* Nunavut, the Inuit territory in northern Canada, is dissolved in accordance with the Nepean Act.
* '''January 20''' The US federal government seizes all Native American lands.
* '''February 10''' A new virus is discovered in India; symptoms of infection include severe allergic reactions that eventually kill by asphyxiation. The disease is called Kali's Harvest in India; the rest of the world will come to know it as Virally-Induced Toxic Allergy Syndrome (VITAS). 450 million people worldwide die from VITAS, including Pope John Paul III.
* The Yakuza of Seattle is given official recognition as the Dungeness Crabs of the 87th Prefecture by the oyabun of the Watada-rengo in Chiba, Japan. This approval of and support for their activities allows the Seattle Yakuza to grow rapidly and expand its operations.
* Keruba International achieves extraterritoriality and begins competing with BMW.
* '''June 22''' The France economy finally breaks under the strain of VITAS, ending the country's resistance to the new corporate culture.
* '''September 16''' Michel Beloit buys and restructures BMW, integrating it with Saeder Munitions and Krupp Manufacturing.
* '''October 28''' 10.5 million of the 14 million inhabitants of Madagascar have died from VITAS by this time.
* '''October 31''' Quebec secedes from Canada.
* Maria Kapatelis, daughter of Greek shipping magnate Stavros Kapatelis, is kidnapped. Her father pays the ransom of ten million American dollars, but she is never returned; the only kidnapper the authorities could locate is killed in a firefight.