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The History of Earth

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Chapter 0: Introduction

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     NOTE: This work is dedicated to the late Edward E. Simbalist, wherever his spirit may be.

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A History of Terra and The Solar Alliance by Professor Anjuman Chaterju, Faculty of Alien Studies, Ceta University, Ceta (Tau Ceti II)

0: Introduction

Of the worlds in Known Space, Terra is one of the most influential homeworlds of any species. This work, in its abbreviated format, represents the most comprehensive document of latter-day humanity.

The following is a condensation of Professor Chaterju's complete report. The full 1024-page report, translated in over 1276 languages, is available at the Ceta University, Alien Studies Department.

0.1: Note On Dating

All dates in the following document have been translated into Terran date reckoning. This document was published, initially, in 2801C.E.. Current condensed version prepared in 2804C.E. - two years before Professor Chaterju's death.

0.2 Note On Historical Accuracy

This work is as accurate as humanly possible. The Dark Age after the Great Catastrophe resulted in many of Old Earth's records being destroyed or severely altered by Promised Land doctrine. The few surviving records were recovered from colony worlds which preserved what they could. Information was also recovered from harmonic conventional radio and television broadcasts picked up by ships and planetary civilizations as the signals traveled through space at light speed.

Chapter 01: The Early Days of Space (1950?-2100)

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Chapter 1: The Early Days of Space (1950?-2100)

1.0: Social


Earth (the name for the world in pre-catastrophe days), at the time of the earliest space flights, was a multinational world with over 160 separate states. Three of such states became powerful and influential enough to dominate the planet: The United States of America (sometimes called "America"), The Solidarity of Soviet Socialist Republics (sometimes called "The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics" or the U.S.S.R.) , and The People's Republic of the One Land (Sometimes called "The People's Republic of China" or simply "China"). The three states, separated by different cultural and political philosophies, were involved in a rivalry that had lasting effect upon humanity's social and technical development. The planet's average technological sophistication was well into the Industrial Age by the time the S.S.S.R. launched its first primitive robotic space probe. The other nations soon followed, and in a decade, had people exploring Luna's surface. By the early 21st century, the first permanent space stations were constructed. Earth's low and high orbits were saturated with satellites and space travel lost its novelty status with the people. Humanity was making its initial steps, haltingly at first, towards a true space culture. The three major nations were to remain the primary explorers of space at this time. The three were rivals at first, but evolved into cooperative ventures by the 1990's. China was the last to cooperate, but started integrating their efforts with others by the 2060's.


Earth's nations at this time were involved in an arms race involving their latest weaponry, which had reached thermonuclear power. This represents a typical development paralleled by most sentient species reaching Advanced Industrial Age. Nuclear exchanges were very limited during this time, as no nation was willing to annihilate another for the sake of their own agenda. Towards the end of the 20th century, most conflicts reverted to small-scale campaigns using conventional military weapons and equipment. The major change to happen on the planet was the breakup of the S.S.S.R. towards the end of the 20th century. The former republic splintered into smaller states, many being rivals of each other. Many separate factions were causing instability around the planet, forming around cultural and/or religious differences. These differences would instigate a state of general war throughout the planet that would last until humanity seriously moved into space.


1.1: Technology

The first electronic computers were developed by the beginning of this era. These machines were primitive monstrosities that occupied whole city blocks and multiple stories. The computing power was minuscule - limited to simple arithmetical and algebraic functions. Their uses, however, showed the usefulness of developing the technology to increase productivity.  Within 40 years of their introduction, computers became small and convenient enough to become a major tool covering every facet of human life. The 21st century officially began the "Computer Age".


Energy production became a major issue during this time. The burning of fossil fuels using early combustion power plants was, albeit slowly, being supplanted by other forms of energy generation. Nuclear fission was used in most of the major industrialized nations, as well as solar, wind, hydro power, geothermal, and combustion of organic or base, abundant hydrocarbons (fuel cells). In the 2070's, fission reactor technology had become efficient enough to allow more compact and contained atomic systems that could fit easily into spacecraft. This did not sit well with most of the population at first, as many feared either the plants would go wrong or be used as a weapon against them. It took another 30 years before atomic power plants made an impact on spacecraft and space station architecture.


Space travel remained a primitive endeavor throughout this period. Chemical rocket propulsion was used almost exclusively. Crude plasma thrusters were introduced circa 2070, freeing ships from carrying oxidized bulk. The ships were still limited to very slow velocities and acceleration rates. It took months for any vessel, occupied or unoccupied, to reach an inner planet. Sometimes years to reach an outer world.


Spacers also had to suffer the effects of being away from sufficient gravity wells during long-term stays in space. Muscle atrophy was kept in check with rigorous exercise programs, but bone decalcification was harder to handle. The need for a steady gravity force of at least .4G's was, and still is for standard humans, a necessity for prolonged health. Towards the end of this period, genetic engineering is used on an experimental basis to combat the effect. These mods led to the first examples of MetaHumans. This mod was successful enough to inspire other genetic engineering projects in the years to come.

Chapter 02: The New Dawn(2101-2250)

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Chapter 2: The New Dawn(2101-2250)

2.0: Society

In the beginning of the 22nd century, a company from America developed breakthroughs in plasma thruster technology.  A company from the continent of Europe by the name of Germany improved on the American´s original design and produced drives that were cheaper than plasma thrusters, albeit slower.   These drives were perfect for cheap, reliable bulk carriers that would be used to ferry ore from the Asteroid Belt and outer worlds to Earth.  The return trips would carry grain and other bulk chemicals. Spacecraft that were large enough were beginning to be fitted with rotating ¨Gravity Wheels¨ to simulate gravity for longer voyages between worlds.  These new concepts for space travel helped to open the solar system for exploration and development.  Now, ships could reach the outer planets exponentially easier.   The ships that were assigned to further explore Earth's main satellite, The Moon (now called Luna), could reach it in a matter of a few hours.  The Moon was thoroughly explored with ease and more development in personal space equipment.  Sufficient quantities of He-3 were discovered there, and mining operations went underway.  Trips to Mars proved to be interesting enough to warrant colonization.  The asteroid belt was explored, and rich mineral deposits of various types of industrial metals and compounds were discovered.  Trips to the Kuiper region beyond Neptune led to mineral deposits as well.

By the end of the 22nd century, ships could carry the fuel to make prolonged rocket burns from source to destination.  This ability, like today, reduced the necessity of gravity wheels.  The g-effect from the thruster burn (usually at 1g) meant that ships could simply use decks that were perpendicular to the length of the hull.  The propulsion advancements in this century made spacecraft construction exponentially easier and cheaper than ever before.

By the middle of the 23rd century, extra-Earth construction projects multiplied.  Space stations were now being constructed on a massive scale around Earth's L-4 and L-5 points.  Breakthroughs in medical technology allowed the production of special calcium-enriching formulas that could be added to any foodstuffs to counter the effects of too weak a gravity field.  The Moon was colonized with a combination of domed areas and underground complexes.  The first Mars colony was founded early on.  The asteroid belt was populated soon after.  With these new colonies over the next 50 years, humanity was now a true space faring people.

2.0.1: The Promised Land Movement

Humanity has had its elements of opposition for any facet of society.  Space travel was no exception.  There was opposition to this factor of human development that grew as the technology for space travel developed.  Many religious organizations rejected space travel on grounds that it was trespassing upon "God's Holy Ground."  Some merely felt that Earth's needs - whatever they were - needed to be solved before humanity should delve in the frivolous activity of exploring space.  Most of these people had good intentions; they really felt they were doing their best for humanity.  There are others, however, who have less than idealistic ambitions to control the populations of the planet.  Pockets of anti-space groups started popping out of many nations.  These groups steadily increased in number as time went on.  Their numbers increased exponentially towards the middle of the 23rd century - when space travel and habitation were becoming commonplace.  Their influence was beginning to be felt in governments.  Many politicians were sympathetic to these views.  In the 2140's, most of the smaller groups became absorbed into the organization called "The True People of the Promised Land."  The Promised Land Movement spread across to every nation by the beginning of the 2250's.

2.1: Technology

The main powerplants began with fission reactors.  Fusion reactors slowly started replacing the atom-splitters, but not entirely.  Fission reactors are still used for cheap power plants for ships and installations.  Their main use after fusion power, however, is toward inexpensive means for spacecraft power.

The new plasma drives gave humanity the key to the solar system.  Humans had the freedom to travel to any location in the system in a very reasonable amount of time.  Because of the ability to constantly accelerate to their destinations (by thrusting/retro-thrusting), gravity wheels on ships began to be exclusively used on ships which expected extended periods of non-acceleration (EXAMPLE: scientific ships surveying planets from orbit).

The other new breakthrough for material development was the invention of crystallized iron.  Iron, whose molecular composition was aligned to near precision that allowed the material to become extremely resilient to damage from micrometeors.  Its protection from weaponry also became apparent.

Medical technology starts seeing new techniques.  Lasers become small but powerful enough to be used as hand instruments.  As mentioned above, new medical techniques help thwart the low-gravity syndromes that troubled many earlier space flights.  Cloning experiments start proving more viable, but full body cloning is not yet implemented.  Genetic engineering introduces enhanced muscle and nerve replacement.  These are used to improve the lives of people suffering muscular or nerve disorders.  Radiation poisoning is also dealt with using cellular replacement technology.  Frivolous genetic enhancements were mostly banned around the planet and her off-world colonies.  Underground groups were experimenting with "improving humanity."  Most experiments failed.  Horribly.  The remains usually died, but some survived long enough to escape or extract revenge upon the ones responsible.  A few experiments showed merit.  These peoples were to form the first of the Earth-based TransHumans that populate known space.

Chapter 03: The Exodus (2251-2450)

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Chapter 3: The Exodus (2251-2450)

Note On Historical Accuracy:

Accuracy of historical records of this time are improved.  Documents and transmissions are recorded and dates are clearer.   Most of the earliest information has been collected from various works stored in libraries across the galaxy.  The latter detail from more recent history books from the inner colonies.

3.0: Society

The middle of the 23rd century showed some of humanity's greatest triumphs as well as created, probably, its most tragic failure.  The catastrophe that was the Promised Land Movement was an almost fatal blow to the Human race.  If it weren't for the pioneering spirit that humanity is known for, the human race would have been doomed to extinction.


In the year 2253, the Eberhart/Nakamura Corporation (ENC) developed a prototype FTL drive. This new technology would propel a ship far enough away from the nearest solar system, fully into the inter-phased anomaly dimension.  In doing so, ships could now circumvent the "c barrier."


Experiments using unmanned probes proved positive results.  In 2256, the first manned FTL flight was undertaken. Pilots Tallina Visser and Sander Jacobssen were the first humans to travel beyond the solar system.  Their journey only took them to about 53,000 A.U. (26,500,000 LS) away from the edge of the solar system, but did it in a matter of seconds once entering what is now, romantically called, hyperspace.  By the year 2262, the first interstellar exploratory vessel, the 30,000tonne(m3) Pathfinder.  This ship, funded by the nation of United North America and built by ENC, launched to the nearest star system, Alpha Centauri.  This voyage took 43 days with these early primitive hyperdrives.  The science team returned 2 years later with a wealth of data from the system.  The most interesting find among the data was evidence that the star system was visited by another race.

3.1: First Contact

The Pathfinder found what looked like a sensor buoy of some kind.  It was active, sending an unknown type of signal (now known to be a hyper-transmission) when the ship came close.  The buoy was alien in design, and the signal radiation was directed away from Sol.  It is known, now, that the device was constructed by the Gha!kuuk'aa, signaling one of their city-ships that humanity had made their first interstellar trip.  The buoy is on display in the Early Space Travel section of the Museum of Old Earth History.


This news was met with much skepticism at first.  Many people, especially among religious leaders, denounced the findings as false (there were still members of the population who refused to believe in space travel altogether, calling it a big conspiracy hoax).  The controversy gave fuel to the Promised Land Movement, who have been postulating on the opinion that space travel was a waste of resources.  These opinions were truly challenged, however, when the Gha!kuuk'aa arrived.


Initial radio contact with the United Nations council was the first step.  On May 26, 2265, the Gha!kuuk'aa city-ship, the Vi'Krux, entered Earth orbit.  The news caused anxiety amongst much of the population, but a U.N.-backed shuttle was dispatched, occupied by diplomats from several nations.  The Vi'Krux dispatched a small craft of their own and the two ships met in orbit-the first contact the human race had, officially, encountered.


The Gha!kuuk'aa explained that they had visited Earth before, centuries ago.  After discovering what they called "a promising race", they left Earth alone, as is their policy with fledgling species.  The        Gha!kuuk'aa admitted to setting up the transmission buoy in the Alpha Centauri system (called Ixchtl by the Gha!kuuk'aa).  The Gha!kuuk'aa were pleased that humanity finally made it to space, and they welcomed humanity as friends. 


The Gha!kuuk'aa have no planet to call their own; their entire culture and people reside in enormous (1,000,000tonnes+)city-ships that travel the galaxy. Some of their technical knowledge was shared with humanity-especially improvements to hyperdrive systems.  Terraforming technology was also given to the people of Earth by the Gha!kuuk'aa.  Worlds that were deemed uninhabitable could have their status changed in a century or two.


The contact team also stated that there were worlds available for human colonization out in space, worlds with no sentient species inhabiting them. The only thing they asked for in return for this knowledge was the right to trade with humanity for minerals and other necessities their city-ships needed. The leaders of Earth agreed. It is now known, that it was another test by the Gha!kuuk'aa to get humanity used to interstellar commerce and economy.


Over the next 60 years, scout ships, followed by colony vessels, explored and colonized many worlds within 50LY of Earth. Most solar systems were found to either contain no worlds of value or no planets at all. Others, however, produced "garden worlds" that were compatible enough for human habitation. Expeditions further out produced similar results. Even with most systems not being much use except for scientific research, there were always systems that were valid. These discovery produced a flowering of colonization from many nations. Many nations couldn't produce starships. Individuals from these nations traveled on other nation's ships going to an outer colony. The result was many colonies became multicultural and diverse.

3.2: The Coup

In 2300 C.E., politicians, who subscribed to a more isolationist way of life, gained a majority vote in most national governments as well as the U.N.. The new regimes were successful in this because of the increased reactions from conservative populace, who wanted life on Earth back as it was before space travel. Many events in human history ran in contrast with many peoples' philosophies. These people became more and more reactionary to extra-terrestrial concepts and wanted no part of them. Many peoples of the planet believed that Earth was "God's world", and beings from other worlds must be anti-God come to lead the human race astray. These people formed the true base of the Promised Land Movement, who were getting more and more popular.


2307 witnessed the founding of a new order on Earth: a world government based on Promised Land doctrine. It was simple: space was an unnecessary frivolity that humans couldn't afford. The concept of life off of Earth was too much for many peoples and, as a result, was mass-rejected by most of the population on the planet. Humans were made to be on Earth, they surmised, and Earth is where they should stay.


In their defense, most of the world leaders had good intentions - at first. They honestly thought what they were doing was best for humanity. People's needs had to be fulfilled, and they felt that they were the ones best equipped to do it. Their policies, however, became extremely more corrupt in the years to come.


3.2.1: The New Order

The Promised Land instituted social engineering programs that became more and more repressive as time went on. It eventually dominated every aspect of human life by 2310. The upper echelon of the Promised Land was regarded as heaven-sent and infallible. Upward social mobility ceased to exist and titles became hereditary. Individual thought and initiative was frowned upon. Nonconformity was punished to an extent that ran contrary to the humanitarian principles the leaders claimed to cherish. The more productive members of society were called upon for greater and greater efforts to support the rest of the unproductive population.


Each citizen of the New Order of the Promised Land (NOPL) received entitlement to a Basic Share of the planet's economic wealth. That meant everyone, no matter their status, received enough income to sustain themselves. Ones born or (rarely) drafted into the work force received extra perks according to their station in the Order. This method of social engineering, many individuals in the upper echelon were not competent enough to run their assigned operations.


Many of Earth's population were disadvantaged, as many people lacked the skills and intelligence for the technical industries of the Post-Industrial Age. By 2340, 80% of the world's population was unemployable and untrainable. The doctrine of "Earth Only Matters" kept most of them planet-bound.


3.3: The High Colonies

After the ascension of NOPL on Earth, the colonies throughout the solar system suffered greatly. The solar colonies were regarded as a decadent luxury supported on the backs of the righteous peoples of Earth. The facts were to the contrary; most of the colonies, Including the L-4 and L-5 stations, were self-sustaining by this time. Others could be supported directly by the other solar colonies (called the High Colonies). The fact that the High Colonies exported mass quantities of badly-needed food and resources to Earth was ignored, even suppressed by the NOPL council, who wanted to maintain the illusion that they alone were all-providing to the people. Space represented freedom to humanity, and the High Colonies continued to be a nearby reminder of this concept. The NOPL's hatred of space, and all it stood for, drove them into a vicious propaganda war against the High Colonies to the peoples of Earth.


The propaganda painted that anyone who desired to leave God's World was an enemy, that the colonists were all lazy, gluttonous, wasteful pigs that leeched off of the Righteous Planet.  Most of the people of Earth believed it, and relations between Earth and her High Colonies became extremely strained. If the Earth-hugging masses resented the colonies, the colonies harbored mutual feelings towards the "Groundhogs"(a term used to describe cultures who wish to remain planet-bound).

Many colonials were political exiles. Others were lucky enough to be able to leave Earth and her ever-oppressing regime. Some merely claimed to hear the Siren's call to space. These were the most courageous of all, some of the most capable that humanity had to offer.


In 2345, the NOPL decreed that the High Colonies could only be governed by NOPL loyalists. These people took their new positions with disdain. The anti-space propaganda made these leaders resent their positions and the colonials. The new leaders turned most of the colonies into latter-day Rhodesias. The colonies were forced to sell their goods at ridiculously-low prices, while being charged exorbitant  prices for goods from Earth.


In 2351, the Administer of The Moon formulated a plan to make the hydroponic farms of the moon into major high-yield institutions for growing food for the hungry billions of Earth (now around 35 billion). Free citizens were regulated to clients of the Lunar Administration.


In 2355, the Moon became the new area for a correctional facilities for transportees exiled from Earth. These new citizens had little to offer, but the people of the lunar cities were forced to accept them. Most of them were put to work on the farms, glorified slave-labor. Others were put into the lowest levels of employment available.


The L-4 and L-5 colonies were not much better off than their Moon cousins. The competent leaders were replaced by NOPL bureaucracy. These leaders ruled their jurisdictions with the greatest ignorance humanity could muster. The policies were bad enough to be a threat to the safety to the lives of all on the colonies. The L-5 colony held some of the best hospitals in the solar system. Many of these were turned into dumping grounds for the incurably insane from Earth.  The L-4 colony housed the solar system's main shipyards.  By 2340, no shipyards were operational on Earth.  All spacecraft production was manufactured either by the High Colonies or the extra-terrestrial worlds.


Mars housed the largest industrial base of all the High Colonies. These industries were turned into virtual slave-labor camps like Luna. The administrator had a reputation of exposing anyone who disagreed with him to Mars' atmosphere without the aid of a spacesuit. He was successful only by the battalion of troops that came with him.


In the outer region of the solar system - from the Asteroid Belt outward - life was better. The real estate on the terraformed moons as well as the asteroid fields was abundant enough that people could move and set up establishments far enough away from the NOPL-run establishments. The situation on Earth and her inner colonies created intense hatred of NOPL and its culture.


3.4: The Exodus

Once NOPL took over Earth, those who disagreed with its policies were not welcome on the homeworld. By 2325, it was getting harder to charter passage off Earth, as NOPL policies became more repressive. Nevertheless the Great Exodus went underway.


People made colonies from whatever worlds they found.  Some worlds were penal worlds, its citizens dumped on minimally-habitable worlds with inadequate supplies and training.  Most did not make it; the others became the home of some of the most notorious pirate bands in the sector. 


Other types of colonies consisted of various national and ethnic persuasions that were long suppressed by NOPL's doctrine of One Planet One Culture.  Just about every former nation or culture - even national or cultural philosophies long past - have been attempted in one colony or another.  Henrik's Claim (formerly Sirius2), for example, was initially settled by people from Scandinavian nations (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden).  Avalon (formerly Alpha Centauri) was colonized by people of the former United Kingdom (England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales).  People from the Eastern part of the former nation of The United States landed on what they would call New Princeton (formerly Tau Ceti).  The Tzarist Russians colonized Petromir (formerly Sigma Draconis).  Some members from the continent of South America have made a home in Tierra Nuevo (formerly Procyon).  Other examples are out there in the Terran Sector - and beyond.

There were other colonies as well: Sponsored Colonies (some of the most successful colonies), private worlds, and even some worlds were either TransHuman refugee planets or dumping grounds for illegal experiments.  Most of these worlds, however, didn't survive.

3.5: Further Contact

3.6: Seeds of Rebellion

The first half of the 25th century saw increasing tensions between Earth and her colonies.  NOPL-backed colonial leaders were killing the colonies the people so desperately tried to build.  The new races discovered only increased the xenophobic tendencies of the people of Earth.  Most were convinced, with the help of the NOPL leadership, that the aliens were demon-sent, proof that Humans were not meant to be out there.  None of the non-Human races, not even the Gha!kuuk'aa, were allowed to land on Earth after 2350.  The policies the NOPL ratified became more and more unbearable to the colonies.  Revolt was inevitable.

3.7: Technology

Using massive pressure-generating equipment on chrystaliron, the material could be compacted to the point of 1 to 1000 of its original size.  This material is, to this day, the standard material for ship hulls.


The early FTL drives achieved speeds of .01LY/day.  Travel was crude, but people endured it to get away from the repressive regime.


The ability to terraform worlds comes into this period.  This technology, assisted by the Gha!kuuk'aa, is used, first, on Venus.  The tests proved positive, and the first colonists settled the planet in 2446 (terraforming began in 2282).  Other worlds were terraformed over the centuries.


Advanced bioengineering is available at this time.  Full body cloning technology was achieved in 2270, when the first Human donated cellular tissue to attempt to have a younger body grown for him (refer to the History of Earth Celebrities section covering Romeo Valentino).  Brain transplanting was not so sophisticated, however (refer to previously referred document covering Romeo Valentino's death).  Full-body replacements for people wouldn't become available until 2297.  Cloning became outlawed, however, in 2303.  Not only did run contrary to NOPL doctrine, but other worlds frowned upon creating clones, for purposes other than replacement body parts, on general morality purposes.  In 2403, the High Colonies recognized all clones, regardless of their legal status, as Real Humans.  They received full rights as any other citizen.  The only requirement was that the clone had to be subject to DNAMs that made their genetic make-up distinguishable from originals.

Early blasters make their entry in this time.  Not as powerful as lasers on full settings, these blasters had a good medium power range and were easier to manufacture.  Rail guns (magnetic-driven needlers) are the last progression of slug-throwers developed.

Chapter 04: Rebellion (2451-2458)

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Chapter 4: Rebellion (2451-2458)


Note: This chapter of Human history is dedicated to the Civil War in the Sol System.  The events in this chapter warrant special attention, as it represents one of the most important turning points in Human history.

4.0: The Fuse Is Lit

On April 27, 2451, the NOPL ruling council, in their narcissist arrogance, passed legislation that, eventually, would cause the demise of not only their rule, but their homeworld - the Air Tax.

The legislation was simple: all Humans in the Sol System not living on God's World (Earth) were to pay for their right to breathe.  This legislation gave no exceptions.  It mattered not that there wasn't a colony that relied on atmosphere supplements from Earth for over 200 years; no colony was exempt.  The colonies with the highest tax rates were on Luna.  It didn't matter; no rate was acceptable by the citizens of the High Colonies.

On May 14, 2451, the citizens of the largest Lunar colony, New Kiev (population:74,000), rose against the NOPL authority.  The people of the colony, both free and indentured, joined together with smuggled weapons against the military forces.  The weapon caches had been assembled and kept hidden by the populations, in all of the High Colonies, over the past 30+ years.  The ever-repressing legislation doled out to them by their NOPL "masters" would, they knew, reach a boiling point. 

Over the next three days, the peoples' army clashed with the NOPL loyalists.  On May17, 2451, however, a NOPL Marine transport vessel hot-deployed into New Kiev.  Overpowered and outnumbered, most of the rebels surrendered.  Colonel Abheek Vraman, commander of the Marine Forces, ordered the execution of not only the captured rebels, but the extermination of all citizens of the colony.           

He hoped to set an example to the other colonies on Luna.  In two days, New Kiev was emptied.

This has been a point of controversy between historians.  Colonel Vraman's decision may not have been his alone.  There is evidence that this really was a "Final Solution" for all of the colonies.  Many argue, however, that the NOPL government did not condone his actions - at least not most of the Ruling Council.  There is evidence that points to a certain council member - Reverend Aland Hill.  Reverend Hill's grandson, Rupert Hill, was a former governor of New Kiev.  His grandson was replaced by another governor on the grounds that, under his leadership, the colony failed to meet its food quota to Terra.  The fact that the Reverend lobbied to have the current governor arrested and executed on the grounds of failing to prevent a revolt gives weight to this theory.


4.1: Bang!

News of the revolt - and massacre - spread, quickly, throughout Human Space.  The other Lunar colonies didn't back down from this example.  Every one of them started revolting against the NOPL regime.  The L-5 colonies went up next.  They rose against the militias, spaced the governors and their cabinets, and joined the Revolution.  The L-4 colonies, however, were not so lucky.  When the revolt news reached them, the militia reacted first.  The L-4 colonies had the most prolific shipyards in the system.  NOPL was determined to hold on to them.  The L-4 colony forces were quickly reinforced.  Mars joined the fight on July 6, 2451.  The industrial base on the planet was a major strategic point.  The Asteroid Belt lit up on July 9.  Jupiter's moons by July 14.  Saturn and beyond by July 29. 

The fighting lasted for 7 years.  For the first 5 years, NOPL had the upper hand. Even though traveling through space was loathing to the people of the Promised Land, they had the numbers, as well as the sacred duty to defend their way of life by the Word of God.  The inner planets and stations were completely occupied by 2453; the Rebel forces tenaciously held on to the outer worlds.  The Rebel command, led by a former Martian Business Manager - Admiral Katrina Mendoza, had their headquarters based on Yeaux D'Yvette - the capitol of one of Uranus' primary moons, Miranda.

4.2: The Hammer of God

General Mendoza applied her best efforts to hold on to the Outer Colonies.  NOPL forces, however, were continuing to gain the upper hand.  By 2455, the Asteroid Belt was occupied by NOPL forces.  Rebel forces retreated to the gas giants and Rebel headquarters was moved to the Kuiper Belt - which made it easier to defend.

Things were not looking good for the Rebel faction.  The Asteroid belt represented the last of the large-scale primary and secondary industrial (mining, smelting, and refining) might for them.  The factories (tertiary industry) of the Outer Colonies were running short on materials.  Even though the Kuiper Belt had resources, the belt wasn't as colonized and the prospecting and mining were strictly small-scale.  The Rebels were harboring their resources as best as they could while they tried to form some kind of counter-offensive....

Then, in 2456, assistance came.

4.3: Relief

When the civil war initially broke out in the Sol System, Earth's extra-solar colonies had mixed emotions.  Some wanted to support the Rebels, but were unable to do so - their colonies were too unsophisticated.  Others didn't want to care.  They left Earth and the Sol System behind; they didn't want to look back.  The Sirius colony - Henrik's Claim - decided differently.

During the first five years of the war, the citizens of Henrik's Claim decided that they were not going to let their brethren suffer under the oppression of NOPL any longer.  If the people of Earth wanted to follow that path of madness, let them, but leave the High Colonies alone.  Valter Enterprises, a company founded on the colony world, perfected improved FTL drives with aid by the Gha!kuuk'aa (.2LY/day standard.  .3 LY/day for military ships).  This technology was put to use upgrading bulk ore carriers, freighters, and military fleets.  By late 2455, several other worlds lent assistance.  On January 12, 2456, Extra-Solar citizens returned to their home system.

The new forces were accepted gratefully by the Rebels.  Not only did they get fresh battle fleets with new technologies, but they got badly-needed raw materials for their remaining factories.  Agreements were made that, if the Rebels win, the worlds in the Sol System - with the exception of Earth - would remain the sole property of the High Colony citizens.  The High Colonies promised continued contact and support of the Extra-Solar colonies in return.

4.4: The Counter-Offensive

February 1, 2456 saw the counter-offensive launched.  NOPL forces were repulsed from the Asteroid Belt by the 26th.  Rebel Main Headquarters was moved to Henrik's Claim for the remainder of the conflict.

Mars was liberated, after a long grueling campaign, on November 17.  The vast factory complexes were destroyed, not by war, but by the incompetence of the NOPL administrators appointed by the military and the sabotage efforts of the Martian populace.  A memorial to the war and those who fought and died on the planet is still a very popular tourist attraction.          

The next phase was to attempt to liberate the L-4 and L-5 colonies.  This would prove to be the most challenging campaign.  The colonies are space stations, so direct assault by the fleet was not the most popular move - especially since the L-4 stations were shipyards and the L-5 ones were hospitals.  The L-4 shipyards were the decided first target.  The fighting was long and hard, mainly by commando raids that focused on neutralizing NOPL ships, but keeping the stations intact.  Long range precision striking by Rebel and Extra-Solar fleets supplemented the commandos.

4.4.1: The Battle of Trotsky

June 17, 2457 saw the start of the Battle of Trotsky.  Near the Trotsky Shipyards, the main bulks of the Rebel and Extra-Solar fleets met with the massive NOPL fleets in a battle that would rage on for three straight days.  The NOPL forces outnumbered the opposition by at least three to one.  The Rebels were better trained then their NOPL counterparts, however.

                During the battle, Admiral Mendoza was killed when her flagship, the Tannhäuser Gate, exploded with all hands.   Despite that, the Rebels emerged from the conflict victorious, leaving the NOPL fleet shattered beyond recovery.  There were no shipyards left on Earth after 2340.  Earth relied upon the L-4 stations for their fleets.

4.5: Mopping Up

Liberating the remaining colonies - L-5 hospitals, Luna, and Venus - involved rooting out NOPL forces on the colony.  Threat from the NOPL fleet no longer existed.  Rebel forces continued to broadcast messages of cease-fire to all surrendering forces.  NOPL forces, however would not surrender.

It is not sure exactly why defeated NOPL forces never asked for quarter.  Some say it was because of the brainwashing techniques NOPL used on their populace, with subliminal message and special mind-altering drugs.  Others claim it was directly out of fear of returning to their leaders as failures.  It was probably a combination of both.  Whatever the reason, there was no retreating nor surrendering of NOPL forces; they fought to the death, taking as many Rebel forces with them. 

The battle for Venus was the last campaign in the war.  The battle was bittersweet; the battle spelled defeat for all NOPL operations off-Earth, as well as a 100% casualty rate on the planet.

As Rebel forces were preparing their ground assault after shattering orbital defense positions, NOPL forces simultaneously detonated a series of 150 kiloton fusion devices in all 5 cities on the world.  The populations were vaporized and the world wasn't repopulated until 2570.

The war was over.  NOPL was exclusively on Earth.  The High Colonies were independent once again, and the Extra-Solar colonies had introduced technologies that would open humanity more to the stars.

Chapter 05: Twilight and Dark (2458-2577)

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Chapter 5: Twilight and Dark (2458-2577)

5.0: Licking Their Wounds

After the war, the High Colonies began the slow process of recovery.  Re-establishing the factory complexes on Mars was the first priority.  Assistance from Henrik's Claim, as well as other Extra-Solar colonies, helped in the recovery.

Over the next 15 years (2458-2473), many changes occurred in the Sol System.  The High colonies consolidated into a unified government: The United Worlds of Mendoza.  The name came from the Hero of the Civil War that inspired them to persevere.  The UWM's capitol was founded on Mars, in the city of Olympus.  The UWM was recognized by most of the Extra-Solar Colonies - who were re-consolidating at this time as well.

The Extra-Solar colonies nearest to Sol - which were, no longer, really colonies after the war - continued to develop and grow.  These worlds represented the oldest colonies of humanity; most of them were almost 200 years old.  Avalon - with its three habitable worlds - was developing into the sector's breadbasket.  Barnard's industrial base was coming up to dominate manufacturing and processing.  Henrik's Claim was developing industry on the lines of mining and military production.  These three systems, along with the UWM, were beginning to dominate Human Space.

5.1: The Camel's Back

On Earth, things were changing a little.  On December 17, 2460, certain elements of high-echelon members staged a coup in the government.  These people were still NOPL supporters, but they were of a slightly-more reasonable nature.  They immediately opened negotiations with the UWM for aid in feeding the hungry billions who couldn't support themselves even if they wanted to.  The UWM arranged an agreement with NOPL that, in addition to undertaking fairer trade policies between them, that NOPL would, once again, allow emigration off of Earth for any who were willing to do so.  NOPL complied.  Soon, foodstuffs were being shipped again to Earth and organic-based chemicals as well as new colonists were coming on the return trips.  These colonists, however, weren't too ideal.  They were not prepared for the trip off-world (many of them were shipped off against their will) and were untrained and unschooled.  The peoples of the UWM took them anyways.  Most of these new colonists didn't make it.  They just weren't motivated to do anything.  Their children, on the other hand, were trainable and could become great colonials.

Many of these new immigrants to the stars were put on colony ships run by people who wanted to seek worlds far away from the core.  Many of these ships were still using older .1LY/Day drives, but these ships were inexpensive and many old ship hulls were re-fitted as colony ships.  These ships set out to the Stars Unknown.  It is these colonists that would make up the earliest Human colonials in the Astra Incognita Sector.

5.2: The Coming of the Vihm

Sometime, around the year 2480, the Vihm began to make their presence known.

It is not known exactly where the laboratories were housed that engineered the Vihm were located.  The records were erased - from the libraries as well as from the Vihm's minds.  It isn't known how deliberate this action was; nobody was, then or now, around to clarify anything about it.

What is known is that the Vihm started showing up on every human-habited world in Known Space.  They were particularly prolific in the Avalon system - where there were abundant surpluses of foodstuffs.  The Avalonians worked hard to deal with them.  The Vihm, though descended from Earth rodents, were still sapient and reasonable.  They actually proved to be good farm workers. 

Other colonies weren't so "noble" in their philosophy.  Barnard took a particular hatred of the Vihm.  Around 2500 C.E., The citizens of Barnard began a process of genocide against them.  No member of that created race was to enter the Barnard system.

This action was met with contradictory feelings from one world to the next.  Some worlds followed suit of Barnard, others treated these acts as atrocities.  The UWM was particularly vocal about their opposition to the mistreatment of peoples - Human and Non-Human.  The worlds nearest to the UWM agreed.  Worlds farther away from the Sol System - and the UWM - were less sympathetic.  Many of them considered the UWM, being from the same system as Earth, were no better than NOPL.  They rejected any proposed action from the UWM and the other Core Worlds.  The treatment of the Vihm, however, was just a taste of things to come from the remote fringes of Human Space.

5.3: Consolidation

On March 15, 2550, representatives from the UWM, Barnard, Henrik's Claim, Avalon, and
assembled together to begin arrangements for a more consolidated state.  These worlds, in the past decades during and after the Civil War, grew closer economically as well as politically.  Within 3 months, on June 8, 2550, the delegates finished forging a new constitution that would assemble these worlds into a more simply-titled state: The United Worlds.  Some of the other worlds would petition for membership in the UW, others had no desire, having plans of their own.  These other worlds would found, around this time, the beginnings of the 4th Reich and the People's Democratic Stellar Republic (PDSR).  These two interstellar states would prove to be quite bothersome in the years to come.


5.4: The Barnard Conflict

During this time, another interstellar state started to truly make its move on the interstellar scene: the Federation of Independent Colonies.

A group of worlds with extreme anti-unification tendencies, the FIC launched an offensive in the Barnard System.  The reason for the instigation of hostilities, the FIC claimed, was because of Barnard's treatment of the Vhim.  Their true motives, however, would be the attempted destabilization of an important UWM world.

The conflict lasted about six months.  Within the first three months, however, Barnard removed its sanctions against the Vhim.  The terrorist attacks by the FIC forces on their factories, both on the main world as well as in orbit, still continued.  The UWM Navy kept the Barnard System from being totally disrupted.  Most of the fighting was being fought on the frigate and corvette level; no major capital ships were brought in by either side.

In the last month of the fighting, a tragedy occurred.  Several transports carrying Vhim refugees were fired upon and destroyed with all hands, seemingly by two UWM frigates.  Later, they were proved to be FIC ships in disguise.  The FIC hoped that, if their terrorist action was successful, it would make the UWM's government lose face - maybe enough to persuade systems to secede from it.

This action instigated a special assembly of the UWM government.  The UWM ordered half of its available fleets to move into FIC space.  The FIC immediately issued an armistice proposal: a ceasession of all hostilities between the FIC and the UWM.  Two years later, in 2554, a formal peace treaty would be signed by both parties.

From here on to the present day, relations between the FIC and the various Terran governments would continue to be shaky at best.

5.5: The Straw

Towards the end of 2550, Earth was straining to the breaking point.  The population was rapidly approaching 50 billion.  The infrastructure was run, mostly, by incompetent officials hanging on to hereditary titles.  There were a few enlightened individuals who saw what was going to happen, and they started preparing for it.

In secret, these individuals siphoned money and materials to be used to construct underground complexes that would be sealed from the outside and contain enough materials to maintain the complexes for decades, if necessary.  The shelters were constructed then sealed to be used when the time came.  Each shelter could hold up to 200 people comfortably.  Any more would tax the complex's resources too much.  The builders then watched and waited.

They didn't have to wait for too long.  The year 2562 saw a new movement on Earth: The Reckoning. A few of the NOPL high-echelon claimed that they had a revelation: that, if the people of God's World would renounce all trespasses upon His Heavenly Realm, the Divine One would reward them with a Paradise-On-Earth.  The near brain-dead masses believed them, and NOPL moved to cut off all incoming and outgoing traffic from the planet.

The UW was appalled at this.  They knew what would happen, but they could do nothing about it.  The Gha!kuuk'aa tried to open negotiations with them to re-establish trade, but Earth's defenses opened fire on the Vi'Krux when it approached low orbit.  The Gha!kuuk'aa had no desire to return fire.  The incoming inadequate missiles did not have the firepower to penetrate their defenses.  The Gha!kuuk'aa could have, probably, wiped out Earth's remaining weaponry, but to what end?  The attitudes of the people of Earth were too far "goundhogged."  The Gha!kuuk'aa blamed the UW for this mess on Earth: the High Colonies of the UW could've attempted to topple the NOPL regime on Earth during the Civil War.  The High Colonies tried to explain to the Gha!kuuk'aa that an Earth invasion was not part of their objective; the goal was to get Earth to recognize the other worlds and stations' independence.  They also told the Gha!kuuk'aa that they were very hesitant - even hostile - to Earth after what they did to Venus at the end of the war.  They told the Gha!kuuk'aa that they were, pretty much, done with Earth.  The fact that 80% of the Human population remained on Earth did not convince them to change their minds.

The Gha!kuuk'aa were extremely upset at the Humans.  To just leave the majority of their race to a probable death was disgusting to them.  The delegates returned to the Vi'Krux, which departed from the Sol system, and the corresponding sector, to regions unknown, not to return until many years later.

5.6: The Straw Is Placed

2565 was the "Year of Reckoning."

The population on Earth was around 53 billion.  The Reckoning's advocates had long since removed all birth control routines.  They claimed that Deity would provide for everyone, so no reproductive discipline was necessary.  The dwelling complexes that the people lived in were reaching the collapse point.  These "Urb-plexes" covered hundreds of thousands of square kilometers on Earth's surface.  Each one was filled to capacity.

One by one, the Urb-plexes' food and waste distributing infrastructure shut down due to lack of goods or inadequate maintenance.  The rioting that followed was fueled by the belief that the Day of Reckoning failed to materialize.  Deity had abandoned them, and their leaders, as well as anyone involved in technology, were the sole blame.

The people around the world engaged in a mass orgy of murder and cannibalism.  After they killed their leaders, they turned on each other.  The tech survivors rushed to their underground complexes and sealed themselves in.  In every Urb-plex, on every continent, this was repeated.  After the main meltdown came the diseases: cholera, typhoid, bubonic and pneumatic plagues, as well as other newly-formed mutated strains had their way with the rest of humanity.

When the dust settled, in 2577, less than 200,000 Humans remained on Earth.

Chapter 06: Nighttime (2577-2722)

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Chapter 6: Nighttime (2577-2722)

6.1: Woe Is Earth

This period, in Human history, is known as the Interstellar Dark Age.

On Earth, the survivors of the Great Catastrophe of 2577 stayed locked in their complexes for the next 150 years.  During this time, however, communication between complexes was established and information was exchanged throughout the network.

As for the other worlds in the Solar System, Earth was to be put under extreme quarantine because of the runaway pestilence; nobody was allowed on or off the planet.  No exceptions.  Failure to comply with quarantine protocols was dealt with extreme prejudice.

6.2: The Light Dims...

The situation was a grave one for humanity.  Their homeworld was gone.  Even though most of the Human population scoffed at Earth and what it stood for, at least it was there to scoff.

Venus was repopulated by settlers from the outer worlds, who wanted a life on a terrestrial planet.  Venus was terraformed enough for people to inhabit the world without special equipment or shelters.  Even with water added to the planet via "iceteroids," the world was still very arid.  Most of the land was desert.  Nevertheless, the population reached 2 million by 2594.  Many geneering laboratories were established on Venus to create a proper ecosystem on the world.  These laboratories were extremely regulated to make sure that the projects didn't cross the line (creating human/animal fusions were outright illegal).  Venus had a balanced biosphere by 2715.

The redevelopment of Venus represented some of the only growth the people of Sol did at this time.  The rest of the worlds remained static - at best.

6.3: And What About Mary-Lou?

The loss of 52 billion of their brethren, no matter how misguided they were, taxed the hearts and minds of humanity.  It weighed on everyone, with the possible exception of the New Colonies of the Astra Incognita Sector. 

They were cut off from the rest of humanity anyways.  Their development on their new worlds was on their own terms.  Their history and development is another adventure for humanity.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following text about the Human colonies in the Astra Incognita Sector has been removed from this document in this current version.  This information may be found in another document: The History of the Astra Incognita Sector.

6.4: Away From Kansas...

Life on the other worlds near Sol wasn't much better.  The economies of the worlds were intertwined.  Avalon was almost exclusively agricultural, Barnard, having no planets in the system, was industrial.  Henrik's Claim relied upon trade with other worlds. The infrastructure of the core worlds was shaken.   Trade slowed down, piracy stepped up.  Economies became depressed.  By 2582, nearly all trade was halted.

                In 2584, the people of Barnard abandoned their system.  They couldn't function without incoming goods.  Most of the refugees made it to Avalon, others went elsewhere throughout the sector.

6.5: The New Lords

It was in 2587 when the coup happened on
that founded the Empire of the 4th Reich.  The empire started spreading out from
to other star systems.  The first system to be annexed in the Terran Sector was
in 2674.

2592 saw the birth of the People's Democratic Socialist Republic.  The Marxist persuasion was instilled by the colonists of
and they started spreading the word - by propaganda or by bombings - to the surrounding systems.  Their presence became known in the Terran Sector on
in 2690.

6.6: What Is To Become Of us?

The sector was going through great changes toward the end of this period.  The 4th Reich and the PDSR were the only governments that seemed stable.  The core worlds were lost without direction.  Most turned insular, relying upon the culture(s) of their forefathers.  Others tried to band together for stability with limited success.   In short, they weren't going anywhere.

Things were plodding along like this until late 2722, when the other worlds from the Sol System received transmissions from the third planet........

Chapter 07: Dawn (2722- 2732)

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Chapter 7: Dawn (2722- 2732)


The 150 years after the Great Catastrophe (as it is now called) was not a time for stasis on the Human homeworld - it was a time of healing.

Note: The following text's timeline starts back in 2577.  It is included here for the purpose of continuity.

7.1: Cracking the Seals

The world was ravaged over the past millennia.  Runaway population and pollution took its toll.  The machines were turned off, now, and the complexes where the survivors existed were as efficient as Human technology allowed.  During the century from 2577 to 2677, the planet mostly healed itself.

In the complex called Afua (A Swahili name meaning mercy or protection) was an example of one of the more sophisticated shelters.  Its resources were carefully husbanded and the people spent time trying to search for other complexes by the means of older AM radio transmissions (which was standard technology on the world at the time).  Other complexes responded.  By 2620, Afua was in continuous communication with 15 other complexes around the world.  By 2678, the seven most prestigious complexes - Afua, Alrikberg, Chiyoko, Conlanshire, New Washington, Wang-Wen-Long, and Zoya - were in full cooperation with a World Rebuilding project.

The people of the seven complexes found, when they cracked their seals, a world devoid of Human activity.  The ruins of the Urb-plexes were present, but shattered.  No Human life was evident.  The first projects were tearing down these extensive sprawls and recycle whatever materials they could.  The enormous task that lay before them took the next 45 years.

7.2: Hello?  Is Anyone Out There???

On November 15, 2722, the undercity (what the complexes were later called) of Alrikberg started to send FM radio transmissions out into space.  The message was simple:

                "Attention Anyone!  Attention Anyone!  This is the Earth Undercity Alrikberg.  Begrüßungen!  We represent some of the survivors on Planet Earth.  If there is anyone out there, who is fluent in English or German, please acknowledge this transmission.  Repeat: If there is anyone out there, who is fluent in English or German, please acknowledge this transmission..."

This message was repeated, alternately, in English and German (which was unusual, since the only languages allowed on Earth since the NOPL takeover were English and Mandarin Chinese).  The message was, initially, picked up by the Quarantine Frigate Eternal Resolve.  The captain, Lieutenant Commander Enrico Hernandez, Immediately forwarded the transmission via hyper-comm to UW Naval Headquarters on Henrik's Claim and requested instructions.

It should be mentioned here that the various ships that orbited Earth enforcing the quarantine did just that - and nothing more.  No ship was to observe or record any activity on the planet; failure to comply was a capital offense.  The fact that Lt. Cmdr. Hernandez skipped his chain of command and directly contacted the High Command on Henrik's Claim was understood by the gravity of the discovery - as well as the grave penalties.

When the transmission reached Naval Headquarters - 12 hours after the Resolve's transmission was initially sent - the High Commander, Admiral Ameki Takahashi, immediately gave permission for the Eternal Resolve to respond to this transmission and open communication.

Over the 24 hours before the Resolve received a reply, the transmission carried, at light speed, throughout the Sol System.  Sol Naval Command, stationed on Titan, ordered a battle fleet sent to Earth orbit, ready for a sneak attack by any surviving NOPL forces that could be hidden on the planet.  Their fears were not realized, and they received the order to reply to the transmission.

7.3: Contact!!

Over the next 7 days, representatives from the UW were exchanging information with several undercities around the planet.  It was found that, according to several sources, global population increased to 570,000 by this time.  The world was still a mess, but the environment was improving and evidence revealed that the runaway diseases had long run their courses and were suppressed.  Nevertheless, it took another 2 years (2725) before the UW government passed legislation to remove the quarantine on Earth.

7.4: Renaissance

The thought of getting the Human homeworld back brought a new level of spirit in the people in the sector.  A special session of parliament was held on Mars which led to a move that would set a new standard in the course of Human history - the capital of the United Worlds would move to Earth.

The undercity populations were branching out to the surface.  They were already cooperating with each other, so it took very little time to build the UW's new capitol.  It was decided, by mutual agreement, with the peoples of earth and the UW parliament, that the capitol should be placed near the former city of Nairobi, Kenya in 2728.

The reason that was officially stated was that the capitol was built near the undercity with the highest population - Afua, however, the details of the decision aren't too clear.  It is rumored that it came down to either a dice-rolling game or a challenge of scissors-rock-paper, but these rumors have not been confirmed.

By February 12, 2730, the UW's capitol was transferred to Earth.  A few other changes were made during this phase:

7.4.1: World Name Change

The planet's name officially changed from Earth to Terra at this time.  The word "Terra" is merely the word for earth or soil in an old language (Latin).  The word, however, has been used in various fiction stories about the "future."  Most of the stories were entertaining and many people still identified with them - and the word.  It also was an attempt to show that the planet had changed.  The old word, Earth, reminded too many people of NOPL - something most wanted to forget.

7.4.2: Government Name Change

The government of the United Worlds made the decision at this time to change their name to the Terran Republic.  This became official as the people of the surrounding worlds supported the move to an identity.  It was also for the purpose of getting worlds to band together against the 4th Reich, PDSR, and the Federation of Independent Colonies.  Of their three neighbors, the FIC proved to be the least aggressive.  They seemed comfortable with the worlds that they had and they kept their anarchic tendencies to a minimum amongst their neighbors.

7.5: A New Direction

The Terran Republic instigated a new age in the interstellar community.  Many more worlds petitioned entrance.  Barnard was repopulated in 2732.  The economy was recovering and further exploration and expansions were instigated.

Solar Alliance

This is where any doc for the specific state, The Solar Alliance (SA) will be posted.


Here is where you stick your race documents as children for this doc......


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Physical Structure


Their physical form varies.  Some of them remind Humans of giant blaster-wielding ants, cockroaches, and even scorpions.  They have heavily-armored exoskeletons, segmented bodies, and heavy, bone-crushing mandibles.  Several forms have been identified by surviving populations.




Bug senses are, mostly, comparable to human senses.  Their senses of hearing an smell, however, are superior.  Their language relies upon hearing ultrasonic pitches and they can track and identify their hive brethren by scent.




Their speech contains mostly clicks, whirrs, and ultrasonic noises.  If they must, they communicate to others using electronic voice-boxes.


Society and Customs


The bugs operate using a hive-based hierarchy.  An egg-laying queen is the mother of all in the hive.  Her "children" are set - with the use of hormones and training methods - in castes designating their position in the hive.


When a queen is ready to create another of her kind, she prepares an egg with special hormones that will produce another queen.  When the larva matures, the "princess" will challenge the queen for the hive.  If the princess wins, she is the new queen and the rest of the hive dies out, in favor of the new queen's eggs.  If the princess fails, and is not killed, she will go somewhere else to found a new hive.


With the introduction of rocketry and crude FTL drives (.1LY/Day) the bugs have altered their culture slightly, where the princess will not challenge the queen at all; she will leave the hive, launch into space, dock with one of their asteroid "starships", and target another system.  During the voyage, she will lay eggs in the rock.  When the ship reaches the desired system, the rock hits the targeted planet/moon.  The queen and her eggs survive the impact and proceed to take over their new territory.  If more than one "Bugsteroid" (a new term coined by survivors and troops) lands in an area, the two hives will compete with each other.


Bug Technology is lower than Standard Tech.  They haven't perfected laser weapon technology - relying on blasters, slug throwers, and missiles.  Their factories look almost organic to an observer.  Their mining tunnels are heavily networked and serve as colony warrens as well.  Their power source is either hydrocarbon combustion-based or nuclear fission.  Ship tech consists of rocket propulsion that has sufficient fuel to accelerate an asteroid out of the solar system's FTL threshold zone.  The queen enters a dormant phase, similar to cryogenic storage, until her ship impacts at the destination.


In more recent times, the bugs have developed automatic defense systems for their bugsteroids.  The system makes it more difficult to be vaporized before it hits.




There are only two kinds of life: the bugs and food.  Bugs from other hives are sometimes food.  Sometimes the food fights back.  No matter.  Eat, eat, and eat......


Special Abilities


Radiation Tolerance: The nature of the bug physique makes them highly resistant to radiation - from electricity to cosmic rays.  This allows them to travel in crude spaceships for years at a time with no armor or shielding.  It also makes any energy weapon (lasers, blasters, electrostunners) do 1/4 damage against them.  Kinetic energy weapons (i.e. bullets) are more effective.


Exoskeleton Armor: in addition to any other armor the bug is wearing, all damage against them is reduced by 1/2 (making energy weapons do 1/8 damage) against any part of the bug's body covered by its exoskeleton.




Average Size


Average Mass


Average Lifespan

20 years

Reproductive System

Heterosexual, Oviparous

Body Temperature

40 Degrees Celsius


BUG Characters

NOTE: it is NOT recommended that bugs should be played as PC's.  They are intelligent enough, but not independent.  Their opposed views against other PC's might pose a little problem -especially when the bug gets hungry.....


Ability Scores

Roll Adjust.