As the fall season of 2023 nears its peak and the calendar year draws nearer to a close, the world at large remains in a period of instability and turmoil. In the United States, rampant inflation has crippled the middle class, which was already shrinking. The value of the dollar has declined, and wages have remained stagnant. Tens of thousands of illegal migrants have entered the nation on a daily basis through the porous southern border, further complicating economic issues and contributing to keeping wages flat. It is estimated that 60% of citizens are living paycheck to paycheck.
The western world remains in serious chaos. In early 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine in eastern Europe, bringing the reality of war back to the European continent for the first time since 1945 and the end of the second world war. In the pacific, China remains aggressive and threatening, and recently launched a massive aerial demonstration over the island of Taiwan which they claim as their own territory. North Korea has continued to hold bombastic military parades in the capital city of Pyongyang, and a recent demonstration showed civilian vehicles repurposed as military weapons.
In the middle east, in early October the Muslim terrorist group of Hamas infiltrated the nation of Israel, and over 1,400 innocent civilians were murdered. Israel quickly retaliated and launched military operations into nearby Gaza. Terrorist organizations within the middle east are also becoming vocal. Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah have been active, recently calling on supporters to take action against the United States and Israel. While officials claim that there is no specific target that has been outlined or openly related by these groups, a several page publications from the New York Counterterrorism Bureau aims to reinforce the necessity of being aware of the threat these groups pose. Al-Qaeda called upon supporters in the Indian subcontinent to assault American, British, and French citizens in the region due to the conflict.