OmniStat spends enormous resources annually on infiltrating and analyzing Cascadian culture and politics – both to subvert and survey. OmniStat also remembers the refugee flood preceding the Triumvirate War, when almost one fifth of OmniStat's population fled to Cascadia and Sabaeus before OmniStat managed to close the borders, and border patrols have since been mandated to use lethal force to stop anyone from crossing.
Refugees still trickle across, but Cascadia is much less prone to accept them these days, and they are all suspected of being provocateurs. Most end up as loCaste and the irony is not lost on them as they toil out the remainder of their days in a situation very similar to the one they left behind.
Cascadia maintains a standing army in the form of KrugerDef, but they rely on technology rather than numbers, and the Great OmniStat Army outnumber them at least three to one. Random border skirmishes still occur, but they are rarely relayed to the general public who remains ignorant of the true magnitude of the OmniStat threat. Only occasionally is OmniStat used as a scapegoat to create acceptance for a new security measure or privacy-invasive policy change.
Sabaeus remains a nation apart, and though it neighbors both OmniStat and Cascadia few knows what goes on beyond its hermetically sealed borders. No refugees have come out of Sabaeus in the last thirty years, and out of the many agents sent there by Cascadia only one has returned – a full convert to the Sabaeus religion and thus useless.
The Conglomerate therefore has a hard time deciding whether Sabaeus is a threat or not. At the same time there is almost no awareness of how much Sabaeus knows of Cascadia, and the few Sabean missionaries that are discovered in Cascadia are all rounded up and dealt with before they're able to create many converts. Only once did Conglomerate vigilance fail miserably – when an entire foodDomes close to Neridia Nova suddenly shut down, as the loCaste working there left en masse and went across the border to Sabaeus. None of them were ever heard from again, and Neridia Nova suffered a period of famine before food production could be restored.
Most of the ground water basins were dried out or polluted in the period leading up to the Regression and for decades, clean water was a rare luxury. People drank what they could find and diseases and cancers ran rampant.
One of the main strengths of OmniStat stemmed from the fact that it early on gained control of most of the few clean ground water basins. This was used as an effective lure to sway struggling Greyland settlements to the OmniStat ideal.
As OmniStat grew past the mountains and across the Greylands more water was needed, and once they reached the coast they built several massive desalination plants which added greatly to the fresh water supply. But then OmniStat fell into decline, some of the plants stopped working due to mismanagement and those living far from the main ground water basin were forced to rely on less and less water.
It is not often spoken of today, but one of the main issues of the Kruger Uprising was access to water – OmniStat was using it as a means of control and in the end it suffered for it. After the Civil War Cascadia broke off and since it occupied the majority of the coast it also gained control of the desalination plants, which quickly caused severe water shortages within the remains of OmniStat. Whole towns dried out and their citizens perished as the Party was forced to prioritize.
The Triumvirate Wars too were mainly a war fought for water, as OmniStat tried and failed to regain control of the desalination plants. Since then, OmniStat has found other ways of preserving water but it still lusts for more – looking with greedy eyes at Cascadia who has reached its capacity as well. The desalination plants are barely able to cover the needs of the ever growing number of employs high and low.
Most employs are unaware of the tenuous water situation and the Conglomerate does what it can to ensure that it remains a secret. LoCaste assigned to the desalination plants are never allowed to leave, and the few midCaste supervisors serving there are sworn to silence under the threat of contract termination for them and their extended families.
But in order for Cascadia and the Conglomerate to survive as a nation they must secure access to more fresh water. They plan to address this by building three more massive desalination plants but these will require vast amounts of energy.
Energy, or the lack thereof is fast becoming a growing concern to the Conglomerate. The cycle of consumption necessary to maintain their stratified society is raising the demand for energy to untenable levels. The fission plants are operating at max output and though some of the need has been mitigated by renewable sources it's not enough to fully replace nuclear power.
Everdyne Energy did research alternate energy technologies once, back when they were one of several energy corporations competing for customers. But as they grew and swallowed their competitors, the research departments were downsized, halved and all but shut down. They severely underestimated the rising needs of the future and it was believed that the available uranium would be enough to fuel Cascadia for centuries to come.
That was before two of the largest deposits unexpectedly ran dry, and all attempts at finding new sites were met with failure. Everdyne has since stepped up its research efforts, but it's a case of too little too late and they lack the know-how to make any significant progress.