The timeline of the 21st century, leading up to the events in Genocide Man:
|2001||6.1 billion||Virus researchers in Australia discover the IL-4 cloak technique, which makes the mousepox virus 100% lethal and difficult to treat or innoculate against. Military biowarfare programs quickly adapt the research to human diseases.|
|2003||6.2 billion||First low-quality map of the human DNA is completed by the Human Genome Project.|
|2005||6.3 billion||First successful gene therapy cures metastatic melanoma. Not only does this promise a cure for all cancers, this research proves that it is possible to alter the genes of a living, adult human being.|
|2008||6.4 billion||The Sourceforge Biohack project, the first Open-source genetic manipulation project, appears.|
|2009||6.4 billion||Gene therapy cures colorblindness in adult squirrel monkeys, creating the first genetically ‘upgraded’ mammal.|
|2012||6.8 billion||Jacob ‘Doe’ (true last name unknown) is born near Cleveland, Ohio.|
|2014||7.0 billion||Gene therapy treatment developed for HIV, leading to the first complete cure for AIDS.|
|2018||7.4 billion||Churchill Downs runs the first horse race that specifically allows genetically engineered animals.|
|2020||7.6 billion||Gene therapy cures for most cancers become available in China, Japan, Singapore and Brazil.|
|2030||8.2 billion||First ‘home’ genetic manipulation kit, the “Hamster X”, is sold in Japan, China, India, Brazil, and the US.|
|2031||8.3 billion||An Open-source group ‘rootkits’ the Hamster-X equipment.|
The Ugandan Deviancy, a.k.a. the Soroti Genocide. (est. 3,000 dead.)
The Quebecois Deviancy. (est. 70 dead.)
These first deviancies — children genetically altered for political or martial purposes — bring widespread violence, causing 2037 to be later recognized as the beginning of the period of instability known as the Genocide Wars.
|2038||8.5 billion||The first genetically engineered pandemic, ‘Lab Flu’ appears. Lab Flu is not a deadly virus (est. 500 dead over the next 3 years, mostly infants) but it serves as ‘proof of concept’ for later targeted epidemics.|
Hundreds of minor plagues appear in China, Europe, South America and the US. (est. 35,000 dead over the next 18 years.)
Fertility rates begin to decrease worldwide, indicating widespread subclinical plagues.
The Granola Deviancy. (est. 300 dead.)
The Mongolian Deviancy (est. 7,000 dead.)
Several other deviancies appear over the next 28 years, all of which spark low-intensity violence and/or border incursions from neighboring countries, from NATO, or from the U.N.
|2042||8.2 billion||The Takeyya Pandemic appears, targeting the Isreali/Palestinian lineage. (est. 18 million dead over the next 7 years.)|
|2045||8.0 billion||First human-level artificial sentient, named Purple Fred, is created.|
|2046||8.1 billion||The Ang Mo Pandemic appears, targeting the genes for red hair. (est. 40 million dead over the next 11 years.)|
Brief exchange of nuclear weapons between Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt (est. 400,000 dead immediately.)
Purple Fred corrupts its own databases and deactivates.
The Raptor-Rodent Pandemic appears; the first engineered parasitic pandemic. (est. 200 million dead over the next 13 years.)
Hostilities end in the Middle East when governments collapse and the U.N. takes possession of their remaining nuclear stockpiles.
Land from the Nile to the Gulf of Oman is declared a ‘Remediation Zone’ : Uninhabitable and illegal to enter.
Purple Wilma, another A.I., comes online. It suicides in four months.
Over the next seven years multiple A.I.s are created; all of them commit electronic suicide within 18 months of their birth.
|2055||6.9 billion||First non-human sentient lifeform, an anthropomorphic dog named Dahnai, is produced in an illicit laboratory in San Francisco.|
The Berkshire Charter is signed, a U.N. agreement outlawing research into the creation of non-human sentients both organic and electronic.
Dahnai disappears. Her ward, leading gene researcher Dr. Tatsushiro Fumiaki, also disappears.
|2059||7.0 billion||The Genocide Project is founded as an enforcement wing of the U.N.|
The Atlanta Accords are signed, putting all nuclear stockpiles under control of the U.N.
U.N. forces invade North Korea, Indonesia, and France.
The Jian Shi Pandemic appears. It is a modified leprosy with broad targeting and slow lethality, but is spawns widespread violence. (Est. 300 million dead over the next 40 years.)
Most of China and Mongolia declared a Remediation Zone.
Korean Genocide (est. 6 million dead.) This is the first Genocide Project activity sanctioned by the U.N.
Korean peninsula declared a Remediation Zone.
|2062||5.7 billion||The Genocide Project gains approval for a viral release to exterminate the Raptor-Rodent Pandemic parasites. Raptor-Rodent disease becomes extinct within six months.|
United Nations disbands.
The new Global Union of States (G.U.S.) is founded, with the Genocide Project as the only non-state organization with voting privileges.
Genocide Wars officially end.
The Guayaquil Pandemic appears, a modified influenza with broad targeting. (est. 1.5 billion dead over the next 3 years.) This was the last major Pandemic of the 21st century.
Ecuador, Columbia, and much of Peru declared a Remediation Zone.
|2069||5.3 billion||End of Guayaquil Pandemic.|
The Chaulmoogra Deviancy (est. 40,000 dead.), an Indian government response to the Jian Shi Pandemic. Genocide Project response to this deviancy causes India to withdraw from G.U.S. They surrender after six months of further Genocide Project action.
Several other deviancies appear over the next 40 years; the Genocide Project is given license to exterminate them.
|2079||4.7 billion||Hong Kong Accident (est. 75,000 dead.) Caused by Genocide Man ‘Joey’.|
Oslo Accident (est. 200,000 dead.) Caused by terrorist attack on Genocide Man ‘Jacob Doe’.
Central Scandanavia declared a Remediation Zone.
|2085||4.5 billion||Mexico City Accident (est. 120,000 dead.) Caused by Genocide Man ‘Joey’.|
|2087||4.4 billion||Clearwater Accident (est. 40,000 dead.) Caused by Genocide Man ‘Joey’.|
|2095||4.1 billion||Jakarta Accident (est. 180,000 dead.) Caused by Genocide Man ‘Joey’.|
|2101||3.8 billion||Several Remediation Zones, including Columbia, Egypt, and South Korea, are released by GUS and declared ‘disease free’.|
Seattle Accident (est. 250,000 dead.) Caused by suicide of Genocide Man ‘Peter Pup’.
Washington, Oregon, and much of British Columbia declared a Remediation Zone.
Genocide Man ‘Jacob Doe’ is sent on assignment to North Harbor, Nunavut Territory.
Our story begins.