Midgar is currently set just before the events of Final Fantasy VII.
The community began in November 2006 when a Second Life resident under the name of Ramsus Wake created a very small Final Fantasy VII ShinRa Roleplay set in a small and non-canon ShinRa Outpost in the Corruption sim of Second Life. This small RP was then discovered by residents Darshe Aliev and Floyd Gilmour, seeing potential for a much larger Final Fantasy VII RP with both ShinRa and AVALANCHE factions and canon locations from the game, the two of them set out to obtain more land to expand this idea.
Floyd Gilmour funded the expansion project and Darshe Aliev took over as the head builder of the project, working together to create the Sector 7 Slums, the Sector 6 Playground and Aerith’s Church from the game, the RP soon became a massive hit and it became clear that the current resources could not sustain the level of activity and growth the roleplay was recieving.
In January 2007 Floyd Gilmour outlined the plan for purchasing a larger sim capable of supporting a complete ShinRa Tower, a sector of the Upper Plate and a larger slums, this plan included surrending the individual power of the founding members to form a Council of equals which included Builders, Investors and members of the RP Community to act as Game Masters over the roleplay. This plan was agreed upon by Floyd Gilmour and Darshe Aliev, however was much disputed by Ramsus Wake, who felt that his ownership of the roleplay was being taken away from him. Floyd then went on to commission a Tezla Surya to develop FFCS, the Final Fantasy Combat System.
The original GM council consisted of Darshe Aliev, Floyd Gilmour, investor and finance manager Katsuhito Tal, Ramsus Wake and FFCS scripter Tezla Surya, out of these original GMs only Floyd Gilmour remains on the council.
This team worked to generate financial support, and using donations, personal income and the sales of FFCS, the Midgar sim was bought and opened on March 13th, 2007.