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San Francisco
Population: 10,000,000+
Humans: 53%
Elves: 8%
Dwarves: 12%
Orks: 21%
Trolls: 5%
Other: 1%
Size: ~18,040 km^2
Population Density: 600 per square kilometer
Per Capita Income: 45,000¥
Below Poverty Level: ?
On Fortune's Active Traders List: ?
Corporate-Affiliated: 62%
Felonious Crime Rate: 19 per 1000 per annum
Less Than 12 Years: 45%
High School Equivalency: 33%
College Degrees: 16%
Advanced Degrees: 6%
Hospitals: 111
Local Telecomm Grid Access No: ?

San Francisco is a metroplex in the Bay Area of California Free State, which has been controlled by various Japanese regimes for close to 40 years now. From 2061 to 2067 it served as the "capital" of General Saito's expanding California Protectorate. After the collapse of the occupational state, Mitsuhama has become the new major controlling faction in the city, along with other Japanacorps continuing the strong Japanese presence.


Awakened biota[]

Sea Leeches in San Francisco Bay [1][2]


In 2036 California leaves the UCAS and becomes the California Free State. Tír Tairngire invades in the north up to Redding, while Aztlan takes the south and captures San Diego. At this time the JIS sends a military and effectively takes control of San Francisco, in the name of protecting Japanese business interest. Though it is still considered part of the CFS while it was being occupied.

April 2051: bomb in San Francisco BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) line [3]

October 2051: earthquake hits San Francisco Bay [4][3]

In 2061; San Fran is hit by an earthquake when the Ring of Fire erupts during the events of Halley's Comet. Imperial orders are given to recall the Japanese military back to Japan.

General Saito goes rogue, refuses the recall orders, declares himself Protectorate-General and starts to round up metahumans into internment camps. He expands his control over San Francisco. Ares moves troops into Silicon Valley in order to keep Saito from taking control, and the dwarves in Halferville threaten to destroy the Caldecott Tunnel to keep Saito out.[5]

EMP bomb explodes in San Francisco during Crash of 2064 [6]

MCT props up Saito's regime after the crash [7]

In late 2068 all-out war breaks out in the city. Ares along with the California Rangers fight Protectorate-General Saito's forces and take back control of the city.[5][8]

MCT takes a lead role in San Francisco after Saito's fall [9]

In 2069 the University of California-San Francisco reopens.

In 2070 the historic cable cars are brought back online.


Corporate presence[]

Mitsuhama North-American headquarters in San Francisco [10]

Renraku America headquarters in San Francisco [11]

Ares controls Silicon Valley. Ares CFS Headquarters is located in Cupertino and became known as the Orchard.[12] Ares's Ares Fire and Saftey provide fire safety services for the metroplex.[13]



San Francisco Giants, San Francisco Whales, San Francisco 49ers [14]

Golden State Warriors [15]

San Francisco Breakers in Major League Soccer.



Black Chrysanthemums smuggling people from Hong Kong [16]

smuggling goods from Seattle [17]

Tempo smuggling by the Koshari and Ancients in early 2070s [18]


Yakuza: Sons of the Neon Chrysanthemum [19], Karatsa-gumi [20]

Los Angeles and San Francisco divided between Triads and Yakuza [21]


There are 3 major freeways and numerous highways dissecting the city. Highway 1 turns in to 101 and runs north and south. 280 runs to the foothills. 680 runs to the East Bay until it becomes 80. 880 begins in the Silicon Valley.

San Francisco-Seattle high-speed maglev [22][23]

San Francisco International Airport [24]


Lucien Cross' corporate jet crashed close to San Francisco [25]

cable car spirit [26]

Also See[]


  1. o20709502California Free State p. 146
  2. o11587182Running Wild p. 166
  3. 3.0 3.1 o34954845Sixth World Almanac p. 73
  4. o35702881Shadowrun Third Edition p. 25
  5. 5.0 5.1 o44378411Shadows in Focus: City by Shadow: San Francisco p. 3
  6. o76933476System Failure p. 80
  7. o76933476System Failure p. 102
  8. o34954845Sixth World Almanac p. 174
  9. o12707240Shadowrun 20th Anniversary p. 47
  10. o76933476System Failure p. 107 "MCT Announces Massive Pullout"
  11. o39478620Runner Havens p. 81
  12. o44378411Shadows in Focus: City by Shadow: San Francisco p. 4
  13. o44378411Shadows in Focus: City by Shadow: San Francisco p. 7
  14. o67992490Shadowbeat ?
  15. o69485291State of the Art: 2063 p. 117
  16. o39478620Runner Havens p. 46
  17. o39478620Runner Havens p. 97
  18. o61900501Ghost Cartels p. 33, 115
  19. o33031982Vice p. 50
  20. o33031982Vice p. 52
  21. o33031982Vice p. 70
  22. o03045067New Seattle p. 16
  23. o35702881Shadowrun Third Edition p. 314
  24. o20709502California Free State p. 14
  25. o76933476System Failure p. 84, 85
  26. o35702881Shadowrun Third Edition p. 267


In System Failure Mitsuhama states that after some deliberation they decided to relocate their North American headquarters to San Francisco. Since the decision is connected to the pullout from Tsimshian, this seems to imply that the headquarters was located in Tsimshian at that time. But according to New Seattle not only has it been in Seattle a few years before that (2060), it also remained there according to Runner Havens (2070). (sf p. 107 -- ns p. 92, rh p. 78)




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