Decline of the Nation-State
The 20th century was the century of the nation state, a concept of statehood in which a geographical area derived its political legitimacy from serving as a sovereign nation. But in the mid-21st century, times were changing. Private business entities had encroached so thoroughly into every aspect of not just everyday life but also public services and governance that the line between corporation and government had become indistinctly blurry in many parts of the world.
It was not the first time in history this sort of thing had happened (the massive trading companies of the 17th and 18th centuries were more akin to nations than corporations) but it was the first time it had happened at this sort of scale and intensity globallly. Ultimately, it led to a feedback loop of erosion in public confidence in the concept of the nation state itself. Governments seemed increasingly worthless in the face of corporate power, and more and more people began to realize that “corporate citizenship” mattered more than “national citizenship”.
This culminated in a 2 year period beginning in 2057 known as the Scramble, and ended with the tragedy commonly referred to as C-Day.