So it's been while... yeah...
I don't really know why I stopped coming here in the first place. A contributing factor would probably have been all the rabid nationalist reactions I kept getting on lots of my submissions, so that tired me out a bit, but overall, I think I just lost interest somehow. In any case, I think I'm definitely back again.
I've got a new project I'm working on with a friend of mine, a fantasy-world where All Myths are True and instead of Counterpart Cultures, we just took all human cultures and copied them over into it. We're figuring that by doing so, we won't have to waste time coming up with half-assed counterpart cultures for a species that already has hundreds to choose from, which gives us more time to work on our elvish, orcish and whatever cultures we want to create.
With this, I think I'm also scrapping the near-future scenario I was working on previously. I realize on one hand that it's little more than a Eurowank scenario, on the other that despite what I might have thought, I'm nowhere near as knowledgeable of the countries and regions I dealt with as I'd like to be. Many of the event I envisioned in the scenario also seem immensely unlikely when I think about them, which shouldn't really be a surprise as most of them I came up with when I was 15-16 and had a much simpler view of the world.
Anyway, it'll be nice catching up with you all. If there's one thing I missed, it's the awesome community at Maps & Flags.
TL;DR: I'm back and scrapping near-future scenarios in favour of a fantasy world.