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To prepare for the activation of the AI network, the Patriots create and disseminate a data filter worldwide disguising it as a software fix for the Y2K bug.

Early 2000s: George Sears (a.k.a. Solidus Snake) is appointed as the 43rd President of the United States.

The NIF (National Ignition Facility) is completed and established during this time.


January 1st: Millennium Bug: the Patriots spread a "data filter" worldwide, disguised as a software fix to impede the impact of the flaw in various computer systems.

January 24th: 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 notorious group of hackers, 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]

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.[2]

June: The Eritrean-Ethiopian War ends.[3]

Liquid Snake joins FOXHOUND and becomes squad leader.[4] Liquid re-establishes the codename system and reorganizes the unit to be a small, hand-picked, elite counter terrorism unit.[5]

Ocelot joins FOXHOUND, under Liquid Snake's command.[5]

Trials are conducted on the National Missile Defense program, but they end in complete failure. At some point, President Sears forces the NMD through and it becomes successful.[1]

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.[5]


September 11th: Multiple terrorist attacks strike America.[2][6]

October 7th: The War in Afghanistan commences as a direct result of the aforementioned terrorist attacks. Coalition forces invade Afghanistan.[6] Sundowner would later become involved in this war, as would Mistral.[7]


Camp X-ray, a black site for housing "enemy combatants," is established at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay.[8][6]

February 8th: The Algerian Civil War ends.[7]

September: The Third Chadian Civil War ends.[3]

The nuclear weapons disposal facility on Shadow Moses Island is constructed.[9]

Hybrids are outlawed in dogsledding races.[5]

The CIA and other intelligence agencies uncover evidence that falsely suggests Iraq is developing WMDs, which ultimately results in the invasion of Iraq a year later.[7]

The Angolan Civil war draws to a close.[6]


The Iraq War begins.[6]

March 20th: Several nations led by the U.S. launch a multi-lateral strike on Iraq.[2] The UK-based PMC, Praying Mantis, is contracted alongside the U.S. Government to deploy large amounts of their soldiers into the combat zones.[10] Sundowner and Mistral are also involved in this conflict, marking the former's second time in Iraq as well (having earlier participated in the Gulf War). Khamsin will later partake in and ends up being discharged during this conflict, due to his lack of flexibility and disastrous personality, and undergoes mercenary, eventually using his funds to become a cyborg.[7]

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]

Naomi Hunter joins FOXHOUND's medical staff, and begins gene therapy research and experimentation on soldiers.

Dr. Clark (a.k.a. Para-Medic) dies in a lab explosion caused by a revived Gray Fox, who manages to escape. Naomi Hunter covers the incident, faking Gray Fox's death, and takes over Dr. Clark's job.[5] This event is planned by EVA and Ocelot as part of their plan to eliminate the three remaining members of the Patriots (the other two being Sigint and Zero).[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]


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 relating to 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]

The CIA begins using unmanned aerial vehicles to kill senior al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas.[7]

Pakistani scientists proliferate nuclear-related technologies overseas.[2]


January: A report is filed concerning the Next-Generation Special Forces strange behavior; consulting classified information about soldier genes as well as conducting their own gene therapy experiments.[5]

February 28th: Shadow Moses Incident.[6] The Sons of Big Boss uprising. Master Miller is found assassinated in his home by an unknown assailant.[13] FOXHOUND is "disbanded"; the remaining renegade members are all killed by Solid Snake, with the exception of Decoy Octopus who is killed by the FOXDIE virus created by Naomi Hunter, and Revolver Ocelot, who escapes. The DARPA Chief Donald Anderson dies from torture conducted by Ocelot, who claims it to be an accident, but in truth is because he is Sigint, a member of the Patriots.[6] The President of ArmsTech Kenneth Baker is killed by the FOXDIE virus, as well as the majority of the Genome Army. Solid Snake meets Hal Emmerich (Otacon) and Meryl Silverburgh for the first time. Gray Fox, with his new exoskeleton, battles Snake and is defeated. He is eventually killed by Liquid Snake. Solid Snake destroys Metal Gear REX. Liquid Snake is eventually killed by FOXDIE. Snake leaves with Meryl in an attempt to start a new life.[5]

Naomi Hunter is placed into a high security prison. Three weeks later, she is broken out by Liquid Ocelot. Because both the U.S. Government and Nastasha Romanenko, the latter after hearing from outside sources about the breakout, believed that Solid Snake was the one who broke Naomi out,[1] the military also added Snake's supposed involvement in her escape to his rap sheet.[10]

March 1st: 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.[5][1]

Early March: Jim Houseman allegedly commits suicide due to a nervous breakdown relating to his job, although it is suspected that he was actually assassinated for failing to take the fall for the Patriots' plan.[1]

An estimate is made that 50,000 tons of nuclear material is being stored in America alone.[5]

Nastasha publishes her book, In the Darkness of Shadow Moses: The Unofficial Truth, in order to expose the truth behind the Shadow Moses Incident, although its release is heavily abridged. It makes the incident public and becomes a best-seller, turning Solid Snake into a hero-like figure.[1]

Revolver Ocelot sells the data collected from the Metal Gear REX testing on the black market, obtaining great amounts of money. Soon, many nations build pirated versions of the weapon.[1]

George Sears "resigns" as the 43rd 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.[6] Nastasha Romanenko donates her profits from her book to their cause.[1]

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.[2][14]

French riots occur.[2][14]

Late 2005/Early 2006Edit

In Lyon, France, Ocelot has Liquid Snake's arm grafted in place of the one Gray Fox cut off at Shadow Moses as part of a plot to rescue Big Boss's remains and free him.[1]


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 16th: The Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism is created by the U.S. and Russia.


Jack (Raiden) undergoes VR training as part of the U.S. Army's Force XXI trials.[1]


The Global Financial Crisis begins.[2]

January 20th: Jack (Raiden) leaves the Force XXI, with his profile within the group being edited for the last time.[15]

April 30th: Jack (Raiden) and Rosemary meet each other for the first time.

May: Rose and Jack (Raiden) become reacquainted upon discovering that they work at the same military base; Gary McGolden, a journalist for MEGASURPRISE magazine, is given 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 24th: 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.[16]

August 8th:[17] Tanker Incident.[6] Solid Snake infiltrates the USS Discovery in order to take photographs of Metal Gear RAY, to leak onto the internet. Snake meets Olga Gurlukovich for the first time. Ocelot then hijacks RAY, murders Scott Dolph and Sergei Gurlukovich, sinks the tanker and is then taken over for the first time by the personality of Liquid Snake, thus beginning his transformation into Liquid Ocelot. Philanthropy is blamed for the incident and goes underground, faking Snake's death.

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]

Olga gives birth to Sunny, who is kidnapped by the Patriots.


The FDA of America declares food from cloned animals safe practice.[2]

September: The Montreux Document is ratified, which allows for some obligations in signature countries regarding private militaries.[7]

November:[18] The liquidation of Dead Cell: Dead Cell is caught in a surprise attack, losing two of its key members (Chinaman and Old Boy). Only Fatman, Fortune, and Vamp survive.[19]

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.[20][6][note 2]

Sundowner retires from official military service, and begins working as a mercenary for various PMCs.[7]


January: Scientists succeed in cloning the first extinct species, the Pyrenean Ibex.[11]

February: The Tea Party Movement is formed.[21]

April 11: The Second Chechen War ends.[7]

April 29th: Big Shell Incident.[6] 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 one of their AI's (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, every member of SEAL Team 10, and the 44th President of the United States, James Johnson. Vamp is also "killed" for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th time, all at the hands of Raiden.[1]

April 30th: Arsenal Gear emerges. Fortune is murdered by Revolver Ocelot who becomes Liquid Ocelot once more, then proceeds to escape in Metal Gear RAY. Arsenal Gear crashes into Manhattan, stopping at Federal Hall. Solidus Snake dies after being defeated by Raiden. Otacon discovers that the original Wisemen's Committee has been dead for almost 100 years, and that one member was also one of the top financial backers of Philanthropy.[1]

Liquid Ocelot retrieves GW from Arsenal Gear.[10]

Revolver Ocelot has Liquid Snake's arm removed from his body because the arm caused an imbalance to Ocelot's psyche in the presence of Solid Snake during the Tanker and Big Shell Incidents. It is replaced with a cybernetic prosthetic.[10]

June 23rd: The United States Secretary of Defense establishes Cyber Command, the Armed Forces Branch of cyberspace.[11]

Behind the scenesEdit

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.[2] 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 and references Edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ a b Metal Gear Solid, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (1998)
    Revolver Ocelot: I've fought wars in Afghanistan, Mozambique, Eritrea, and Chad.
  4. ^ Metal Gear Solid (Briefing), Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (1998).
    Liquid Snake [...] 2000 Joins FOX-HOUND and becomes battle leader of the new FOX-HOUND.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Metal Gear Solid, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (1998)
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m 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 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Kojima Productions (2008).
  11. ^ a b c d METAL GEAR SOLID Timeline. Konami Digital Entertainment. Retrieved on 2012-04-12.
  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. ^ Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (second ending timeline), Kojima Productions (2010)
  14. ^ a b METAL GEAR SOLID THE LEGACY COLLECTION OFFICIAL WEBSITE. Konami Digital Entertainment (2013). Retrieved on 2014-03-30.
  15. ^ [1]
  16. ^ "[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
  17. ^ Shown on a computer screen during the Tanker chapter in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.
  18. ^ The liquidation of Dead Cell is stated to have taken place six months prior to the Big Shell Incident, which itself happens on April 29th-30th, 2009.
  19. ^ The timeline featured in The Document of Metal Gear Solid 2.
  20. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Kojima Productions (2014).
  21. ^ "Make It Right" - Senator Armstrong Leaked Audio [2]
  1. ^ The "Truth: The Man Who Sold the World" ending timeline erroneously claims that Para-Medic was killed during the Shadow Moses Incident.
  2. ^ The President is not identified by name in the timeline in either Ground Zeroes or The Phantom Pain but it is known that by 2007, James Johnson succeeded George Sears. Barack Obama made the pledge in real life.

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