This is the 2nd Edition of Real Powers: Part One, updated January, 2014.It's 2027, and as the global economy shifts from unprecedented prosperity into harsh decline, the world's experts struggle to understand why. A young blogger discovers a device with a hidden purpose. An idealistic journalist upends her career by targeting the people who own the news. A master media manipulator questions his work and takes on a challenging new client. An energy tycoon bristles as her powerful position is challenged. A technologist-turned-cult leader questions his own faith. A burgeoning hacktivist group makes headlines around the world, their intentions unclear. And spurred by events he doesn't fully understand, an unaccomplished young man born into a political dynasty decides to shatter convention to take his rightful place in the world.