- 2067 AD: The last peaceful year.
- 2068: Saudi Arabian nations suddenly declare their oil reserves at crisis levels. This secret was the most guarded in history, as up until the minute they only released optimistic reports about their oil fields. The CAS and Atzlan begin skirmishes over the Gulf Of Mexico. Russia seizes old oil fields from Yakut and Trans-Polar Aleut nations. This begins a Soviet style war for the next 8 years. The Athabaskan Council fortifies its Alaskan reserves.
- 2069: The world slumps into economic depression. Europe and the UCAS feels the sting of insanely priced gasoline . The UCAS threatens “grave actions” if the CAS doesn’t open oil trade with them. These actions turn into a 3rd war between the old nations.
- 2070: Surprisingly, the old Chinese nations invade South American oil countries, this provides “steady” oil for them till The Dark Times. The United Nations crumbles as most nations are oil-starved and prices spiral out of control. Oil reaches 2,000 nuyen a barrel and is kept for government only use. The corporations covertly raid fuel depots using scores of shadowrunners. For these mercenaries, times are good.
- 2071: Africa is the first to fall into utter chaos. Centuries of instability finally crack the governments there. Egypt is invaded by joint European Nations as it is the last independent oil barons. The surrounding African nations all declare war on Europe. Azania is flooded with tribal warriors from the north seeking wealth. War turns into hand to hand fighting as Azania’s fuel shortage halts mechanized troops. This chaos ensues till the Dark Times.
- 2072: ARES dominates space, and threatens to destroy global communication if it isn’t given exclusive oil rights somewhere. Saeder-Krupp, not to be outdone, attacks Berlin and seizes control of the government, crating the first and only corporation state in history. Dunkelzahn reappears, but instead of calming the masses, the situation escalates as Ghostwalker declares war on the UCAS.
- 2073: The matrix fluctuates with chaos, new and dangerous programs cause crashes similar to the Crash of ‘29. Nobody claims responsibility. The NAN systematically destroys oil fields in Alaska, crippling The Athabaskan Council. They call for clean living with the earth and are fighting with zealot mentality to cleanse it. The CAS and UCAS join forces and wipe through the NAN and The Athabaskan Council, trying to salvage whats left. Cheap, ugly, and deadly technology is developed: juicers come out of Europe and crazies from South America.
- 2074: World wide trade and manufacturing is effectively halted. War escalated across the world. Corporations fall and the world begins to turn to barter as the economic language. Governments begin making the massive vaults, fearing the worst is to come.
- 2075: In one of the last world and matrix broadcasts, Lung declares the final times are coming. He lays out specific plans and instructions on how to survive the coming apocalypse. However, before he is able to upload maps and diagrams his transmission is cut off. The basics modern life fall apart. Massive power outages, food shortages, clean water, and the failure of all currency are realized.
- 2076: Deep in the year, everything changes. For one week, the world seems war weary and ready to give in. Somewhere, someone launches The First... ...The UCAS responds with the second… ...Russia fires a third… ...All capable nations retaliate with full and deadly nuclear force…
- ?: The Dark Times. The Atrocities are numerous.
- 0 PA: The Dark Times end. The large powers that exist today have concreted themselves. ARES, The Federation of Magic, and Lazlo have formed. Records are being kept.
- 100 PA: Current year