2050 HTML version
© 2009 David Borland
In 2040 the United States of America is officially dissolved by a Constitutional Convention. State referendums
held in 2038 gave citizens the opportunity to decide what new country they would become part of in 2040. This
historic event was a result of unprecedented immigration of Latino’s into the U.S. and at the same time, a vast
emigration of American citizens to new countries. During this same time, drastic climate changes has created
historic draught conditions over most of the Northern Hemisphere, except in the Northern Appalachians, which
is one of the world leader’s in precipitation. This story combines these unprecedented changes of demographic
and water concentrations in the world.
Atlantica, a new country formed from northeastern states of the U.S., now controls the world’s largest man
made aquifer that was built by the U.S. and is located in the Appalachian mountains. Atlantica decides to use
the Aquifer System to gain economic concessions from neighboring countries in violation of its original intent
and mandates established by the U.N. This decision would be a threat to peace in the Northern Hemisphere.
Kurt Sloan, the last of an Anglo Scotch-Irish family, decides to escape Atlantica. His journey, along a forgotten
hiking trail, is filled with unexpected events and people, symbolizing the human and natural changes in the year,
His mind was made up. He was leaving tonight. Kurt Sloan now knew how he would get to the small village of
his ancestors in Scotland. Up to this point in time, the problem had been the execution of his plan. The time that
he’d spent delving into the Sloan family history, had ironically provided him the way and means to leave his
beloved homeland in the year 2050.
Kurt worked for the government of Alleghenia, which was the western most State in the new country of
Atlantica. His job site was in the Castro Library in the University Center section of Pittsburgh. As he thought of
his work station, he chuckled to himself. Most of his associates were either Latino or Africano, and the joke was
that he was the token Anglo. In truth, he was. Kurt graduated from the University of Pittsburgh receiving both a
Masters and Doctorate in Historical Research prior to the fall of the U.S. Kurt had then been hired by
Alleghenia to work as a Historical Research Associate for Dr. William Alexander. As the years went on, even
with constant assurances by Dr. Alexander that conditions for Anglos would improve, he realized he did not fit
in with the new country. Kurt was an outsider in his homeland and his condition had become intolerable. After
toying with the idea for months, he made up his mind to leave Alleghenia and go to Scotland. This had been a
strange time in his life and he thought about how things had finally worked out.
For an Anglo in an Administration job it was extremely difficult to get a visa. Security was tight and he would
never be permitted to take any data with him, family history or not. He had decided to handle the problem of
leaving after he found all the information he wanted.
Kurt lived a quiet social life. In the past year he spent much of his off time in the basement of the Library,
where the historical records of the defunct Carnegie Library were kept. On his off-days he searched for Sloan
family records. He found numerous references to his family in the archives.
Recently he concentrated on searching for data concerning the Pittsburgh Aquifer System, where his father had
been chief project engineer. He wanted this to be part of the Sloan history that he took with him. He could
locate nothing definitive, just newspaper articles on the building of the Aquifer, until two weekends ago, when
not only did he find data on the Aquifer, but the solution of how he was going to leave Atlantica.
Late on that Saturday, while continuing his research at the library, he took a break and began walking through
the dark halls. He noticed a sign over one of the rooms that said “Planning Department.” This meant nothing to
him, however it aroused his interest. He entered and switched on the light which exposed a room full of metal
cabinets. He browsed around and noticed one of the cabinets had a nameplate that read, “PLANNING
SCHEMATICS, PITTSBURGH AQUIFER SYSTEM, 2022-2042”. He was overwhelmed with his discovery.