This is the backstory for the Salvation video game idea created by XtranormalGeek.
Some time in the 1980s, a point of divergence took place where the Soviet Union was capable of recovering from economic turmoil due to the nation formally rejecting its centralized bureaucratic system in exchange for a form of adhocracy. This, along with Mikhail Gorbachev not becoming the new leader, allowed for the USSR to continue their political warfare against the Western Bloc. In the years that followed, America propsered resulting from a more fixed national security, stationary businesses and higher monetary income. However, paranoia and fear still gripped the country, and as each day passed, the proxy wars became more and more ferocious. The Soviet Union's presence within Afghanistan would lead to no terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and the United States would continue to stay focused on its own problems. In October of 2006, a large-scale solar flare event would occur, ultimately knocking out power in some areas across Canada, the United States and Mexico for nearly a month. This happening would spark the "Age of Advancement", in which the United States would retrofit heliacal energy as the country's main power source, among other technological improvements. By 2027, almost all of the United States and some parts of Canada had solar energy as a main source of power, and many vehicles had been produced to fit this new change to trump the overuse of petroleum. Along with this, the major development and domestic, recreational and military use of artificial intelligence would become a highlight of the era.