Prologue:

I learned a lot during those tense few weeks. That behind the public facades lay something sinister, a cancer that was slowly rotting away the core of our civilization. In an era where entire cities can be destroyed by something that fits in the palm of one's hand, that such organizations could have so much power was terrifying. Power over our minds, over our flesh, over our lives. In the wake of the Panchaea Incident I realized that if we wanted to survive as a species to see the next century, humanity needed a guardian to protect us from those who seek to control us for their own gain, someone to protect us from the machinations of those of wealth and power; a Cerberus.

- Memoirs of Adam Jensen aka 'The Illusive Man'

Brookings House Publishing 2073


Timeline:

September 6, 2027

During a press conference hosted by Hugh Darrow at the anti-climate change mega-project Panchaea, augmented persons across the planet enter into a violent, hallucinogenic rage. While this period of chaos lasts only hours the death toll worldwide is estimated at over one million with countless others injured. As the disaster ends news breaks that the violence was instigated at the behest of a cabal of powerful individuals who had hoped to use the chaos to gain control of the international biotechnology industry. Implicated are public figures such as William Taggart, founder of the anti-augmentation Humanity Front and Zhao Yun Ru, CEO of Tai Yong Medical, the world's largest biotechnology corporation.

September 7, 2027

The fallout from what the press is already calling the Panchaea Incident is immediate. The Humanity Front quickly moves to the top of Interpol's watch lists and affiliation is dropped by most members. Taggart, having survived the chaos of Panchaea is immediately arrested by international authorities. The charred remains of Zhao Yun Ru are found near a burst electrical line near one of the facility's main generators, the victim of an apparent overload. Many survivors credit the quick actions of Sarif Industries' Chief of Security Adam Jensen for their survival, despite the fact that he wasn't scheduled to attend the event. As a final sad note Hugh Darrow, the father of mechanical augmentation and of the Panchaea Project is found dead in the facility's control room, the victim of a gunshot to the head.

September 12, 2027

Adam Jensen encounters former Sarif Industries Chief Researcher Megan Reed at her old apartment. With the memory of their meeting in Singapore still fresh, the encounter is initially tense. Megan reveals that Bob Page, CEO of Page Industries has offered her a position at one of his subsidiary companies, VersaLife. Adam however manages to convince her to return to Sarif Industries and to him. This marks a renewal of their relationship with Adam returning her lost bracelet.

September 22, 2027

With the Panchaea Incident having passed and most of the damage on its way to being repaired, the public conversation turns to the issue of human augmentation. With William Taggart's voice silenced and the leading anti-augmentation organization disbanded, calls for the formal legalization of human augmentation worldwide gains traction. Though many are wary of the technology's proliferation in the wake of Panchaea, the general public sees the augmented as victims of a conspiracy. The consensus is that so long as a modicum of public regulation is implemented over the industry the consequences to society should be minimal. The most prominent proponent of mass augmentation is unsurprisingly industrialist and philanthropist David Sarif whose company, Sarif Industries, had shot to the forefront of augmentation science. His argument is further reinforced with the announcement of Sarif Industries' most important project, Symbiosis. This treatment, it is claimed, can permanently eliminate the augmentation rejection Darrow Deficiency Syndrome (DDS) and the need for its counter drug Neuropozyne by altering the parts of a person's genome responsible for the immune system.

October 4, 2027

Sarif Industries funds the formation of a competitor to the Illuminati controlled LIMB International. Called Ascension, the new clinic will be the only place to offer Symbiosis treatments. With the demand for the treatment soaring in preparation for its release, LIMB sees its stock price plunge over the course of several weeks. It joins Neuropozyne manufacturer VersaLife and its parent corporation Page Industries, the corporation responsible for the manufacture of the neural hubs that were used to cause the Panchaea Incident. When presented with an alternative to LIMB many smaller biotechnology firms sign on with Ascension due to its more generous licensing terms, offering their products alongside Sarif Industries own.

October 9, 2027

A task-force composed of elements of the United States Navy's Seventh Fleet surround Belltower Associates' Rifleman Banks naval station in the Southwest Pacific as evidence is released showing the facility as housing a massive illegal internment facility. While initially the station refuses to allow Marine personnel to board, after several salvos of warning fire the station surrenders. The exposure of their facility is a major public relations disaster for Belltower and the beginning of the end for the PMC.

October 16, 2027

After more than a month of investigation by international authorities, Tai Yong Medical is broken into numerous smaller corporations in a way reminiscent of Standard Oil in 1911. Sarif Industries, which had seen its stock value skyrocket since the announcement of Symbiosis and flush with cash, acquires many of the 'choice bits'. David Sarif also takes advantage of his surplus of cash to take majority control of the Picus Communications Group and assumes responsibility for completing the Panchaea Project in the wake of Hugh Darrow's death.

October 23, 2027

Picus TV's lead anchor Eliza Cassan announces that she will be taking an extended vacation. This excuse serves as a cover for the relocation of her core processing mainframe. As the public does not know of her true nature, that being the world's first sapient artificial intelligence, her explanation of fatigue is widely accepted. During the transfer from Picus Headquarters in Montreal her transport is intercepted by a team led by former Belltower Associates mercenary Michael Zelazny. All members of the transport team, operatives of the Illuminati, are killed. Investigations by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police point to the attack being an isolated incident by a rogue terrorist group.

October 25, 2027

Eliza Cassan resumes operations from her new home, the Hyron Core of Panchaea Alpha. With the resources of the Hydra quantum supercomputer available to her, Eliza proves more than capable of managing the entire facility while the presence of sub-atomic topological defects within the Hydra leads her to display abstract reasoning skills, eliminating the need for human 'drones' as a part of the core's operations. Eliza will eventually become the core artificial intelligence responsible for running all five Panchaea installations, aiding Sarif Industries' research and development and continuing her role as lead anchor on Picus TV. Her continuing presence as a public figure is seen by David Sarif as the first step of acclimatizing people to the idea of a sapient computer.

November 1, 2027

Adam Jensen resigns from his post as Sarif Industries Chief of Security to assume the role of CEO of the Cerberus Group; a Sarif backed Private Military Contractor. This represents a drastic expansion of Sarif Industries' market share in the military realm, offering direct combatant services alongside high grade augmentations. Out of the public eye Cerberus is designed as a direct countermeasure to the Illuminati, who after their attacks on Sarif are seen as the greatest threat to the expansion and public distribution of advanced biotechnologies and the successful completion of Panchaea. The newly formed PMC is quick to snap up many disenchanted former Belltower employees, out of work due to the continuing collapse of their former employer. Cerberus' first major contract is ironically to replace Belltower as the police force of the Chinese city of Lower Hengsha.

November 7, 2027

David Sarif acquires a controlling share in XNG Shipping, one of the world's largest international cargo transport companies. This move is designed to provide the fledgling Cerberus with a secure international transport and logistics infrastructure. Sarif names Faridah Malik, a former freelance VTOL pilot in Sarif's employ as CEO of his newest acquisition.

November 11, 2027

Eliza Cassan returns to Picus TV declaring herself as having found a whole new purpose in life. While the Illuminati easily see through this deception they cannot expose her to the world for fear of exposing themselves. For the first time the Illuminati recognize that the upstart Cerberus constitutes a major threat to their continuing existence. The 'defection' of Eliza also leaves the Illuminati without an effective means of control over the internet and worldwide telecommunications networks, a collapse of the Echelon IV project and a severe setback to their plans.

November 13, 2027

David Sarif announces the creation of the Darrow Trust, an international fund to subsidize the cost of Symbiosis for those who cannot afford the treatments. The trust is set to come online with the release of Symbiosis on January 3, 2028 or what would've been Hugh Darrow's sixty-fifth birthday. The Trust receives high level government backing in the United States, Canada, the European Union and Japan.

December 18, 2027

Joseph Manderley, Advisor to the Deputy Director of National Preparedness, a post within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is found dead in his Washington DC home. While the assassination is nearly perfect, a witness claims that the hit was carried out by someone with extensive, state of the art mechanical augmentations. The loss of Manderley is a severe blow to the Illuminati's operations within the United States. His death, followed days later with the anonymous release of evidence showing his involvement with secret internment camps for American dissidents run under the banner of FEMA leads some within the Illuminati to question the stewardship of Bob Page.

January 19, 2028

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project announces the completion of the world's first viable commercial fusion reactor, DEMO more than a decade ahead of previous projections. The prototype, having been in operation for over a year, promises an end to the never ending energy crisis that had swept the globe since the Arab/Israeli war of 2022.

February 13, 2028

Panchaea Alpha, the first of five installations worldwide, located in the Arctic Ocean officially comes online following extensive repairs. Within its first year of operation the installation will be responsible for the removal of almost forty billion metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, representing slightly more than the total man-made airborne carbon output for 2028. This renders Earth 'carbon-neutral' and halts the progress of global climate change in its tracks. Further facilities promise the reversal of climate change altogether.

November 2028

World demographics show that the distribution of Symbiosis is nearing completion, with demand for Neuropozyne falling to almost nothing. VersaLife, while still financially solvent is largely seen as a 'has been' with many financial experts predicting its collapse within five years. With the expansion of Sarif Industries' market share and its refusal to outsource manufacturing, Page Industries also sees its stock value drop sharply.

March 17, 2029

James Clarence (JC) Denton is born. Shortly after his birth his parents are approached by operatives of Cerberus with evidence showing that the people who had provided his mother Elizabeth with the opportunity to become pregnant were in fact tied to an international terrorist network. Despite the best efforts of the Illuminati the Dentons disappear without a trace.

April 2029

With the failure of the Denton project, many within the Illuminati begin to openly question Bob Page's competence. Among the most vocal is Beth DuClare, head of the World Health Organization (WHO). Seeing her dissent as a major threat to his power base Bob Page orders her death. With a price on her head and the head of her infant daughter Nicolette, Beth seeks the protection of what had quickly become the Illuminati's primary enemy, Cerberus. As payment for her protection she reveals the existence of a plan to severely reduce the world population using strains of anti-biotic resistant tuberculosis and Spanish flu, codenamed 'Gray Death'. This move is seen by the Illuminati as necessary to control the population growth. This information allows Cerberus to raid more than fifty Illuminati facilities around the globe putting an end to the threat and capturing or killing many key Illuminati leaders, operatives and scientists.

January 2030

Using data recovered from one of the Illuminati's labs, Sarif Industries announces the creation of a cure for HIV. The release of the cure by Sarif, a cure that was part of a plan to restore VersaLife to profitability, is the final nail in the coffin for Bob Page in the eyes of the rest of the organization. Members begin making plans to have him removed from his leadership position. However before they are able to act Page himself launches a coup de tat, bringing most of the Illuminati's resources under the control of his splinter organization, Majestic Twelve. Surviving members such as Morgan Everett and Stanton Dowd follow Beth DuClare, seeking protection from Cerberus in exchange for information. This marks the beginning of an invisible war between Majestic Twelve and Cerberus.

August 30, 2030

Panchaea Beta comes online in the Gulf of Mexico. This installation, combined with the first will be able to reverse the effects of industrialization on the atmosphere by nearly a year for every year of operation. This installation also has the secondary purpose of filtering the water in the Gulf, helping mitigate the damage caused by almost a dozen major oil spills over the past two decades.

September 9, 2030

Using information provided by the Illuminati defectors, Cerberus agents prevent the detonation of a series of nuclear charges along the San Andreas Fault line. Had the bombs detonated, simulations predicted that most of Southern California and the entirety of the Baja Peninsula would've sunk beneath the Pacific. Cerberus sees the attack as an attempt to cripple its organization as California had become a major hub for its operations worldwide. Cerberus responds by attacking a key VersaLife laboratory in Hong Kong, capturing research documentation and experiments into the development of the so-called 'D Project', a pseudo-organic nanite-virus chimera that was applied to the Cerberus protected Denton brothers. This attack represents yet another major setback to Majestic Twelve as the work was seen by Bob Page as a possible superior replacement to Symbiosis. Research into the chimera virus begins in earnest by Sarif scientists.

2031

With Sarif Industries leading the way, much of the economic activity that had left the United States returns, signaling a second golden age for the economically depressed nation. Movements like the Northwest Secessionist Force quickly lose steam and plans to declare independence from the US fall to the wayside as jobs and the prosperity that follows strengthens the union. This comes at the cost of jobs within China. With the weakening of the Illuminati, China's central communist party finds itself without guidance for the first time in almost a century. Rumblings from pro-democracy movements become increasingly common within the only remaining communist power on Earth.

2032

Panchaea Gamma comes online in the Indian Ocean. This installation is widely seen as the most productive due to its close proximity to China, still the world's worst polluter. This installation, like the one in the Gulf of Mexico also serves a secondary purpose. Unlike Panchaea Beta, Gamma is designed to house a massive recycling and reclamation facility, finally providing a solution to the billions of metric tons of solid waste festering within parts of Mainland China and other regions of Southeast Asia.

2033

Cerberus operatives observe a meeting between Bob Page and actress Maggie Chow in Hong Kong. It is believed that the Majestic Twelve leader is trying to restore and even expand his influence within China. In the following months Chow, now believed to be an operative for Page, is seen meeting with numerous high ranking Central Party members in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. The following shifts in policy by the central government are seen by Cerberus as an attempt to reduce its access and freedom of movement within China. Cerberus retaliates by releasing incriminating evidence linking Chow to The Red Arrow Triad, disgracing her and ending her acting career.

2034

Panchaea Delta comes online in the South Pacific. While necessary to the successful functioning of the Panchaea network, this facility is still the least productive due to its remoteness. It does however house some of the most extensive Sarif Industries research and development labs both above water and on the ocean floor. To protect them Cerberus maintains a large naval presence around the facility at all times while also constructing an attached airbase to stage its fighters out of.

July 4, 2034

Majestic Twelve scores a major victory against Cerberus, successfully assassinating the Dentons during a Fourth of July celebration in Chicago. The attack, a suicide bombing, is dismissed by the FBI as an act of terrorism from the weakened Al-Qaeda network, still in operation after the American pullout from Afghanistan in 2014. Cerberus, not believing that such a coincidence could be possible uncovers the truth behind the plan, revealing that while the attack was indeed an Al-Qaeda operation; it was Bob Page who was ultimately calling the shots using MJ12's extensive control over the Middle East.

2035

Panchaea Omega comes online in the South Atlantic, completing the Panchaea network. The effects of the project are already being observed and independent reports confirm that for every year after 2035, nearly four years of atmospheric pollution is removed. It is estimated that by the dawn of the twenty-second century Earth's atmosphere will have recovered to the condition it was in at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Further efforts by the UN encourage its numerous member nations to step up their own environmental reclamation and enforcement efforts. This is largely seen as the beginning of what will become known as the 'Gaian Movement'.

July 27, 2035

Majestic Twelve, having seen its holdings in North America, Europe and Southeast Asia savaged by Cerberus' interference makes a bid for South America, instigating a military coup in Brazil. Under contract by the United Nations the Cerberus Group sends forces to counter the anti-government uprising, instigating a running six month battle that stretches across the country. In order to support his allies, Bob Page deploys Majestic Twelve troops for the first time, directly clashing with Cerberus PMC forces. This marks the first time that Majestic Twelve has deployed forces in the public eye. The fighting between the two factions leaves much of Brazil in ruins and ultimately ends with a Cerberus victory. However the cost for both organizations is high, decimating a significant portion of their respective military branches.

February 18, 2036

Sarif Industries demonstrates the world's first nanite capable of self-replication. While initially these new machines are to be used in the construction of molecular scale electronics, Sarif promises that they are already looking into their use in other fields including medicine, metallurgy and environmental sciences. With this announcement Sarif Industries sees its total corporate value exceed Page Industries for the first time. Over the next three years the two corporations will continue to trade market places before Sarif finally and for the last time overcomes Page, cementing itself as the largest company on the planet. This also represents the point at which Cerberus takes the technological lead over Majestic Twelve.

September 2036

Seeing the economic, political and military power of the increasingly unified European Union, China and a resurgent Russian Federation as a major threat to its long term survival as the world's leading superpower, the United States hosts the Seattle Conference. Representatives from Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Panama and Nicaragua attend. Despite anti-unification protests that rock the city the three week-long summit is successful in charting a path to the creation of a united North America. The protests leave almost fifty people dead and more than seven hundred in hospitals.

January 12, 2037

VersaLife files for bankruptcy in the United States. Sarif Industries comes to the rescue, snapping up most of the company's nearly worthless shares. This is perhaps the largest blow yet dealt against Majestic Twelve by Cerberus and with the collapse of VersaLife; Page Industries quietly retreats from the world biotechnology industry. From this point on all Majestic Twelve research will focus on the development of nano-augmentation technology, none of which will be released to the public.

March 2038

The beating death of a farmer by police in Shaanxi Province triggers mass riots across China. The Central Government deploys military forces to quell the chaos which quickly descends into violence and in turn triggers a civil war. With the communist party bereft of Illuminati guidance and with pro-democracy forces being covertly supported by both the United States and the European Union, the outcome is pre-determined. By the end of the year what is left of the communist loyalists are relegated to pockets in the remote Tibetan Plateau. The democratic Chinese People's Federation is recognized as the new government of China and the new leaders promise to hold UN monitored municipal, provincial and national elections within four months.

November 15, 2039

David Sarif reveals Eliza Cassan as being the world's first sapient artificial intelligence. The AI, having served as lead anchor of Picus TV for almost fifteen years and having established a reputation as a nonpartisan reporter in the tradition of Walter Cronkite is widely regarded as the world's most popular TV personality. Having gained the trust of the majority of the planet, Eliza Cassan is formally offered special citizenship by the United Nations General Assembly.

April 3, 2040

Sarif Industries, in cooperation with the governments of Poland, Japan and the United States launches its latest advancement in environmental control technology. Known as Project Rontgen, named for the man who discovered the x-ray, the new technology is designed to begin repairing the damage caused by radiological contamination at sites such as Chernobyl, Fukishima and the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State. Utilizing hardened nanites and remote drones, advanced radiological detoxification facilities and plasma field containment barriers, Project Rontgen's goal is the decontamination of the sites in question as a prelude to eventual re-habitation by humans.

May 2041

Following the successful, if violent, Seattle Conference, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is amended to include all nations within North America. Increasing security, military, economic and infrastructural ties lead to the creation of the North American Coalition, the first step in uniting the continent.

January 17, 2043

Having led Sarif Industries for almost thirty six years, David Sarif announces his retirement. However never one to leave the public spotlight unattended, Sarif also announces his crowning achievement. With Eliza Cassan's aid and data having been 'recovered' by Cerberus operations against Majestic Twelve facilities, Sarif reveals the development of perhaps the most important technological breakthrough since the creation of the first integrated circuit; the development of a universal assembler or nano-factory. The device has the ability to create anything ranging from raw materials to food, building materials, electronics and even living, breathing flora and fauna, completely bypassing the normal manufacturing chain. While this technology could guarantee Sarif Industries a total monopoly over what would quickly become a pivotal technology, Sarif instead chooses to release the technology in an 'open-source' format. For his generosity, David Sarif, Eliza Cassan and the rest of the universal assembler team are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

June 5, 2045

After years of continuous conflict with Cerberus, Majestic Twelve begins to suffer from mass defections among its military and scientific divisions. Among the most damaging is that of Doctor Gary Savage, leader of the 'X51' cell of MJ12's scientific apparatus and the organization's leading authority on nanotechnology. Quickly recognizing the man's potential value to Cerberus, Jensen provides Savage with a state of the art laboratory located in a joint Sarif Industries-US Air Force facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base and all the possible resources he could need. Savage reciprocates with schematics for a modification to existing universal assembler technology that drastically speeds the manufacturing of organic materials.

September 18, 2045

Bob Page makes a desperate gamble in an attempt to land a crippling blow against Cerberus. Gathering much of his remaining resources and calling in as many favors as he can, MJ12 launches a full scale attack on Panchaea Delta in order to destroy the high value research facilities housed within. The attack sees the largest naval exchange since the Pacific Campaigns of the Second World War. While the attack is ultimately repelled, the facility is heavily damaged and barely maintains structural integrity. Worse still for Cerberus the facility's labs are all but destroyed taking years of valuable research and countless brilliant minds with them. Among the most damaging loss is research into a viable form of teleportation technology.

2046

For the first time the major national space programs are united into one body. Known as the International Aeronautics and Space Administration (IASA), this joint project between the North American Space Agency (NASA), the European Space Agency (ESA), the Russian Federal Space Agency (FKA), the China National Space Administration (CNSA) and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) combines the talents of the world's leading space exploration organizations. The first project enacted by IASA is the colonization of the moon. Copernicus City is founded two years later on July 21, 2048 in the Russell impact crater in the western part of the Oceanus Procellarum.

January 5, 2047

Following the disastrous battle of Panchaea Delta, Bob page makes one last effort to save himself and his organization from complete collapse. Shortly after giving a lecture at the University of Cambridge, gunmen successfully assassinate David Sarif in a brazen daytime drive-by shooting. Cerberus, enraged by the attack, retaliates violently; massacring as many MJ12 members as possible. It takes Adam Jensen nearly a month to rein the entirety of his organization in. While the damage to Cerberus was mostly one of morale, the same cannot be said of MJ12. Almost half of the organization's remaining members were killed during the retaliation. The few survivors begin making plans to terminate Page.

April 12, 2048

The number of independent sapient artificial intelligences worldwide passes one thousand. For the first time serious discussions into their rights and freedoms begins in the United States Congress and the United Nations General Assembly. Mindful of countless pieces of fiction foretelling the possible consequences should they make the wrong decisions, both organizations elect to pass what in hindsight is considered to be the most important piece of legislation of the twenty-first century: the Sapient's Rights Act (SRA). The law, which was quickly adopted by many other nations, defines a Sapient as anything that can demonstrate a reasonable level of self-awareness and intelligence and ensures that any such being is treated as an equal to a human. While created with AIs in mind, the SRA would have a massive impact on the legal status of clones, cyborgs, transgenics, uplifted animals, anthromorphs and even extraterrestrials over the following centuries.

July 18, 2050

In the wake of passage of the SRA, the growing AI population lobbies Sarif Industries for the development of robotic avatars for use in the physical world. Sarif responds two years later by introducing the GITS-01A, the first production model android/gynoid body. The revolutionary interface builds off existing mechanical and nano-augmentation technology, creating a near perfect humanoid robotic body for use by AIs. Protests against the creation of such bodies erupt from political conservatives and religious lobbies stating that these new bodies could allow AIs to masquerade unnoticed by flesh and blood humans. The groups sue Sarif to demand that the bodies be clearly marked as synthetic, distinct even at a distance. Opposing lobbies led the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) countersue and in one of the most important rulings handed down by the United States Supreme Court in almost a half century states that synthetic bodies do not have to be marked as distinct from human. Disgruntled by their failure in the supreme court, radical fringe groups that oppose the spread of synthetics begin forming, followed very closely by the formation of a new division within the FBI to monitor and contain them.

October 8, 2051

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announces the development of a way to harness positronic lightning from the upper atmosphere, the first practical way of producing large quantities of antimatter. Shortly thereafter a practical way of storing that antimatter is also demonstrated, utilizing extreme cold, electromagnetic and electrogravitic principles.

February 14, 2052

CERN follows its ground breaking announcement with another; the demonstration of Epimetheus, the world's first matter/antimatter reactor. This breakthrough, the most significant since the creation of the first fusion reactor is seen as a vital step towards the exploration of the Solar System; lifting several barriers blocking the economical colonization of Mars.

June 1, 2053

Having seen themselves reduced to a few scattered enclaves and having lost most of their power, what remains of Majestic Twelve turns on Bob Page, offering up their former leader to Cerberus as a peace offering. Page is tried for crimes against humanity in secret by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), found guilty in what amounted to a show trial and sentenced to death. His executioner is Adam Jensen, a concession by the United Nations aimed at finally ending the invisible war between the two organizations. With the death of Page, Cerberus absorbs most of the Majestic Twelve remnants into its hierarchy. Its primary goal accomplished, Cerberus begins to redefine itself as a guardian of humanity itself, not just from MJ12 or the Illuminati but, as Jensen puts it: 'all threats foreign and domestic'.

February 2055

With the population of Synthetics on Earth having risen to more than one hundred thousand, the demand for increasing interaction between humans and synthetics continues to grow. Among the most common demands is the ability for humans to directly interface with synthetics, above and beyond simple virtual reality constructs. Google Transnational, one of the world's leading virtual reality technology developers partners with Sarif Industries to develop the first central nervous system (CNS) override, an implant that allows a human to directly interface with a virtual environment through a direct connection to his or her nervous system; 'high jacking' voluntary motor functions and the five senses.

July 4, 2056

The nations of North America sign the United North American States (UNAS) constitution, uniting the whole of the continent under one unified political and economic banner. The date coincides with the two-hundred and eightieth anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. Its member nations, wary of another currency disaster such as the near collapse of the Euro in 2012 decide to allow the individual national currencies to co-exist with the UNAS Dollar and the emerging transnational electronic currency, the Credit. All three currencies will be considered acceptable legal tender within their respective nations and will remain 'floating', valuing and devaluing against each other on international currency markets until such time as North America has become integrated and unified to an extent where the national currencies are no longer needed.

July 5, 2056

Protests over the formation of the UNAS rock the continent. For the first time since the 9/11 attacks the New York Stock Exchange is closed for an extended period, suspending all trading for several days. The various national guards are called in to help suppress the rioting, followed shortly thereafter by a temporary suspension of Posse Comitatus in several states across the former United States and Canada as frontline military forces move to quell the violence in the cities of Washington DC, New York, Boston, Huston, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and the Seattle-Vancouver megalopolis. After almost two weeks of continual violence the situation is declared to be under control on July 17th. Property damage is estimated at nearly one hundred and twenty billion dollars and more than two thousand people had been killed either by rioters or by the military during peacekeeping operations.

April 2057

With most of the world beginning to unite, the major powers come together for the first time to discuss what should be done about the rest of the world. With the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Southeast Asia still poverty stricken and falling increasingly behind, the UNAS, EU, Russia, India and China agree to deploy a massive peacekeeping and development force to the regions in question. While opposition comes fast and heavy from numerous sources, chief among them anti-war and veterans groups, the peacekeeping force is assembled and begins deployment within three months.

November 3, 2057

Remnants of MJ12, having rejected their organization's assimilation into Cerberus, trigger a nanite detonator in the Iranian capital of Tehran. This act of terrorism leads to the deaths of almost a million of the city's inhabitants, fifty-one thousand international peacekeepers and twenty-nine thousand aid personnel as the city disintegrates around them. The group refers to itself as the Knights Templar, a reincarnation of an organization that had been nearly eradicated in the crossfire between MJ12 and Cerberus. Decrying all human enhancement and genetic engineering, the Knights vow to destroy anyone who has received or has aided others in receiving augmentations of any sort.

April 6, 2058

After almost two decades of work, the Chernobyl region is officially declared safe for unrestricted human habitation. Background radiation levels both within the soil and the ground water are no higher than in neighboring regions and well within safe levels. Nothing remains of the old nuclear plant, the fields of abandoned equipment, the town of Pripyat or any human made structure within fifty kilometers of ground zero. The European Union, in cooperation with the Government of Poland announces a major 'recolonization' of the region, hoping to finally put the specter of the Chernobyl Disaster in the past.

2058

The UNAS, EU, Chinese People's Federation, Japan, United Korean Republic, Russian Federation, India, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Australia and New Zealand sign the United Nations backed Planetary Cooperation Accords (PCA). Largely seen as the first step towards unifying the whole world under a single banner, the PCA compels its signatory nations to unify their trade, environmental and health care standards. Further expansions of the accords over the next five years will go on to impact the education, infrastructure, communications, human rights, augmentation, space exploration, research and development and anti-poverty policies of the signatory nations.

April 12, 2059

Following the successful public deployment of the CNS override, Sarif Industries announces the first successful attempt at mapping and converting a human neural pattern into an AI matrix. The test subject, one Keiji Osaka, suffering from a terminal case of brain cancer is able to successfully transfer from his dying body and into a prepared virtual matrix. This marks the end to one of the last real barriers that separates the physical and virtual worlds.

October 17, 2061

Having spent almost a decade preparing, IASA launches the ISV Santa Maria, the first colony ship to Mars. Having been constructed in orbit and equipped with a second generation antimatter reactor, a first generation anti-proton drive, a compressed plasma shield and both electrogravitic inertial dampeners and artificial gravity, the Santa Maria is able to reach Mars after just two weeks of travel. Jessica Williams of Cincinnati becomes the first human to set foot on the red planet, followed by almost ten thousand others aboard the massive vessel. Lowell City is founded in the Eos Chasma.

June 5, 2062

With the population of Earth pushing past ten billion, plans are made for the terraforming of Mars. The endeavor, the single largest project in human history, calls for the construction of massive atmospheric processors across the planet's surface that will be able to process the iron-oxide that gives the planet its red color into free floating oxygen. In tandem, construction of both an orbital satellite network and large numbers of solar mirrors designed to direct solar energy into the atmosphere that will slowly heat the planet and release the massive quantities of water and carbon dioxide frozen at the poles. Finally, magnetic field generators, each the size of an arcology, will be built at the planet's poles. Fueled by massive matter/antimatter reactors, the generators will be able to reestablish Mars' magnetic field, providing the planet with a shield to protect it from the solar winds. Future plans include the deployment of soil processing drones that will introduce necessary bacteria into the planet's soil to produce arable land and plant billions of tons of flora and the construction of a weather modification grid.

April 6, 2063

The Mars Global Orbital Surveyor Array (MGOSA), a series of satellites designed to map the surface and sub-surface of the planet in preparation for future terraforming efforts comes online. One of the satellites, MGOSA-131B detects a magnetic anomaly beneath Promethi Planum. Teams sent to determine the cause of the anomaly unearth an alien outpost beneath the Deseado Crater.

April 8, 2063

News of the alien structures found on Mars sends shockwaves across the Solar System. Exploration of the structures reveals a massive cache of alien technology including what is believed to be a semi-functional computer core and several damaged spacecraft. Dating suggests the facility was abandoned roughly fifty-thousand years earlier. Further deep surface scans of the facility indicate it had suffered heavy damage, evidently from orbital kinetic bombardment.

May 1, 2063

A small number of alien artifacts are returned to Earth. An investigation into the computer core reveals extreme data corruption and degradation due to age and neglect over fifty thousand years. However despite the damage a rudimentary translation provides a name for the aliens: Protheans. An international effort is set up to recover the alien data, attracting many of the world's brightest minds both organic and synthetic. Research into the artifacts also reveals a new, unknown element which acquires the nickname 'element zero'. Testing shows that when exposed to electrical currents the material produces dark energy fields that can be used to directly manipulate gravity. Theories of how this new technique can be combined with the already mature field of electrogravitics are quick to develop. This new technique is referred to by scientists as the 'mass effect'.

August 19, 2063

The Knights Templar stage an attack of the Harvard University Arcology in Boston, the facility tasked with housing the Prothean artifacts. Unwilling to destroy the alien relics, the Knights instead rely on suicide bombers and conventional forces. The following battle leaves much of the surrounding city in ruins and the death toll is calculated at almost five hundred thousand as Templar forces storm through the city killing anyone displaying even the barest traces of augmentation. The attack ends when North American Continental Guard forces strike the Knights from six different directions, utterly annihilating them. This marks the single most devastating terrorist attack on American soil in history, far surpassing the Nine-Eleven attacks and the second most devastating in world history after the destruction of Tehran.

November 2063

After months of extensive research into the recovered alien vessels, the first mass effect based faster than light drive is constructed. The test flight, a short hop between Luna and Mars proves beyond a shadow of a doubt the validity of the technology. However it also reveals a drawback to the technology; a continuous buildup of static electricity within the drive core that if left unattended could result in a discharge into the ship's hull, killing all aboard. Efforts to develop a way to solve this problem begin; the most promising being the creation of a static-kinetic convertor that could transform the waste energy into physical force. Despite the success of the demonstration, research into alternate forms of super-luminal propulsion, most of which involve space folding, continue with significant support from both corporations and governments.

February 18, 2064

After almost a year of work and several major setbacks, the restoration of the alien database is completed. While parts are deemed too damaged to ever recover, star maps detailing the local star cluster and references to a 'mass relay' in the outer Sol system prove a boon to humanity's extra-solar goals. Missing are any references as to how the Protheans arrived within the Local Cluster.

May 4, 2064

Following the data from the Mars cache, an expedition to Pluto uncovers the hidden Prothean mass relay buried beneath the surface of the moon Charon. An expedition led by Commander Jon Grissom of IASA heads through the relay, arriving in the distant Arcturus star system, thirty-six light years from Sol. Preliminary scans of Arcturus reveal three more mass relays present in the system in addition to the Sol relay.

November 23, 2064

Serrano Genomics, a minor biotechnology firm based out of Tokyo announces the release of the first tailor-made transgenic animals that serve in the roll of companion animals. Their flagship product surprises many as it is revealed that Serrano had been working for years to create real, living dragons. While smaller than their legendary counterparts and lacking the ability to breathe fire, the new creatures show a remarkable intelligence, equal to that of a dolphin and prove to be extremely friendly. Over two hundred thousand had been bred in preparation for Christmas sales, far fewer than the demand for them and within a few years it is not uncommon to see them in the skies over most major cities.

June 1, 2065

With the Local Cluster open to exploration and colonization, a mass exodus begins from the overcrowded Earth. Utilizing both FTL and the Charon Relay, millions emigrate to newly founded colonies orbiting Alpha and Proxima Centauri, Barnard's Star, Tau Ceti, Epsilon Eridani, Procyon, Wolf 359, Sirius, Sigma Draconis, Epsilon Indi and Arcturus. Realizing that these worlds cannot remain colonies forever and with a need to finally unite Earth under one banner, the eight permanent members of the United Nations security council; the United North American States, the European Union, the Chinese People's Federation, the Russian Federation, India, Japan, the United Korean Republic and Brazil charter a proposal for the formation of the Human Systems Alliance, a single supranational government that will exist above all the various national and colonial governments, supplanting and drastically expanding the power and influence of the United Nations.

July 2065

While the majority of humanity is supportive of the formation of the Systems Alliance, fringe groups throughout the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia on Earth and on several of the fringe colonies both within and outside of the Sol System are violently opposed. Intelligence intercepts suggests the Knights Templar are behind more than a dozen violent riots in one week alone across human space with a death toll of over two thousand.

February 15, 2066

The signing ceremony for the Systems Alliance Constitution, held in the United Nations Headquarters in New York is interrupted by an attempted terrorist attack. Having high jacked a long haul freighter from its orbital docking slip, Templar forces attempt to crash the spacecraft into the building. The attack is foiled well short of its objective and the freighter is shot down by fighters operating out of Andrews Air Force Base. The remains of the spacecraft, the OSV Edmund Fitzgerald, come to rest on the bottom of the Hudson River. The attack having been foiled, the Human Systems Alliance is officially ratified by its member nations at 1730 Greenwich Mean Time, February 15, 2066.

August 18, 2066

The anti-synthetic hate group Blood First launches a devastating viral attack against more than a dozen popular synthetic enclaves across the net. The death toll is more than twenty thousand, both synthetic and organic. The response by international authorities, all working under the newly formed Alliance Bureau of Investigations (ABI) is devastating to the group. Within six weeks almost all members had been arrested, tried and imprisoned. Further investigations through a cooperative effort between the ABI, Interpol, Cerberus and local authorities show ties between Blood First and the Knights Templar, who had grown their hatred to include synthetics over the past decade.

2067

With the demand for space lift from the surface of Earth skyrocketing, the construction of the Guiana Orbital Tether begins. Built at the site of the former French spaceport in French Guiana, the facility will lift from the small nation and terminate at a space station in geosynchronous orbit. The tether project marks the single largest engineering endeavor in Earth's history, far eclipsing even Panchaea. The project will consist of two parts: the ground station and anchor which will be driven deep into the Earth's crust and the ten kilometer long Zeus Station in orbit from which the tether itself will be lowered. Supporting this effort, oven a dozen mass driver complexes are constructed around the world.

November 6, 2068

Hex-5, a popular liberal synthetic is elected as president of the United North American States. Taking advantage of an increase in human acceptance of synthetics in the wake of the Blood First massacre two years earlier, Hex-5 coasts to an easy victory, capturing 56% of the vote. Allegations of hacking in more than 60 states across the nation are quickly disproven and the North American Supreme Court (SCONA) rules the election valid. Hex-5 will go on to serve a full two terms, easily winning reelection in 2072 due to his popular economic reform and military modernization policies as well as his support for the newly formed Systems Alliance.

July 5, 2069

Flipper, the first dolphin gifted with sapient though is born at the Marine Research Institute in Marathon, Florida. A product of almost two decades of work, Flipper is technically classified as a transgenic, having DNA from humans grafted to his own to allow a more developed brain to form. Born on the 73rd anniversary of the birth of Dolly, the first cloned sheep, Flipper, while only possessing the mental faculties of a young child and unable to speak any human language, is considered the greatest breakthrough in genetics since the development of Symbiosis and the Illuminati's D-Project nanite-virus chimera.

October 17, 2070

Researchers at the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys announce the creation of an advanced, next generation multiferroic alloy that is able to efficiently convert massive amounts of heat into electricity. The newly formed Systems Alliance Navy takes great interest in this development as a more effective way of managing thermal buildup issues on their ships. A prototype frigate is commissioned to test the effectiveness of the new alloy, the SSV Moscow. The alloy is used to coat the insides of the ship's prototype plasma distribution network, engines, weapons and other systems that suffer from significant heat buildup while in operation. Tests prove the alloy, while not a magical cure for thermal buildup, can drastically improve time on station and duration under fire. As an unintended side effect, the Moscow proves extremely difficult to detect when not under thrust or firing her weapons, leading to research into the alloy's use for future stealth applications.

May 12, 2072

General Dynamics announces the first generation of kinetic barrier that utilizes both mass effect and electrogravitic technologies. While conventional mass effect kinetic barriers had been available for almost five years, the new hybrid technology proves far more resilient if slightly more power intensive. In partnership with Sarif Industries, the leader in the field of electromagnetic defense field technology and Lockheed Martin, leader in compressed plasma barrier technology, the development of SHIELD, a multilayer defensive scheme that incorporates all three technologies proves to be a major hit. Both the Systems Alliance Navy and Marine Corps begins employing the new system, leading to massive increases in survivability for ships, strikecraft, vehicles and personnel.

July 15, 2073

Development of the first prototype static-kinetic convertor is completed. This device allows the static build-up inherent to active mass effect cores to be converted into kinetic energy. This energy is in turn used to excite low energy or 'cold' plasma. As most human vessels had been shifting to a plasma energy distribution network, this new device allows for a drastically improved shipboard energy efficiency and eliminates the need for core discharges; giving starships potentially infinite FTL range, subject only to supply and fuel concerns.

April 08, 2074

The first anthromorph is born. Named Samantha, the child is a hybrid between a human and a feline. The child is derided by religious groups as playing god. These protests are largely ignored however as they were five years earlier with the birth of Flipper. By the end of the year more than a thousand anthromorph embryos will have been implanted in vitro to willing couples across North America, Europe and Japan.

September 19, 2074

Development of the first space folding drive is completed. The first test ship, the science vessel SSV Albert Einstein makes a successful jump from Luna to Wyvern Colony in the Alpha Centauri system. The jump itself is nearly instantaneous from the point of view of the crew while nearly ten minutes pass in the rest of the universe. This temporal dilation had been predicted in simulations and deemed acceptable. A bigger concern is the impact of local gravitational fields on the drive itself. Safety concerns limit the drive to use only at points of minimal gravity such as Lagrangian points or deep space. While the potential of such a drive prompts significant interest in all sectors, the difficulty in manufacturing the drive core precludes the use of current generation universal assemblers. This in turn makes the drive extremely expensive, limiting its use to governments, large corporations and the military.

March 29, 2074

As anthromorphs and uplifted animals become more common, challenges to their rights under the Sapient's Rights Act begin taking a major toll on their families. Although the SRA, strictly speaking, covers both anthromorphs and sapient fauna, the bill had never been written with them in mind. Efforts within the Systems Alliance Parliament to amend the bill are met with surprising resistance from more conservative members, still smarting over the passage of the original SRA and the subsequent losses in appeal attempts in the courts. Although such resistance slows passage of the bill, the final amended version is passed to the Office of the President of the Systems Alliance on May 27, just in time to be signed before parliament brakes for the June recess.

February 3, 2075

The tenth anniversary of extra-solar colonization is marked by the groundbreaking of humanity's twentieth colony, Neu Berlin. To date almost fifteen mass relay pairs had been found, linking the Local Cluster together like a series of super-highways. Humanity has surveyed almost two hundred star systems and established almost a hundred other outposts above and beyond its colonial holdings.

November 16, 2075

General Atomics announces the development of a hybrid antimatter/fusion reactor. The new design introduces nanograms of antimatter, specifically anti hydrogen in a hydrogen fusion process, essentially 'spiking' the reaction. While nowhere near as powerful as a full antimatter reactor, the process increases output over a conventional 'straight' fusion process threefold. An even greater advantage is that due to the incredibly small amounts of antimatter being used, a compact integrated antimatter production module is considered practical, eliminating the need for any form of antimatter storage, traditionally a dangerous and bulky requirement. The new reactor design is quickly adopted for use in fighters, cargo ships and other small craft where a full antimatter reactor is impractical.

2076

Despite the mass exodus of humanity to the colonies and the ongoing terraforming efforts on Venus, Luna, Mars, Castillo, Ganymede and Titan; Earth is rapidly approaching a total population of twenty billion. As a countermeasure to this overpopulation the construction of Freedom, Earth's first orbital colony at the L1 Lagrangian point begins. At almost fifty kilometers in length and utilizing a modified O'Neil island three design, the new station promises to be able to house a population of almost sixty million. In addition the Systems Alliance begins a colonization drive, offering significant aid and tax incentives to those who choose to emigrate off Earth.

August 18, 2076

A terrorist group attacks a military supply depot on Kyoto Colony. Referring to themselves as Friedens, the new group calls for the dismantling of the Systems Alliance and reparations for purported atrocities committed by the Alliance Military. Intelligence intercepts are quick to link the attacks to the Knights Templar. Cerberus immediately counterattacks, hunting down the group that was directly responsible for the attack in hopes of following them back to their masters. While several are captured alive, they prove unable to provide information on their parent organization due to compartmentalization. Over the next six months, seventeen nearly identical attacks will take place across the outer colonies, raising concerns of a growing general insurrection.

January 16, 2077

Following the terrorist strikes on the colonies, the first cases of piracy begin hitting interplanetary shipping. The Alliance Navy, still in its formative stages proves unable to halt these attacks. In response the Alliance Parliament agrees to fund a major expansion of the armed forces, nearly tripling the size of the Navy and doubling the size of the Marine Corps within three years. This expansion also calls for the integration of the various Earth state militaries into their Alliance counterparts; ending one of the last true remnants of independence the members of the Alliance retained.

August 24, 2077

With increased funding finally available, the Alliance Navy orders the development of a stealth capable frigate. The design, long held back due to budgetary and political concerns incorporates the latest in thermal management, electromagnetic passive absorption and diffraction, electronic and cyber warfare and low emission thruster technologies. The prototype, the SSV Prowler, during shakedown proves able to sneak to within ten kilometers of an Alliance destroyer before being detected. Over the next five years almost fifty Prowler-class stealth frigates will be commissioned to devastating effect on pirate and slaving outfits.

2078

During an expedition to the Sirius Beta system fifty nine light-years from Earth, the survey vessel SSV Christopher Columbus discovers a second Prothean facility on the planet Skepsis. Investigations by a follow-up xenoarcheology expedition reveal that the facility was at one time a secret research base tasked with development of a unique application of mass effect technology called 'biotics'. The facility had been mothballed several hundred years before the attack on the Mars facility and showed no evidence of damage. The discovery of this facility sparks a major race within the augmentation industry to provide the first implants capable of giving a person biotic abilities.

March 4, 2080

The first fully autonomous spacecraft is commissioned. The SSV Alan Turing, a deep space exploration vessel, is designed without any accommodations for crew. Manned by a single synthetic officer, the Turing's mission will be to conduct initial survey missions on planetary systems, providing data on whether one of the larger, more resource intensive long term survey vessels should be detailed for further investigation. Over the next ten years more than three hundred Turing-class explorers will be launched, each conducting an average of forty surveys per year.

July 12, 2081

The Frieden terrorist network stages its largest attack yet, attacking and destroying the town of New Hamburg on the colony world of Neu Berlin. The death toll is estimated at over eighty thousand and no survivors are found in the aftermath. This action prompts the Alliance to commit unprecedented levels of military force to the region. Almost fifty warships of various weights move to the vicinity of Neu Berlin, long a favorite target of the Friedens.

October 17, 2083

Sarif Industries announces the creation of the first biosynthetic body. A combination of genetically engineered, cloned organic tissue and mechanical and nano-augmentations, the new bodies allow the transfer to a synthetic matrix into a semi-organic body, allowing synthetics to experience organic life. So advanced are the bodies that it is possible for a biosynthetic body to procreate with an organic, both human and anthromorph.

2084

A general insurrection begins against the Systems Alliance led by the Friedens. The first sign of this uprising is an attack against the SSV Concorde, a military patrol frigate. Posing as a crippled freighter, the Templars board and capture the Concorde, executing the crew. Intelligence from signal intercepts and several human intel sources within the network confirm the uprising is part of a Templar plan to destabilize the Alliance.

September 5, 2087

After almost three years of undeclared war between the Systems Alliance and Friedan insurgents, the colony of Neu Berlin falls. Over the following months rumors of mass purges by the newly formed Frieden Union of augmented persons begin leaking out. An attempt by the Alliance to liberate the planet ends before it can begin when Frieden forces detonate a clean nuke in the city of New Nuremburg killing all four hundred thousand residents. Threats of similar actions should the Alliance interfere with the Friedan occupation of Neu Berlin forces an indefinite postponement of military action.

2088

The actions of the Friedens against captive populations and the subsequent hamstringing of the Alliance Military make clear that a doctrinal shift is required to deal with the new threat. A new Special Forces organization that combines personnel from the Navy, the Marine Corps and Cerberus is established. Known as the Systems Alliance Elite Forces Command (SAEFC) or more informally as simply the 'N' program, this top secret command will commission elite operatives to deal with problems no other military unit can handle, giving them unlimited resources to accomplish their goals. The initial group of candidates will be ready for deployment no later than the beginning of 2090.

February 14, 2089

Researches from Mars Central University announce the creation of a new method of antimatter production. Known as flavor changing, this new technique utilizes a prototype teleportation system to disassemble matter and then, molecule by molecule, reassemble it with an inverse charge and spin. While less efficient by itself compared to the more common method of harvesting antimatter from positronic lightning or the Van Allen Belt of a planet; when multiple production lines are setup in parallel the new technique proves drastically more cost effective while also offering a higher quality product and a safer work environment.

April 6, 2091

The first stage of the Mars terraforming project is completed. Mars is now home to a breathable atmosphere with a near identical composition to that of Earth save for drastically higher levels of greenhouse gases present due to the planet's distance from Sol. Efforts to introduce plant life to the planet are proceeding apace with nearly forty percent of the planet's non-submerged land mass having been processed to include the proper microbial life forms necessary to support terrestrial plant life. In addition both magnetic field generators at the poles have been completed, providing the planet with a magnetic field for the first time in eons.

May 16, 2091

The Friedan Union begins a massive military campaign against its neighboring systems. The Alliance Navy, while able to defend most of the larger colonies and strategic outposts, is unable to prevent the conquest of more than three dozen smaller outposts and eighteen colonies across twenty six star systems over the next three months.

June 17, 2091

The first wave of SAEFC operatives successfully infiltrate the Union. Almost immediately the operatives prove their worth, providing critical intelligence. Confirmation of the atrocities being committed by the Friedens galvanizes the Alliance government and proves to be just what is needed for Parliament to authorize a new war footing, allowing a drastic increase in military spending. In addition the SAEFC operatives are successful in setting up an underground railroad for augmented persons to escape the Frieden purges.

October 17, 2093

Having conquered thirty six star systems across the fringes of Alliance space, the Friedens grow bolder, attacking the Alliance naval fleet node at Norfolk Colony. Unknown to the Friedens, Norfolk was playing host to a series of vessels equipped with prototype mass effect enhanced plasma cannons. The ensuing battle proves the sheer destructiveness of the new weapons which combine the thermal, electromagnetic and radiological potentials of a plasma weapon with the sheer kinetic force of a mass accelerator. After nearly two hours, the Friedan forces retreat from the battle, leaving nearly thirty destroyed or damaged vessels behind for only six Alliance warship casualties.

December 14, 2093

With the attack at Norfolk repelled, the Systems Alliance attempts once again to open peace negotiations with the Templar led Frieden Union. The diplomatic transport SSV Crystal Dove departs Norfolk for Neu Berlin carrying a delegation from the State Department and broadcasting a diplomatic IFF. All contact with the transport is lost five days into transit. Alliance Intelligence believes the transport was destroyed by a special paramilitary unit under direct Templar control. While several other diplomatic entreaties are made over the next six months, all are ignored by the Friedens; sundering any thoughts of a negotiated settlement.

2094

While the Friedens make several probing attacks on the Alliance, there are no further attacks on Alliance worlds. Both sides begin a military buildup along the border and settle in for a long cold war.

February 7, 2096

The first of the Alliance Navy's Ticonderoga-class cruisers enters service. The new warship, the first of the fourth generation warship designs incorporates advancements in weapons technology, most notably the newly developed mass effect plasma bolters. At almost seven hundred meters in length and capable of carrying a full wing of fighters and several times that in unmanned combat microships, the Ticonderoga will become the backbone of the Alliance Navy and the nightmare of many Frieden captains for years to come.

August 27, 2098

With the success of the Ticonderoga and the rising threat of the Friedens, the Alliance Navy commissions its first dreadnought, the SSV Kirov. Two and a half kilometers in length and built around the most powerful mass accelerator cannon ever developed, the Kirov and her sisters will become a bulwark against the Frieden Navy. The Kirov-class is followed by the launch of numerous other fourth generation warships such as the Intrepid-class frigate, the Turbulent-class destroyer, the Acropolis-class strike carrier, the Ikazuchi-class battleship and the Kitty Hawk-class fleet carrier.

January 1, 2100

The population of the Local Cluster, counting both organics and synthetics is estimated to be over one hundred billion. Advances in medical science have almost completely eliminated disease and with the easing of traditional limitations on population growth such as the availability of foot, water and shelter, the human race is quickly expanding across the stars. The further popularization of artificial wombs, rejuvenation treatments and tax subsidies for large families has led to a sustained annual growth rate of almost 3.2% and the average lifespan sits at approximately 138 years.

2101

Seeing the Frieden Union's independence as an opportunity, twenty seven other colonies secede from the Alliance. Many of these are so-called 'stepback' colonies, places where people can return to an era before technology became so pervasive. The Alliance Parliament agrees to allow these colonies to leave but make clear that any threats to Alliance security will not be tolerated. Nineteen of the seceding colonies sign the Montreal Accords, limiting the number of capital class warships they can field and allowing the Alliance to setup military facilities in their systems in times of war in exchange for continuing Alliance military protection, humanitarian aid and trade ties.

October 18, 2102

A disagreement between an Alliance patrol vessel and its Friedan counterpart along the border escalates into one of the largest naval engagements yet seen between the two powers. Over a hundred warships on both sides are either crippled or destroyed in the ensuring firefight. The battle ends with a Frieden retreat as the technological superiority of the Alliance allows them to engage at greater range and with greater force. In response to the battle, the Frieden Union officially declares war on the Systems Alliance.

October 23, 2102

While an official declaration of war surprised the Alliance, almost a decade of preparation meant they were more than ready. Over the next three months, nineteen separate engagements would be fought between Alliance and Union forces, all but six of which would result in Alliance victories.

February 3, 2103

The Alliance launches Operation Overlord. Seven task groups of the Alliance Third Fleet strike Frieden forces near the colony of New Marseille. Forcing a breakthrough, the Alliance besieges the colony's orbital defenses, achieving orbital supremacy on day sixteen of the operation.

February 23, 2103

Having gained control of the local space, the Alliance begins landing operations on the small world. Attempts by local Frieden forces to enact scorched earth protocols are unsuccessful as SAEFC operatives are successful in disabling all twenty-seven nuclear charges emplaced in population centers across the planet of fifty-nine million.

April 7, 2103

After almost fourteen months of fighting the last of the Frieden forces on New Marseille surrender. The final casualty figures are nearly five hundred thousand Frieden, ninety-eight thousand Alliance and nearly nine hundred thousand civilian, mostly killed by retreating Frieden forces.

August 2103

Alliance Forces besiege the Denver System. The system is home to a minor colony of sixteen million and three mining outposts, one of which is supplying uranium to the Friedens; a vital strategic resource and therefore heavily guarded. The ensuing battle will last for the next twenty six months and will result in more than one point six million casualties.

December 18, 2103

Friedan forces attack the Alliance colony of Achilles in the Sigma 23 system. Unprepared for the attack, the colony is overrun and destroyed. Of the population of twelve million, less than three hundred thousand will live to see the planet's liberation four months later.

March 15, 2104

Cerberus units capture a secret Frieden bioweapons facility in the Devon system. Among the most concerning projects found is the development of a programmable radioactive biogenic agent. Samples of the projects are taken and its database is copied before the facility is destroyed. Frieden forces tasked to investigate the outpost's silence arrive six days later to find it destroyed with no survivors.

November 9, 2104

Alliance forces attack the Sigma 47 system. While there are no colonies present, several mining outposts are present that provide the Frieden forces with titanium and iridium, both of which are critical in warship construction. The Alliance commander gives the miners two hours to evacuate and then orders the destruction of all facilities.

March 12, 2105

After a five month calm that saw only minor engagements, the Alliance launches an attack on the Yorkshire system, home to New Leeds colony. With a population of almost eight hundred million, New Leeds is the fourth largest colony in the Frieden Union and as such is heavily defended. It will take the Alliance nearly four months before achieving control of the planet's orbit.

August 13, 2105

Having finally secured the Yorkshire system, the Alliance forces begin landing operations. These come to a halt with the destruction of the troopship SSV Richard D. Winters outside the city of Elizabeth. SAEFC operatives had been unsuccessful in deactivating the nuclear device in the city and the detonation incinerated the population and landing forces. Final casualty numbers were estimated at nearly one point two million.

August 19, 2105

Following the Elizabeth Massacre, landing operations resume. While no further scorched earth detonations will take place, the liberation of New Leeds would take nearly three years and cost almost ten million lives.

March 2106 – July 2107

With Alliance Forces focused on the liberation of New Leeds, Frieden High Command began a series of raiding attacks on Alliance border worlds. These attacks are designed to keep the Alliance off balance while Union forces undergo repairs and new warships are commissioned.

July 28, 2107

A fleet of nearly two hundred Frieden warships launches a counterattack on the Alliance forces stationed in the Yorkshire System. After almost three days of continuous engagement, the outnumbered and exhausted Alliance Naval forces are forced to retreat, ceding orbital supremacy to the Union. Evacuations of Alliance Forces are conducted as quickly as possible but nearly twenty thousand Marines are left stranded on the surface. Knowing they would be vulnerable to orbital bombardment if they stayed in their bases, the forces disband, disappearing into the wilderness or the cities of New Leeds with as much equipment as they can carry; destroying the rest. Over the next year these forces will form the backbone of an insurgency that will make the colony nearly ungovernable.

August 2107

Having been forced back to their beachhead in the Denver system, the Alliance begins planning for their return to New Leeds. As part of this plan, wolf packs of Alliance frigates and destroyers begin launching commerce raiding operations on supplies to Yorkshire and the surrounding systems. Nearly two hundred convoys are engaged and destroyed over the next fourteen months leading to a crippling lack of supplies for the Frieden forces in the region. These actions unfortunately also have the unintended consequence of increasing the suffering of the local populations as food and other vital supplies are seized by the Frieden military.

October 19, 2108

Elements of the Alliance Third, Fourth and Sixth fleets begin a grand offensive against the Yorkshire sector. Nearly six hundred warships including twelve Kirov-class dreadnoughts sweep through the region, capturing twelve star systems and encircling Yorkshire. All Frieden Naval forces in the Yorkshire system are defeated or escape twelve hours after the first engagement.

October 21, 2108

Reinforcements begin landing on New Leeds. By the end of the month nearly two hundred thousand Marines and their equipment will have landed. Facing them are nearly a million Frieden soldiers. Linking up with their comrades left behind almost a year earlier, marine forces begin a systematic sweep of the colony. While there is no official surrender, the last major pocket of resistance is eliminated six months after the landing.

April 13, 2109

A Frieden Special Forces unit infiltrates the Alliance sector command facility on Norfolk Colony. Security is quickly overwhelmed and all command personnel are killed. Local Alliance Marine forces encircle the facility and demand the Frieden's surrender. Realizing there is no way out and having planned for this situation, the infiltrators detonate an antimatter charge killing themselves and destroying the facility.

April 14, 2109

The loss of the Norfolk Sector Command brings the Alliance offensive to a screeching halt. All operations by both the Alliance Navy and Marine Corps are placed on indefinite halt while recovery operations begin.

May 8, 2109

The Friedens take advantage of their strike, invading the Alliance colony of Argon Prime. With a population of nearly twenty million, the colony's defenses were stripped of ships to provide forces for the grand offensive and liberation of New Leeds with the acknowledgement that any counteroffensive could be countered in time to prevent such an invasion. With the loss of Norfolk and the strategic planners therein, no such counter took place.

June 11, 2109

Frieden forces destroy the Alliance mining outposts in the Tau 13 System.

June 23, 2109

Frieden forces capture the Alliance research facility in the Sigma 8 System.

August 11, 2109

After nearly four months, Alliance High Command assigns replacements for the lost commanders at Norfolk. With the facilities on the colony destroyed, the Alliance flag command will operate off the carrier SSV Raymond A. Spruance until such time as a replacement facility can be built.

November 7, 2109

Having finally recovered from the April 13th attack, Alliance Forces launch an attack on the Milan system. While lacking any colonies, Milan is home to a secondary mass relay that leads to a system less than three light years from Neu Berlin. Frieden forces are quick to counter, beginning a standoff that will last until the end of the war.

March 17, 2110

With their main offensive bottled up in the Milan system, elements of the Alliance Second Fleet move to liberate Argon Prime. Outnumbered nearly two-to-one, the Frieden forces choose to fight to the death. Near the end of the battle, the Frieden command ship launches a nuclear missile at the capitol, killing all three million inhabitants and nearly ten thousand Frieden soldiers.

April 12, 2110

The loss of Argon Prime's capitol and the slaughter of the population enrages the Alliance. Elements of the First Fleet, normally assigned to guard the core worlds around Sol are detailed to the front line. Among the best trained and equipped, the newly arrived forces cut a swath through the Frieden forces in the Sicily system. Their victory is tempered by the failure of SAEFC operatives in disabling three of the nuclear devices on Verona Colony. Twelve million people are killed.

September 2110

With the assault on the Milan system stalled, the Alliance begins a separate push against the Sparta System. Far from the front lines, Sparta lies on the edge of both Alliance and Frieden territory, far from the core worlds and Neu Berlin. With little population and minimal strategic resources, Frieden High Command is slow to react to the newly opening front. By the time forces arrive to counter the Alliance assault, the Sparta system had been captured and several nearby outposts destroyed.

October 2110 – July 2112

For nearly two years both Alliance and Frieden forces enter a holding pattern. With the exception of the Milan System, no major battles will take place. The Alliance, burdened with the continuing Frieden insurgency on New Leeds and the garrisoning and fortification of captured territories as well as its own border colonies is beginning to reach its limit. The Friedens are likewise, fighting a war on two fronts and unable to advance.

August 13, 2112

Alliance forces launch a probing attack on the Athens System, a near neighbor of Sparta. The attack proves costly as the Frieden forces employ ships with their own version of the Alliance mass effect plasma bolter. Facing new weapons, Alliance Forces reinforce their lines and prepare for the onslaught of newly armed enemy ships.

November 1, 2112

The predicted enemy offensive fails to materialize. While the occasional Frieden ship armed with advanced weaponry is encountered, there is very little evidence of a wide deployment of new weaponry among Frieden forces.

April 21, 2113

The Alliance command ship in the Milan system is contacted by its Friedan counterpart. While initially suspicious, the Alliance commander of the Milan Theater, Admiral Jason Caldwell is surprised at the proposal of a ceasefire by Fleet Admiral Joseph Olegovich Andropov. Both sides agree to stand down their forces at 1745 Zulu.

April 22, 2113

Under the guns of both fleets, the Alliance Command Dreadnought SSV Midway and the Frieden command carrier FUV Heinrich meet at a point at the exact center of the battlefield. Over the next six hours the two admirals agree to a succession of hostilities. One hour later all Alliance vessels depart the Milan system for New Leeds while all Friedan forces withdraw from Alliance territory.

June 2113

With the war over both sides begin recovery operations. The Friedan Union had lost nearly a quarter of its territory and almost half its military. The Alliance was worse off however, having to care for hundreds of millions of people on the liberated colonies, a significant number of which had lost everything in the fighting. While a ceasefire had been called, insurgents continued to plague the colonies of New Leads, Denver and New Marseille. The final casualty totals are almost one point two million Alliance military and almost one hundred and ten million civilian.

2114

With the war drawing down, resources formerly being spent fighting are returned to peacetime initiatives. The most obvious beneficiary of this reallocation is the Sol terraforming projects. The final components of the Mars and Luna projects are completed and Venus sees the completion of its final sets of atmospheric processors.

April 11, 2115

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology announce the development of graviton projector, a device that can compensate for local gravity conditions as a prelude to a fold event. The first major breakthrough since the development of the fold drive forty years earlier, the new technology promises to drastically expand the flexibility of the fold drive. Combined with advances in universal assembler technology that allow a fold drive to be constructed without labor intensive manufacturing processes, the fold drive begins to significantly threaten the market share of more conventional mass effect FTL drive designs.

January 2, 2116

With Earth's ever growing population, construction of Niven, a small ring world begins at the L3 Lagrangian point. With a diameter of nearly three hundred kilometers and massive enough to have an atmosphere clinging to the interior surface, the new orbital colony will have an internal surface area of roughly seven thousand kilometers squared. Moreover, unlike previous orbital colonies the ring will be nearly a kilometer and a half thick, allowing for between four hundred and four hundred fifty 'underground' levels depending on surface geography. Utilizing state of the art life support systems, Niven will be able to support a population of over two hundred and fifty million; nearly four times that of any previous orbital colony. Construction is scheduled to take four years.

February 12, 2118

The Turing-class explorer SSV Ada Lovelace arrives in system LC-12442. While conducting its initial survey, a large concentration of element zero is detected, leading to the discovery of another mass relay. With almost seventy percent of the local cluster having been surveyed at this point, it is expected that the discovery of this relay will be one of the last. A follow up expedition by the survey vessel SSV Seeker attempts to activate the relay, unsuccessfully. Data acquired from the unresponsive relay provides coordinates for its partner and another Turing-class is diverted to the location. Upon arrival the SSV Gordon Moore reports the system destroyed; its sun having gone supernova an estimated thirty thousand years earlier and taken the partner relay with it.

March 16, 2118

The discovery of an unpaired relay whips the Alliance scientific community into a frenzy. Previous proposals for studies of the relays had always been rejected for fear of damaging the irreplaceable artifacts. The newly discovered relay, already having been named 'Orphan' by the survey teams, neatly got around this problem. Realizing the potential technologies that study of the relay could reveal the Alliance Parliament authorizes a large scale research mission. Sixteen vessels led by the Einstein-class SSV Marie Curie depart for the relay. Follow up plans call for the construction of a permanent research station to further the study. Alliance High Command orders a detachment of warships to lockdown the system.

August 14, 2119

The atmospheric processors on Venus complete their work, having converted the toxic carbon-dioxide atmosphere into a breathable oxygen/nitrogen mixture. While technically habitable, Venus still has a long way to go before it is considered ready for colonization. Soil processing is given top priority due the toxins still present.

November 7, 2120

Alliance weapons researchers finish development of a meson based particle cannon. Extremely bulky and fragile, the new cannon is never the less considered a major breakthrough in particle weaponry. Due to the unique nature of mesons, consisting of a quark/anti-quark pair, a weapon utilizing the artificially generated particles has the potential to be an order of magnitude more powerful than any conventional neutron or proton cannon in service. The prototype weapon is incorporated in the experimental dreadnought SSV Zeus, first of the Kirov II-class.

May 15, 2121

After almost three years of failures, the Orphan Project finally succeeds in breaching the hull of the relay using a series of controlled nanite detonations. First impressions of the interior of the relay seem to confirm that the relays were not constructed by the Protheans; the technology and even internal architecture varying widely from known Prothean designs. This is further confirmed after several tests date the Orphan relay as being more than thirty million years old, far predating the rise of the Prothean Empire or even the evolution of the Prothean species. Researchers begin referring to the relay builders as the 'Progenitors'.

July 23, 2122

The encryption blocking access to Orphan's control network is broken. Analysis of the operating system reveals two distinct sets of programming running at the same time, one on top of the other. The more extensive 'base' operating system responsible for the operation of the relay is discovered to have been subverted by a more advanced, secondary set of code. An experimental simulation of a relay projection without this secondary system shows that the relays are far more powerful and capable than previously thought. Transit drift is cut to nearly nothing, mass limitations are drastically revised upwards and the relays are even able to provide sensor telemetry on the destination coordinates, eliminating the need to 'jump blind'. A question emerges from this discovery: for what purpose were the relays crippled to such a degree?

September 13, 2122

A survey of Orphan's communications array reveals a secondary communications link to an unknown location. Analysis of the relay's coding confirms the link could theoretically allow control of the relay to be overridden from a remote location. Efforts to locate this remote location begin.

December 19, 2122

Decryption of Orphan's command codes is completed, allowing Alliance researchers to access any relay they choose. The New Beijing/Solaris relay pair is modified to utilize only the original operating system as an experiment. The result is a radically increased efficiency of transit. Within four months all twenty six Alliance controlled relay pairs will have been modified to incorporate the improved operating system. In addition all remote access to the modified relays is disabled, preventing a potentially hostile power from crippling the Alliance's transport infrastructure in a time of war.

February 2, 2123

An Alliance patrol vessel and its Frieden counterpart exchange fire along the border in an incident reminiscent of the October 18, 2102 incident that sparked the Frieden War. Fortunately cooler heads prevail on both sides.

April 29, 2123

Realizing the potential control of the relays that is now available to them, the Alliance Government commissions a new organization, the Office of Relay Operations (ORO). Utilizing their own 'masking' software, super-encrypted by some of the finest minds in Alliance space, the new office ensures that only authorized vessels are cleared through the relays. While this initially provokes some protests, especially among the shipping and transport unions, the Alliance alleviates concerns by announcing that the ORO will not begin restricting traffic for five years and that relay clearance will be offered without cost to any legitimately registered vessel. Monitoring operations however begin immediately, leading to a rash of arrests in the border regions.

September 21, 2124

Study of Orphan results in its first major breakthrough. Having deconstructed the relay's communication's array, scientists are able to create the first quantum entanglement communicator. While the prototype is limited compared to the relay's own array, the new technology allows for an instantaneous, lag free and completely secure communications link between two points. Over the next three months the Alliance military will deploy thousands of the communicators aboard its vessels, stations and facilities across Alliance territory. The construction of six secure central hubs are rapidly completed, located on Earth deep beneath Alliance High Command Headquarters in the Pentagon, Wyvern Colony in Alpha Centauri, Solaris Colony in Tau Ceti, Babylon Colony in Epsilon Eridani and on two rogue planetoids located in deep space.

July 9, 2125

A nearly silent coup takes place on Neu Berlin, forcing out the old guard Friedens and replacing them with a new group of radical militarists. Alliance intelligence and Cerberus operatives believe the coup to have taken place with Templar backing. The coup is of great concern to Alliance High Command as it could signal a renewal of hostilities, especially considering that with only a ceasefire between the powers, the war had never officially ended. The new group of generals announce a massive military buildup and begin a fresh propaganda campaign against the Systems Alliance. In response the Alliance begins redeploying forces to the Frieden border and reactivating reserve units.

September 12, 2125

With control over the relay network firmly established, the Alliance government begins a feasibility study on the practicality of relocating a relay to a more advantageous position. The result of this study is the commissioning seven months later of the SSV Mriya, named for one of the largest jet aircraft ever built. The tug, a massive eight kilometer behemoth, is able to dock a mass relay in its cradle-like aft section and then tow it to FTL velocities. The first to be moved is the Alpha-12 relay from the sparsely populated New Canaan system to the far more heavily populated California system six point three light years distant. The process takes more than a month to complete.

November 18, 2125

Frieden forces cross the border near New Leeds, hoping to overwhelm and reclaim the planet. The Alliance is ready having constructed a significant orbital defense grid to guard the planet in addition to the nearly two hundred warships in attendance. Among them is the SSV Zeus which uses its meson cannon to devastating effect, personally destroying twenty six enemy vessels, thirteen of which are of capital weight. With their invasion thwarted the Frieden forces retreat to the outer system and establish a blockage outside of the range of the orbital defenses intended to starve the colony's industrial base of raw materials.

December 12, 2125

Alliance strategic planners are puzzled by the overt and seemingly amateurish maneuver made by the Frieden forces. Their puzzlement comes to an end with the destruction of Achilles colony, finishing off the planet that was devastated in the first war. Analysis from surviving satellites reveals that the Friedens had deployed a massive interplanetary cruise missile carrying nearly two thousand kilograms of antimatter. The explosion, estimated at nearly ninety-six gigatons, not only completely vaporized the colony but also was powerful enough to destabilize the planet's crust, leading to massive tectonic activity.

December 15, 2125

The destruction of a whole planet under Alliance control enrages the military. Nearly a thousand warships flood over the border and strike at almost twenty separate Frieden outpost and colonies. While the Friedens fight for the colonies and several of the outposts; they quickly retreat from others. Following their retreat, almost fifty of their new cruise missiles are deployed, leading to the destruction of two hundred and ninety seven Alliance vessels including three dreadnoughts.

January 2126

Realizing that any offensive against the Friedens will be impossible with the presence of the new cruise missiles, the Alliance calls on the SAEFC to eliminate the problem. Having earned the nickname 'Dragoons' in the first war, the Elite Forces Command operatives begin operations to infiltrate and eliminate these weapons. On the defensive front, Alliance construction vessels begin the mass deployment of anti-missile platforms above every colony within fifteen light years of the Frieden border.

March 14, 2126

With the Alliance hamstrung by their strategic weaponry, the Friedens begin a campaign of raiding against Alliance positions. Attacking and retreating before a proper retaliation can be mounted, the Friedens hope to bleed the Alliance with a thousand cuts. In this they are successful for nearly three months until Alliance forces begin setting ambushes utilizing stealth vessels. These battles will continue to take place for the remainder of the war.

October 4, 2126

Having succeeded in locating the launch point for the Frieden missile attacks, a Dragoon team led by Captain Andrew Williams successfully lands on Antwerp. Over the next three weeks the team will prey on the local defenders; ambushing patrols, planting explosives and assassinating command personnel. By the twenty-fifth of the month the local garrison had been sufficiently depleted for an outright assault. More so the defender's moral had hit rock bottom, many of the survivors having come to call the enemy forces the 'grim reapers'. The outpost fell within two hours of engagement.

November 16, 2126

With the Frieden missile base destroyed, Alliance Forces begin a push on the Frieden world of New Sarajevo. Home to nearly six hundred million people, New Sarajevo had replaced New Leeds as the Frieden's fourth most populated world. Of more importance was the presence of a significant naval fleet yard in orbit due to the extreme mineral wealth of the local system. The Friedens however had prepared and the planet was outfitted with a state of the art defense grid, equally a match for anything the Alliance had deployed around their worlds. In addition nearly four hundred warships were tasked to defend the planet. Realizing an outright assault could quickly become a repeat of the Frieden assault on New Leeds in reverse; the Alliance forms a siege line in the outer system and begins bombarding the defenders with long range missiles.

December 2, 2126

With the bombardment of New Sarajevo's defenders entering its third week and with no end in sight, Alliance forces shift tactics. With the presence of mining facilities in the system's asteroid belt feeding the enemy's industry, losses can be made right with disheartening rapidity. Wolf packs of destroyers and frigates begin assaulting the mining operations. While initially successful, they begin running into enemy minefields that turn the asteroid fields into charnel houses. With damage mounting, the Alliance deploys its new Nabaal class mobile shipyards to support the assault fleet, allowing the Alliance to match the Friedens in industrial capacity and ability to replace losses.

February 15, 2127

Having been at a stalemate since November, Alliance High Command realizes that they will need a game changer to win the battle. Given the extreme amounts of point defense weaponry littering New Sarajevo's orbit, a new weapon is deployed to counter it. Based on the ancient Project Excalibur, these new long range missiles are designed specifically to counter enemy point defense. Each missile is equipped with a lasing array, powered by the detonation of a nuclear warhead. With an effective range of nearly eight thousand kilometers, well beyond the range of the Frieden's defensive weaponry, the new missiles prove to be just what the Alliance needed. All enemy orbital defenses are eliminated within six days.

February 21, 2127

With the planetary defenses destroyed, the Alliance forces move in, quickly overwhelming the Frieden defenders. Although the battle lasts nearly two days, the last surviving Frieden ship retreats leaving the Alliance with orbital superiority after nearly five months of continuous battle.

March 7, 2127

The Alliance third, fifth, eighth, twelfth and sixteenth Marine Expeditionary Units arrive at New Sarajevo. With Dragoon operatives having destroyed all scorched earth bombs, the Frieden forces prepare for an orbit to surface assault. They are unprepared when thousands of what at first appear to be meteors raining down from the sky. With the development of the new Tristan powered combat exoskeleton, the Alliance Marine Corps was presented with a whole new way of invading a planet from space. Rather than rely on drop ships to protect their soldiers from reentry, the new armor allowed direct orbital insertion without the need of a shielding vessel. With thousands of heavily armed soldiers falling out of the sky, the Frieden defenders were beset from all sides. This distraction allowed the Alliance to land their troopships nearly unopposed, bringing thousands of armored vehicles, walkers and artillery units. The last Frieden forces surrendered seven weeks later, having been completely overwhelmed.

August 12, 2127

The Alliance launches a liberation of Belfast Colony. With a population of only five million, the Friedens don't consider the planet to be worth defending and present only token opposition. Due to the small size and population, the liberation takes only a few days. As the Alliance forces settle in, they expect Belfast, with its friendly locals and good food to be an extremely pleasant posting.

September 18, 2127

The Alliance begins a second offensive against the Milan system. Due to its strategic importance, High Command strips many outposts of as many ships as possible, including all but a token force above Belfast. Three days after their departure, the orbiting SSV Calgary detects a wide band transmission from an object in the outer system. Analysis of the signal reveals it to be artificial in nature and designed to override local communications systems. Several minutes later the orbiting vessels receive reports of the population of Belfast turning on Alliance Marine forces en mass. With only a single brigade present, the orbiting crews watch helplessly as all five thousand marines are massacred by the people they'd liberated.

September 27, 2127

Reinforcements arrive to help quell the population of Belfast. In the intervening two weeks the local population had begun turning upon itself and surveillance from the orbiting vessels estimate that perhaps only a third of the population remained alive. Upon landing the Marines are assaulted by the crazed locals and are forced to utilize ionic pulse weaponry to subdue them. While designed as a non-lethal crowd control technology, the ionic weaponry is still responsible for the further deaths of almost an additional thousand people. Control is reestablished over the colony after three days.

October 23, 2127

Tests on the colonists find evidence of subtle genetic re-sequencing which in turn was responsible for an alteration of the brain that, when exposed to a specific sub-aural trigger would cause a set of genetically encoded instructions to take over the subject's mind. Coupled with other alterations that increased production of several neurotransmitters tied to aggression and paranoia, the subject would become crazed and attack anyone they'd been programmed to before succumbing to a violent, uncontrollable rage. Study of the signal transmitted revealed the presence of the sub-aural tone. Further testing confirms the population had been exposed to a retrovirus in the water supply shortly before the liberation.

November 7, 2127

News of the new Frieden biogenic weapon is quick to spread throughout the Alliance military. A new variant on the Frieden's more traditional nuclear scorched earth techniques, the virus allowed the Friedens to eliminate the populations of liberated worlds while keeping the local infrastructure intact. Dragoon forces operating behind enemy lines begin investigations into this new weapon in hopes of finding a cure.

November 8, 2127

Due to the presence of the new Frieden weapon, all Alliance plans for the further liberation of Frieden worlds are place on indefinite hold.

November 17, 2127

Cerberus intercepts several communiques from within the Union detailing requests for resupply from an experimental research facility. Covert surveillance reveals the presence of several outposts in the Tigris system. Dragoon operatives infiltrate these facilities and discover them to be hosting several alien artifacts as well as having been responsible for the development of the biogenic virus responsible for the Belfast incident.

November 19, 2127

Seven taskforces of the Alliance third fleet assault the Tigris system, seizing the all facilities in under three hours. Recovered materials show that while the virus, codenamed Helios, had been developed at the facility; no cure had been developed. Furthermore the virus had been designed to be easily customized with minimal difficulty, allowing local Frieden forces to tailor it to local conditions and then deploy it in any number of convenient ways. All research as well as the alien artifacts are seized by Cerberus for further study and the facility is destroyed.

December 12, 2127

Research into the virus has revealed an Achilles heel. If Alliance forces can prevent the activation trigger from being deployed, the genetic modifications will naturally be purged by the subject's immune system within four years. Furthermore, updates are issued to all Alliance citizens' nanite boosters that render them immune to the Frieden weapon.

January 2, 2128

With a potential countermeasure for the Helios virus in hand, Alliance forces resume liberation operations, attacking the Frieden held Prague system. Home to the colony of Brno, population twenty seven million, Alliance forces overwhelm Frieden spaceborne defenses within seven days of contact. Prior to beginning landing operations, Alliance support vessels deploy a series of electronic warfare satellites that begin broad spectrum jamming of all non-Alliance frequencies.

January 23, 2128

Alliance forces successfully liberate Brno colony. As expected, a high power transmission is intercepted two days later, originating from the outer system. Unlike at Belfast the orbiting satellites are successful in jamming the transmission. Alliance forces move quickly to locate and destroy the transmission source.

February 2128

The Alliance begins a grand offensive aimed at finally ending the threat of the Frieden Union. Over the next three months Alliance forces will liberate more than two dozen worlds across fourteen systems. Aided by the recently deployed fifth generation warships, the Friedens, still struggling to bring themselves up to fourth generation standards, will be nearly helpless against more than three thousand vessels participating in the Alliance offensive.

May 12, 2128

Alliance forces begin closing in on the core Frieden territories. Having seen their military decimated by the Alliance, the Frieden Union draws a line in the sand. As Alliance forces close in on the world of New Stuttgart, they are horrified by the simultaneous detonations of all forty-nine scorched earth bombs present on the planet. Initial casualty projections show that almost all of the planet's population of two hundred and ninety six million had been caught in the blast. Furthermore the Friedens had augmented their normally clean nukes with jackets of cobalt, radically increasing the amount of radiation present in the fallout.

May 15, 2128

Having made their point, the Frieden Union announces that they will repeat the actions taken on New Stuttgart at the first sign of further Alliance aggression. While the atrocities that Friedens are willing to commit appall the Alliance public, they also prove to be very effective. All further military actions against the Union are placed on an indefinite hold, effectively bringing the Second Frieden War to an end.

2129

Draw down in the aftermath of the war proves difficult for many in the Alliance. Unlike the relatively peaceful ending of the first war, the second war left a bitter taste. Support for the military remains at an all-time high and relief aid continues to flood into the former Frieden territories.

March 12, 2130

The SSV Ada Lovelace makes its second major discovery. Having entered the LC-19881 system, the explorer discovers an element zero concentration in the upper atmosphere of the system's seventh planet, a super-Jovian gas giant. Atmospheric probes reveal the presence of a large, heavily damaged alien vessel. Cerberus dispatches a research team to make an initial survey of the derelict.

March 17, 2130

Having arrived in the LC-19881 system, the Cerberus team proceeds to enter the planet's atmosphere and dock with the alien ship. Fifteen hours into the mission all contact is lost with the research team.

March 19, 2130

A second Cerberus team enters the LC-19881 system with the intention of find out what happened to the initial expedition. As they approach the alien vessel they note the expedition's transport had suffered extensive damage to its drive systems. As they prepare to dock they receive a transmission from one of the junior expedition members, Doctor Robert Savage, informing them of a biological outbreak among the expedition. Shortly thereafter an escape pod launches from the transport followed by the vessel disengaging from the derelict and destroying itself.

March 21, 2130

Having recovered the escape pod, the Cerberus rescue team is unsurprised to find the occupant was Savage. While injured, he shows no signs of biological contamination. After regaining consciousness the survivor was quick to inform the rescue team of what happened. Evidently the alien vessel had released some sort of nanites that proceeded to infest the expedition members, turning them against each other and in several cases growing cybernetics within their bodies. Savage, having been given an experimental set of nanites as a child, was apparently able to fend off the vessel's attempts to take control of him. The similarities between the alien vessel's defenses and the Helios virus leave many within Cerberus uneasy. The Alliance officially declares LC-19881 under indefinite quarantine.

June 13, 2130

Having setup a research outpost near the alien vessel, Cerberus begins investigations into the wreck using remote drones. While the work is slow they soon learn that the vessel was crippled by a direct strike from a mass accelerator of some power, roughly coinciding with the collapse of the Prothean Empire. This leads them to believe that this vessel was in some way involved in that collapse. Furthermore the materials the derelict is constructed from is remarkably similar to the artifacts discovered in the Frieden research facility in the Tigris system three years earlier.

April 17, 2131

Continuing research into the Orphan relay leads to the development of the first dark energy reactor. Having determined that the relays derive their massive energy reserves from converting scalar dark energy fields, specifically quintessence type fields, into normal energy, the new reactor design proves to be a major improvement over even the most sophisticated antimatter reactor designs. What's more the new reactors can be directly integrated into a conventional mass effect core, which manipulate constant dark energy fields to in turn manipulate gravity, allowing the already versatile devices to actually serve a dual purpose as the a ship's primary energy source and mass effect field generator.

September 14, 2132

United North American Robotics announces the development of a distributed sensor system. While several theories exist in regards to the development of a transluminal sensor system, no working prototype had yet been developed. By dispersing millions of tiny, FTL capable drones into a battle space, the new system bypasses the speed of light limitations of modern sensor systems by having a sensor platform every thousand or so kilometers, transmitting their near real-time telemetry to allied vessels using point to point FTL communications links. While the system is extremely resource and energy intensive, it dovetails nicely with the development of dark energy reactors that can easily provide the required energy.

August 28, 2133

The deep space explorer SSV Konrad Zuse enters the LC-34992 system, one of the last unexplored systems in the local cluster. While surveying the outer system the vessel discovers a massive concentration of element zero inside one of the moons of the systems sixth planet. A follow up expedition by the SSV James Cook unearths a mass relay of unprecedented size. At almost twenty-five kilometers in length the relay is two and a half times the length of any previously discovered relay. A military expedition is dispatched to the system to escort the Cook as she reactivates the relay. After an unusually long transit, the expedition discovers itself to be in the distant Attican Traverse. Realizing the potential of what they'd found, the Alliance Navy dispatches a fully battle group to secure both sides of the relay. The system on the local side is named Threshold while the Traverse side system is named Reach. The relay pair is collectively known as the Gateway.

January 12, 2134

The first mobile long duration colony ship is commissioned. The SSV Avalon, measuring at forty-eight kilometers in length is composed primarily of two massive biodomes separated by a five hundred meter thick base containing engineering and docking facilities. Equipped with two massive armored shells that can close over the transparent biodomes during an attack, the Avalon class is designed to be able to support a population of almost forty million for extended periods, making it a perfect platform to operate off of during the increasing number of multi-year long terraforming projects dotting Alliance space.

November 3, 2134

Having established a firm presence in the Reach system, Alliance explorers begin surveying the newly named Exodus cluster. Several surrounding systems are discovered to contain habitable planets. The Alliance selects eight planets and moons across five systems for immediate colonization: New Alexandria, Circumference, Tribute, Eden Prime, Terra Nova, Shanxi, Elysium and Mindoir. All eight planets are located either within the Reach system or in systems no more than five light years distant, allowing Alliance fleet assets to respond to any potential hostilities, human or alien, with minimal delay.

January 15, 2135

Initial surveys of the planet Eden Prime in the Utopia system reveal the presence of extensive Prothean ruins beneath the surface. All colonization efforts in the immediate area are placed on indefinite hold as the ruins are excavated.

February 27, 2135

The first major find of the Eden Prime dig is revealed: an intact Prothean communications node. While heavily damaged, this device is hoped to contain valuable technical and historical information. The artifact is secured and transported up to facilities on the newly arrived SSV Avalon.

April 12, 2135

The Orphan project announces its latest discovery. Having studied how the mass relays can project objects as such extreme velocities in a safe manner, researchers have discovered that the relays employ a form of molecular vibration phase shifting to allow transiting objects to pass through hazards ranging from space dust to entire planets and stars without danger. Implementation of this technique into conventional FTL drives promises drastically increased FTL speeds.

July 24, 2135

The Eden Prime excavation uncovers the remains of an underground bunker. Evidence of damage caused by small arms fire, surface bombardment and a neutron purge shows the bunker was heavily contested and dating shows the bunker was built just years before the estimated collapse of the Prothean Empire.

July 26, 2135

Further exploration of the bunker uncovers several intact and operational stasis pods. These pods are transported to the Avalon as they are discovered for further study in the hopes of reviving their occupants.

August 4, 2135

As the bunker is cleared of debris and new passageways are opened, an access point to an even deeper series of reinforced caverns is discovered. Unlike the upper facility, the lower levels are nearly pristine. Tens of thousands of intact and operational stasis pods are discovered.

August 17, 2135

The excavation of the Eden Prime bunker is completed. In total sixty-eight thousand, nine hundred and eighty one operation stasis pods had been recovered out of an estimated total of one hundred thousand. Data recovered from the bunker's computers indicate the facility was a last ditch attempt by the Protheans to outlast invading forces, known as 'Reapers', that had been destroying their empire for almost two hundred years. While the upper levels contained pods for twenty thousand soldiers, the lower levels were designed to preserve civilians in the hope of restarting the Prothean Empire in the wake of the Reaper's retreat from Prothean territory.

September 7, 2135

Alliance scientists revive the highest ranking Prothean. After a short period of confusion, he manages to connect telepathically with one of the researchers, subsequently gaining a working knowledge of English. Identifying himself as Javik, the Prothean is surprised to learn that nearly seventy thousand of his people had survived both the attack and the intervening fifty thousand years.

September 18, 2135

Following his awakening and the stabilization of his condition, Javik reveals what he knows of the Reapers to the Alliance. Cerberus operatives present during the debriefing show him images of the vessel that had nearly exterminated their expedition five years earlier. Javik confirms that the vessel is a Reaper, sparking renewed interest in the derelict. He also reveals that the Reapers return to the galaxy to harvest or destroy all life every fifty thousand years.

October 2135

The intelligence revealed by Javik sends the Alliance government and military into a panic. With knowledge of the imposing deadline, estimated to be only decades distant, the threat of the Reapers is considered to be of the highest order. Plans to greatly expand the Alliance Navy and Marine Corps begin taking form and interest in the derelict Reaper under Cerberus control explodes.

January 12, 2136

The explorer SSV Gordon Welchman discovers the former Prothean world of Feros. A follow up expedition to the ecumenopolis reveals evidence of activity on the surface within the last five years. The expedition deploys a series of stealth satellites in orbit. Over the next year, thirty seven unidentified alien vessels are recorded entering orbit or landing on the planet. All data on these alien vessels is classified at the highest levels.

March 5, 2136

After years of study, Alliance researchers complete construction of the first human built mass relay pair. While limited compared to even a secondary relay, the relay proves successful at transporting a test drone over a distance of thirty five light years. This prompts interest in using the new relay designs to establish tertiary links within Alliance space which, along with the strategically placed secondary relays, could allow vessels to traverse Alliance space with only minimal use of either FTL or fold drives. By the end of the year almost twenty of these relay pairs will have been built.

May 18, 2136

After almost a year of work, the last Protheans are awakened from stasis. With a total population of less than seventy thousand and with their military forces consisting of only three hundred and ninety one warriors, the Protheans are given colonization rights on Eden Prime and join the Alliance as the Prothean Protectorate.

March 16, 2137

Experiments on the Reaper derelict reveal the hull to be made of a material very similar to the shell of a mass relay. Given the difficulty in accessing the innards of the Orphan relay, research focuses on ways to deploy nanite weaponry in combat situations. Development of nanite warheads for missiles and torpedoes as well as nanite 'paint' rounds for mass accelerators prove successful in breeching recovered samples of Reaper hull material.

May 18, 2137

The CSV Specter, a Cerberus scout stationed in the Theseus system monitors the arrival of an alien warship over Feros. Having received orders to shadow the alien vessel, the Specter follows the vessel under stealth for the next seven months. Having completed what appears to be a patrol circuit, the alien vessel arrives at a planet with an ammonia based atmosphere and a moderate amount of orbital infrastructure.

December 21, 2137

Surveillance of the alien world reveals a large colony on the surface. While it was initially assumed that the vessel belonged to the race inhabiting the planet, identified later as the Volus; further observations reveal the vessel as belonging to another race, the Turians. Covert infiltration of the planetary communications grid provided information on the client relationship the Volus share with the Turians and on the state of the galaxy beyond the Traverse. Especially interesting to Cerberus is references to a 'Citadel Council' headquartered on a massive space station, apparently of Prothean manufacture.

January 12, 2138

Javik, having assumed a post within Cerberus as an advisor on the Reapers, is informed of the discovery of the Citadel. He confirms the Citadel as being the former center of Prothean government and reveals its true purpose as a trap set by the Reapers to ensnare the galaxy's races.

January 20, 2138

Cerberus begins a program of covert long duration exploration and surveillance of Citadel Council space and the antagonistic Terminus Systems.

April 12, 2138

Researchers at Wyvern Central University announce a breakthrough in particle physics: the development of a tachyon accelerator. While extremely crude in design and with the potential causality and radiological side effects still unknown, uses for the device are already apparent. Proposals for the development of a tachyon array to act as a transluminal sensor system attract significant military interest.

June 3, 2139

Experiments into new applications of space folding technology yield results. Researchers at the Michigan Institute of Technology demonstrate Project Black Gate, the first fold based teleportation system. While impractical for deployment aboard spacecraft due to size and energy requirements, dangerous to organic material and limited in range, the technology attracts interest as an alternative to traditional space-lift technologies. The first fixed-link surface to orbit teleportation facility opens three months later in New York City, offering hyper-rapid transport of non-organic cargo into low earth orbit.

January 19, 2140

With the population of the Earth Sphere passing forty billion, construction of Halo, a planetary geosynchronous ring world begins around Earth. Publically advertised as the ultimate solution of the over population of Earth, the project receives criticism as being dangerous and overly ambitious. While the Alliance acknowledges these concerns, the project continues apace. Within the Alliance government Project Halo has a different purpose. With the impending threat of the Reapers, Halo is designed to be the foundation of a massive planetary defense system and the projector of a planetary shield. The project will consist of the geosynchronous ring two hundred and fifty kilometers wide and fifteen thick connected to the earth by eight orbital tether 'pillars'. A secondary ring will exist at half geosynchronous orbit consisting of a hollow torus containing a counter spinning magnetic super fluid to stabilize the system. Finally a third ring will be buried ten kilometers beneath Earth's surface and will serve as an anchoring point for the whole construct. The project is scheduled to be completed no later than the beginning of the twenty-third century while the planetary shield grid will be operational by 2180.

June 18, 2141

With the Alliance ramping up for the construction of Halo, the transition to sixth-generation warship designs and a major expansion of other military assets such as orbital defense grids and sector command starbases; the demand on the existing Alliance resourcing infrastructure is estimated to increase by at least two orders of magnitude by 2150. Helgen Mining, one of the leading resource providers in the Alliance announces the development of the first gravitic particle mining station. Designed for use over mineral rich worlds where conventional mining techniques are not practical, these stations use a stream of both mass effect fields and graviton particles to lift matter from the surface of a planet. Initial designs prove able to do this at a rate of almost eight hundred kilograms per minute and combined with sophisticated spectrographic and mineralogical scanners can lock onto and strip lodes of valuable minerals in hours, shunting them to the attached refinery modules for purification.

March 7, 2141

Project Orphan announces the creation a new alloy called mithril. Based on the super alloy used in the construction of the Progenitor mass relays, the new alloy is almost a thousand times stronger than titanium and fifty times harder than diamond. When used in an ablative matrix, mithril based armor proves capable of surviving extreme thermal, kinetic, electromagnetic and radiological damage with ease, far above and beyond any existing armor.

October 28, 2141

Weapon researchers successfully test a prototype transluminal mass accelerator. The weapon successfully fires a one hundred fifty-five millimeter round at five times the speed of light, destroying a Phobos sized asteroid in the Mars belt in one hit.

September 23, 2142

Following the lead of Helgen, Kawasaki Space Industries announces the construction of the first Ishimura-class planet cracker. At nearly ten kilometers in length and equipped with one of the largest mass effect cores ever developed, the massive mining vessel will be able to lift whole chunks out of planets into orbit for refining. In addition its mass effect core will be able to drastically increase the vessel's overall mass, allowing it to potentially pull small satellites out of orbit. A run of five of these vessels is scheduled to be completed by 2148, providing the massive amounts of raw materials for the Halo project.

February 6, 2143

Alliance Intelligence reports the Frieden Union has completed the first phase of its post-war reconstruction. Estimates place its military strength at approximately fifteen hundred vessels that fall roughly half way between fourth and fifth generation Alliance designs. However despite their numbers, only two hundred of those are believed to be of capital weight. Given the upcoming transition to sixth generation warships and the so-called ten thousand ship navy scheduled to be completed by 2160, Alliance High Command does not place the likelihood of a Third Frieden War as imminent.

April 24, 2143

Researchers from Peking University demonstrate a new application of space folding technology. Utilizing a modified fold drive, the researchers demonstrate the first Linear Defense Array design, a system that folds incoming fire through a vessel instead of intercepting, deflecting or absorbing it. While impractical for implementation on current fold drives, the new technique is incorporated into the drives of sixth generation warships.

June 1, 2143

The Alliance completes construction of its three hundredth tertiary relay pair. While most military and passenger vessels have switched to using fold drives for long distance travel, the relay network proves to be a vital link for resource transport throughout Alliance in much the same way as the continental railways of pre-spaceflight Earth. With Project Halo in its third year, nearly one hundred fifteen billion metric tons of raw materials have been shipped through the relay network to the hungry nano-foundries orbiting Luna supplying the construction of Halo's superstructure.

October 14, 2143

The Venus terraforming project announces that it has completed soil purification and enrichment. Groundbreaking for the colonization of Venus is scheduled for November 1.

March 1, 2144

Expansion of the Utopia Planitia, Arcturus and Tau Ceti Fleet Yards is completed in preparation for beginning of sixth-generation construction. Nearly four thousand construction slips will be available between the three yards however only a quarter of those will be in use during peacetime construction.

January 1, 2145

Utopia Planitia officially begins laying down the first warship of the sixth-generation fleet. The vessel, the SSV Dauntless, will be the first of the Dauntless-class battlecruisers and will be joined by one hundred and seventy four sister ships by 2160.

April 12, 2145

Cerberus scouts finish their survey of Council space. Plans for first contact with the Citadel Council, the Terminus Powers and the Quarian Migrant Fleet begin development while contingency plans for contact or conflict with the Council, Terminus Powers and Geth are drawn up by Alliance High Command. In preparation an official, public exploration of the Attican Traverse begins.

February 1, 2146

The Alliance Second Fleet officially moves its headquarters to New Alexandria in the Reach system.

July 6, 2146

Construction of the superdreadnought SSV Yamato is completed. The first in her class, the Yamato is to date the single largest warship ever built at six kilometers in length. She will be joined by fifteen more of her class by 2160.

October 11, 2146

Construction of the SSV Apollo is completed. The fleet monitor supplants the Yamato as the largest warship in service at fifteen kilometers in length. Designed as an artillery platform, the Apollo will be joined by five more of her class, the SSV Sputnik, SSV Mercury, SSV Gemini, SSV Soyuz and SSV Enterprise by 2160.

January 12, 2147

Construction of the SSV Terra is completed. The largest planned class of the sixth-generation designs at twenty-six kilometers, the Terra is designated as a mothership. Unlike her super-capital class brethren, the Terra-class mothership is lacking in offensive weaponry. She makes up for it with an extensive defense grid and massive amount of internal docking space, capable of carrying hundreds of thousands of fighters and millions of drones as well a massive central dock capable of accepting almost any other warship in service. Designed to serve as a mobile starbase and fleet yard, the Terra and her sisters, the SSV Luna and SSV Mars will have a crew capacity of almost one and a half million.

July 2147

A wave of independent colonization begins in the Attican Traverse. Ninety seven colonies will be founded over the next two years in the region surrounding the Alliance's Traverse colonies. Bound by the Montreal Accords, the Alliance will remain responsible for the safety of these colonies. Prominent among them is the world of Horizon which will see almost two hundred thousand settle on in by the end of 2148.

April 1, 2148

Cerberus, in one if it's extremely rare public announcements, announces the collapse of a Frieden spy ring on the Alliance core worlds. Consisting of almost twenty seven thousand people, the ring was the largest such operation in history.

July 23, 2148

Alliance Intelligence intercepts a coded message from Frieden space. The contents hint of contact between the Frieden Union and several entities within the Terminus Systems.

August 8, 2148

Cerberus tasks several covert units for increased surveillance of major Terminus star ports in an effort to verify the veracity of the July 23 communique.

November 13, 2149

During a surveillance mission of the Terminus station of Omega, the CSV Scythe experiences a momentary malfunction in its power systems. While only visible for seven point eight seconds, the vessel catches the attention of a nearby Salarian STG intelligence drone.

November 18, 2149

With the exposure of the Scythe, Cerberus begins recalling assets from the Terminus systems for fear of further exposure. While this incident had been the most severe, several others over the years demonstrated the need for more caution when operating in alien space.

April 2, 2150

Cerberus intelligence drones in the Serpent Nebula monitor the arrival of an officially flagged STG vessel above and beyond the normal traffic. This is tagged by the operatives monitoring the Citadel as unusual as very rarely has the STG been seen operating in the open.

April 3, 2150

Cerberus activates one of their operatives living on the Citadel. Having been genetically altered to appear Asari and inserted aboard seven years earlier using forged credentials, the operative had become a member of Citadel Security and been assigned to guard the Presidium Tower sixteen months earlier. Surveillance equipment placed in the council meeting rooms allow Cerberus to monitor a meeting between the STG delegation and the Citadel Council outlining the discovery of a new race covertly observing Omega as well as several incidents believed to be connected to this new race over the preceding ten years. The council agrees that the STG should increase resources in an effort to discover who and what this new race is and if they pose a threat to Citadel security. In addition several Spectres are assigned to the task to further augment the STG.

April 7, 2150

The news of their discovery by Citadel authorities is not greeted well by members of the Alliance government. Finalization of plans for first contact with the Citadel in and about 2155 is given the highest priority.

July 20, 2150

One of the vessels detailed to the public exploration of the Traverse discovers Feros. The world is immediately claimed by the Alliance for future colonization in hopes of restoring the ecumenopolis to its former glory.

January 27, 2152

The Alliance Exploration Corps vessel SSV Pathfinder arrives in the AT-21345 system.