Growth and Peace
Human philosopher Friederich Nietzsche publishes the final
volume of "Thus Spake Zarathustra," the first of his major
works. Unbeknownst to the author, thousands of years in
the future, his works will provide the intellectual foundation
of the genetically engineered
Nietzschean offshoot of humanity, Homo sapiens invictus.
attempt to terraform Ni Kau Prime results in first contact
with the mysterious Pyrians, an advanced species that thrives
on intensely hot inner planets throughout the six galaxies.
The Pyrians retaliate by "pyraforming" the nearby colony
of Rainbow Sands, turning the pleasant planet into a hellish
inferno suitable for Pyrian habitation. After several skirmishes,
the Empire and Pyrians negotiate a defacto peace, each species
recognizing the other's dominion over their existing territories.
years after first contact with a Perseid mentoring mission,
Earth becomes the newest
member of the Systems Commonwealth. Humans
adapt quickly to Commonwealth life and soon spread throughout
the six galaxies.
The Than-Thre-Kull, the
first recorded species since the Vedrans to independently
develop slipstream technology, petition the Systems Commonwealth
for membership. After a shortened mentoring period, the
Than worlds are officially accepted in 7762 CY.
Renegade human genetic scientist, Dr. Paul Museveni, founds
Ayn Rand Station,
the first Nietzschean
colony. The Nietzschean gospel of gene-based survivalism
and self-improvement quickly gains adherents, until by the
present era Nietzscheans make up 8% of the Commonwealth's
total human population.
Progenitor Drago Museveni is born at Ayn Rand Station.
Dr. Paul Museveni dies under unexplained circumstances and
his son Drago assumes leadership of Ayn Rand Station, the
first true Nietzschean to lead his people.
The "Twelve Centuries of Peace" era begins.
After decades of self-inflicted environmental devastation,
Krrendar IV, the homeworld
of the Nightsider
species, is made a Commonwealth protectorate. Despite the
best efforts of environmental reclamation specialists and
terraforming experts, the damage proves irreversible and
the Krrendar system is ceded to the Pyrians. The Nightsiders
are evacuated and disperse across known space.
At peace and with no conceivable threats on the horizon,
popular sentiment to disband the High Guard grows and coalesces
into an organized political movement.
advocates hold a Commonwealth-wide referendum on the High
Guard's future. Disbandment is rejected, 48 percent to 52
percent, but supporters vow to revisit the issue to vote
again after the minimum 10 year waiting period.
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