History Of Sol

The Solar system, once the pinacle of human civilization, lies at the heart of the Terran Sphere, It is considered an important place historically, and is still one of the most populated systems in Terran space.

The population of Terra is in the midst of a growing power crisis and continuing economic instability. This causes space exploration and other pure scientific research to take a back seat so that more pressing matters can be addressed. Still, in hopes of establishing plentiful power for the developed world, work continues on finding truly renewable energy sources.

Considerable advances in nuclear fusion have been made, but one last obstacle remains, a lack of fuel. This prompts a huge push for establishing Helium-3 extraction facilities on Luna. Over 100 years after man first stepped on the moon the first real outposts and manned installations start to appear on Earth's satellite.

Lunar industry thrives and helps kick-start further exploration endeavours. The Luna factories are able to construct and launch spacecrafts much more efficiently than Terra's due to the moon's shallow gravity well. Mercury, Mars, the Asteroid belt, and the moons of Jupiter all begin to see outposts of their own.

2100 - 2200
Using advanced nuclear-powered plasma thrust, several asteroids are deflected in this century (usually out of fear-mongering of an Earth-impactor). The method of asteroid deflection is considerably refined in this time from a speculative theory into a tried and true science.

Luna is the largest off-world human settlement at this time, with a population of approximately 2 million.

A 100,000 ton asteroid is diverted into Terran orbit and set up as the first space elevator's counter-weight. The surface-side anchor is located on an artificial island near Singapor, under direct administration by the UN. This new structure acts as a stepping ladder into space and as a major transport hub, enabling an explosive growth in manned and unmanned space exploration.

Extensive Helium-3 extraction facilities established at Jupiter and Saturn.

Three more natural satellites are redirected into Earth orbit. These “miniature moons” serve as mineral and water resource deposits, as well as platforms upon which more infrastructure can be established.

Enlightenment strikes the Sol System.

FTL is discovered. Sudden exploration and colonization of new star systems creates a paradigm shift in space trade and economics. Trade lanes that have stood for nearly 2 centuries between the inner and outer sol system are threatened by alternative resource deposits.

Europa Accord signed, forming the Jovian Coalition.

Turmoil culminates in the Jovian War fought between the Solar Union (comprising the factions of the inner system) and the Jovian Coalition (made up of the gas giants and their moons).

The Solar Union prevails and returns it's attention to the exo-colonies that had been set aside during the war. Some (who had been heavily dependent on support from the home system) accept the renewed contact openly. Some are less eager to fall under influence of the Solar Union. Others are found to have died out completely from lack of support. Over time though, the SU is successful in taking in all human occupied system immediatly surrounding Sol, further colonies are set up to provide a place to go for those who wish to escape Union rule without causing violence.