2002: Southern California hit by two "hundred-year rains": from October 2001 to Jusne 2002 over 150 inches of rain fall. (A "hundred-year rain" in meteorology is a rain so severe it happens only once a century, on the average.) Evacuations started but not needed: existing county flood-control measures handle the crisis - a slap in the face of the Corps of Engineers who had called the area "a disaster waiting to happen" in order to justify expensive flood-control construction. Clamor for secession builds, encouraged by Free Oil agents.
2012: The Grain Blights. Effect on California agriculture is minimal.
2015: THE BIG ONE finally hits: movement on the pearblossom sector of the San Andreas Fault north of Los Angeles causes an earthquake with a Richter reading of 8.2. Destruction in Southern California area is extensive and, in many older areas, total. Many survivors flee the region, fearing collapse into the ocean. Days later, in the state capital of Sacramento, militia units favoring the separation of Northern California from the South surround the Capitol, take Southern legislators into custody, and "deport" them to Los Angeles. Northern lawmakers (who had been giving aid to the separationists) declare the Free State of Northern California
2016: The Food Riots: almost all surviving urban areas of Orage Cunty are destroyed. Fires in South and East Los Angeles burn continuously for eight months, cousing recurrence of the "smog" phenomenon.
2017: South California begins military campaign to secure water sources in Sierras and the southern Central Valley. Fighting along 400-mile border continues to the present day. Northern California's two-year experiment in independence a total failure - the Treaty of Oakland returns the area to the Union.
2018: Two business groups of long standing in the area, the Irvine Company and the Karcher-Knott consortium, begin ambitious "re-greening" projects to return Orage County to its agricultural greatness. Both sides claim having the idea first.
2020: Clashes between organized units on each side escalate to war. News coverage draws national attention (and notoriety) to the region.
2025: War officialy ends. The boundary line is drawn at the Santa Ana River, with Disneyland declared a neutral zone. The armed forces are not dissolved. The two corporations make a mutual defense pact and rename the area: Orange County Agriculture Enclave
. OCAE charter approved by remaining residents. Many find jobs in agricultural industry. 2027: Autoduelling legalized in OCAE, but only in Anaheim Autoduel Arena and Orange County Autoduel/Recearena. Road combat in the Enclave is highly discouraged. Two AADA chapters are charted, one at each arena.
2028: A Mexican raid on the old but functioning San Onofre nuclear plants is smashed in OCAE's first combined military operation. Several more successes halt the Mexican threat.
2032: Local sports network has innovative idea: use abandoned multi-level parking garages as duel arenas, monitored entirely by TV. This catches on and many new arenas (See-Pack, Eff-I-Bee, Centurion) begin running regular events.
2034: Sports networks, answering the demand, begin devoting more resources to the coverage of duels along the extensive Southern California freeway system. Prosperous areas of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties become fortresses. Eastern and southern areas of LA County listed as "war zones" by the LAPD: travel through or near them declared hazardous. County Board of Supervisors legalizes "defensive auto weaponry" within county borders.
2035: OCAE is awarded the Goetz Memorial Trophy for its encouragement of crime suppression by individual citizens. Anaheim Autoduel Arena selected to host AADA World Championship in 2036