sorry dont mind me, just a guy who comes here occasionally to talk science, write a bit of fiction and generally discuss future shtuff. please continue with the timeline. im rather enjoying the predictions. though im hoping mind uploading comes earlier than predicted here.
I remember you! Though I thought you did't like mind uploading, considering your member title. Anyway, here's 2200 to 2209...
2200 to 2209
2200. After more than a century of the space population doubling every ten years—leading to over half a billion people living in space—the doubling rate is beginning to rise significantly. Overall, the space population will multiply only about fivefold over the coming century.
2200. Some scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs are choosing to work in "innovator networks", decentralized, loosely-shifting groups of people that function as an alternative to traditional companies. While this means that they get all the profit from their innovations, there are obvious drawbacks. Innovator networks lack both the stability and the resources of traditional corporations; by 2016 standards, they would typically only have a few million dollars at their disposal. On the other hand, even small corporations of 2200 have the equivalent of billions of dollars, and larger ones have trillions or even quadrillions. Notably, as corporations have grown wealthier in the past two centuries, their initiatives have grown far larger, both in terms of time and scale. For instance, the terraforming of Mars and the expeditions to Alpha Centauri and Tau Ceti were all corporate ventures, and companies of the 23rd century tend to think on scales of decades and centuries, not months and years.
2201. Bernard Aykay is elected to the Interplanetary Council as one of the three Martian Councellors. At just 24 years old, he is the youngest IPC member in history and is extremely popular, especially among Martians. Behind this facade, though, he is a dangerous Martian seperatist, who will prove to be orders of magnitude more destructive than Lithia Johnson from the 2120s and 2130s.
2202. On Terra, the Global Space Exploration Commission and Orbitspace Industries begin upgrading the three Terran space elevators, which are now over a century old. The old carbon nanotube core structure is augmented with newer materials created in the 22nd century. The number of capsules per elevator is also doubled, as is the speed of the capsules, quadrupling the traffic capacity and thus cheapening space elevator travel further.
2203. The first-ever rainstorm occurs on Mars, near the equator. This is seen by many as a sign that the hard part of terraforming is nearly finished. A few people caught in the rain even (briefly) ditch their oxygen masks in celebration at this very Terra-like weather.
2204. Councellor Aykay begins subtly directing space pirates to attack major interplanetary shipping lines between the inner Solar System and the outer Solar System. While this is nearly impossible for most people to do with any great degree of success, his extremely high position in the government combined with his psychic powers (really extremely powerful intuition thanks to transhumanism, of course, but it'd seem like psychic powers to an observer from today per Clarke's third law) allows him to cause noticable damage to the economy. This serves to weaken the Terrans and also provides him with the resources to build his Martian seperatist army.
2205. Industrial spies under the leadership of Councellor Aykay get their hands on replicator technology and release it to the entire Solar System. Exactly as intended, this triggers the Commodity Crisis, an economic crash that will last for decades. The replicators drastically reduce the value of a huge variety of commodities (hence the name), destroying nearly half the economy and putting billions out of work. Obviously, this greatly weakens Terran ability to counter Aykay's plans, which was the point.
2207. The first plants are being introduced to Luna. Like when the first plants were placed on Mars, these are mostly genetically engineered mosses and lichens that will increase the concentration of oxygen in the atmosphere, eventually allowing for larger plants and animals, including humans, to venture outside without protection.
2208*. The first major innovation in the field of gravity control is made, with the invention of artificial gravity. A number of major space stations and interplanetary spacecraft are fitted with gravity plating, meaning that they no longer have to spin in order to have gravity.
2209. Aykay's power continues to grow, and even the IPC itself seems to always go along with his plans, almost as if they were being controlled in some way. When Aykay declares war on Terra with the intent of "liberating every world in the Solar System from Terran oppression"—and the entire IPC backs him (along with about ten million Martian seperatists)—the alarmed IPAF declares the IPC compromized and initiates Solar System wide martial law. To make matters worse, a Warlock Force operation intended to take out Aykay fails (in part due to his own psychic powers and combat skills), and ends up with the Warlocks' existence being revealed to the public, causing much fear and suspicion.