Ok, I have 2 questions. Hopefully it's not something i missed somewhere along the line.
1. How far in the future does the Cosmic Era "begin"
2. Does the current age factor in verbatim or is the "past" of the Cosmic Era pseudo-real?
1. The Cosmic Era starts in about 300 years, and the current timeframe of the Cosmic Era is about another century after that, the exact date hasn't bet set.
2. We are currently near the middle of the Petroleum Era, and the future projection of the Petroleum Era is heavy on resource exploitation and the pursuit of cheap fuel without serious investment in alternative power sources. The gas runs out, wars break out over what is left, accelerating the demise of the Petroleum Era, aka the Resource Wars. Our modern way of life has another generation or two before the end of the Petroleum Era and in the course of a generation, the First World collapses, with only a handful of first generation arcologies holding the remnant of said modern world.