Timeline of the Discovery Universe
This is a timeline of known Sirius history, containing mostly events since the first human landings in the Sirius sector. To read about the background to these events, see links in the See also section.
C.E. is an abbreviation for "Common Era."
|2080||Two prototype sleeper ships, the Gemini and Orion, are sent on a colonization mission into distant space and not heard of again.|
|Circa 2100||The communist countries of Eastern Europe, East Asia, the Middle East, and Africa sign the Unification Pact and create the Eastern Coalition. Shortly afterwards, the Coalition begins antagonizing the Western Alliance and demanding its own colonies in space. In order to avoid war, the Alliance adopts a policy of appeasement. Eventually, small-scale conflicts begin between the Alliance and Coalition colonists, but they are not enough to start a full-scale war. These conflicts continue until 2160. By then, the Coalition becomes equal in strength to the Alliance.|
|2160||The War of Sol begins when the signing of the Balma Treaty, which was meant to end the small-scale colonial conflicts, turns into a bloodbath as Admiral Kulov, leader of the Coalition forces, ruthlessly attacks unsuspecting Alliance fleets with his own cloaked fleet. Fort Kennedy on Jupiter's moon Europa is destroyed, along with the French and Italian fleets. Remaining Alliance fleets retreat to Neptune's moon Triton. Planetary resistance against the Coalition begins, but are suppressed. The Coalition gains control of every planet except Neptune and Dwarf Planet Pluto. By 2162, the Alliance recaptures every outer gas planet, evening the odds in the war.|
|Circa 2200||The Coalition gains an upper hand in the war. Five Alliance sleeper ships launch from one of Jupiter's moons during a Coalition attack to escape the onslaught. Each sleeper ship is named after its country of origin: The Bretonia (British colonists), The Rheinland (German colonists), The Hispania (Spanish and Mediterranean colonists), The Kusari (Japanese colonists), and The Liberty (American colonists); but later after being betrayed by the other nation a new sleeper ship was launched, "The Gallia" (French colonists) . Against all odds, the colony ships broke through the Coalition blockade and headed for the Sirius System. Secretly, the Gallia, carrying French colonists, leaves Sol and heads for Sirius as well. Shortly after the Exodus, the Coalition takes over every Alliance base in Sol, except Pluto. When the Coalition arrive to take over Pluto, a Nomad superweapon appears and completely destroys Sol. The only survivor is an Alliance general named Atticus Rockford, who traveled to Sirius to warn the colonists. His ship is seen landing on Planet Manhattan, but his fate afterwards is unknown.|
A.S. is an abbreviation for "After Settlement."
|0||Sleeper ship Liberty arrives in Sirius and begins scanning for suitable places to land. It is rumored that the Liberty arrived first because it launched before the other sleeper ships.|
|1||After a year of surveying, the Liberty lands on Planet Manhattan.|
|3||The Rheinland lands on Planet New Berlin.|
|10||Kishiro Technologies is founded.|
|19||The Bretonia lands on Planet New London. The Bretonia's starboard engine array was destroyed during the Exodus. Therefore, it had to travel much slower than the other ships and arrived much later than them.|
|20-50||A Coalition saboteur on the Hispania completely destroys it's engines, waking the colonists. Half of them decide to use the escape pods to finish the journey to Sirius. They leave the Hispania, land on the Planet Crete, and become the Corsairs. The other half took their chances with the wreck and kept it working while it drifted into Sirius. The Hispania couldn't land, so the remaining colonists used the remaining escape pods that hadn't been used by the Corsairs to land on Planet Malta. These colonists became the Outcasts. The wreck of of the Hispania still drifts in orbit around Planet Malta. At first, the colonists thought that a member of the other sleeper ships had sabotaged the Hispania to eliminate the competition to settle in the more desirable parts of Sirius, which was part of the reason why the Corsairs and the Outcasts wanted to destroy the Houses. However, when the Sirius Coalition Revolutionary Army was discovered, the Hispanics realized that it was them who sabotaged the Hispania, but this still didn't change anything between the Corsairs and Outcasts and the Houses.|
|23||The Sirius Coalition is founded.|
|25||The Order of Cincinnatus is founded to be protect Liberty even if it meant a dictatorship.|
|44||A relatively new firm, Ageira Technologies, with backing from major interests in the government and military, unveils a breakthrough in materials research that allows the miniaturization of the same drive technology that was used to power the great sleeper ships while increasing both their power and efficiency. Travel between neighboring star systems can be accomplished in a matter of months rather than years.|
|51||Deep Space Engineering is formed from several Manhattan construction companies, and is awarded a contract to build the Baltimore Shipyards.|
|60||Sigma-13 and California are discovered.|
|65||Planet Kyushu settled, becomes primary rice producer.|
|66||Border World Exports is founded.|
|67||Initial survey of Colorado is conducted.|
|69||Von Rohe's expedition sets out on it's 50 year journey.|
|85||The sleeper ship Gallia reaches Ile-de-France.|
|96||The LCC Einstein arrives in Rheinland, finally making real-time communication possible through a series of FTL relay buoys. One of the first pieces of business conducted over the new communications link is a technology swap: Liberty's improved engine design in exchange for Rheinland's advances in construction.|
|100||Yokohama Shipyard begins producing Kusari Naval Forces ships, as it does to this day.|
|106||The LCC Edison arrives in Bretonia; shortly thereafter, Liberty's improved engine systems are exchanged for Bretonian advances in materials technology.|
|110||Omega-11 system surveyed by Lorenz Von Rohe.|
|118||The LCC Einstein arrives in Kusari, and Liberty reaps the benefits of Kusari technological advances in exchange for the "Liberty engine".|
|120||Ageira Technologies introduces their newest technological wonder, incorporating recently discovered superstrong crystalline polymers and frictionless bearings; when connected to orbital docking rings, these materials can be used to create "elevators" that almost completely negate the cost of boosting men or materials out of a planetary gravity well. Ageira licenses the technology to the other houses.|
Universal Shipping is founded.
|173||Colorado Silver Rush. Thousands of potential prospectors took their life savings and laid hands on whatever retrofitted ships they could find, taking off for Colorado with dreams of finding that silver motherlode.|
Universal Shipping becomes the largest shipping conglomerate in Liberty.
|180||First test of a full-scale jump gate between Texas and Alaska is conducted.|
|185||In a ceremony that is broadcast throughout the Sirius sector, Liberty unveils the jump gate project to the public. Almost immediately, inquiries from the other houses concerning terms for the purchase of this technology begin pouring in.|
|218||Interspace Commerce is founded.|
|240||The Liberty Navy creates Zone 21 specifically for research into the offensive and defensive applications of technology from Valhalla 1.|
|250||Catastrophic decline in ocean harvesting on Honshu, the second Kusari colony, causes settlers to search for alternative means of survival. They eventually move off-planet in the years that follows and become the founding members GMG.|
|280||Trade lanes are invented and they revolutionize the commerce.|
|312||Freiburg Station constructed.|
|321||Samura - backed coup d'etat in Kusari overthrows the Hideyoshi dynasty. Fleeing loyalist royal guards found the Blood Dragons.|
The Bretonia Armed Forces are founded by King George I.
|376||Jump Gate to Omega-11 constructed.|
|380||The first Jump Hole is discovered.|
|400||In an effort to curb overpopulation problems in New Tokyo, Kusari government begins offering huge corporate incentives to relocate operations to Kyushu. Samura Industries decides to invest.|
Orbital Spa and Cruise is founded, the only corporation with origins in Liberty that is allowed to operate and provide leisure services in the following four houses: Liberty, Rheinland, Bretonia and Kusari.
|490||Privately financed deep space recon expedition discovered planet Primus in Omicron Kappa system.|
|496||Group of deep space settlers colonised icy world of planet Gammu in Omicron Kappa system.|
|500||Texas Incident. The entire Texas system was decimated. During a second phase of testing a new, long-range jump gate making jumps possible across the galaxy an unforeseen concentration of dark matter along the jump route created a feedback wave that expelled huge masses of dark matter and radioactivity. The jump gate itself sank into a monstrous singularity that still hangs at the edge of the Texas.|
|510||Kishiro Technologies locates optronics facility on Planet Honshu.|
|512||The Unioners are founded.|
|521||After the Rheinland - Kusari Embargo; Interspace Commerce loses countless billions of credits as both Houses nationalize their Trade Lanes. The massive debts that those Houses incurred are wiped away, and the Trade Lanes become theirs. IC begins moving to cargo insurance.|
|543||Great California Drought.|
|589||A unilaterally established Kruger gas mining depot in Sigma-13 is allegedly destroyed by protective GMG paramilitary forces. This marks the beginning of the Eighty Years War between Rheinland and the Gas Miners Guild.|
|593||Junkers begin to appear in Liberty. They scavenge for abandoned equipment and materials, then sell them to smelting plants or refurbish them for sale.|
|600||Collapse of Denver industries, building of LPI Sugarland prison, Fuchu Prison moved from New Tokyo to Shikoku. Increasing number of prisoners in Liberty identify themselves with a grassroots political movement, the Xenos. The Liberty Rougues are also officially founded around this time.|
|602||Shinkaku Station built in Tau-29 to provide Samura access to the abundant ammonia, water, and oxygen ice fields present in the system.|
|603||Nago Station constructed in Tau-29.|
|614||Detroit Munitions begins operation in New York.|
|620||Planet Kurile discovered by the GMG. Samura eventually manages to construct a research platform on Kurile as part of an effort to harvest the microorganisms for use as fish food on Planet Junyo -- an incredibly successful initiative.|
|630||The impending collapse of fisheries throughout Kusari in 630 A.S. motivates the government to begin terraforming Junyo using recently discovered Alien Organisms in order to jump-start the nascent ecology. By 680 A.S., the planetary environment had been sufficiently altered to begin wide-scale production of Luxury Foods.|
|642||Yuyu Matsuda, a young but critically acclaimed poet, publishes the poem "Golden Chrysanthemum in Bloom". Charismatic and well-spoken, Matsuda has a considerable following among young Kusari women who find their lives lacking in direction but are reluctant to become married and fulfill their traditional role in Kusari society.|
|648||Yuyu Matsuda commits suicide after being implicated in the botched assassination attempt of the planetary governor of Kyushu. The Golden Chrysanthemums terrorist group is founded.|
Liberty Police Incorporated is founded either in or around this year.
The Independent Miners Guild is founded.
|668||The remainder of the Rheinland Navy is destroyed in the Battle of the Yanagi Cloud. GMG emerge victorious.|
|669||The Eighty Years War between Rheinland and GMG is officially at an end. Treaty of Sigma-13 signed.|
|672||The Popular Revolution begins. This date is later heavily suppressed over the following 140 years, and most of the Rheinland public believes it really occurred in 702 A.S. The Bundschuh movement is founded in it's present form.|
|698||DSE headquarters move to Planet Pittsburgh.|
|700||The Daumann Opposition officially becomes known as the Red Hessians.|
|702||The date of the presumed Popular Revolution. The Bundschuh and Red Hessians claim otherwise.|
|710||An amendment in the Sirius Commerce Pact in 710 allows IC to establish a base in New Tokyo; Roppongi Station is built shortly after.|
|723||Battleship Nagumo constructed.|
The Lane Hackers are founded.
|752||First stage of Planet Ayr terraforming.|
|784||The dark matter storm arrives in Kepler, 104 years later than was predicted. Among the major losses in the trade routes between Liberty and Kusari space were the McKinley (Universal), Nikko Maru (Samura), and Kamakura Maru (Samura). The storm destroys the old trade lane through the eastern part of Kepler.|
|791||Gateway Shipping is founded.|
|796||An Order exploration wing encounters the Corsairs. Shortly after, Casper Orillion offers the Corsairs blueprints of a stripped-down version of the Osiris in exchange for access to Corsair technology and shipyards. The Corsair-Order alliance is born.|
|798||The first Corsair Osiris embarks on it's maiden voyage. Corsair engineers analyse the technology and begin developing new warship designs.|
Gemini and Orion, the two rebuilt Colonial Remnant prototype sleeper ships, populated by a relatively small number of people, appear in the Omegas.
|826||Predicted year of the completion of the terraforming of California Minor and its opening for colonization.|
|900||Original predicted year of the completion of the terraforming of Planet Ayr and its opening for colonization. However, the Gallic occupation of the Edinburgh system is likely to have delayed this.|