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Imperia Historical Summary

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  1. Texashawk

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    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.
     
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    AFTERMATH AND THE SECOND XYL WAR

    450 years later, humanity had rapidly expanded from their original system of New Terra outward into several adjacent systems. Determined that humanity would not be caught pinned on a single planet again, regardless of what threat it might face, the Terran Alliance had focused its efforts on interstellar travel and economy, and had let the science of war grow stagnant, beyond what might be needed to defend individual worlds. The New Terran Alliance was peaceful, well-run, and the 5,000 original settlers had increased to the tens of millions spread across 12 systems that made up the Terran Alliance. The Alliance was run from New Terra, the first world colonized by humanity, by a republic form of government, whose head was curiously simply referred to as 'Commander'.

    In 2472, the TAN Slipstream was destroyed in deep space while scouting for additional systems to expand to. Before it was destroyed, she was able to send her 'black box' back to New Terra showing the last few minutes of her life. Several months later, when Terran Command pieced together the data, there was only one conclusion: the Xyl had finally found them again.

    Immediately, the Alliance was brought to a war footing. Shipyards were converted to build destroyers, cruisers, and battleships. Science teams were brought together to research new weapons of war. For 20 years, the Terran Alliance and the Xyl fought a war across the quadrant. While human technology could now destroy Xyl ships, it was clear that the Xyl had learned as well, targeting the populations of the outlying worlds with terror attacks from space and by landing in populated centers. The terrifying cybernetic insect-like assault Xyl were over 20 feet tall and were interested in only one thing: breaking humanity's will to fight.

    Slowly, more and more systems fell to the Xyl, and as more and more systems were taken out of the Alliance's production net, it became clear that extinction was inevitable unless something was found to destroy the Xyl as a threat. A breakthrough came in 2494, when scientists had accumulated enough data to finally determine that the Xyl's cybernetic parts could be used to broadcast a 'kill command' to all Xyl. One problem: the broadcast had to come from 'network nodes' that were on Xyl planets that were used to send orders from the primary Xyl world, deep behind the Xyl- controlled systems. A frantic research program was put into motion to create this virus that was designed to stop the Xyl.

    A month later, the scout ship TAN Copernicus intercepted some data being transmitted between nodes deep behind enemy lines. Upon decoding the information, it was clear that a 'doomsday weapon' for humans was also being developed, apparently some sort of tachyon bomb that would kill every human left on every world in the universe. Unsure how close the Xyl were to deploying this technology, the decision was made by the Commander to launch a final mission at the Xyl home world.

    Two months later, the superdreadnaught Glory led an armada of ships through to the Xyl home world, dubbed "Hades". Creating a diversion for the science ship Hawking, the armada lived long enough to allow Hawking to deploy the nanovirus to the Xyl home world. 2 minutes later, all Xyl activity ceased as the aliens shut down, their ships careening uncontrollably through space. Once again, humanity had survived, and actually defeated their foe.

    For two months, the remaining worlds of the Terran Alliance celebrated as they reconnected their former worlds who had been conquered by the Xyl. Unfortunately, there were very few survivors on the planets who had more than recently been acquired. Nevertheless, humanity would survive, at terrible cost.
     
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    DECLINE AND FALL OF THE TERRAN ALLIANCE

    The ensuing year saw numerous questions raised by the planets who suffered most at the feet of the Xyl advance. The frontier worlds demanded to know why they didn't get the same level of protection as the Core worlds, a question for which there were no easy answers. Despite the pleas for more protection, the Alliance was unwilling to part with ships and ground units which were now so scarce as to be almost irreplaceable. This uneasy state of affairs lasted until 2497, at which point the Frontier worlds, led by General Zed Pierce, executed a lightning strike on New Terra using the combined remaining war equipment and ships they had been doled out. It was enough, barely, to annihilate Terran Command using a pinpoint railgun strike from space. The Commander was dead, as was the Council, and Pierce declared the birth of the New Human Empire, with himself as the first Sun Emperor, Emperor Magnus I.

    The frontier and outlying worlds were ecstatic. Finally there was a leader who would represent their interests. The new emperor installed the concept of provinces, run by what would have been considered 'Dukes' back on Old Earth, but were now called provincial governors. Each governor was given title to a spectacular plot of land on a capital world of their choice to build their governor's estate on, and was sent a small army and navy who declared fealty to the Sun Crown above all, and the Governor next. Provinces were organized by how well the Emperor was in favor with any particular governor; governors who were in great favor with Emperor Magnus received large, well- stocked systems, while governors in less favor might only receive one of two systems at most,

    Mindful of how he rose to power, Magnus declared a proscription on the research of new technology, fearful that the frontier worlds might rise up again. He severely limited energy and FTL travel, and stopped entirely on research that was at its peak after the Second Xyl war. Weapons research was now illegal, as was FTL and advanced communications. Instead, research capability was thrown into mining, harvesting energy, and improving food harvests, especially on marginal planets. Magnus's vision was to provide for the 'common people' without giving them the tools for another war, and he felt that a strong central leader, who could declare laws with a rubber-stamp parliament, would keep humanity united and strong.

    This worked well for about 100 years, until the rule of Emperor Magnus III. He was a cruel, cowardly man, not at all like his grandfather, and was resentful of his forefathers' lack of progress on the military front. He believed in ruling with an iron fist - the only way he knew - and did not feel he had the tools to do so. In 2498, he repealed the Proscriptions on military and FTL advancement - but only on New Terra. Specifically, he had designed large, six-legged war walkers that were designed to intimidate and suppress his people into order. He was very unpopular with his people, and in 2502, a faction that had arisen calling themselves the Populists had received key support from Dadelus Province to overthrow the emperor before he could build an unstoppable navy. Magnus III was killed in a relatively bloodless coup, as his 'loyal guard' was conspicuously absent during the assassination.

    Determined to keep the emperor weak, the Populists installed a new line (since Magnus III had sired no heir) and decreed that a new Council would be formed, the Prime Council. This would consist of a War Prime, a Science Prime, an Intel Prime, a Finance Prime, and a Domestic Prime. These five powerful offices were designed as an offset for the Emperor, and any Empire-wide Edicts that an Emperor tried to pass had to be approved by all 5 Primes before it became law. The system and province governors were also given more autonomy to run their planet and province economies based on what they felt was best of needed, not necessarily what the empire needed. The installed Emperor, Emperor Klavius I, agreed to these punitive terms in order to wear the suddenly tarnished Sun Crown. He was Emperor of the New Human Empire, but could barely pass a law to declare a holiday on his own capital. The framework for the modern New Human Empire was set, and without a strong Emperor, and without many powers needed to steer humanity towards peace and prosperity, the vision of Magnus I had died.

    Over the next 400 years, a silent struggle arose between the Populist Faction, who wished to keep power out of the Emperor's hands, and the Order of the Sun, who believed that a strong central leader was paramount to keep humanity safe. Over time, three other factions arose: the Technists, who believed in restoring long-lost technology from the previous eras of humanity, the Reformists, who believed in reforming the Terran Alliance, as it had best served humanity previously, and the Naturalists, who believed that humanity should effectively self-govern, and run each planet as an unique entity, not beholden to a larger whole.
     
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    CURRENT SITUATION

    After centuries of weak rule from New Terra, humanity is splintered and scattered throughout what is believed to be a quadrant roughly 1,000 light years across. As provinces and their associated systems failed to receive proper governance from the Prime Council and the Emperor, some lost even the most basic level of technology, and lost contact with the Core Worlds. The self-styled New Terran Empire consists of only the New Terra system, and perhaps two or three loyal provinces whose provincial governors have remained more or less loyal to the Sun Crown, if not necessarily its wearer.

    The overall level of technology is mixed in 3050. While FTL drives do still exist, they are very difficult to build for all but the few planets who have maintained a space-faring production capability. Ancient starbases still glide silently around many worlds, but many of those are badly in need of repairs that will in all likelihood never come. The weapon technologies left from the Second Xyl War remain to some degree, as do the ship designs that were created, but the know-how and infrastructure to build them are more or less confined to the New Terra system and a handful of provincial capitals, with perhaps a few outlier planets that were settled for such a purpose.

    In humanity's favor is that mining and farming technologies have remained more or less modernized. This is fortunate, as the needs for energy and food have not abated. In fact, energy has become the most important resource in order to maintain a fledgling atomic society.

    The Emperor line over the last 150 years or so has been especially weak, and it seemed (at least to historical treatises) that whenever a strong emperor might have emerged, a 'inopportune calamity' seemed to ensue with depressing regularity. The most extraordinary calamity occurred when Emperor Octavius III, fresh from ramming through an Edict to require all standing armies on a planet to be supported at least half by their province of station, was killed by a crazed deer during a hunt on Wonderland. The deer was never found.

    Society in 3050 is an interesting mix of feudalism and communism. Economic sectors on planets are run by the planning council, overseen by a planetary viceroy. People on a planet are trained from birth to be a limited number of specializations: scientist, engineer, factory laborer, agriculture laborer, and service. Moving between specializations is possible, but difficult. Trade schools are generally set up on planets in ratios that are appropriate to the planets' primary designation. While slavery is technically not allowed within the Empire, many people have no real options for employment if a sector contracts or the need for their labor decreases due to less need for a sector product, all of which has seen the rise of the Populist faction. For many, it is steal or starve.

    Style and fashion is a curious fusion of high-tech and Renaissance. It is not uncommon to see blends of old Earth cultures within different social strata. The ruling class often wears technology as fashion, with glowing halos and nanotechnology that changes hair and skin color at a whim. These bangles are very expensive as the technology to build and maintain them has passed humanity by. Therefore, they are a clear sign of money, power, and usually both. Province governors will often wear robes that can not be penetrated, due to what pre-war Terrans would have called 'anti ballistic fabrics', and the resulting sheen and look of the fabric is the next-best thing to a force field that can be had in this age. Other popular trinkets for the rich are glowing 'glyphs' that encircle their heads and bodies that can be reconfigured at will. More common folks will wear sturdy, drab colors and head gear not online the American West.

    The system of government could be best described as an oligarchic monarchy. While there is an Emperor, his power is limited by what his Prime Council, his provincial governors, and his viceroys will allow him to do. In practice, he must govern through the popular support of his people and through several factions that wield vast, though unascribed power. A wise Emperor would do well to remember this.
     
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    Will we find out who sent the original signal.
     
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    Yes, provided you bother to look.

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