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Scattered Worlds (novel series)

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Introduction

Dance for the Ivory Madonna is a 2002 science fiction novel by the American writer Don Sakers, the first part of a series called Scattered Worlds. Set in 2042, it takes place mostly in the the U.S. and in the Umoja Economic Union, after the former is messily partitioned during a constitutional crisis in 2023.
Eugene Ipavec, 23 Jul 2010

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Umoja Economic Union

Umoja flag
image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 25 Mar 2011

Umoja Economic Union, a major world power (although not realy a state, more closely resembling the pre-EU EC; a common market and currency/customs union.) Umoja ("unity" in Swahili) encompasses most of Africa, except Egypt, Algeria, Ethiopa and Angola. In a visit to Lisala, Congo, the protagonist observes that

A handful of flags, including Umoja’s black, green, and red, flutter above the building.
(p. 111, first paperback edition) Notably these are not the pan-African colors (red, yellow, green) but the “Garvey colors” of black Americans. This actually makes sense in the context of the setting, where Umoja is in large part established as a consequence of the economic growth spurred by large-scale (partially involuntary) emigration of black Americans from the US, after the latter is messily partitioned during a constitutional crisis in 2023. However the order of colors is different: the Garvey flag is red-black-green.
Eugene Ipavec, 23 Jul 2010


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