2006 - Roger Shawyer develops the relativity drive, but is unable to construct a functioning prototype.
2034 - Terraforming equipment is successfully installed on Mars, carried by a satellite propelled with magnetic sails.
2046 - A strange acceleration in the terraforming process is observed. Earlier estimates of completion in 2095 are adjusted.
2064 - Terraforming of Mars is complete. First research teams land on the planet, establishing the first buildings.
2068 - Twelve families from each continent on Earth are moved to Mars using large passenger ships propelled with magnetic sails, built in space near the International Space Station.
2076 - Regular transportation is established between Earth and Mars. People are now freely able to travel between the two planets. Mars-based corporations begin to spring up.
2103 - A treaty between all of the nations of Earth and Mars is signed, and they all form into one large, interplanetary nation. The Confederation of Terran Nations is formed.
2105 - The treaty is promptly broken by two of the larger former nations. The first, upset at the lack of resources allocated to developing and improving technology, form the Hale Collective. The second, upset at the lack of exploration beyond their home solar system, form the Alliance of Interstellar Expansionists (AIE).
2109 - Part of the Hale, unsatisfied with their territorial nature and use of violence against the CTN and the AIE to protect their interests, breaks off and forms the Commonwealth of Free Spirits.
2122 - While exploring historical documents on Earth, the Hale discover Roger Shawyer's research into the relativity drive. The research is given to Dr. William Kingsley, who fixes several glaring flaws in the theory.
2124 - A working prototype of the relativity drive is mounted to a satellite and reaches unprecedented speeds, exiting the solar system from Mars in just two weeks.
2125 - After hearing of the successful relativity drive test, the AIE purchases the technology for billions of dollars.
2127 - The Mars colonies are evacuated after a relativity drive experiment results in near-total decimation of the human settlements. Residual radiation hazards, thought by scientists at the time to be a trans-universal side effect of a wormhole's space-time matter bridging properties, prevent attempts at rebuilding and render the terraforming efforts all but undone.
2129 - The technology is abandoned by the Hale after unsuccessful attempts at scaling it up to support manned space travel. The AIE appears to give up as well, but is secretly investing large amounts of money in its research.
2160 - After decades of research, Dr. William Kingsley, who had been clandestinely hired by the AIE, reaches another breakthrough. The relativity drive is now suitable for manned space travel.
2162 - Eager to send man beyond the reaches of its own solar system, the New Civilizations RD-1 spacecraft is launched. Manned by three AIE explorers and Dr. Kingsley himself, the ship reaches the very edge of the solar system before encountering an unknown anomaly. The final transmission from the ship is an audio-only transmission of the crew screaming in terror. The ship is destroyed.
2165 - The AIE wastes no time, sending scientists and researchers back to the drawing board and improving the design of the relativity drive. The New Civilizations RD-2 is launched, and this time has a successful excursion just beyond the edge of the solar system and back. Massive amounts of funding are poured into the relativity drive by both the AIE and the Hale in a joint effort to develop a longer-range drive.
2171 - Research and construction is completed on the New Civilizations RD-3. The RD-3 is a larger ship, supporting some fifty crew members, four pilots and a dozen researchers. Their goal is to reach Alpha Centauri star system. Soon after clearance of the solar system, the RD-3's main power systems fail and contact is lost. A massive rescue operation is launched, with a recovery ship set to rendezvous in a month. A few days before the ship gets there, however, the RD-3 disappears. Rescue workers described the disappearance as a bright blue ring of light forming around the ship. The ship disappeared as it passed through, and the ring closed behind it.
2172-2255 - Despite the RD-1 and RD-3 accidents, the relativity drive continues to improve and becomes affordable for consumers. The relativity drive allows people to travel between planets with ease. All non-gas giant planets are colonized in some way, and thousands of space stations pop up.
2258 - The descendants of the original RD-3 crew make contact with Earth, finally managing to make their first communication from a nearby solar system. They report that the original crew had researched the anomaly and discovered that it was a random, naturally-occurring wormhole. Unable to make it back to their own solar system, they converted the ship into a generational ship, mining precious metals and air components from uninhabited planets and finally settling on the only habitable planet they were able to find. They named it Miriani.
2272 - Construction of three large colonization ships completes, titled the Miriani-1, the Miriani-2 and the Miriani-3, each equipped with three heavily-armed security vessels for the possibility of an alien encounter. Thirty-six families are selected to travel aboard each ship, six AIE and six Hale on the first, twelve Commonwealth on the second, and twelve CTN on the third. Launched simultaneously from Earth and Sedna, they begin their fifty-year journey to Miriani.
2309 - Three quarters of the way through their 50-year journey, the CTN colonization ship encounters an alien species. Attempts at communication break down when the species, codenamed WEH-83D, appear to initiate hostile contact, severely burning the captain of the ship with acid launched from the insectoid species' mouth. Miriani-3 breaks dock after securing the captain on board and launches their security vessels. Rather than covering their escape, they elect to destroy the alien ship. Upon securing wreckage from the destroyed ship, they discover that the bulk of the ship is biological in nature, excepting a single mechanical component. They place the wreckage into a pod and send it on to Miriani on a course that would reach the planet in eight years.
Late 2317 - Scientists on Miriani recover the pod and begin examining the wreckage. The biological remains reveal very little about the species, but research on the mechanical component seems extremely promising.
Early 2318 - An amazing discovery is made. A scientist accidentally triggers the mechanical device after setting his coffee cup down next to it. A bright blue ring forms around the coffee cup, expanding into a sphere and shrinking into nothingness, taking the coffee cup with it and leaving a hole in the table where the cup was. They recall the incident with the original RD-3 and spend hours sending various items through the miniature wormhole generator. One scientist is injured after all of the items sent through the wormholes fall on top of him after opening his locker at the end of the day.
Late 2319 - After a year of study, the scientists determine that the generator is not capable of transporting an entire ship, as they had hoped. Instead, they hypothesize that it had been used to transfer power between ship components and objects between crew members. They are able to determine how to control the destination of the wormhole and successfully create a copy of the device large enough for a transport train to fit through. The device, however, almost caused a blackout throughout the entire planet on their first test. Research continues.
Late 2321 - The three colonization ships nearly reach Miriani before they are each intercepted by two WEH-83D warships. Refusing to establish communication at all, they promptly destroy all three ships. Anger spreads throughout the alliances in the Sol system as recordings from the CTN ship's black box reveal that they took the first shot at the first alien vessel.
Early 2323 - The situation degenerates and the Commonwealth formally declares war on the Confederation of Terran Nations after several weeks of skirmishes and raids from both sides.
Mid 2323-2328 - The AIE and Hale, now strong in their alliance, join the war on the side of the Commonwealth. A long and bloody battle is fought between both sides, with the CTN ultimately being overpowered. Earth is captured, dealing a serious blow to the CTN and causing them to surrender. CTN territory is divided evenly between the three remaining alliances.
2329 - Research on the wormhole generator continues unaffected by the war in the distant solar system, with power consumption being reduced. Wormholes are successfully used to deliver the first 10,000 emails as well as 5,000 parcels between two planets in the Miriani system in under a millisecond. In just five short years, use of wormholes to transport data and physical objects increases by many orders of magnitude. Virtually all communication and delivery services between planets now rely on wormhole technology. Wormhole travel for living beings still hasn't been deemed safe, as any living thing going through the wormhole dies immediately.
2334 - Now that all conflict has settled down in the Sol system, scientists transmit all of their data on wormholes to each of the alliances through the first successful man-made interstellar wormhole, hundreds of petabytes, in just ten milliseconds. The bulk of that time was spent stabilizing the wormhole at the far side before transmitting the data.
Late 2335 - A man is accidentally transported through a wormhole and, miraculously, survives. While being treated and studied, scientists discover a new form of radiation that exists only in the environment between the two points of a wormhole. It breaks down almost immediately once it enters normal space, but the complex human brain absorbed a degraded form of this radiation. With this information, they are able to cure the man, and they discover that a simple sheet of aluminum can stop the radiation.
Early 2336 - Tests are conducted by transporting top wormhole expert Fletcher Dunn's dog, named Laika after the first dog in space, in an aluminum-lined box. The test is successful, and the dog comes through the wormhole completely unharmed. The test results are transmitted to each inhabited planet in both galaxies, and a second test is performed. Laika is successfully transported to Earth and back again.
2338 - After deeming wormhole drives fitted to individual ships unfeasable for more than short-range transportation due to their excessive bulk and power usage, the green light is given for jumpgate development. Supervised by Fletcher Dunn on the Miriani side and Ian Parberry on the Sol side, a jumpgate is constructed between the two systems. They are linked to improve the stability of the wormhole and to provide an absolutely predictable point for reentry wormhole placement. Powered by massive batteries that recharge using technology contributed by the Commonwealth, a small two-man ship with a thick layer of aluminum beneath the hull is successfully transported to Earth in ten seconds. Citizens on both sides rejoice as near-instant transport between the systems and other systems is now possible. Twenty-eight new jumpgates are constructed and sent to predetermined points, designated as sectors, of empty star systems.
Late 2343 - Just as sector 30 is finally established and jumpgate travel is now becoming common, a small civilian ship stumbles upon the WEH-83D while on an asteroid hauling mission after accidentally anchoring on to what appeared to be an asteroid and was, in fact, a WEH-83D observation outpost. They are destroyed. War is quickly declared by all alliances against the WEH-83D, and a proper name is given to them: the Praelor. An independent military organization made up of former alliance pilots is formed to combat the praelor. They name themselves the Alliance High Guard and construction begins on a fortified space station in sector 24.
2344 - Hundreds of armed ships are churned out, civilian and military alike. The Praelor begin a full-fledged invasion against the Andromeda sectors, and civilians are encouraged not to travel unarmed. Civilian ships are also offered missions to help eliminate the Praelor threat. They are mostly small missions that would be a waste of valuable military resources to deal with.
Late 2350 - The long, bloody war finally seems to be slowing. Many losses on both sides finally convince the Praelor to retreat far from the humans to prevent the discovery and destruction of their home system. Only small groups of ships now encroach on human-owned space to keep them confined to a small area. Much of the technology developed during the war is finally put to civilian use, including long-range wormhole drives on larger ships and droids with powerful artificial intelligence.