The omission of Alaska and the islands of Hawaii is not a cartographic error.
Both land masses will cease to exist around August, 2010.
McKeller, Nash & Brown - 2009
The 21st century begins with a nice clean distinction between land and water. With land clearly visible and people not dead in huge numbers, life goes on pretty much as it always has.
Soaring temperatures have melted both poles. 95% of the earth's surface sits below sea level. Billions have perished. Almost all plant and animal life has disappeared, although marine ecosystems appear to be flourishing.
All of man's wisdom and all his creations now lie at the bottom of the largest ocean ever formed.
It's not all bad news. Drought, famine and civil war effectively come to an end. Tibet is finally free. As one of the highest places on earth it now has a land mass larger than China.
And a handful of Americans survive.
Although most are separated by miles of ocean there's a collective recognition that evolving past the fish-stage was probably a mistake.
Around late September the Rapture occurs, but as only nine people disappear no-one gives it much thought.
Many argue that we should re-build, but are unable to solve the drainage problem. The vast majority turn to scavenging and piracy. Religion and cannibalism enjoy a resurgence in popularity.
Man's dominance of the planet is over. Statistical projections indicate that role has been handed back to the whales.
A recent study conducted on behalf of the Oil and Gas Industry* revealed that over 40% of Americans do not believe in global warming. That's a disheartening statistic, but it's important to remember that climate change has already begun and it's irrevocable. There's comfort in knowing that as the Arctic ice melts and sea levels rise all of these people are going to die. Skepticism over global climate change won't endow anyone with the ability to breathe underwater.
And for those of us who survive; what will this new world look like?
To answer that question we asked our researchers to take the latest scientific projections and provide us with a sneak preview of the America of tomorrow. The results held a few surprises. Who would have guessed that our failure to address the immigration debate will be resolved by our failure to address global climate change.
*Obson Logistics Group - Hot Flashes: A Part Of The Earth's Natural Cycle - 2008