Long Night: The Fall of the Commonwealth and aftermath
After years of planning, a coalition of Nietzschean-led
forces launch a sneak attack on the High Guard, their intent
to overthrow the Systems Commonwealth and replace it with
a Nietzschean-dominated empire. High Guard and Home Guard
facilities on over 500 worlds are simultaneously attacked,
resulting in the destruction in homeport of nearly half
the Argosy fleet. Empress Sucharitkul XII is assassinated
when her royal barge is ambushed by a Nietzschean strike
force, Earth is bombarded
from orbit, and an attempt to seize San-Ska-Re
is repulsed by Than-led
Home Guard units, with heavy casualties on both sides.
The Commonwealth's civil war continues, with the Nietzscheans
foiling a High Guard counteroffensive at the Acheron Delta.
And in a devastating blow to Commonwealth morale, Tarn-Vedra
is abruptly cut off from the Slipstream, by methods unknown.
Most of the inhabited worlds in the Andromeda and Milky
Way galaxies fall to the Nietzscheans, leaving San-Ska-Re
as the Commonwealth's provisional capital.
The last battle of the Commonwealth Civil War is fought
at the Witchhead Nebula when High Guard ships are ambushed
by a larger Nietzschean fleet. The two fleets destroy each
other almost completely.
Shortly afterward, the Magog
cross the Quarantine Zone in strength and numbers never
imagined. Swarm fleets roam all of known space, indiscriminately
attacking Nietzschean and former Commonwealth worlds alike.
With no central political authority remaining and reliable
interstellar communications only a memory, individual worlds
are left to fend for themselves.
9787 Weakened by the war to overthrow the Commonwealth,
the ruling Nietzschean Drago-Kazov Pride is betrayed and
attacked by Pride Jaguar. The Nietzschean alliance is shattered,
and instead of replacing the Commonwealth with a Nietzschean
empire, chaos reigns instead. Fountainhead is rendered uninhabitable
by orbital bombardment, which historical records attribute
either to a Pride Jaguar attack or a final act of vengeance
from a remaining High Guard starship. The remains of Nietzschean
Progentior Drago Museveni are recovered and entrusted to
Kodiak Pride, one of Drago-Kazov Pride's allies.
Hoping to restore interstellar trade and commerce, a group
of large corporations found the Free Trade Alliance to defend
and advance their interests.
During one of the many Magog raids on Earth, a human holy
man is paralyzed and implanted with Magog eggs. Miraculously,
the human remains conscious, and he spends the incubation
period speaking to his Magog captor about various human
religions and philosophies. Inspired by the words of his
victim, the Magog renounces violence and founds the People
of the Way, with his newborn progeny as the new religion�s
first converts. Many humans, Than, Perseids, and others�even
a small minority of Magog�flock to this new amalgam of belief
systems, and spread its gospel of peace and hope throughout
With the Commonwealth gone, a collection of Than planets
resurrects its previous government, the Than Hegemony, which
establishes control over most majority-Than worlds. Other
species continue to live among the Than, which control the
most stable swath of known space, and most adapt remarkably
well to Than social structures.
9888 �9909 An epidemic of Triangulum measles
sweeps across known space, followed by a host of other infectious
and contagious diseases, many of which had been easily treatable
in the Commonwealth era. Populations on inhabited worlds
are reduced by as much as 90 percent, and many of the few
remaining social and economic structures are swept away.
The so-called "Mad Perseid" Hasturi claims to have navigated
to Tarn-Vedra and returned safely, but his extravagant claims
are dismissed as the addled boasts of a mind distorted by
spending too long in the Slipstream. After Hasturi's death,
his ship log is lost and presumed destroyed.
The still-powerful Drago-Kazov Pride betrays its Kodiak
Pride allies and seizes the remains of the Progenitor from
them. Kodiak Pride is exterminated, and the Progenitor's
remains are relocated to Enga�s Redoubt, the Drago-Kazov
The Castalian people overthrow their Nietzschean rulers
and establish a democratic government, led by former resistance
leader Chancellor Lee.
Across the Milky Way galaxy, a wave of vicious attacks on
starships and drift colonies commences by parties unknown.
The attacks continue and intensify to the present day.
A salvage party retrieves the High Guard starship Andromeda
Ascendant from the edge of a black hole in the Hephaistos
System. The ship's surviving captain Dylan Hunt (frozen
in time for over 300 years by the freak interaction of the
black hole's gravity well and his ship's AG field) declares
his intention to restore the Systems Commonwealth to its