This is a work-in-progress
- 199X: Rise to
dominance and power of corporations around the world. The
US begins to substantially downsize their military.
Several developments with interfacing the human nervous
system with computers and machines (I actually have a RL
newspaper article about a MD at the U.of Alabama(?) who'd
developed a special gizmo that allowed a mute
quadrapelegic to communicate through a computer. He
thinks, the mouse moves...). Experiments into military
combat exoskeletons begin (MADOX-01 project initiated
jointly by US and Japan ).
- 2000: Unification of
the European Commonwealth. Adoption of the Euro as the EC
- 2006: A second Asian
Crisis (the 1st being in 1996-97) occurs, as the IMF
loans from the original Crisis come partially to term.
Several nations default. North Korea begins the Second
Korean War when a ballistic missile test
"accidentally" misfires and detonates in a
South Korean metropolitan area. A second
"misfire" lands in eastern Japan. Dwindling US
military power leads to a second Isolationist period. US
Congress repeals Japanese limitations on military
equipment. First East Asian Brushfire wars.
ESPers are officially documented. Rumors of several
governments experimenting with inducing ESPers in
addition to mechanical and pharmaceutical means of
producing an ultimate soldier (Psycho-Soldiers,
Full-conversion Cyborgs, and Juicers, respectively).
- 2010: Repercussions
of this second Crisis reach the rest of the world. The US
is hit especially hard, leading to expansive economic
crises. The Collapse has arrived. The ESA and NASA
complete the International Space Station while funding
- 2012: The US' second
Depression appears to be fairly long-lasting. Insult is
added to injury when an enormous quake hits the West
Coast. Expansive damage to Southern California from a 9.6
Quake. Aftershocks continued to rock SoCal. A similar
quake hits the Seattle area, causing a portion of the
Olympic peninsula to sink below sea level, and connects
the southern portion of Puget Sound to the Pacific. The
Olympic Peninsula becomes disconnected from the mainland,
transforming the Olympic Peninsula into the Olympic
Island. Droughts and flooding (in different parts,
obviously) of the Midwest and the Southeastern US. Other
Pacific Rim nations, lying upon the Ring of Fire, also
are hit by quakes. The Great Kanto Quake hits the Kanto
plain of Japan. Tokyo is devastated. Tsunamis cause
massive collateral damage to much of the eastern seacoast
of Japan. Death tolls are in the millions. The impact on
PacRim industry and economy is immense.
Rising sea levels around the world generate
"Venices" in nearly every low-lying coastal
town, where massive flooding consumed the lowest regions
of the city under tens of feet of water. New York, Los
Angeles, and Miami are but a few such cities which
suffered such urban flooding. 
- 2014: Initial results
of the ISS are promising towards orbital habitation.
Several governments and corporations consider
constructing orbital assets for research, manufacturing,
and military applications.
- 2015: During much of
the environmental and economical chaos, the US government
also falls, aided by a terrorist-piloted 777 crashing
into the White House during a ball attended by large
proportions of both the House and Senate, as well as the
President and his Cabinet . Anarchy
reigns. Many of the disenfranchised become
"nomads," living in moving huge moving convoys.
The Nomads become effectively 21st century Gypsies. They
also will come to have fairly free movement between the
Free States and the CAS.
- 2016: Due to lack of
funding, NASA is forced to withdraw from the ISS. ESA
adopts control of the ISS. By luck, or perhaps by
planning, the EU is relatively untouched by direct effect
of the disasters occurring worldwide, and are even able
to weather the majority of the economic shockwaves thanks
to their relatively delocalized economy.
- 2017: A military coup
executed by a cabal of disgruntled US Military officers,
led by then-General Joseph Prosek. Prosek and his regime
wrest power from what remains of the US government,
gaining political control over much of the Eastern
seaboard and the Midwest. The Coalition of
American States (CAS) is born. Over the next 10
years the CAS will grow to 7 States: Chi-Town (Illinois),
Northern Gun (Minnesota), Iron Heart (Michigan &
Wisconsin), *Iowa, Free Quebec, and Lone Star (Texas).
The comparatively socialistic Coalition, subsidizes and
sponsors some corporations, in trade for a strong
influence in the business. Many corporations, especially
foreign and multinationals relocate while the Prosek
regime is amassing power, and while a chance to
"escape" is possible. Similarly, a large number
of expatriates and refugees flee northward to Canada
(& Free Quebec, which later would become loosely
allied with the Coalition), southward to Mexico, or
westward to the Free States. Coalition-seized
"abandoned" corporate assets were quickly
converted into state-operated facilities. Under the
Prosek regime the midwest is politically and economically
stasbilized. Life for the typical CAS citizen is
comfortable, even if controlled (Big Brother effect).
[Think Harsh Realm's Santiago regime & nation]
The Texas Free State (comprised of the
southwestern half of Texas) declares independence from
the (ex)-US, as well as refuses to join with the
Coalition States. Unwilling to fight against fellow
Texans, Free Texas is otherwise left alone by the CAS.
In the West, several corporations (who then had extensive
political lobbying to begin with) utilize the anarchy of
the moment to their advantage. Using their combined
coffers, they too are able to aid in restabilizing the
economy in their region. Northern and Southern
California, Oregon and Washington secede from the
mostly-nonexistent Union, declaring themselves as Free
States. The Olympic Isle is renamed Olympus. Oregon and
Washington effectively combine territories to form the
Cascadia Free State. The Isle of Olympus is renamed New
Olympus, with reference to the Roman mythos. Much of the
governing capacities of the old Washington State gov't at
Olympia are relocated to the city of New Olympus. New
Olympus becomes the political capital of Cascadia. The
California Free States (NorCal and SoCal) center their
capitals of government at San Francisco and San Diego.
Some of the survivors of the Angeles quake begin
rebuilding Los Angeles (with the town center relocated
~25 miles north of its original location), cynics name
the irreparable husks of the city core site and the most
devastated suburbs "Los Diablos" (think Escape
from LA here).
Japan recovers from the widespread destruction of the
Kanto Quake. Once recovery is complete, Japan and its
political and economic allies in East Asia politically
becomes known as Poseidon...a politico-economic Giant
(god?) that has risen from the waters. The results of the
2nd Korean Conflict (after Japanese interdiction) led to
strengthened political tie with S. Korea. [The
environment in Japan is very similar to how it appears in
Bubble Gum Crisis, minus GENOM. Other massive multinats
take its place however.]
- 2018: Construction of
the largest of the Orbital Habitats, the Crystal Palace
begins. 6 other orbital facilities have now been
completed, placing a total population of around 1000 in
both LEO and Geosynch orbit. Plans are in motion by
several governments and even private corporations for at
least another 12 orbital facilities over the next 5
years. Poseidon enters the Space Race, with completion of
2 habitat/0g Autofactories, and an additional 4 beginning
Aside from the severe restructuring in the world's
social/economic/military powerhouses, life more-or-less
resumes for the average citizen as usual.
- 2020s: What was once
the United States of America has effectively become a
conglomeration of Independent States. The Coalition
officially claims seven states as their sovereign
territory, due to widespread support (politically and
militarily) in Northeastern Texas (CS Lone Star),
Illinois (Chi-Town, Coalition Capital), Minnesota (CS
Northern Gun), and Indiana (CS Iron Heart).
The NorCal, SoCal, and New Olympus Free States ally
themselves under the banner of the Western Free
States (WFS). Many of the remaining states
between are independent, though many are either
politically allied, or are generally satellite states of
either the Free States or the Coalition.
Similarly, much of the coastal Northeastern and
Southeastern also refuse to join the CAS. For protection,
both politically and militarily, they "unify"
under the banner of the Federated States of
The fractured US loses much of its political face (and
clout) internationally, with neither the Free States or
the Coalition having much "true" say in
matters, as they are typically looked at as
"squabbling children". The substantially more
stable European Union takes the reigns of the
multinational alliances, primarily NATO (dubbed Neo NATO
after the power shift away from the US) and the UN.
Additionally, the Dis-United States lose the majority of
their economic clout as well.
EU/ESA-sponsored orbital facilities now number over 12,
Poseidon boasts 8 of their own, with an additional 12
"independent" orbital colonies (5 of which
belong to WFS-registered groups, and an additional 3
divided between the CAS). The total "highrider"
population is approximately 5000. The Crystal Palace is
now complete, housing over 1800 people.
- 203X: Now. Joseph
Prosek, the son of the founding father of the Coalition
now leads the Coalition of American States (CAS). The
Coalition is now actively seeking political allies
elsewhere in the world. The CAS also covertly supported
guerilla rebels in Brazil and several other less-stable
2nd and 3rd world countries, in hopes that should any
other coup attempts that succeed would garner the CAS
further political support worldwide. Unsubstantiated
reports of Coalition segregation and persecution of
ESPers (The New Tolkeen incident*) and Nomads. The
Coalition also moves to substantially bulk up its
military forces, expanding into two Juicer regiments, in
addition to several ACPA/Exo-Suit battalions (including
Glitterboys, developed in 2024 by the CAS).
* The Tolkeen Incident was one of the major occurences in
one of my campaigns. In a nutshell, the city Tolkeen was
originally a haven for ESPers, located in eastern Kansas,
but outside of "official" CAS zone of
influence. However, rumors of Tolkeen becoming a
convenient internment camp for the CAS have surfaced.
Should evidence of the mistreatment of ESPers come to
light, it could quite possibly create sufficient
political outrage to warrant military action. If it's not
apparent the CAS is rather intolerant to ESPers, even
those that it employs in its jack-booted, black-suited
Psy-Corps (similar to B5's Psy-Corps).
- Metal Skin Panic:
Walter John Williams
- Executive Decision,