I came across this delightful anime-ish Star Trek illustration on the net — I have no idea where it came from and would love to find out — and have been trying to use it in effective ways. So I decided on conflating the Star Trek Universe, our own, and also, with the CoDominium reference, Jerry Pournelle's Universe [link]. In this scenario, however, the CoDominium is a more benign phenomenon, taking place after the fall of communism and being a force for stability and progress.
So, what do you think? Is this a nice template for further use? And if anybody knows of any similar illustrations that I can use for such purposes, please send them or the links to me in the comments.