- Sea-Tac: a total misnomer, this region actually includes
for all practical purposes both Vancouver to the north and Portland
in the south in a single contiguous sprawl officially known
as the "American Northern Pacific Rim Economic Co-Habitation
Zone", but called Sea-Tac by all but the most stalwart Vancouver
and Portland diehards. Despite the naming controversy, this
region is very industrialized, and represents a real and serious
powerhouse with commerce of all kind. It challenges both Frisco
and Angelos in terms of dollars and importance and along with
Diego is thought of as a "new" or upstart power base.
- Expanded Shasta Valley Co-Development Region: aka "The
Stretch"; the mostly underdeveloped lands north of Chico and
south of Portland. The only community of any size in this area
is Eugene, historical home of the Victorix Sports MegaCorps.
Rapid transit lines connect Sea-Tac to the north with Frisco
and Reno-Sac in the south.
- Reno-Sac: Technically in the northern tip of the Central
Valley the old Sacramento, Stockton, Folsom area spread to the
east and merged with Reno and also swallowed Chico to the north.
For some reason a lot of bio-chem companies have facilities
in this region, and BioCorps has a major presense. It borders
the Central Valley, the Stretch, the Jay-Oh, and Frisco.
- Frisco: this loose region usually includes everything
north of Cupertino inclusive, the former city of San Francisco,
Berkely, Concord, Antioch, Vacaville, Napa, and Santa Rosa in
common usage, though people in this area get more specific.
This is a generally upscale area, upper-middle to upper upper,
and there are many corporate compounds and creches. It borders
Jay-Oh and there is a near-constant low intensity conflict going
on along the borders between contracted security forces and
gangers with their eyes on the plum prizes in the upscale Frisco
communities. It also borders Reno-Sac and the Shasta Valley
Development Region to the north. Competes with Angelos, Diego,
and Sea-Tac to be the dominant power of San-San.
- The Jose-Oakland Metropolitan Area: aka "The big Jay-Oh";
a very large and predominantly low middle to lower class urban
area that includes all of old San Jose and Oakland, southward
to Salinas, and running inland to include Stockton to Modesto.
It borders Central Valley, Reno-Sac, Frisco, and Sloxnard. There
are large areas of it that are completely gang-infested.
- Central Valley: aka the Bowl, this is the largest single
region in San-San, stretching from Merced in the north down
to Bakersfield, then over to Victorville and inland southeast
to Needles and Lake Havasu City in the south, and stretching
to the east to the old border of California. Home to heavy industry,
agrigultural combines, and blue collar types. Extremely high
crime rates, bike gangs of all sorts are common, and its a dangerous
place for people that don't "belong" and know their way around.
A lot of MegaCorps have big compounds due to the land being
cheaper out here, so Runs are a common occurance. It borders
Vegas, Angelos, Jay-Oh, Sloxnard, and the Inland Empire. The
air quality is legendarily bad; many non-locals wear filters
and locals tend to have a lot of respiratory problems in late
middle age on. There are also lots of flying insects, for unknown
reasons. Not a fun place to live or visit.
- Sloxnard: a long but relatively narrow and somewhat underdeveloped
region containing some of the most upscale land in San-San,
stretching from Monterey in the north to Oxnard in the south.
Named after the old cities of San Luis Obispo and Oxnard; it
borders Frisco, Jay-Oh, Central Valley, and Holly-bu. There
isnt a lot of business in Sloxnard, but there is a lot of playgrounds
and estates for the wealthy.
- Holly-bu: This trendy and (overly) expensive region includes
all of old Malibu, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Santa Clarita,
most of Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, West Hollywood, Hollywood,
Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and everything in between. It remains
host to important aspects of the entertainment business, and
is home to many popular and pricey clubs. The night life teems
with clubby Runners and wannabes as well as mainstreamers. A
good deal of white collar crime and designer drugs goes down
here as well.
- Angelos: old Los Angeles, Inglewood, all coastal communities
from Marina Del Rey down to Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Fountain
Valley, Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Cyprus, Cerritos, La Habra,
Rowland Heights, Arcadia, and parts of old Pasadena comprise
this economic juggernaut. The single biggest concentration of
commerce and MegaCorps presense to be found in San-San, this
region is a microcosm with slices of everything found elsewhere
in San San and more. It is both dangerously edgy and predictably
mundane all at the same time. It competes with Frisco, Diego,
and Sea-Tac to be the dominant power of San-San and is the front
- Inland Empire: basically the same as it ever was, only
bigger. The Empire includes Riverside, Ontario (CA), Pomona,
San Bernadino, Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Corona, Moreno Valley,
all the way down to Temecula, and out to Hemet and Yucaipa.
The IE is similar to the Bowl, but the crime and gangs aren't
quite as bad and the air is better. There are a lot of large
corporate compounds for heavy industry, skunk works, and shady
business in this large area.
- Bernadino: Part of the larger Inland Empire, the greater
San Bernadino area is home to a lot of corporate offices and
is often referred to independently. Typically the largely blue
collar / industrial corps have their production facilities in
the Central Valley and / or the IE, and their white collar offices
in Bernadino. So many urban Runs go down in this region there
are many Runners that know the area inside and out, and sudden
whirlwind battles between Runners and Sec Forces can make the
streets unsafe at times.
- Anaheim: comprised of the old cities of Anaheim, Orange,
Yorba Linda, Fullerton, Santa Ana, Tustin, and northern chunks
of what used to be the Cleveland National Forest, this diverse
community is practically a hive of middle class burbs and corporate
creches. A lot of middle management lives here, and a suprising
number of twenty-something Runners originate from the area.
Also of note, there is a very large Red Legion compound / creche
here comprised of the old Tustin and El Toro Marine bases, the
land in between and around them, the Limestone Canyon Regional
Park, and Irvine Lake. The Legion maintains the park area, but
most of it is used for wilderness survival training and war
- Irvine-Clemente: aka IC (eye-see). A large but very disassociated
region comprising all of San Clemente and the northern portions
of old Camp Pendleton, following the coastline up to Newport
Beach, inland to Irvine, down to Lake Forest, Mission Viejo,
and Rancho Santo Margarita, and southern portions of the former
Cleveland National Forest. This is a vast area, but for various
reasons continues to function as a collection of smaller communities.
It borders Anaheim, Angelos, and O-Side and basically exists
as the space between them. Old Irvine itself has a large slice
of technology corporations. There remain many very nice places
to live in this area, and there are a lot of high-security communities
and creches scattered profusely.
- O-Side: Encompassing all of Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad,
Escondido, Fallbrook, and the southern half of what used to
be the Marine base at Camp Pendleton, this sprawling urban jungle
is home to smaller corporations, retail outlets, and many lower
end neighborhoods including several ethnic slums. There is a
serious gang problem in O-Side, and its a largely lawless area
away from major throughfares and transit hubs. Several weaker
MegaCorps have heavily reenforced compounds in this area as
- Diego: The old Greater San Diego metropolitan area, this
wealthy region is home to a lot of computer technology, biology-tech,
cybernetics, bioware, eugenics, and all the other trappings
of high tech existence. The Miramar Bio-Mechanical Cooperative
alone has over thirty three in and out patient BodyTech facilities
within its defensive perimeter making it one of the largest
concentrations of such technology in the world. Almost all of
the high tech firms have a strong presense in Diego and there
are a lot of expensive and well patrolled upscale creches scattered
here and there housing wealthy execs.
- Baja: This region includes Tijuana across to Mexicali
in the north, and the entire Baja penisula all the way down
to La Paz. With the exception of high-end communities in Ensenada
and La Paz, it's full of extremely cheap housing and cheaper
labor. Several large organized gangs control large portions
of the region. Though English is the language of business, Spanish
is the real local language and not knowing it is very disadvantageous.