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TimeLine of the ArcBuilder Universe

 

The Neoaster Period
The Late Interplanetary Age

2281 AD to 2744 AD

 

2286 AD:  The Red Fleet establishes total control over the Earth's Halo.  The AmTech government announces that all holdings from the Earth to the furthest extension of the Halo, including the Moon, are now Martian territory.  Within the year the wrenching Battle for the Earth has begun as fleets from across the Inner System push against the Red Fleet.  On Earth, surface arcologies are bombarded and either destroyed or occupied.  SkyTower becomes the central "citadel" for the Martian occupying government.  Forces are also deployed to many major surface communities, most of which are suitably primitive to view these invaders with awe and fear at their capabilities.  These reactions create something of a god complex in Writtenhouse's mind, and it is believed that this begins a break in his sanity.

2289 AD:  The Martian War has lead to the devastation of both the Earth and Mars' Halos, while CisLunar space and the Moon itself are locked down by the war.  Into this setting comes the Icarus Fleet, launching a final attack against the seat of AmTech's power.  Firmly believing that the War will eventually topple all of Human civilization, Hermes launches two antimatter weapons, one towards Mars and one towards Ceres.  However, both weapons inexplicably fail short of impact, and within hours Mars itself erupts into rebellion against its own government.  The Red Fleet is swiftly taken over and rendered immobile by much of the junior officer staff, while ground forces on Mars and on Earth are overrun by both military and civilian personnel.  There is much mystery behind the events leading up to this revolution, ranging from the failure of the two mega-weapons (which would have likely sterilized both worlds completely) to the almost seemingly choreographed rebellion against AmTech across the Inner System.  With no known individuals acting as catalysts or organizers, conspiracy theories abound.  Regardless, the end factor is the collapse of the AmTech government and the end of the Martian War.  While some isolated AmTech strongholds remain, these will fall in time.  In the place of AmTech several different polities will be formed, some long standing, others provisional.  Writtenhouse himself has vanished, and it is widely believed that he escaped to the surface of the Earth where he could have been taken in by one of the many primitive societies there, many of which believed him to be of a divine nature.

2291 AD:  The normalization of relations between the major polities of the Inner System.  While no sweeping alliances or international agreements are brokered, the governments of Sol do settle into what will become, by and large, a long period of political and social senescence.

2294 AD:  The many disparate provisional nations of Mars come together and charter the United World Nation of Mars, a global government that will begin the long task of repairing the damage done by AmTech under the leadership of Writtenhouse.  After the war, and even now, Mars has become a fairly insular world focused on rebuilding their ruined infrastructure.

2300 AD:  The Human population of the Earth has fallen to 1.1 billion and continues to decline.  The planet is marked by growing glaciers and ice sheets.  Long abandoned cities are overrun by nature and Human centers of population have become tight and insular.  While some of the old nations, such as the United States, still exist as coherent polities, their populations are restricted to one or more arcologies and some surrounding lands.  It is these arcologies where most of the populations reside, and even they are beginning to see a trend of emigration that is outpacing birth rates.  The Earth, in effect, is slowly being abandoned by its Human tenants.

2307 AD:  The Alpha Centauri manned vessels begin arriving at their destinations.  Upon their arrival they are greeted by Kentauric representatives who themselves possess advanced interplanetary vessels.  The meetings are peaceful, and colonial sites have been set aside for the people of Sol on each of the Centauri worlds.  It does not take long, however, for the truth about how unstable the Kentauric Empire truly is, politically, to be revealed.  The colonies are more holding camps, and communications with Earth are denied.  The colonists have travel over four light years to become political prisoners of ambitious, in-fighting Kentauric parties.

2312 AD:  The Kentauric Civil War erupts.  Court intrigue has always been the norm in the Empire, but with the arrival of the Earth colonists and the growing knowledge that there is much more beyond their star system, certain factions have grown to prominence and now make an armed bid for control of the government.  This war rages across the Three Suns and society is thrown into chaos.

2314 AD:  The first of many intensive manned exploratory trips to the Outer System are begun.  Largely launching from the Inner System, though several will originate from Jupiter and Saturn, these are path finding missions designed to increase Human knowledge and to survey the inevitable wave of Human colonization from an Inner System that is perceived as becoming ever more crowded.

2320 AD:  The Kentauric Civil War comes to an end.  The old monarchy has been defeated and the First Emperor of the Imperial Kentauric Empire is crowned.  The Kentauric Reconstruction is begun, a program that will both repair the damages of war and tighten the hold of the Empire over the Three Suns.  And, for the first time in the history of this civilization, eyes turn outward into the Local Neighborhood with dreams of conquest.

2327 AD:  The first manned missions to the Kuiper Belt are initiated.  The aptly named Gerard Kuiper is the flagship of this new program, and will pave the way for landing and orbital missions, long range observations, as well as the release of hundreds of probes and communications relays.

2341 AD:  The first Uranian colonial settlement is established.  Chartered as Caelus Nocturnus, it will swiftly become the center of a thriving Uranian network of habitats and stations.  Its presence will aid in the growth of the entire Outer System population.
2379 AD:  The establishment of the Neptunian colonies with the arrival and chartering of the Poseidonia Habitat.  While not as prolific as the Uranian colonies, the Neptune colonies will eventually become a major stopping point for vessels traveling to and from the Kuiper and Oort regions in the future.
2329 AD:  The first Kuiper Belt outposts are established.  While initial nothing more than large vessels with habitat modules, these footholds in the Outer Regions will eventually lead to true habitats, fully constructed, and adapted from Kuiper objects themselves.  Because of their remoteness, these outposts and eventual colonies tend to reflect sociological or racial groups to a high degree.
2416 AD:  The initial Oort Habitats are released.  These are an innovation in technological advancement, small habitats housing no more than one to ten thousand people, left to drift through the Oort Cloud, and completely self sustaining.  With virtually no direct contact with the rest of the Solar System, these are true social experiments.  More conventional outposts will eventually follow, but these first ones will always be considered the very edge of Human existence in the Sol System.
2744 AD:  The first functioning model of a "warp drive" interstellar engine is tested.  Intended to warp space itself, thereby propelling the ship faster than the speed of light within a localized bubble of space-time, such ships are theorized to be able to travel to the stars in a matter of days.  The test vessel, however, disappears entirely only to reappear several light minutes away.  While it traveled to its intended coordinates, it is learned that the drive actually "broke" through space-time, and indeed traveled along a different layer of the universe.  Coined "Interspace", it is eventually determined that this layer of space allows for a specifically fixed rate of travel, no matter the linear speed of the vessel entering into it.  That rate is 0.63 light years per 24 hours.  However, any object not actively under propulsion via the Caitlin Engines (named after the lead engineer of the original project, Leif Caitlin) will be immediately expelled from Interspace.  With a suddenness, much of the so-called Local Neighborhood is within reach.


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