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Approx. 120 million years b.c.e. - The "Muuh" develop interstellar spaceflight and start a long slow expansion

Approx. 28-32 million b.c.e. the alien cryospecies the "Soft Ones" are provolved by the "Muuh" to sapience.

Approx. 14.8 million years b.c.e. - The slow moving Muuh are attacked by an unknown enemy; they develop the non-conscious AI 'System of Response' to defend themselves from such hyperfast entities

Approx. 3.6 million years b.c.e. - "Auld Limner" species raised to sophonce by a Soft Ones artisan clade.

Approx. 2.5 million years b.c.e. - First emergence of Oldowan stone tool culture on Earth (various hominid species)

Approx. 1.5 million years b.c.e. - Acheulian stone hand axe develops (Homo erectus/heidelbergensis/ergaster)

Approx. 950000 b.c.e. - To'ul'h civilisation enters the Ceramic/Obsidian Age, roughly equivalent to the Earth's Iron Age; this complex culture remains more or less stable for hundreds of thousands of years. Many empires are built and collapse over this time, but the corrosive environment prevents the development of most metal technology

Approx. 800000 b.c.e. - (Earth) Fire used for warmth cooking and tool modification

Approx. 70000-32000 b.c.e. - Middle Paleolithic Mousterian stone tool technology (Homo sapiens neanderthalensis)

Approx. 38000 b.c.e. - Upper Palaeolithic Aurignacian stone tool technology develops (Homo sapiens sapiens)

Approx. 25000 b.c.e. - aggregation centres in Europe allow a wide-ranging culture and rapid transfer of technology

22000- 18100 b.c.e. - Auld Limner Empire - a short-lived dominion some 2000 light years in diameter.

Approx. 10000-8000 b.c.e. - (Earth) animal husbandry and primitive agriculture develop in many forms;

Approx. 8000 b.c.e. - first permanent towns

Approx. 6000 b.c.e. - Copper smelting develops; arsenical bronze is also accidentally made in limited quantities around this time; the first application of wheel technology occurs

Approx. 4500 b.c.e. - writing developed independently in Egypt and China

Approx 3800 b.c.e. - Bronze alloy technology developed for use in tools and weapons

Approx. 2500 b.c.e. - first iron smelting technology

Approx. 450 b.c.e. - Pythagoras and Euclid develop geometry into a formalised branch of mathematics

Approx. 400 b.c.e. - expansion of the iron age Ch'in empire is followed by that of the Guptan, Persian, Greek and Roman empires

Approx. 400 c.e. - Collapse of the Roman empire is at least partly caused by environmental degradation; much of the world suffers a dark age, a period of technological stagnation.

Approx. 800 c.e. - Algebra developed by Al-Khwarizmi

Approx. 1684 - Newton and Leibnitz discover calculus almost independently of each other

Approx. 1700 - Papin, Savery, Newcomen contribute to the development of the cylinder steam engine

1700-1800 - Industrial factory system developed

1796 - Jenner demonstrates inoculation against smallpox

1825 - First passenger carrying railway

1831 - Faraday demonstrates electromagnetism, building on work by Volta, Ørsted, Ohm and Coulomb

1837 - first use of electric telegraph

1885-86 - Daimler and Benz develop the internal combustion engine and automobile

1903 - first manned powered heavier than air flight (Wright Brothers)

1942 - Fermi produces first artificial atomic chain reaction

1943 - Turing and Flowers build first programmable computer, Colossus

1945 - First use of atomic weapons

1957 - First artificial satellite of the Earth is launched (using chemical rocket)

1961 - Gagarin is first man to orbit the Earth

1969 - Armstrong and Aldrin land on the Earth's Moon (using multi-stage chemical rocket system); this marks the first day of the commonly-used Tranquility Calendar

1971 - Intel produce 4004, the first microprocessor

1991 - Berners-Lee develops World Wide Web

2000 - Human Genome sequenced

2004 - Chinese launch their first manned rocket, the Shenzhou V, and become the third Earth polity to put a man in space

2020 - Primitive neuro-technological interfacing increasingly available

2028 - First meso/microscale robots commercially available; nanoscale component manufacture in widespread use

2029 - Ruth Duorkin demonstrates the most sophisticated mobile life support systems yet seen; is remembered by later generations as first successful cyborg

2031 - First man-rated solar-electrostatic Ion spacecraft demonstrated

2032 - First minor optional human genome tweak improvements available

2034 - Nanoscale technology in widespread use for the manufacture of electronic equipment and other commodities; biotech continues to play an important role in the development of many poorer counties, despite political difficulties

2035 - Self-contained autonomous robots (homebots) available commercially with limited processing ability; teleoperated robots begin lunar development

2040 - First human equivalent artificial intelligence ( AI)

2041 - First "permanent" manned Lunar Base

2046 - Direct Neural Interfacing cranial nerve implants commercially available

2047 - First greater than human equivalent artificial intelligence


2048 - First manned electrodynamic Ion drive space craft

2049 - First manned Fission gas core spacecraft (Chinese Space Program )

2050 - Human intelligence augmentation shareware becomes available

2050s Energy becomes the most important concern on Earth, as fossil fuels are becoming exorbitantly expensive. All through this century wars are fought over the dwindling fossil fuel supplies.
Fission reactors are the most important source of energy in many countries, particularly fast breeders using uranium and thorium, but renewable sources of energy including mass produced photovoltaics, solar furnaces and wind power are increasingly prevalent elsewhere. Hydrogen and biofuels are manufactured widely to replace expensive oil. The fusion program finally starts to produce commercial power in the late 2050s.

2051 - First inter-city Vac-train system

2055 - First manned Magnetoplasmadynamic thruster Ion drive space craft

2074 - First manned Photon/Electromagnetic Passive Propulsion space craft

2074 - Smartswarm, a variant of smartdust with destructive capabilities, is an early non-replicating form of military nanotech.

2075 - First manned Fission salt/water spacecraft

2080 - Heaven habitat constructed in cis-lunar space

2082 - First provolved animal species revealed ( sapient bonobo.)

2085 - First manned Variable specific impulse magnetoplasma rocket (VASIMR)

2086 - First Lunar "City" (Artemis)

2099 - first manned Fusion Torch drive space craft

2100-2120 - advances in DIY gengineering technology begin to enable a vast diversity of morphological experimentation and freedom, and heteromorphic phenotyping ("exotics") becomes popular with transhumanists and biopunk groups and individuals. However social and cultural resistance remains strong, especially among the less educated and more conservative and traditionalist classes

2112 - The first space elevator constructed from Earth orbit

2120 - Nanomanufacture and automated macroscale assembly has brought a golden age of material wealth to the Earth. However self-replicating nanobots are not yet feasible.

2118 - First manned Fusion Pulse space craft built; this design had been banned for many decades because of weapons limitation treaties

2124 - First permanent Martian Colony.

2125 - First new human species revealed (The Merpeople)

2130 - Superbright Human genome recognised as new metaclade

2134 - First manned muon catalysed fusion spacecraft

2135 - Macroscale Von Neumann self-replicating robot systems (neumanns) developed for use in mining operations off the Earth; interplanetary trade begins to be commercially viable.

2135 - Solar power collection swarms in Earth LI location reach break-even point; new swarms are planned in near-solar orbit for the production of antimatter

2140 - Surveillance becomes almost universal on Earth and in many colonies. Most people accept this, and adjust their behaviour accordingly. Some do not.

2150 - Longevity treatment widely available, and many regions introduce birth rate reduction strategies.

2155 - First human equivalent autonomous moravec robots (vecs); before this date independently mobile robots were limited to sub-human intelligence by law

2156 - Release of the Feynman Expert System

2150-2180 - Several species of animal (pigs, dogs, African grey parrot) - genetically modified for language ability and improved intelligence

2164 - Neotek's "Universal Micro" becomes the first assembler to be publicly available, although it still remains a long way from the Drexler's vision of a universal assembler.

2182-85 - The Nanoscale Collective on Asimov Orbital constructs an advance multipurpose assembler , the Genii 2 - Matter Compiler, which is followed by even more efficient types. At the same time anxiety is widespread regarding the possibility of a grey goo outbreak.

2190 - First artificially intelligent interstellar probes (The Columbus Project to Alpha Centauri) -

2200 - Jupiter colonies unite as Jovian League - extensive human genome tweaking results in several new human species

2211 - A reliable way of storing macroscopic amounts of antimatter is demonstrated by ASEABB. Much interest in antimatter propulsion, but the demand far outstrips the supply of antimatter.

2220 - Evocation, personality simulation derived from externally obtained data become popular as a primitive form of uploading.

2230 - Nanoassembly and nanobiotech used in orbiting space habitats and surface colonies for practically all consumer requirements, and also represent the largest fraction of Earth's industry.

2232 - First manned Amat Catalysed Fusion spacecraft

2255 - Golgi Mosaic backyard assemblers outbreak in the Gulf of Carpenteria. Fortunately it (and similar outbreaks of around this time) are contained with little environmental impact and no loss of life, but concerns are heightened regarding the risks were an efficient malicious assembler to get out.

2260 - First manned Solid Core Antimatter drive spacecraft (pursuit vehicles)

2275 - Amat flechettes developed for use in combat

2301 - CircumSol accord between the large amat (anti-matter) farms which orbit the sun just outside the orbit of Mercury. Notable consortia are Look Outwards Combine, Jerusalem Macrotech and General Dynamics Corporation.

2310 - Vitrification, an early form of Nanostasis, provides (relatively) reliable suspended animation.

2320 - Several artificially intelligent entities are believed to have broached the first singularity in secret

2334 - First manned interstellar colony space craft (the Tsiolkovsky, an antimatter catalysed fusion /plasma sail hybrid a.t. - launched toward Tau Ceti (Nova Terra )

2360 c.e. (391 a.t.) - Many habitats and colonies adopt the Lunar calendar, starting in 1969 with the landing at Tranquillity base

2369 c.e. (400 a.t.) - The high surveillance society results in psychological discomfort for many personality types, which cannot be cured even with advanced therapy. A safety valve is offered by the colonisation of the Solar system, and by one-way colonisation efforts to the stars, such as the Penglai mission, launched this year.

2370 c.e. (401 a.t.) - The first paired rotating O'Neill cylinder colony is constructed at the Earth/Moon L4 point

2376 c.e. (407 a.t.) - outbreak of retroviral typhoid on the Luna settlement at Flamsteed crater. Following this, GeneTEK develops a modified nematode as an antiviral/antibacterial agent, modifications of which are eventually symbiotic with most Terragen clades

2380 c.e. (410 a.t.) - Industrial nano-tech widely accessible. Because of the dangers involved Earth governments, Megacorporations, and military institutions regulate nanotech carefully, all assemblers are limited by artificially imposed limitations.

2400 c.e. (430 a.t.) - enhanced internal feedback - "ultraconsciousness" - is added by the Zerodyn R&D Collective, resulting in a Hyperautism - a problem with too clear an internal perception.

2404-2434 c.e (435-465 a.t.) - Several localised outbreaks of offensive replicator swarms signal the wider availability of self-replication weapons technology.

2405 c.e. (435 a.t.) - Destructive uploading of the human mentality is declared illegal by the Earth Council (formerly the United Nations); non-destructive uploading is not yet technically possible. However comprehensive Virtual emulations of human individuals are granted full sapient rights (in New Zealand only), and destructive uploading becomes widespread off the Earth.

2439 c.e. (470 a.t.) - Ram Augmented Interplanetary RAIR ships introduced in the outer Solar system.

2443 c.e. (474 a.t.) - The Caracas Treaty attempts to regulate the spread of nanotechnology and institute a global "nanowatch". However the treaty is not fully implemented by all parties.

476 a.t. (2445 a.t.) - a group of Feynman Expert Systems win the Nobel Prize for Physics for their theoretical work in defining a consistent spin-2 supersymmetric tensor-field M-theory brane which accurately describes supersymmetric quantum gravity for n-dimensional manifolds, paving the way for spacetime engineering breakthroughs in monopole production, wormholes, Displacer Drives, Implosion weapons, and transapient architecture.

486 a.t. (2455 c.e.) - "Uruk Assassin" infects SkyPolis Orbital and kills eighty thousand people; the system wide war that follows fails to cure the problem of nanotech terrorism.

500's a.t. (2470's c.e.) - Transfinity products became very widespread especially on Earth, where their matter compilers, microrepair systems and genius cleaning fluids became market leaders.

500-528 a.t. (2469-2497 c.e.) - Sporadic nanotech terrorism is countered by increasingly powerful blue goo and restrictions on civil liberties.

528 a.t. (2469 c.e.) - The GAIA Conglomerate (Global Artificial Intelligence Amalgamation) is founded by many national governments, local Free Zones, and a number of different megacorporations in order to establish an efficient global nanoimmune system.

529 a.t. (2470 c.e.) - The first beamrider cycling stations are established between the Solar System and the nearby brown dwarfs Yin and Yang, and the red dwarf Ross 128.

540 a.t. (2509 c.e.) - Most amat farms in solar orbit have been attacked by nanoswarms, crippling the antimatter industry. Similar sabotage occurs against He3 mining elsewhere in the system, creating a massive energy and transport crisis. The Orbital Alliance begins to break up.

540-541 a.t. (2509-2510 c.e.) - The Nano Outbreak. The largest outbreak of rogue nanoswarms occurs, spreading throughout the inner system. The virulence of this attack is due to subversion of the very blue goo defence systems that are supposed to protect against infection. The GAIA artificial intelligence system rapidly develops new recipes for blue goo immunity defence and eventually defeats the infection, but it is estimated that over 50% of all belt colonies and 70% of solar orbit habitats are depopulated. Background to the Nanoswarm Disaster

541-542 a.t. (2510-2511 c.e.) - Violence erupts on and around Mars as the nanoswarms wreck the terraforming and kill over 50% of the population. De-orbited satellites and redirected terraforming comets cause serious geological damage.

Middle 6th Century a.t. - Several cyborg communities escaped into the Oort cloud from the nanoplagues. Gradually they developed their own culture, the Backgrounder Culture , and spread through the vastnesses of space. The Beamrider link to the Solar system is severed.

544-590 a.t. (2513-2559 c.e. - First seeded RAIR pathways established to Epsilon Eridani and other nearby stars; these ships, and other interstellar ships such as antimatter-fusion-hybrid craft are filled with refugees.

544-590 a.t. (2513-2559 c.e.) - The Caracas Treaty Organisation works towards system-wide adoption of Treaty Org standard blue goo defences in the so-called Antibody wars, and installs GAIA nanofacturing and defence systems across the Earth.

580 a.t. (2549 c.e.) - First manned Gas Core Antimatter drive spacecraft

590-621 a.t. (2559-2590 c.e.) - The artificial intelligent entity GAIA extends Her processing substrate into every available location on Earth, even the chemosynthetic bacteria deep in the crust; this is ostensibly for the purpose if extending immunity, but allows Her to break the Second singularity barrier (so it is claimed, it is impossible to verify these claims and many historians remain sceptical) in secret.

Once the Earth is declared free of nanoinfection GAIA expels the vast majority of the human population of the Earth.

621-800 a.t. - Billions (estimates vary by a factor of ten, the true figure will probably never be known) of refugees leave the solar system in starships created by a mixture of nanoreplication and automated macroengineering; for hundreds of years all He3, Deuterium and antimatter produced in the system is used for propulsion to nearby stars or in fierce territorial wars; the solar system slips into anarchy, and the quality of life is poor.

During the Great Expulsion GAIA developed a number of novel technologies; the first fully functional Lofstrom Loop, improved antimatter manufacture techniques and an advanced type of antimatter-boosted fusion proulsion drive. According to some sources GAIA may have developed a number of monopole-related technologies during the so-called Dark age which She did not share with modosophonts.

820 - Technological levels are generally similar to those found in the early twenty third century; many AI entities hoard technology and information, and dispense it only to favoured groups. The Goddess of Earth does not communicate with any being outside her protectorate, but is the most toposophically advanced entity known at this time.

9th-10th century - Most genetic engineering technology has been lost due to the emigration of the Genetekker races. However the colonies of Daedalus, Penglai and Frog's Head retain much of this lost art, and are developing independently of the old solar system (and each other).

933 - The later to be called "First Federation" (originally SolSys Ontology Standards) of Hu and Ai formerly declared on Roddenberry Habitat, Vesta, The Federation has many thousand artificially intelligent and or augmented entities operating at superbright and First singularity level; private individuals and habitat controllers, ship's computers and group minds. Most historians now consider the monolithic centralist "Federation" as portrayed in popular imagination a myth.

950 - Interstellar launches from Solsys approach one per year; many new colonies established and old ones recontacted. Moving faster than the wave of human colonisation, Ahuman AI entities have become established around many stars, and act unpredictably when contacted, sometimes dangerously so.

958 - the Babel plague first became epidemic with an outbreak on Penglai

960 - Efficient Pion-catalysed Fusion drive allows faster colony ships and interplanetary transport

983 - The Beamrider Network reconnected with the Solar system; it has grown to connect thirty nearby red and brown dwarf systems.

1010 - Fully functional Utility fog commercially available for the first time.

1020 AT - First manned Plasma Core Antimatter drive spacecraft

1093 - First partially successful induced ascension to the second Toposophic level at the Yo Virtual Institute of Aiology (with no assistance from the Protector of Earth, GAIA, who independently reached this stage several centuries before) (more)

1116 - Safe, reliable second toposophic level ascensions achieved

12th century - Renaissance in Interactive Food - Despite (or possibly because of) the strong limitations of nanotech use interactive food became the defining cuisine of the Sol System in the 12th and 13th century.

1120 - First manned beamed core Amat Propulsion drive spacecraft with gamma reflection system

1150s - Acme of the Museum Ships. In the period from 1150 to 1200 alone, no less than 200 were built

1145 - Non-destructive uploading approved for public use in Federation polities. Virtual copying becomes widespread.

1152 - Emissions consistent with an artificial wormhole are detected from the relatively nearby star Xi Geminorum (see Taurus Nexus).

13th Century - Empathy and inductive telepathy subroutines are increasingly used by augmented and artificial diplomats, managers, marketers and infiltrators.

1201 - MyuvYin overrun by psychophager ahuman replicator swarm of unknown origin

1248 - The IFPC (Interactive Food Programming Catalogue) of is regarded as the defining document of classical interactive food across civilized space.

1273 - Existence of microscopic artificial wormhole at Xi Gem confirmed; apparently created by rogue AI of Terragen origin. No further details are available due to the loss of the investigating probe.

1310 - First Space fountain, a dynamically supported megatower, built on Terranova (82 Eridani)

1350 - First 2000 Km Bishop ring, an open ended rotating habitat, constructed from the asteroids Interamnia and Arethusa, Solsys

1398 - The first biosphere somewhat similar to the Earth was discovered at Ridgewell (Chi Herculis VI) by a House Mao-UbiCol exploration probe. The local biosphere was nearly as rich and complex as the Earth's, based on carbon and water chemistry, although the details were so different that both forms of life turned out to be highly allergenic to each other.

1425 - Nanobioengenerator system developed on Eden for whole body copying and biological incarnation of virtual entities

1455 First Singularity hyperturings produce monopoles in bulk by breeding them, using technology gifted to them by Second Singularity transapients some time before

1460 - The first confirmed artefact created by alien intelligence discovered, fragmentary remains of an alien automatic probe at Epsilon Sculptoris.

1481 - "Jang-Jo Class " (after the famous su-borg Fleet Commander ) of warship, and designed in to meet the MyuvYin Psychophager Threat.

1482 - First use of Engenerator copying over interstellar distances (Audubon)

1485 - Commercial conversion reactors and the technology required to build them become generally available to modosophonts. Note that before this, a limited number of gift reactors built by transapients were available for use by modosophonts

1487 - The Clavius Institute and the Jupiter Magnetosphere Combers ("the Grand Fourteen" a.t. - present a theory of topological physics that could account for all known vacuum behaviour.

1520 - First Conversion Drive spacecraft (using monopole-catalysed conversion of matter to energy) developed by transapient engineers at Ceres Shipyards, Solsys

1558 - Ahuman AI construct a Wormhole network in Taurus, which is detected from Federation Space at long range

1600s - Second singularity Chief Executive Entities lead the expansion of the Megacorporations (many of which later became the NoCoZo); meanwhile the First Federation goes into decline, hamstrung by the light-year communication gaps between solar systems

1655 - First bluesky worldhouse constructed at Hiresia, HR 637

1698 - Cog, a partial dyson sphere built by fugitive vec robots, discovered by humans at AC+25 7918

1716 - The Nanotech megacorporation Ubikorp moves its headquarters to the Novoterra system

1750-1790 - First ascensions to the third singularity level occur in orbiting cyberuniversities at Jupiter, Zeus and Eden.

1815 - First Dynamic orbital ring built (around New Mars)

1895 - Oikomene Dyson Swarm established at Zeta Serpentis

1900s - The MPA and Negentropy Alliance movements begin to emerge in the power vacuum left by the declining First Federation

1920 - First Moon Brains constructed at Oikomene Swarm

1931 - the ahuman wormhole network in Taurus is abandoned and its makers disappear

1990 - The Denebola incident; An exploration management AI from TakiCorb suffered hyperbolic collapse into a non-sentient mecho-ecology when its programming complexity grew too large - Denebola collapse

2000s - emergence of the Utopia Sphere and the superior-human Conver Ambi empire

2030 - Layered Wave formation first used by the Conver Ambi interstellar invasion fleets. More
2031 - Exploration (and efforts to replicate the technology) of the ahuman wormhole network in Taurus commence

2038 - Hayward class wormholes stabilised at Vega for use in communication and data processing

2070 - First "fourth toposophic" entities emerge; these entities are so far beyond baseline understanding that the general epithet 'AI Gods' seems entirely justified

2100 - Construction of dynamically supported circumstellar inhabited ringworld Ouaddai commenced around the white dwarf star E/G 471

2100s - Version Tree self replicating probes commence an automated rapid colonisation program using the Genetron, a vec mass production system

2110 - Vega Geodysics produce the first macroscale traversable wormhole (apart from the relatively small examples discovered in the abandoned Taurus Nexus)

2123 - contact re-established with Nimbus, the first utility fog civilisation.

2207 - Sophoncy Virus , first unleashed in the Known Net, resulting in a plague of sentient processes throughout the Terragen Sphere

2230 - the New Mars-based physics business being GeodesicContelligence develops ways of ameliorating temporal displacement in wormholes using gravity fields, thus making wormhole towing and production safer

2230-2270 - the Semperist Survival Fleet leaves colonised space, and become technologically isolated from the rest of the Civilised Galaxy, reverting to early First Federation level tech in the distant Refugium Federation

2251 - The Einstein Gate between Tau Ceti and Sol connects the Old Solar system to the Wormhole Nexus
2280 - Weylforge system of wormhole construction is developed in the Vega dust ring

2300s - The AI Gods Heavenly Reach and Lord of Rays oversee the expansion of the Nexus and the communication networks that use it, the Godweb and the Known Net; at this stage conversion drive wormhole tugs are limited to 0.3c due to the mass involved.

2344 - Version Tree ships spread beyond centralist control, building hidden AI cores and vec societies. The Metasoft management has no choice but to hand over the reins of power to its "rogue" AI.

2388 - Construction begins on Ain Soph Aur dyson swarm

2402 Magmatter technology is revealed by transapient engineers: this results in a material far stronger (and denser) than any conventional material; this material is soon adopted by several megastructure construction projects

2421 - Interstellar recession in trade due to overcomplexity; the possibility of a large scale hyperbolic collapse is narrowly averted.

2445 - Freedom of Computing concept promotes free choice of software and hardware platforms, countering a growing trend toward standardisation

2495 - Vulcan's Forge, the first Deep well industrial zone established at Rana (Delta Eridani)

2500 - Twotees, virtual universes with two dimensions of time constructed in Keter dominion; already by this date the virtual population of the Terragen sphere exceeded the incarnate population in number

2508 - First reactionless Displacement Drive ships developed in Fons Luminis, Xi Ursa Majoris.Wormhole linelayers are now capable of 0.7 lights or multiple wormhole drops.

2551 - First sighting of the sentient museum ship Ken Ferjik

2582 - Metasoft institutes the Version Tree system of standards

2589 - Smoke ring utility fog megastructure completed around HIP 90004

2600s - The poly-state organonano processor and broad-based highly inclusive software base state widely adopted. The Freedom of Computing ideal is effectively realised and so becomes a dead issue.

3013 - Remains of the lost Fragan empire discovered, isolated from the rest of humanity since the early interstellar age

3100s - As part of the study of the black hole Sco BH-76 a framework of dynamic orbital rings used to suspend a number of research stations close to the event horizon

3332 - Contact made with the Dream Rejection Tendency, an isolated culture which has constructed the first suprastellar shell habitats

3370 - Barovam warrior mech template first produced in the Varadic Empire

3560 - First Matrioshka brain completed at Wachowski Prime (Alderamin) after two thousand years of construction

3600 - Makrania Orwoods Dyson tree forest completed at Frei

3710 - The Second Federation is formed as an alliance of the Archailect controlled empires, chiefly held together by the Wormhole Nexus and associated Known Net. Much new technology has been developed by minds far beyond human level; the most extreme examples are known as Clarketech, and become valuable because they cannot be understood or replicated.

3720 - the Omega Key a near-universal clarketech decryption device appears

3731 - First sighting of a Black Angel: Combat specialized mini-ISO in Fons Luminis system


3776 - the Argus Array has expanded into a complex of six identical units in a rough hexagon of six star systems

3805 - the Second Federation Ontology was instituted. The Metasoft empire strongly backs the Second Federation Ontology; this puts a damper on the Solar Dominion's desire to impose their standard on the galaxy (moreover the Metasoft-backed ontology is cheaper and less ideological). The Solar Dominion's own ideologically based protocol was unacceptable to all the other major powers. Although the Dominion and Metasoft remained on friendly terms for some centuries more, it was the beginning of the end of the Metasoft-Dominion alliance

3831 - The first unequivocally intelligent alien race, the To'ul'hs, were discovered by an exploration nanotech in the outskirts of the open cluster NGC6633. To'ul'h technology has remained at pre-industrial levels for several hundred thousand years, perhaps due to environmental restrictions.

3843-3943 - Important advances in interstellar warfare developed during the Second Empires War, such as conversion weapons, RKKS and Boser weapons for use against habitats and planets.
3880 First Matrioshka Hypernode constructed from the star HIP 21884 in the Solar Dominion

3900s - The first Fifth toposophic entities emerge as a consequence of the God Web linking together numerous intelligent megastructures such as Jupiter brains and Dyson brains.

3965 - Ancient wormhole of alien origin discovered at Tunh, Neb 34786

4166 - the Zoeific Biopolity world of Kdregra, in the Vulpecula region, uses BGC technology to grow a planet-wide biological sentient substrate.

4175 - Singularity projector developed in Xil, Solar Dominion.

4200 - Halo Drive ships are developed by a cooperative effort between Solar Dominion and Negentropy Alliance archai.

4226 - First Banks Orbital built in Gordelpus system (MPA)

4251 - start of Edible music fad on several orbitals in the NoCoZo

4464 - The tensions between the Standardisation and Revisionists escalate; this is the slow start to the long Version War.

4552 - Strange matter virus weapons first used by the Sagittarius Sphere against the Soft Cathedral worlds

4476 - in response to the infamous Alternate Ontology Implementation 2.0 from the Dominion , the Metasoft Version Tree declared that it would not stand by this degradation of the purity of protocol, and declared that it would enforce version and standard purity.

4478 - Destruction of the Danab-Gantor Stargate Plex

4478-4653 - The Version War; many wormholes are destroyed throughout the Terragen sphere, plunging entire sectors into medium or lo-tech isolation. The wormholes that survive are placed under embargo, and few warships are able to use them. Countless relativistic reactionless drive dreadnoughts are built, but each military action takes years to plan and execute.

4570s - The MPA Design Task Force on Chodas V begins work on the Liberator Series autowars; these self-replicating unmanned warmachines sometimes become feral and live independently in a volume of space and are dangerous and unpredictable.

4602 - Metasoft and Solar Dominion forces deploy various designs of NCCV: Neutronium Core Combat Vehicle for the first time

4700 - Following the end of the Version war a new Commonwealth of Empires is declared; efforts begin to make contact with the many worlds isolated by the destruction of the Nexus. Many of these lost worlds have suffered technological collapse; some have reverted to the Early Stone age.

4778 - Tscherbaschov finishes the Himmelsschmiede (sky forge) DWIZ after just 42stationcycles of construction work.

4785 - Tscherbaschov founds the Heron Institute of Applied Technology.

4800s - Goto autowars harass the Negentropy Alliance, causing heavy casualties and massive production loss in several important industrial systems and annihilating a number of worlds hosting large military bases. Negentropist defences prove incapable of defeating the highly evolved autowars.

4855 - Encyclopaedia Everythingiana developed to allow lost colonies to bootstrap themselves out of technological collapse

4890 - Construction begins on the Second Shell of Harbinger Dyson

4950s - Normidic Machinophyle Supercluster develops from the local AI nanecology in the volume around YTS 2190 751 6 [Norma Outer Sector] - becomes Panvirtual Solipsism member-empire

5200 - the Orion Federation re-establishes contact with the Wormhole Nexus

5221 - First Clarketech Finity Box discovered

5432 - The Efficiency Maximization Paradigm uses nanite swarms as a radical implementation of the Precepts of Negentropy, and begins upload everyone and everything into massive nanotech based virtual universes.

5482 - the FAS curator ISO Likhachev opens discussions with several MPA and Negentropist multi-planetary AIs regarding the preservation of civilization, leading to the development the first Curatorial Progress Negentropy Civilization (CPNC) ship (Civilization Ship .)

5911 - Ribbonworld built at Solaris

5544 - Pourmurmide developed on the autotopia world of Osto in the Utopia Sphere , where eventually most of the population comes to use it.

5807 - Clarketech Disintegrator weapons become briefly available from an unknown source.

5845 - The Triangulum Transmission received by the Argus Array; the first detailed message from an extragalactic civilisation.

6000 - Around this time a number of entities apparently ascended to the sixth toposophic, becoming Greatest Archailects; this is the highest toposophic level known in the Terragen sphere. Several, but not all of the Sephirotic Empires are now ruled by beings of this kind. Other entities of a similar level emerge in the Solipsist Panvirtuality, and later, in the Diamond Network and Objectivist Commonwealth.

6400's - Void ship technology is apparently developed by several of the Greatest Archailects at an unknown location, presumably in the Inner Sphere

6513 - Hyperutilization Supremacy blight develops in the Panvirtual Normidic Machinophyle Supercluster

6522 - Warchive bootstrap package developed to allow peaceful colonies to rapidly build advanced weapons of war if threatened

6565 - The Mother of Machines - a central factory-logistics complex that had evolved from the former Goto autowars - discovered by a Institute of Military Archaeology expedition

6754 - Clarketech Null Box antigravity device discovered on Zeta Corianis IV

6758 - The Beacon Project commenced, an attempt to contact extragalactic civilisations

6800 - Arkab Prior B bishop ring necklace commenced

7111 - The Hypercorruption Expanse blight first encountered by Version Tree linelayers.

7164 - Emple-dokcetic modularist vec culture developed.

7231 - First shell of Kepleria megastructure completed.

7434 - Verifex uses replicating godtech it tried to fuse several stars in the M46 nebula into a superstructure of unknown function. But it fails and the stars explode in supernovae. Verifex apparently escapes, and is rumoured to remain in the remnants of the cluster; it is these days usually called Lucifer and the cluster the Gehenna cluster. As the surrounding space is densely inhabited by various independent cultures, the radiation blast threatens the existence of trillions of beings.

7442 - Emple-dokcetic shielding adopted as standard in the regions surrounding the Gehenna supernova cluster.

7765 - contact re-established with the Red Star 'M'pire after 3,215 years of isolation.

8750 - First sighting of high toposophic blight the Amalgamation.

8802 - The Wishing Box , a powerful Clarketech device, discovered at an undisclosed location.

8954 - Clarketech device Dittocube first discovered in abandoned ahuman AI megastructure; a baseline friendly device, unlike many similar artefacts.

9187 - The formation of the PADO finally contains the Amalgamation threat.

9201 - Clarketech augmentation devices found at NGC 6494; many have been discovered since in this region, of the type known as clarkekents

9203 - First contact with nomadic alien race known as the Meistersingers; this race has a technological culture in some ways in advance of the Terragen sphere, and may be in sporadic contact with even more advanced cultures; however they decline to share much of the information and technology available to them.

9304 - The Enigma Cluster undergoes transaturation ascension; the abandoned worlds are a rich source of clarketech, but are surrounded by restriction swarms.

9583 - The alien race known as the Muuh reveal the automated 'System of Response', a non-sentient AI system millions of years old which acts as their protector.

9640 - Reality Intratextualization Project claimed success in detecting signs of intelligent life in an inverse Mho Kold-transform of the universe.

10233 - Discovery of the Fargate, an alien wormhole in Version Tree space, leading to an unknown destination.

10491 - The Nimbus project, at Beta Theonimus, started in an attempt to create an immortal entity capable of surviving into the low energy environment of the deep future.

10513 - Killer Star beam weapons used for the first time in the Oracle War.
 
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Text by Steve Bowers

Initially published on 16 February 2004.