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The POD is the outbreak of bird flu among Chinese poultry in 1996 which turns into a pandemic.

The Initial Outbreak

1st Feb 1996- Infected poultry infect a farmer in Guangzhou, and another four people the birds contact. The strain is, notably, highly virulent but not too contagious.

7th Feb 1996- Another three people are infected and two patients go to the doctor. One is hospitalised. The birds infect another cluster of birds, which spread the disease to Vietnam. The birds, however, mutate the virus into a hyper-infective strain. Three are infected in Hanoi.

11th Feb 1996- The index patient and two others die of the disease. In Vietnam 65 cases have surfaced. The disease spreads in poultry to Laos. Two are infected there. In China the disease has infected a total of 18, with three deaths.

14th Feb 1996- The first Vietnamese victim of 538 ones dies. In China authorities censor information. Vietnam is shocked by the sudden death of a "flu" victim. Afraid of another Spanish Flu plague, WHO authorities are informed.

17th Feb 1996- An infected person in Vietnam travels to Jakarta. In China, only 21 are infected so far and only six have died. In Laos, one is infected.

21st Feb 1996- WHO tests confirm the appearance of this new virus. The WHO frantically searches the world for traces of the disease. China finally confesses to a now-controlled outbreak, but the WHO isn't concerned about this variant. In Vietnam, 1,231 have been infected.

22nd Feb 1996- Five people die in Hanoi, none of whom have had contact with poultry, but rather, have caught the new more contagious strain.

23rd Feb 1996 - Seven more deaths reported in Hanoi and three in the northern city of Haiphong.

24th Feb 1996 - Four deaths reported in Ho Chi Minh City. A public health emergency is declared in Vietnam as the government realizes that the virus is now spreading from person to person. Schools and Universities are closed as are sports venues, cinemas and large public gathering.

25th Feb 1996- Nine more die in Hanoi, as well as six in Haiphong and five in Ho Chi Minh City. At least 31 deaths in confirmed in various small towns and villages across Vietnam that day. Travels bans come in affect in the major cities, and a state of emergency is declared in the capitol Hanoi to keep people in doors and avoid public disorder. China, Cambodia and Laos restrict overland border crossings from Vietnam.

26th Feb 1996- Two hours before the Chinese government suspends air travel between China and Vietnam, a Vietnamese airliner lands at Shanghai airport with a dozen infected in board. Within an hour, the number of infected in Shanghai had risen to over 400 as the passengers moved throughout the city.

27th Feb 1996- Four deaths reported in Laotian capital Vientiane.

28th Feb 1996- Six of the passengers of the Vietnamese plane that landed in Shanghai are dead, as are 13 Chinese people they passed the virus to after they landed.

29th Feb 1996- Bangkok, Thailand reports its first case, a young Vietnamese immigrant. He is taken to hospital where he later dies, but not before infected several medical staff and patients.

30th Feb 1996- Cambodia, Laos, China (which is already suffering from a major outbreak), Thailand, South Korea, India, the US and Taiwan stop all travel to and from Vietnam, with neighbouring countries closing their borders, ports and airspace to the Vietnamese. However, the outbreak is beginning to grow in other countries, with significant outbreaks being reported in China, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand, and suspected cases in the Philippines.

31st Feb 1996- 36 confirmed dead in Shanghai, as well as 12 more deaths reported in Guangzhou and the first death in the capital Beijing.

1st March 1996- WHO, upon realizing the severity of the outbreaks, particularly in Vietnam and China, raises the Pandemic Alert Level to Phase 4. The same day, two people die in Manila, the Philippines and Bali, Indonesia confirms its first death.

2nd March 1996- Emergency meeting of the World Health Organisation (WHO) concludes that the virus may be as dangerous as or ever more dangerous than the 1918 Spanish Flu and advise governments to stockpile anti-viral drugs such as Tami-Flu and Relenza and begin preparing for the coming pandemic. 25 more deaths are reported in China.

3rd March 1996- Vietnam death toll rises again, reaching 218 nationwide, with an estimated 6500 cases. China's death toll stands at 93, with 24 more deaths being investigated as being caused by the flu.

4th March 1996- Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are locked down under martial law and a curfew is put into effect. State controlled media tell the public the virus is mostly non-lethal and that only five people have died in China, all of whom has significant underlying health problems (many of the dead were actually perfectly healthy before contracting the virus).

5th March 1996- First case of the Avian Flu in Europe as a group of Spanish school pupils on a trip to China arrive back in Spain, many of whom are sick. Efforts are made at Madrid airport to quarantine them; however, a few medical workers and security guards catch the virus and unknowingly spread it.

6th March 1996- Two of the school pupils who returned from China and one of their teachers have died, as has a paramedic who has taken them to the hospital, contracting Avian Flu in the process. 70 cases have been confirmed in Madrid, and at least double that suspected. First cases are also reported in Malaysia and Singapore.

7th March 1996- Six more deaths in Madrid. Panic buying begins as people try and stock up in fear of an epidemic, shops not only in Madrid, but across Spain begin to run out of food resulting in troops being drafted in to ensure that food is evenly distributed. 300 cases now estimated in Madrid, and 40 are confirmed in Valencia.

8th March 1996- Riot begins outside major supermarket in Madrid as food runs out. Close to a hundred people catch the virus as an infected carrier joining in with the rioting crowd.

9th March 1996- Foreign embassy personnel begin to evacuate from Vietnam and China en masse, fearing a catastrophic epidemic as the death toll reaches 412 and 201 in Vietnam and China respectively. Thailand’s death toll reaches 18, with Laos close behind at 16, Cambodia at 12, the Philippines at nine and Indonesia at eight (although 15 suspected flu deaths were being investigated in Jakarta).

10th March 1996- First case reported in North America as a flight from Madrid, Spain lands at Mexico City Airport with infected persons on board. Due to the fact they had just contracted the virus, the person was feeling fairly well and passed through the airport infecting at least 20 people, as well as infecting people on the bus on his way to his hotel downtown. He struggled off the bus and collapsed on the road as he reached his stop. Paramedics arrived a few minutes later, but despite their best efforts, he died on route to the hospital.

11th March 1996- 12 deaths reported in Mexico City. Three of whom were on the plane with him, five were infected in the airport terminal and four that were infected on the bus.

12th March 1996 - Mexico declares public health emergency in Mexico City and surrounding areas as death toll reaches 38. The WHO raises the Pandemic Alert Level to Phase 5, meaning a pandemic is imminent.

15th March 1996 - Three days after pandemic alert level is raised to Phase 5, China death toll officially reaches 602, although the actual number of dead is covered up and kept under wraps even from the WHO. In reality, over 1,600 people are dead in mainland China. The Chinese President Jiang Zemin, his cabinet as well as top advisors and family members go into underground shelters which are sealed off from the outside to protect themselves, although officially they claim to still be in the capital managing the crisis. The situation in neighbouring Vietnam is similar with infection numbers and the death toll rising dramatically. 309 deaths have been confirmed by Vietnamese authorities, although the actual death toll is 614.

16th March - Emergency meeting of WHO and the UN General Assembly reveals the virus is significantly more dangerous than previously thought with a 61% mortality rate. WHO, in conjunction with US Centers for Disease Control and European Centers for Disease Control reveals that they believe that a Category 5(worst) pandemic is imminent. Governments around the world are urged to implement pandemic protocols.

17th March - Despite significant outbreaks in Madrid and Valencia, no significant outbreaks have been reported anywhere else in Spain. The Spanish government seizes this opportunity to contain the flu and declares both cities under martial law and sets up military roadblocks to prevent entry into and exit from the cities. The Spanish Royal Family and the central Government are evacuated from Madrid as the city is effectively quarantined. Sixteen people are shot dead the same day trying to escape the quarantine resulting in violent protests across Spain which kills two police officers and six rioters. Spanish flu death toll confirmed to have reached 200.

18th March - France and Portugal close borders with Spain as a "purely precautionary measure".

19th March - Mass panic grips Mexico as the health minister, after his wife died of the flu, breaks down on national TV in a heavily emotional state and admits that the virus has killed as many as 500 in Mexico City and that hospitals are turning away patients as they are overwhelmed. The government, however, was trying to keep this information from becoming public knowledge to avoid a panic. Looting begins in some areas as people try to stock up. Many police, fearing the virus, do not turn up for work, as do many police who already have the virus allowing rioters, arsonists, looters and opportunists to roam the streets almost unhindered. Crime rates soar and dozens are murdered overnight. Several buildings are burnt to the ground and the Mexican government evacuates to a secure location.

20th March - A State of Emergency is declared for the entire nation of Mexico, and troops arrive to clamp down on the rioters and criminals. 256 people die in the violence.

21st March - The USA closes the Mexican border as floods of "flugees" as refugees fleeing the virus would later be called, began to flood over the border bringing the virus with them. Dozens are killed as panicked border guards shoot into the huge crowds. Mexican police and border guards exchange fire with their American counterparts resulting in three American border guards and one Mexican border guard being killed, with several wounded on each side. Both sides break off the engagement after hurried diplomatic negotiations in Washington slightly improve the situation, although both countries send additional troops to the border.

22nd March - First outbreaks in the United States of America. 12 cases are confirmed at a hospital in San Diego, California and five cases are confirmed in San Antonio, Texas. As the day progresses 50 more cases are confirmed, mostly in California and Texas, although there are a few in Tucson, Arizona. The first death in the US is reported just before 8:00 PM EST at a field hospital in a refugee camp in San Diego built to house the new Mexican flugees.

23rd March - President Bill Clinton declares a public health emergency in the US, whilst the governor of California declares a state of emergency in San Diego, even though the situation is nowhere near as bad as requiring such a declaration. Nevertheless, National Guard troops arrive to maintain law and order alongside the police.

24th March - First confirmed cases in Egypt. 50 cases, eight deaths in Cairo within 24 hours.

25th March - Indonesia death toll reaches 200.

26th March - Situation in Singapore becomes extremely grave. Due to high population density in such a small area of land, the virus has spread easily. The Minister of Education contacted the virus and unknowingly passed it onto the rest of the Cabinet resulting in the deaths of the President, Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister. The country’s government effectively collapsed, although the Defence Minister (who was not in the cabinet room when the Minister of Education passed the virus on) takes control of what is left of the government but ultimately fails to stop the collapse of the nation. Health services collapse, power and water services fail, healthy police officers refuse to leave their homes and bodies lie unburied where they fell. Many buildings set ablaze, either deliberately or accidently are left to burn as firefighters are either sick or taking care of sick family members. As a result of not only the virus, but the general pandemonium that swept the small nation, society almost broke down and the death toll skyrocketed to more than 100,000.

27th March - A Singapore Airlines flight refuses orders to turn around by the Indian Air Force and attempts to land at Mumbai Airport. It is shot down with the loss of all 190 on board (42 had already died on board the plane of the flu before the plane was destroyed)

28th March - First case in the UK at Heathrow Airport, London. Within 24 hours, the number of cases in London had risen to 1000 and 20 people were dead.

29th March - Cases reported in British cities of Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

30th March - "The Beijing Massacre". 6,238 people trying to flee the quarantined city are shot dead by the People's Liberation Army of China.

31st March - Cases reported in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Austin and Santa Fe. US death toll reaches 89. (300 more deaths are being tested for flu links across the US).

1st April - "The April Fool's Day Riot" The Daily Mail newspaper in the UK reports that The Queen and all the Royal Family, as well as the Prime Minister had died of the flu. They later reveal it was a prank. With feelings and fear running high, people are not in the mood for pranks and so hundreds attack the Daily Mails main office but are repelled by police. Six people are seriously injured, but no one is killed. The newspaper apologized the next day.

2nd April - 60 cases confirmed in Melbourne, Australia.

PANDEMIC

3rd April - The World Health Organization, after careful deliberation agrees to raise the Pandemic Alert Level to Phase 6, which officially means a pandemic is now underway. The same day, France, Germany, Italy and Poland confirm their first cases.

4th April - New Zealand declares an emergency national quarantine banning all people from entering or leaving the country unless on diplomatic missions or military operations. This succeeds in preventing the virus entering New Zealand.

5th April - All airports in Britain closed to civilian air traffic. Death toll in London reaches 350. Government insists the NHS is coping well. Whilst this was true, it would not remain the case for much longer.

6th April - Prime Minister John Major declares a state of emergency in London, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Belfast as the flu spreads in those cities. Britain is the second worst affected country in Europe after Spain. The Kingdom of Spain has lost its battle to contain the flu in Madrid and Valencia as the army blockades were overrun with angry, scared and infected citizens trying to flee to anywhere they would be safe. Spain’s death toll stood at 684 on April 6th.

7th April - Major and his family, as well as his Cabinet are evacuated from London and taken to a military bunker in the north of Scotland, still untouched by the flu. The death toll in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland reaches 702, taking over from Spain the position of worst affected country in Europe.

8th April - Mexican President dies of the flu, as do several Cabinet members. Army attempts to restore law and order as social order breaks down across much of the country, particularly the capital.

9th April - Shanghai "goes dark" in the words of the Western Media, who are now frantically trying to escape the ever worsening humanitarian disaster in China. All communications via landline, cellular, satellite, internet and mail are cut off with the city. No one is allowed in or out, including military personnel. Rumours say as many as half the city’s population may be dead or dying, and some have resorted to cannibalism as food supplies run out in shops. Grainy images smuggled out of China on camcorders show the Shanghai skyline burning in the night, the sky lit up orange and red for miles as helicopters circle above. The Chinese government, hiding in a bunker near the Mongolian border, claim the situation in Shanghai is improving, and that the "so called evidence of the situation in Shanghai is nothing but propaganda by the traitors in Taiwan designed to portray the Peoples Republic in a negative light" according to Jiang Zemin, the President of China.

10th April - The first cases are reported in Washington DC. Despite initially refusing to leave the White House, Bill Clinton is finally convinced to leave for Camp David, along with most of the Cabinet, (VP Al Gore goes to NORAD along with the Joint Chiefs). US death toll reaches 800. First cases reported in South America in the city of Bogotá, Colombia.

11th April - Emergency Powers Act 1922 is evoked and a State of National Emergency is declared in the United Kingdom as all cities in the country are reporting outbreaks (with the exception of Inverness, Scotland which is in the far north of the UK)

12th April - 200 deaths confirmed in Tokyo, Japan.

13th April - The state of Veracruz, Mexico declares itself an independent republic, citing that the nation of Mexico had collapsed and that the government had lost all control. The Mexican Army moves against Veracruz but due to lack of moral and manpower, they are routed. Both sides agree to a ceasefire.

14th April - "The Great Fire of Mexico City" also known as "The night of 10,000 deaths" The collapse of authorities, particularly police and fire services meant arsonists could do as they pleased, and the fact that those who died were obviously incapable of turning off electrical appliances did not help, although by this point, power outages were beginning to frequently occur across the nation. Thousands of building burned that night, and the remnants of the Mexico City Fire Department could do little to stop the flames. The city's army garrison fled, leaving thousands of civilians behind, at least 10,000 would die, and the wounded had no place to go as every hospital in the city burned to the ground.

15th April - Baja state declares independence from Mexico. There is no resistance from the Mexican Military Government, which itself is only barely holding together.

16th April - UK death toll surpasses 1,000.

17th April - The Malaysian Air Force does recon missions over the ruins of Singapore. The streets are choked by abandoned and crashed vehicles, dead bodies and many buildings are burning out of control. There is no electricity anywhere in Singapore and the remnants of the country’s government have since fled to Malaysia. The nation of Singapore has ceased to exist, and those still alive are trapped in a dying country as no "flugees" are being allowed across the border. Millions are feared dead.

18th April - Beijing, like Shanghai, also "goes dark" as does several other Chinese cities. Rumours are rife, but no one, other than the Politburo really knows the extent of the outbreak. At least ten million have died in China in the last two months. The flu, according to the WHO, has mutated again, and become more virulent and dangerous. There are reports of the mortality rate being as high as 70% of those infected.

19th April - Provisional Government of the Socialist Republic of Baja collapses under the strain of the flu pandemic. No help either from the Mexican Army (already deserting in droves and low on morale and supplies, not to mention the thousands of soldiers sick with the flu) or the United States, already suffering from its own major outbreak.

20th April - Canada reports first death from avian flu.

21st April - Hanoi, Vietnam burns as police and army are driven from the city by a combination of dissidents, rioters, criminals and anti-communist militias. The uprising backfires as the military drives those involved in the uprising back into the burning city. 3,000 die overnight. Many that survive the fires die of the flu. The authorities make no attempt to reenter Hanoi, which has become a now burnt out, flu ridden ghost town. Vietnam’s death toll is well over 200,000 in total.

22nd April - Through a combination of good luck and harsh border controls, Russia had avoided the flu entering its borders. However, millions of Chinese flugees overrun Russian border guards and spread the virus into Siberia. From there it spread down the Trans-Siberian railroad unnoticed until it reached a Moscow train station.

23rd April - 30 people dead in Moscow and 18 are dead in St Petersburg. President Vladimir Putin places the nation under martial law and suspends civil liberties.

24th April - Death toll in Kiev, Ukraine surpasses 3,000.

25th April - Flugees fleeing Egypt land in Greece and Turkey, spreading the virus to South East Europe.

26th April - Manhattan Island is quarantined and mass graves are dug in Central Park for up to 15,000 bodies. Every major city in the United States is under martial law. FEMA, the military, the Red Cross and various aid agencies are overwhelmed with the sheer number of people needing help.

27th April - Tamiflu and Relenza stocks begin to run low in the UK and Ireland, and the companies that make the anti-viral drugs are experience drops in production due to the number of ill staff.

28th April - FBI shoot several people suspected of hoarding Tamiflu in Dallas, Texas. Soon after it is revealed they were stockpiling food, not drugs and despite fears of the flu, many people protest against federal law enforcement agencies across Texas.

29th April - A car bomb explodes outside the FBI Field Office in San Antonio, Texas killing four FBI agents.

30th April - FBI get into a shootout with suspected car-bomber in San Antonio later that day, an eight year old girl is killed in the crossfire.

1st May - The Governor of Texas, citing the actions of Federal Law Enforcement, and the incompetence of the Federal Government in its handling of the flu crisis, secedes Texas from the Union. The Republic of Texas officially becomes an independent nation, much to the chagrin of the United States Government.

2nd May - Texas National Guard clash with US Marines on Louisiana-Texas state line resulting in the deaths of 12 Texan Guardsman and 18 Marines. Bill Clinton brands the succession illegal and treasonous, although concedes there is nothing that could realistically be done about it until the flu crisis had passed.

3rd May - Dump trucks full of bodies are seen driving out of Berlin under the cover of darkness. Word reaches local media and fuels fears that the flu is more dangerous than the government is letting on. By this point more than 4,500 were dead in the German capital alone.

4th May - Many parts of London are virtual "dead-zones" (a common name that came about during the pandemic to describe areas where most of a population had died). Watford in London was considered to be the worst "dead-zone" in Britain, with more than 55% of people there dead, and the rest having left the area after their friends and family died. Barges full of bodies become a common sight on the River Thames as they carry bodies out to be dumped at sea. Some factories by this point had been converted into huge furnaces for the burning of bodies. At least 50,000 had died in London alone by the 4th of May.

5th May - Canadian death toll reaches 3,000.

6th May - "The Battle of Xinjiang" The province of Xinjiang attempts to secede from the People's Republic of China. The province is mostly populated by Uyghur Muslims, many of whom want an independent state. Armed militias form and take on the Chinese troops stationed in the area. The PLA (Peoples Liberation Army) suffers a major defeat in the Xinjiang capital Urumqi due to many troops being sent east to try and enforce the quarantine of infected cities. Most of the troops in the area are young conscripts and retreat when they realise they are outnumbered. 358 Chinese Army soldiers were killed in first day of the rebellion, with about twice as many Uyghur Rebels killed.

7th May - Chinese troops, preoccupied with holding onto the flu stricken coastal cities, are not sent to retake Xinxiang, but the Politburo promises to punish the rebel leaders once the outbreak is over. The same day, a similar uprising begins in Lhasa, Tibet as Tibetan nationalists riot against their Chinese rulers. Again, like Xinjiang, there are very few troops to fight against the rebels, and a new Tibetan nation is declared, with the Dalai Lama as its head, although he returns from exile in India.

8th May - Xinxiang Uyghur politicians officially proclaim the "Islamic Republic of East Turkestan" an independent nation from China. There are still no military moves on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party and the Politburo. Riots begin as ethnic Han Chinese, who make up close to half the population, are deported back into China. At least 1,000 people die overnight.

9th May - Food riots begin in Chicago as supermarkets run out of food. Troops arrive with food aid but not anywhere near enough to feed the entire population so the riots continue and several soldiers are killed. Some people attempt to capture City Hall and proclaim Michigan an independent state. However, they are arrested and handed over to FEMA, who transport them to a temporary holding facility in Wrigley Field. Many such camps have been set up across the US to hold rioters, looters and "enemies of the state".

10th May - Isle of Mann cancelled all travel between the island and the rest of the UK to prevent having an outbreak. Later on the same day, the Channel Islands do the same.

11th May - France declares a state of emergency

12th May - "The Second Burning of Washington". The collapse of authority in the American capital is prevalent as arson and accidents, as in Mexico City, result in city wide devastation and nearly a thousand deaths. However, important national documents such as the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and the Constitution were all evacuated from the city and placed in safe underground bunkers run by the government before the fires broke out.

13th May - US Avian Flu death toll exceeds 1,000,000. Societal collapse reported in several major US cities including Washington, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego and Chicago due to a combination of flu deaths, soaring crime rates, sick police officers and health care workers as well as power outages and food, water and fuel shortages.

14th May - WHO warns people to stay indoors, stock up on food, water and medicine and try to wait the flu out. Fears the virus is mutates and becomes more resistant to Tami-flu. 75% death rate reported in some areas, particularly in South East Asia.

15th May - Abandoned Singapore City finally burns to the ground. Very few survivors are ever found.

16th May - India's death toll exceeds 6,000,000.

17th May - The People's Republic of China collapses. The Government has lost control and at least half the army is either dead, sick or AWOL. Cities across China burn as Fire Services cease to function and CIA Spy Satellites discover the Chinese Air Force bombing its own cities to kill the millions of flu victims. Similar actions are reported in India, Indonesia and Vietnam.

18th May - On live TV, Pope John Paul II asks all Christians to repent so that God may spare the human race from the tragedy that has befallen us.

19th May - "Russia-Georgia War"(In OTL, this war actually occurred in August 2008) - Georgia, still relatively unaffected by the flu, sees its opportunity to retake the breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia that it lost during the civil war in the early 90's. Georgian troops invade, pushing aside the small countries defence forces. Abkhazia is taken in only two days, South Ossetia in four days. However, many people in South Ossetia and Abkhazia are Russian citizens and have Russian passports. What happens next shocks the world: lacking the ability to strike Georgia with a ground assault, the Russian President Vladimir Putin authorises the Air Force to drop a single nuclear bomb on Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. The city is destroyed and hundreds of thousands are killed. Georgia sensibly withdraws its troops to deal with the now devastating humanitarian situation in Tbilisi. The United States and all UN members condemn the action strongly, but in reality, there is no action anyone can actually take due to the fact chaos reigns in most countries.

20th May - Riots break out in Kyrgyzstan for the first time since the 1990 riot in Osh. With the government having collapsed and the police unable to act, the Kyrgyz majority population attempts to drive out the Uzbek minority in the south again. A small scale war breaks out along the border between both countries armed forces as Kyrgyz troops fire on Uzbek refugees fleeing across the border to their ancestral country. Uzbek troops fire upon the Kyrgyz to protect the refugees.

21st May - Uzbekistan declares a state of war with Kyrgyzstan. Due to there being no organized government left(Uzbekistan does not know this yet), and the army leadership dead of the flu, the Kyrgyz Army does not respond and ultimately retreats after a brief firefight on the border again. After this, both sides agree to an unofficial truce.

22nd May - Communications between Denmark (which was suffering from a devastating outbreak) and the rest of the world are lost. Unknown to the International community, all government officially are either dead, dying or seriously ill. The power grid has failed nationwide and the city of Copenhagen has been totally abandoned, many millions are dead in Denmark.

23rd May - "The Second Great Fire of London" also known as "The Second Great Fire of London". After Mexico City burnt down, the British government decreed that some fire fighters were to be kept in reserve and should stay indoors and avoid contact with anyone outside so should a major fire hit the city, an organized response could take place. This, combined with a highly disciplined army response in their own "green goddess" fire engines, allowed for the fire to be (eventually) extinguished.

24th May - 15 million flu cases in the United Kingdom. With a 70% mortally rate, it is feared that as many as 10,500,000 people may die in the UK, and that’s only if the number of cases does not continue to rise. If it does, the death toll may be significantly higher. (UK population in 1996 was 58,000,000)

25th May - Power outages reported across England and Wales. Some parts of Scotland, mostly along the northern coast, are not affected by power outages due to the country’s investment in renewable energy, which requires less human interference than non-renewable energy.

26th May - UK death toll reaches - 1,800,000.

27th May - ITV goes off the air in the UK due to lack of staff. The same day, New Zealand shoots down an Australian plane carrying Flugees trying to land at Auckland Airport.

28th May - Chechnya officially declares independence from Russia - again - There is no resistance from the Russian Military, who have now completely withdrawn from the South Caucasus. The same day, the Indian government flees the burning city of New Delhi to a military base in the Himalayas.

29th May - Chaos in Belgium as Walloon-Flemish civil war begins after coalition government collapses.

30th May - WHO declares pandemic to be the most deadly in recorded history.

31st May - Quebec declares independence from Canada. There is no resistance from the Canadian government.

1st June - Four months since the first outbreak and modern civilization as we know it has almost come to a standstill. Most internet services across the world have crashed by the 1st of June due to overload at first, and then, due to lack of servers as people down with the flu. Mobile/cellular phone networks are also now struggling to cope.

2nd June - Flu crisis in Gaza Strip worsens. Uprising in Gaza begins are Palestinians try to escape the quarantine put on the small strip of land. Uprising is quickly put down by the Israeli Defense Force with the death of over a thousand Palestinians. Israel has managed to contain the few isolated outbreaks of the virus they experienced and, like New Zealand, imposed a self-quarantine once realizing how deadly the virus is.

3rd June - The day before the television and radio stop broadcasting in India, there are reports of pandemonium in the country’s largest cities. New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Calcutta are said to have burned to the ground. There are no broadcasts from the mainstream media out of India after this date. By the 3rd of June, India's death toll was over 350 million.

4th June - Afghan Taliban agrees to a truce with the Northern Alliance so they can combine efforts to stop the flu enters Afghanistan. The Afghan Civil War is, at least for the duration of the pandemic, at an end.

5th June - An average of 6,000 people a day are dying in London.

6th June - Communications between US Federal Government and many major cities are lost as American death toll reaches 35,000,000. Power grid fails across much of the USA.

7th June - Tami-Flu stocks run out in the United Kingdom. Criminal Gangs known to be hoarding Tami-Flu and selling it in exchange for food and water are shot on sight by the army.

8th June - Meltdown at an abandoned (but not turned off) nuclear power plant in Sichuan province in China. Radiation spreads across South East Asia afflicting hundreds of thousands with radiation sickness.

9th June - All contact between Vietnam and the rest of the world ceases. Death toll is almost 60% of Vietnam’s population.

10th June - Virus continues to sweep through Brazils major cities, leaving over five million dead.

11th June - Argentina quarantines Uruguay (which has had a major outbreak) in order to prevent the virus spreading to Argentina. The borders with Brazil, Chile and Paraguay are also closed.

12th June - "Battle of Cape Town" Riots tears apart the South African city as angry residents demand food and medical help the government simply can no longer give.

13th June - Moamar Gadaffi orders the Libyan Army to invade Egypt. There is no logical reason for this sudden act of aggression other than "The Egyptians are at their weakest, they're dying of the flu, they can never stand up to our might now."

14th June - Libyan offensive goes well as the Egyptian Army, struggling to keep the peace in the flu ridden capitol Cairo, are pushed back. Gaddaffi's plan to make Libya an African superpower fails, as wounded soldiers returning home from the Egyptian war bring the virus back with them. First major flu outbreak occurs in Libyan capital Tripoli leaving 50 dead and several hundred infected. Quarantine measures fail and the virus spreads.

15th June - Bulgaria collapses into anarchy as half the population is either dead or seriously ill. Neighbours Romania and Greece are also on the brink of societal collapse.

16th June - Boatloads of British Flugees (all screened for the flu by soldiers wearing biohazard suits) begin to leave ports on Mainland Britain and evacuate to the islands dotting the coast, mostly around Scotland and Ireland. The exodus is due to the increasingly grave situation plaguing the country, particularly the large cities where all semblances of law and order and civil society have disintegrated (With the exception of Inverness which imposed a self-quarantine, and from where the restored Central Government is trying to run what is left of the country).

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