The Economic Winter of 252 PD was a socio-economic crisis that devastated Earth's global economy early in the Diaspora of Man.

It was caused by a backdoor computer code used to collapse the global economy, and led to the fall of the tyrannical Earth Union government. In the long run, the economy recovered and centuries of unparalleled growth and expansion followed, just as the off-world opposition had hoped when using the code. (infodump, HHA6.1: BTB)

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