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2130 to 2139

This is the first full decade of the Interplanetary Republic. Astounding developments are seen in space, with the Ice Giants and the Kuiper Belt being colonized, while the Martian Seperatist Movement ends. And then, remarkable changes in governance occur towards the end of the decade with the establishment of the Interplanetary Council.

 

2130. Like the Martian Pride that began in the previous decade, the residents of the Moon are now feeling a sense of pride and unity, though, unlike the Martians, this does not lead to a desire for independence. In previous decades, residents of the Moon felt close ties to their original countries: people at Armstrong City considered themselves American, people at Chang'e City considered themselves Chinese, and so on. But by this time, those ties are fading. The residents of the Moon—or Luna, as they are now calling it—are beginning to see themselves as Lunars.

 

2130*. The Grand Tour ship, having been launched from Mars with its 2400 people, reaches the outer Solar System. It first drops off 600 people on Europa, then 600 more on Titan before heading further from Terra than any humans have gone before. After a year of travel, it drops off 300 people each on Titania and Oberon, the two largest moons of Uranus. The final 600 people settle down on Neptune's moon Triton a few months later. Life is difficult here, at a distance of two to three billion miles from Earth, more so than on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, which are in turn more difficult to live on than Mars and Luna. But the chosen colonists are all dedicated, intrepid people who sought out challenge, so they manage. Naturally, they are also forced to be pretty much on their own, as typically  it takes three to four hours for messages from Terra to reach them.

 

2132*. The IPAF begins a top-secret new project termed Project Warlock. The aim of this project is to create an ultra-elite team of megasoldiers—termed Warlocks—even more powerful than the regular supersoldiers in the regular IPAF forces. The first 100 Warlock candidates are chosen at the age of 12 and pushed to the limit with physical and psychological training. In addition to combat training, they are also trained in infiltration, disguise, and cyber-combat. They receive transhuman upgrades like regular military, but even more powerful and cutting-edge. The Warlocks also have the powers to read minds and see the future, thanks to powerful intuitive skills honed by transhuman upgrades. In other words, they will become transhuman psychic supersoldiers.

 

2133. After four years of tense, armed standoff, the Martian seperatists stand down. Fortunately, there was impressively little violence from either side, and eventually a compromise was reached. Mars would continue to have a governor, but Martian politicians would receive representation at the highest levels of government as well. Several of the highest-level diplomats on both sides are awarded IPR Awards for Preservation of Peace.

 

2133. With their newfound sense of unity and pride, the Lunars are granted permission by GSEC to begin terraforming Luna. They set to work immediately, determined to make it as hospitable as Terra itself. The cost of this venture is estimated to be, by 2016 standards, $84 trillion, somewhat less than Mars, as Luna is considerably smaller and closer to the resources of Terra.

 

2134. By this year, Luna is no longer the most populous body beyond Terra. That honor now goes to Mars, which has a population of about 2.31 million, over Luna's 2.29 million. In the coming decades, Mars will gradually pull further and further ahead as terraforming progresses. The Jovian moons collectively reach a population of ten thousand in this year as well.

 

2135*. A second Grand Tour ship is launched, this one going even further afield than the first. This one is slightly smaller than the first one, with only 2000 passengers. It will drop of colonists on Pluto and Eris before delivering several hundred IPAF personell to the moons of Planet IX, which has been named Posiedon.

 

2136. Another milestone in human ectogenesis is reached in this year, as it is the first year in which more than half of all newborns are synthetic. Only a small minority of people continue to oppose synthetic rights, and their numbers will only continue to dwindle over the next half-century until only Luddites oppose the idea of synthetic humans.

 

2138*. A massive change in governance is occurring to address the problems posed by scaling up conventional democracy to fourteen billion people. The most fundamental of these changes include replacing the president of the IPR with an Interplanetary Council, whose members are elected by direct popular vote. Initially, the Council consists of three Terrans, one Lunar, and one Martian, though it will grow in time. Meanwhile, the legislative branch is replaced by the general public. Anyone at all may propose bills on the webnets, and anyone else may comment on and tweak them, while the Interplanetary Council is tasked with determining public consensus. Essentially, the Solar System's governance is being crowdsourced. One of the popular terms for this type of governance is "wikidemocracy".

 

2138*. The first candidates selected by Project Warlock are turning 18 and completing their training. 54 have reached the end of training successfully and another few hundred or so are in the pipeline. The first 54 members of the Warlock Force are secretly deployed into various covert roles, mostly on Terra and Mars.

 

2139. After decades of research and development, the first antimatter engines are becoming viable. While producing antimatter and allowing it to contact matter—the main method by which antimatter bombs work—is a waste of energy, there are other ways, such as to collect antimatter from space, or to get energy from it in less crude and wasteful ways than simply smashing it into matter. These breakthroughs come just in time for the Alpha Centauri probe, which is nearing completion.

 

2139*. After a four-year journey, the second Grand Tour ship comes to rest on a large, rocky moon of "Planet Ix", as it is known in military jargon. The IPAF declares the planet, its moons, and their orbitspaces as military property and off-limits to colonists. This done, they set about building a secret military research facility, as well as several physics labs, also for military purposes.


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@Jakob: I have a request... please add this very important event to your timeline. It's one of the defining political events of 21st century:

 

2020. A young unemployed man, will set himself on fire, and will shout: "Down with the Islamic Republic!" in one of the main squares of Tehran, Iran. Police kills him. The next day, after spread of videos of this event in the social media, several great riots will happen across Iran. Hundreds of people will be killed by regime forces. Khamenei will declare martial law... People will continue their bloody demonstrations for a long time, chanting: "Democracy, Freedom, the Golden Revolution!" (Golden is the color of Lion and Sun, the symbol of Iran before 1979 revolution). However they will fail to reach to their goals, and the revolution will be converted to one of the worst civil wars of 21st century. It will take at least 5 years, and will fully destroy infrastructure of Iran. The outcome is uncertain, but Iran will certainly disintegrate, and a lot of new countries, such as "Eastern Kurdistan", "Southern Azerbaijan", "The Arab republic of Khuzestan", and "Western Balochistan" will form within the borders of Iran.

 

Iran will die...

 

Thanks!


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add more and ilia I think it may be 2 late to put it in 2020 but maby later in it also jakob wht do the * mean after the dates



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The asterisks mark predictions that I've stolen and reworked from the PRAXIS timeline.



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do a zombie outbrake or something like it at some point on a planet tht the warlocks have to get involved and restore peace think of it as reveling them to the public but try not to make it a full posing just stuff hear and thare on it make it over a few decades and start it with rumors or something I know u will figure it out you alwys do



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do a zombie outbrake or something

Latter to 2050, we will have strong enough technology to either prevent such an epidemic, or to eradicate "zombies."


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2140 to 2149

YAY, TO THE STARS!!!! Also we invent rayguns and mind uploading and stuff.

 

2140. Another generation is beginning, this one termed the Unity Generation. It will consist of people born between 2140 and 2160 and is so-named because they are the first generation to see themselves as citizens of the Solar System, and not of their respective countries/regions. They become somewhat at odds with their Post-Centurial parents, who still bear the scars of the Unity War, but, being the most liberal and tolerant generation in history, they take it in stride, and bond closely with their Generation Delta (2055 to 2070) grandparents. The Unity Generation are people who will live all their lives knowing nothing but an interplanetary government and wikidemocracy, after all, and they are the first generation that will travel to the stars en masse. They have no time for grudges from the past, as they say. (As the Post-Centurials would say, they lack respect for their past and heritage.)

 

2141. According to this year's Solar System census, ten million people now reside in space, continuing the 22nd-century trend of the space population doubling every decade. More than five million people reside on Mars and nearly five million are on Luna. Tens of thousands of people live on Mercury, and over 100,000 more in the asteroid belt (mostly on Ceres, with a few mining camps scattered on other asteroids; these are mostly manned by robots plus a handful of human and android overseers). The population of the Saturnian moons also reaches ten thousand, 90 percent of whom are on Titan. The Martian government also finishes constructing its first space elevator in Ares in this year.

 

2142. After many decades of anticipation and many years of research and development and construction, mankind is ready to conduct a mission to the stars. The antimatter-powered Athena probe is at last launched towards the Alpha Centauri system. It is unmanned, of course, but now all but the most diehard pessimists admit that humans will eventually travel to the stars. Most people predict that a manned expedition/colonization will launch by the end of the century. After initial celebrations, people get back to their daily lives and wait, for it will be almost half a century before the probe returns data from the Alpha Centauri system.

 

2142. Lunars and Martians begin complaining about the makeup of the Interplanetary Council: the fact that three of the five Councellors are Terrans means that (in theory) the Terrans can band together to oppose the interests of those from other planets. As people are eager to avoid Mars trying to secede again, the Council is changed to consist of three Terrans, two Lunars, and two Martians.

 

2143. Meanwhile, on Terra, the global average temperature has fallen to 4 degrees Celsius above what it was back in 2000. A lot of once-desertified land is reverting to grasslands and forests. Some major cities are also being abandoned in favor of arcologies, which are not only "greener", but are generally more comfortable. A few hundred million people now live in these buildings, and more are being built every year.

 

2145. Neurology and computing have advanced to the point where prototype mind uploading is possible. Data from a brain can be transferred to a computer with enough accuracy to preserve the mind, although not perfectly. Initially, clinical trials are done with the brains of rats and birds, which are difficult enough for the time being. Humans will follow later.

 

2145. A splinter group consisting mainly of primitivists is rising on the Luddite Reservations. This group is angered by having to make the choice of living in a Luddite Reservation or living a technological lifestyle, and want Terra to be made a Luddite Reservation in its entirety. Since the authorities in mainstream society rarely pay much attention to the reservations, the movement develops without difficulty, and is even aided by non-Luddite sympathizers, who provide weapons and inside information, allowing the group to cause considerable damage.

 

2146. Another generation of guns are being invented. These new guns are the first practical examples of particle-beam weaponry. Such guns work by firing a beam of subatomic particles—typically neutrons—at an appreciable fraction of the speed of light. In doing so, they essentially combine the speed of a lasergun with the force of a railgun, to devastating effect.

 

2147. Another major breakthrough in transhumanism comes in this year with sleep implants. These allow the brain to recharge itself at far higher speeds than were previously possible. As such, the average adult only requires one hour of sleep per day, while even small children only need two or so. This frees up a few more hours per day to be used on either work or leisure (or both; the line is sort of blurred since most people love whatever it is they do for a living).

 

2149. Terraforming has now been going on on Mars for three quarters of a century, and even more progress is being made. To aid with the process, the first Terran life forms are being introduced to the surface of Mars. As the environment is still very harsh towards life, these are almost invariably genetically engineered or modified creatures, including extremophile bacteria and modified tardigrades. Over the next decade or two, the first extremely simple flora will be planted on Mars.


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Wow, thanks for 2000 views and all those dozens of likes, guys! I'll post a second update for today. :)

 

2150 to 2159

Half of the 22nd century has now gone by, and more innovations continue to be made in the direction of mankind becoming a starfaring civilization. The last planet in the Solar System to be untouched by man is finally reached, and the colonies on the moons of Uranus and Neptune actually become useful. Meanwhile, Terra itself continues to slowly be repaired.

 

2150. The education system has continued to evolve in the past several decades. It now typically begins at the age of three or four, with primary and secondary education lasting until fifteen/sixteen. At this level, classes as we know them are nonexistent; people instead learn how to think, innovate, and do research from AIs and/or their parents, on a one-on-one basis (or sometimes one-on-two, when siblings are of roughly the same age). With MAUG implants and the decentralization of education, education begins losing the ultra-competetive, dog-eat-dog edge it accquired a century prior due to technological unemployment. Even still, higher education institutions remain remarkably similar to how they were a century and a half ago, though they are pretty much entirely about specializing in one's chosen field (or two or three).

 

2150. The Glass-and-Nanotube phase of archietecture, which has been going strong for a century or so, is at last coming to an end. Its successor is the Crystalline Era of archietecture. As the name suggests, buildings constructed in the second half of the 22nd century tend to resemble colossal crystals. Not simple crystals either, but very complex, multifaceted, spiky ones that rise up to three miles above the ground. One would be very unlikely to find many right angles in these Crystalline buildings. Sometimes they also glow dimly at night just because they can.

 

2151. IPAF forces have, over the past several years, slowly managed to clamp down on the primitivist terrorists, despite significant casualties, but cannot seem to completely get rid of them. The IPAF decides to call in the Warlocks, who make quick work of the organization from the inside, in an operation which comes dangerously close to compromising Project Warlock's secrecy.

 

2152. Finally, the colonies on Titania, Oberon, and Triton make themselves useful in this year. This is because the first gas giant mining operations are beginning. The colonies on the said moons send huge mining ships to float in the atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune, mining vast quantities of helium, methane, and water. Not to be outdone, the colonists on Titan quickly build and launch their own mining ships to extract hydrogen and helium from Saturn.

 

2153. After more than a decade of travel, the Athena probe leaves the Oort Clοud behind as it hurtles towards Alpha Centauri at one tenth the speed of light. On the way through, the probe happened to have a chance encounter with a couple of ultra long-period comets, which it collected data on to send back to the Solar System. 

 

2154. After a handful of manned expeditions into the atmosphere of Venus and dozens of unmanned probes to the surface, astronaut boots finally tread on the surface of the Sun's second planet. Now, mankind has truly explored the entire Solar System. Naturally, these astronauts are all transhumans with extremely heavily protected suits. However, they do manage to establish a research base before returning, and future missions will gain many insights as to terraforming possibilities.

 

2155. Fuelled by the recent primitivist uprising, a wave of transhuman supremacy begins. A faction of transhumans believe that they are inherently better than unaugmented/lightly augmented humans and campaign to reduce their rights and influence in society. Some of the more hardline transhuman supremacists even believe that all non-augmented people should be required to live in Luddite Reservations. Obviously, virtually all unaugmented humans (and most androids and transhumans) oppose this, noting that even in the 22nd century, humans are still discriminating against those they see as different.

 

2155. On Terra, the average global temperature is now only 3 degrees Celsius above what it was a century and a half ago. The rate of species extinction is beginning to level off.

 

2156. A new innovation in picotechnology allows water ice laced with nanobots and altered crystal structures to retain high levels of strength and stability, even at room temperature. This allows the Ice Giant colonies (Titania, Oberon, Triton) and the Outermost Colonies (Pluto, Eris, etc.) to construct buildings and structures from local materials, instead of spending billions importing metal from the asteroid belt. As such, the difficulty of life in these colonies becomes roughly on par with that of the Jovian and Saturnian colonies, and the first people in the Uranian, Saturnian, and Plutonian systems are born or synthesized.

 

2157. Mind uploading is now possible for human brains, and it is deemed safe and reliable enough for human trials, with a 99.7% success rate. Needless to say, this is still incredibly expensive and is not done at all outside of laboratories. The average cost at this point is, by 2016 standards, $800-1000 million per upload, and some memories are lost, and sometimes slight personality changes occur.

 

2158. Understanding of quantum tunnelling procedures has advanced to the point that faster-than-light communication is possible for the first time. In the famous first ever FTL conversation, five messages are successfully exchanged between a Terran university and a Martian research facility in the space of a minute (the messages were transmitted instantly, but it obviously took time to send them). There aren't any grand speeches transmitted, mainly because of the colossal cost involved in even transmitting a single character.


Edited by Jakob, 05 February 2016 - 07:53 PM.

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do more well done with using the warlocks I hope u use them more for longer stuff in ur stories but keep it up and add more


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plz figure out how to do zombies plz now tht thare is other planets u can do it easyer



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but if u do don't have all the zombies on all the planets just a few



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plz figure out how to do zombies plz now tht thare is other planets u can do it easyer

The thing about zombies is that disease in the late 22nd century is, well, not really much of a thing. Transhumans have medical nanobots in their bloodstream that destroy viruses and unfriendly bacteria immediately. And non-transhumans have vaccines.

 

Granted, some hitherto unknown disease will occasionally (like, once every few years) rear its head and strike down a handful of people before everyone else reprograms their nanbots and/or vaccines to deal with the threat. But these aren't major enough events to go on the timeline.

 

Nanoweapons are a far deadlier and more terrifying threat. In principle, they could produce zombies, but really, nobody would bother: it would be a lot more practical for the nannites to just kill painlessly in seconds. Plus, lethal nanoweapons are classified as weapons of mass destruction, so people can't just break them out whenever.



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I gess so but dident you say tht thare was tech hating ppl in reservations culdent u do something with that



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I gess so but dident you say tht thare was tech hating ppl in reservations culdent u do something with that

I could see how disease could decimate a single reservation, if the reservation government did not ask the "technologicals" (what they call mainstream society) for help. And even then, they might well deal with it on their own. After all some of these reservations are at a technological level near or at where mainstream society is today  Beyond that, it's hard to envision IPR authorities letting sick people spread to other reservations.



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But anyway...

 

2160 to 2169

As the 23rd century becomes closer than the 21st, the earliest children of the Global Generation (2120 to 2140) are being born and synthesized. Meanwhile, the Alpha Centauri probe Athena draws steadily closer to its destination, its arrival eagerly anticipated by more than 15 billion people across the Solar System. And closer to home, the outer planets at last become attractive enough for large-scale colonization.

 

2160. Another generation, the Second Unity Generation, is beginning. Naturally, they are typically much like the Unity Generation, but embody its typical traits even more, since they are even more far removed from the time before the Interplanetary Republic. Some of the early members of this generation, along with some members of the Unity Generation, will be among the first to travel to the stars.

 

2161. One of the last restrictions on android rights is repealed in this year, as androids are at last permitted to hold public office. Over the next few years, numerous androids go into politics at local to sub-planetary levels, and most are regarded by the majority of citizens as making sound decisions. By this point, it is worth noting, prejudice against androids has been largely chased back to a few dark and obscure corners of society.

 

2161*. Due to changes in education, and lifestyles in general, young people have been maturing faster in the past thirty or forty years than they did in the 20th and 21st centuries. With this in mind, the IPC signs a bill reducing the age of majority in the Interplanetary Republic from 18 to 16 (or 17, in the case of the outer Solar System), while the minimum age to hold public office is lowered from 20 to 18.

 

2162. By this point, species are being revived and/or synthesized from scratch on Terra faster than they are going extinct, officially ending the mass extinction. Interestingly, humans are now actually causing the number of species on the planet to increase.

 

2163. QCDL technology has continued advancing. By this year, it is at the point where an entire human brain can be simulated accurately down to the quantum level. This allows the field of psychology to make the transition from a "soft" science to a "hard" science, as psychologists no longer need to rely on guesswork to determine how the brain functions. There is considerable debate over whether simulated brains should be considered life forms, and if so, what rights they should have.

 

2164. Paraterraforming begins on several major moons in the outer Solar System. Advances in materials science have allowed the colonists to build kilometer-high domes on the major moons of Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, as well as Pluto, Charon, and Eris. Despite the fact that the temperature inside these domes is a fairly reasonable 45 to 55 Fahrenheit (7 to 13 Celsius), the icy material of these domes remains solid and strong, and doesn't melt the ground around it. The domes also contain an atmosphere of oxygen and nitrogen, also made from the local ice. With these innovations, it will at last be possible for the outer colonies to host millions of inhabiants, instead of the mere thousands that they currently have, and immigration to these moons booms spectacularly.

 

2165. Femtotechnology, the manipulation of matter on subatomic scales, is becoming a viable field, with the first practical applications poised to reach the market. The greatest benefits of femtotech will be in materials science, where it will allow a spectacular variety of exotic materials with strange properties. Computing and energy generation will also benefit in coming decades, however.

 

2166. On Terra, the global average temperature has fallen to less than 2 degrees Celsius above its level at the beginning of the millenium. As far as most people are concerned, this is good enough. Corporate and governmental efforts have resulted in the rewilding of over half a billion acres across the world. This land includes a number of former urban and suburban areas that were abandoned for arcologies in the past half-century.

 

2167. Scientists discover several promising femtotechnology concepts that could potentially resurrect exponential growth in processing power again, perhaps allowing personal computers to become several billion billion times more powerful than even the supercomputers of a century and a half ago. These include strange and remarkable technologies such as muon disks and nuclear isomer computing.

 

2168. The Lunar Highway System is completed after many decades of work. Now all of Luna's 21 million people are linked by a road and vactrain network similar to the much older Superhighway system on Terra. In the past forty years, the people in charge of designing and building the system have made a special effort to route the highways through places that will not be flooded during Lunar terraforming, which is progressing even faster than Martian terraforming.

 

2169. As the population of the Solar System's various planets/moons/dwarf planets continues growing, the Interplanetary Council signs a bill authorizing the election of six more Councellors, nearly doubling its size. The IPC will henceforth consist of six Terrans, two Martians, two Lunars, one from the Asteroid Belt, one from the Jovian moons, and one from the Saturnian moons.


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2170 to 2179

As the 23rd century draws ever closer, mankind continues to solidify its place in space and draws near to Type I status. But even as mankind approaches true greatness, a dangerous threat arises, as yet unknown to anyone.

 

2170. Nearly a decade after androids gained the right to hold public office, hundreds of them have gained positions in all but the highest levels of the government. And now, even that is changing: in this year, an android dons the white robes of an IPC Councellor for the first time in history.

 

2170. With FIVR worlds becoming ever larger and more complex, a segment of the population is choosing to spend most or all of their free time in virtual worlds, only coming out to attend to basic sustenance and go to work. Some have even set up an arrangement wherein they live in the game, generating content and spicing up the virtual gameworlds, in exchange for their employers providing for their physical body; these people spend 22 to 23 hours per day in FIVR, only coming out to attend to sustenance needs. Most people, however, spend only a few hours a day in virtual worlds, or even eschew it entirely, because actual reality is that awesome.

 

2172. Mind downloading procedures become safe, reliable, and powerful enough to be publicly available. However, they are not in common use, except among wealthy people, as the cost of a single download is still the equivalent of many thousands of dollars.

 

2173. The terraforming of Mars has now been going on for just under a century. By this point, the planet is habitable enough that the first plants can be planted on the surface. These are invariably primitive plants—mostly genetically engineered lichens and mosses intended to produce more oxygen—but for the first time, parts of Mars beginning to turn slightly greenish.

 

2174. A femtotechnological miracle in the form of sliquid metal is developed at the secret military research facility on the moon Posiedon-I. To put it simply, sliquid metal is a metal that is capable of acting like a solid and a liquid simultaneously, which makes it incredibly versatile for a huge variety of military applications, especially as a chunk of sliquid is almost impossible to destroy with conventional tools or weapons.

 

2175. Human civilization has reached Type I status on the Kardashev Scale. This means that human civilization—including Terra's 16 billion people and the 80 million people in space—now consumes an average of 10 petawatts of power, nearly a thousand times more than it did at the turn of the milennium.

 

2175. The first antimatter power plants make their debut. They tend to be situated far from cities or arcologies due to the dangers posed by failing safety mechanisms. Indeed, one or two of the first primitive antimatter power plants do fail spectacularly, violently destroying everything within fifty kilometers. This does not stop the World Energy Corporation from investing extensively in antimatter plants, as it is believed that they will eventually replace fusion plants.

 

2175. By this point, there are a number of floating cities on Terra's oceans. These are orders of magnitude larger than the artificial islands that were deployed over a century ago. Some of the largest of this new generation of floating islands are several miles across and can house upwards of a million people. That said, most people live on dry land; only a few tens of millions inhabit these floating island-cities.

 

2176*. Bernard Aykay is synthesized on a homestead fifty kilometers from the small Martian town of Rust. He will grow up to be one of the most dangerous criminals in human history, one who will turn everything that mankind has built against itself and leave deep scars and paranoia across the Solar System for decades to come. But of course, no one knows that yet.

 

2177. Colonization on Luna and Mars has for a long time been extensive enough for there to be cities on them. However, now this trend is growing even further, to the point that the first small arcologies are being build on Mars and Luna. These tend not to be as big as the ones on Terra—since there are far fewer people there to live on them—but still, hundreds of thousands of people live in the arcologies.

 

2178. There are now more than 100 million people living beyond Terra. Mars has 55 million people and Luna has 40 million. Mercury and the Jovian moons both have over a million inhabitants, while the Asteroid Belt and the Saturnian moons both have over half a million. The Uranian and Neptunian moons have over 100,000, while Pluto, Charon, and Eris have tens of thousands. The population of Posiedon's moons is not disclosed by the military, but is also somewhere in the tens of thousands.

 

2179. The first prototype molecular assemblers/replicators are being developed in the military research laboratories on Posiedon-I. These devices are capable of using nanotechnology to transform random matter into whatever materials are desired by the user, for instance, dirt into bread, or lead into gold. It will be a while before these devices are released to the general public, or indeed, until they are small and cheap enough to have practical applications.


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more plz and make the criminal do genetic engineering or something and that is how he is descoverd but it is to late he is to well intrenched in his base or something. I had a idea how u culd do zombies or something like them the humans get a distress signal and when thay anser it well its to late thare are zombies or something like them could that work if it cant I understand



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2180 to 2189

And now, just a few years after becoming a Type I Civilization mankind becomes a truly starfaring civilization, as the Athena probe reaches its destination, and a manned ship follows. Meanwhile, people begin to act like a starfaring civilization, thinking about the 23rd century and establishing a robust interplanetary trade and transit network.

 

2180. With manned travel to the stars rapidly going from the realm of science fiction to the realm of science fact, the public begins debating what space colonization initiatives should be carried out in the 23rd century. In a shining example of the merits of wikidemocracy, it only takes several months to come up with the Twenty-Third Century Plan For Human Space Colonization, a thorough and highly detailed plan that is approved by the IPC. On the interstellar front, it calls for colonization of half a dozen solar systems within 20 light years of Terra, plus extensive funding (about 1.8 trillion dollars by 2016 standards) for research into faster-than-light travel. Closer to home, the 23CPFHSC recommends beginning to terraform Venus, Europa, and Ganymede, doing more paraterraforming in the outer Solar System, and refurbishing the century-old Terran space elevators.

 

2180. On Terra, rewilding continues to a great extent, to the point that there are actually more forests by this point than there were a century and a half ago. Still, it continues, as most people want even more rewilding to be done. Partially because of this, cities are not the only developed areas that are slowly being abandoned: so are some industrial areas now. A number of corporations are relocating their heaviest, most environmentally damaging industries to space stations in Terran orbit, freeing up yet more land for rewilding. There are also economic benefits to this, because relocating to space means that companies no longer have to deal with pesky environmental regulations. This has been going on on a small scale since the middle of the century, but is beginning to pick up by this point. However, the majority of industries—especially lighter industries—still remain on the surface.

 

2181. In this year, the World Android Rights Society announces that it has achieved its ultimate goal of complete equality for androids. This applies to all types of rights: legal, economic, and political. With their mission done, and prejudice against androids pretty much nonexistent, WARS and other organizations in the Android Rights Movement begin to disband.

 

2183. With the Lunar and Martian colonies growing fast and the outer colonies growing even faster, people begin setting up regular interplanetary shipping and transport lines. While there has been plenty of interplanetary travel in the past three quarters of a century, it has thus far been fairly irregular and disorganized, with interplanetary spacecraft pretty much just launching whenever a space corporation scrapes together the money to do so. Naturally, this makes things difficult and disorganized. But in this year, several enterprising corporations join forces to form the Solar System Trade Coalition (SSTC). The SSTC quickly establishes a very well-organized and regular system of spacecraft running between all worlds with a major human presence. The system is used to transport both resources and people between planets, drastically reducing the cost of both.

 

2185. The Second Unity Generation (2160 to 2185) is ending, and the Interstellar Generation (2185 to 2210) is beginning. The name is something of a misnomer, since nobody from this generation will actually be born/synthesized on a planet orbiting another star, though they will eventually have the opportunity to do so. But, these children will grow up knowing that colonists are travelling to the stars, even if most are in their parents' generation.

 

2186. The Athena probe arrives at the Alpha Centauri system after more than forty years of travel. At this point, it splits up into multiple modules to explore various points of interest in the area. A series of rovers touch down on the outermost planet, Alpha Centauri Bd, a small, cold world that resembles a cross between Mercury and Mars. This planet, which is the prime target for colonization in the Alpha Centauri system, is christened Apollo, after the Apollo missions of two centuries ago, and the rovers mark out numerous possible sites for the colony. Other probes explore Apollo's two small moons and the system's two inner lava planets, while the main body of Athena begins orbiting close to Alpha Centauri B itself to study the star.

 

2186. The IPAF researchers at Posiedon-I produce another astounding breakthrough, in the form of forcefields. These energy shields are far lighter than conventional armor, which can weigh up to 60 pounds due to the need to protect from high-powered railgun/lasergun/particle-beam weapon shots. For comparison, a typical forcefield generator suit weighs only 5 to 10 pounds. Also, forcefields are virtually impenetrable by even the most heavy-duty weaponry. Since this is not Dune or PRAXIS, bladed weapons are not much more effective against a forcefield than a feather. The disadvantages, of course, include extreme cost and the fact that they can only reliably last about 90 seconds without recharging.

 

2187. Sliquid metal can be produced in large enough quantities to have applications in robotics. The IPAF begins building the first sliquid drones and other autonomous military vehicles and occasionally deploys them in covert Project Warlock operations.

 

2188. The first starship in human history, the ISS Unity is launched from Martian orbitspace. This starship is like no other spacecraft before it, for it carries 25,000 colonists and more than 100,000 tons of supplies. Powered by enormous antimatter drives, it will reach planet Apollo, in the Alpha Centauri system, in just 22 years. Of course, the colonists will be in suspended animation during most of these two decades. Only a rotating skeleton crew of about two dozen will normally be awake at any one time.

 

2188*. Bernard Aykay is selected as a Warlock Force candidate at the age of 12, as he has shown himself to have genius-level intellect and extraordinary intuition, along with high physical fitness. He accepts the offer and begins his training.

 

2189. After nearly a century of people gradually moving into arcologies, the majority of Terrans now live in them. More and more abandoned urban and suburban areas are being rewilded, or turned into historic sites or Luddite Reservations. Not all cities have been abandoned, though, and a number of them (including Pennsylvania City, London, Paris, Nairobi, Beijing, and others) are as heavily populated as ever for the time being.


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"A number of corporations are relocating their heaviest, most environmentally damaging industries to space stations in Terran orbit, freeing up yet more land for rewilding"

 

Love it  :biggrin:  :good: 


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