The Indo-Pakistani Empire is a sovereign republican nation created by India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh combining together to form a confederation similar to Canadamerica.
This confederation was to enhance trade in addition to economic development as well as military advances and security within the member nations of the confederation. The Indo-Pakistani Empire would reach its peak in 2050 and be absorbed into the United States of Earth by the year 2090. Formed in the year 2024 just before the dawn of the Nanotech Age, the Empire would be elite liberal in economic pursuits while being arch-conservative in social pursuits.
Afghanistan (under a democractically-elected regime) would be the first member to suggest confederation with other Asian countries in 2016 (after the Afghanistan War became another mark in the history book). They believe that strongly alligning with other governments will prevent the Taliban from ever taking over the Afghani government ever again. While a mostly free society, women are chained to their husbands and fathers and cannot make more than 1/3rds of their father's/husband's salary. Otherwise, they must terminate their well-paying employment and seek menial employment.