(Drawing by Minty Sainsbury)

In the future, polities closer to the poles will thrive. This is perhaps obvious…

Firstly, the climate is changing, and polar areas will become the most inhabitable.

And secondly, the human brain functions better at lower temperatures. We used to think that yawning was about getting oxygen to the brain, and now we realise it’s about cooling it. As economies become more technology-based, requiring more brain power, the power bases will shift accordingly.

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