The Last Bastion of Civilization: Japan 2041, a Scenario Analysis by Andrew Blencowe. Brexit, Trump, Le Pen: Where Are We Heading? If you’re a contrarian, or simply wish to imagine a radically different future, The Last Bastion of Civilization will challenge your current world-view. Written as a series of letters and short essays, each of the 18 chapters attacks a present-day assumption with a counter-punch argument of its own. It’s a future to consider given today’s world affairs.