« Last post by Pariah on October 20, 2014, 10:43:53 PM »
Setting to be limited to the Solar System, in the game world research is currently ongoing into FTL travel, at the forefront of this field is Dr Metzi (because if I already named the guy I might as well us him again)
Date: 2163, because those are fun numbers...
Interplanetary travel is helped along by the existence of Light Gates, which (this is going to be a shocker) are gates that allow ships to travel between them at the speed of light.
FTL communications are possible thanks to the (need name for ansible network) a staggeringly complex system of interconnected entangled particle thingies (see last C&F thread for specifics)
Pulling directly from the Star Wars prequel movies for inspiration (bad movies CAN have good ideas, no matter what CP might've said), the system is currently governed by the United System Alliance, under a largely republican form of government (and I mean that in the dictionary sense of the word, not current US party meaning) unfortunately outter system Separatists a straining against the yoke of the system. Their biggest gripes, what with the fact that basically all trade to and from their colonies/homes needs to travel through a Gate in order to reach anywhere in a reasonable amount of time, is the fact that GateCorp has a government backed monopoly of the technologies behind the gates. This further grates the fringers because GateCorp is most definately an inner system corporation, so all the money flows into the pockets of those already rich folks on Luna, Mars, and (to a lesser extent), Terra.
A brief history:
2028 - Mars One colony fails due to series of unfortunate events, next resupply launch skipped. Launch in 2031 founds Mars Two on site of failed colony, renamed Remembrance in 2061.
2034 - First habitat in a Lagrange point (L1), built primarily to support a proposed lunar colonization effort. Over the next six years habitats are to be found in all five Lagrange points.
2035 - First lunar colony establish in Tycho crater, primarily a mining colony for the extraction of He3, Lithium, Europium (et cetera et cetera) this colony develops over the next 50 years into the preeminent research hub of the solar system, home to Tycho University.
2039 - Antono Jozafo publishes theory and proof that objects with mass can be forced to travel at speed of light between 2 points.
2041 - Gate Corp founded.
2042 - Artificial Gravity developed PKU, energy requirements limit it us in planet/moon bound colonies. It will be 25 years before advances in miniaturization finally allow their use in even the largest of space craft.
2045 - First two Gates opened, at the L5 of earth and Mars, over then next 30 years Gates are deployed to all major bodies in the solar system, and numerous minor ones, allowing the rapid expansion of humanity throughout the system.
2067 - The Gate station at earth's L5 becomes the first space station with artificial gravity generation. 3 more stations will install similar systems before the 20 year war.
2071 - WW3 (aka the 20 years war) with hostilities beginning on earth, it was originally called world war three, but because they were not limited to terra itself, a more accurate name might be the 20 years war. Over the length of the war, roughly 60% of the human race is killed, whether due to direct action or because supplies were cut to outlying colonies that were unable to sustain themselves during the war. By the end of the war, earth's population has been reduced to approximately 3 billion (accounting for about 2/3 of the casualties). The victors, hoping to prevent any more such wars, united under a single world government, which was quickly expanded to include the whole solar system. Thus the United System Alliance was formed on the basis of "Let's never do that again."
Thanks to lessons learned during the initial round of colonization, the population of earth builds a collection of arcologies and sets about rebuilding the ecosystem of the planet, a process that will be nearing it's final stages in 2163.
2090's to now - second round of colonization, much more efficient than the first due to the fact that most of the Gates are still intact, combined with artificial gravity for reactionless drives and all the lessons learned during the first round means that stuff goes smoother.
Subs to write:
Gate Corp (possibly include in main Gate sub)
United System Alliance (how government functions, peacekeeping forces, interplanetary relations)