||The Confederation Era begins.
Negotiators at Gateway Station establish the
Human Confederation, including Earth, the former
members of the now disbanded Colonial Confederation, Gaia and
Zarathustra. The member states maintain total
internal autonomy and their own armed forces.
The only powers of the Confederation concern the
maintenance of trade and a common currency,
immigration, relations with outside powers, and
an interplanetary justice system. Gaia keeps
its monopoly on FTL technology after forcing
through the Comparative Advantage Amendment.
Venus is held in trust by the four members of
the old Colonial Confederation pending
completion of the terraformation. The Colonial
Industrial Commission persists and retains control of the Kuiper and Oort regions, but cedes Pluto and
Charon to the Confederation as research
reservations. Confederation funding comes
from member states in proportion to their
representation in the Grand Senate. The GXS begins the Darwin
Project to build
larger, improved range starships.
Gagarin surveys red dwarf systems Wolf 359,
Ross 128 and DX Cancri, explores Procyon A and
B, landing on A IV and surveys Sirius.
Magellan surveys Beta Hydri, with one
fatality on Baldur, then proceeds to Alpha Mensae, beginning a detailed ground survey of
Paradise. Drake begins an
exploratory loop, visiting and landing on worlds
in ten systems, including Sigma Draconis.
||All members ratify the Confederation
Constitution. The neutral habitat Gateway becomes the site of the
Confederation administrative headquarters.
Vulcan joins the Confederation, receiving only a
single senator. Magellan departs
Paradise after another fatal accident; it loiters at
Delta Pavonis to greet the Cityship Mariner
which arrives to settle the watery world Azure.
Yang encounters then rescues
Magellan at Epsilon Indi after it suffers
an injector failure. Yang
establishes an embassy at Azure, which agrees to
join the Confederation and elects a senator.
Gagarin sets of on the Ophiuchi
Expedition, exploring six systems and landing on
four, including 70 and 36 Ophiuchi and Gliese
581 and 570.
||The Horizon Party gains supporters with a
strong pro-Earth platform, exploiting resentment
at the growing power of the colonies.
En route to Arcturus, Drake discovers
the world Enigma at Groombridge 1830 and
explores giant artifacts on the world's surface
and moon. Gagarin explores the
bright stars Altair and Fomalhaut.
Magellan discovers Osiris at Gamma Pavonis
and Olympus at Zeta Tucanae, surveying the two
habitable worlds of 82 Eridani during its return
voyage. Voyager II returns to
Proxima with new colonists and supplies. Tor McKnight, future King of
Kalmar, is born on the Cityship
Constellation, near Gaia.
||The Liberal Alliance collapses back into its
constituent factions as leaders struggle to
maintain control. The Citizen's party merges
with the Conservative party, which establishes
alliances with colonial parties in the run-up to
the first Confederate election. Drake explores the 61 Virginis
system, discovering and landing on Kalmar and
visiting the system's inner worlds.
Gagarin embarks on an archeological
expedition to Enigma at Groombridge 1830.
||In Commonwealth elections, the Horizon party
regains a plurality of votes, forming a
coalition with the Conservatives. In the
Confederate Grand Senate the
Horizon-Conservative faction secures
fifteen seats, the Progressives, Justice and
Green parties from the Solar members hold twelve
seats, but rule in a coalition government with
the Gaian, Vulcan and Azurian senators; the
Zarathustran senators, Robert Anderson and
Marie Tibideaux refuse to join the
coalition but generally vote with it, though
they hold the balance of power. Gaian
senators are James McKnight and Viggo Turki.
Yatindra Gupta reluctantly agrees to become the
Progressive senator from Mars and becomes the
first Chairman of the Grand Senate.
Horatio Tate takes the Cityship Mariner
and thirty-five hundred colonists on a seventy
year voyage from Azure toward Alpha Mensae and
Paradise. The starship Endeavour
begins its first mission, an expedition to
Pollux and Capella, while Drake surveys
Osiris and Olympus and Gagarin surveys
||The Confederation Grand Senate fails to form
a Confederate Exploratory Service and reaches a
deadlock over taxation powers. Shane
Kozani becomes president of Gaia. Paul
Morris becomes director of the GXS. With
mostly Commonwealth funding the
Confederation begins a massive expansion of the Charon Research Labs. The starship
Gagarin conducted a full survey of Delphi.
The starship Drake begins a full survey
of Cyclops at Eta Cassiopeiae. The starship
Magellan suffers a catastrophic jump
accident at Epsilon Indi, killing ten of its
twelve crew. Early in its second
expedition, The starship Endeavour
discovers the wet greenhouse world of Sauna at
Groombridge 1618. The Vesta Shipyard consortium
develops a small fusion drive nearly equal to
the high-efficiency drive utilized by the GXS on
its starships. Voyager II arrives
at Gaia; only a few dozen people volunteer as
new colonists and President Kozani requests
payment for supplies or a return of Proxima to
||Martian medical labs on Deimos perfect
reanimation techniques that restore full mental
function up to a day after death.
Regardless, the Byzantium
and Zurich stock exchanges crash in response to
fears that Earth has permanently lost its
competitiveness in technological development and
a severe Solar System-wide recession begins.
Continuing its second mission, the starship
Endeavour discovers Valhalla at 44
Boötis, Sarasvati at Gliese 611, the methane
world of Medusa at 72 Herculis, and the twin
worlds Pyramus and Thisbe at Chi Herculis.
Gagarin concludes it mission with a
second contact of the Comans of Aetia. The
starship Drake explores Vega and Mu
Herculis. August Timmins is born in
Austin, Texas. Voyager II departs
for another flight to Proxima.
||Commonwealth Resolution 5397 fully monetizes
the Basic Allotment and allows for the purchase
of active and permanent citizenships. The
starship Beagle enters service,
discovering Prometheus at 41 Arae and Thor at
Nu2 Lupi on its first expedition.
Endeavour's deep exploration mission
discovers Apollo at 18 Scorpii and
chlorine-based life on Chloros around Lambda
Serpentis. In the first mission with non-Gaian
scientists, Gagarin surveys the
mysterious world of Baldur, departing with two
dead and the system under quarantine. The
starship Magellan leaves service after
its eighth mission, a diplomatic circuit.
The starship Drake departs to explore
four white dwarf systems. Azure loses
contact with the Cityship Mariner weeks
before it was to enter its cruise phase.
||The starship Shenzhou enters
service as a diplomatic courier. At Gliese
785, Gagarin discovers a wreck in orbit
near Mulligan and two wrecks on the moon's
surface. Beagle discovers Ehecatl
at Theta Persei en route to Capella and Castor
and discovers Hevea at Iota Persei during its
return journey. Drake crashing on
approach to its Prometheus survey, killing two
and stranding the other six crewmembers.
Endeavour surveys Valhalla.
||The Confederation election does little to
change the balance of power in the Grand Senate,
though the Horizon party wins two seats at the
expense of the Conservatives. James
McKnight and Alberto Ross are the Gaian Grand
Senators. The citizens of Proxima vote for
independence and unsuccessfully petition to join
the Confederation. Beagle
discovers Daedalus at Delta Trianguli and the
methane world Caligo at 107 Piscium in the final
leg of its Castor mission.
Endeavour explores Pyramus and Thisbe at
Chi Herculis and surveys Sarasvati on the return
journey. Gagarin surveys
the wrecks at Mulligan. Shenzhou
rescues the five survivors at Prometheus.
The Turki Commission recommends autonomy and
better funding for the GXS.
||Earth scientists perfect the hyper-string
pseudo-gravity (HSPG) thruster, an engine which
allows for reactionless thrust without perceived
acceleration. The starship Fram enters service,
discovering the Easterner Enclave on Enki at
Epsilon Eridani. On its subsequent
expedition, Fram discovers the tilted
world Hyperborea at Gliese 33 and Kermit at
Delta Eridani. Endeavour and
Beagle deliver an outpost and its first eight
member expeditionary team to Paradise for a
year-long study. Shenzhou
discovers Helicon at Beta Virginis.
||Scientists at CERN on Earth discover that an
HSPG thruster in a "gravstar" configuration can
effectively accelerate past light speed.
Viggo Turki becomes president of Gaia. The starship Shenzhou discovers the
Quadron race on Oracle at 66 Centauri.
Beagle surveys Apollo and explores
Rasalhauge . Endeavour discovers
the habitable moon Artemis at 55 Cancri, the
worlds Aeneas at 20 Leo Minoris and Shíxīngqiú
at 36 Ursa Majoris. Shenzhou
conducts a follow-up contact mission to Oracle
surveys Qaudron ruins and loses two crewmembers
to a hostile encounter with the aliens.
Tomas Johannessen commands Beagle on a
distant mission to Aldebaran.
||The starship Beagle reaches
Aldebaran and returns to Gaia. Fram
surveys Prometheus and Thor. Intrepid
enters service, delivering the Coman
contact outpost to Aetia; Shenzhou
delivers an eight person crew to Aetia.
Endeavour explores the protoplanetary
system of Beta Trianguli Australis.
||The Earth Commonwealth navy launches its
HSPG gravstar ship, the Pride of Terra with
a crew of twenty commanded by Captain Aaron
Timmins, Duke of Texas; the ship begins a voyage
to Alpha Centauri at 2g, breaking the light
barrier after six months. The grand Senate
denies Proxima's second bid to join the
Confederation as a full and independent member.
Beagle explores Delta Capricorni and
discovers Champa around Psi Capricorni, the iron
world Loadstone at Gliese 770, Tripoli at 86
Sagittarii and Sparta at Gliese 716.
Fram surveys Ehecatl, Daedalus and Hevea.
Shenzhou surveys Artemis and Aeneas.
Intrepid surveys Kermit and discovers
Azawagh at 22 Fornacis and the Class A world
Eden at Nu Phoenicis. The starship
Nautilus enter service, delivering the
Fourth Expeditionary Team to Paradise and then
the stars Gamma, Eta and Alpha Cephei (Alderamin).
Astrid Mensa Vargas Hemigartner becomes the
first child born on Paradise. The starship Endeavour returns the
Coman outpost team and then sets off on its
||In Commonwealth elections, the Horizon Party
gains more more seat at the expense of the
Conservatives, but the balance of power within
the Grand Senate does not change; Gustavo Gandra
replaces Alberto Ross, joining James McKnight as
Gaian Grand Senators. Yan Rheyes becomes
director of the GXS. Continuing its
expedition, Beagle discovers Sparta at
716 and suffers system damage during its return
from an accidental emergence at an uncharted
brown dwarf; junior officers Anastasia Nguyen
and Rajah Kumar successfully bring the
expedition home. The next generation
starship Pioneer enters service,
capable of twenty light-year jumps; it surveys
local stars on its first mission.
Shenzhou surveys Helicon. Endeavour
surveys Shíxīngqiú and explorers Iota (Talitha)
and Theta Ursae Majoris; Endeavour
departing Theta Ursae Majoris. Fram
begins a survey of Azawagh and Eden.
||The Pride of Terra reaches Alpha
Centauri after a thirty month journey. The
starships Shenzhou and Odyssey
(on its first mission) conduct unsuccessful
searches for Endeavour.
Intrepid surveys Pryamus and Thisbe.
Nautilus surveys Tripoli, Sparta and
Champa. The starship Beagle
delivers the Fifth Paradise Expedition to Alpha
Mensae, effectively beginning a colonization
attempt. Tomas Johannessen commands
Pioneer on an expedition to distant Gamma
||The starship Beagle surveys
Hyperborea at 96 Piscium and discovers Novo Sibr
at Iota Piscium. Odyssey
discovers the waning mechanistic Lagrush on a
moon of the gas giant Guernsey at 10 Tauri.
Pioneer returns to Alpha Centauri,
warning of a supernova risk from the white dwarf
in close orbit around Gamma Crucis.