2054 a massive tsunami devastates Manhattan. The island’s
bridges and tunnels are destroyed. Two years of riots follow.
Outlaw barge cities form in the waters around Manhattan, trafficking
in body modifications and open source drugs. In 2065 the construction
of a 20-meter-high barrier encircling what is left of Manhattan
is completed and martial law is declared.
This barrier is known simply
as “The Wall.” A sense of normalcy returns to
parts of Manhattan, but the barge cities continue to thrive
and the neighborhoods above 59th street remain lawless and
squalid. Small bands of mercenary hackers and cyborg street-fighters
– “nano-mobs”– arise out of this chaos.
They operate outside the law and without protection from the
city’s crime bosses.