State of the world
Briefly, some key points to get a sense of the rest of the world in this time (will be updated as time goes on, check back later):
France is in the middle of a major depression. The space tourism industry, in which France was the undisputed leader, collapsed several years ago when the UN banned all extra-atmospheric vehicular travel. The French government has been changed seven times in four years because of charges of corruption and voter distrust, but no one sees an end in sight.
Kenya is openly defying the superpowers of the world by financing illegal mineral shipments from asteroids, in violation of several major treaties and international laws. No one has yet made military moves against Kenya, though it is widely believed the CIA is financing opposition parties for the next election.
The United States is on the verge of a major political shift because of recent foreign policy moves by the current administration. Critics who see the current stance as investing too much money for the gains of too many third parties are calling for America to return to its isolationist ideals and leave the rest of the world to figure out the politics of space.