The De Unification

The De-unification is a period in the history of the Terran Sphere stretching roughly from 4580 to 4800. Up until this time, the Solar Union had been by far the largest and most powerful nation of the Sphere, periodically integrating whatever powers could challenge that claim. Since that expansion had stopped due to the Frontier Revolution, the Union had slowly been losing the industrial, military, technological, economical and population advantage, as well as the claim to having united most of Humanity. With the loss of these, there was very little keeping the enormous nation together save historical momentum, a large military and a zero-tolerance policy towards secession. The centuries that followed essentially saw the nation stagnate as various administrations tried to keep the nation together in a myrad different ways that often negated the work of their predecessors.

As the outer regions became more developed, populations grew and planetary cultures became more important than the limited set of Union-wide culture blocks, people increasingly felt their affilation to the Union as being something secondary to their affilation to their world, system or sector. Revolutions and border skirmishes became gradually more common over the centuries, although the Union always managed to hold on to their possessions, right up until the De-Unification itself.

Mostly due to the loss of coherence of the Union, communication and oversight of the outer sectors had become sporadic and unreliable, with the military often serving more as an occupation force than a garrison or borderguard. Several planetary and sector governments had covertly been forging alliances and agreements between each other independant of the Union itself. In 4580 they declared themselves a confederation of independant nations. As had happened with previous revolts and secession attempts, several fleets were deployed to counter the threat to unity. It was here that the slow crumbling of the nation came to a head; a significant force defected to the rebels, and managed to secure the safety of the new nations. Many sectors refused or delayed in sending additional forces to form new fleets, some even declaring themselves independant in turn, which led to more ships being called and more sectors refusing the demands as unreasonable. This chain reaction slowly spread along the frontier of the Union.