Battle of Los Angeles
The Battle of Los Angeles was an attempted military coup launched by an alliance of several major film studios against the city of Los Angeles in 68 BBO. Although the coup was ultimately unsuccessful, it still forced concessions from the U.S. government, which worked to change the social and political landscape of the region. It is considered one of the formative moments in Hollywood history.
By 74 BBO, it was clear that the nature of Hollywood was volatile, and the U.S. government of the time began to take steps to limit the potential damage. The Hays Code (73 BBO), the Cartoon Violence Act (71 BBO), and the Motion Picture Decency Act (70 BBO) had all contributed to restricting Hollywood's capability for outrageous content. Though supported in full by the U.S. government, these restrictions were seen within Hollywood as stifling and unbearable. On May 18th 69 BBO, three film studio heads met to discuss possible countermeasures: Jack Thorn from Empire Studios, Octavius Banks from Sovereign Pictures, and Sylvester Bernard from Bernard Bros.. Over a night of expensive alcohol and debauchery, the trio's ideas became more and more outlandish, until finally a military coup was suggested by an unknown party.
Using the same cover story, that a war movie was in production, each studio sunk a massive combined budget of five million dollars into hiring and outfitting private mercenary companies, bribing certain public officials, and otherwise laying the groundwork for their daring plan.
On the morning of February 23rd 68 BBO, the three studio heads gathered their forces for the planned assault. With a full third of their forces arriving dressed as vikings, a prolonged two-hour argument about what constitutes a "war movie" delayed matters, with Sylvester Bernard being overruled by the other two and forced to give his men actual firearms.