It had been quite a year. After four bloody years and over a thousand deaths, the Euskadi civil war was concluded with the establishment of a second Basque homeland, the Basque Republic. On the recommendation of the AIs, the United Nations set 2030 carbon emissions totals at the same level as 2029; Secretary-General Pham Cao Ky predicted that2029 levels were sustainable indefinitely, and declared the global climate crisis over.
Three different clones of Seattle Slew carried off the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes respectively, leaving the racing world divided over whether the Triple Crown had been won or not. The Disney-Hohokus animated virtie Gorbachev shattered earnings records and made an instant star of its lead vocalist, Mahari Ge'ez -- but was widely criticized for its distortions of history. With the establishment of Kilwa, the second Umojan settlement on Mars, the Red Planet finally (albeit reluctantly) implemented a system of postal codes.
copyright (c) 2009, Don Sakers
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