March 2035: In response to what is believed to be a sort of “mega-flu” outbreak on the western side of Altis, the Altis Armed Forces declare martial law, prohibiting travel north and east of the international airport. A military post is hastily constructed near the airport to oversee operations.
September 2035: The military announces plans to build a wall as part of a defense network to prevent the spread of the virus to the rest of Altis. Although unpopular to the people of Altis, the military goes through with their plans and constructs the wall.
February 20, 2036: The wall is completed.
March 13, 2036: Several large explosions rock the AAF’s southern military base as resistance fighters attack. With devastating damage done to the base, it is abandoned and the AAF consolidates across the bay in the eastern half of Altis.
April 1, 2036: The first case of the “mega-flu” is reported in eastern Altis. Realizing the wall has failed to contain the virus, and with fear of becoming infected themselves, the senior military staff abandons the island and leaves for sympathetic countries.
May 17, 2036: All communications with Altis has been lost. It is suspected the virus overtook the populous.
April 30, 2036: A scouting expedition to the island reveals the populous has devolved into zombie-like creatures as a result of the virus. With no way to control or destroy the infected, the island is quarantined by the international community.
June 2039: After many years of charged political climate, the prisons of the world become overwhelmed with dissidents and criminals. An alternative must be found. It is decided through a cooperative of international governments that the most die-hard criminals serving life sentences should be exiled to Altis to live out their lives in order to take the load off of the prison system.
It is believed that the virus will have run it’s course by now but no one is willing to risk traveling there to evaluate the situation so the inmates are dropped into Altis by parachute to serve their sentence. Welcome to Altis!