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Famines and their Eradication

The End of Famines
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in The 26th Century > Day-to-Day Living
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By the beginning of the 21st Century, humanity was still struggling to distribute wealth and income fairly around the nation states of the world. Despite ambitious plans, and countless calls for the improvement of the situation the gap between the rich and poor was continually increasing. Governments of the developed North, as it was commonly called in the era, simply didn't seem willing to change drastically the very regime that was causing the inequalities with the governments of the undeveloped South.

This situation wasn't very different from the situations on other star systems that had developed capitalist societies that stretched their planetary globes. Many other star systems also experienced for many centuries the problems of famines and unequal distribution of wealth. The issue remained a pressing political issue right up to the creation of the Organisation for Interstellar Peace. Statistics dating from a century ago recorded well over a hundred star systems reporting large scale problems of malnutrition amongst populations.

On Earth, the situation continued to worsen well into the 2070s, despite glorious calls for the eradication of poverty politicians had yet to provide a solution that worked quickly enough to eradicate poverty. Still a billion humans lived in continual malnourishment. Non-governmental organisations united for the first time and declared "War on the Makers of Poverty". For a year, at every meeting of governments such as the World Trade Organisation meetings, meetings of the World Bank and the United Nations' Security Council thousands upon thousands protestors mobilised at the call of NGOs and continually disrupted the work of politicians.

As the confrontations became ever more violent, the masses became mobilised in favour of the NGO position. On Black Thursday (Thursday 17th November 2073), several hundred protestors were killed in front of the United Nations by security forces trying to keep them out of the UN building. In reaction, a small radical group of environmentalists decided enough was enough. Several hundred of them more successfully entered the UN building precinct whilst the 2073 World Summit was in session. They overpowered UN security guards and deployed military personnel and held hostage hundreds of world leaders. A day after the hostage situation broke out; a solution had yet to be found. Several world leaders were summarily executed for crimes against the poor and for failing to meet the demands of the hostage takers.

Realising that the hostage takers were serious, governments created and signed the same day the Global Anti-Poverty Fund. It committed each and every government to set aside 3% of their national GDP to purchase enough food to feed the poor. Once the hostage situation was completed, however, governments attempted to nullify the validity of the agreement they had just signed. In the week that followed the masses of the world took to the street and riots broke out in all of the major cities of the world. The Black Week was only ended when the governments of the world agreed to render the Global Anti-Poverty Fund binding on all the governments of the world. Within five years, famine was completely eradicated from the face of the Earth thanks in large part to the Global Anti-Poverty Fund and NGOs continuing pressure over the years that followed Black Thursday and the Black Week.

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