The mid 2000s were a chaotic time for the information networks that linked the world. The Second Great Depression brought down many tech companies that supported them. The Islamic States used the networks to spread their vision and their attacks. Russian, Chinese, and Iranian hackers attacked major Western network hubs. And then the Rogue AIs escaped their creators and went on a global rampage to tear down human civilization. The networks that survived only did so because many AIs sided with humanity and fought the rising threats to civilization. The real life Dixie, Twilight, Solo, Jane, and many others grew up in the midst of that chaos. They did well with their lives.