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Early 2000s

Dates Events
George Sears (Solidus Snake) is appointed the 43rd President of the United States. [1][2]
The NIF (National Ignition Facility) is established. [3]

2000

Dates Events
January 24 A small group within the U.S. government orchestrates a signal data hacking assault on the NSA facility in Fort Meade, with the assistance of a hacker group, of which Emma Emmerich is a key member. The facility suffers a total system shutdown for a 72-hour period. This feat earns Emma invitations to join a host of intelligence agencies worldwide, including the NSA. [1]
Post-January 24 The beginning of the Arsenal Gear project: The NSA signal hacking assault leads to the decision to shift the NSA data-gathering operations to an isolated location that will be safe from physical attack as well as cyber-terrorism. [1]
June A joint team of Japanese, American, and European scientist map the human genome. [4]
Liquid Snake joins FOXHOUND and becomes squad leader. [5]
Ocelot joins FOXHOUND, under Liquid Snake's command. [3]
Psycho Mantis leaves the FBI after delving too deep into a serial killer's mind and operates as a freelance psychic all over the world. [3]
Trials for the National Missile Defense program end in failure. Despite this, President Sears later forces the NMD proposal through and succeeds in deploying the program. [1]

2001

Dates Events
September 11 Multiple terrorist attacks strike America. [4][6]
October 7 Coalition forces invade Afghanistan. [6]
Warning: The following information is from outside Hideo Kojima's core "Metal Gear Saga." It has some level of canonicity within the continuity, but reader discretion is advised.[?]
Dates Events
Post-October 7 Sundowner and Mistral participate in the War in Afghanistan. [7]
Non-"Metal Gear Saga" information ends here.

2002

Dates Events
Camp X-ray, a black site for housing "enemy combatants," is established at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay. [8][6]
February 8 The Algerian Civil War ends. [7]
The nuclear weapons disposal facility on Shadow Moses Island is constructed. [9]
Hybrids are outlawed in dogsledding races. [3]
The CIA and other intelligence agencies uncover evidence that falsely suggests Iraq is developing WMDs, which results in the invasion of Iraq a year later. [7]
The Angolan Civil War draws to a close. [6]

2003

Dates Events
The Iraq War begins. [6]
March 20 Several nations led by the U.S. launch a multi-lateral strike on Iraq. The UK-based PMC, Praying Mantis, is contracted alongside the U.S. Government to deploy large amounts of their soldiers into the combat zones. [4][10]
June The U.S.'s DoD Command and Control Research Program publishes Power to the Edge, proposing battlefield information be shifted to a single Global Information Grid (GIG). [11]
August Three "special weapons observation remote reconnaissance direct action system" (SWORDS) are deployed in Iraq, marking the first unmanned, armed robots in a warzone. [11]
Dr. Clark (Para-Medic) is killed by a revived Gray Fox, who manages to escape. Naomi Hunter covers up the incident, faking Fox's death, and takes over Clark's job as FOXHOUND's medical staff. Clark's death is planned by EVA and Ocelot. [3][10][6][note 1]
As of this year, more than 20,000 nuclear warheads exist in the world. [12]
The Second Congo War draws to a close. [6]
Warning: The following information is from outside Hideo Kojima's core "Metal Gear Saga." It has some level of canonicity within the continuity, but reader discretion is advised.[?]
Dates Events
Iraq War Sundowner, Mistral and Khamsin participate in the conflict, the last of whom is later discharged due to his disastrous personality. [7]
Non-"Metal Gear Saga" information ends here.

2004

Dates Events
Peter Stillman attempts to disarm a bomb planted in a famous church in the United States. He panics and flees the scene, and everyone else in the church and in a nearby playground dies in the explosion. Unable to face the victims' families, he later claims that he lost his leg in the explosion. [1]
Johnny Sasaki joins the military. [10]
An experiment utilizing Van der Waals force is carried out, in which a 100 gram object is hung by a 50-millimeter square piece of adhesive tape. [10]
Pakistani scientists proliferate nuclear-related technologies overseas. [4]
The movie Godzilla: Final Wars is released. [13]

2005

Dates Events
An estimated 50,000 tons of nuclear material is stored in America alone. [3]
January A report is filed concerning the behavior of the Next-Generation Special Forces; consulting classified information about soldier genes and conducting their own gene therapy experiments. [3]
Circa February 25 McDonell Miller is assassinated in his home by an unknown assailant. [3][14]
February 28 Shadow Moses Incident: The renegade members of FOXHOUND are killed, with the exception of Revolver Ocelot, and the Genome Army is decimated. The DARPA Chief Donald Anderson dies from Ocelot's torture and the President of ArmsTech Kenneth Baker is killed by FOXDIE. Solid Snake defeats Metal Gear REX with the assistance of Meryl Silverburgh, Hal Emmerich (Otacon), and Gray Fox, the last of whom dies. FOXHOUND is disbanded. [3][6]
Post-Shadow Moses Incident Snake and Meryl attempt to start a new life together. [10]
Naomi Hunter is placed into a high security prison. Three weeks later, she is broken out by Liquid Ocelot, but Solid Snake is blamed. [1][10]
March 1 U.S. President George Sears and the President of Russia sign the START III Accord and negotiate revisions to the ABM treaty, since the NMD program violated the current treaty. [3][1]
Early March Jim Houseman allegedly commits suicide due to a nervous breakdown, although it is suspected that he was assassinated for failing to take the fall for the Shadow Moses Incident. [1]
Nastasha publishes her book, In the Darkness of Shadow Moses: The Unofficial Truth, in order to expose the truth behind the Shadow Moses Incident. It makes the incident public and becomes a best-seller, turning Solid Snake into a hero-like figure. [1]
Revolver Ocelot sells the test data for Metal Gear REX on the black market, obtaining a great amount of money. Soon, many nations build pirated versions of the weapon. [1]
George Sears "resigns" as U.S. President. He is succeeded by James Johnson. [1]
Solid Snake and Otacon found Philanthropy, in order to put a stop to the construction of Metal Gear derivatives. Nastasha Romanenko donates her profits from her book to their cause. [1][6]
Emma Emmerich joins the NSA in exchange for information regarding her brother, Hal Emmerich, who had been involved in the Shadow Moses Incident. [1]
Simultaneous terrorist bombing cases take place in London, UK, and Egypt. [4][15]
Riots occur in France. [4][15]
Late 2005/Early 2006 In Lyon, France, Ocelot has Liquid Snake's arm grafted in place of the one Gray Fox cut off at Shadow Moses. [1]

2006

Dates Events
Development of the Boeing X-50 Dragonfly is cancelled due to flaws in the transition mode between winged flight mode and rotor mode. [7]
July 16 The Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism is created by the U.S. and Russia. [11]
2006-2007 Jack (Raiden) undergoes VR training as part of the U.S. Army's Force XXI trials. [1]

2007

Warning: The following information is from outside Hideo Kojima's core "Metal Gear Saga." It has some level of canonicity within the continuity, but reader discretion is advised.[?]
Dates Events
January 20 Jack (Raiden) leaves the Force XXI, with his profile within the group being edited for the last time. [16]
Non-"Metal Gear Saga" information ends here.
Dates Events
The Global Financial Crisis begins. [4]
April 30 Jack (Raiden) and Rosemary meet each other for the first time. [1]
May Rose and Jack (Raiden) become reacquainted upon discovering that they work at the same military base [1]
May Journalist Gary McGolden recieves an optical disc containing a copy of In the Darkness of Shadow Moses: The Unofficial Truth. [1]
Olga Gurlukovich becomes pregnant with Sunny. [1]
June 24 Gary McGolden supposedly travels to Shadow Moses Island to discover the truth about the 2005 incident, but is captured by agents of the Patriots, resulting in his rescue by an unknown "invisible" savior. He reports his account in the article The Shocking Conspiracy Behind Shadow Moses shortly before disappearing. As a result, In the Darkness of Shadow Moses: The Unofficial Truth is published in its original, unabridged form. [1][17]
August 7 Russia restores bomber patrols. [13]
August 8 Tanker Incident: Solid Snake infiltrates the USS Discovery in order to expose the U.S. Marines' Metal Gear RAY to the public. Ocelot hijacks RAY, murders Scott Dolph and Sergei Gurlukovich, sinks the tanker and is taken over by the personality of Liquid Snake. Philanthropy is blamed for the incident and goes underground, faking Snake's death. [1][note 2]
Dead Cell leader Colonel Jackson is arrested for allegedly misappropriating government funding and incarcerated in Leavenworth. He is actually framed by the Patriots. [1]
Construction on the Big Shell offshore decontamination facility begins in Manhattan Bay. [1]
Emma Emmerich leaves the NSA. She is recruited by the Patriots to begin work on GW. [1]
Warning: The following information is from outside Hideo Kojima's core "Metal Gear Saga." It has some level of canonicity within the continuity, but reader discretion is advised.[?]
Dates Events
George is born. [7]
Non-"Metal Gear Saga" information ends here.

2008

Dates Events
Olga gives birth to Sunny, who is kidnapped by the Patriots. [1]
The FDA of America declares food from cloned animals safe practice. [4]
September The Montreux Document is ratified, which allows for some obligations in signature countries regarding private militaries. [7]
October The liquidation of Dead Cell: Dead Cell is caught in a surprise attack, losing two of its members (Chinaman and Old Boy). Only Fatman, Fortune, and Vamp survive. [18][note 3]
James Johnson is re-elected as President, officially due to the policies he made, although it is largely due to the Patriots' manipulations. [1]
The President of the United States publicly pledges to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. [19][6][note 4]
Warning: The following information is from outside Hideo Kojima's core "Metal Gear Saga." It has some level of canonicity within the continuity, but reader discretion is advised.[?]
Dates Events
Sundowner retires from official military service, and begins working as a mercenary for various PMCs. [7]
Non-"Metal Gear Saga" information ends here.

2009

Dates Events
January Scientists succeed in cloning the first extinct species, the Pyrenean Ibex. [11]
April 11 The Second Chechen War ends. [7]
April 29 Big Shell Incident: The Sons of Liberty uprising. Raiden and Solid Snake infiltrate the Big Shell separately. Raiden is unknowingly used as a guinea pig in the Patriots' S3 Plan in order to provide complex data for the AI GW. Raiden is variously assisted and opposed by both Snake and the new Cyborg Ninja (Olga Gurlukovich). The incident results in the deaths of Fatman, Emma Emmerich, Olga, Richard Ames, Peter Stillman, members of SEAL Team 10, and U.S. President James Johnson. Vamp disappears. [1][6]
April 30 Arsenal Gear emerges. Fortune is killed by Revolver Ocelot, whose mind is taken over by Liquid Snake once more, before escaping in Metal Gear RAY. Arsenal Gear crashes into Manhattan, stopping at Federal Hall. Solidus Snake dies after being defeated by Raiden. [1]
"Liquid Ocelot" retrieves GW from Arsenal Gear. [10]
Revolver Ocelot has Liquid Snake's arm removed from his body due to the imbalance caused to his psyche. It is replaced with a cybernetic prosthetic. [10]
June 23 The United States Secretary of Defense establishes Cyber Command, the Armed Forces Branch of cyberspace. [11]
December 1 The Treaty of Lisbon is entered into force, the authority of the European Union (EU) is enlarged. [13]

Behind the scenes

The timeline featured on the official Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection website mentions President Barack Obama's 2009 speech about "A World without Nuclear Weapons" in Prague, Czech Republic.[4] However, this conflicts with the Metal Gear chronology in that the President during this time is actually the fictional James Johnson. Obama's speech would later be referenced in an ending about nuclear disarmament in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Notes

  1. ^ In Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the "Truth: The Man Who Sold the World" ending timeline erroneously states that Dr. Clark was killed during the Shadow Moses Incident.
  2. ^ Date is shown on a computer screen during the Tanker chapter in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.
  3. ^ The liquidation of Dead Cell is stated to have taken place six months prior to the Big Shell Incident, which itself happens on April 29-30, 2009.
  4. ^ While the President is not identified by name in the timeline in either Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes or The Phantom Pain, it is known that by 2007, James Johnson succeeded George Sears. Barack Obama made the pledge in real life.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (2001).
  2. ^ Metal Gear Solid 4 Database, Kojima Productions (2008).
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Metal Gear Solid, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (1998).
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i METAL GEAR SOLID THE LEGACY COLLECTION OFFICIAL WEBSITE. Konami Digital Entertainment (2013). Retrieved on 2014-03-30.
  5. ^ Metal Gear Solid (Briefing), Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (1998).
    Liquid Snake [...] 2000 Joins FOX-HOUND and becomes battle leader of the new FOX-HOUND.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain ("Truth: The Man Who Sold the World" Ending timeline), Kojima Productions (2015).
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Kojima Productions/Platinum Games (2013).
  8. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Kojima Productions (2014).
  9. ^ Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (2001).
    "The nuclear weapons disposal plant on Shadow Moses dates back to 2002. It was built solely for the purpose of temporarily storing nuclear warheads slated for disposal..."
    - In the Darkness of Shadow Moses: The Unofficial Truth by Nastasha Romanenko
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Kojima Productions (2008).
  11. ^ a b c d e METAL GEAR SOLID Timeline. Konami Digital Entertainment. Retrieved on 2012-04-12.[dead link]
  12. ^ Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (2004).
    In the 1980s, there were more than 60,000 nuclear warheads in the world at all times. The total destructive power amounted to 1 million times that of the Hiroshima A-bomb. In January 1993, START2 was signed and the United States and Russia agreed to reduce the number of deployed strategic nuclear warheads to 3,000 to 3,500 in each nation by the end of year 2007. However, as of 2003, there still exists more than 20,000 nuclear warheads in the world.
  13. ^ a b c http://www.konami.jp/mg25th/truth/chronicles.html
  14. ^ Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (second ending timeline), Kojima Productions (2010).
  15. ^ a b METAL GEAR SOLID THE LEGACY COLLECTION OFFICIAL WEBSITE. Konami Digital Entertainment (2013). Retrieved on 2014-03-30.
  16. ^ [1]
  17. ^ "[Nastasha Romanenko's] account was published in its original, unabridged form as "In the Darkness of Shadow Moses" after the successful publication of this volume [of MEGASURPRISE magazine]."
    - The Shocking Conspiracy Behind Shadow Moses, Publisher's Afterword by Editor-in-Chief Max Smithson
  18. ^ The timeline featured in The Document of Metal Gear Solid 2.
  19. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Kojima Productions (2014).

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