Chapter 57 “the post pandemic world: the changing economy”
Considering that about 70% of the world’s population was exterminated by the viruses and tactical nuclear strikes of the United States against Tehran and Ankara it was obvious the economy shriveled. Big corporate business still thought of itself as big but it was a shadow of its former self but in reality it was s shrivelled prune. Most small businesses had declared bankruptcy after the second wave of COVID-19. So yes there still were corporations and by the time Virus # 26 had retreated in late 2031 a whole wave of new small businesses began popping up. And most of the new businesses were the same types that had disappeared but there were far fewer of them. The big corporations carried on the same business they had all being involved with before.
The real big business of course was cannabis because as we know it was, if consumed in sufficient strength for at least a year, a substance that granted its users immunity. Huge plantations and enormous indoor growing facilities flourished in the developed countries. Cannabis became one of the world’s most traded commodity and former narco thugs became respectable merchants.
Irish whisky was also an immunity granter but the Irish kept most of it for domestic consumption. Like prohibition where Canadian whisky was a big U.S. import so followed Irish whisky with the attendant criminality of smuggling. Greek Ouzo, the other Virus # 26 immune granter could be made throughout the world as its magical qualities were not dependent on Greek ingredients. You remember it seemed to be the Irish water used to make Irish whisky was its immunity granting pathogen.
Even after Virus # 26 retreated cannabis, Irish Whisky and ouzo were consumed like a daily vitamin.
International trade was dramatically reduced as demand had plummeted due to the massive fatality count.
I suppose the best way to sum matters up would be to say that business was as it was in 2020 when COVID-19 arrived on the scene just substantially reduced in size.
Unemployment was in the zero range. Stock markets still functioned but listed securities were down 85% from their 2020 numbers.
Major global players were the narco exporting counties such as Jamaica, Columbia, Mexico, India, Pakistan, Panama, Lebanon and Brazil but increasing domestic production threatened to take down these narcos like oil took down many an oil exporting country.
The dreaded immunity chips implanted in people’s shoulders with their medical histories were outlawed by all governments except China. Speaking of China, a long-time cannabis user for medicinal purposes, failed to cash in on cannabis exports because like most of its food supply it was contaminated by pesticides.