Here’s a bonus map for Earth in the year 2174; Active conflicts.
China: The Vietnamese are opposing annexations, though the conflict has lost some of its severity. Xinjiang is resisting re-integration into the Chinese Empire; it’s the last hold-out from the Chinese civil war that ended the PRC.
Pakistan: After nearly a Century of peace, the Islamic Union has begun stirring up trouble in the rural areas, inciting tribal leaders to start a rebellion against central rule. Pakistan enjoys the full support of its closest ally, India, and observers expect this rebellion to be beaten down quickly.
Middle East: The Islamic Union is attempting to drive back the Russians, who still occupy part of Iran. It’s a long, drawn out conflict of asymetric warfare – the Russians view it more as a police action against terrorists than as a real war.
Africa: The Islamic Union continues its expansion slowly, but surely. Other African countries are coordinating their defenses and are in talks of settling the IU problem for good. The Andean Community, the EU, and the Chinese Empire are attempting to prevent an all-out African war.
South America: Bolivia and Chile are suffer from an unending series of border incidents; resentment still run deep on the Chilean side over the annexation of the corridor to the Pacific by Bolivia. Defense commitments by the other Andean Community partners discourage a Chilean attack, but it is an open secret that Chile is trying to rally other South American nations for an alliance against Bolivia.
Meanwhile, Colombia is attempting to negotiate a release of occupied territories that Colombia had to cede to Venezuela. Armed, pro-Colombia resistance, has committed a number of atrocities and hardened the Venezuelan stance, however, and no peaceful agreement seems possible.
Enderra is also quite close to Andorra, though this also wasn’t my inspiration for picking the name.
None of which are related to how I actually came up with the name. I think I didn’t tell that anecdote to many yet: When I was building my world way back in ’92, I urgently needed a name for it and I just couldn’t think of anything. At the same time I was listening to the radio, tuned in to a station with the code/abbreviation NDR2. And when I rearranged and twisted it, NDR became En Der Rah. Enderra. I liked it, and it stuck.
Houston, Republic of Texas — January 17th 2173. One of mankind’s first three interstellar probes has emerged from hyperspace, mission control specialists have reported. The probe emerged just outside the orbit of Mars – it was off target by several thousand kilometers but in good shape. The probe immediately attempted to contact the Advanced Deep Space Network to broadcast its data.
While specialists pour through the data, we can already report on the makeup of Earth’s closest extra-solar star system. It contains eight planets:
Desert World (0.02 AU): 6000km diameter, density 0.6, Gravity 0.3. Thin atmosphere, no water.
Rock (0.034 AU): 2000km diameter, density 0.5, Gravity 0.08. No atmosphere, no ice or water.
Failed Core (0.065 AU): 8000km diameter, density 0.4, Gravity 0.27. Thin atmosphere. Surface covered by ice sheets: 80%.
Failed Core (0.13 AU): 9000km diameter, density 0.2, Gravity 0.15. Thin atmosphere. Surface covered by ice sheets: 70%.
Icy Ball (0.19 AU): 5000km diameter, density 0.3, Gravity 0.13. No atmosphere. Surface covered by frozen oceans: 60%. One Moon.
Failed Core (0.33 AU): 5000km diameter, density 1.3, Gravity 0.54. Standard atmosphere. Surface covered by ice sheets: 80%. Two Moons.
Failed Core (0.43 AU): 8000km diameter, density 0.6, Gravity 0.4. Standard atmosphere. Surface covered by ice sheets: 30%.
Rock (0.6 AU): 3000km diameter, density 1.3, Gravity 0.33. Very thin atmosphere. No water
It had not been anticipated to discover any Earthlike worlds at Proxima Centauri, or at Alpha Centauri, so the discovery of the Mars-like desert world was seen as being “as good as we could hope for”. A Federated Nations spokesman stated that the Colonial Authority would be soliciting proposals for colonization within the next six months.
The other two interstellar probes, “Dream” and “Vision”, are due to return in February and June from Alpha Centauri A/B and Barnard’s Star.
Took me way too long, and I still feel that especially the southern half of Africa needs some border changes – but it’ll do for now. Now I know what big nations exist in 2174, and that means I can proceed with what I am really after: Exploring other solar systems!