Before the War, Before the Dark Times
Pre-Rifts Timeline 2021-2030
2021 (April 30): Without warning, 10% of the world’s population suddenly mutates. The process then occurs in in utero children. The media calls this transformation “Goblinization.”
→ May: The government of Quebec extends full rights to all Goblinized francophone citizens.
→ May: The government of the Czech Republic offers its full assistance to all Goblinized citizens.
→ May 14: Swiss officials declare Goblinization the result of an unidentified disease and orders the quarantine of all affected
→ 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
→ May 28: The Japanese Imperial State annexes Yomi Island, Philippines and deports its metahuman population there.
→ 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.
2022 (Jan 30): Switzerland passes the Metahuman Segregation Law (MSL), stripping metahumans of their civil rights and citizenship.
→ March to May: Race riots occur across the globe
→ April 26: Construction begins on the Aztechnology Pyramid in Seattle
→ May 5: ORO Corporation officially re-brands as Aztechnolgy
→ August to October: VITAS II claims 10% of the world’s population
2023: SCOTUS grants equal rights to metahumans
→: The ICC moves to the Freedom space habitat, renames as the Corporate Court, grants itself authority over all extraterritorial corporations
2024: 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).
2027: New York City is divided into the cities of Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Bronx and New York, the later only including Manhattan Island
→ Ares Industries begins construction of the Daedalus Space Station at the L4 Lagrange Point.
→ 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
2028: Los Angeles is devastated by a series of powerful earthquakes
2029 (Jan 20): US intelligence agencies implement Operation Echo Mirage
→ 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 govt. activates Echo Mirage to stop the virus spread using their cyberterminal technology. Team One fails, with the virus causing deadly failure to the cybernetic interface
→ August: The Salish-Shidhe Council opens its borders to all metahumans, not just Native Americans. The Sinsearach elf tribe is founded in the southern region.
→ August: The Native American Nations opens their borders to all metahumans
2030 (March 17): The ghoul nation of Asamando is founded in Africa