Michael Nelson was born in December of 1992 in Toronto Ontario. Michael was raised in a fairly wealthy family with supportive parents, his father worked in IT and his mother was a stay at home mom. He had an older brother Jeremy and he would always be playing the new video games with him, they were best friends as children. Their parents always had money so Mike always had the newest gadgets and video games, he was really interested in how technology worked and was aware from a young age about the impact technology has on the world. Right after the Y2K scare in the year 2000, Mike got his first computer and was thrilled to have it and start experimenting with it.
Mike and his brother Jeremy continued to be best friend throughout their childhood but when Jeremy got older he got into drugs and some drinking, at first it was just weed but everyone in Canada smokes weed so no one thought anything of it, even Mike started smoking at a young age. The issue arose when Mike got into sports like Rugby but Jeremy just kept drinking and smoking and had no real direction in life or hobbies. After Jeremy graduated from high school, Mike rarely heard from him because he went to a university in Montreal for Psychology. When Jeremy was away at school, he got addicted to opiates due to the stress and he started failing classes. When Mike found out about all of this he was devastated and started to close himself off and spend most of his time on his computer.
Years later and Mike graduates high school and gets accepted at the University of Ontario for computer networking, his brother Jeremy had dropped out of school and had become a heroin addict. Mikes parents tried putting Jeremy into rehab multiple times but nothing worked, after the last rehab Jeremy was sent, he hasn't been seen since. Mike assumes he is just on the streets of Montreal getting high. All of this drove Mike to have a hate for people who import drugs because he knew heroin was not something produced in Canada. This also made him want to punish the people importing these drugs, he considered being a cop but he believed his skills with computers would be wasted and after some looking around, he decided to join the Canadian Armed Forces as a Signals Officer.
A Signals Officer is in charge of operating and maintaining all the communication systems used by the Canadian Armed Forces. Mike was aware that the Canadian Armed Forces was involved in stopping drug trafficking from South America and the Middle East into Canada. He believed this would be the best way to make a difference so less people have to go through what his family has gone through.
Mike went through officer basic training very easily, he was in good shape from rugby and he prepared in advance for the physical tests. In basic training Mike learned some basic infantry knowledge like how to maintain and operate a standard issue rifle, how to react to fire, how to read and navigate using a map, and eventually learned the basics of the CAF's communication systems. Mike's first deployment was to Afghanistan, his job was to assist the ANA (Afghan National Army) in setting up a proper communication infrastructure and databases for information to be used by the Army and Police. Afghanistan wasn't very technologically advanced so most of their systems were never used or at best, used poorly so not only did Mike have to plan the whole network, he had to teach the Afghan Officers how to use the new systems.
Rank when outbreak occurred: Lieutenant
In mid July 2017, Mike was finishing up the com systems when he got news that they had to head home. They heard about some issues in South Zagoria, but all the details were still blurry so no one was too worried yet. After boarding the plane back to Canada from Afghanistan, Mike fell asleep hoping to wake up back home but instead woke up to them being told that they have to make an emergency landing in Turkey to pick up some Canadian officials. Mike knew something was wrong when he was told he had to carry his gun for safety and help get the Officials to the plane. They entered the airport and it looked like a riot had happened, they were instructed to wait for the Special Forces to come with the Officials and then board the plane and get out. The spec ops guys never showed up. At 3AM Mike was awoken by gunfire, he quickly realized it was his friend Taylor shooting what looked like a civilian running at them. Mike quickly grabbed his gun and the rest of the soldiers awoke too. Before anyone could wrap their heads around what had just happened, more enraged civilians started pouring in from all angles. Mike and Taylor got separated from the group in the commotion. They decided to hide out in the back of the baggage pickup area.
The next morning Mike and Taylor could not find any survivors and there were no signs of the special forces showing up with the officials and worst of all, the pilots were missing too. They spent weeks keeping their heads low waiting to hear something but could not reach anyone who could help them. Eventually they made it up to the black sea and found someone who was planning on boating to the Ukraine. Mike knew there were Canadian and US forces in Ukraine before the outbreak but had no idea what state the country was in now but they decided to take their chances. The captain of the boat was obviously inexperienced and hadn't made sure the boat was safe to use. Once they were half way across the sea they realized they were low on fuel and taking in water. Mike got on one life boat with some Turkish citizens and Taylor got on the other but it was in the middle of the night and there was no way of controlling the rafts. Mike and Taylor got split up and after a day stuck at sea Mike finally washed up on shore, he was extremely dehydrated and ran into the first city to find water. The city was destroyed and abandoned, there was an old military airfield next to it and the sign read Balota.