Shadowrun: The old gods
Beginning of an Interesting Century (2000–2009)
January 1: At 8AM local time, WSAF reports the discovery of a new species of ferret near Edgebrook Woods,Chicago. The owner of the property where the ferrets were discovered takes them to the US Fish and Wildlife Service for examination.67
January 14: US Fish and Wildlife Service reports to WSAF that the recently-discovered ferrets are not black-footed ferrets or any other species. WSAF takes to calling them "Century Ferrets.” These are the first Awakened animals discovered.
July 10: The Supreme Court of the United States releases the first Shiawase Decision.11
November 7: Martin Hunt is elected as the 43rd President of the United States.12
November 8: Shiawase Corporation’s private nuclear power plant goes online.13
December 14: The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission pursues legal action against the Shiawase Corporation after TerraFirst! agents attack Shiawase’s new nuclear power plant, arguing that the corporation cannot adequately defend its property; Shiawase responds with a statement that US federal laws hindered their security forces.14
2001 Shiawase Decision
January 4-18: Tensions in the southern states of Mexico increase. Over a two-week period, the governors of Chiapas, Campeche, and Quintana Roo are assassinated. Two of the three assassins are eventually caught and judged to have been working alone.1
February 14: Using the Seretech Decision as precedent, the United States Supreme Court finds in favor ofShiawase in the case of United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission v. Shiawase Corporation. In their ruling, they determine that the private property of major corporations is not subject to the jurisdiction of the surrounding state.2
February 20: The French government refuses to recognize Shiawase’s extraterritoriality. Initially wanting to be seen as the vanguard against growing corporate power, France remains alone in its opposition and receives years of corporate sanctions.3
March-May: Severe environmental contamination hits Europe. Germany’s eastern Länder are evacuated due to groundwater contamination, and the ecology of the Baltic Sea collapses due to chemical sludge. Hundreds of thousands of people are relocated as governments try to address these troubled areas.4
July 20: During the G8 summit in Genoa, Italy, private security forces open fire on anti-corporate protestors, killing twelve. The pro-corp Italian media describes the shootings as a “defense against an act of terrorism,” and protestors are forced to change their tactics in the light of the corporate crackdown.5
August 15: The US FDA approves the synthetic blood replacement P4MO for general use.
August-October: NASA sends robot probes to Mars. After discovering structures that resemble pyramids and a skeleton, NASA refuses to release the images. NASA begins planning a secret manned mission to the Red Planet under the jurisdiction of the Veil, the Defense Department’s top secret agency.7
January 1 New tech enables production of optical chips that are not affected by EMP.
April 5: In response to continued theft and destruction of First Nations ancestral homelands, the Sovereign American Indian Movement is founded in Denver.3
June-July: Landfills in the former East Germany begin leaking toxins into the groundwater, leading the German government to declare evacuation orders. A few weeks later, the Baltic and North Sea ecologies finally collapse under the severe pollution.67
September 23: The Bündnis 2000 party sweeps to power in Germany’s federal elections on an ecological platform.8
March 24: BAE Systems and the Japanese Aerospace Corporation introduce their joint development, the Ghost suborbital plane. The plane is capable of crossing the Atlantic in seventy-six minutes and corporate orders generate a waitlist several years long.1
May 13: Originally bred to detect water pollutants, GloFish are marketed to the public as aquarium pets.2
November 19: The worst flash flood in recorded history strikes the North Sea coast of Germany. Thousands die in the flood and from chemical poisoning in the weeks to follow. Nuclear power plants are ordered to shut down their reactors to prevent catastrophe.56
June: An accident during the shutdown of the Biblis nuclear power plant in Germany releases radioactive gas into the air. The investigation into the incident reveals that the reactor core came dangerously close to meltdown.3
The Dungeness nuclear reactor in Kent, England, United Kingdom, suffers a partial meltdown, releasing fallout over New Romney and Camber Sands, eventually killing over six thousand people.4
November 2: Phillip Bester is elected President of the United States of America.7
*2005 New York City
January 1 Jaelle Lester establishes the Church of the Whole Earth, Inc.1
In the wake of the bribery scandal, a special election is called in Mexico. The PRI is swept from power and replaced with a FDN-PAN coalition.2
March 25: United States President Phillip Bester eliminates public funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Public Broadcasting System breaks up shortly thereafter and private broadcasters quickly consume its resources.3
May 13: Belarus invades Poland and the Ukraine, beginning the Border Wars.4
September 2: President of the Republic of Korea Dae-Jung Rhee is assassinated. General Kyung Han Yoon, Commander of the Army, takes power and accuses the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea of sponsoring the assassin. Japan supports Yoon’s actions and the Second Korean War begins.8
September 19: The East Coast Stock Exchange moves to Boston.9
2006 Korean War
January 1Russia moves to stabilize Belarus, sparking fear of Russian expansionism.1
April 10: Japan launches a series of solar collector satellites and beams the energy to Earth via microwave.2
October 17: A verdict is reached in the years-long court proceedings of Texas Instruments Corporation v. Miroyama Electric in favor of TI. The Japanese courts order Miroyama’s assets turned over to TI, revitalizing that company. Miroyama’s executives commit seppuku to spare their subordinates from dishonor.7
November 17: North Korea launches nuclear missiles toward Japan. The warheads fail to detonate. The attack prompts Japan to greater participation in the Second Korean War. Japan eventually refounds itself as the Japanese Imperial State, allowing it to maintain a military and begin a campaign of territorial expansion.8
January 1 Newly privatized North Korean corporations merge to form Kwonsham Industries to avoid a buyout by South Korean or international megacorps.1
Spring: Ghana and the Ivory Coast begin the process of withdrawing from the United Nations.2
August 14: The Medellín, David, and Masaya drug cartels buy out a major resource development company in Villahermosa, Mexico and name it ORO Corporation after the heads of the cartels: Juan Ortega, Julio Ramos, and Diego Oriz.3
November 2: The United States Supreme Court declines a review of the federal government’s decision to disband the municipal government of Washington, D.C. President Philip Bester’s approval ratings begin to decline.4
William and Harry, the two Princes of the royal Windsor family of the United Kingdom, die in a mysterious airplane crash.
January 1 The Harris-3M space station Wheelchair (formerly the Russian Mir) is struck by a meteoroid and suffers catastrophic decompression. NASA’s Freedom remains the only manned space station in Earth orbit.1
March 4: The ORO Corporation announces the discovery of molybdenum deposits off the coast of Panama. The corporation had acquired a monopoly on molybdenum exploitation, extraction, and processing prior to the announcement.
June: Several Central American countries withdraw from international copyright treaties. The ORO Corporationpositions itself at the head of the emerging technopiracy industry.
August 23: The German coalition government collapses as the strain of the ongoing series of ecological disasters take their toll. The government weakness translates to ongoing social instability and violence in the streets.
November 4th: Jesse Garrety is elected as the 45th President of the United States. William Jarman is his Vice-President.
Aurélie de Paladines, future president of the French Republic, is born in France.
↑ Corporate Download pg. 18
March 4: The Cattenom nuclear power plant in France suffers total failure of both primary and secondary cooling systems (3:58 a.m.), followed by core meltdown (9:31 p.m.), core breach (10:05 p.m.) and eventually the explosion of power plant block 2 (10:08 p.m.). Official reports state that 37,241 people were killed immediately; the death toll will reach 135,728 by 2045. The contaminated areas are later declared the Saar-Lorraine-Luxembourg Special Administrative Zone (SOX).
April 7: King Charles III is crowned in Westminster Abbey.
April 29: As the chaos following the Cattenom catastrophe spreads throughout Germany, the military declares all parliaments and governments dissolved. A military council lead by Bundeswehr general Horst Stöckter assumes power.
May 4: Bavarian resistance to martial law in Germany ends.
May 5: United Oil receives rights to 25% of national parklands and 10% of Indian lands.
September 28: The Sovereign American Indian Movement (SAIM) seizes the Shiloh launch facility in Montana. Delta Team retakes the site, but not before the terrorists launch a Lone Eagle ICBM at Russia. The missile disappears en route to its target.
October 19: The Re-Education and Relocation Act (Nepean Act in Canada) allows the federal government to round up and detain Native Americans with any connections to SAIM. This internment will spare Native Americans the worst of VITAS.
Rude Awakening (2010-2019)
2010 VITAS 1
January 1 Nunavut, the Inuit territory in northern Canada, is dissolved in accordance with the Nepean Act.
January 20: The US federal government seizes all Native American lands.
February 10: A new virus is discovered in India; symptoms of infection include severe allergic reactions that eventually kill by asphyxiation. The disease is called Kali’s Harvest in India; the rest of the world will come to know it as Virally-Induced Toxic Allergy Syndrome (VITAS). 450 million people worldwide die from VITAS, including Pope John Paul III.
The Yakuza of Seattle is given official recognition as the Dungeness Crabs of the 87th Prefecture by the oyabun of the Watada-rengo in Chiba, Japan. This approval of and support for their activities allows the Seattle Yakuza to grow rapidly and expand its operations.
Keruba International achieves extraterritoriality and begins competing with BMW.
June 22: The French economy finally breaks under the strain of VITAS, ending the country’s resistance to the new corporate culture.
September 16: Michel Beloit buys and restructures BMW, integrating it with Saeder Munitions and Krupp Manufacturing.
October 28: 10.5 million of the 14 million inhabitants of Madagascar have died from VITAS by this time.
October 31: Quebec secedes from Canada.
Maria Kapatelis, daughter of Greek shipping magnate Stavros Kapatelis, is kidnapped. Her father pays the ransom of ten million American dollars, but she is never returned; the only kidnapper the authorities could locate is killed in a firefight.
2011 The Year of Chaos
January 13: The first baby is born with the condition that will later be described as Unexplained Genetic Expression (she is an Elf).
January: The Mexican government dissolves in the wake of VITAS outbreaks. Hundreds of thousands of refugees swarm the US border. 1Sixth World Almanac claims April 7
England’s Sizewell B nuclear power station suffers a critical meltdown. 7,800 people die within the first month and nearly 80,000 will die of various cancers over the next thirty years.
A nuclear power plant in Dounreay, Scotland, suffers a meltdown, creating the Scottish Irradiated Zone.
The Auvergne volcano in France erupts.
February 1: The IRA kills forty-four soldiers of the British Parachute Regiment in Coalisland.
February 9: The Black Tide hits the North Sea coast, killing thousands and displacing millions in Germany, theNetherlands, the UK, Denmark and Norway. Half a million people eventually die from the Black Tide’s effects.5
February 20: The first mana storm sweeps across the Australian Outback.
March: The IRA kills thirty-one soldiers of the British Parachute Regiment in Ulster.6
March 14: Newsweek magazine is the first media outlet that describes UGE babies as “elves” and “dwarfs.”
April 14: The IRA destroys the British SAS base in Belfast, killing thirteen operators and eleven Protestant paramilitaries.7
May: Beginning now and for the next three years, numerous UGE children disappear, are given up for adoption, or simply abandoned.
July: Operation Discovery, a clandestine eight-man mission to Mars, makes planetfall and begins its survey.8
August 15: The Indonesian government collapses following VITAS and several volcanic eruptions.
November 18: A tribe of yeti is conclusively identified in Nepal.
December 24: The Awakening.
January The great eastern dragon Ryumyo appears on Mount Fuji.
Under the cover of a fierce storm, Daniel Coleman leads a walk-out of the Abilene detainment camp. Guards attempt to stop him, but their bullets bounce off a glowing field. Coleman leads his people into the storm, leaving no trace.
The main cabin of the primary Operation Discovery module suffers a catastrophic malfunction and crashes on Mars, killing five of the eight astronauts. The survivors begin the return to Earth in the command capsule.8
00:00:01 – Saeletra makes its one and only appearance.9
December 26: Ley lines and standing stones re-emerge all over Britain. The Great Welsh Dragon Celedyr is sighted over Caerleon.10
2012 The Big D
January 1: During the traditional New Year’s Message from St. Peter’s Square, Pope John Paul IV denounces metahumans as abominations in the eyes of God. (Tír na nÓg)
In the Czech Republic, Czech Catholics rise up against the Vatican in response to the Pope’s denouncement of metahumans. (Shadows of Europe)
January 3: The great dragon Hualpa emerges in Yucatan.
January 12: The Ganges, Indus, and Jamuna rivers in India are purified and become mana lines.
Tibet, safe behind an impenetrable magical barrier, declares independence from China.
January 20: The French Catholic Church opposes Pope John Paul IV’s declaration against metahumans, creating a permanent rift between the FCC and the Vatican. (Shadows of Europe)
January 27: The great western dragon Dunkelzahn makes his first appearance at Cherry Creek Lake in Denver. He grants a 12-hour interview with Holly Brighton, during which he explains The Awakening.
Lofwyr appears in Germany and becomes a corporate player.
England’s King Charles III abdicates in favor of his only surviving son, George.
The Hildebrandt-Kleinfort-Bernal (HKB) megacorporation is formed in England, an increasingly major power in world financial affairs.
March: In Vatican City, a Papal Bull is issued confirming Pope John Paul IV’s position against metahumans and further denouncing all things magical as “unholy and ungodly by their very nature.” (Shadows of Europe)
March 31: The great dragon Lung awakens at Mt. Emei.
April 8: The Israeli government orders the evacuation of Jerusalem’s Old City due to dramatic spiritual manifestations.
June 1: The Japanese Diet passes the Yamato Act. The Act deregulates Japanese corporations, restricts foreign corporate activity, and makes the nuyen the official currency of the state.
August 12: Sheila Blatavska founds the Atlantean Foundation.
NASA takes applications to establish a colony on Mars. Only the best and brightest in various fields are taken including a few magicians and Shaman.
August 30: A conglomerate of corporate interests takes control of Denver’s struggling public welfare system.
September 16: The German military kills Feuerschwinge to end her four-month rampage, and is the first known kill of a Great Dragon by metahumanity.
October 17: Violent warfare between Keruba International and BMW prompt seven of the largest corporations (BMW, Ares Industries, Shiawase, Mitsuhama Computer Technologies, ORO, Keruba, and JRJ International) to form the Inter-Corporate Council to mediate disputes.
November: Jesse Garrety and William Jarman are reelected as President and Vice-President of the United States.
November 29: The Passau Treaties are signed, defining corporate extraterritoriality in Germany.
January 1: Naga appear near Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Cambodian peasants begin to worship them as rulers of rivers and rain.
April 2: The Inter-Corporate Council fails to stop the violence between Keruba International and ORO.
May 23: The IRA attacks Aldershot, the home of the British Army.
June 15: The Combat Biking League is founded in Baton Rouge, CAS.
August 12: Xinjiang province secedes from China and names itself Uighurstan.
September 13: In Vatican City, Pope John Paul IV dies in his sleep. He is replaced by a moderate Brazilian cardinal who takes the name John XXV. Despite this change in power, several Irish Catholic bishops who had refused to accept John Paul IV’s denouncement of metahumans break from the Catholic Church and instead go to the Church of Ireland, a small splinter church. (Tír na nÓg)
November: The wall around the Saar-Lorraine-Luxembourg Special Administrative Zone is finished.The Trojan-Satsop nuclear power plant in Redmond, Washington, USA suffers a partial meltdown, releasing radioactive contamination into Beaver Lake and the surrounding areas.
2014 Native American Nations*
January 1 More governments collapse this year: Libya ceases to exist when UN forces leave and Egypt annexes the territory;Cuba falls after Fidel Castro steps down due to failing health; The South African government dissolves; disasters force the dissolution of the Indonesian government.
March 15: The German Catholic Church splits from the Vatican.
April 15: The Great Dragon Masaru awakens in the Philippines during a lunar eclipse.
June 10: Daniel Coleman, now calling himself Daniel Howling Coyote, returns to the public eye and announces the formation of the Native American Nations. He demands that everyone of European, African, or Asian descent leave North America immediately.
June 23: Following magically enhanced terrorist activity, the governments of the United Kingdom and Éire sign the Treaty of Galway, establishing the United Free Republic of Ireland.
July 12: The Redondo volcano erupts, burying Los Alamos and the Los Alamos National Laboratory under volcanic ash. Daniel Howling Coyote claims responsibility for calling upon Mother Earth to cause the disaster. Federal troops are sent to apprehend Howling Coyote, but tornadoes delay their arrival until Howling Coyote has left the area. The Ghost Dance War begins.
August 22: The military council that had ruled Germany since 2008 steps down and returns the country to democracy.
January Schism splits the Irish Republican Army (IRA) into two factions: the Provisional IRA (led by elven spike baby Liam O’Connor) and the Official IRA. The Provisional IRA is incorporated into the state security apparatus, where it counters Protestant paramilitaries. It would grow into the core of the Tir Republican Corps (TRC).
March 18: Hong Kong secedes from mainland China and proclaims independence. The British government uses its influence to protect Hong Kong, but is duped by megacorporations and loses face over the incident.
April: Anarchists take control of Berlin. Walls are raised and troops posted to contain the anarchy.
May 5: Francisco Pavón of the Azatlán party is elected president of Mexico. He renames the country Aztlan. The ORO Corporation was heavily involved in the Matrx-based voting process.
May 15: The Magic Hat opens in Minneapolis. It is the first private organization for practicing magicians.
May 18: Belgium dissolves when Wallonia splits from Flanders.
August 6: Thunder Tyee leads Salish warriors to capture a US submarine base near Bangor.
October 4: Thunder Tyee’s warriors capture Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
2016 The Indian War*
March 12: A major oil spill in the North Sea creates the Scottish Fringe Toxic Zone.
July 28: Ares buys NASA.
October 15: William Springer assassinates US President Jesse Garrety and escapes justice.
October 31: “Bloody Monday.” Russian President Nikolai Chelenko, Prime Minister Lena Rodale of the United Kingdom, and Minister Chaim Schon of Israel are all assassinated.
November 8: US presidential elections are held as usual, but due to the President’s murder, the winner will be inaugurated immediately. Vice President William Jarman wins.
November 11: US President-Elect William Jarman is sworn in and then passes Executive Order 17-321, ordering the removal of all Native Americans from US soil by any means necessary, effective immediately.
December 12: Cheyenne nationalists feed false information to the US Army concerning the location of a band of Native warriors. The Army strike kills Kiowa non-combatants, effectively wiping out the tribe.
Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, establishes the first hermetic studies curriculum.
2017 The Great Ghost Dance
February 2: Four tech companies merge to form Transys Neuronet.
April 13: An earthquake hits the Taihei Mountains, destroying China’s nuclear stockpile. (sr20.26)
May 9: The Harris-3M corporation launches the first private space station, Halo.
August 17, 10:32 a.m.: Daniel Howling Coyote initiates the Great Ghost Dance. Mount Hood, Mount Ranier, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Adams erupt. Weather patterns drastically change, frustrating US attempts to locate or capture Howling Coyote.
August 22: King Kamehameha IV declares the independence of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi.
September 25: British Imperial Chemicals Industries and two Swiss pharmaceutical firms merge to form Zeta-Imperial Chemicals.
October 18: The Majestic Peacock Association’s headquarters in Hong Kong burns down, ending a Triad gang war.
The Wuxing headquarters is built in the Aberdeen quarter of Hong Kong.
2018 Treaty of Denver*
March 17: Chinese provinces rebel against Communist rule. The civil war results in yet another fractured nation:Manchuria, Xinjiang, Guangxi, and the Canton Confederation are created.
April 25: The United States of America, Canada, Aztlan, and the Native American Nations ratify the Treaty of Denver. Most of western North America is ceded to the NAN. Daniel Howling Coyote becomes head of theSovereign Tribal Council. Denver is divided into districts under the jurisdiction of the United States, Aztlan, and the NAN member states.
July 12: Dr. Hosato Hikita of ESP Systems, Chicago demonstrates the first generation of Artificial Sensory Induction Systems Technology.
July 24: The spaceplane America disintegrates in orbit and crashes in Longreach, Australia, killing 200.
November 9: Fuchi Industrial Electronics completes its Seattle Industrial Compound.
January The Seattle area receives thousands of refugees. Neighboring counties merge with the city over the course of this year.
April 12: Ares unveils Apollo Station.
August 13: Nokia and Ericsson merge to form the Erika corporation.
August 27: Transys announces the first successful cyberlimb implantation on concert violinist Leonora Bartoli.
The Great Dragon Lung’s Red Dragon Association becomes Hong Kong’s most powerful triad.
November 23: Emori Shiawase, founder of the Shiawase Corporation, dies of heart failure.
*Brave New World (2020-2029)
January Aden destroys Tehran, Iran, in response to the Ayatollah’s declaration of jihad against metahuman races.Ares launches the Apollo space program.
Inuvik becomes capital of Trans-polar Aleut Nation. November: Kanye West is elected President of the United States. He is dope and he does dope shit.
April 30: Without warning, ten percent of the world’s population suddenly mutates. The process then occurs in in utero children. The media calls this transformation “Goblinization.”12
The government of the United Kingdom announces the death of King George VII, who is rumored to have been killed after Goblinizing.
The government of Quebec extends full rights to all Goblinized francophone citizens.
The government of the Czech Republic offers its full assistance to all Goblinized citizens.
May 4: President Joaquim Delmonte of the Dominican Republic announces that his country will accept any Goblinized immigrants after he transforms into an ork.13
May 14: Swiss officials declare Goblinization the result of an unidentified disease and orders the quarantine of all affected.14
May 25: In response to the German government rounding up orks and trolls, the Mutant Rights Congress is founded in Cologne and its members threaten civil unrest.15
May 28: The Japanese Imperial State annexes Yomi Island, Philippines and deports its metahuman population there.16
June 9: Seattle governor Lindstrom orders the Metroplex Guard to round up the Goblinized and place them in the camps that once held Native Americans.17
August 3: Time Magazine publishes an article written by McBean describing the effect that Goblinization had on his childhood friend. McBean later expands the content of the article into a novel titled Looking for Gonzo, following the experiences of Jerry “Gonzo” Petersen after becoming a troll.18
August 23: Texas governor Melissa Santiago-Ortega strong-arms the Welfare Board into giving funds to provide adequate shelter and sanitary facilities for the state’s metahuman detention centers.19
2022 VITAS 2*
January 30: Switzerland passes the Metahuman Segregation Law (MSL), stripping metahumans of their civil rights and citizenship.
Spring: Race riots occur around the world.
Los Angeles is rocked by gang warfare, eventually suppressed by National Guardsmen. The city’s worst slums are walled off, soon renamed “El Infierno” by local residents.
March 25: An assassin with ties to anti-metahuman groups kills Dunkelzahn’s interpreter John Timmons in the Great Dragon’s presence. Dunkelzahn immediately obliterates the assassin.
April 18: Opposed to the MSL, several Swiss-French cantons secede from Switzerland to form the Confederatión Suisse Francophone.
April 26: Construction begins on the Aztechnology Pyramid in Seattle.
May 5: The ORO Corporation renames itself Aztechnology as part of a massive image rebranding that coincides the adoption of Aztec symbolism and culture within Aztlan.
August 18: The Great Dragon Schwartzkopf begins lecturing at the University of Prague after the school adds arcane studies to its curriculum.
August 19: The Johns Hopkins Institute of Health is revealed to have been performing unethical experiments onmetahumans. The US government pulls federal funding from the institute, which continues as an independent for-profit corporation.
September 15: The Federal Communications Commission is disbanded and the Internetwork Transmission Control Council (ITCC) succeeds it as “a self-regulating oversight body for the responsible management of the communications industry.” This comes to include the networks that made up the Internet as well as the content. (mat.13)
Autumn: VITAS 2 claims another 10 percent of the world population.
October: The German federal government relocates from Berlin to Hannover.
October 15: Cuba, Jamaica, Grenada, Bermuda, and the Virgin Islands join together to form the Caribbean League.
October 24: The Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand form the Australia and New Zealand Allied Confederation (ANZAC).
November 19: The electronic news magazine Data coins the term “Awakened.”
Several German mages form the Doctor Faustus Society to campaign for scientific recognition of hermetic magic.
2023 Metahuman rights
January Humanis Policlub is founded.
The United States Supreme Court grants equal rights to metahumans.
Riots over hoarded VITAS 2 serum level the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts.
In Fatima, Portugal, during a visit by Pope John XXV, an apparition of the Virgin Mary appears before thousands of witnesses. This event reinforces the Pope’s declaration against metahumans and further pushes the Portuguese Catholic community into a conservative mindset. (Shadows of Europe)
The ICC moves to the Freedom space habitat, renames itself the Corporate Court, and grants itself authority over all extraterritorial corporations.
Kenneth Brackhaven goblinizes into an ork. His father Charles has him murdered and brainwashes and surgically alters a SINless orphan into believing he’s Kenneth. Officially, Kenneth’s goblinization went into remission.
Neuro-interface software engineer Moira Thornton invents the synthlink
2024 First commercial simsense*
Simsense is commercially implemented for the first time.
After a prolonged succession dispute, George Edward Richard Windsor-Hanover becomes King George VIII inEngland.
Pope John XXV issues the In Imago Dei encyclical: Metahumans have souls and are capable of salvation. Magical abilities are not inherently evil. Spirits are manifestations of nature (gray area).
The USA presidential election is held across the Internet for the first time, using the experimental electronic voting system. Kanye West is reelected President of the United States. This is possible because the recently passed 29th Amendment allows more than two terms. Begins calling himself El Presidente for Life.
Theobald Sarentin appears, agitating for a separate Elvish state with Germany.
2025 Lone Star Seattle
January 20: Kanye is inaugurated as President of the United States for the third time.
The Conservationist Party wins the general election in Great Britain. Kenneth Redmond becomes the new Prime Minister.
The United Kingdom Constitution Act is passed in Great Britain, formalizing the roles of British Parliament andRoyalty. It establishes the Office of the Lord Protector; Lord Marchment is named the first Lord Protector.
The colony on Mars announces that it has achieved biological sustainability on the red planet. Plans to begin terraforming Mars begin.
British police start routinely arming its officers with firearms.
In Ireland, the “Walsh’s hookers” scandal end the career of three government ministers, two businessmen and one bishop.
The first cyber-modified players enter the National Football League, although the rules officially restrict implants to medical reconstruction need.
New York Jets quarterback Tim Washington, sporting a cyberarm, throws a Super Bowl-winning 99-yard touchdown pass.
The Optical Music Networking Interface (OMNI) is invented.
Building of the Southside monorail in Chicago, UCAS, begins.
The European Space Agency is privatized, mainly to the profit of Saeder-Krupp.
The African Rhino is considered extinct in the wild; the only remaining specimens are in captivity.
UCLA establishes first undergraduate program in occult studies.
Followed by Texas AMM (Agriculture, Medicine, and Magic) and MITT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Thaumaturgy).
Lone Star takes over law enforcement in Seattle.
The Mafia Commissione appoints Brian O’Malley from Milwaukee as the head of the Finnigan family and Capo ofSeattle, and assigns him to deal with the problem of the Yakuza in the metroplex.
Oxford and Edinburgh Universities establish Bachelor of Science degrees in occult studies.
The World Combat Cyclists League (WCCL) is founded; Combat Biker becomes a major sport.
2027 Fusion power
Mount Tajumulco erupts in Aztlan.
Japan starts deporting metahumans to Yomi Island.
The US government passes the Telecommunications Act of 2027, stating that any program legally broadcast from a foreign country can be received in the US.
Great Britain’s Lord Protector’s office drafts, and Parliament passes, the Magical Practitioners Registration Billrestricting the use of magic.
New York City is divided into the cities of Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Bronx and New York, the later only including Manhattan Island.
Ares begins construction of the Daedalus Space Station at the L4 Lagrange Point.
A research group led by Dr. Etienne Dumas of the Université de la Sorbonne in Paris develops the Dumas Test to measure magical abilities in humans and metahumans.
The Los Angeles Power & Water Company begins the first use of cold fusion, using the fresh water by-produced from salt water to alleviate water shortages.
The National Football League and professional boxing integrate cybernetic implants.
July 28: Ongoing riots in Berlin explode into civil war lasting for several weeks when the corrupt city government orders the Bundesgrenzschutz to subdue the revolt.
2028 LA Earthquake
Massive earthquakes hit Los Angeles, destroying Los Angeles International Airport.
Wallonia joins France.
In Brittany, France, druids start dispelling the Mist.
Cambridge University establishes a Bachelor of Science degree in occult studies, followed by the University ofHamburg and Chicago.
Nicholas Aurelius replaces Sakehisa Tajika as CEO of Ares Macrotechnology.
Great Britain withdraws from the New European Economic Community (NEEC).
November: Andrew McAlister is elected President of the United States.
2029 Crash of 29*
January 20: Andrew MacAlister is inaugurated President of the United States.
The CIA, FBI, and NSA begin the Echo Mirage project.
February 8: The Crash Virus of 2029 attacks and crashes computers worldwide. It devastates administrations and trades who relied on Internet, but also spreads as far as orbital stations. It sparks problems in several countries, including France, Spain, Austria, Philippines and the USA. The US government activates Echo Mirage to stop the virus spread using their cyberterminal technology. Team One fails, with the virus causing deadly failure to thecybernetic interface.
April 19: The virus infects the US national air traffic control network, causing 27 accidents and the deaths of thousands of passengers and crew.
July 14: Military forces led by Gen. Lepoivre seize power in France, ending the fifth Republic and disrupting theEuropean Union.
In Basle, Switzerland, a laboratory owned by the Genom Corporation experiences a critical failure caused by the virus, releasing an experimental mutagen in the atmosphere which kills thousands of people.
August: A presidential emergency order drafts elite corporate and university hackers into Echo Mirage. Echo Mirage Team Two tries to remove the virus from a first system. Several members are killed, but key data about the virus are gathered. When the data logs were analyzed, two things became apparent: First, the virus program could induce lethal biofeedback in humans accessing the Matrix. Second, no existing computer security could even slow down someone using a cyberterminal.
Sony Cybersystems, Fuchi Industrial Electronics and RCA-Unisys develop prototype cyberterminals.
The Salish-Shidhe Council opens its borders to all metahumans, not just Native Americans. The Sinsearach elf tribe is founded in the southern region.
The Native American Nations open their borders to all metahumans.
Iceland becomes a protectorate of Trans-polar Aleut Nation.
Renraku Holdings is established to take over Keruba International.
Euskal Herria is granted independence by Spain.
A major earthquake strikes Tenochtitlán in Aztlan.
*A New World Order (2030-2039)
January The ghoul nation of Asamando is founded in Africa.
Awakened forces in Russia seize Siberia.
Brian O’Malley is shot and killed in his home by Yakuza assassins. A retaliatory hit the next day kills the Yakuzaoyabun responsible, along with his lieutenants. Losses on both sides of the Mafia/Yakuza conflict result in a truce.Patrick Finnigan becomes don of his family and the capo of Seattle.
Yakut proclaims independence from Russia.
After the Kaliningrad Incident, Russia attacks Poland, starting the Euro Wars.
The city of Sydney declares its independence from Australia.
The elven duchy of Pomorya is established in Germany.
The Defense Government in France officially charges the Druidic Revival of Britanny movement to monitor the Mist.
Nicholas Aurelius retires as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Ares Industries. He is replaced by his son Leonard.
The United Corporate Council is chartered in Seattle.
Francis Daniels is killed during riots in Washington DC
The Super Bowl is canceled.
Concrete Dreams plays its first show at Club Penumbra in Seattle, UCAS
October 15: Act of Union signed in Washington D.C., Canada and the US merge into the United Canadian and American States.
Germany’s first commercial fusion power plant goes online in Garching near Munich.
India launches a tactical nuclear weapon against Kashmir, because of Pakistani support of insurgents. Pakistanresponds with four of its own tactical nuclear weapons. Two explode on the launchpad. The other two successfully detonate in Kashmir. The UN and Corporate Court prevent the situation from escalating. A Corporate Court covert op task force removes the rest of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal.
January 17: Russian armed forces invade Poland, starting the first EuroWar.
March 12: India begins rebuilding its infrastructure.
April 3: Poland surrenders to Russia.
April 7: Russian forces enter eastern Germany.
April 17: A new constitution is submitted to the Provisional Congress for approval. Two thirds of the US and Canadian states ratify it over the next six months. US President Andrew McAlister becomes provisional President of the UCAS, Canadian Prime Minister Harold Frazier becomes provisional Vice President of the UCAS.
May 23: Leopold Habsburg declares himself Emperor of Austria after his traditionalist faction ousts the government from power.
July 6: Russian forces invade the Czech Republic. Austria is the first European power to offer aid to the defenders.
The Mafia Commissione strips James O’Malley of his position of capo of Milwaukee and forces him to retire for focusing on revenge against the Yakuza instead of his responsibilities.
In Australia, BHP and Mount Isa Mines merge to create Tanamyre Resources.
The Australian Secret Intelligence Organization and the Federal Police merge to become Australian Intelligence and Security Enforcement.
September 9: Yakut declares independence from Russia.
Frida Kohlman meets the radical Asatru priest Wednesday.
October 21: Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden establish the Scandinavian Union.
November 3: Echo Mirage Team Two wipes out the last known concentration of the Crash Virus code. Of the original thirty-two Echo Mirage members, only seven survive. Four of them go into business with knowledge of cyberterminal design.
November 30: Major David Gavilan disappears.
December 16: In Spain, Father Julian Estrellas loses an arm and his mother is killed in a motor vehicle collision when the other driver goblinizes behind the wheel. He becomes vehemently anti-metahuman after the incident.
December 25: Desk-sized second-generation cyberterminals are commercially-available.
2032 Eurowar I
January 12: In Alpena, Michigan, Owen Whiting’s non-allergenic cellular protein structure is identified during a routine flu treatment.22
February 10: The Ute Nation Council approves a proposal from Maritech Enterprises to turn the Sevier Bridge Reservoir into a freshwater fish farm.23
March 1: Senators from Alabama and Georgia lead a walk out of southern bloc legislators. Atlanta hosts representatives from fourteen states to discuss secession from the UCAS.24
March 21: The first trideo broadcast is Concrete Dreams’s public debut of their music trideo for “Sons of Thunder” on RockNet’s “New Notes” program. The performance introduces the music world to the synthlink.25
May 14: The American Medical Association develops its rules and guidelines for the medical practice of magic.Eurowar I continues. Poland surrenders to Russia.
Russian troops don’t attack Berlin but loop to strike west alongside the Elbe.
Great Britain deploys troops in the Netherlands and Flanders.
The Olympic Games are canceled.
August 19: The Corporate Court involves itself in the reconstruction of worldwide communications lines, known as the Matrix.27
Michel Beloit, head of BMW, dies under mysterious circumstances. His widow, Wilhelmina Graff-Beloit, becomesChairman of the Board.
A dozen large Filipino and Japanese companies merge to form Yamatetsu.
September 28: Lone Star Security Services is granted extraterritoriality.
The UCAS government grants Lone Star Security Services a contract to privatize Drug Enforcement Agency duties.
The Technocratic Party is formed in the UCAS.
October 30: Several megacorporations in the Seattle Metroplex are robbed of millions of nuyen in the same week. The money and the perpetrators are never found.
November 2: UCAS President Andrew McAlister and Vice-President Harold Frazier win the first UCAS-wide election, keeping them in office.28
The Human MetaHuman Vampiric Virus (HMHVV) is isolated.
The Corporate Court takes over the ITCC, placing RTG regulation firmly in its jurisdiction. The name of the authority is changed to the Corporate Court Matrix Authority (CCMA).
Baseball becomes the first major-league sport to allow cyberware.29
November 15: A consortium of Corporate Court members – Ares, Aztechnology, BMW, JRJ International,Mitsuhama, Renraku, and Shiawase – takes over Global Financial Services.30
2033 Nanosecond Buyout
January: Nicholas Aurelius, founder of Ares, dies of a heart attack.
Austrian and Czech forces led by Gen. Leopold von Hapsburg break the Russian lines south of Prague.
January 20: Andrew McAlister is re-inaugurated as President of the UCAS.
January 23: Swedish airspace monitors detect flights of aircraft they cannot conclusively identify flying across northern Europe. The phantom aircraft destroy key command and control centers for forces on both sides of the Euro War while unidentified commandos kill key military commanders and crash their Matrix networks. The United Kingdom denies any involvement in the affair in the wake of rumors that the aircraft were FA-38 Nightwraiths and the commandos were SAS.
January 24: Russia and the European Alliance announce a cease-fire, effectively ending the EuroWar.
January 24: Damien Knight acquires 22% of Ares Macrotechnology stock in approximately one minute of pre-programmed trading. He ousts Leonard Aurelius and makes himself CEO.
The USDP-ESPP coalition wins the election in Germany.
Aztechnology surreptitiously murders Aztlan President Francisco Pavón for disobedience.
March 15: Global Financial Services is renamed Zurich-Orbital Gemeinschaft Bank and moved to the Zurich-Orbital Habitat (previously Freedom Station).
September 4: The United Islamic Conference dissolves. Mullah Sayid Jazrir, a spiritual leader of al-Qaeda, forms the Alliance for Allah from terrorist groups and extreme right-wing governments.
October 30: Grumman v. Tulsa School Board. The Grumman family argues that the school board unfairly expelled their son after his Goblinization, prevented him from returning when ordered to resume schooling, prevented the family from attending town hall meetings, fined the family for violating compulsory education laws, and destroyed public records of the family’s complaints. The court finds in favor of the school board.
November 14: Ken Roper and Michael Eld, former members of Echo Mirage and founders of Matrix Systems, demonstrate their prototype cyberdeck in Boston, UCAS. A power outage ends the demonstration.
The elven state of Pomorya is founded in northeast Germany.
2034 Amazonia, CAS, Tír na nÓg*
January Aithne Oakforest, Sean Laverty, and Lugh Surehand direct the construction of duplicate communications infrastructure in the south Salish-Shidhe Council. They eventually have an independent state in all but name.
Aztlan withdraws from the Sovereign Tribal Council and the Native American Nations when they refuse to pressure the UCAS into ceding Texas.
February 28: The Shiawase Corporation receives a patent from the Corporate Court for its genetically-engineered type O tissues.
March 31: The University of Chicago and the Atlantean Foundation establish Elemental Hall on Lake Michigan.
May 1: Matrix Systems releases the first gray-market cyberterminal, the Portal.
July 4: The United Kingdom gives Primrose Hill and the surrounding buildings to the New Druidic Movement to serve as its headquarters.
June 12: Ken Roper and Michael Eld, the founders of Matrix Systems, both die in freak accidents.
June 13: Matrix Systems’s main computer suffers a catastrophic crash, destroying all data concerning the Portal. The prototypes go missing as well.
August 7: Richard Villiers acquires one-third of Fuchi Industrial Electronics in exchange for all of his North American holdings, his Corporate Court seat, and his backup data and prototype of the Portal.
Mars colony sends conflicting reports regarding “native Martians”.
August 28: Hualpa, Sirrurg, and an unidentified third great dragon lead a force of Awakened and metahumans to seize Manaus in the Amazon Basin. The force begins to seize more territory, spreading outward from the Basin.
October 14: The Alliance for Allah launches its Great Jihad, attacking Israel, Russia, the Indian Union, the Balkans, and the Iberian Peninsula.Shadows of Asia states October 13
November 2: Following the fall of Brasilia and the surrender of Brazil, Hualpa announces the foundation of Amazonia.
November 10: The Confederation of American States secedes from the UCAS.
December 11: A state of emergency is declared in Ireland while the legislature enacts further changes to the constitution.
December 19: Representatives from the UCAS and CAS sign the Treaty of Richmond, confirming the UCAS’s recognition of the CAS as a sovereign nation.
December 25: Seamus O’Kennedy announces further government reforms and the formation of Tír na nÓg. Many humans emigrate in response.
December 31: South Florida joins the Caribbean League.
2035 Tir Tairngire
January 10: The NAN sector of Denver is divided into three zones under the control of the Pueblo Corporate Council, Sioux Nation, and Ute Nation.
March: Liam O’Connor becomes State President of Tír na nÓg.
April 16: Atlanta is chosen as the national capital of the CAS.
May 1: At 12:00 PM GMT, a broadcast originating from Portland overrides all terrestrial signals. Lugh Surehanddeclares the independence of Tír Tairngire from the Native American Nations with himself as High Prince. Tír Tairngire repulses six military responses to its declaration. California is the only state to initially recognize the independent state.
May 9: The NAN member states, except the Salish-Shidhe Council, recognize Tír Tairngire’s sovereignty.
The Tsimshian Nation secedes from the NAN in response to Tír Tairngire’s secession.
May 17: Aztlan invades Texas, capturing the cities of Austin and San Antonio. The capital of Texas is moved to Dallas-Fort Worth.
July 9: Satellite imaging confirms that the landscape of Africa is undergoing radical transformations.
August: Jonathon Reed, Maria Cinebal, and Dar Varien are appointed to the Council of Princes of Tír Tairngire.
Lofwyr is appointed to the Council of Princes of Tír Tairngire.
September 10: The CAS refuses to support Texan resistance to Aztlan aggression and Texas secedes from the union.
October 30: The Tír Tairngire Council of Princes increases its membership to eleven, inducting Blake Ladner, Garth Stone, Larry Zincan, and Rex as its new princes.
Martin de Vries leaves/is expelled from the Ordo Maximus.
November 20: The Corporate Court saves the United Nations from dissolution.
December 22: The Yarrow nuclear power plant in the United Kingdom suffers a catastrophic meltdown, creating the Northern Irradiated Zone.
2036 California Free State
January 11: Texas is readmitted to the CAS.
Parts of New Mexico and Oklahoma join the CAS.
April 8: The Lone Star board of directors replaces founder Clay Wilson with his brother James Wilson as CEO and elects Wendy Manderscheid as chairman of the board.
April 19: Druidic magic transforms acres of Scottish pine forest into deciduous forest. The area is later called the Scottish Wild Lands.
March 23: California secedes from the UCAS. Aztlan invades southern California, taking the city of San Diego afterUCAS President Andrew McAlister orders the Pacific Fleet to abandon the harbor. Tír Tairngire invades northern California, going as far as Redding. Governor Treacle appeals to Japan for aid. Japan recognizes California’s sovereignty and promises economic and military aid.
May 1: The Tír Tairngire Council of Princes holds the nation’s first Rite of Progression.
June 23: Twenty people, mostly metahumans, are killed when napalm is thrown into a church in New Visions,Ohio, UCAS. A previously unknown group calling itself Alamos 20,000 takes credit in a badly-spelled message to the press.
August 2: The Japanese Imperial State grants control of its national currency, the nuyen, to Zurich-Orbital Gemeinschaft Bank. The nuyen is adopted as the world reserve currency.
August 21: The Great Dragon Lofwyr announces his hostile takeover of BMW/Krupp at a shareholder meeting, revealing his ownership of 63% of company stock and usurping Wilhelmina Graff-Beloit as CEO.
September 4: A modification to the 14th Amendment of the UCAS Constitution is ratified, establishing the System Identification Number system and requiring all citizens to register for a SIN.
September 9: Fuchi Industrial Electronics introduces the CDT-1000 cyberterminal. The third-generation cyberterminal is the size of a desktop box.
September 18: Tír Tairngire begins building a wall around Portland to keep international traders confined. The seat of government is moved to Royal Hill, west of Portland.
October: Doctors Akiko Kano and Arthur White Eagle win the Nobel Prize for their work on the Kano-White Eagle Theory of Metaphysical Phenomena.
November: The first elections in the CAS are sporadic and ill-run. Most pro-tem officials are re-elected by default.
November: Martin Vincenzo of the new Technocratic Party, running with Republican Vernon Washington, is elected President of the UCAS, beating incumbent Andrew McAlister. The Technocratic Party also gains its first seats in the UCAS Congress.
November: Victor Allenson becomes governor of Seattle.
Portuguese Minister of the Economy Godinho proposes the Godinho Plan, calling for the incorporation and partial nationalization of the 150 largest Portuguese companies into a single corporation, Lusiada.
The Five Days of Milan protests against the corp-backed Lega Nord ultra-nationalist party turn to violence, causing the fall of the Italian government. Pope John XXV negotiates a settlement between the corporations and the sindaci (mayors). The cities of Genoa, Milan and Turin are written off as a catastrophe zone and renamed the Special Administrative Zone of Genoa-Milan-Turin (GeMiTo).
2037 Eurowar II
January European forces drive the Alliance for Allah out of Spain and Greece.
Ambrosius Publications releases the first issue of the Manual of Practical Thaumaturgy.
2037 Denver Data HavenMullah Sayid Jazrir is assassinated in Istanbul, ending the second Eurowar. Emotive SimSense emerges. Hello, BTL!
The Denver Data Haven shows up in the shadows, located in the old USAF Academy in Colorado Springs. DocWagon is founded. Lofwyr announces his 63% ownership of Saeder-Krupp and votes himself chairman of the board, president, and CEO.
Guerrilla warfare in northern California pushes Tir Tairngire back north as far as Yreka. The territory betweenRedding and Yreka becomes neutral ground, claimed by both sides.
Wolves and bears are restored to the Scottish Wild Lands.
The first North American Urban Brawl championship, “Super Brawl,” is held.
January Channel 7’s show “Medicine Bag” exposes the Adams-Hoffman Corporation’s “Project 42-20”, which attempted gene-pool manipulation on the metahuman population of southern London in Great Britain, with a confirmed death toll of 720 and suspected toll close to 1,000. The revelation prompts riots and the creation of the Lambeth Martyrsterrorist group. The Lambeth Martyrs attack three London subway stations, killing nearly a hundred people, and strikes Dulwich Village, killing 74 people, including a former Prime Minister.
May 21: The German states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg secede from the Federal Republic and declare themselves the South German League. Corporate pressure forces the federal government to accept the secession.Alfons Hunggarten of the right-wing Bavarian People’s Party (BVP) becomes the SGL’s first chancellor.
Emperor Leopold of Austria disappears in the midst of a controversy on suicidal orders given by Austrian generals to Czech and Hungarian units during Eurowar II.
In Italy, the Venitia, Mezzogiorno and Sicily establish autonomous local governments.
France enacts the Loi Loureau (Loureau Act) to control the application of corporate extraterritoriality.
The Southern Conservative Party breaks away from the CAS Republican Party.
Great Chief Deborah Jim is named head of the Tsimshian government.
Chrysler and Nissan merge into Chrysler-Nissan.
Fuchi takes over JRJ International, thus obtaining AAA rating.
The Harris-3M corporation goes out of business.
Yukiako Watanabe becomes Chairman of the Board of Renraku, replacing Inazo Aneki, who remains President andCEO.
Construction of arkobloks in Cuxhaven and Wilhelmshaven begins.
A dragon destroys the hydrogen airship Lothar Späth above the Black Forest in Germany.
The Acoola-class submarine Gahanna Girl disappears in the Bermuda Triangle.
A blizzard hits Denver.
The first Super Bowl since 2030 is held.
Judy Hofsted becomes the first woman to win a professional baseball contract, signing with the Detroit Tigers.
2039 Night of Rage
February 7: The Night of Rage. Disenfranchised metahumans around the world take to the streets in protest of their discrimination. Some protests turn violent.1
The Seattle Metroplex Guard rounds up city metahumans and confines them in Tacoma’s waterfront. Anti-metahumans set fire to the detention centers, sparking riots that cause hundreds of deaths.
February 8: The events in Seattle spark racial violence worldwide. In New York, 836 die. In Australia, initial racial violence by people of Asian origin prompts wider violence against people of Asian origin. In Berlin, anarchists attack authorities. In Czechia, Muslims are targeted. In Poland, the National Republic of Poland is established under martial law with Russian support to quell the troubles.
February 10: Members of Alamos 20,000, using a combination of magic and explosives, destroy the Sears Towerin Chicago, Illinois, UCAS. The death toll reaches 26,000.2
March: Anarchists establish the Free State of Berlin.
March 17: Bloody Thursday in Boston, UCAS. The Knights of the Red Branch Irish terrorist organization plant a bomb in an elven restaurant, killing 24. The St. Patrick’s Day parade degenerates into a race riot, killing or injuring hundreds.3
Lusiada corporation’s consolidation is achieved.
The Danube Union is dissolved.
A massive chemical spill in the Teesside area of Great Britain results in more than 70,000 deaths.
June 1: The Universal Matrix Specifications Conference sponsored by Fuchi takes place in Tokyo, Japan. More than 7,000 humans and metahumans meet for three months to determine the details of Matrix programming. The rules are called the Universal Matrix Specifications (UMS) and are adopted world-wide.5
July 5: In Charleston, CAS, a victim’s ghost help discover evidences leading to the arrest of a serial killer.6
August 6: The Pan-Europa terrorist group releases a para-viral agent on London, with destructive effects on wood and biofabrics. It damages the London domes beyond repair.
Wu Kuan-Lei, founder of Wuxing and one of the architects of Hong Kong’s independence, dies of old age. He is succeeded at Wuxing by his son, Wu Lung-Wei.
The superheavyweight class (95 kilograms and up) is introduced into the World Boxing Association and the International Boxing Commission to accommodate augmented human and metahuman fighters.
September 10: The CAS Senate hearings begin to investigate charges of racial prejudice against metahumans. The committee’s shocking report verifies that conditions amount to slavery in most states. In response, the Native American Nations impose heavy trade sanctions on the CAS to speed up the passage of metahuman equality laws.8
A blizzard brings Las Vegas, Ute, to a standstill.
September 16: Nadja Daviar becomes the interpreter of Great Dragon Dunkelzahn after they meet in Paris.9
November 15: Monarchists in Shaanxi province stage a coup and install Michelle Chou as queen.
Corporate Mess (2040-2049)
January Dr. Caitlin O’Connal of UCLA finishes her report on the collective “universal brotherhood” of metahumanity, but no scientific journal will publish it.12
The Thomas Jefferson International Airport opens in North Virginia, near Washington FDC
April 7: The Athabaskan Council designates sasquatches as a sapient species, according them the same inalienable rights as metahumans. They are one of the first nations in the world to do so.13
July 18: The Islamic Unity Movement negotiates an end to the Iran-Iraq War.14
July 20: Noted mage Martin de Vreis strikes off on a series of one-man vampire hunts.15
August 13: The Cape Republic, Zulu Nation, Oranje-Vrystaat, and the Trans-Swazi Federation unite into theConfederated Azanian Nations.
September 10: Construction begins on the Renraku Arcology in Seattle.
Fall: BTL abuse climbs to record heights in the Republic of Korea. Over the next ten years, it is slowly contained through the efforts of socially conscious groups like the Church of Unification.
October 15: New evidence reveals the approval of the British government for the Adams-Hoffman experiments.
November 6: Carl Preston is elected President of the UCAS. Joseph Alexander is elected President of the CAS.19
Southern Conservatives gain control of the CAS Senate.
December 12: New Horizons corporation comes under investigation for its Superkids project, overseen by New Horizons CEO Paul Louberge, when one of them commits suicide. The program is shut down when discoveries of extensive genetic manipulation, in conjunction with physical and mental abuse, are discovered.
December 14: CAS President-Elect Alexander selects several metahumans for key Cabinet positions, which persuades the NAN to lift some sanctions.
December 25: A magical explosion destroys part of a casino on the former site of a Connecticut Indian reservation, killing eighteen people and wounding dozens. A group calling itself Warpath claims responsibility.
The Democratic Reform Party breaks away from the Southern Democratic Party to protest the CAS’s lack of action during the Night of Rage.
Military forces establish the Mazury-Białowieski Containment Area in Poland.
AresSpace buys out Qantas Airlines.
Al “Thumper” Grater plays his last professional baseball game with the Seattle Mariners. After being beaned in the head by a pitch, he hits a home run off the next pitch, then collapses as he reaches the third base.
2041 Flight 329
January 20: Carl Preston is inaugurated as the third President of the UCAS.
Seven Tsimshian Airways planes crash in heavy storms in Tsimshian. The Tsimshian government enacts laws that ground all air travel between December 1 and February 14 every year and allow the Kitimat weather office to ground air travel on one hour’s notice.
March 7: Aztlan declares the Roman Catholic Church a revolutionary organization and bans its practice.
March 18: Global Oil merges with UCAS Steel, retaining the Global Oil name.
April: Mullins Chadwick wins the Pulitzer Prize for Monkeytribe: Survival Manual for Erect Bipeds.
April 23: John George forms the Haida National Front in Tsimshian to campaign for civil rights for the second-class Haida and Kwakiutl tribes.
May 16: The British Green Party beats the Conservationists in parliamentary General Election.
June 7: New York City voids its contract with Warren Security after Knight Errant proves they butchered squatters in Warren-owned buildings.
July 25: The Nationalist Conflict. The Canton Confederation and Taiwan go to war over Fujian and Zhejang.
September 5: The Corporate Court forces France to modify the Loureau Act, which controls extraterritoriality within the nation.
September 23: The great dragon Sirrurg destroys EuroAir Flight 329 over the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 230 people on board.
October 16: The UCAS FDA approves antibacterial monoclonal antibody treatment for patient treatment.
November 25: The First Copenhagen Accords are signed to prohibit biological warfare.
December 22: Liam O’Connor marries Lady Brane Deigh and appoints her to the Tír na nÓg Council of Stewards.
The first policlubs appear in Europe.
A hurricane strikes Denver.
Sakehisa Tajika is named Chairman of the Board of Ares Macrotechnology.
Leopards and Siberian tigers become numerous enough to be removed from the Threatened Species List.
Yamatetsu makes its bid for AAA prime megacorporate status, sparking light corporate war.
2042 Wyrm Talk
June 15: Yamatetsu is promoted to AAA status.
The Corporate Court proposes the Business Recognition Accords to governments of the world to establish a standard of extraterritorial privileges.
The Eurowars officially end.
The Munich Amendments to the Geneva Convention are passed, integrating the Copenhagen Accords.
The United Nations recognizes Sasquatches and Hsing-sing as sentient races.
The Roman Catholic Church accepts women as priests.
Dunkelzahn’s semi-annual Wyrm Talk premieres.
Zeta-ImpChem’s practice of dumping neurotoxins in central Africa is exposed in the Polydopa scandal.
DocWagon opens its first franchises outside of Atlanta.
Mars colony declares independence from UCAS and earth. A statement saying “the poisons of the old world will not corrupt the new” is released.
The city of Istanbul secedes from Turkey as the Independent Commonwealth of Constantinople.
Tír na nÓg President Liam O’Connor is elected High Steward and disappears from public life.
Liang Hong is appointed General of Sichuan.
A series of volcanic eruptions occur in the Eifel Mountain region of Germany.
Akira Watada, oyabun of the Watada-rengo, issues an ultimatum to the Korean oyabuns of Seattle. They must pledge their loyalty to the Watada-rengo or suffer the consequences.
Ares Project Cydonia discovers Operation Discovery crash, Veil agents engineer a hoax to cover it: The cheesy UFO photo made public 15 years later by Dunkelzahn’s Will.
First biannual international Urban Brawl World Cup.
2043 Seoulpa Rings
February 1: The Universal Brotherhood opens its first chapters in San Francisco, Ukiah, and Gilroy, California.23
February 19: The Black Forest Troll Kingdom is founded in Germany.24
March 19: Flanders and the Netherlands form the United Netherlands.25
April 7: The Grand Duchy of Westrhine-Luxembourg is founded in Germany.26
May 1: Tír Tairngire holds its second Rite of Progression.
May 2: Tír na nOg State President Liam O’Connor disappears.27 James O’Brien replaces him and William O’Dunnis named High Stewart.
May 21:Brane Deigh declares herself Rian, Queen of the Seelie Court.28
Tír Tairngire establishes the Star Chamber, an assembly of representatives of 128 districts.
June 14: The Kurdish Autonomous Zone is established over parts of eastern Turkey and northern Iraq under the leadership of Ahmed Massoud.29
June 22: Earthquakes strike southern France and western Germany.30
June 29: The EBMM Scandal, involving magical cheating in an Urban Brawl match, tarnishes the season inGermany.31
The Nationale Aktion terrorist group massacres several people at Munich Olympic Village in Germany.
A terrorist attack by Protestant extremists using incendiary bombs in London, Great Britain, kills 31 and maims 102.
The inaugural train of the high-speed rail link between Melbourne and Canberra in Australia crashes into a road train. Most passengers, including celebrities, are killed.
July 8: Rhiannon Glendower becomes Countess of Snowdon.
July 13: The CAS governmental facilities of Freepark in Atlanta are completed.33
July 22: DocWagon opens its first Seattle office.
July 31: The first professional gladiator matches take place in the UCAS.
August 10: The Seattle yakuza purge the Koreans from their ranks. The survivors form the first Seoulpa Rings.
August 22: Tsimshian introduces public executions during the yearly potlatch ceremony.
August 30: Earthquakes shake the Upper Rhine in the AGS.37
September 14: Professor Marius Kochik of the University of Prague presents the Unified Magical Theory.
October 5: Switzerland moves the bulk of its administrative apparatus to the Matrix.39
Sakehisa Tajika, chairman of the board of Ares Macrotechnology retires. He is replaced by Damien Knight.
November 25: Mankind Ascendant, the first book by Ehran the Scribe, is published.40
Gwynedd elves make major advances in Welsh regional parliament.
2044 The Oyabun*
January Hanzo Shotozumi is appointed the oyabun of the 87th Prefecture in Seattle. He re-institutes and enforces traditionalyakuza ways and values, and begins an aggressive campaign to expand yakuza operations in the Pacific Northwest.
May: The South German League collapses after corporations withdraw their support. A constitutional council is established to reorganize Germany.
War between Taiwan and the Canton Confederation leads to streams of refugees pouring into Hong Kong.
The Olympic Games are held for the first time since 2032. Multinational teams backed by corporate interests are allowed to compete.
November: Carl Preston is reelected President of the UCAS
2045 German Alliance founded*
April 1: The Universal Brotherhood opens its Seattle headquarters, the Octagon.41
May 8: The Federal Republic of Germany is replaced by the Allied German States.
Mafia Don Patrick Finnigan struggles to hold the line against yakuza encroachment in the Seattle metroplex, leading the Commissione to call Don James O’Malley out of enforced retirement to resume control of Seattleoperations. O’Malley, his wife, and his 15-year-old daughter Rowena move to Seattle.
Seoulpa Rings start making a name for themselves in the Seattle underworld as their operations expand, and they begin to encroach on the markets of the other syndicates.
Aztechnology senior executive Reynaldo Texmachach is murdered by his bodyguard/secretary/mistress during a trip to Seattle to deal with problems with subsidiary Perfekto Polymers. She escapes into the Barrens and assumes the street name Maria Mercurial to feed her BTL addiction.
2045-47 Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua are accepted into the Aztlaner republic.
2046 The Lost Election
January A team of rogue deckers erases the results of California’s gubernatorial election, allegedly aided by a Los Angelesstreet gang. The so-called Lost Election prompts the government to declare war on the “criminal element” in Los Angeles, sending army and corporate mercenary troops to raze El Infierno. After fighting a losing battle, California’s central government declares Los Angeles a Free City.
A Para-VITAS outbreak in Tynesprawl, England, kills 120,000. The outbreak is believed to be the work of unidentified eco-terrorists.
The first International Urban Brawl World Cup takes place.
January Cyberware allowed in professional football and basketball.
2048 Operation Reciprocity
January 9: Proteus AG begins construction on its Helgoland headquarters though a shell company. Cyberware allowed in professional football and basketball.
March 29: Shortly after Operation RECIPROCITY, Aztechnology accepts the terms of the Veracruz Settlementalong with the seven AAA megacorps, and Aztechnology pays reparations to those AAA corps whose assets it nationalized.48
May 1: Panama is admitted into Aztlan.49
Authority over the Panama Canal is transferred to the Corporate Court, and the Pan-Corporate Zone is designed as a “megacorporate protectorate” with its own governor and security provided by all of the AAA megacorps exceptAztechnology.
Scotland declares full independence.
After a TerraFirst! cell destroys its Seattle plant, Hawkshorne Chemical settles a class-action lawsuit out of court with Arthur Vogel to stop producing a highly-toxic insecticide. Hawkshorne does not destroy its stockpile as promised and instead stores it.
The lead singer and four crewmembers of the band Immortal 8 are tried and convicted for magical assault after they are discovered to be unlicensed magicians who magically influenced audiences and talent agents. Magically-active musicians lose their audiences in the aftermath.
August 4: Frumious joins Shield Wall.56
September: Maria Mercurial’s Take it to Mister pushes her Who Weeps for the Children? out of the number one spot on the MTCA’s Top 100.57
October 10: JetBlack is killed on his way home from a Seattle concert.58
November 3: Colbert Group CEO Alan Adams (Democrat) and Thomas Steele (Technocrat) are elected the 4thPresident and Vice-President of the UCAS. Edna Wallace is re-elected President of the CAS.
December 8: Humanis Policlub assassinates Seattle mayor Daniel Fedderson.60
January 1: Proteus AG is chartered in Germany.
January 20: Alan Adams is inaugurated President of the UCAS.
A bomb in the Shiawase Atomics offices in San Francisco kills 249 persons attending its inauguration, includingRyoi Shiawase.
Amazonia annexes Venezuela and enters Colombia. Aztlan troops stop them, dividing Colombia between the two countries.
The Malaysian People Front (yeah, splitters!) overthrows the communist government of Malaysia.
Terrorist group Deep Green kills 31 noblemen on a hunt in Dartmoor forest in Great Britain.
A misfiring ABM system of North Jersey, New Jersey, takes down an Euroflot suborbital flight on approach to John Fitzgerald Kennedy Airport, New York.
Leonard Aurelius is elected chairman of the board of Ares Macrotechnology, replacing Damien Knight.
The government of Tir na nOg establishes the Church of Ireland and bans the Catholic Church from the country.
The “Racial Revenge” trial of the accused murderer of CAS Secretary of State Douglas Bennett and his elven mistress in 2048 takes place in Atlanta. After a number of problems, a mistrial is declared by the end of the year.
The Sons of Saurons policlub organizes an attack against Humanis policlub headquarters in Seattle, UCAS. 38 people are killed and hundreds wounded.
“Eric’s Ten-Minute War” between the Yakuza and Mafia kills 20 people, as part of a bloody year in Seattle, UCAS.
Richard, President and CEO of Fuchi, and Samantha Villiers divorce after 16 years of marriage.
Actress Meg Owen re-appears in a summer stock theater company on Prince Edward Island before disappearing for good.
Maria Mercurial releases her second album, “Puta”.
Lorenzo “Lock-on” Hayes, left fielder for the Manhattan Yankees, tops the baseball records of Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Sauharu Oh with 847 career home runs and 4,195 hits.
Saab wins the Euro-Rally for the fifth consecutive time with the Dynamit 776TI.
Renraku Computer Systems develops the first Semi-Autonomous Knowbots.
The first Nobel Prize for magic is awarded to a group of mages from Germany and Czechia.
The Talis Cat is first classified as separate from mundane cats.
The Great Dragon Arleesh is first spotted.
Welcome To Our World 2050 Shadowrun
January Tadamako Shibanokuji regains control of Yamatetsu from Hideo Yoshida. As part of his new vision for the corporation, he begins integrating metahumans into the management structure.
January 14: MegaMedia Inc. announces the retirement of Amanda “Euphoria” Lockheart. Their representative does not connect the announcement to Euphoria’s recent abduction, rumored to be a failed kidnapping attempt by a deranged fan.2
January 15 Strice Foods announces the end to distribution of its popular food additive Amber Gel, denying connections to Euphoria’s missed promotional dates.3
One week after the destruction of a Werner-Voss corporate shuttle and the deaths of all one hundred seventy-five passengers and crew, the Revenants policlub claims responsibility for the attack.4
March 19: The Campeche Massacre. Aztechnology Corporate Security opens fire on unarmed protestors inCampeche, killing hundreds.5
May 6: A kraken sinks a Vancouver-bound ferry, killing all on board.6
May 22: Aztlan seizes a portion of Venezuela from Amazonia.7
May 30: Thousands of metahumans march on Atlanta, calling for increased awareness of metahuman rights.8
August 10: Keyboard-sized seventh-generation cyberdecks enter the market.9
August 28: The Algonkian-Manitou Council contracts Aztechnology to assist in recovering from their agricultural collapse.10
September 13: Closed-circuit simsense technology is commercially available, allowing a single rigger to monitor an entire building.11
September 22: Aztlan annexes independent Columbia.12
October 4: Corsica secedes from France.13
November 9: Buttercup reveals that she is a free spirit.14
November 24: Proteus AG wins the contract to construct arkoblocks off the shore of the Japanese Imperial State.15
December 14: The Trans-polar Aleut Nation leaves the Native American Nations.16
Dr. Randall Grant dies, apparently in a freak accident. Alamos 20,000 is strongly suspected of perpetrating his assassination to stop him from revealing their connections to Dr. Armand Duplessis. Limited trade begins with Mars colony. Megacorp account executive report giant walking trees living amongst the Martian colonists.
Harold Jonathan Mason, one of the founders of MOOSE (the Metahuman Order of Occultists, Sorcerers, and Enchanters), dies at the age of 48.18
Shadowrun : Jake Armitage defeats Drake and the malevolent AI in Aneki Corporation.
January The Song-O-Mat scandal. After Zir Zemo’s use of the Song-O-Mat software is discovered, the Japanacorp Uzora is revealed to have manufactured numerous musical groups with the same software. Falsely-labeled music produced by Software Produced Automatic Music (SPAM) is found during law enforcement crackdowns on pirated music.
The dwarf singer Pantu’u files suit against Truman Distribution Networks over the unauthorized recording and sale of his sound. The Manitou Brotherhood bombs a GMC factory in the Algonkian-Manitou Council, killing fifteen.
January 31: Proteus AG qualifies for German extraterritoriality.
February 17: The study of ancient ninjas lends credence to the physical mage theory.24
March 1: A Seattle street gang called the Mindfraggers attacks the Octagon. The Universal Brotherhood’s security wipes them out. The only survivor is taken to Seattle General in critical condition; she later relates her story of the incident to Zebediah Wanderly.25
March 12: Rebel forces begin commando raids against Aztlan troops in Yucatán.26
April 6-7: At approximately midnight local time, the towns of Gilroy and San Martin, California Free State, erupt in violence. Roughly ten percent of the towns’ populations are dead and most of the rest flee. San Martin’s City Hall and Universal Brotherhood chapter house are razed to the ground. In his investigations, Zebediah Wanderly concludes that two insect spirit hives came into contact and instinctively attacked each other.27
April 27: Anti-Japanese terrorists bomb the San Francisco BART line.28
April 28: Relations between the Russian Republic and the Allied German States are normalized.29
April 30: Mary-Beth Tyre is kidnapped just after her sixth birthday.30
May 1: Just before 10:00 PM local time, freelance reporter Frederick Davitt is murdered at his apartment door inWashington, FDC. His bludgeoned body is discovered in a garbage bin behind his apartment.31
May 6: Shortly before 11:00 PM local time, former NewsNet investigative reporter Zebediah Wanderly uploads his notes and research into the Universal Brotherhood which shock everyone by praising the UB after swearing publically to do a hatchet job on them for their corrupt business practices.
May 19: Final Fling, featuring simsense starlet Euphoria, is released.
May 21: The great western dragon Schwartzkopf appears in the town of Furth im Wald at the foot of Schwarzkoppe Mountain and declares himself its ruler.
May 29: A dragon collides with an Airlink Transit plane in Pueblo Corporate Council territory, killing two.
June 3: Derek Highsun leads a successful coup against Adrienne Silvermoon to take control
of the Manitou Brotherhood in the Algonkian-Manitou Council.
June 23: The great dragon Haesslich disappears after a battle with a group of shadowrunners near Puget Sound in Seattle.
June 24: Princess Caroline of the United Kingdom marries Swiss banking magnate Jurgen Meier.
July 20: Spinrad Industries is hit with massive fines and loses French extraterritoriality after revelations that it participated in illegal human experiments in Marseilles.
August: Seattle musician James “Dark Angel” Crull apparently commits suicide in a BTL-induced episode. Xanadu Studios releases a posthumous album of his music.40
August 10: Terrorists blow up a steamship filled with Aztechnology officials on the Mississippi River.
September 15: Clothing fashions trend towards an exaggerated “heavy armor” look.42
October 9: Spinrad Industries signs a one hundred-year lease for the entire Principality of Monaco and begins a dramatic reconstruction plan.43
November 3: Frumious, the sasquatch singer for Shield Wall, disappears after their live performance at Underworld 93 in Seattle, UCAS.46
November 15: A debate between corporate security officers and shadowrunners on the talk show Heavy Hitterserupts into violence.47
November 17: The new Flamingo Casino opens in Las Vegas.48
2052 Technology curve*
June 30: The first of the North Sea arkoblocks is finished.
2XS, BTL with a kick. Bioware hits the public market Seattle-Tir Tairngire trade agreement, by which Seattle becomes Tír Tairngire’s major port.
November: Alan Adams and Thomas Steele are reelected President and Vice-President of the UCAS.
Juan Samuel Pererya registers his mercenary contractors as the Seventy-Seventh Rangers, or “El Cuadrilla.”
2053 A new Great Dragon*
January 21: President of the UCAS Alan Adams dies the day after his second inauguration. Thomas Steele is sworn in as the 5th President of the UCAS. James Booth is selected to be the new VP.
March 12: Proteus AG completes the Okinawa arcology.
April 24: The Essence-Integrity Theory is published, describing the link between cybertechnology enhancements and the loss of magical potency.
May 20: The truth behind the “Elven Fire” gang attacks is exposed.
May 28: The Great Dragon Hestaby awakens and stops Tír Tairngire’s attack on Shasta Dam. She claims Mount Shasta as her domain.
June 28: Cross Applied Technologies attains extraterritoriality.
July 16: Researchers at the University of Michigan publish theorems describing spell anchoring.
August 13: Proteus AG completes the Osaka arcology.
August 23: Racially-targeted violence in the Byrne Projects leads to an attack on Crusader Security’s Chicago office.
August 24: The Moolah Temple in St. Louis, home to a Universal Brotherhood soup kitchen, burns down. An explosion levels a portion of the University of Seattle’s science building.11
August 25: Hurricane Ethelbert devastates New York City and Washington, FDC. Jonathon Teague, former executive VP of Highstar Incorporated, is found dead in a Redmond apartment, apparently a suicide.
November 9-16: Yamatetsu violates a concord of the Corporate Court in searching for forbidden lost technologyand almost triggers a global corporate war.
November 10: Cape Town police pull out of the city in the face of unprecedented levels of violence.
December 6: With the Treaty of Karlsruhe, the governments of France and the AGS hand control of the Saar-Lorraine-Luxembourg Special Administrative Zone over to a corporate Administrative Council.
The musician James “Dark Angel” Crull and his wife/manager Lili “Icelady” Ice disappear and their house burns to the ground after they announce their album Earthdawn: The Scourge.
February 16: The Chancellor of the Allied German States is assassinated at O’Hare Airport in Chicago, UCAS.
Shadowrun Returns: The Emerald City Ripper terrorizes Seattle.
April 30th: Tír Tairngire locks down Crater Lake.
May 2: The Crater Lake lockdown becomes public news.
May 8: Tír Tairngire shoots down a Sioux Nation military scout for violating the no-fly zone around Crater Lake.
May 12: Yucatán rebels bomb an oil refinery, killing 127.
May 17: The Seventh Church of the Guiding Hand is founded.
May 24: A semi-ballistic flight to Tokyo crashes short of the runway, killing 119.
June 4: The luxury yacht Gilded Hope is lost, presumed destroyed, trying to breach the Veil around Tír na nÓg. Seven thousand metahumans gather to listen to the radical ork activist Preacher in Seattle. The NAUBL Super Brawl is invalidated and rescheduled following a mid-game assassination attempt on Seattle Screamers star players Punch and Judy, who retire following the game.
June 10: An MIT&T expedition to Crete announces its discovery of relics and artifacts corresponding to the legendary location of Atlantis.
June 24: Proteus AG completes the Emden arkoblock in the Allied German States.
July 13: The nuclear power plant of the Bundeswehr barracks in Karlsruhe-Ettlingen inexplicably explodes. Rumors about a terrorist attack or a mishandled nuclear bomb abound.
August: Owl shaman Jason Two Spirits appears on episode 324 of “Good Morning Evanston,” in which he delivers a cryptic warning of impending disaster for the city of Chicago.
September 7: The UCAS Congress passes the Endangered Species Act, which protects a number of Awakened creatures.
November 10-18: Dragonfall: A group of shadowrunners led by Monika Schäfer attempts a raid of the Harfeld Mansion’s data vault outside of Berlin. While jacked into the Matrix, Schäfer is killed by an unknown Matrix entity. The survivors of the group, led by Schäfer’s promising recruit, investigate the cause of her death. Starting with a search for the person who hired the team, Green Winters, the team eventually learns that when the Great Dragon Feuerschwinge was awakened, she was not killed by the German military, as was formerly believed. Winters’s brother, Adrian Vauclair, incapacitated Feuerschwinge by magic. Rumors abound about whether the dragon was freed or put out of her misery.
Cassie Barnett’s shadowrunner team is called to end the Sons of the Green’s occupation of a hydroponics bay in the Renraku Arcology.
Combat Inc.‘s 58th Combat Team resigns en masse over disputes over bonus pay and rotation, forming the Fifty-Eighth Battle Brigade.33
Martin de Vries ends a vampire serial killer’s fifteen-month reign of terror in Minneapolis/St. Paul with extreme force.34
2055 Year of the Pig
August 8: The AGS government declares a state of emergency over Berlin and tasks the extraterritorial corporations with ending the anarchist rule of the city. Heavy fighting erupts for 6 months until the Great Dragons Kaltenstein and Feurschwinge decend on the city and declare it their breeding territory. A uneasy ceasefire is declared.
August 23: An Ares Macrotechnology Firewatch team assaults a slum in Chicago. The insect spirits escape into the city, causing mass panic. The UCAS government demolishes buildings around the downtown core, trapping over 100,000 civilians within the “Chicago Containment Zone.” The official story is of a VITAS outbreak. The Mafia loses contact with the Don of Chicago and the Commissione believes him dead; it transfers control of Chicago operations to Don Leo McCaskill of Milwaukee, a former lieutenant of James O’Malley.
Late December: The media receives documents compiled by residents of the Chicago Containment Zone describing the truth behind the Wall: a Hell-on-Earth scenario where petty warlords exerted control through violence, privation is the norm, and insect spirits openly prey on the population. Chicago gains a new nickname: Bug City.
The band Anhedonia breaks up. Lead singer Billy “Oz-Man” Ossian focuses on their record label, Chrome Damage. Doris, Shield Wall’s second sasquatch singer, passes away from cancer.
*2056 The Present
January 12: Dr. Michael Nickson leaves the Atlantean society and founds the Aleph Society to study lost Atlantean culture free from the “chain” of his former colleagues.
April 28: Proteus AG and AG Chemie Europa go to war at Proteus’s Helgoland facility, which ends when the Great Dragon Nachtmeister sides with Proteus.
June 8: Insect hives are discovered in several large cities in India.
June 22: The UCAS Congress formally recognizes the great dragon Dunkelzahn as a legal citizen. A famous “handshake” between Dunkelzahn and UCAS President Thomas Steele sends the Technocrat ticket to the top of the polls.
July 3: Truman Technologies relocates their headquarters from Chicago to Los Angeles, California Free State.
July 5: Yucatan rebels accidentally sink a civilian ferry, killing over two hundred people.
July 9: Panic erupts in Malaysia when insect spirits are discovered to be leading the neo-communist movement.
July 19: Ares Macrotechnology forces and Kurdish mercenaries destroy an insect hive in Constantinople.
July 24: Renraku Computer Systems launches the Locus Elementum organization.
August 9: The International Olympic Committee cancels the 2060 Olympic Games when 60% of the participating nations boycott the events over Japan’s anti-metahuman policies.
September 13: UCAS border control stops nuclear weapons from entering the country. They link the weapons to a previously-unknown organization called Winternight.
October 25: Fifteen people are killed when a bomb explodes at the Liberation Day parade in San Francisco.
October 28: A strange aurora appears over Crater Lake.
November 7: UCAS President Thomas Steele and Vice President James Booth are overwhelmingly re-elected to office in “the dullest election of the 21st century.”
December 17 Proteus AG announces plans for a fully submerged arkoblock near Rømø Island.The CAS Supreme Court rules that sports teams cannot deny playing time based on metatype. Most professional sports leagues adopt similar policies.