In the years following an economic collapse, a group known as the New Founding Fathers of America has been able to turn things around. The economy is booming, the unemployment rate is less than one percent and crime is extremely low. In order to maintain the hard work and goodwill of the people, the New Founding Fathers have established the Purge. Once a year for 12 hours all crime is legal, including murder. Only the highest ranking government officials are exempt from the Purge which is used to allow the people to vent all their rage and negative feelings.