The present. Saboteurs and Fringers emerge as
potent tools of 'diplomacy by other means'.
G10, Group of Ten largest economies on the planet, nows includes
the US, Cathay, Japan, Germany, Russia, Brazil, Hindustan, Zhongguo,
France, the UK, and Italy.
Superstitious paranoia infects the Directory arm of the American
government. Rumours of cults and religious zealots generate a great deal
of negative media publicity, but the public appears to sympathize with
religious factions. Internal CIA and NSA memos indicate a high
degree of "fear of something" among agents and even hint at
secret-society-style initiation rituals.
Rumours of a new disease called 'Necrosis' which brings the dead
back to life begin to circulate among Fringer circles.