para-industrial-earth is the first major chapter of the neotoy timeline and covers the period of classical human history where the biological ecosystem begins to suffer a slow yet systemic failure. Given the current state of affairs, it could be estimated that this process beings to kick in around late 2008.
This event forces the world's industrialized nations to enter a prolonged survival mode; population centers and physical resources are consolidated, the global economy enters a permanent state of depression.
The impact is two fold; first, most of conventional industries shut down. Second, an entire generation of new industries is created. Even though it is obvious that human extinction is imminent there is still a level of pointless bureaucracy that manages to delay the collapse of civilization, indefinitely.