One thing I noticed in Blade Runner 2049 was that the Asian influence from the first movie seemed to have been replaced with Russian influence.
This reminds me of an old Omni short story where the US has won nuclear war with Russia by dropping neutron bombs, but the Russians had decimated the US via an ‘anti-capitalist-bomb’ that destroys structures but leaves people, so the Americans take over the land of Russia. As a result of the hardship, the Americans start becoming more Russian.
That’s kind of what seems to have happened here – the BlackOut event has messed up the climate and created extreme weather and hardship, and the Russians have come to the forefront in the new post BlackOut world. Kind of a co-incidence, given the prominence of Russian influence in today’s news headlines.