The universe of Wasteland tells an alternate history of the world, somewhat different than in Fallout series. In 1998 a war broke out between the United States of America and the Soviet Union. Therefore all the "ancient" or "pre-apocalyptic" elements refer to the end of the last century. In the game you can find a lot of references to that period, such as pre-war game consoles like Sega Genesis (also known as Mega Drive), brick-sized mobile phones, or radio messages broadcasted from the USSR (recorded in Russian - those who know the language can find there additional information and tips!).