FreeSynd is a cross-platform, GPLed reimplementation of engine for the classic Bullfrog game, Syndicate. As the world’s multinational corporations grew, their profits began to rival those of small countries. Soon they owned small countries and corporate influence was felt at the highest level of world government. Smaller corporations were swallowed up like plankton in the wake of three behemoth mega-corporations, one U.S.-based, one Europe-based and one based in the Far East. These became the only effective world government, unelected, undemocratic, but controlling the lives of the people through commerce. Then the European corporation perfected the CHIP. Inserted in the neck, the CHIP stimulated the brain stem to alter your every perception of the outside world. Better than any drug, the CHIP gave hope to millions by numbing their senses to the misery and squalor around them. One CHIP would convince users that the sun shone and the birds sang even as they walked through the constant acid rain drizzle. Another that they were glamorous or handsome – they’d look in the mirror and see a different face – while the rest of the world would see them as they really were. The CHIP was a technological revolution and sold countless units with the slogan “Why change your world when you can change your mind”. It also left the user open to auto-suggestion and gave the corporations the perfect tool for manipulating the populace.