2021 Geopolitical Year in Review

By Aidan Morales

It was the start of a new year but it seemed to be a continuation of the earlier year with COVID-19. One in fifty people in England had covid, and the situation in the United States only seemed to get worse. All the while, democracy freedom fighters in Hong Kong militantly protested the Chinese Communist occupation. Using roman battle tactics and lasers, they disrupted the militaristic police of China. Twitter bans President Donald Trump from using their service, and the Republican Party has a strict divide. The Democratic US House presents one article of impeachment upon Donald Trump, failing to get anywhere. More than 20,000 troops were ordered to guard Joe Biden’s inauguration, with fear of riots from Pro-Trump individuals. Washington DC is stormed by thousands of protestors in an unprecedented event. The Global death toll from COVID-19 reaches 2 million, with more to come. Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny was arrested upon his return to Russia, shortly after recovering from a nerve-agent poisoning. Upon Joe Biden’s first few days in office, the United States re-enters the WHO and the Paris Climate Agreement. 

Coming February, Russia and the United States extend their nuclear arms treaty – a promise for peace. Following a military coup in Myanmar, martial law is declared amongst international outcry for the rights of the people. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the first woman and first African to lead the World Trade Organization. Winter in Texas shuts down all utilities in texas, forcing people to use fire to keep warm and to make their water drinkable. Daft Punk splits apart (very important). Eritrean troops accused of crimes against humanity, with hundreds of civilians dead. The situation in Myanmar is getting worse by this point, with global condemnation the killing continues. 18 die in one day. Explosion at a military base in Equatorial Guinea explodes, killing 100 and injuring 400. China and Russia agree to build a research station on or around the Moon and collaborate on lunar missions, in a move that could start another space race. With protester death toll over 100, Myanmar opposition calls for a revolution with support from the international community. Terror attack occurs in Niger, killing 60. Hate crimes against Asians spike, as a gunman kills 8 at several spas in Atlanta, Georgia. 200 million in the US are confirmed vaccinated. Trial for the late George Floyd begins, sparking more protests. 

Prime Minister of Canada calls for snap election amid political crisis. Kabul is taken over by Taliban forces, effectively confirming a Taliban victory. The end of the Afghani state is confirmed. An evacuation crisis in Afghanistan gets worse. Madagascar is the first region in the world to suffer from a climate-change induced famine. Terror attack on Kabul airport kills 80, wounds many more. Negotiations with the Taliban cease. Texas Abortion Law crisis begins, causing an uproar across the US and it’s allies. Coup in Guinea begins, opposition claiming government corruption. El Salvador becomes first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender. US, UK and Australia form Anti-China Coalition, hoping to quell Chinese international influence. French forces confirm their killing of Islamic State leader. France protests against the new American coalition, taking their ambassadors out of all countries involved. Switzerland legalizes gay marriage in landslide vote. Social Democrats in Germany win election in coalition without the CDU, marking a first in two decades. Global death toll from COVID hits 5 million. China and the US begin cooperating to cut greenhouse gas emissions, an unprecedented cooperation. Kyle Rittenhouse is acquitted on all charges, setting a precedent for self defense in America. Austria became the first country to make the COVID vaccine mandatory. The American death toll from COVID-19 hits 800,000, making it clear that the COVID crisis is far from over and will continue into 2022.