With all the doom and gloom predictions about 2012 going on in the Debt Ceiling thread, I thought it could be fun to open the floor to more long-term forecasting. Where do you think the USA will be 10, 20, 50 years from now?
Will the Democrat/Republican two-party system be replaced by Republican/Tea Party?
Will there be a new secession? Will it be along north/south lines, or urban/rural lines, or ethnic lines? Will it lead to a new American Civil War?
Will companies become so powerful they become sovereign entities like in Shadowrun and are granted extraterritoriality and immunity from US laws?
Will the austerity measures be taken to such a degree that the middle-class disappears and American society becomes a third-world-like super-rich and super-poor?
Will China just move in and buy everything and everyone?
Will the Republican and Tea Party split, leading to the isolation of the insane fringe and the return of the Pubs to sanity?
Will the polarization of American society along party lines come to be seen as the silliness it really is?
Will the Murdoch empire collapse, and the rest of the US media look into their pants and rediscover their fucking testicles?
Will the US recover economically, fix up its education, healthcare and welfare systems, and return to being an enviable world leader?
Will Canada just move in and buy everything and everyone?
Will the wars in the Middle East spread while Western involvement increases, leading to World War III?
Will terrorists gets nukes and kill everyone?
Mars or bust?
Will we suffer a global economic collapse and return to industrial-revolution society?
Will robots just move in and buy everything and everyone?