• POST-WAR [p.104]: This is a nation recovering from a rather severe war. The cause: China, which was in severe economic decline, decided to take over Biotek Africa, a corporation that had just developed viable wetware --biological circuitry. Governments did not (could not) send troops, but corporations did (thus proving that they were the ones in control). As one character says, "The big governments collapsed, and the corporations just sort of took up the slack." [p.103]