Info Setting Timeline & Chronology of Events

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Current year Out of Character = Current year In Character

May 16th, 2003:
The Black Mesa Incident. The world is thrown into chaos as the veil between Earth and the borderworld Xen becomes torn.
Many cities become fortified safe havens in an attempt to combat the emergent aliens.

May 21st, 2003:
The Seven Hour War, of which its end was marked by the unanimous, unconditional surrender of Earth by the UN council, negotiated by Dr. Wallace Breen.
The Combine earn the initial trust of many by not only ceasing further hostility, but turning their efforts toward defending humanity from the onslaught of invasive aliens stemming from the Borderworld.

May 22nd, 2003:
The beginning of the First Days.
The Combine begin to liquidate many of the old world nations to consolidate power underneath the umbrella of the Combine Overwatch.
The suppression field is erected, causing the global birth rate to drop to 0 overnight.
The propaganda war to discredit the scientific achievements of mankind as symptoms of unenlightened hubris begins.

June 16th, 2003
The long-term ecological damage of the Resonance Cascade becomes apparent.
Supply chains collapse and clean drinking water is sparse.
Nutritional alternatives and water rations are established.

February 7th, 2006:
The portal storm tempests surrounding New Mexico begin to expand, claiming the nearest citadel.
The Combine declares the region as the North American Exclusion Zone (NAEZ) and begins amassing efforts to stem further growth as well as evacuate its resources from the ever-expanding region.

January 12th, 2010:
Oceanic water has lowered significantly, causing further untold amounts of ecological disasters across the globe.

November 18th, 2010:
The Administration of Earth forms the North American Regional Oversight Council, charged with monitoring and combatting the NAEZ.
Chairman Linwood Glass, formerly of the Earth Administration, is placed in charge of this board.

May 19th, 2013:
Shortly before the anniversary of the Combine's arrival to Earth, the Transcontinental Railway is started upon recently exposed oceanic shelves in the Atlantic to connect the Combine's occupational forces from around the globe, and to sustain the massive influx of refugees fleeing the expansion of the NAEZ who are being resettled further east in Europe, Asia and Africa.

October 1st, 2015:
The NAEZ now covers a majority of the American southwest.
The portal storm density within the center of the NAEZ becomes from here on unperceivable to satellite telemetry.
A network of dimensional 'anchors' are constructed along the Mississippi river in an effort to hold back the expansion of the NAEZ.
Some citizens begin to nickname these strange structures as Combine "spires."

March 8th, 2016:
A coordinated insurrection attempts to overthrow several key urban centers within the North American Annex.
The conflict drags on for eight months before it climaxes with an all-out assault on Chicago, which is swiftly crushed.
Few survivors of that era of resistance remain.

August 4th, 2020:
The Transcontinental Railway is completed.
The last Combine preparatory institution for children is shut down.
"Spires" continue to be constructed up and down the Midwest.

January 8th, 2023:
A spike in anomalous incidents begin to transpire in North America, not unlike the environments within the NAEZ.
Xen Infestation Control is charged with combating these outbreaks.

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