Member of the United Nations
- Earth: 370.84 million
- Colonies: 2.7 million (approx)
The Central African Bloc is still a developing nation-state, and its economy is too weak to invest in space flight or the colonization of other worlds. CAB satellites orbit the Earth and like the Australians, African nationals have joined the millions of others applying for colonist status on Earth.
Advances in solar energy technology in the late 20th century resulted in development in lower latitudes of the world. After the generations of civil wars that had plagued Africa, the Commonwealth of African Nations was dissolved, and two power blocks emerged: the West African Protectorate and the Central African Bloc. Both blocks were industrialising and developing rapidly - until Maunder Minor hit in 1995. Repeating a behaviour first exhibited in the seventeenth century, though this time to a much lesser extent, the Earth's sun dimmed. The effect lasted a little over 6 years, until 2001, and it contributed to the economic collapse of those equatorial powers who relied heavily on solar power, including the nations of the Protectorate. The resultant social upheaval forced many to look to find work off-world, as colonist workers in the fledgling Jovian and Saturn colonies. The nations they left behind quickly dissolved into civil war.
The Central African Bloc had hedged its bets - investing in fusion power as well as solar power, and it paid off. Surviving Maunder Minor, in 2001 delegates from the Central African Bloc took their places at the United Earth Federation in Geneva.