|There were events leading up to "the end." Not all are yet known, but here's what our four heroes were aware of up until the radio static.
|Jerry met Merv in elementary school on the playground during
recess. The two quickly became fast friends and continued their friendship
through high school and even to college. During their freshman year, Jerry
met Sam through a world history class they shared. Sensing another intelligent
student among the drones that made up the rest of the class, they quickly
grouped themselves together. She was introduced to Merv when she and Jerry
were taking a break from an assigned project to play Halo 4. Merv gladly
accepted her friendship when she managed to kill Jerry, something he had
never been able to do. The three went through the following years as close
friends, joking, gaming, and generally just having fun. Brittany existed
outside their circle as more of an annoyance than anything. She was the
epitome of the sorority girl stereotype. As such, she tended to make fun
of the three if she acknowledged their existence at all.
|In the years proceeding the static on the radio, numerous
powers on the Asian continent had combined, by choice or by force, into
the United Asian Republic (UAR). During this period they also re-ignited
a push for communism. In response, the United States began removing certain
freedoms and liberties to protect its national language and religion. These
moves by the two major world powers sparked a new Cold War with new threats
and fears being spread.
More recently, a comet that had been spotted and named years before was
predicted by multiple scientific models to be on a collision course with
Earth. Though the comet was fairly sizable, its projected course was to
hit the middle of the Pacific Ocean. All models of the destruction that
this strike would cause showed minimal damage, mainly to a few coastal cities
and small islands which were evacuated as quickly as possible.
Because of the prevalence of the threats, the lack
of any real damage, and the constant assurances of the safety of the populace,
many college students generally took only a passing interest in these world