History

200 Years Ago Earth colonizes the Moon and Mars
100 Years Ago Mars rebels from Earth in the Ares Wars. Mars bombards earth with meteors, which will eventually lead to Oceanic Collapse. Earth eventually crushes Martian resistance due to advantages in resources and populace. Mars defeated and converted to a virtual slave colony.
50 Years Ago Earth researchers come to understand the chain reaction which will lead to Oceanic Collapse, but it is too late. Collapse is now inevitable on Earth. Earth habitable for < 100 years.
35 Years Ago Gravity Wave Drive invented, allowing travel at significant fractions of speed of light. Initial drives are unreliable and enormous. Not practical for long-range ships. Engine designs are classified.
32 Years Ago 0th Generation wave drives perfected. Interstellar travel now practical. Construction of Marathon Colony Ship begins on Mars using indentured Martian labor. Wave Drive designs are closely guarded secret.
30 Years Ago Marathon colony ship leaves Mars towards Earth 2, taking with it many of the resources Martian laborers depend on to survive. Martian engineers leak classified 0th Gen Wave Drive designs in protest. Martian labor force is left to die on Mars
28 Years Ago 1st Generation Wave Drives perfected by tinkerers and hackers working from 0th Gen designs. Engines are much smaller, slightly faster but wildly unreliable. Long range travel using 1st Gen designs considered impossible.
27 Years Ago Petros, constructs the ship Omphalos from an abandoned orbital fuel container and a his own design for a 2nd Gen gravity drive. Leaves Martian orbit chasing the Marathon. He is written off as a madman, chasing a lonely death. 
25 Years Ago Petros arrives at the Marathon, affixes Omphalos to the hull,  becomes Petros the Zero. Diverts wave-envelope energy to signal Mars that he has arrived safely. Other Martians quickly begin building ships based on 1st Gen Wave Drives to follow in Petros's footsteps. This kicks off the "First Wave."
23 Years Ago First members of the First Wave arrive on the Marathon. For the next 3 years, a stream of dozens of ships based on 1st Gen Wave Drive reach the Marathon. Hundreds more ships explode or are lost in interstellar space. Thousands die. 
21 Years Ago Petros the Zero discovers "Barnacle Accretion" white paper while monitoring Marathon network traffic. BarnAcc coined as name of colony, learns that Colonists are aware of Barnacle pre
19 Years Ago Six years since the arrival of Omphalos. Several hundred additional ships based on 1st Gen Wave Drives have arrived on the Marathon. Community of the First Wave well established and peaceful. Attempts to contact Colonists have failed. Marathon crosses asymptotic threshold of First Gen Wave Drives. First Wave now ended. Work on 2nd Gen Wave Drives accelerates.
16 Years Ago 2nd Gen Wave Drive perfected on Earth. Engines have significantly higher velocity, and thus longer asymptotic range threshold with the Marathon. Second Gen engine designs not shared with Mars. "Second Wave" Barnacles begin leaving Earth. 
13 Years Ago Hundreds of ships of the Second Wave begin arriving at Marathon. Conflicts arise between predominantly Martian First Wave and primarily Earth-born Second Wave, resulting in the Wave Wars, which are mostly just low-grade gang fights.
10 Years Ago Marathon reaches Asymptotic Threshold of Second Gen Drives. Second Wave ends, causing BarnAcc residents to stop fighting. Barnacle Truce called, resulting in lasting peace between First and Second waves. 
9 Years Ago BarnAcc scientists studying the Marathon's Wave Envelope discover the Wave Echo effect, enabling 3rd Gen Wave Drive designs. BarnAcc engineers transmit drive designs to Earth and Mars, beginning the Third Wave.
7 Years Ago Martian ecology collapses. All life on Mars ended. Survivors either return to earth or join the Third Wave.
5 Years Ago Marathon reaches 3rd Gen asymptotic threshold. Third Wave ends.
0 Present Day
10 Years from Now Marathon's scheduled arrival on Earth 2.


 

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