June 14:Nicholas Aurelius consolidates his business assets into Ares Industries. The corporation quickly gains extraterritorial status.
June-July: Landfills in the former East Germany begin leaking toxins into the groundwater, leading the German government to declare evacuation orders. A few weeks later, the Baltic and North Sea ecologies finally collapse under the severe pollution.
September 23: The Bündnis 2000 party sweeps to power in Germany’s federal elections on an ecological platform.