The Chronicles of Local Space

A fictional exploration of nearby star systems
To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
The Bible (King James version), Ecclesiastes 3:1

Time Line

Interplanetary era

21st Century

Some multinational mining companies on Earth form Lunar Mining Limited as a joint mining venture. Initially, the corporation is an Earth-based research and development corporation that evaluates the feasibility of various technologies for future mining and colonisation of the moon.
2055 July 25
Lunar Mining Limited establish Shackleton, the first permanent lunar colony as a company mining town near the south pole of the moon. This colony mines the ores of lighter metals that are relatively abundant and easy to mine. The colonies also mine water, which is valuable as a source of rocket fuel and essential to life on the dry lunar surface. Initially, the mining colonies only extract mineral ores for refining on Earth.
Some countries on Earth establish the Confederation of Earth as a successor to the United Nations, modelled on the European Union. The Confederation chooses Geneva, Switzerland to be the capital city of the Confederation. At this time fewer than half the countries of Earth were members of the Confederation.
The lunar mining colonies refine the first metals smelted outside Earth. The technology employs compact solar-powered smelters that were shipped from Earth.

22nd Century

The Lunar space elevator commences construction on the near side of the moon using lunar resources. It is completed in 2106.
An alliance of Earth governments commence construction of the Pacific space elevator in Earth orbit using resources transported from the moon. This space elevator touches down in the Pacific Ocean in 2117.
The United States launches the last rocket in the Rocket Age of space travel.
The first habitat ship is built. This class of ship is a large ship that allows people to live in space for extended periods, allowing them to make long journeys. These cylindrical ships generate artificial gravity by rotating. The first habitat ships were built with lunar resources and used chemical propulsion.
2149 August 4
The governments of all nations of Earth agree to be united under the jurisdiction of a single international government. The new Confederation of Earth establishes its capital in the city of Geneva, Switzerland. The Confederation existed before this date, but it was on this date that all nations of Earth were united for the first time.
Earth-based mining corporations undertake asteroid mining for the first time using the Moon as a base. Habitat ships facilitate the mining because they can house the miners and transport the ores.
Asteroid Resources Limited is founded on the Moon.
Asteroid Resources Limited commence construction of the Lagrange Space Settlement at the L5 (trailing) Lagrangian point of the Moon’s orbit.
2178 April 25
The Lagrange Space Settlement is officially opened.
2184 May 25
The first colony on Mars is founded using habitat ships.
2188 August 15
The fusion rocket engine is tested successfully.
2195 November 25-29
The Prometheus makes the first successful manned test flight of a fusion-powered spacecraft. It makes the 76,940,000 km trip from Earth to Mars in about two days.

23rd Century

2215 October 11
Asteroid Resources Limited establishes the Hygiea mining colony. It serves as a base for asteroid mining operations.
Hygiea Mining Corporation founded on Hygiea.
A consortium of wealthy space miners and some Earth-based business people commence construction of the Kepler Space Settlement. Kepler is located at the L4 (leading) Lagrangian point of the Moon’s orbit.
2239 February 24
The Kepler Space Settlement is officially opened, and takes its first settlers on the same day.
A consortium of space-mining corporations, major Earth governments and the Government of Mars commence construction of a space elevator in orbit around Mars. The elevator must be built so that the moon Phobos does not interfere with it. The elevator is thus built in a Y-shape with Phobos passing beneath it. The elevator touches down away from the Martian equator.
The Gregorian Calendar is reformed by international agreement with the largest changes to the calendar since the time of Julius Caesar. The new Standard Calendar of Earth makes the month lengths more regular by giving February, July and December 30 days each, places the leap day at the end of the year, changes the way leap years are determined, and integrates a new simpler method of calculating Easter with the calendar. The calendar is planned for introduction on 2301 January 1.
Stable artificial wormholes are created for the first time. The first ones are microscopic.
Asteroid Resources Limited and Lunar Mining Limited merge to form Asteroid and Lunar Resources Limited.

24th Century

2301 January 1 SCE
The world switches to the Standard Calendar of Earth. The changeover is introduced at this time because the introduction of a new calendar at the start of a century is more logical than an introduction at any other time, and the start of the 24th century happens to be the beginning of a thirty-year period where the leap year rules for the Gregorian Calendar and the Standard Calendar coincide.
Scientists on Earth build the first stable traversable wormhole. Wormhole technology promises to revolutionise transportation.
2309 March 9 SCE — Berkeley Wormhole Accident
In an accident on Earth, a wormhole breaches containment and explodes on the West Coast of the United States. This explosion devastates a large area centred on Berkeley, California, and kills about 185,200 people. Wormhole researchers impose an immediate moratorium on wormhole research.
2309 April 30 SCE
The Berkeley Wormhole Accident causes all wormhole research on the surface of the Earth to be banned.
Wormhole research resumes in old habitat ships in Earth orbit.
In an experiment in Earth orbit, wormhole researchers place the ends of a single wormhole in two different habitat ships. One of the habitat ships is ferried into orbit around the moon and the other remains in Earth orbit. The two white mice that were sent through the wormhole became the first living creatures to travel from one world to another via wormhole.
Wormhole researchers place wormholes on Hygiea, in the asteroid belt. This heralded a revolution in asteroid mining, because ore mined in the asteroids could now be shipped elsewhere in the solar system without needing to be transported great distances.
2339 December 4 SCE — Space Crisis
The Space Crisis begins when a terrorist attack destroys the Pacific Space Elevator. The attack severs the link between Earth and the space settlements.
2339 December 5 SCE
The administrations on all space colonies declare a state of emergency. They introduce strict food rationing. Medical supplies of various kinds are also rationed. Colonies that can grow their own food are asked to grow additional food so that all colonies can have a fighting chance to survive. All non-essential travel between colonies is banned.
2339 December 7 SCE
The Confederation passes special exemptions to the bans on wormholes on the surface of the Earth.
2339 December 13 SCE
The Confederation of Earth commissions a new wormhole as a temporary replacement for the Pacific Space Elevator until a new space elevator can be constructed.
2340 June 18 SCE
The wormhole link is completed. One end of the wormhole is placed in geosynchronous orbit inside a habitat ship. The other end of the wormhole is placed in the Pacific Ocean where the Pacific Space Elevator used to be, due to the existing infrastructure at that site and its remote location. The wormhole has an exclusion area around it with a radius of 8 kilometres.
2340 June 20 SCE
Shipments of food and medical supplies to the colonies resume through the wormhole.
2340 June 24 SCE
The administrators of the space colonies end the state of emergency, thus ending the Space Crisis.
2340 October 23 SCE
A new space elevator begins construction in Earth orbit.
The new space elevator is completed, touching down in the Congo. The construction of two more space elevators begins.
The second and third space elevators are completed in Earth orbit. These two space elevators touch down in the Indonesian archipelago and the Pacific Ocean. When the Pacific elevator is completed, the wormhole is decommissioned.
A wormhole links Deimos to Callisto’s orbit, providing access to the Jovian system.
Hygiea Mining Corporation places wormholes at a Lagrangian point of Titan’s orbit. The harvesting of ice from Rhea soon commences.
Wormhole probes are invented.
The first wormhole probe reaches Pluto.

Interstellar Era

The Dandelion Project commences with the construction of wormhole probes and their associated infrastructure.
2387 May 31 SCE
The space mining corporations launch the first wormhole probes towards Proxima Centauri. The probes are connected through the wormhole to their fuel tanks. The probes accelerate at slightly less than 1 G with a spaceship burn that lasts for 18 days, and then start coasting. When the burn ends, the wormhole probes are travelling at about 6% of the speed of light and are located 150 AU from the Sun. The first wave of these probes is launched over the next 110 years, sending probes to most of the 250 stars within 10 parsecs (32.616 light years) of the Earth and a selection of stars beyond 10 parsecs.

25th Century

Unified Temple of Abraham
A theologian in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil claims to have received a divine revelation regarding the inherent unity of the four Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, Islam and the Bahá’í faith). Soon he attracts followers and by so doing establishes a new religion that became known as the Unified Temple of Abraham.
2459 January 6 SCE
The first wormhole probes to explore another star system explore the Proxima system after a journey of 72 years.
Wormhole probes reach the Alpha Centauri A system.
A stargate is completed between Earth and Proxima.
2470 June 11 SCE
The research settlement Proxima Base is established in the Proxima system.
A stargate is completed between Earth and Alpha Centauri A.
Wormhole probes reach Barnard’s Star.
A stargate is completed between Earth and Barnard’s Star.

26th Century

2502 May 14 SCE
An earth tremor with an epicentre below the Canary Islands is the first sign that the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma has become active again after being quiescent for 163 years.
2502 May 17 SCE
The Cumbre Vieja volcano starts smoking, with a light rain of volcanic ash on the Canary Islands and the surrounding area. Over the next few weeks, increasing activity from the volcano is a sign that a large eruption is imminent. The Canary Islands are evacuated with the people taking refuge on the Iberian mainland.
2502 June 29 SCE 14:17 local time
Cumbre Vieja volcano
After building in intensity over a period of six weeks, the Cumbre Vieja volcano erupts with a violent and devastating eruption. A portion of the western flank of the volcano collapses into the Atlantic Ocean and triggers a tsunami. The tsunami breaches the seawalls of Miami and devastates the city. After the tsunami passes, the ocean inundates the city because the seawalls cannot keep the water out. Other cities on the eastern seaboard of the United States are also affected. Miami is abandoned because the damage is too great. Worldwide, 290,000 people lose their lives, but timely tsunami warnings save millions more. A worldwide relief effort aids the survivors.
2504 July 15 SCE
The Dandelion project ends with the sending of the last wormhole probe after the companies funding the probe divert their funds to the tsunami effort.
A wormhole probe explores the first terraformable planet found outside the solar system in the Lalande 21185 system. The world is named New Earth.
Terraforming of New Earth commences.
A wormhole probe explores the Epsilon Indi system, where they find another terraformable world. In a surprise for planetologists, the world lacks large oceans of water. The lack of water means the world does not bear life. The world is named Aridia (Latin for dryness or drought).
Terraforming of New Earth is completed.

27th Century

A stargate is constructed to connect the Solar system to Epsilon Indi.
Terraforming of the world Aridia in the Epsilon Indi system begins. An icy world in the outer reaches of the system provides the raw materials needed to make the world habitable. The terraformers divert the orbit of the icy world so that it crashes into Aridia, then the terraformers seed that world with algae to produce an oxygen atmosphere.
2678 November 4 SCE
A wormhole probe explores the Gliese 832 system. A habitable world with a carbon dioxide/methane atmosphere is discovered. The world bears primitive life. The world is given the name Serena.
2684 May 5 SCE
A wormhole probe owned by the Prometheus Mining Corporation explores the Gliese 682 system. This system has a potentially habitable planet in a close orbit around the star. The planet is given the name Prometheus after the corporation. This planet is tidally locked to the star, so the planet has permanent day and night hemispheres. The world is not life bearing because the atmosphere has condensed on the cold side.
2685 October 5 SCE
A wormhole probe explores the Omicron2 Eridani A system, where it finds the marginally habitable world of Oasis.
2685 October 10 SCE
The discovery of the third terraformable world in the space of seven years initiates the Terraforming Boom. Market speculation begins, as the price of companies with interests in the terraforming or the terraformable worlds rises sharply, then continue to climb. Several corporations attempt to cash in on this anticipated boom by commencing the manufacturing of new terraforming equipment.
2691 June 1 SCE
A wormhole probe explores the system. Another terraformable planet is found there, which later gets the name Calena. This further fuels the Terraforming Boom.
2695 September 12 SCE
A report detailing the terraforming recommendations prepared by the Terrestrial Confederation is leaked. It recommends the terraforming of Prometheus and Calena, places Serena off-limits to terraforming to protect the native lifeforms and advises against the terraforming of Oasis. Because this report was more pessimistic on the terraforming prospects than the market anticipated, and a lot of market activity revolved around the terraforming recommendations, this report was not intended to be released all at once, but was instead intended to be released in four parts so as to minimize the effects on the global stockmarket. Instead, the world stockmarkets dived sharply and this triggered the bursting of the Terraforming Boom and the collapse of several companies associated with it.
Despite an extensive investigation, the perpetrators of the leak are never identified.
Stargates connect Earth to Gliese 682.

28th Century

The terraforming of the world Prometheus in the Gliese 682 system begins.

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