* New tech enables production of optical chips that are not affected by EMP.
* '''January 21''' The United States government appropriates millions of acres of Native American reservations and turns them over to corporations to exploit for resources. The Resource Rush begins.{{src}} pg. 11{{src}} pg. 73
* '''April 5''' In response to continued theft and destruction of First Nations ancestral homelands, the Sovereign American Indian Movement is founded in Denver.''Ibid.''
* '''June 14''' Nicholas Aurelius consolidates his business assets into Ares Industries. The corporation quickly gains extraterritorial status.''Ibid.'' 1{{src}} pgs. 32-34
* '''June-July''' Landfills in the former East Germany begin leaking toxins into the groundwater, leading the German government to declare evacuation orders. A few weeks later, the Baltic and North Sea ecologies finally collapse under the severe pollution.''Ibid. 1''{{src}} pg. 21
* '''September 23''' The Bündnis 2000 party sweeps to power in Germany’s federal elections on an ecological platform.''Ibid.''