by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
In 2025, politicians in much of the world began to realize they had a problem. With schools now 40% empty, the leading question in first and second world nations was “where have the children gone?”
Some nations were hit much harder than others, having been on the leading edge of the trend. By 2010 sociological reports were already surfacing in Japan showing 35% of their young generation not only no longer intended to marry or have children, they were no longer even interested in meeting the opposite sex. By 2025 Japan had already lost 25% of it’s population, and the kindergartens were 50% empty.
Other nations spotted the trend early and tried to affect the trend, but simply had little success. Russia led the early assault on the problem, offering to pay women $10,000 for children after one. While resulting in a short term increase in babies, six years later the Russian premier was desperately urging women to have 2 and even 3 children, yet the national birth rate remained significantly below replacement level as the population continued to fall.
In an amazingly short amount of the time, China, previously the worlds most populous country, forcefully changed their demographic trend by government mandate. With their famous one child policy put in place in 1979, China stabilized it’s population by 2020. Yet for China the population statistic dangerously hid the declining trend. By 2014 their birth rate was already at 1.7, well below replacement level. And due to selective abortions and a cultural preference for male children (especially in a one child family), the growing gender imbalance meant their would never be mates available for 10% of their young men – further plunging the birth rate. While Chinese politicians actually began to spot the trend, resulting in the “relaxation of the one child policy” in January 2014, the cultural bias for one child families was firmly in place – the trend was fixed.
The United States had been an outlier to the trend. Yet not because they were actually having more children, rather their schools were filling with the children of immigrants – both legal and illegal, as they continued to flow into the country to take advantage of the better economic situation. The U.S. maintained a stable population trend through 2008, though the ethnic demographic changed dramatically as well as some less desirable parts of the country (parts of the Northeast and Midwest, most famously Detroit) seeing population decreases with more desirable parts (Florida and Texas) seeing population increases. All of that changed with the beginning of the Great Recession at the end of 2008. The immigrant inflow slowed as economic opportunities decreased, and by 2013 the young citizenry significantly decreased their marriage and child bearing rates. The U.S. quickly moved from an outlier to joining the midst of the trend.
Older adults looked wistfully at the streets, remembering neighborhoods that used to be filled with children riding bicycles now silent of childhood noise. Teachers were now being laid off even up to the university level, even tenured professors being released, as there simply were no warm bodies to fill the seats and pay the tuition.
Yet in the midst of the silent crisis, many pundits continued to shout against having children – to avoid stressing the planets resources which would soon be unused in another generation anyway. Others were happy for the parks to grow quiet and government resources to be focused on the elderly instead of on schools and daycare. And the never ending campaign for abortion, “reproductive freedom” and “equal pay” (which reduced men’s ability to provide for a family and free their wives to be able to devote time to having children and family) didn’t pause for a moment.
Few realized that the lack of children meant the end of their culture, the end of their country, the end of modern civilization… and if such a collapse didn’t reverse the trend, the end of humanity itself.
Fortunately there was one first world country as well as a number of social pocket groups in the U.S. that were not following the trend. Yet Western society reacted in both cases as if they were a social outcast and enemy, doing their best to force them into the cultural death spiral.
…to be continued.