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1. 13 mars 2095

Northern France, not far from Lille

The life of a typical young Frenchwoman is pleasant, not much different than it was before the Green Revolution of the 2030s that saw a reemerging Cuba dominate the green technology sectors, spreading urban agriculture, recycling, interchangeable parts, healthy living, and conservation across the world. In time, Cuba had annexed the Bahamas and much of Florida in exchange for its patented, easily-replicated desalination technology that turned the sea into a limitless source of drinking water and that had made the post-Communist Cuban regime a favorite of the Middle Eastern leaders. None of that really affected our Frenchwoman, who we'll call Annick. She has taken advantage of Cuban-led reinvestment in urban cores that has turned many of la France's great cities into cheap, vibrant, and self-sustaining areas similar to those of Havana, but in many ways that was a European tradition long before the postindustrial globalization of the early 2000s.

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There are a few visible differences, though. Urban agriculture and forestry, practiced throughout Cuba during the lean years of the 1990s and 2000s, have come to fill every nook and cranny of European cities such as Lille.

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Even many of the newest skyscrapers bear trees on them, and the integration of vertical and balcony farming has become a global trend.

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Farm? Greenhouse? Offices? Who knows? Saarland, Germany.

The most visibly "Cuban" thing are the cars. Many cars are reminiscent in style of both 1950s US cars and the Cuban "Frankenstein" cars of indeterminate vintage, and for good reason; 90% of new cars are renewably powered and designed to be made of replicable parts, with most made by Cuban auto titans based on what they know best. Varadero and Marianao are the new Renault and Peugeot for Annick and her family.

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Timeless and classic...wait, what are those white things?

d35Luj9.pngA doctors' strike! Some things never change...

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Notes on Cuban sustainability:

http://pages.vassar.edu/sustainability/video/history-of-sustainability-in-cuba/

http://www.treehugger.com/environmental-policy/why-cuba-sustainability-not-accident.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/19/sustainable-farming-in-cuba_n_3112088.html

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