The year is 2062, if my math is correct.
The world has undergone much change since embarking on the Evoke project so many, many years ago.
Information Communications Technology combined with the explosion of multinational mega-corporations have pressured several national unifications following the European model, and now the United Nations is considering an unprecedented One People motion, which would make patriotism and national identity obsolete in favour of a truly global model of citizenship.
There are hard-liners on both sides: Threatened with the loss of, in some cases, thousands of years of history, huge factions of citizenry around the world are re-embracing their roots, reviving age-old customs and beliefs... religion is experiencing a renaissance of a kind worldwide...
On the other hand there are billions of people prepared to accept the new proposal, which would lead to massive governing bodies overseeing regional and local levels... a politician's dream, or nightmare, depending...
I've lived a long time now, much longer than I would have since that incident in 2050, thanks to the breakthrough in nanite technology... but here is my message to you, to the world, and it's based on the experiences of an old man who's seen a lot of changes, many things come and gone, people, governments, cultures...
Be careful what you choose to hold onto.
Whether it's a person, a history or a habit, ask yourself if it's a stone that you can build a future on, or if it's a stone that will weigh you down.
Your history, your culture, they're all very real, but the part that you can hold onto are the lessons of character that you can make your own through your actions and decisions. Through the letting go, the door can be opened to the creation of a new history, with limitless possibilities, and the added bonus that you can be one to help write it, not just study it.
So make your own destiny, create an identity all your own, take action and take responsibility, not looking behind your for justification or excuses, and embrace any opportunity to be part of something big.