Twenty years in the future, in a country which was once known as the United States of America.
This is a dark future. Pollution has wracked the global ecology, pushing the biosphere to the brink of total shut-down. Economic collapse has brought down whole continents. Social chaos has ruled the nation for thirty years as the federal and state governments bumbled along helplessly. America fragmented into thousands of squabbling factions, each trying to get a larger bit of a shrinking pie. Millions of poor and homeless now crowd the edges of grimy, decaying cities. The latest disaster, the Carbon Plague, has killed millions and changed thousands of children, perhaps millions.
Out of this climate of fear, exhaustion and corruption has arisen the Incorporated States of America.
The ISA's goal is an unarmed, controlled, consumer America. An america where corporations use their economic might to control every market, thier government-sponsored agents to surpress any sign of rebellion, and the media to control ever facet of the truth.
To the ISA there can be only One Nation,
under Corporate Rule,
with liberty and justice for a chosen few.