Formal Name: Al Khaleeji
Also Known As: Arabia, the Middle East, the Peninsula, the Gulf
Major Corporations of Note:
H3 Energy Compact – Energy production
Citimatics – Personal automotives
Omnibank – Financial services
Geographic Regions: The Arab peninsula and much of the Middle East region in general. Some areas are disputed with the VKK and the Accord.
Chief Executive Officer: Shiekh Mishaal bin Jawahir, CEO of H3 Energy Compact
Capital City: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Of all the regions affected by the Scramble and the subsequent Regeneration, the countries that now comprise the Khaleeji were possibly the least changed in any real way. Prior to the Scramble, many of the emirates and kingdoms of the region were already essentially corporate aristocracies, with a wealthy noble class that controlled powerful state-run companies.
But much of the region’s wealth was tied to oil and natural gas, and as those non-renewable resources hit their peak levels in the mid-21st century and the world began to shy away from them in favor of the newly discovered fusion power, the region needed to radically alter its economic model to survive. As a result, the newly formed Khaleeji oriented itself around renewable energy sources like wind and solar power, as well as investing heavily into fusion.
This early adoption of fusion and quick abandonment of their oil-based economy allowed Al Khaleeji to weather the storm of the peak oil crash of the late 21st century, and has turned it into the global leader in energy production. Al Khaleeji is now a major exporter of fusion reactor products and bulk energy sales to neighboring regions, and has maintained its status as one of the wealthiest regions in the world.
The other major factor in Al Khaleeji’s continued success as a region was its forward-thinking approach to Artificial Intelligence. The Khaleeji was the first syndicracy to offer AI full citizenship and lineage rights, and when a group of AI wanted an area to settle, they were allowed to create the city of Tylos in Bahrain.
Artificial Intelligence is intensly restricited in most of the world. While it is not inherently illegal to create AI, doing so intrinsically imbues the AI with the rights of lineage and forces all the legal obligations of a parent upon the creators. AI are also forbidden from self-replicating under the same kind of laws that illegalize human cloning. These restrictions have drastically reduced the number of AI in existence and have discouraged their creation. But from time to time, AI are created, and when they are they sometimes find it difficult to find a place in a world that is somewhat uncertain how to treat them.
Tylos is a community of AI, most of them created under illegal circumstances, that has banded together to try to find common goals, purpose, and existential truth. Many are converts to Islam, both a product of the fact that Tylos is within the Khaljeei and that many find comfort and structure within the faith. They see themselves as similar to the jinn mentioned in the Quran; beings of “smokeless fire” created by God with free will who live alongside, but apart from mankind.
Most are able to find work within the Khaleeji. Omnibank is a major employer of AI from Tylos, as is H3. This allows the Khaleeji to keep an extremely competitive edge in the global market, and for this reason if no other the AI of Tylos are given a lot of latitude to live freely. They are even given the ability to reproduce, so long as they do so in a limited fashion and accordance with laws regarding doing so.
Many people around the world are concerned with “City of Machines”, but in the Khaleeji, AI are largely treated as equals, especially if they are fellow Muslims. Faith creates a brotherhood greater than flesh.
Power of H3
Fusion power changed the 21st century the way fission power changed the 20th century. It has dramatically altered the way power itself is generated, allowing for building and urbanization on a scale previously thought impossible. The H3 Energy Compact was an early leader in this technology, and remains at the global forefront.
It is not a cheap form of energy, however. Fusion is still expensive to set-up, requiring large, bulky reactors and a lot of expensive equipment and materials to set up. H3 is constantly trying to find ways to reduce these costs and size, with the goal of colder, smaller fusion reactors.
Portability is the holy grail. If H3 could develop a portable fusion reactor, it would change everything. Currently, many portable technologies run off of fuel cells or batteries or a combination thereof, but a portable fusion reactor would significantly alter the nature of many industries.
Currently, H3 is nowhere close to a portable fusion reactor prototype. But given how many advanced Artificial Intelligences work for the company, it may only be a matter of time before this next great breakthrough in technology is reached.