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  • Z-Virus

    Showing up just after the global crop failure that started the first global famine since the Ice Ages, the "Zed Virus" was well-timed to decimate civilization. So called because it turned people into "zombies" — though scientists, doctors, and horror …

  • Ironic Famine

    Imagine a biologist with a brilliant idea: perfect a strain of each major food crop so that each gives the best possible yield. Solve world hunger, right? End poverty! Now imagine that he's so successful that pretty much every field in the world grows his …

  • Timeline

    The gameworld's "present" is pretty far in the future, but not in the realm of spaceships and intergalactic brouhaha. Rather than assigning a specific time frame to this future, we'll abstract it out; in this timeline, Year Zero is the beginning of the …

  • Geography

    As Al Gore told us way back in — when was it? — our insatiable desire for cheap energy hurt us in the long run. Fossil fuels got scarce, and the world's climate shifted a few degrees. The laws of supply and demand may have actually saved us, though, …

  • Technology

    The global economy has, amazingly, recovered pretty well. The movement towards "buying local" became a necessity after the [[Ironic Famine | famine]], and so local centers of population either made or grew whatever they needed, or they died or dissipated. …

  • Socketry

    Sockets are technological whatchamacallits that allow for swappable enhancements to a user's actual body. They have to be _surgically installed_, which naturally means there's a recovery time and then some time to learn how to use the new bits properly, …

  • People

    As always, people like to group themselves into categories and factions. Of course, the [[Nations]] are groups of their own, subject to the rules of [[Geography]]. The [[Corporations]] are technically several groups, but have similar goals. The [[ …

  • Corporations

    There are actually quite a few corporations in the world - as you might expect - but here are the Big Three, together responsible for most of the "industry standards" now accepted across other companies. (These three corporations actually cooperated to …

  • Nations

    The human need for government did not get wiped out by the floods and famine and plague. Some of the governmental systems that we use, however, were changed radically. The most _stable_ national government in the new world is easily that of the [[PDN | …

  • Metahumans

    At the moment, "metahumans" are largely unknown - though there are a lot of unsubstantiated rumors. As you might think, most normal humans would be scared to have super-powered individuals among them, and so far most normal humans are blissfully ignorant. …

  • Occupations

    In this world, there are nearly as many different ways of earning your keep as there are places to keep it. However, they tend to fall into categories, and many of the categories are so close in meaning to their real-world counterparts that they aren't …

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