“Do you hear the silence? It’s calling for you.”

1693 – Chernarus is absorbed as a territory to Imperial Russia.

1917 – The Russian Empire collapses and Chernarus is reformed into the Chernarussian Soviet Socialist Republic (CSSR). However, CSSR remains under control of the newly founded Soviet Union.

1939 – Livonia is forcibly converted into a territory of the Soviet Union.

1987 – The town of Zvir becomes the site of a massacre by Red Army troops for civilian resistance against foreign government control.

1988 – The National Party (NAPA) was founded to resist any foreign presence in Chernarus.

1989 – Civilians expected to work with NAPA disappear from their homes surrounding the city of Berezino.

1990 – The United Nations (UN) puts increasing pressure on the Soviet Union to release territories after learning of poor treatment of civilians by the Red Army in their southern regions.

1991 – Chernarus regains independence, becomes one of three sovereign states, and joins the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The Soviet Union falls and the Russian Federation is founded.

2004 – Dozens of missing Berezino civilians resurface in the forest NE of Khelm, unharmed. Some missing civilians are also recovered in neighboring countries and returned to the custody of Chernarussian national security officials.

2007 – Five of the Berezino survivors are arrested for sudden erratic behavior.

2008 – Reports of locals experiencing psychosis roll in from the east coast of Chernarus. Social media in neighboring countries report similar incidents.

2009 – Reports of “riots” of extremely aggressive demonstrators circulate throughout Europe, gaining national attention. NAPA declares civil war against Chernarus rioters.

2009 – The UN approves a classified International Research facility — managed by the World Health Organization (WHO) — outside of Gliniska, Livonia.

2010 – The fields northeast of Polana are the primary battlefield for the civil war conflict in Chernarus. Rumors surface of cannibalistic behavior among the rioters.

Silence… that’s all we hear anymore.

This cold, never ending Silence.”

2010 – Major cities such as Moscow and Arakara report riots spiraling out of control, with many demonstrators attacking police and civilians.

2011 – The Russian Prime Minister declares a state of emergency in all major metropolitan areas. The UN sends forces to Europe to provide military assistance.

2012 – Western allies of NATO agree to provide emergency supplies containing food and medication to impacted countries surrounding the Black Sea. Svetlojarsk is declared the stockpile location for incoming aid. The United States lends a battalion of Marines to help UN troops escort and protect the cargo.

2012 – WHO releases classified research that links rioter behavior to a previously unknown infectious disease.

2013 – The International Tactical Research Center of Poland (TRCP) opens its doors in Glinishka, Livonia for the first time. The Chernarussian Prime Minister orders public maintenance funding to transport 22 infected patients to the TRCP under the Nachovy Project.

2013 – Chernarussian forces collect dozens more infected persons from Chernogorsk and Berezino to begin transport to the TRCP for testing.

2013 – Reports of infected spotted in the southeastern forest of Dolnik, Livonia.

2014 – Communication with Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, and southern Livonia is lost.

2014 – TRCP releases autopsy reports discovering a highly mutated form of a rare parasite similar to Neurocysticercosis.

2014 – The Chernarussian Prime Minister announces international travel restrictions and a state of emergency. Chernarussian and UN forces form a quarantine blockade on the northern border. NAPA lends all remaining forces to aid in protecting the northern border.

2016 – Rebel forces from neighboring regions overrun the Svetlojarsk Stockpile. All transmissions from the U.S. Marines go silent.

2016 – First report of the infection in Dover, United Kingdom (UK). The UK Prime Minister declares a state of emergency. National power outage for most of Chernarus is reported.

2018 – The UN loses contact with north Livonia; TRCP and WHO forces continue to send transmissions using backup power generators.

2019 – Chernarussian government officially announces resignation due to pandemic.

2019 – TRCP transmissions go silent.

“A little over a year ago, we heard word that the United Nations was giving up on research. Giving up on us. It didn’t take long for the silence to start. We held out hope for humanity as the silence grew louder. Our neighbors fought each other for food and shelter. Friends turned to enemies to survive another day. Our brothers walked in silence, shells of their former selves. In months the silence became a siren we must listen to in order to survive in this new world.”

2019 – Contact with the northern Chernarus forces is lost. Witness reports suggest the northern border has been breached by hordes of infected crossing over the Northern blockade.

2019 – The UN declares the Nachovy Project a loss and pulls forces out of regions surrounding the Black Sea.

2019 – European phone lines and internet shuts down. AM/FM signals still function and provide one of few means of communication. Civilians remaining in the pandemic zones are left without means of receiving information.

2020 – Small groups of survivors migrate out of areas such as Livonia, Częstochowa and Poznań in search of food and medical supplies.

2020 – Word spreads in Chernarus of odd symbols — shields, deers, and stars — drawn on fliers and sprayed on buildings.

“Nature reclaims the cities in silence. Buildings break from their concrete foundations and return to the earth. Deer and boar inhabit villages and farms, creating new ecosystems for themselves while wolves roam in large packs and purge anything they come across. The land is in full bloom. A rather poetic and ambivalent setting for a tragic story.”

Your character shouldn’t know all of the above, but might know some of it. Some of these events could have affected you. Or perhaps you have no knowledge of any of it?