A Brief History of the Solar System

1772

Lagrange theorizes the existence of the gravity points in Earth's orbit.

1957

Launch of Sputnik, first man-made satellite.

1961

Yuri Gagarin is the first man in space

1969 

Apollo 11 lands on the Moon.

1977

Gerard O' Neill proposes the open-type space colony design.

1982

Launch of the first American space shuttle.

1999

Solar Power Satellite 1 test successful.

2002

Freedom Station is launched.

2007

Prototype fusion engine sustains reaction and generates power.

2011

Trial flight of the Megaloader, the first true space cargo ship.

2017

First Laser Launch System constructed at Cape Canaveral.

2024

First permanent Moon base, Moon Base Alpha is established.

2026 

Artificial diamond composites marketed heralding an age of ultra-light construction for ships and space stations.

2028

Alpha Base Massdriver on the Moon is used to fire large cargo sleds to Earth's Lagrange points where automated 'masscatchers' successfully intercept and stockpile the raw materials launched from the Moon.

2030

Construction of the orbital colonies in the pattern of the O' Neil cylinder begins. Island One, located at the L-5 Lagrange Point is open in November.

2031 

NASA/ESA Jupiter exploration ship Galileo II is launched.

2033

The first Martian settlement, Burroughs City is constructed.

2034

First permanent mining base established on Mercury. Massdrivers based there begin hurling rocks at Venus.

2037

Jovian Gas Mining Corp. is founded; Ironwheel Station built in Jovian orbit, heralding the age of the space companies.

2038

Ares Corporation founded on Mars.

2039

Elysée is constructed and designated at the capital of the Jovian colonies, mostly concentrated around Ganymede. This collection of colonies is named Olympus.

2042

Jovians, tired of the hectic life in Jupiter orbit, set up Newhome Station in the trailing Trojan Asteroids. Six weeks later, the Wunderlich Consortium sets up Vanguard Mountain station in the leading Trojan point. Thus the two Trojan States are born.

2070

First Nomad settlements established in the Asteroid Belt.

2072

Project New Earth officially begins, terraforming of Venus underway. Immense titanium fins are placed in the polar locations to cool down the planet.

2080

Social and environmental pressure collapses several nations. Massive exodus towards space begins.

2081

Provisional Terran government takes refuge in space. The United Space Nations is formed.

2082

Vivarium-type colony cylinders are built in Jovian orbit. Larger and more space efficient, these stations are heavily shielded to protect their inhabitants from the high radiation around Jupiter.

2085 

Mars declares independence. There is little Earth can do to stop the Martians from doing so.

2086

First colonization of Venus. Many acrologies are constructed.

2090

Olympus, Vanguard Mountain and Newhome declare their independence from Earth.

2091

The Elysium War is fought on Mars when rebels opposing a new series of oppressive laws form the Martian Free Republic. The war is bloody and inconclusive and will not end until 2114.

2092

Captain Alfred Decker arrives in Newhome with much-needed supplies for the struggling nation, cementing ties between Olympus and Newhome. Decker will make a similar journey to Vanguard Mountain and open the way to stronger diplomatic relations.

2093

All vestiges of authority on Earth falls along with their space faring capability and with it any control that they once had on the space colonies.

2100

Earth is isolated, rumors of disasters, plagues and civil wars. Jovian Armed Forces established.

2113

Away from the chaos of humanity, Olympus, Newhome and Vanguard Mountain come together to form the Jovian Confederation. It becomes the largest space nation in terms of size and territory.

2120 – 2180

Often referred to as the 'Tough Times'. Venus is busy settling down, Mars is wrought with civil conflicts while many of Jupiter's Trojan asteroids are dismantled to build new colony cylinders to house the burgeoning population.

2121

The Messenger's War on Mars begins when both the Federation and Republic fight over trade relations with Mercury. Once again inconclusive, the aftermath is significant for the Republic as Mercury becomes the first stellar nation of officially recognize the Republic as an independent nation and equal of the Federation.

2135-2152

This period of Martian history is referred to as the 'Thousand Little Wars', a low-intensity conflict characterized by countless raids on either side of the border though it was marked by a massive Republic offensive that captured significant amount of territory, doubling the size of the nation.

2150s

By merging exo-suit and tug technology, the Jovians become the first to field exo-armors, the giant robots of popular science fiction.

2163

The first true exo-armor enters service in the JAF

2168

Known as the StaubSturmKrieg or 'The Dust Storm War', it lasted only6days. Intended to be the Federation's 'final offensive' against the Martian Free Republic, the campaign went very well with the Martian BundesArmee rolling over Republican defenders. But a massive dust storm swept through the war zone, effectively crippling the Federate offensive and causing them to pull back once the dust had settled.

2170-2185

Yet another turbulent period in Martian history, the Olympian War began when several domed cities around Olympus Mons defected to the Republic. Many battles were fought as the Federates sought to reclaim these cities. Both sides later found the war becoming to costly but the hatred was too great and when the Jovian Confederation opened an embassy in 2185, they were invited to help serve as a middle man. The war ended with a peace treaty and the Olympus Mons cities now under Republican control.

2182

A collection of North American and European states forming the Union and win the Unification War on Earth in an effort to bring the whole planet under one flag.

2184

The Central Earth Government and Administration (CEGA) is founded. While it does not control the entire globe, it does administer to North America, Europe as well as significant portions of Africa and Asia.

2185

Contacts are slowly resumed between the settlements

2189

Construction of the Martian Elevator begins. It is a grand structure that literally reaches to the heavens, allowing cheaper cargo transfer from the Martian surface into orbit. It is constructed with the combined resources of the Martian Federation and the Martian Free Republic and backed by the Venusians.

2196

The Martian Elevator is complete and a golden age of prosperity seems to begin for Mars.

2200

Peace in the solar system

2205

Commerce is dominated by the powerful Venusian Bank which has also begun to dabble into research violating the Edicts.

2208

Venusian Bank agent Devon Malachai, while trying to kill a reporter who has discovered the Bank's illegal genetic research, deceives CEGA ships into opening fire a freighter and Jovian warships, marking the first time the two superpowers have exchanged fire.

2209

Tensions in the Solar System are heightened, especially between the Jovian Confederation and the CEGA which has made no secret of its ambitions to reunite the Solar System under Earth's banner once more.

Significant Recent Events

The Odyssey 

Not much is known about the events collectively known as the Odyssey. Much of it remains a mystery even to the major intelligence networks of the stellar nations. This much is however, is known.

In 2208, Earth scientist Agram Peyarje began work on the Cyberlink Activated by Thoughts (CAT) system which would allow partial thought-control and bio-sensory feedback with machines and vehicles. The CEGA, realizing the military applications for such a system, conscripted him forcibly. A peaceful man, Peyarje succeeded in contacting the Jovian Confederation during a trip to scientific convention on Venus in 2210.

Not long after, four Jovian agents assist Dr. Peyarje in escaping from the CEGA. These Jovians were immediately and publicly branded as terrorists by the CEGA who made immediate attempts to pursue them.

The refugees hid on the Earth's moon and were offered sanctuary by one of the lunar independence groups. Thus followed the first of a string of great tragedies. A CEGA pursuit fleet destroyed the domed city of Copernicus in an effort to eliminate the Jovians along with the freedom fighters. Nearly two thousand civilians lost theirs lives in the attack and the aftermath was broadcast across the Solar System by a Solar Cross vessel, drawing condemnation from across the system.

The Jovians' next stop was Mars where they were assisted by the Free Republic. Despite being pursued by the CEGA, these small band attempted to prevent a terrorist attack against the Martian Elevator. But their efforts fail and Elevator is destroyed, resulting in the formation of the 'Vator Crater which stretches some 20, 800 km across the Martian equator. The CEGA have since placed the blame on the terrorist group STRIKE though both Martian governments are known to be conducting investigations of their own.

Battle of Elysée

In the wake of both tragedies, media support for the refugees allow them to return to Jovian space without fear of CEGA pursuit. But one CEGA Admiral by the name of Russel Kleb, refused to heed the stand down order and ordered his fleet to attack the Jovian capital of Elysée.

It is a great battle which results in nearly complete destruction of the CEGA fleet though losses amongst Jovian forces were heavy as well. The circumstances surrounding this battle are not clear though the CEGA has declared that Kleb's fleet had gone rogue.

There are rumors that Kleb had been under the influence of drugs and thus was not in control of his faculties at the time of the attack. General Avram Thorsen, commander of the JAF's Gamma Division has since been removed from command for allowing the CEGA fleet to approach unchallenged.

While a full explanation of the Odyssey and the Battle of Elysée may never be known, one thing remains certain. The illusion of peace in the Solar System had been shattered and both the CEGA and the Jovian Confederation are both gearing up for the possibility of armed conflict against one another.

Shattered Peace

The fragile state of uneasy peace in the Solar System received yet another blow when an independent reporter by the name of Jennifer Mathur uncovers shocking video records implicating the Martian Free Republic in the sabotage and destruction of the Martian Elevator.

The Federation's response to this breakthrough in the ongoing investigations of the disaster was immediate. The peace that had been negotiated by the Jovians following the Olympian War had been strained by the elevator disaster along with the Republic's constant testing of the Federation's borders.

The Martian Federation issued a formal statement to the United Space Nations in October 2212 demanding retribution for the economic and human losses that had resulted from the Elevator's destruction. The Republic's response was equally quick, its leaders denying responsibility and producing several 'culprits' for public vilification while bemoaning their own losses in the Elevator's fall.

The next few months saw no progress in diplomatic relations whatsoever and on February 2, 2213, the Martian Federation calmly informed the USN that it considered the Elevator's destruction as an act of war and expelled all Republican citizens from its borders. The very next day, the 9th and 17th Panzerobergruppen attacked and seized the mining outpost of Myers Dome in the Republic. War had come to Mars once more.

Present Day

The following months have seen a great loss of territory in the Free Republic's west side, particularly in the Syrtis region. Large numbers of refugees have begun to flee the front, going deeper into the Republic or fleeing to the orbital platforms where an uneasy peace still exists.

On April 14, 2213 the Jovian Armed Forces dispatches a peacekeeping force for Mars. On May 17 the CEGA deploys a fleet of its own for the same purpose. Additional Jovian forces will depart from the Trojan State of Newhome on 23 May, also headed for Mars.

On June 2, Councilor Ignatius Chang of the CEGA, distressed by deteriorating relations between the Jovian Confederation and his government, leaves Earth on a priority ship to Jupiter to attend the upcoming Jovian Centennial Celebration. He hopes that he will get the opportunity to speak to Jovian President Alexandra Itangre and smooth out the rising tensions between the two superpowers.

On June 27, the CEGA Fleet arrives at Mars. It is followed by the JAF fleet on July 24 with its reinforcements from Newhome arriving on August 14. The day after, Ignatius Chang arrives on Jupiter in the midst of the preparations for the 100th anniversary of the Jovian Confederation's formation. Councilor Chang is relieved that despite chilly relations between the two nations, President Itangre is open to reducing the tensions between their nations.

By now, the peacekeeping forces over Mars are busy keeping the conflict contained on the planet's surface. But both the JAF and CEGA forces realize that there is little they can do if the Martians choose to bring the war up into space.

JAF troops, under strict orders to avoid conflict, have already landed on Mars and are assisting in escorting Republican non-combatants out of the war zone. Meanwhile, the CEGA watches as its sometimes ally, the Federation conquers city after city in the Republic. Despite the severity of the Republican situation on Mars, the Jovian ships in orbit are preparing for the Centennial Celebrations as the exigencies of service permit.

A large number of face-offs and close passes have already taken place between the JAF and CEGA Navy and this brinkmanship has only increased with the presence of Jovian forces headed planetside.

On August 29, the Martian Free Republic manages to launch a counteroffensive aimed at the Federation's capital, Kurtzenheim, effectively opening a second front to the ground war. At the same time, both sides become acutely aware of the importance of their orbital facilities and exo armors from both sides take to the skies where fighting erupts in and around the orbitals.

Both peacekeeping forces, tasked with the preservation of these facilities, move in, deploying exo armors of their own to monitor the situation and attempt to contain the fighting in space. It is dawn on August 30 and the Battle of Kurtzenheim is underway. But no one believes that it is anything more than just another battle of thousands that has been fought since the day Man came to the Red Planet.

But as the battle rages in space and the two peacekeeping forces watch the fratricidal conflict between the two Martian nations, no one can imagine how push can rapidly turn to shove and that the greatest human tragedy since the fall of the Martian Elevator is just about to unfold . . .