BASIC INFECTION TIMELINE
First reported outbreak in North Africa on June 5th, 2018.
CDC, WHO, and the UN are sent in early June to aid with the outbreak in North Africa.
By July, the CDC, WHO, and UN have pulled out from the region. The Virus spreads South into Southern Africa, Northwest into Spain, and Northeast into the Middle East.
By August, reports of the virus are global- although the heaviest concentrations are in Asia, Western Europe, and both East and West coasts of the United States. The virus is nicknamed the “PHP” or the “Pale Horse Plague” around this time.
By September, Western & Eastern Europe, Asia & Oceania, South America, and North America are almost entirely taken by infected. Small “Safe zones” have been set up across the world that harbors the last bastions of old-world civilization- but they are in the minority compared to areas that have been completely succumbed to the infected.
By October, several Safe zones have fallen and those still active are doing their best to hold back the hordes. Almost all governments and militaries have been destroyed by the infected, and any areas outside of the safe zones are considered simply as lawless wastelands.
By November 5th, 2018 (the starting date of the New Lore) the world is in ruin. The safe zones are more or less isolated from each other, and those outside of the safe zones do what they can to survive the harsh new world.
ACTIVE SAFE ZONES
North & South Dakota (AKA “KOTA”)
Isle of Man
South Africa (AKA “The Cape” - Whites/Light Skinned Africans Only) & Madagascar
Nigeria & Cameroon (AKA “The Commonwealth” - Dark Skinned Africans Only)
Nepal & Bhutan & Bangladesh + Inbetween Land (AKA “New Burma”)
Oceania & Australia:
Northern Island of New Zealand
FAILED SAFE ZONES
North & South Carolina
Chile & Argentina
The Falkland Islands
Lithuania & Latvia & Estonia
Oceania & Australia:
Southern Island of New Zealand
(WIPED OFF THE MAP)
Main Japanese Island
North & South Korea
Most of Southern India
The Panama Canal
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Is Chernarus still a safe zone?
A: No. Chernarus is far from safe. There are roaming packs of infected that carry the infection on them and in them. Bandits and loony people also dot the map.
Q: Can I cut off a limb to save myself from the infection?
A: No. The infection is blood transmitted. By the time you cut off the limb, it will have already circulated through your entire body.
Q: Why is the UN and US Military not really mentioned in the Chernarus lore?
A: We didn’t think it made sense for them to be heavily involved after the Civil wars in Chernarus. They would have backed out and not returned for the infection due to them being busy with their own safe zones and protecting their own people. WHO and NATO would likely be spread fairly thin as well. They can’t be everywhere at once.
Q: Are the Quarantine zones in Chernarus still a thing?
A: Yes. In a stroke of genius, we were able to salvage the idea and implement them in a new way. In Character, there is little to no known reason for people to enter the largest military installments because of the dense population of infected there, but if they do they will be putting themselves in danger with bandits and dangerous people (KOS zones). There are also roaming packs (to explain the rotating QZs) that are circulating the map always. The Infection is Airborne and therefore will still require you to wear a gas mask in these Unsafe Areas.
Q: My character is a Marine. I have a friend who wants to play a Navy Seal. Are we still allowed to play these characters?
A: Yes. We are not stopping people from creating characters they want to play. HOWEVER: In order to play Military Characters from another country, you will need a GOOD REASON for them to be in Chernarus. Whether that be a rescue mission, an escort mission, or a Recovery mission, or something else. You can always ask us for help if you are unable to think of a reason.
Q: Can I be immune to the virus?
A: No. There is no immunity. Depending on your immune system you may be less likely to contract the virus, but in the end, you’re not immune. No one is immune.
Q: Can I say my character is from a currently active or previously failed Safe Zone?
A: Yes, you can. If you need more information about these zones, you may ask the LMs about them.