Iaian Vernier's Memoir
Chapter 5. Reconstruction
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It took several decades for the research and dialectical capabilities of the new generation of thinkers to begin to reconfigure our knowledge. One of the crucial issues was the demographic one. Well into the beginning of this new century, the twenty-third, demographers had gathered enough data to estimate the world population at somewhat over 5 billion. However reports still showed that the efforts towards population reduction were continuing except in those several continental areas that had suffered the most devastating declines.
The Chinese lottery approach seemed to have been one of the more philanthropic methods of dealing with populations which were still large enough to place a heavy burden on the efforts of nations and peoples attempting to regain a measure of economic and social viability. China had, c. 2210, reduced its population to less than half its previous high of 1.5 billion people, even given that it had expanded its borders to what it felt rightfully entitled to as the central nation of the world community. It had held together relatively peacefully during the horrors. At the same time, ironically, the provinces had moved away from the center, revealing the ancient tendency in China, as elsewhere, towards linguistic and cultural diversity. One Chinese ← 31 | 32 →estimate even put their continental population at mid-century, 2250, as low as 450 million people.
The international effort during the late twenty-second, early twenty-third centuries was educational rather than viciously authoritarian or murderously tyrannical. The word that issued from the...
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