War…War never changes. Since the dawn of civilization, man has battled itself in an eternal struggle of self-destruction. In the 19th century, the world had seen two wars engulf the entire planet and by the early 20th century, it seemed there would be no end in sight.
It was in the year 2005 a billionaire by the name of Andris Callaway purchased an entire mountain in the Canadian Rockies, within the deep wilds of British Columbia. Soon after though, celebrity gossip and political scandals turned attention away and it was dismissed as just another eccentric billionaire being eccentric.
Andris returned to the spotlight in 2010, announcing that over the last 5 years he had hallowed out over half of the mountain and almost a half-kilometer below, creating nuclear fallout shelter capable of housing a small city’s population. One that was capable of independent power generation, water purification with places for agriculture, residence and entertainment.
Shortly after unveiling the bomb-shelter; which the media were quick to dub “The Vault”, Andris founded “Andris Technologies International”, which planned to sell reservations in the vault. Unfortunately, due to rising costs and the unlikely chance of nuclear warfare, Andris technologies went bankrupt only 3 years later and “The Vault” was quickly abandoned and left for the surrounding wildlife to claim.
By 2045, the world was beginning to truly feel the consequences of relying on petroleum fuels. Gas prices had risen to over $1,000/gallon (USD) and alternative energy sources were just beginning to become available to the public in first world countries.
By 2053, the mad scramble for the last scraps of fuel, power and resources began between the major powers of the world.
Russian, China and Japan came together and formed The People’s Dominion. A near-totalitarian, communist government whose first act was to withdraw from the United Nations and declare their borders closed.
England and France quickly put away thousands of years of conflict and joined together to form “The European Commonwealth”, annexing the former European Union along with Australia and fortifying their own borders but continued within the UN, spearheading efforts to maintain global stability.
Canada and Mexico were willingly annexed by the United States, creating “The United States of North America” and joined “The Commonwealth” in attempting to maintain global stability.
Brazil quickly told hold of political power in South America and took the opprotunity to stretch it borders and annex the entire continent almost without firing a single shot. The nation quickly turns from 2nd World nation to a National Corporation, being the world’s #1 supplier of oil now. The newly formed “National Latin Conglomerate” takes control.
Africa and the Middle-east, now essentially cut from all foreign aid and intervention became a mass of constantly changing states and micro-nations and powers rise and fall daily.
In 2061, the United Nations was little more than failed dream. Tensions between the People’s Dominion and the Unites States were mounting daily and the middle-east had erupted into an all-out conflict as Iraq; the last nation left in the middle-east, was lost as religious extremists carried out a successful coup.
In 2062, the world held it’s breath in terror as the news reported a nuclear attack in former nation of Iran. It’s capital city; Tehran, and all 15 million people living within were wiped out in the blink of an atomic eye. For the first time in 10 years, the world powers came together to investigate the cause of this disaster. Soon however, valiant intentions quickly gave way to old grudges as each began to blame the other for the disaster. Evidence implicating every nation were brought forward and all of it denied. The Dominion and The United States quickly denounced one another, cutting ties and embargoing one another with all the saber rattling that goes with…a second Cold War born.
Tensions rose and fear grew rampant but in 2064, a new hope came for the people of the United States. A young man named Cedric Callaway formed a new company called “Vault-Tech Industries” and unveiled it’s product to the masses. Cedric had a live tv crew go through his great grandfather’s creation; now restored and upgraded with modern technology, and announced then that he would be selling reservations not only within this vault…but with the over 500 other vaults he planned to build across the United States.
Impressed with the Vault and the plan, Vault-Tech quickly became one of the most powerful and influential companies in the U.S. and by 2073, all 500 vaults had been constructed and all positions within reserved. Thanks to Vault-Tech, almost 50 million Americans would theoretically survive a world-ending nuclear war.
On October 23rd, 2077…the world came to an end. who struck first is unknown. Other countries, seeing the missiles on their way, launch their planes and fire their warheads as well. Air raid sirens sound, but very few people heed the warning, thinking it is a false alarm as usual. The vaults are sealed. Two hours of nuclear bombardment ensues upon the earth’s surface. The effects are far worse than most imagined. The earth’s faults shift violently, thrusting mountain ranges through the soil. Whole lands are submerged under floods of water.
Your story however…begins on May 10th, 2015. You are at your friend’s house, hanging out with your friends and having a good time. That is until the power dies. As your friend groans and starts to get up to go check the circuit breakers, the door to the room bursts open and men in black armor and ski-masks carrying rifles quickly storm the room. You immediately begin to panic but before you can react a small dart pierces your neck and the world fades into a blurry haze before darkness embraces you…