400 to 530 AT: The Nanotech Age
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Governments and corporations prove unable to control cheap and widespread nanotech; the "Backyarders" on Earth in cooperation with a number of Belt colonists and outsiders launch their ships for the Oort halo and the stars, although few are successful.
The Interplanetary Age
400 AT (2370 c.e.)
400s - 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 in 414.
400 - Fully provolved Siberoo individuals occupy executive positions in certain polar research facilities.
401 - Stasist AIs gradually reach a consensus, after marginalizing the ahumans and their incompatible plans. More.
401 - The first paired rotating O'Neill cylinder colony is constructed at the Earth/Moon L4 point
407 - Development of synthetic symbiotic organisms becomes first a growing area of research and then a growth industry for the next twenty years. Synthetic and gengineered organisms released into the wild begin to have unforeseen and undesirable consequences.
410 - Industrial nano-tech widely accessible. Because of the dangers involved both normal and tweaker Governments, Megacorporations, and military institutions all keep the lid on nanotech, use special assemblers that only replicated a number of times before self-destructing, have draconian legislation and radical surveillance, and other such devices. The erosion of civil liberties leads to police states, only compounding the tension between the cyborgs and the shapers.
410 - Autonomous bubblehabs, not specifically aligned with an external founding nation, religious organization, or transnational, begin to predominate, particularly in the atmospheres of Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune; a division between 'Inworlders' and 'Outworlders' begins to develop. At the same time, with the rise of the Backyarders and especially the Neotribalist Backyarders, many new immigrant/refugee groups arrive from the high-surveillance polities of Old Earth and other insystem regions of Solsys. The first primitive self-replicating bubblehabs are developed, though most new habs are still simply constructed by their future inhabitants.
410 - Rat provolves developed at the Rat Barrel.
414-416 - Four colonisation ships are launched by the ethnic Chinese conglomerate Heavenly Palaces with the help of several Genetekker clades and some megacorps with longstanding Genetekker sympathies, towards Sigma Draconis.
420 - Pearl Fortress announces a plan to leave the solar system.
420's - First creation of the human derived species known as Goliaths (Homo gigantopithecus).
430 AT (2400 c.e.)
430 - Many small groups seek to escape from the high levels of surveillance in Earth states. They build autonomous Freedom Ships, habitats and biospheres, some remaining in the inner solar system and others moving out into the Kuiper Belt, the Oort Cloud, and beyond.
430's - Enhanced internal feedback - "ultraconsciousness" - is added by the Zerodyn R&D Collective, resulting in a Hyperautism - a problem with too clear an internal perception.
430's - Interactive food becomes more common
431 - First Fullair and its autofab template created
432 - Vollmark, an interstellar era home microtronics corporation, established.
432 - Macoss habitat opened for colonisation
432 - Fullairs, bubblehabs built for Old Earth conditions, are available as a nanofab template within the Backyarder culture.
435-465 - Several localised outbreaks of offensive replicator swarms signal the wider availability of self-replicating weapons technology.
435 - 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.
438 - Heterosemiotics and a grab bag of minor backyarder clans launch the Turing towards Pi 3 Orionis from an Oort base.
447 - Last documented appearance of the unidentified AI entity Hal.
450 AT (2420 c.e.)
450's - Power Stilts become a short-lived fad (more)
450 - Massive growth in populations and economic power of the bubblehabs in Solsys. Native bubble hab polities rise to prominence, an event known to Inworlders, especially those on Saturn, as 'The Blooming'. Outworlder news organizations begin to refer to the 'Floater' or 'Inworlder' polities and metapolities as 'the new giants of the system'.
451 - The Valparaiso cycler becomes a hotel in Mars orbit
460's - The Farm Analogy, infamous forgery widely circulated on the net, purporting to be an authentic post from one AI to another, showing how they undertake "people farming".
460-510 - Phobos' technical school undertakes 'class projects' to build interstellar lightsail probes every four years. A local AI calling itself "_____" volunteers to be the payload for these probes,
forming the basis for what will later be called the '.....' spores.
462 - Valhalla habitat founded.
466 - Macoss habitat completed.
470 - Jovian League ship launched toward Epsilon Eridani.
470 - Ram Augmented Interplanetary RAIR ships introduced in the outer Solar system.
474 - The Caracas Treaty attempts to regulate the spread of replicating and autonomous swarm technology and institute a global monitoring authority. However the treaty is not fully implemented by all parties.
480 AT (2450 c.e.)
484 - The first Tau Ceti Shuttle 'Red' launched.
486 - "Uruk Assassin" synthetic viral replicator infects SkyPolis Orbital and kills eighty thousand people; the system wide crackdown that follows fails to cure the problem of bio-terrorism.
487 - Several bases in the Juno Confederation, accused of being behind much nanoterrorism, are attacked by a joint Orbital Alliance and Earth strike force. The supposed terrorist bases are later shown to be innocent mining homesteaders.
487 - The Tsiolkovsky arrives at Tau Ceti.
488 - Godfrey-9, "renaissance being", philosopher, artist, and ai-at-leisure, ascends to S1
490 - The trial of the Minsk 7, independent researchers accused of having spread nanodesigns on the Net and supported nanoterrorism. After a show trial they are executed, and the case helps usher in the new "Molecular Law Directorate" in the EU.
498 - "Ground Zero" nanite infects Kleopatra, killing 1373 people. The asteroid is quarantined for nearly 400 years.
499 -The Prudence Foundation colony ship Sure launches towards Epsilon Indi.
499 - Shortly before completing the journey to Procyon, a stowaway solipsist AI activates and goes on to overwhelm the corporate slaved AI onboard Zhang Qian.
500 AT (2470 c.e.)
500 - Modified starfish are developed as non-sapient underwater biobots; these will be developed into the sophont Streya clade in the Federation Era.
500 - First work towards provolution of ray-finned fishes (Acties); fully sapient Acties will not emerge until Federation times.
500-528 - Sporadic biotech and nanotech based terrorism is countered by increasingly powerful blue goo and restrictions on civil liberties.
500's - Transfinity products become very widespread especially on Earth, where their matter compilers, microrepair systems and genius cleaning fluids become market leaders.
502 - The Atlanta Incident: a nanoterrorist threat makes the Atlanta police release the John Wayne Public Protection synsect swarm (later dubbed Dirty Harry). In the ensuing mega-surveillance/swift justice environment over 19,000 people are killed, behaviorally modified or 'body imprisoned' using lock-in paralysis.
505 - Probe launched to GL667 system.
506 - The first large outbreak of rogue replicators in space occurs on the Moon. Tycho is partially damaged, and 483 people killed. The plague continues to harass the moon inhabitants for more than 4 years.
507 - Macoss Habitat departs Solar System for Epsilon Eridani, following conversion to an antimatter catalysed fusion colony ship.
509 - By this date the Cishp own 2/3 of the Titanian surface.
c. 510 - First serious splits within the pan-sophontist movement over how much freedom and independence provolve clades need to have
513 - Paedro Andros Gan, famous cyberian activist, is killed in custody by Javanese authorities. This energizes a wave of nanoterrorism and subversion, as well as speeds up the escape of the Earth intelligentsia into the outer system.
520 - International Nanotech Defense Net developed by an alliance of nanodefense corporations and leased to many regions. The European Federation develops a competing nanodefense standard.
523 - In a landmark case the Earth Trade Association and UN Nanodefence Council order the closing of the otherwise successful Transfinity corporation.
526 - First provolved ferrets, the Putorians.
526 - The energetic but non-lethal "Bermuda Shoestring Assembler" coats much of the North Atlantic with "gruel" forming a hazard to shipping and mass die-offs of some species of marine life.
528 - The GAIA Conglomerate (Global Artificial Intelligence Array) 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 - New World launched for Beta Virginis.
529 - The first beamrider cycling stations are established between the Solar System, the nearby brown dwarfs Yin and Yang, and the red dwarf Ross 128.
- Backyarder - Text by Graham Hopgood based on original by M. Alan Kazlev
Generic term for nanotech era interplanetary/interstellar colonists who legend says grew interstellar ships — virtually from their own backyard — out of nanotech seeds. The reality is that most were content with Earth-based or Solsys-based independence. In fact almost all of the small percentage of backyarders who did have interstellar aspirations worked in concert with Belters, who supplied most of the resources as well as much of the technical and practical expertise in exchange for a stake in any planets claimed, and few of this minority actually completed their preparations and of those who did leave the Sol System during the 5th century most never reached their destinations.
- Black Fire - Text by Anders Sandberg
Genetekker nanoterrorist group, attacking Mars, Orbital Alliance, and Earth installations during the 400's.
- Blazer, Deeper - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Pre-Technocalypse terms for pioneers and adventurers who sort to explore and develop "deep space" (hence "deeper") and "blaze a trail" (archaic expression - origin unknown) out beyond CisLunar space, Mars, the Belt and the main population hubs.
- Bubblehabs - Text by Stephen Inniss
Artificial habitats that float in a planetary atmosphere, usually the atmosphere of a cool gas giant or ice giant planet.
- Climate Change on Old Earth - Text by Todd Drashner
The climate change crisis on Old Earth peaked during the Interplanetary period with a two metre rise in sea-levels
- Eugenesis - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Literally "well born", a popular name among a few Martian and Jovian Genetekkers and Cis-Lunar Superiors. Following the exposure of AML atrocities on Phobos, the name fell out of favour, since it was discovered that half the priesthood were called Eugenesis. It was partially redeemed during the early First Federation period, as it had been adopted by Eugenesis of Vesta. While a number of disciples of that famous hyperturing call themselves Eugenesis, and it remains a popular honorific among the Genen, the name is otherwise very rarely used.
- Extropia - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
 Interlinked Information to First Federation age evolving communities embodying extropian values. Included both virtual cultural communities and actual communities in several orbital free zones.
 Belt habitat of Extropist sect, Interplanetary Age to Nanotech Age.
- Fullairs - Text by AI Vin
Airborne arcologies supported by warm air. A variety of bubblehab.
- Haloers - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Inhabitants of the Kuiper and Oort regions of a solar system (also called K-Belters, Oort-Miners, Outerists, Haloisters, Halos).
- Laustrom-Xiang, Hermann - Text by Anders Sandberg
The nanoimmune designer who designed many of the protocols that were eventually included in GAIA.
- Macoss Habitat/Ship - Text by Ben Higginbottom
Interplanetary age habitat with a culture heavily influenced by anime.
- Marsfather Movement, The - Text by James Rogers
Religious movement that emerged on the planet Mars during the late Nanotech Age.
- Orbital (political unit) - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Originally, a nation state or city state based on habitats in orbit around Old Earth. Over the course of the Interplanetary Age the term came to be used for any such state in Solsys. By early First Federation times the term Orbital was used more broadly for any independent or semi-independent state based on a hab in orbit around a planet.
- Perpetua Project, The - Text by Steve Bowers
A failed project to create a self-improving AI.
- Treaty Org, the - Text by Steve Bowers
Important Centralist organisation in the Nanotech age of Solsys. Instrumental in the creation of GAIA, but was rejected by Her when She ascended to the Second Singularity. The Treaty Org was originally based on Earth, but after the Great Expulsion moved its headquarters to Luna and assisted in establishing the Bracelet Band.
Text by M. Alan Kazlev
timeline by numerous OA contributors
Initially published on 12 July 2001.