The mixed human/Perseid/Nietzschean world of Brandenburg
Tor is attacked by a previously unknown species. All
but a handful of the planet's three
billion sentients are killed by the mysterious attackers,
whom the terrified survivors dub the Magog. Fifteen years
of sporadic Magog incursions and attacks follow, though
none as devastating as the first. The disbandment referendum
is postponed indefinitely.
diplomats negotiate the Treaty of Antares, officially suspending
hostilities with the Magog. The non-aggression treaty is
signed over the vigorous protests of Nietzschean representatives,
who back a campaign of total extermination against the Magog.
Fifteen Nietzschean worlds threaten complete secession from
the Commonwealth, but eventually back down after security
assurances are given by High Guard command.
THE LONG NIGHT