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Timeline of Events

  • Circa 2005

    Dr. Kwang treats "Patient Zero" as the outbreak begins in China.

    Warnings
  • Within months

    As rumors spread, people flee China, carrying the plague.

    Warnings
  • Weeks later

    Israel absorbs uninfected Palestinians and closes its borders.

    Warnings
  • Around the same time

    The plague reaches South America via infected donor organs.

    Warnings
  • Around the same time

    Riots break out in Cape Town as the plague invades Africa.

    Warnings
  • Months later

    The plague reaches the United States, triggering the Great Panic.

    The Great Panic
  • Over the next year

    Zombies infest the United States; the Rocky Mountain line is established.

    The Great Panic
  • At the same time

    The U.S. government and United Nations move headquarters to Hawaii.

    Home Front USA
  • Three years into the war

    The U.N. conference on the USS Saratoga votes for total war.

    Around the World, and Above
  • About seven years later

    The contiguous 48 states are mostly secured; Victory in America Day is celebrated.

    Good-byes
  • About two years later

    Europe and Asia are mostly secured; Victory in China Day is declared.

    Good-byes
  • Ongoing

    Mop-up efforts hunt zombies in the oceans and above the snow line.

    Good-byes
  • About 10 years later

    The investigator travels to collect interviews for the United Nations report.

    Introduction

Section Summaries Chart

Section Summary
Introduction An unnamed investigator explains how the oral history came to be. The United Nations Postwar Commission Report dispatche... Read More
Warnings As the title of this section suggests, the seven interviews in Chapter 1 cover the early days and weeks of the crisis.... Read More
Blame The investigator interviews Bob Archer, CIA director, in his surprisingly modest office. Archer starts by addres... Read More
The Great Panic Before the war Gavin Blaire flew a commercial blimp, but now he flies a D-17 combat dirigible for the Civil Air Patrol... Read More
Turning the Tide The investigator interviews a scholar and historian, Xolelwa Azania, who is writing an account of South Africa at war.... Read More
Home Front USA Arthur Sinclair, Jr., comes from a line of politicians and led the Department of Strategic Resources (DeStRes) during ... Read More
Around the World, and Above The investigator meets David Allen Forbes as the Englishman sketches Kost, a fortified castle that seems to grow out o... Read More
Total War The investigator speaks with General Travis D'Ambrosia aboard a massive dirigible as the general monitors ongoing sear... Read More
Good-byes "The Whacko"—former vice president and, briefly, president—offers the investigator a history lesson. Winston Churchill... Read More
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