Chicago: A City Divided
A world-wide oil crisis starts a new cold war in Middle East between US/UK vs Russia/China/India. Lots of regional fighting for oil. Fighting breaks out around 2083. Russia had discovered ways to find and bring out latent psychic abilities in people using cybernetic enchantments. US/UK were losing the cold war because of this. In order to combat the psychic threat, US developed genetic modification to create super-soldiers. This changed the course of the cold war and turned it into a stalemate. The cold war continues until the US/UK scientists develop new fusion generators which ends the energy crisis. The cold war ends peacefully and US/UK shares their solar power discovery and Russia shares their psychic research.The cold war ends around 2099.
When the super soldiers return home, people regard them as monsters. These soldiers are shunned by society and after around 6 years of mistreatment from the public and the government they start massive riots after peaceful protests are actively put down with violence from police. The riots start when the government starts rounding up genetically modified people. Damage to major cities in the United States is severe. This forces the government’s hand to make sure the veterans and their mutated children have equal treatment. An unexpected side effect of the genetic manipulation was that their children were also affected. The mutations aren’t always passed down to children, but it is a dominant trait. The story starts from 2156. There’s still prejudice against genetically modified people. Blue collar jobs often require people to be genetically modified in order to complete their jobs (enhanced strength people to move boxes, enhanced climbing ability to clean windows etc.) and white collar jobs often require expensive cybernetic implants. This creates an obvious class diversion between the people that have, and those that have not.