Friday Night Firefight
Alternate Future History
2008 – US economic downturn leads to failing economies worldwide. Food shortages abound across the globe. US continue occupation of Iraq. North Korea regarded as a threat by the UN. RFID and cyberlimb technology breakthroughs revolutionize medical fields. Russia raids Ukraine for oil.
2009 February – New US president begins anew hunt for extremists in Afghanistan.
2010 March – Savage drug wars break out in Central America and Mexico. The drug wars, later dubbed the Shadow Wars, wage throughout the decade.
2011 May – Death of famous religious extremist leads to increase of such fanaticism in the Middle East. July – First AI is developed in Tokyo, Japan. This AI is named “Aya”.
2013 March – Legislation is pushed through Congress by the Executive branch of the United States restricting ownership of assault weapons and enforcing stricter background checks on individuals purchasing firearms of any kind. Despite this legislation, a string of random shootings spring out across the nation during the winter of 2013 and continue plaguing the country throughout the remainder of the decade. Gun sales continue to increase for the remainder of the decade, spawning a large number of small firearms companies around the world such as BudgetArms, Sternmeyer, and Federated Arms. June – Arasaka, a Japanese-based private military and security firm is established.
2014 January – Artificial muscle fibers are developed at Stanford Research Center. June – Small, contained outbreak of an extraordinarily aggressive strain of influenza hits Israel, killing thousands and causing further unrest in the Middle East. Foreign aid and military protection is sent from the United States. Religious fanatics in Middle East begin organizing under a single force and causing further unrest there. July – AI programs are developed for the piloting of unmanned drones and control of military robots. Such intelligences are given an override so manual control can be taken.
2015 February – Biotechnica, an Italian-based biotechnology, pharmacology, and cybernetics firm is established. Biotechnica enters the market with release of synthetic crude oil alternative farmed from algae known as CHOOH2, or more commonly “choo”. June – Militech, formerly a private military company, changes its name and begins producing firearms and munitions.
2016 August – Jeremiah Gant, a politician who served as a senator of the state of Indiana in 2014, formally accepts the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida after a triumphant victory over more famous nominee hopefuls. He selects the most popular of these people as his Vice Presidential nominee. November – Jeremiah Gant defeats the Democrat nominee and accepts the office of the President of the United States of America.
2017 January – Electric cars become more common due to the affordable cost of next generation electric vehicles, such as the Dodge CityCar and the government begins offering financial assistance to consumers who purchase an all-electric vehicle.
2018 February – NetWatch, a US/EU counter-terrorist organization funded by the UN to secure the privacy of corporations and governments, is established. June – The first cloned human tissue growth is used after stem cell research is approved and all bans and sanctions against the science are removed from several world governments. June 7th is the day such technologies are opened for public benefit. August – Synthetic food developed by a German biochemical corporation is dubbed “kibble”. Company renames itself to Kibble Co. September – San Francisco bio-weapons group Zeron develops virus that will incapacitate people and turn them against their own allies. Known officially as the Z-Virus and unofficially as the “Zombie Virus”, the production is stopped and the government quarantines the facilities, vowing it will not be used or allowed to be released.
2019 August – The Crystal Palace, a private hotel owned by a rich entrepreneur of a commercial space company, is opened in high orbit. November – A 10.5 quake shatters Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean inundates 35% of the city. An estimated 65,000 are killed. Because of this and other recent events, a powerful group of Christians form together and migrate to isolated communes and temples to “await the end of days”. This apocalypse cult is called the Great Church and is led by charismatic preacher Reverend Martin Jackson. It is based almost exclusively in Nebraska, USA. December – A biological weapon is detonated in downtown Chicago, IL. The attack is blamed on the Great Church, as its primary target appeared to be a national meeting of the ACLU. Reverend Martin Jackson disavows any part or foreknowledge of the attack and lends information to speculate a splinter cell of the Great Church may be responsible for the radical attacks and a number of others that spring up after this one.
2020 February – Ares I, the first manned mission to Mars, is launched with American, Russian, and Japanese scientists who plan to establish a small colony on the planet’s surface. March – Biotechnica begins testing with “Saturn”, a biological agent believed to increase crop yields. Splinter cell of the Great Church identified as the “Neo-Luddites” continue seemingly random attacks, with one assassination attempt on President Jeremiah Gant. April – Nuclear warheads are detonated along the California coast around the major city of San Francisco to halt an outbreak of the Z-Virus. May – Z.E.R.O., an American corporation/military branch, is formed to combat the outbreaks in the United States. July – A shadow organization known only as the Tribunal is said to be founded at this time, though may have roots in more mysterious and unknown organizations.
2021 February – The first fully functional and active androids begin being sold by Noon Song Industries. Many are built with combat capabilities and are used by the military and law enforcement entities. April – Nano technology comes to the forefront as a company develops a series of nanobots that aid with a number of different human biological functions. The first use of these bots is to combat the Z-Virus and is believed to cure the virus.