(Apologies to Prophet710 for starting a near-named thread 25 minutes after theirs, but I was just interviewed on the topic and feel inspired) What about the Olympic games of AF10? The Olympics have never been just sport. Originally religious celebrations they also became political events and later commercial events. The ideals of athletes shifted: representatives of their state, epitomes of human excellence, symbols of achievement, marketing symbols, demonstrations of (legal or not) biomedical ability. They should be gentlemen amateurs - or people selected from birth for their great potential. External aids like swigs of strychnine in brandy were OK, or ultra-illegal doping. And so on. A few guesses at the future Olympics: * As biotech became ever better, the doping issue grew to the breaking point. Even if it could be totally prevented the audience themselves would be more enhanced than many athletes, less interested in their performance since they could do nearly the same things. Genetic enhancement made a real mockery of comparing natural human excellence. Instead harm reduction and classes were instituted: medical oversight kept an eye on the athletes, making sure they did not train or enhance in ways that were directly harmful. Different levels of enhancement were put in different classes, ranging from the ever less important totally unenhanced men and women classes, via the joint "equalized" class where enhancement kept within more or less natural limits, to the ever more extreme "free" class. Rules were quietly updated to keep competitions interesting and not just a battle of megacorp sponsored bioengineers. * One issue that remained staunchly traditional was the biological *human* bodies. While most would agree that the pure technology angle of synthmorphs made for bad sport, the issue of uplift athletes was a constant battle. * Nation states kept their role for a long time as hosts and organisers of Olympics, although the money increasingly came from the megacorps. The real challenge was the breakdown of many nation states and the emergence of non-national powers demanding to be let in. This led to a long-running struggle between the nation-dominated IOC with its rules requiring athletes to have citizenship and an emerging "Open Olympics Movement" that even organised its own counter-olympics. The hypercorps quietly sided with the OOM, slowly twisting the arm of the IOC to allow postnational groups to participate. * It is safe to guess that the Fall disrupted the Olympics completely, not just like wars once did but also by destroying the entire international structure. * The 19th century revival was a mix of Greek nationalism and classicist dreams for a better world. The post-Fall revival was a combination of Consortium social engineering and an attempt to connect the disparate polities of the solar system. The new Interplanetary Olympic Committee might certainly have had members from many places, but the core ideas have the style of the Planetary Consortium: a celebration of transhuman ability and expansiveness. Critics have again pointed out the non-representation of mercurials and decentralized polities. * The Jovian Republic is a firm supporter of the Olympics, but only in the unenhanced class. There, on the other hand, they are very strong. * The Ultimates take the opposite stance, aiming to dominate in the free class. Losing against non-ultimates is unthinkable. * Argonaut polities, being sufficiently organised to fulfil IOC rules to send athletes, act as "flags of convenience" for athletes of aligned but non-eligible autonomist societies. So, what do you think? Does this make sense? What sports would actually be interesting in this situation? And how much dirty deals are going on behind the scenes?