London

While The Forest reclaimed more and more territory at an insane pace, the island of Britain remained in a relative safety due to its distance from the mainland. However, the risk of contamination by the spores and seeds of the Forest brought from the mainland was still high. Thus all the efforts were focused on reducing the probability of such a scenario. Authorities approved the shooting of migratory birds and animals, and initiated procedures to actively influence atmospheric processes in order to induce rainfall outside of the island.

As the time went, numerous organizations left the mainland after the catastrophic spread of The Forest and took shelter in London. One of commercial companies settled in a shiny skyscraper. The organization was studying The Forest and developing plans to resolve the situation. This exact company was responsible for creation of herbicides and defoliants to control spread of The Forest.

Unfortunately, trying to implement protective measures as soon as possible, they failed to take negative consequences into consideration. During deployment of the chemical compounds on English soil, either by an unforeseen mutation or through retaliation of The Forest, new species of fast-breeding insects appeared. The spread of the insects was unstoppable, and the ecosystem failed as the predominant plants were eaten. Soon the dust bowl effect caused major droughts which killed the last of the native flora, turning Great Britain into a Desert Albion.

However, the misery wasn’t over. The temperature difference between the desert surface of the island and the Atlantic Ocean created powerful cyclones. And on one of the days in April 2021 London was hit by a hurricane of catastrophic magnitude. The British capital could not withstand the furious onslaught of the elements. In just a few hours the city was buried under tons of sand brought by the wind. The only signs of the old metropolis are ruins of high buildings, twisted designs and rusted car skeletons, forever frozen in their last rush hour.