The New Mutation emerges as the global ecosystems break down
beneath the burden of chemical and biological weapons. Scientists'
desperate attempts to breed counter-organisms only accerbates
the problem. Millions die from new diseases, parasitic infections
and crop failure.
The Medical Collegium replaces the World Health Organization to
restrain diseases in most developed countries - those who refuse
to join are cut off from international travel and are considered
Japan disconnects itself from the global web and enters a
deep recession. Street protests are brutally put down by
Interior Ministry troops.
European nations fragment as each attempts to contain the
chaos locally. Central authority in Germany, France and the
UK collapse for the first time in more than two centuries.
Guerrillas continue fighting against American occupation
troops in Indonesia and South-East Asia.
Joseph Ramirez discovers and patents a gerontological treatment
based on subDNA fragments which can increase normal lifespan by
almost twenty years. He locks-in the patent with Protocol
for 30 years and then is never heard from again. Amalgamia Plc.
markets the new treatment in trust.
Privatized American Aeronautics (formerly NASA) corporation
begins construction of massive Brightstar orbital habitat at
LaGrange Stationary Point Five (L-5) as an attempt to establish
a safehold for the rich in high orbit.
The Mediterranean becomes massively polluted by radioactive
fallout from the Middle-East.
Chinese Triad clashes with Allied occupation forces in the Pacific.
Having grown fat and strong from black marketeering during the war,
the Triad(s) now declares its divine mission to rid China (meaning
Asia) of foreign domination.