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Timeline of the Worlds at War Universe

selected events


2037 – The first anniversary of the U.N. groundbreaking ceremony of the first Lunar colony coincides with first manned mission to Mars. Because of successes, the anniversary becomes a national holiday in 75 nations.

2041 – U.S and E.U. jointly begin unmanned shipping of housing modules, lab modules, and construction materials to the future landing site of first colony to Mars. (Fission Drives)

2044 – First groups of colony building materiel lands safely at 220 degrees longitude and 10 degrees North Latitude, in southern Elysium Planitia, just north of the equator. Selection begins for the first Martian colonists. 

2046 – The first permanent 125 colonists, after a lengthy selection by the U.N. Scientific and Exploration Council, and lengthier training in the Antarctic, leave Earth orbit for Mars.

2048 – U.S and E.U. jointly begin shipping housing modules, lab modules, and construction materials to the future landing site of second manned colony to Mars.

2049 – Colonists arrive and begin building Base One at Elysium Planitia.

2050 – Colonists begin building Base Two at Elysium Planitia.

2052 – The second international group of colonists leaves Earth orbit for Mars. (Ion Drives)

2052 – Original colony expands to Base Three in Zephyria. First child born on Mars.

2055 – The second international group of colonists lands safely at their new home, Chryse, and begin construction of their colony.

2055 – The third joint U.S. and E.U. colonies’ materiel begins shipment. The U.N. begins shipping materiel for a separate colony.

2057 – Dust Storm of 2057. Colonists are trapped in their habitats. Solar panels stop working. Radio communications with Earth stop for 7 Martian months. 34 colonists killed or missing.

2059 – Resumption of both planned colony projects & shipment of colonists.

2059 – Mitsubishi and the Japanese Government unveil their new High Thrust Fission Drive and a Nuclear Pulse Drive, but keep the technologies proprietary, promising to release details in 7 years.

2060 – Japan begins a series of colonial launches to Mars, with one planned every 8 months for 7 years. Colonists and materiel will arrive together.

2062 – After 20 months in transit, the first Japanese colonists arrive in May. After three years in transit U.N. and U.S.-Euro colonists arrive in June and July, respectively.

2062 to 2090 – Rapidly increasing development of Mars as Mitsubishi drives become more efficient and widespread. Technological advances from the colonies increase standard of living, longevity, and economies across Earth, but most benefit is reaped by the United States, Japan, and European Nations. Chinese begin first colonies on Luna’s Farside.

2066 – Completion of Earth’s first “catapult” allowing cheap lo-g launches to orbit.

2067 – Population booms on Luna when the nations of Earth begin shipping criminals with life sentences to the Moon with no chance of return (against Chinese protests). They learn how to live, work, farm, and live very peacefully together. Those who do not learn are responsible for this statistic: 30% of new “inmates” die within their first 50 days in Luna.

2073 – First death on Mars of old age, by an original colonist.

2091 – As populations rise on Mars, the first cities are incorporated. Arabs begin arriving and forming nomadic clans of traders and mechanics.

2095 – The first “Zero-G” colony is successfully begun - on Ceres in the Belt. This is a joint U.S. and Japanese venture. The E.U. establishes the first colony beyond the belt, on Ganymede.

2096 – 146 Colonists are killed during a major earthquake and subsequent power outage and habitat collapse on Ganymede. Of the 24 initial survivors, 17 are alive when the next supply ship arrives 6 months later.

2097 – All 17 survivors of the Ganymede earthquake decide to remain and rebuild.  Mars sends many homesteaders and equipment which arrive before the next shipment from Earth, beginning a long relationship of mutual support.

2097 to 2115 – Rapid expansion stemming from experience and new advances in Habitat and Zero-G colony construction. The United States and Japan enjoy a near monopoly on new expansion through their close cooperative relationship. Many nations chafe at being forced to pay the US-Nippon Coalition to transport colonists and material. Initial colonies throughout the belt, and the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.

2132 – After 20 days of rioting and insurrection in U.N. controlled  Luna, Earth agrees to stop shipping criminals and to allow Loonies to choose their own governor and representatives to Earth.

2147 – After long deliberation, the U.N. grants Ganymede independence and ally status. 14 of the original 17 earthquake survivors sign the Ganymede Charter, becoming the first (non-asteroid) colony to achieve political independence from Earth.

2170 – Mars declares independence from Earth. No Earth                                      government recognizes their claim.

2171 – The U.S.-Nippon Coalition begins systematically enforcing martial law throughout Martian territories. Resistance is widespread and violent. Mars blockade begins.

2173 – After the infamous Tharsis City Massacre and the retaliatory destruction of the U.S. Space City at Earth L4 – by clever hacking – the joint adoption of the U.N. mediated Deimos Conventions I, II, & III. ( I states that No Armed Force Will Fire Upon an Inhabited Habitat, City, Station, Balloon, or Asteroid Unless Having Received Fire From Said Structure relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. II states provisions for the Amelioration of the Condition of Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked Members of Armed Forces in Space. III states provisions for a) Immediate Curtailment or Alteration of A.I. Systems Systemwide and b) Maliciously Altering a Life Support System by Computer Manipulation will be Judged a War Crime.

2175U.S.-Nippon Coalition pulls it’s last ship out of Mars Orbit, unofficially ending the blockade, and the war.

2176 – Aid from Ganymede is central to the Martian reconstruction effort. Beginning of construction on Martian catapult using Ganymede monies and expertise.

2192 – Aided by the U.S.-Nippon Coalition’s massive loss of power and money from prosecuting their unsuccessful interplanetary war, the Sino–E.U. faction stages it’s long-planned  “Velvet Revolution.”

2194 – The S-E demand that each nation’s top diplomats leave the U.N. and go to their new International Diplomatic Headquarters in Greece. The U.N. is not disbanded, but it’s marginalization begins.

2197 – The S-E declare the Sino-Euro Hegemony. The citizens of Mercury and Venus recognize the new government of Earth, but no habitat outside the orbit of the asteroids does. The S-EH refuses to recognize the sovereignty of any other nation, nation state, or world. Hong Kong Luna successfully bids for "neutral ally" status, however. Mars’ bid for neutrality is rebuffed.

2211 – “Black Monday.” A fleet of S-EH ships attack and destroy 12 major Martian population centers simultaneously, without a declaration of war, or responding to hails as they descended from orbit. Heavy blockade is put in place in Martian orbit. 2nd Martian War for Independence begins. Formation of the League of Worlds begun by Ganymede, Europa, Dione, and Titan. Within months most worlds outside the asteroid belt have joined.

2213 – Martian government escapes blockade and travels to Ganymede.  Sino-Euro Hegemony declares “Cessation of Hostilities” on Mars.

2221 – Present day. An uneasy truce (cold war?) exists within the system between the S-EH and the League. The Hegemony continues expansionist policies. Everyone wonders: Is the first system war coming soon?