Russia uses its military in Syria, under the guise of fighting terrorism, to greatly increase refugee movement into Europe and the United States.
Saudi Arabia, in a show of force against Iran, continues to bomb Yemen.
Iran, with Russia’s implicit backing, continues to use Yemen as a proxy against Saudi Arabia, knowing that doing so increases the refugee pressure on the West.
This refugee pressure, combined with the continued economic regression, starts to fray the social contract of the United Nations / NATO / European Union.
Emboldened by the success of discreetly supporting Brexit, Putin moves to affect other elections / decisions.
Using the leverage he has on Donald Trump because of the massive amount of debt Trump owes Russian banks / oligarchs / government combined with the successful false information campaign against the Democrats during the election, Putin secures the United States will look away as he takes over the Ukraine.
The domino elections of right-wing populists in major European countries dooms Eastern Europe to the new Soviet Union.
China, realizing a) there is a giant power vacuum on the world stage and b) suddenly concerned about Russia moving into it, breaks off relations with Russia.
Russia consolidates power with Eastern Europe and Iran-favored Middle Eastern Countries.
China, on the other hand, consolidates power with Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates and other such-leaning Middle East countries as well as a significant number of African countries.
As England attempts to re-orient itself in the post-Brexit market, its power is further diminished with the collapse of the western Europe trade block.
Dubai becomes the new London, as most financial power brokers relocate out of Europe.
China spends hundreds of billions of dollars on infrastructure projects in Africa in exchange for getting to exploit countries’ natural resources. The African Union morphs into a China-esque capitalist communism.
Western European countries are forced to agree to a trade plan with the new Russian Union.
The United States, following an extensive protectionist program, continues to suffer a dramatic recession, with its number one trading partner, Canada, electing to agree to a Pacific Rim trade agreement written by China.
After gutting the EPA, the United States can not keep up with the constant contamination of drinking water, thus creating water wars between states; after multiple oil pipeline leaks destroy drinking water aquifers, the United States is unable to provide sufficient drinking water to its population.
South America, unsure of its economic role in this changing landscape as exports of natural resources to China have been greatly reduced now that China has increased its exports from Africa, starts to compete with south Asian countries (Vietnam, Philippines) for low wage production companies.
The United States, in a desperate attempt to change course, try to put together a trade agreement with Central / South America, Japan, and South Korea.
With no NATO and no United Nations, Putin’s Russia successfully neuters any opposition to the new Russia Union oligarchy, and is able to secure natural gas and oil deals with most of western Europe.
China and Russia begin a new Cold War.
The United States is forced to sign a trade agreement with China because of China’s massive U.S. debt holdings, and, thus, is required to back China in the Cold War against Russia.
With so much infighting between countries, no international cooperation through the U.N. or NATO, and all attempts to create economic success a race to the bottom in regards to taxes, safety and health regulations, and worker rights, climate change accelerates at twice the predicted pace, with a significant portion of the world’s population seeing a steep decline in health and life span.
Nobody apologizes and, instead, puts the blame anywhere they can.
Hate crimes aren’t listed as hate crimes any more because they are too common.
Somebody writes an updated novel called 2084. It’s also sold in the non-fiction section.