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This is an entry in the 14th Fortnightly Topic Challenge.


We thought it was dead. We were wrong. The past history has risen again; it has taken over the present -- it has messed with the present, even with me. Now all we see is utter confusion and disorder.

We don't want what is past. The present is much more important -- each and every second of it, for they spell out how the future will be.

The responsibility is upon you, reader. Can you clean up the mess and predict the fate of future earth?

It had animals.

Too yoked.

Royal time.

I inhabit poesy Asia.

Bing-king jeep.

A re-aspirin.

Regards,

Step-parents.

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    $\begingroup$ Why there are disappearing dollar signs in the title? Bug? $\endgroup$ – Maria Deleva Aug 26 '16 at 9:30
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    $\begingroup$ @mariadeleva it is Mathjax, usually used to display math formulas. Not sure why the periods are formatted as in line formulas. Quick Mathjax tutorial can be found here. $\endgroup$ – gtwebb Aug 26 '16 at 10:15
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    $\begingroup$ I couldn't make the period appear normally (periods at the end of a title is not allowed I guess?), so the Mathjax. $\endgroup$ – Ankoganit Aug 26 '16 at 11:01
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As noted in @Peszo's answer,

Every line contains an anagram of the old and the new name of a country or city.

They have been jointly solved by @Peszo, @Gamow, and @MariaDeleva in that answer.

It remains to predict the fate of future earth.

The fate of future earth is

given by each and every second letter of the clues which are in the "present" time. Refer to clue "We don't want what is past. The present is much more important -- each and every second of it, for they spell out how the future will be."

The clues were

THAILAND
TOKYO
ITALY
ETHIOPIA
BEIJING
IRAN

Therefore the future earth is going to be

HOTTER

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  • $\begingroup$ Peking/Beijing are not old and new names of the same city. They're old and new transliterations into English of the same city name. $\endgroup$ – Mike Scott Aug 27 '16 at 7:05
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    $\begingroup$ Equally, while the Roman Empire encompassed all of modern Italy, it encompassed much more besides. I doubt that the Romans thought of what we recognise today as Italy as their 'country' in any meaningful sense. But why let that get in the way of a good quiz! :-) $\endgroup$ – Strawberry Aug 27 '16 at 10:42
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Answer:

Every line contains an anagram of the old and the new name of a country or city.

Individual answers:

* "It had animals" is an anagram of "Siam Thailand".
* "Too yoked" is an anagram of "Edo Tokyo".
* "Royal time" is an anagram of "Rome Italy".
* "I inhabit poesy Asia" is an anagram of "Abyssinia Ethiopia".
* "Bing-king jeep" is an anagram of "Peking Beijing".
* "A re-aspirin" is an anagram of "Persia Iran".

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  • $\begingroup$ Royal time - Rome Italy $\endgroup$ – Maria Deleva Aug 26 '16 at 9:26
  • $\begingroup$ I think this is still a partial answer as it doesn't yet "predict the fate of future earth" $\endgroup$ – bg6471 Aug 26 '16 at 9:27
  • $\begingroup$ If I've worked it out, do I add a separate answer or edit this? $\endgroup$ – bg6471 Aug 26 '16 at 9:32
  • $\begingroup$ @bg6471 Add a separate answer, since this one is not fully answering the puzzle. $\endgroup$ – IAmInPLS Aug 26 '16 at 9:35
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    $\begingroup$ It seems worth pointing out explicitly that "Step-parents" is an anagram of "Past-present". $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Aug 26 '16 at 12:55

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