Hey all! While I still intend to write a complete chronological history of Imperia so people understand the timeline and history of the game (it is very important that the lore of Imperia be rich and robust so that people understand the context of their situation), I want to write the 'summary' version that is in the GDD. This may evolve over time (it probably will) but this is a barebones summary of life in Terra from 1966 until 3050. THE SIGNAL AND WWIII In the late 1900's, a signal was intercepted by humanity that went undecided for almost 20 years. After being decoded, it was discovered to be a schematic to build a star gate. Realizing the vast potential of this technology, the United States kept this technology secret from all but their closest allies, and with their vast financial assets, built a staging base in Antarctica to build the spacecraft and structures needed to complete the star gate. After 10 years, a test ship finally made the voyage instantly to Jupiter, and with the advanced technology gleaned from the signal data, returned using near-light speed technology. The Allies rejoiced in their success, but their pride was short-lived as a coalition of countries not affiliated with the Allies, specifically the new Soviet Union and a resurgent China, declared war in 2018 when it was apparent how advanced this technology was and the fact that it would not be shared equally. 13 bloody years of war ensued, and while the war never quite reached all-out global nuclear war, numerous smaller tactical nuclear weapons were used in population centers. Millions of people died on both sides, and there seemed to be no end short of mutual annihilation. The star gate was of limited use tactically, as it was constantly targeted for any incoming craft who tried to use it both from the ground and from space. Humanity was locked I a titanic, deadly stalemate. Then, in 2031, the Xyl came. THE FIRST XYL WAR Nobody knew where they came from, or how they found our planet, but one thing was clear: they were not interested in diplomacy. The first sign of their presence was the sudden destruction of the USS Valiant, orbiting a research station set up on the moon. The destruction was so quick and unexpected no alarm was sent to the station by the doomed ship, but 27 seconds later the moon base was obliterated with a kinetic strike from space. On Earth, long-range sensors detected several massive objects incoming towards the far side of the planet. NORAD attempted to warn Tokyo that several objects were about to enter their airspace, but only a tiny handful of people got the message before several neutronium projectiles were hurled into the center of Tokyo and the nearby Pacific, killing over 7 million people nearly instantly. As other countries picked up the Xyl on their radars and began to comprehend what was happening, it was clear to the leaders of both sides that a truce must be forged to face this new, grave threat to the planet. A war council was quickly convened electronically, and it was decided to use nuclear weapons against the unknown threat. While the hastily retargeted ICBMs had some effect, they could not outright destroy the huge ships sitting in geo orbit above the planet. Once a ship would be damaged enough, it would simply be used to repair other ships, somehow making them more powerful in the process. In addition, it appeared that there were reinforcements coming from beyond Mars. A scout ship, the USS Galileo, was sent to try to sneak behind the Xyl and discovered their staging area. A month later, they discovered that there was no staging area: the ships were simply coming in ever larger waves. Humanity could not hope to defeat them, especially with its battered civilizations weakened by decades of war. The decision was made to preserve humanity by building a small ark ship and send it though the gate, along with some small combat ships for support, and start over. Before the war, some mapping of nearby systems was planned, but with the threat of destroying the star gate it was never done. Now the human race was reduced to hoping that their astronomical surveys would be enough to find a star which might support life. One was found, almost 10,000 light years from the Sol system: a class G-IV star, with several worlds that appeared to be within its habitable zone. The decision was made to go to that star, come what may. Humanity fought valiantly to buy time during the 18 frantic months while the ark was built. Most countries told their citizens what they were fighting for, and if they themselves could not be saved at least the human race might. The Xyl tried several times to land invaders on the planet, and each time they were repulsed by the bravery and sacrifice of literally hundreds of thousands of people using everything from broomsticks to guided nuclear warheads. Meanwhile, underneath the secret Antarctic base, the NHS Noah was nearing completion. With one last concentrated assault on the lead Xyl ships orbiting the battered planet, what remained on the planet managed to distract the Xyl long enough to get the Noah, carrying only 5000 people, and 3 support ships, through the gate. As an enraged Xyl prepared to unleash a torrent of kinetic strikes to break what remained on Earth once and for all, the so-called Terran Alliance performed its final act: destroying the stargate so that the Xyl could not follow.