Update on the Verifex explosion

Verifex Nebula
Image from Steve Bowers
The Verifex Nebula as seen from Adara Treaty region

The 154 artificial Supernovae involved in the Verifex event in M50 in Monoceros caused severe ecological damage on many worlds in a region one thousand light years across, mostly in the Orion Federation.

Wormhole loss and the loss of markets was the main cause of a serious recession in the Orion Federation, and to a lesser extent in the neighboring Sophic League and Metasoft Version Tree.

Many Hider, Near-baseline independent and feral colonies within 500 light years of the event were badly damaged, and some were entirely annihilated. Some of these colonies that acquired Emple Dokcetic shielding in time (usually by becoming dependent territories or incurring a vast debt) and hi-tech Sephirotic colonies (except those destroyed by wormhole implosion in the first few months of the event) nearly all survived. This was due to ultratech shielding, some indeed obtained from the Emple Dokcetics, or pirated or independent versions of the same.

Because of the inverse square law the effect decreased quite rapidly until at 1,500 ly from M50 effect was approximately 8.5 times less than inside the extreme damage zone (allowing for a non- point source).

The Crystal Star Domain was easily able to protect itself using its own technology, as it is located 1700 ly from the epicentre of the explosions in the direction of the Galactic rim. However many of the local nearbaseline cultures, with which the Domain had formed trading agreements, suffered some moderate to severe damage. At the edge of the 1500 ly radius sphere the effect of the gamma ray and neutrino blast was serious, but survivable, even for a relatively lowtech system. Only unprotected astonauts in space were likely to suffer significant radiation exposure at this distance; and most space-going clades at this time were able to repair any damage caused by exposure in all but the most extreme cases.

The Verifex disaster caused disturbance to natural and artificial ecological systems over a shere five thousand light years in diameter. However towards the edge of this volume the damage was no more serious than moderate to severe global warming.

Behind the gamma ray and neutrino blast follows a much slower expanding shell of gas and dust, which will slow down in several hundred thousand years and form an unusually large bubble. The brilliant light emitted will exert pressure against existing gas and molecular clouds and trigger several starbuilding events in the local area (including possibly the Rosette nebula).

After the initial wave of intense radiation passed, this spherical zone was gradually recolonised in what is known as the Hellfire Expansion.

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Text by Steve Bowers

Initially published on 05 November 2008.