In August 2001, the Greek, Norse, and Egyptian pantheons return to earth and create "realms", areas where technology does not work, and magic does. The areas are marked on this map:
This throws the world into upheaval, and I'm trying to figure out a way to make a believable culture in the year 2025.
Gods are nearly immortal in the realms, and engage in press-gang tactics to bring humans who venture into them into line with their own agendas. That said, magic does not work outside realms; gods can be harmed or killed outside of them.
Some things I'd like to try and keep, if possible:
- 9/11 happened
- International relations with realm gods do exist, but each god is effectively its own nation and relations are tense.
- Gods have created many mythical beings which now live and can travel the world.
If you have any questions, just ask! I'm sure I missed a bunch.
EDIT 1: In response to some questions.
The pink splotches are "occasional realm activity" and can be ignored for now. The Yellow zone is the Midgard realm with the Norse gods, and its boundaries. The red zone is the Hellenic realm with the Greek gods, and its boundaries. Note that this CLOSES the Bosporous. The Orange zone is the Kemetic realm with the Egyptian gods, and its boundaries.
The Gods want followers, because followers determines power, and they need to be able to compete with the other gods. Basically the gods themselves are their own level of politics and border wars.
Electricity other than lightning and bioelectricity doesn't flow. Artificial compounds decay at a rapid rate. Kinetic energy explosions don't happen.
Hope this helps, and thanks for the warm welcome!