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  • 2005: Drones and vast terraforming machines developed and ostensibly perfected by Californian aerospace manufacturer SpaceX are sent to Mars, materializing the infant company's dream to make the planet habitable and safe for Earth-like life. In a staggeringly short amount of time - months, rather than decades or millennia - remote readings from the planet's surface indicate that it's atmosphere has reached survivable conditions.

  • 2007: A human colony of sixty, hand-selected by top researchers and given ample physical and psychological training, is prepared by SpaceX with guidelines from the United States for relocation to Mars. Widely hailed as heroes, merchandise featuring the first Martian colonists' names and images are mass produced. A set of interactive action figures become the most popular and sought after holiday fads. Riots in New York City over a shortage of the dolls occur one week before Christmas. Four are trampled to death outside FAO Schwarz toy store.

  • 2008: After a three-hundred day journey the colony arrives, expecting to find a new Eden. The green paradise they were prepared for is nowhere to be found. The planet's surface is drained, dry, and bereft of plant-life. The temperatures are brutal and the sky scorched. The air is oxygenated and the world is ostensibly livable, but it's a promise broken. After just six months a third of the colony dies. A not insignificant number take their own life.

  • 2009: Desperate communications from the Mars colony are intentionally suppressed to preserve the public appeal of developing colonization programs across the globe. By the end of 2009, the colony as been completely cut off. It is assumed, though not reported, that the new Martians will quietly perish without support. The EU, UAE, United States, and all other members of the United Nations in good standing form the first cohesive global government: the Terran Initiative is officially branded, representatives from each country are selected to populate the new global Senate. Sectors of space are claimed and divided.

  • 2021: Contact from Mars is initiated with the public on Earth using comm technology reverse engineered by the colony's survivors. They reveal the reality of their new lives and the Terran Initiative is for the first time made the subject of fierce media scrutiny. The Initiative's response is to extend a new offer of support to the abandoned Martian colony. It is rejected. Colonies from all over the globe, some already years in transit, begin to arrive at their destinations.

  • 2022 - 2032: Atmospheric mining colonies are successfully established over gas giants using widely differing technologies: the Elysium over Saturn and the Krondstadt over Jupiter. While these stations flourish, the first Venusian colony suffers repeat tragedies and is recalled. The few survivors suffer from severe radiation poisoning; most perish before the rescue vessel can make it back to Earth.

  • 2035: The second Venusian colony arrives on site with state of the art terraforming technologies. Though the colonists' vessels survive, the machines are not built to withstand the tumultuous and ever-changing atmosphere of the planet. Just colonists remain in communication from their fleet for some time before receiving the support and clearance to return to Earth. Two ships remain by choice, and are considered the founders of the Venusian colony.

  • 2050 - 2065: Fully functional residential stations are established across the fringes of space. Some flourish. Others fall out of communication just a few months post arrival. In 2064 the World Wide Web, increasingly decrepit and incapable of facilitating reliable interstellar data transfers, is formally retired. The new matrix is launched across the galaxy, successful in its endeavor to connect all of humankind together. Starvation and dehydration deaths skyrocket in the physical world. Hunger and thirst mechanics are patched into personae.

  • 2109 - 2110: Tensions between a grocery conglomerate - the ISBC Corporation - and the Terran Initiative materialize in the foundation of CorpSec and a new corporate-dominant precedent being set in intergalactic politics. By 2110 the ISBC Corporation has been frozen into bankruptcy by its corporate partners as a demonstration of camaraderie toward the Terran Initiative. The benefits earned on the back of ISBC are by no means conceded: ISBC's cannibalization is offered as a singular show of faith. The Food and Drug Administration is formally disbanded December 31, 2110.

  • 2111 - 2202: A century remembered for its peace and prosperity, unleashed corporate mobility launches the economy upward at a breakneck rate. Millions of jobs are created and unemployment reaches the lowest point in documented history. Colonies are launched and easily maintained across the galaxy. Internal policies maintain a corporate conscience; quality dips, but at unnoticeable degrees compared to the benefits of unchecked independence. Humanity's greatest minds come together at the University of Public Works in Sector 29, receiving massive grants to materialize their plans to build a space-faring fleet capable of not only reaching, but leaving the confines of Sol using experimental "wormhole" technology.

  • 2311: The fleet, dubbed The Final Frontier, is completed. Volunteers to participate in its journey so overwhelm the quantity of spots available that it requires nearly a decade for researchers and psychologists to filter through them and select a crew. One hundred and twenty-four individuals are aired on the intergalactic network as the lucky few. They are all children under the age of five; the offspring of the applicants rather than the applicants themselves. The underage crew is raised to be the best humanity has to offer using programs developed by the Final Frontier Board, either at home or in specialized facilities, depending upon the preferences of their legal guardians.

  • 2341: The Final Frontier Mission is launched to the celebration of mankind, setting out upon a two year expedition to the outermost fringes of Sol.

  • 2343: The entire galaxy watched as the Final Frontier approached the crossing, and when the ship at point slipped seamlessly over the unseen border its success was felt deeply by all. A squadron of advanced vessels with bizarre designations emerged from the black of space, and with the entirety of the species watching the Final Frontier was turned to dust.

  • 2344: Widespread economic depression leaves millions unemployed. Poverty becomes a real and powerful motivator behind massive upticks in crime rates, on Earth and in settlements beyond. An inquiry is launched by the Terran Initiative with the goal of identifying the Final Frontier's destroyers. The results, if there are any to be found, are classified. The infant Aizu-Shoto Corporation purchases the rights to groundbreaking dome technology developed by a home researcher. Venus is colonized for the third time using this new technology. There are no issues and no deaths. The colony by all accounts a success, and is swiftly transformed into a "paradise" for the rich and influential. Pundits criticize the move, pointing out the powerfully noticeable juxtaposition between the over-populated poor and the untouchable wealthy.

  • 2355: Members of a grassroots decker club acquire unlawful access to the Terran Initiative's Sector 14 intranet and use it to send a flood of false nuclear signals towards Sectors 15 and 5. The response is swift and thorough, leaving Sector 14 a wasteland. The incident inspires widespread crackdowns on matrix trolls and the culprits are shot by a civilian three months later during a routine transfer between holding facilities. It is projected that Sector 14 will not become habitable for another 2000 years.

  • 2361: As one of his last acts in office, outgoing President Reyansh Parvati orders a CorpSec raid on a Sector 5 SLF base seeking to capture the terrorist Angele Carpentier, who was wanted for - among other things - his involvement in the destruction of Sector 14. Footage of the raid is leaked to the media and met with public outcry when children are shown among the casualties. Carpentier is apprehended and quietly executed.

  • 2362: Outspoken "Terran First" President Ronald Hagen is elected by majority vote on Earth. Citing security concerns during the course of any variety of space travel, for the first time in centuries votes from colonies and stations outside of Earth are neither collected or counted. A movement to push for Hagen's impeachment is in full swing by 2365, the last year of his first time.

  • 2366: Following a messy impeachment trial during President Hagen's second term, Shija Sai runs a close but successful campaign and is elected the new President of the Terran Initiative.

  • January 2367: A massive alien ship appears above Sectors 7, 5, and 4. After weeks with no movement or contact, an entity calling itself the Sentinel hacks human comm networks to announce that Earth has one standard Terran day to bend to its demands and return to them a being it refers to as "the Queen." CorpSec Director Stanton Redgrave, President Shija Sai, and Aizu-Shoto Corporation Chairman Ossyriss Tamarisk are at the forefront of negotiations, which - while thickly tense - resolve in the fairly peaceful delivery of Renna Redgrave, the Director's wife, who had long been assumed dead and was only recently recovered in the wreckage of the Final Frontier fleet.

  • November 2367: The Senate declares President Sai missing, accuses the Martian Independence Movement of having assassinated her, and begins proceedings for impeachment. The impeachment is a success, but is launching point for the Senate to suspend elections across the solar system. They place Joaquin Ramirez, a Terran Nationalist Party member, into the President's seat. MIM leader William "Bill" Hutchins hijacks holovid signals across civilization, accusing the Initiative of goading them, and declares war.

  • December 3, 2367: The Terran Initiative's powerful fleet is deployed to Martian space with instructions to intimidate, but not initiate. Protests erupt across the solar system, with the largest demonstrations occurring on Earth. The Initiative deploys soldiers to the surface - an area long considered the jurisdiction of CorpSec - to contain it. The situation turns violet in Sector 7 when an eerily well-armed mob of prole activists open fire on the invading Initiative soldiers. The Initiative engages the populace indiscriminately, leaving many dead and others hospitalized, up to and including non-participating journalists from the Lotus Circle. CorpSec mobilizes to contain and remove the Initiative soldiers from its planet.

  • January 1, 2368: For reasons unknown, the occupying Initiative navy launches an offensive on a handful of civilian vessels in Martian space - the Fringe Maniacal is among the vessels involved in the foray, and manages to draw several warships out of formation. Almost instantaneously, a host of well-organized Jovian cruisers, warships, and fighters emerge into Martian orbit, eliminating the Initiate vessels that the Fringe Maniacal lured away from the fleet. The technologically superior Jovian cruisers put paid to the remainder of the Initiate fleet in mere hours, with the exception of the flagship CSS Hades. The Hades is boarded by MiM freedom fighters, who take its crew and the ship itself into custody of the newly revealed Martian-Jovian Alliance. The Terran Initiative Senate seals itself into the Conclave for its own protection. In a bitter moment of unprecedented cruelty, President Joaquin Ramirez remotely activates the CSS Hades, which is still in close orbit over Mars. The massive warship is crashed into the Tharsis Colony, killing hundreds and destroying a not insignificant swathe of the community.

  • February 2368: A squad led by CorpSec Director Stanton Redgrave and a dedicated number of Syndicate Bondsmen, Humanadyne representatives up to and including their Chief of Medicine Beatrix Foxe, and a mysterious, masked representative from the elusive Five Families ascend upon the Terran Initiative Conclave. The Conclave is forced to open and the Senate rooted out to face charges for war crimes. The President, however, is nowhere to be found within the Initiative stronghold. Rumors abound that he is hiding on a luxury yacht somewhere in uncharted space. After several weeks, using the combined efforts of many, he is tracked down and taken into CorpSec custody to face justice. Public outcry calling for charges of war crimes are adhered to.

  • March 2368: A meeting of the solar system's most powerful and influential leaders gathers in the newly abandoned the Senate Conclave. Representatives from the Martian Independence Movement and the Jovian Alliance are in attendance. Negotiations are tense, but faced with the might of CorpSec's CSS Cerberus - a warship said to have been built using Scion technology - and the potential for a legitimate system war, all parties agree that the best option is to disarm and bring the conflict to a close. The MiM and Jovian representatives are clear that their goal has been accomplished: The oppressive Terran Initiative has been destroyed, and they have never counted the people of Terra or the institution of CorpSec as enemies of the colonies. A new government is born from the ashes of the Terran Initiative Crisis: The Sol Ascendancy, aimed at maintaining legitimate order in the Sol System, rises to the fore. All parties involved in the process support the new Sol Ascendancy but one: The prole Steward of the Sol Workers Union, Marcella Bridger.

  • April 2, 2368: Post-war economic downturn leaves countless corporations vulnerable to buy out or dissolution. The Aizu-Shoto Corporation seizes upon the opportunity to absorb them, becoming a conglomeration of hundreds of branch companies under a single umbrella. The new mega-corporation is rebranded as the Corporate Collective under the direction Chairman Mojmir Sokolov. The Chairman's home station, Krondstadt, launches a top-end shipyard in recognition of their home-grown Jovian son's accomplishment and highly celebrated business acumen.