It's facebook, but not!
Honestly, I've tried to avoid such things as much as possible, but people all around me keep telling me to do the whole social network stuff... BUT I DON'T CAVE TO PEER PRESSURE!
My last attempt, and still rather current is based on the fall, and shattering of the Mongol Empire, as seen from the eyes of an outsider as the individual factions break apart and vie for power. But instead of returning to their own lands, the major two vie for supreme power within the vacuum.
That would work. The would just need some kernel to talk to the hardware. And you're right, they're moving into the future with ideas from the past.
Frankly, I'm surprised it still lives, I thought it died out because I didn't hear anything about it.
I'm rather indifferent about the whole thing. I never got into the books, and the movies didn't interest me. So, it's time to let the curtain down, and wait for the next big thing to come along.
Hopefully it doesn't in-dignify itself like Star Wars did. Lets be honest, it's better to go...