So, Stars and Stripes Raynor's
flavor text reads as thus:
While the United States Space Force successfully rescued their colonists from the Koprulu sector, Colonel James Raynor couldn't shake the feeling those monsters would follow them to Earth.
And the general reaction is "haha, look at that guy, all covered in the American flag and everything", in a generally friendly way. Wink wink, nudge nudge, Team America World Police reference.
The thing its, when you think about it: how many space sci-fi settings do you know where a modern nation is a major driving force in general. Sure, we have multinational collectives, we have expies with the serial numbers barely scratched off, and we have complete replacements. But how many can you name off the top of your head that has America, Great Britain, Russia (in whatever form), China, etc. still going on about their independent business, only the business has spread out into outer space?
I'm willing to bet you can only use one hand to count: Aliens (United States Colonial Authority), a tabletop game based
on Aliens... and I'm blanking at the moment. Civ: BE's factions are close, since they are still regional, but they are also multinational. Halo's UNSC and Mass Effect's Alliance has the nations essentially turn over all control to this overarching collective, so they don't count.
I mean, sure, it would make sense that once humanity reaches the stars, the world will be different than it is today. However, one thing people forget is that, while Great Britain is not nearly as powerful as it was 200 years ago, it still exists
, and is still a player in the global arena. And sure, it will probably be better for nations to pool their resources if we hope to make it to the stars, but it is possible for us to go there while still maintaining our current national identities. Might not be likely
, but its possible.
What are your thoughts on the subject?