The near-future of THE ROVER is one in which a steady but catastrophic Western economic collapse has reduced Australia to the status of a dangerous, resource-rich third-world country, where a brutal social order now reigns. It is not the devastating aftermath of a single unforeseen cataclysmic or apocalyptic event. It’s a dark future vision of a world despoiled by some of the very real forces and systems at work all around us today.
This timeline shows what it might look like if under-regulated, rapacious Western economies destroyed themselves from the inside. Browse news accounts of the West’s steady economic decline and the shifting geopolitical landscape. Sort by topic, or scroll through all five categories of archived news coverage.