostly left the planet of his birth and now primarily it belong to the creatures he helped create-the kaiju.

General Breakdown:

Environment and Climate:

Despite fears in the early 21st century of global warming, the opposite happened. There was a general increase of temperature that quickly diminished and was replaced by a slow dropping of temperatures. The world would experience this "little Ice Age" for about four decades before temperatures returned to "normal".

The Earth for a few thousand years after the Ice Age had still been trapped in a sub Ice Age. Global warming did finally kick in about 2065, because of extreme solar activity and because of a series of volcanic eruptions in North America's Cascade range, In Russia, Antarctica, the Pacific Islands, and Italy. Because of much less human pollution, most of the global warming actually was a primarily natural event.

In the year 2330, the world is about three degrees warmer in general. This doesn't seem much, but it has made a difference in the world. The ice caps did partially melt and recede, however some species of animal, such as the polar bear has adapted in land areas such as Russia, Greenland, Iceland, to be situated on the beaches and take dives into the water to hunt for seals. There is some floating ice left, but it is farther north. This has also has had unforeseen affects, such as the hurricane cycle being broken. Because of lack of large amounts of cold air coming down from the north and because of a more stabilized natural temperature, there are fewer hurricanes and tornadoes(though the few hurricanes there are, a lot of them are much more powerful as compared to present day storms.

The world has a higher degree of moisture in the air as well. Areas that were once desert and plains have been receiving much more rain. The Sahara desert, especially around the Nile, has blossomed within the last 200 years. Egypt, on the most part, has returned to its prehistoric roots of having much more rain fall, as air currents bring down rain from the north. The Sahara has pushed down south and have drastically altered the environment as far as northern Nigeria. Niger, Chad, Mali, and Burkina Faso of the modern day have been consumed by the desert, resorting to many of the locals to abandon these countries for space. However, portions of the Great Plains in the USA, especially the southern portion, have been abloom with new types of tall grasses and large shrubs that look like miniature trees and are becoming quite common showing that the world has come into a new era.

Strangely enough, the world has become more habitable for the new species that are emerging. The kaiju and various other new species have taken advantage of this.

Note: The world's background radiation due to the conflicts in the 20th and early 21st century and because of a more active Sun is about 10% higher than it is now. Which is not very bad, because modern Earth is actually receiving a fraction of solar radiation than it did in centuries before hand.

Mankind:
Mankind altered the world with the development of cities and colonies, warfare, and development. This is not unique, actually it's quite common for a sentient species. However, in mankind's case, the toying and mishandling of chemicals and nuclear resources caused the world to shift and mutate to survive.  Monsters were created and they struck back against man. Eventually after many conflicts, man decide to move into space and leave a few colonies on Earth as to have some foothold on home turf. Population centers exist on each continent in massive super cities that are surrounding arcologies. Usually one per continent, with maybe a few scattered settlements here and there, but primarily very few humans remain on Earth in comparison to the number in space. These cities are heavily defended and the Neo Terra space colony that orbits the Earth is considered to be the UEF capital, despite its colonial status. The humans that live on Earth are the hardiest of the population and considered the best farmers, labors, and soldiers and are believed to be adept at survival despite how Earth has become.

Animals/Kaiju:
Mutation, rapid evolution, and some genetic tinkering by man has created a new slew of creatures to live in the wild and fill niches that were left vacant due to extinction or having being unoccupied at all.  First off let's talk about animals.

With the world changing, man leaving a majority of his cities behind, and various mutagenic factors wild live exploded within the last century into various species that had never been seen before. Darwinian Evolutionary theory has been brought into question due to eruption of a plethora of new species. Species evolved quickly within leaps and bounds within a few mere generations to fill niches in the environment, fueling ideas for other types of evolutionary hypothesis. One of which is called Gaia centric Evolutionary Theory that states if a slew of niches are suddenly vacated that nature will try to fill them as quick as possible. Maybe using information retrieved by the followers of Mothra on Earth, that the Earth itself released a mutagenic energy source that alters life  a few thousand generations within a single generation. Life doesn't go from rat to rhino in a few centuries, but a few thousand years of shaved off the evolutionary timetable. A good example is the Greater North American Duetalos. The Duetalos evolved form large city rats that eventually went out and colonized the land above the cities after the humans began taking leave in the early 2100's, but it wasn't until the 2230's, when Operation Exodus began, that  it became common to see. The creature is a forty-five lb. rat that lives in clans that burrow into the Earth and have a very omnivorous diet. They have spread as far as west as the Appalachian Mountains. Some species like the European Howler, evolved rapidly from those in the weasel family that saw the larger rodents that evolved from the cities that were moving out into the natural world as big sources of prey. Other species involve types of plants that have been given rise to as of the last one to three hundred years like the Creeper blossom of China and the wild corn of western USA.

Kaiju also became common place to see.  Giant monsters such as Godzilla ravaged many countries in the 20th and 21st centuries. However, they were mostly the single members of their species, except some exceptions. Rodan was a big exception to the rule. In the 1950's when the first Rodan appeared there were two and they both would perish. Stories that another-a hatchling-had been seen in the mines made people wonder if there was another. This other Rodan did appear and it was used by the Xiliens eventually in Operation Final War. This Rodan survived the ordeal and its role would be fundamental in the continued reproduction of its species. In 2028, Hokkaido suffered several large quakes that would reveal a great proto-Rodan(non mutant) nesting area. Because of the way the eggs had remained dormant and however, been exposed to radioactive debris from runoff from Hokkaido's nuclear plants, minute amounts of fallout from Russian nuclear weapons testing, and a natural amount of mutagenic factors in the cave water supply. Three Rodans did emerge form the cave systems, two adults (male and female), and an older juvenile (female). There were forty seven eggs, and eleven of said eggs hatched. The natural parental instincts of the Rodans kicked in and they tired to save what they could, however they were only able to take care of eight of the young. Of said eight, only five survived. So around spring, The Rodans (who were unmolested by the powers that be) meet up with the "original" Rodan and the form a flock. It is determined that the younger Rodans had no genetic relation to any of the older ones. Eventually they would settle along the remote northern Japanese islands. They fed upon fish, dolphins, small whales, squid, and other sea creatures.

During the volcanic eruptions in the 2060's, more Rodan nests were awakened and from those eruptions around Japan, and several northern Pacific Islands more Rodans (About six more adults and twelve more young were awakened). So eventually a breeding population was established. Because of the shallowness of the gene pool, genetic mechanisms on a molecular level helped cause gene variations so there would not be an extreme detriment to have such a small amount of breeding stock. The Rodans would multiply and they are one of the reasons Operation Exodus was enacted. The average Rodan can lay up to seven eggs within a two years period. Only about four survive. Rodans can lay eggs at age seven all the way up to 60, when they usually die. There about seven hundred Rodans in the world at the present, they do have their own limiting factors for their numbers-such as food and predators (Yes there are some creatures that predate on young Rodans).


Another kaiju species that spread was Angilasaurus. Not the fully mutated like Anguiras, the Angilasaurus was only about half the size of Angilas and apparently was roused by Chinese and Russian nuke tests in Central Asia. For years since the 1950's, people in the various parts of the Central Asian satellite nations reported seeing in the Gobi, massive creatures like dinosaurs, it wouldn't be until 1997 till several were spotted that people paid attention. The kaiju known as Anguiras and his range from Northern Japan and Russian Coast was known, but no one expected that there was a smaller variant species in Central Asia and remote parts of Eastern Russia.  About 2015, it had been garnered that there were several family groups that remained in remote areas. There were approximately ten males and twenty four females and an unknown amount of calves. The species fed upon lichens, grasses, tree bark, dead animals, and fish.  Their metabolism was slow, except in winter, so they could go long periods without eating (week or so).  With the quakes of the 2060's more were awakened and basically fifteen joined their ranks, while a team of scientists discovered several eggs that had become active and hatched.  It was amazing that the dinosaurs had such an amazing to ability to become dormant for millions of years and some how awaken, even though they had been altered by radiation and other environs.  The Angilasaurus female can breed up to seven or eight times her entire life every four years and can lay ten eggs, that only perhaps a maximum of three survive and are raised to adulthood which is age twelve. The mother watches them and takes care of them like how a mammal mother would, until they are four and are sent on their way. Because of genetic tinkering, by some people in the New Species movement, the Angilasaurus has now a deeper gene pool to avoid a majority of inbreeding concerns. The current day there are about 370 of this type of creature in Russia and Central Asia, with a growing number.

The seas have their own issues. Mosasaurs did indeed survive into modern times, just that they were rare. They had merely survived by feeding off of deep sea squid, various types of sharks, some sorts of whales, and various other creatures. They had evolved to a more manta ray form and since the mosasaurs are allegedly related to Gila monsters they do pack a potent venom. In many of the mosasaur mutates, like the largest ever recorded-Dagarah, this venom is even more potent. In Dagarah's case the venom actually fed a symbiotic mutated species of starfish.  During the early 21st century the population took a dip because of food becoming more hard to find, and moved south; yet however, the species in this time the species has recovered, but they mutations have overtaken the species.  They all now carry a powerful venom that can be sprayed from the mouth like an aerosol, all can however due to the break down of H20 into hydrogen in their bodies, and all have regained their limbs so they can crawl onto the beaches (their skeletons have reevolved to support their weight on land) to raid the coastlines.

The most famous of Earth's kaiju, the savior of the Earth from the Xilien invasion-Godzilla, still lives with new members of his tribe. Because of Godzilla's own extremity of his mutation he may live for another three or four hundred years. Minilla did grow up to be like his father, except gentler, despite his preying upon sea life. However, they were not the only ones. Other Godzillasaurs had awakened in the early 21st century and mutated, but nowhere near as big as Godzilla and nowhere near as powerful. A few females (About ten or twelve) and males that probably ranged around five or six had awakened throughout parts of the Pacific (Around Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and near the other South Pacific Islands) . After the geological activity in the 2060's more awakened, about another seven males and nine females. The Godzillasaur has a varied genetic template, so it adjusts itself to avoid negative affects from the shallow gene pool.  So in the present (2330) Godzilla still lives and there are about one hundred of his kind roaming the Pacific Rim.

Other kaiju mutations include giants insects, plants, and certain types of giant fungi.


Human settlements:
Since mankind has mostly abandoned the majority of places on Earth, there are few human settlements, but then there are the massive arcology centered cities.  Chicago survived many of the conflicts that raged across the world and kaiju attacks, so the city itself became a domed in arcology that spires into the sky about a mile and a half. The surrounding area has turned into  massive urban sprawl that extends out from the arcology in contrast to the rest of pretty much deserted America. These super cities usually have a population of twenty five to thirty million (In Dallas-Houston's case sixty-seven million, Shanghai's fifty-four million, and Johannesburg's forty-eight million) and stretch out for maybe a seventy or eighty miles or so. They also have towered buildings that stretch into the sky. The major super cities are Chicago, Las Vegas, Dallas-Houston, Lima, Brasilia,  London, Johannesburg,  Berlin, St. Petersburg, Seoul, Sydney, Shanghai, Singapore, Paris, Toronto, and Tel Aviv. There are more settlements but mostly they are tiny and scattered or are under the sea or underground and are mostly used for military or industrial purposes.  

Environmentally these super cities are sound, because they take a massive population and squash down into a concentrated size. How? Food and water shortages would be an issue most likely? Not really in fact. With fusion reactors taking and fusing hydrogen gas and oxygen, fresh water is a byproduct that feeds the super cities. Cloning of animal tissue for meat is quite common, while farming goes on on in the surrounding hinterland of the super city or in the sub levels under the city. So food and water is not an issue. The cities are filled with massive towers that extend into the sky for miles around. Pretty much the cities look like mats of glass and metal with quills that jut into the air.  Underneath these cities are at least six levels of undercity. Two levels are used to utility purposes and what not. The middle two levels is for subterranean agriculture that food is produced (Well one of the places) and that the farm families live on. Finally the two upper levels are more homes, businesses-urban sprawl underground.

In Orbit:
The amount of colonies and orbiting stations that orbit the moon in the inner sphere (closer to Earth than the moon) and outer sphere (past the moon, but still Earth's orbit) is large. Neo Terra is the six mile long, capital city/orbiting station of the United Earth Federation and lies in the inner sphere. This is host to the UEF government and about twenty-five thousand troops and military vehicles and equipment. There is also a population of seventy-five thousand that also live on the orbiting station.  From this station the entire UEF is controlled and legislated.  Also Earth has one moon (Luna), and this moon is the site for major industry and is a very populated
Godzilla, Mothra, Anguiras, Dagarah, Rodan are all Copyright of Toho Co ltd.


Eventually I will post some stats for the animals.:P
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:iconrendragonclaw:
Well its about time lol ;). Looks like everything has balanced itself out on earth, which is good because in most futuristic movies it always seems like we blow ourselves to hell all the time or get close to it. Of course, kaiju largely forced the issue lol. The emergance of dormant species is a handy explaination for the appearance and differences between kaiju of the same type and how more tend to crop up. The city developements sound awesome, I wouldn't mind reading more about their infrastructure and culture. Of course, the various wildlife could use a more indepth look as well =).

-RenDragonClaw
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:iconimposterzilla:
Yeh. Well I just been so busy and I am up for a national award for my performance at work. So that's been cutting into writing time.
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:iconrendragonclaw:
Welcome a sight either way ;).

-RenDragonClaw
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DinoHunter2 Sep 3, 2009  Student General Artist
Cool stuff. I'm not sure about the whole "mosasaurs are related to gila monsters" thing (I'm pretty sure they're closer to snakes), but all in all it was a good read. Keep up the good work. :thumbsup:
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:iconimposterzilla:
Look up a blog called Tetrapod zoology. They had a piece on it.
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:icondinohunter2:
DinoHunter2 Sep 3, 2009  Student General Artist
I'm checking that out now- they've got a lot of interesting stuff on Mosasaurs, it seems. Sounds to me like the functionality of the venom is pretty questionable, but it makes for great fiction. :nod:
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:iconimposterzilla:
Well now you have a new blog to watch.^^ My job here is done.
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