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(Based on dates given directly from the games, official websites, and other media)

Pre-Invasion
1947
1948
1949
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954
1957


1882

1883

1896

1898

  • Cuba's Independence is granted by a reluctant Spain.
    American yellow press newspapers report of atrocities committed by the Spanish against Cuban revolutionaries and guerillas fighting to free Cuba from colonial Spanish rule. Relations between Spain and America exacerbated when the USS Maine mysteriously explodes and sinks in Havana Harbor, as American sentiment shifts strongly towards intervention. Reluctant to get involved, but eager to save face, President William McKinley sends a secret emissary to deliver an ultimatum to Spain: grant Cuba's independence or face US military action in all Spanish territories. Fearing for the security of its last colony in the Caribbean on the island of Puerto Rico and its status as an empire, Spain grudgingly accepts the terms, and thus war between Spain and America was avoided.

1908

  • June 30th: The Tunguska Episode flattens 2,150 square kilometers of forest.
    An unknown object, possibly a meteor, lands in Tunguska, Siberia near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River. Its impact causes an explosion devastating the surrounding area for hundreds of miles, and the resulting changes to atmospheric pressure register on barographs as far away as Iceland. This becomes known as the Tunguska Event. It is believed that the Chimera originated from this event.

1914

  • August: The Great War - British and French forces begin invasion.
    The Great War begins when British and French forces invade the German protectorate of Togoland in West Africa.

1917

  • March: Woodrow Wilson - Requests declaration of war against Germany.
    Due to the German Navy's unrestricted submarine warfare, President Woodrow Wilson requests declaration of war against Germany but Congress, led by strong isolationist Henry Cabot Lodge, refuses making declaration of war impossible without an overt threat to the U.S.
  • October: Socialist Bolshevik party is broken in Russia.
    Russian Revolution: The Bolshevik were brutally crushed by Tsar Mikhail. The Socialist Bolshevik party is broken and its leader, Vladimir Lenin, is sent to a labor camp in eastern Siberia.

1918

  • Spanish Influenza pandemic took place. Subsequently from 1918 to 1924, around 20 to 100 million people worldwide were killed as a result of the pandemic.
  • October: Germany Requests a Ceasefire with Britain and other Entente Powers.

1919

  • July: European Trade Organization is created, ushering in a new economic boost.
    A key point of the Treaty of Versailles calls for the formation of the European Trade Organization. The organization is formed to encourage all European nations to work together to establish peace.

1920

  • August: Russian mineralogist Leonid Kulik leads a scientific expedition into the Tunguska incident.
  • November: Leonid Kulik and his expedition mysteriously disappeared after the Russian Academy of Sciences had lost contact with Kulik's expedition. Despite an extensive search for the missing expedition, it was called off due to a harsh and early starting winter. Kulik's expedition is presumed lost to the early winter. Only Kulik's camera and a page from Kulik's journal were found.[1]

1921

  • August: French Agents Murdered after being captured in Russia.
    12 French agents in Russia are swiftly executed without trial for allegedly encouraging insurrection.
  • September: Russia Closes Borders closing communications with the outside world.
    In the face of European anti-imperialist propaganda and growing fear of infiltration, Russia seals its borders and close communication from the world. The "Red Curtain" is formed along the Russian/European border which will one day be longer than the Great Wall of China.

1922

1923

  • June: Record Number Of Fish Caught due to shifts in ocean currents.
    In the year known as "Nineteen hundred and fish", fishing in the Great Banks of Newfoundland is almost three times as productive as usual. Cheap, high-quality seafood is readily available in markets across America and Canada. Oceanographic studies show erratic shifts in the East Greenland Current contributing to abundant nutrients to the ocean's surface.

1925

1926

  • August: The Volga River Episode - Did the slick make it all the way out to the sea?
    A slick flowing from the Volga River in Russia kills all marine life in the Sea of Azov as well as several villagers. Ukraine scientists from the University of Sevastopol investigated the incident and detects quantities of radon 1,000 times than normal.

1927

  • January 4th: The Chimera have begun their attack on Russia. Dr. Fyodor Malikov creates an experimental vaccine which shows promise in creating a resistance to the Chimeran virus. Desperate to stem the Chimeran tide the Russian government orders all surviving soldiers to be vaccinated.[2][3]
  • January: First Transatlantic Phone Call is made between New York and London by AT&T.
    First commercial transatlantic phone call is made between New York City and London by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T).
  • November 7th: Dr. Malikov's experimental vaccine shows some successes but some of the Russian soldiers began to exhibit some erratic disturbances.[2]

1928

  • Most of the Russian soldiers who have received Dr. Malikov’s vaccine demonstrate a strong resistance to the Chimeran virus and are effective in fighting the Chimera. Yet some soldiers exhibit erratic and violent behavior. Some disappear from their posts.[3]
  • Tesla's VTOL Concept for an aerial transportation system is patented.
    Inventor Nikola Tesla receives a patent for an aerial transportation system. It is the first instance of a Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) aircraft.
  • April 20th: Dr. Fyodor Malikov have fled from his post. His chief assistant, Grigori Yefimovich Novy, tries to convince the Chimeran virus-immuned soldiers to retreat to Moscow, but only to be flatly refuse.[2]
  • June: Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

1929

  • October: Economic Uncertainty - Fears that the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act will pass sends the Dow Jones Average down 5% in one hour.
    President Herbert Hoover gives a radio address promising to veto the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act to spare global trade from crippling taxation. Hoover's act prevents a economic depression in America. By the end of the next trading day (Green Tuesday), the Dow Jones has recovered its losses.

1930

  • August: Environmental Instability causes previously unseen weather patterns.
    Strange weather patterns from Russia cause storms and heavy rains to fall across the American Great Plains.
  • August 12th: The vaccinated Russian soldiers, who have lost most of their sanity and sense of humanity, began to travel westward.[2]
  • September: Almost 90% of the vaccinated Russian soldiers have gone AWOL. These soldiers have banded together into small groups and roam the Russian countryside preying on other humans, and are referred to as Cloven. They become as much of a threat as the Chimera. Dr. Malikov works desperately to improve his vaccine but his efforts are hindered as he has to move from place to place to avoid the encroaching conflict.[3]
  • September: The Weimar Republic gains support as a result of Germany's ETO status.
    In Germany, recovery from the Great War to a full member of the ETO solidifies support for the Weimar Republic government. They easily win reappointment in the Reichstag general elections. The National Socialists' party's extreme agenda is ridiculed and marginalized.

1931

  • A Propagation Of Ethno-Slander is published at the Conservatory of Folk Studies in Bologna, Italy in which the article criticized noted ethnographer Innokentiy Suslov for allegedly concocting on stories and legends from the ethnic tribes in the Tunguska region, describing legends of warfare on an epic scale. Some of these stories date back a mere twenty-three years to the Tunguska Event.[4]

1933

  • Local farmer Josiah Bennivur discovered an unusual fossil of a skull and donated it to the Helena, Montana Museum of Natural History.[5]

1934

  • May 27th: Unknown Material found in Nevada
    Fourteen miners at Big Scrape copper mine in Nevada, USA unearthed a large portion of a buried metallic structure. The US government sends federal agents to investigate and interview the miners. Citing safety reasons the US government seizes control of the mine and sets up a twelve mile military perimeter around the area. Most of the miners denied their findings, claiming that it was merely a vein of iron ore.[6] The Department of War charters the Special Research Projects Administration (SRPA).[7] Upon its inception, the SRPA has no mission statement or declared goals.[3]

1935

  • VTOL Program Accelerated - The WPA demands nimble aircraft with high payloads.
    US President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Work Progress Administration (WPA) to bolster the economy. Over the next ten years, the WPA builds 650,000 miles of roads, 78,000 bridges, and 125,000 buildings. The WPA demand for a nimble aircraft with high payloads leads to the pursuit of Tesla's VTOL concept. The result is the UH-17 Atlas VTOL. The UH-17 proves exceedingly capable, but acquires a reputation as difficult to fly as several flip during flight. The crashes are blamed on poorly balanced loads.

1936

  • August: The 1936 Olympic Games - Germany are the most elaborate Olympic Games in modern history following the Great War.
    Germany hosts the Olympic Games, bringing with it the largest number of participating countries ever. Russia noticeably does not take part - perceived by the ETO as a "despicable" snub. Track and Field star Jesse Owens becomes the first American to win four gold medals in a single Olympics.

1937

  • April: Alaska - The Northern Front - Construction begins in Anchorage, Alaska on a classified location.
    Several tracts of land many hundreds of square miles wide in Alaska is made for the construction of Fort Anchorage, and is under classified by the U.S. Government.
  • May: VTOL Problems Resolved and the UH-17 finally becomes reliable and safe.
    Problems with the UH-17 VTOL are resolved with instrument system upgrades that prevent the plane from descending into its own rotor wash. Flight safety records improve immediately.
  • July 2nd: Amelia Earhart mysteriously disappeared over the Pacific Ocean during a circumnavigational flight.

1938

  • February: Sweden's Deadliest Winter
    138 people freeze to death and many animals dies as Sweden suffers its coldest winter on record.
  • June: Russian Ghost Towns - German Federal Intelligence Service operatives discover dozens of ghost towns in Russia across the Belarus border.
    Ghost towns appear in Russia across the Belarus border with houses being boarded up and covered in folkloric demonic wards. No bodies are found. With no signs of violence, European intelligence officials suspects chemical or biological weapons are involved.
  • October 30th: War of the Worlds - A radio broadcast about alien invasion terrifies a nation.
    Orson Welles' infamous "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast touches widespread panic, and provoking a harsh response from the White House. The public upbraiding proves devastating and Orson Welles' career is ruined.
  • October: Domestic Security Agency - Fear widen on public's possible reaction.
    Following Welles' broadcast, the head of the Domestic Security Agency (DSA), Raymond Tharp, briefs the US government on the potential repercussions of the public's panic reactions of an actual invasion.
  • December: Roosevelt VS Taft in a political battle over military spending.
    The Department of War spends its budget in including plans to make the US Navy fleet 'blue water capable' to secure shipping lanes across the open ocean. This is in response to increased trade between the United States and the UED (a new security component of the ETO). Senator Robert Taft, a staunch isolationist, views the naval build-up as the first step to towards international political and military involvements. Taft makes his personal mission to stop President Roosevelt's re-election. A lackluster public speaker, Taft is unable to inspire a following against Roosevelt; however, he becomes a zealous kingmaker for a charismatic Junior Senator from Montana, Noah Grace.

1939

  • November 17th: 125 Russian refugees die in Finland after inexplicably seeking asylum. There was no response coming from St. Petersburg in regarding to the deaths.

1940

  • August: Roosevelt Falls From Grace - Noah Grace attacks Roosevelt's strategies.
    Presidential Candidate Noah Grace enters the 1940 presidential elections and branded Franklin D. Roosevelt a warmonger and potential imperialist. Unable to develop a distinction in domestic policies, Roosevelt's popularity falls steadily in polls.
  • November: Noah Grace defeats Roosevelt by the narrowest margin of any Presidential election in US history with Harvey McCullen as running mate.

1941

  • January: Subterranean Army Complex is "ahead of schedule", while the military mum on additional base details.
    A Subterranean Army complex is being built across the United Kingdom. Speculation flares among the public after the Swifton Blade prints photographs showing a military base in London is entirely subterranean with concrete walls several yards thick. A press blackout is immediately put into effect.
  • December: Fearing for his life, Dr. Malikov flees to England with his research.[3]

1942

  • February: Close Encounters
    Amateur plane spotters in Latvia reported strange flying objects in the sky.

​1943

  • January 18th: New York fireman Brian Riley dies in the line of duty. In his will, his fire axe is given to his son, Tom, who is transferred to Engine 174.[8]

1944

  • June: Nuclear Weapon Tested - Wilderness flattened for miles in Alaska.
    First nuclear weapon tested in Alaska. President Grace gives a speech confirming the development of the nuclear bomb and refers to the tests as a clear message of national pride, stating "Let it be known that American isolationism is not cowardice, but restraint."

1945

  • April 15th: Nathan Hale enlist in the U.S. Army and begins basic training at Camp Wolters, Texas.

1946

  • March 14th: Nathan Hale is promoted to Private First Class.
  • December 11th: Nathan Hale is cited for racing in tanks and going over the speed limit.

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