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EMP Blackout

Nuclear detonation over Los Angeles

The Blackout was an unprecedented electricity blackout that affected Los Angeles for ten days in May 2022. Replicants Iggy Cygnus and Trixie, with the vital assistance of Ren Dus, a replicant-sympathizing Tyrell Corporation employee, came up with a plan to destroy the servers hosting the Tyrell Corporation's database of registered replicants.


The plan consisted of the detonation of a nuclear warhead in the stratosphere over Los Angeles in order to overload the city's electrical grid with a powerful EMP blast and erase any trace of electronic data. Ren and Iggy would then, at the same time, explode a hijacked fuel truck inside the server farm, thus ensuring no replicant information could ever be retrieved.[1]

The plan was a success and all replicant production was banned shortly thereafter, and was the reason for the fall of the Tyrell Corporation. The end of such a large megacorporation left the world in a state of crisis, with stock markets crashing and prevalent food shortages. The Wallace Corporation went to acquire the bankrupted company and restart on the production of a new model of replicant a decade later.[2]