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"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

— Sir Arthur C. Clarke

"Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral."

— Melvin Kranzberg

"To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction."

— Sir Isaac Newton

Startup (1892-1939)

The early days of the paratech industry, as companies like Prometheus Labs form to capitalize on the potential of anomalous technology. Many important discoveries are made during this period, laying the groundwork for all future paratech research.

Bubble (1939-1992)

The Second World War, the concurrent Seventh Occult War, and the subsequent Cold War create a surge in demand for paratech, leading to a paratech bubble that will last until the end of the Cold War. This period is filled with numerous mergers of paratech suppliers as the market consolidates in order to better meet growing demands.

Burst (1992–1998)

The fall of the Soviet Union, and the end of the Cold War, causes the paratech bubble to burst. A paratech black market begins to emerge as old Soviet paratech stocks are lost. The decline and eventual dissolution of Prometheus Labs in 1998 sends further ripples through the already reeling paratech market.

Repercussions (1998– )

The emergence of several smaller companies from the remnants of Prometheus Labs leads to increased competition within the paratech industry, driving a period of technological advancement and economic recovery. The paratech black market continues to expand as Prometheus Labs paratech lost during the breakup falls into criminal hands.

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