Backcast scenario sketch: Galactic expansion among humans catapulted by dissolving the nation-state system and artificial scarcity-based economics.
In late July 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic, a critical mass of humans who had been psychologically entrapped within the nation-state system broke free when confronted with vaccine passport mandates within nations. (Over the previous year of the pandemic, air travel within and between nations had been granted fairly by national leaders after a human tested negative for COVID-19.) After seeing a legitimate negative test result, security officials Earthwide conspired to let passengers board airplanes with fake vaccine passports that in many instances they would hand to travelers themselves. When fired by airport managers, their replacements did the same, quickly demonstrating to all humans that social hierarchies can and ought to be bypassed through human solidarity. This effectively ended the political legitimacy of the nation-state system on Earth that had spawned wars on a near continuous basis since 1648.
Next on the figurative chopping block, reminiscent of the French Revolution was the social hierarchy of scarcity-based economics, unchanged in fundamental form since the agricultural revolution in ancient Mesopotamia. When cryptocurrencies and social credit systems began to be widely understood as hierarchical control systems, derivative of elite private interests controlling nation-states, the very concept of money as had been commonly understood for millennia also ceased to carry legitimacy.
Surprisingly, unlike in the French Revolution and its aftermath, instead of global and sub-national murderous chaos followed by dictatorial rule, synergy of purpose at all levels of human organization rapidly began to take hold — absent the violent repression of humans, physical and mental by a minority of human elitists who ruled over the majority of humans up to that point in ourstory, previously referred to as “history.”
Legislators, executives (public and private) and even lobbyists/special interest groups became parts of an eight billion person self-organizing system/multi-global heterarchy and repurposed all military bases, central bank buildings, public and private schools, colleges and universities and corporate real estate to solve multiple pressing challenges facing all humans both in the short and long terms. Such common sense actions allowed young humans to learn from older humans and vice versa when deciphering how secret military technologies could be used to expand all of human civilization beyond Earth.
5G towers and satellites just coming online for general use were replaced with terrestrial fiber optic cable that had been planned to come online in exponential fashion a generation before. Point to point transmission of data and energy was used primarily among celestial bodies of the home solar system through 2089, the 100 year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In that year, the first human outpost was established in another star system and zero-point energy cultivation was generated locally in all buildings, including homes, decentralizing forever human power systems, physical and political. As of July 2121, there are 163 human outposts across 16 star systems, including on Earth in the home solar system, reclassified as an outpost in 2112 — denoting the decentralization of humans exploring the multiverse, primarily through individual human minds.