It’s “The Future”… Your father told you this would be a glorious age, bright skies, life-simplifying technology, robots everywhere to help you go about your everyday work, everybody happy with the world.
Instead, the sky is black from the crap the MegaCorps churn out of their factories, the “helpers of tomorrow” never materialised, and life is cheap. Everybody keeps themselves to themselves in the ratrace that is life of the 21st century.
Early on, the governments managed the fuel crisis — it wasn’t a problem, corporations raised the prices ever so slowly, squeezing money out of those who could least afford it. Food got more expensive, making living a luxury some couldn’t afford. Small companies went out of business, merged with each other, or were simply absorbed by the large corporations.
Eventually, the governments were overwhelmed by the size of the corporations. It had crept up on them so slowly that nobody noticed — MegaCorps, as they became called, had more power and money than even the largest state of old. One by one they fell, ceding power to the likes of CyberFuchi in Asia, Siberian Oil in the old USSR, MExxon in America, CoreMob in Europe… There were many more around the world, but the Big Four held sway over the old superpowers.
Once they had their way, they no longer cared for the people. Industry became a global economy, and if you weren’t a corporate stooge, you were nothing. Crime rates rose around the world, and the under-manned, under-payed and under-powered police were over-powered. Some looked the other way, for a price, others were brutally murdered just because they stood up to a ganglord. The MegaCorps protected their own, 10 foot tall walls enclosing brightly lit sub-urban environments with their own heavily armed and armoured security became the norm for the corporate management, massive apartment buildings surrounded by barbed-wire fences for those lower down the echelon.
Everybody on the outside fights for the same scraps. There’s no fuel, but that’s alright because you’ll be lucky to find an old junker that still runs on gasoline. It might be illegal to steal someone else’s electricity, but that’s the only way to run your vehicle and tools. Just your trusty guns and armoured trenchcoat to keep you alive then.
Welcome to “The Future”… Welcome to hell…