|The year was 2002 when the
vampires started their "master plan". No longer
content with just running things on the local level. They
started trying to expand their sphere of control. State
governments, Congressmen, House Representatives. The
Prince of Dallas was the one that hit the gold mine
though. She managed to bring Vice President Brickley
under her sway. Truely this was a sign that they were
intended to succeed. The next step was to move their
controls into the highest of the high. Other countries
started their own version of this plan, upon seeing the
success of the vampires in the states. Soon all the world
superpower's governments had been successfully
comprimised. As yet, no immediate threat was perceived by
the other supernatural beings of the planet. It was then,
that the dastardly intentions of the vampires became evident.
Brickley arranged for the death of President Gates.
Knowing the security procedures, and full schedule of the
President, this was a simple matter for him to arrange.
Upon taking office, he began to promote the major growth
of the nations private industry. Making things easier for
corporate growth. This pleased the Technocracy most of
all. Technology was on a major upswing, and life seemed
to be going fine. Then, Brickley started legislation that
would allow the sale of US Property to Corporations, for
them to govern as independant states. The stated purpose
behind the move, was for reduction of the massive deficit
the US had built. By this time, vampire control had
extended so far, that the measures actually passed. For
the first time in history, privately owned
Vampires were among the heaviest
buyers, but were by no means alone. The shifters bought
vast tracks of land in the wilderness, and started to
turn them into preservations. Pentex bought swamplands,
and dumping grounds. Other corporations bought cities,
and farmlands. The US as a governing body was shrinking
rapidly. Some cities were bought by conglomerates.
Several corporations banding together to gather the funds
neccessary, and then dividing the area up between them,
according to original investment. These were the worst
areas of corruption, and power struggles. Where the good
of the people, was ignored in the pursuit of controling
interests. This is where the mortals first struck back.
Sparked by those who knew what was going on. Those that
knew the vampires started this, and actually controlled
many of the corporations in power. They fought back with
fire, and lead. Millions of innocents killed while entire
cities were destroyed. All too soon the cause was
forgotten, and the war continued
The corporation heads called upon the last remnaints of the US Government to quell these uprisings. Pointing to contract clauses that guarenteed possession of the vast tracts of land, and buildings. The military was called in, and civil war ran rampant thru the country. The slaughter was out of control at this point, and only the relatively few number of troops, kept it from being total. All types of people suffered from this war. Supernatural beings had special abilities, yes, but even they need sleep sometime, and the mass of humanity fighting against them was overwhelming at times. Guerilla tactics became the favored method of fighting this war, with the scarcity of people available for open warfare. The present, became but a shadow of the past glory the world had enjoyed.
The preservations became private Enclaves, closed to all but Garou, and those sympathetic to their cause. The preservation of the earth. The swamplands became huge dumping grounds, and pits of foulness no man would enter on fear for his life. And the cities usually divided into two distinct parts. Clean, orderly areas, and "Sin Cities", where anything but respectability could be bought for a price.
|Technology has improved in many areas from the year 1997. Cybernetic limb replacements are readily available, even if voluntary cybernetic enhancement is somewhat socially frowned upon. Vehicles operate on cleaner methods of power. And long distance travel has become quicker, and easier. Computers are extremely commonplace. Some businesses even having a connection to the Net as a free service in their establishments. Inner city travel is done with magnetically powered engines on metal fiber vehicles. Although some gasoline powered engines do still exist, they are looked down upon, and hideously expensive to maintain. Long distance travel is done with highly developed aircraft, with numerous safeguards built in. That use guidance beams, and the magnetic field of the Earth as a power source. And cybernetic organ replacments use the bio-electric field of the body as a power source.|