- January 4 - 18: Tensions in Mexico's southern states increase. Over a two-week period, the governors of Chiapas, Campeche, and Quintana Roo are assassinated, with two of the three perpetrators eventually caught and each judged to have been working independently. 
- February 14: (US Nuclear Regulatory Commission vs. Shiawase Corporation) Using the Seretech Decision as precedent, the Supreme Court of the United States rules in favor of Shiawase, determining that a major corporation's private property is not under the host country's jurisdiction.  
- February 20: Initially wanting to be seen as the vanguard against growing corporate power, the French government refuses to recognize Shiawase's extraterritoriality but remains the sole opposition, the country receiving years of corporate sanctions as a result.  
- March - May: Germany's eastern länder are evacuated due to groundwater contamination and the Baltic Sea suffers an ecological collapse due to chemical sludge. Hundreds of thousands of people are relocated as governments try to address these troubled areas.  
- July 20: During the G8 Summit in Genoa (Italy), private security forces open fire on anti-corporate protesters, killing 12. The pro-corp Italian media describe the shootings as 'defense against an act of terrorism' and protesters are forced to switch tactics in light of corporate crackdowns. 
- August 15: The USA Food and Drug Administration approves P4MO (synthetic blood replacement) for general use. 
- August - October: NASA sends robot probes to Mars but, after discovering structures resembling pyramids together with a skeleton, refuses to release the images.
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