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History of Autoduelling in Canada
- 2010: Learning a lesson from the United States' failure to keep the Free Oil
States in the Union, Canadian officials begin bargaining with comparatively
oil-rich Alberta and the Northwest Territories. In exchange for a guarantee that
what oil remains will keep flowing, Alberta is given a larger voice in national
policy, and the Territories are given providence status. Upset at its loss of
political clout, Quebec announces it is seceding to form a separate nation. A
brief, but bloody, civil war ends with the signing of the Treaty of St.
- 2012: Grain blight hits Nebraska, and spreads to the Canadian prairies late
in the year. Like America, Canada is spare immediate disaster because of
stockpiles of food.
- 2017: Food riots hit Canada. The national government, unable to maintain
order, turns Ottawa-Hull into the countries first Fortress town; only
governmental employees are allowed in or out.
- 2018: American cycle gangs move freely into Canada, joining a number of
Canadian-based gangs. More fortress towns develop.
- 2019: Montreal overrun and looted by loose confederation of 14 cycle gangs.
Before they reach their stated goal of burning the town to the ground, however,
inter-gang squabbling cuts short the attack. Other cities tighten their
- 2021: The national authorities regain control, but provinces have more power
than in the past. US and Canada negotiate a Free Trade Agreement, eliminating
- 2023: Following a US Supreme Court ruling, "death sports" are also legalized
- 2026: Autoduelling reaches Canada. Several providence's push for
legalization, while others - notably Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick
- are opposed.
- 2028: Alberta "preference poll" election results in a landslide for
autoduelling supporters. Added pressure from that powerful province tips the
balance, and autoduelling is legalized in Canada. Individual provinces may
outlaw duelling, but the expense of enforcement is also that provinces
- 2029: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reaches agreement with major
American networks, providing tapes and occasional live feeds of Canadian
autoduelling in exchange for broadcast rights o American action.
- 2030: Autoduelling second in Canadian TV rating to hack hockey. Nova Scotia
abandons attempts to enforce anti-autoduelling statutes and repeals then all
across the board; duelling now illegal only in Newfoundland and Prince Edward
- 2031: Canadian manufacturers begin to offer weapons, amour and other
duelling equipment as factory options.
- 2033: Crime statistics show cycle gang activity much reduced. Highway
mortality rates are also down - experts claim that drivers are now more cautious
and polite than in the "good old days".
50 Years Ago Today
The Computerized Car Is Here!
The Space Age is coming to the auto industry very fast. The use of computers has
skyrocketed in the past two years, and there's much more to come.
An advanced Buick model called the "Quester" has 14 microcomputers that do
everything from adjusting the car's suspension to setting the seat, pedals, and
steering wheel for each individual driver.
The General Motors "Aero 2000" dashboard readings are projected onto the lower
portion of the windshield so that the driver need not take his eyes off the road.
Other features include a rear-view television monitor, replacing the mirrors;
and a navigation system based on a system used by the US Coast Guard.
-Tuscon Citizen, 6/26/84