The Infinity Arc

Setting | Timeline | Rules

One of the most popular topics for debate among pure strain humans and mutant animals alike centers around the question: What was the world like before it blew up? Scholars and adventurers of nearly every Cryptic Alliance have searched the world for clues on the history of the “Gamma World” (as inhabitants of Earth are prone to call it in the middle of the 25th century). The results are often confusing and contradictory, deepening the mysteries of the

Careful research has brought to light the following information on the years before the old world ended and the Gamma World began. It is possible that adventurers might recover some or all of this material as they explore the ruins of the Ancients or communicate with living beings or intelligent computers who might have survived the wars.

1945 — First use of atomic weapons in warfare.
1957 — Sputnik I, the first artificial earth satellite, launched
1961 — First manned spacecraft (Vostok I) launched
1969 — First manned lunar landing made by Apollo 11 spacecraft
1981 — American space shuttle service begins (earth orbit).
1988-1990 World War III, worldwide general conflict between East andWest, limited nuclear weapons exchange before ceasefire
1999 First self-aware “think tank” computer activated
2002 — First manned spaceflights to Mars launched (Ares I/II); primary base established at Mariner Valley
2003-2021 — Ecosystem collapse in Atlantic and Pacific oceans; world-wide food and water shortages, severe civil disturbances; collapse of Japanese and European economies.
2010 — American, Chinese, Indian, and Soviet international conferences lead to establishment of the First World Council.
2013 — Rise of the first commercial business blocks to control countries.
2019 — First commercial spaceport opens (First Texan Space Complex)
2020 — First Earth-orbital commercial space factory assembled.
2034 — American and Canadian governments unify and form United North America.
2046 — Orbital city Atlantis becomes first politically independent space colony; moves to Martian orbit
2047 Columbus, Magellan, and Marco Polo unmanned interstellar probes launched from Earth orbit.
2050 — Brazil establishes SAEU (unified South American government).
2061 Columbus reaches Alpha Centauri and maps local planetary systems.
2066 — Establishment of Mount Olympus and Mount Arsia colonies on Mars.
2072 Magellan reaches Tau Ceti; discovers terraformable planet (Gaea).
2076 — All Martian colonies gain political independence through treaties; Federation of Mars established.
2077 — SAEU collapses after civil war.
2078 — Mutiny aboard International Station One (first true space war), arrest and execution of mutineers.
2087-2089 — First Venerean terraforming project attempted, but fails.
2095 — Lunar population reaches 10,000 at Tycho Center moonbase.
2100 — Genesis project (re-terraforming of Earth’s environment) completed.
2101 — Terraforming of larger asteroids begins.
2104 The Three Suns, the first manned interstellar spacecraft, launched toward the Alpha Centauri system.
2104-2111 Widespread civil disorders in Asia lead to formation of Asian Coalition, collapse of Soviet Union.
2109 Thorium fusion propulsion system perfected and goes into systemwide use.
2120 Three Suns arrives at Alpha Centauri, establishes first extra-solar human colonies at Gagarin, Armstrong, Greenwood, and Sorokin.
2120 Second Venerean terraforming project attempted; project crew lost in satellite collision.
2126 Start of international conferences to develop a world government.
2131 Sorokin colony abandoned.
2132 The Humanity launched for Tau Ceti system.
2138 Artificial gravity control achieved.
2144 Martian world population reaches 10,000 (combined colonies).
2145 World Union established; all national governments subordinated to World Union General Council in London. Uniform currency (the domar) established worldwide.
2163 Construction of Trans-Plutonian Spaceyards completed.
2182 Autonomists Society established, a terrorist organization promoting world-wide democratic anarchy.
2200-2300 General dates for the Great Migration of manned and unmanned interstellar spacecraft to worlds within a 10-parsec radius of Sol; 28 colonization missions and 196 exploratory missions dispatched.
2236 IMT (instantaneous mass transporter) tested and developed.
2261 Albuquerque accident kills 5 million people in nuclear explosion.
2266 Breakup of WU General Council; United America, Asian Coalition, India, and other countries develop divergent policies.
2277 The Warden, the largest interstellar colony ship ever built, laid down at the Trans-Plutonian Spaceyards by the United Western Starship Cartel program.
2282 League of Free Men established, promoting the rise of pro-world government factions; terrorism increases world-wide.
2288 Warden completed; trials and loading begin for 45-year voyage to Xi Ursae Majoris double-star system.
2289 Work on giant starship Morden begins at Trans-Plutonian Spaceyards.
2290 Warden leaves Solar System; 1.55 million human colonists and crew aboard.
2302 Star Voyager II returns on robot drive with crew infected by Canopus Plague; ship destroyed after infecting crew of Earth-orbital spaceport.
2302-2309 Several major outbreaks of Canopus plague throughout Solar System; Iapetus colony sealed off and destroyed.
2309-2322 The Shadow Years, so called because of the world-wide destruction of records and archives through terrorist action and government-supported sabotage.
2309 (Sept 16) Start of Social Wars; initial collapse of Earth civilization begins; rioting and terrorism spread. League of Free Men and Autonomists are major instigators of world-wide
2314 Social Wars expand into space with terrorist strikes against Earthorbital colonies, Tycho Center, and other spaceports throughout solar system.
2321 Ecological warfare causes destruction of ocean plankton and collapse of all coastal economies; introduction of nuclear and dimension-warp warfare into conflict.
2321 Fragmentary transmissions from the Warden received; ship apparently entered radiation cloud and crew was lost.
2322 (April 12) The Ultimatium, the first appearance of The Apocalypse, a radical group ordering an immediate cease-fire in world-wide conflict.
2322 (April 17) Radiation strike made against all major national capitals by The Apocalypse. Retaliatory attacks reduce Earth’s civilization to ruins in one week. System-wide trade, transportation, and economic collapse.
2322 (May 23) Major strikes successfully disable space fleets around Jupiter and Earth. Two of Saturn’s moons vaporized.

From here on in, only fragmentary historical records can be found. Most pieces of data were obtained from friendly cybernetic installations and think tanks which were able to link up
with the remains of hidden libraries, orbital installations, or earth/space communications
systems. All further information is considered questionable at best and can only rarely be confirmed

2322 Social Wars produce major world-wide volcanic and earthquake activity; collapse of polar ice-caps; world-wide flooding; ozone layer collapse with heightened exposure to ultraviolet and solar radiation. Extreme alterations and die-offs throughout biosystem of Earth.
2322 Processed-ice asteroid (guidance circuits sabotaged by terrorists) strikes Mars; eight-year duststorm and climatic disruption result. All colonies on planet isolated; Federation charter suspended for duration.
2323-2340 Rise of every known Cryptic Alliance takes place from the intact cities and power stations of Earth.
2325-2330 Satellite Wars change the technological levels of all the terraformed
asteroids and moons of all the planets.
2330-2340 Last known interstellar missions flee solar system from asteroidal and outer satellite colonies; TransPlutonian Spaceyards abandoned; all outer colonies except Saturn World Fusion shut down; Mercury mining colonies abandoned and apparently die out.
2331 Trans-Plutonian Spaceyards assume control of their own programs and generate robotic life.
2336-2340 Occasional reports from space communications systems of transmissions
from the Warden; status unknown.
2380 Saturn World Fusion ceases all Earth-directed transmissions; fate unknown.
2381 Severe worldwide earthquakes; explosive vulcanism around Pacific basin.
2381-2388- Years Without Summer; blackouts and prolonged winters common.
2385 Ultrawave transmissions from Trans-Plutonian Spaceyards report open warfare between cybernetic installation there and the presumedly automated starship Morden. Further transmissions cannot be interpreted and may be in code.
2399 Short period of lasercom contact with Deimos Base at Mars; PCI at Deimos noted to be insane; no information on Martian colonies.
2420 Strange transmissions picked up from Warden’s last known position.
2450 Present Day


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