2013: Congress puts massive resources into the hands of Universities and the Department of Agriculture to pursue three simultaneous goals: 1) Find a cure for the blight, 2) Find grain hybrids resistant to the blight. 3) Find an alternate source of food.
2015: University of Washington develops simple recombinant techniques for mutating Chlorella algae in (fairly) predictable ways.
2016: USDA Northern Regional Research and Development Division in Peoria, Illinois develops Chlorella peoria. This algae reproduces quickly, is simple to grow, can be easily textured and flavored to resemble other foods, and is a complete and balanced diet in and of itself. Announcement of this bulk food manufacturing process is misinterpreted by Chicago citizens, triggering the first Great Food Riot. The Chicago Stampede overruns Peoria.
2017: Peoria area combatants largely eliminate each other. A cautious local government emerges from the rubble and quietly lets it be known that Chlorella peoria was saved. "Starter kits," everything a hungry city needs to start growing its own green goo, are offered for sale.
2018: Algae farming makes up lost food production in most areas. Peoria uses its astounding wealth (sales of "starter kits" were brisk) to create a staunch system of defenses independent of Autoduellists.
2020: Peoria looks for other areas in which to invest its money. Shrewd financial work increases Peoria's already considerable wealth to the point where taxes are lowered substantially.
2026: Rebuilding of Peoria Speedway complete.
2033: Peoria Piledrivers become first autoduelling team to challenge sponsored teams from other cities, in an attempt to form a league.
Today: Negotiations continue with two of the three major outlaw gangs living in the rubble of Old Peoria; rumors persist of a planned major offensive to wipe out the E.P.s, the third (and most hated) gang.
"Following three years of research and development, a new turret constructed of reinforced plastic material is ready for testing on the Bradley infantry fighting vehicle. The FMC Corporation of Santa Clara, California, developed the composite-material turret to replace the current aluminum one. Field and gun-firing tests are scheduled for vehicles with new turrets, while other research is in progress to determine if future weight or cost savings are possible using composite-material technology. On the Bradley, the composite-turret structure replaces nine separate aluminum plates, making the turret easier and less expensive to produce. Composite structures also do not corrode or stress crack and are easier to maintain."
Military Review, November 1986