This part of the timeline provides details as to how the Solar Corporations and the United Nations rose to power. It also outlines the beginning of the rift that will eventually lead to the conflict this series is actually about.
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The New Haven Timeline
Part Two: The Rise of Solar Corporations
Jon Michael May
Copyright © 2012
A heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped flesh out this universe; in all its various incarnations. New Haven wouldn’t be what it has become, without your input.
I’m much obliged.
Part Two: The Rise of Solar Corporations
As the Pax Tecum Corporation and other larger independent corporations continued to gain the economic and political clout to influence world events, many corporations sought out other markets in which to expand their influence. Using the development of fusion based technology as the catalyst for this expansion, the Pax lead the way to the stars, quickly monopolizing the inner solar system and pulling humanity along with them.
– As the New Hope Space Port nears completion, the Pax Corporation begins shifting its focus towards using it’s growing economic and technological power base to exploit the resources of space. In a drastic move, three large independent aerospace technology companies are acquired by the end of summer. Planning begins for a wide range of missions throughout the inner system, including a number of automated rovers capable of landing on Mars and returning to Earth. The unmanned rovers will also simulate the conditions required for a manned flight to and from Mars.
– By the end of the year, the Global Power Grid is estimated to connect nearly sixty-five percent of the worlds electrical consumers.
– Over the course of the year, a string of system failures across North America and Europe, force an emergency shutdown in four separate reactors. The failures are traced due to improper safety measures established during the rapid setup of the Global Power Grid, coupled with improper coolant safety systems inherent in the design of the ITER-3 reactor procured from France. While no release of containment material is detected in the vicinity of the four reactors, the timing of multiple failures in such a short period of time causes considerable concern among the Fusion Powered Nations.
– While the immediate reactionary finger pointing was aimed squarely towards the Pax Tecum Corporation a thorough review of each reactor cited human error due to rushed construction as the most likely cause.
– Specialists from the Pax Corporation are hired by numerous nations to help reform Fusion Reactor Safety Operations & Regulations. The Pax Technicians use the New Haven standard layout as a basis for their reforms. New Haven not only becomes the standard Fusion Reactor setup, but also one of the primary power production facilities on Earth.
– In light of these events, the Red One & Red Two reactors on New Haven island are temporarily taken off the Grid to undergo routine maintenance.
– The Pax Tecum Corporation launches it’s first satellite into space, from the New Hope Space Port. Their highly publicized launch schedule for the next five years is criticized by many as overly ambitious, including manned missions to Luna and Mars.
– The Red One & Red Two reactors on New Haven island are brought back online and resume normal operations. Their untarnished operational record cements the Pax Corporation as the leading developer of fusion based technology. By the end of the year, more then sixty percent of all fusion based development projects involve the Pax Corporation in some manner.
– The cybernetic life form known as Harriet; suffers a terminal systems failure and is pronounced dead on Monday February 12; 17:31. While most interested parties cite this is a devastating setback to the field of cybernetics, field specialists are quick to note many insights into the cognitive abilities of Harriet’s neural cortex were gleaned in the moments before her death. Shortly thereafter, work on Harriet II begins, with upgrades and a better understanding of artificial neural pathway creation, based in part from the information gained from Harriet’s death.
– The Pax Corporation quietly begins investing in the S&E Security Firm, a small private military contractor company. Their investment is aimed directed largely towards the development of logistical support and advanced technologies R&D.
– At the end of the year, the S&E Security Firm signs a long term contract with the Pax Corporation. The exact details are never published, however S&E publicly withdrawals from bidding on all open contracts. This move leads many to speculate a deal was reached, granting the Pax exclusivity in all future operations; effectively giving the Pax their own private military.
– The Pax Corporation and the S&E Security Firm begin spreading their newly combined economic base by investing heavily in advanced defense technologies. Through the acquisition of several smaller tech and security firms, S&E quickly becomes one of the most well armed corporate backed PMC’s.
– Late in the year, the United Korean Republic is officially recognized as the legitimate government of the Korean peninsula.
– To combat the growing cost of operating and maintaining space based technologies, many nations begin relying on joint operations to offset the burden of cost, while sharing the benefits among the contributors. These International Space Conglomerates are largely privately funded, government run operations and face the constant struggle of operating in the shadow of the Corporate Space Initiative.
– While the Conglomerates are slow to produce any conclusive benefits from their operation, by the end of the year, three separate manned missions to Luna have been successfully undertaken. An additional four unmanned missions have also been conducted, with the first manned mission to Mars planned for early in the next decade.
– Facing the burdens of massive overcrowding, widespread drought, pollution, and famine; the Eastern Alliance Space Conglomerate announces the Gemini project. Gemini will see the formation of the first mass housing structures in orbit of Earth. This marks the fist large scale multi-Conglomerate space project, when the EASC seeks outside funding to help offset the cost of the initial investment.
– The Pax Tecum Corporation launches the first manned mission to Mars. While the mission fails to land on the surface, it is successful in returning all three mission specialists back to Earth.
– By August a the second manned mission is underway and on September 3rd the Pax succeed in placing Commander Elise Shearin on the surface of Mars. With their mission lasting seven days, the crew return in early December.
– The Velos Development Group is incorporated, specializing in advanced aerospace technologies. Using direct technology patents purchased from the Pax Corporation, the Velos Development Group (often referred to as the Velos Corporation) begins development of a high output low cost fusion rocket capable of single stage surface to orbit heavy lift transport. A number of investors show interest in this technology offering critical financial backing to Velos in exchange for exclusive right to the first generation of working fusion rockets. No less then four other similar fusion based rockets are thought to be under development from competing aerospace companies, however are all merely engine prototypes and none are incorporated into a heavy payload delivery system.
– Early testing proves promising.
– The EASC negotiates a deal to use Pax and Velos fusion rockets for transport of construction materials, so long as all flights leave from the New Hope Space Port and the Pax and Velos corporations maintain the pattens to the new engine. This move drastically reduces the cost of the initial investment for the Gemini project, allowing many more partners to sign on.
– With the EASC and other multinational conglomerates driving demand for single stage fusion engines and Velos operating as the primary supplier of such technologies, Velos enters a period of unprecedented economic growth. To further embellish their growing profit margin, Velos partners with the Pax Corporation to build a new medium range transport, with the goal of transporting people and cargo to the moon and returning both safely to Earth.
– Velos begins immediate development of the Comet Project, highlighting the design goals outline by the Pax Corporation. The final drafts they submit are for a medium range shuttle/orbiter like vehicle that can take off from most conventional runways on Earth and reach orbit under its own power, before refiling in orbit and continuing on to the moon. While the vehicles cargo capacity is less then expected, the Comet is seen as an important first step in revolutionizing the development of space based commerce. The Pax sign off on the project and production of a prototype begins by the end of the year.
– Two years after the onset of the project, the Pax and Velos Corporations unveil the Comet prototype aerospace transport to a curious public. While little information about its capabilities are given prior to its first atmospheric flight, the initial order of three custom built vehicles leads many to believe it is merely a step towards a more wide scale workhorse vehicle.
– While the first production model of the Comet is just entering official use, Velos begins development of its successor. Based on lessons learned in the development of the Comet and improvements in fusion driver technology, the R1-01 transport is to be the long range heavy cargo transport that the Pax had originally envisioned the Comet to be.
– Working prototypes of the R1-01 begin testing, while the third Comet transport enters service. The Comet III’s first mission is a nonstop cruise to Luna and back.
– Two Comet Transports accompany the first R1-01 transport on a nonstop trip from New Haven Island to Luna and back.
– Construction on the first of eight planned orbital habitat complexes begin. Housing only a few thousand people, this first step in large scale space habitation is hoped to prove the feasibility of commercial space habitation.
While the R1-02 begins its first nonstop trip to Luna, the R1-01 transport makes the successful trip to Mars and back. The trip sets several new speed records, including fastest manned space flight and shorted round trip from Earth to Mars. Both records had previously been held by the Pax.
– The Pax Corporation establish the first STARSAT Solar Positioning System & DataCom Arrayat the Earth-Mars L2 point. A schedule of one satellite every other month is planned over the next three years, in order to form a basic DataCom grid across the inner solar system. This network of communication and data satellites will allow real time communications and data transfer within the inner solar system. Three of the satellites in the first series are set for Martian Orbit. While delivery of the satellites into Martian orbit could have been achieved by low grade rockets, a fully manned R1-01 transport was tasked with the mission.
– The Pax prepare to launch the Argus project, a multi-stage mission designed to carry supplies, equipment, and personnel throughout the inner solar system. Stage-One will deliver building supplies to Luna via a Comet Transport, in preparation for construction of Alpha Station, the first manned outpost on the surface of the moon.
– Masked as routine probing mission as part of the expanded Argus Project, the AG-FD09 Probe is launched with a military grade Fusion Driver test vehicle. Operating on the dark side of the moon, extensive testing of the more advanced Fusion Driver proceeds unnoticed. This new engine will be used exclusively on Corporate vehicles and will not be sold to any non corporate space agencies. This marks the first instance of a technology deferential between what is in production by the corporations and what is being sold to the Conglomerates.
– The Pax announce that the second stage of the Argus Project will oversee the construction of the first manned habitats on the Lunar surface. This multi-conglomerate initiative will not be open to the public. While many applicants are considered for the honor of being the first humans to live on Luna, few pass the rigorous fitness, medical, and physiological exams required to qualify for colonization. By the end of the year over three hundred applicants have been screened, with only seven being chosen of the seventy-five required to meet the mission profile.
– A married coupled working for the Orbital Habitat Project give birth to the first child born in space. Initial concerns regarding the child’s health are quickly dispelled as the infant becomes a minor celebrity.
– Integration of subdermal semi-organic electronics and neural enhancements begin entering limited use. While many military services have been using such enhancements for over a decade, many elements of the public are slow to adopt their use. Augmentation of newborns is common, however adult augmentation is far less frequent.
– Harriet II is introduced to the world via a live press conference. Taking questions from the crowd, Harriet is quick to impress, however many see her quips as nothing more then pre-programmed responses. Harriet is quick to note however that while she is an advancement over her predecessor, she is not yet fully sentient. Many note however that her own acknowledgment of a lack of sentience may very well make her sentient. Most observers disagree however.
– The first Orbital Habitats finish construction and begin taking on settlers. These commercial rental properties do little to abate Earth’s growing population or impoverished living conditions that many face on Earth. Additionally, due to the harsh realities of life in space, residence aboard the Orbital Habitats is more of a lifestyle choice then a right or freedom granted to every human. And while those with disposable incomes attempt to buy their way off Earth, they quickly face the reality of rigorous training and battery of mental and physical evaluations required of those wishing to live and work in space.
– Still the demand and ability of those willing to leave Earth is greater then what the current Orbital Habitats can sustain. Seeing an opportunity, the Pax Corporation teams with Velos to develop several large scale Orbital Habitats that can accommodate far more inhabitants. With no specific agency capable of overseeing orbital habitat construction and management, the Pax Corporation chooses the Mil-Loh Corporation to take on the role of orbital landlord. Mil-Loh begins slicing up as much real estate in orbit of Earth and Luna as possible.
– As the first settlers begin making the move to Luna, the Pax announce stage three of the Argus Project, Lunar Station. While the initial development of the station calls for a small space port to better aid future trips to Mars, the design quickly expands to include a fully fledged anchorage and living accommodation for more then three million people. This does not include the growing range of orbital and surface habitats already under construction.
– As more corporations begin to operate in space, Velos begins developing more dynamic space capable transports. By the end of the year, no less then seven varied models are in development for purchase, many with any number of custom options to meet a host of needs. Unable to keep pace, many of the multinational Space Conglomerates turn to Velos for their own aerospace transport needs.
– By the end of the year, Velos and the Pax Corporations are the primary co-contractors of all aerospace vehicles in operation by any space faring organization on Earth.
– S&E Security Firm files for corporate status, becoming S&E Interplanetary LLC. Their fist act as a fully fledged corporate entity, is the participation in the joint relief efforts following Hurricane Chester.
– Through the use of genetic manipulation from patient samples, organ donation no longer requires the use of immunosuppressant medication.
– As air pollution related illness reaches an all time high; air-filtration systems swamp the market with sales matching or exceeding sales of heating and air conditioning units.
– Lower income families and the ‘working poor’ continue to face monumental hurdles as food, housing, and clean air/water filtration systems continue to rise in price.
– Food production becomes more and more difficult on Earth as environmental conditions continue to erode viable crop land. Almost every industrialized country has initiated some type of farm reclamation program in an attempt to build new mass production farms. The newly homeless face forced relocation into mass urban communities where cramped skyscrapers house thousands of people and slowly become self contained communities.
– Many Corporations expand their reach to extend basic living standards throughout the world, however even with their combined economic power, they can do little to offset the tide of poverty cresting over much of the population.
– The average human life span has increased to ninety-eight years for women and ninety-five for men. For the first time in history, estimates suggest a significant portion of the population in developed nations will live beyond one hundred years of age.
– The oldest women in recorded human history dies at the age of one hundred fifty-three.
– Record level hurricanes and typhoons wreak havoc on coastal cities. With little aid available, entire cities and their populations are wiped out. Those who survive the storms either vow to scrape by any way they can, or abandon their homes and head inland. The swath of storm ravaged communities become wild gang and homeless run wastelands, where there is no law but survival of the fittest. Many survive, but countless others perish. For the first time in decades, no one is sure how many die each year as people begin to either not care or lose the ability to keep track of who is left.
– Citing the increased reliance on Corporate entities for any number of basic living standards, a group of seven nations (Russia, France, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, India, and The United States) meet in Paris to discuss the formation of a new coalition of nations. While the meeting covers a variety of topics ranging from healthcare proliferation to the impact of global environmental changes, the most heated debate comes from discussion of continued Corporate superiority.
– While the meeting accomplished few real goals, the group of seven agrees to meet again in the Winter with the stipulation that each representative must bring one additional representative from a neighboring nation.
– Six months later, fourteen representatives met in Paris to continue their discussion of pressing global matters. Talk of an official charter of some sort was brought up many times, however it failed to gain wide support. The one topic that everyone agreed upon, was the continued presence of Corporate superiority. Again, the meeting is dismissed and a new meeting is set for the following spring with the stipulation that each member bring two additional representatives from neighboring nations.
– Jormun Arakel is born in orbit of Luna.
– In April, over forty nations assemble in Paris for what was billed as the Sol Summit. A host of Corporations were invited to the summit however as a show of solidarity, none were in attendance.
– During the summit many topics were discussed, however the issue of Corporate Superiority remained the primary point of debate.
– When France, Russia, and Great Britain bring up the point of an official charter to form a definitive economic and political union, the meeting dissolves amid old rivalries and accusations of power hungry nations seeking terms for their own gain. The Summit is shorter then any of the previous meetings and within a week is dismissed with no definitive plans of any further gathering.
Two men and one woman, Lt. Colonel Waylon Overbee, Commander Pavlov Sirovoska, and General Nikhita Pek meet in Spain while on leave from their respective military services. Little is know of what transpired during their time in Spain, only that all three returned home and promptly resigned their commissions.
August 2, 2135
– The following week, the three former officers again met in Spain, this time each bringing with them four additional officers and two senior enlisted personnel. No record of the meeting was taken and only second and third hand accounts have surfaced, however many claim the combined twenty-one personnel formed the first reinitialized Security Council right then in a hotel room in Madrid.
– As the highest ranking former officer present, General Pek was elected in a straight show of hands as the first Secretary General of the new United Nations. Former Lt. Col. Overbee was elected as the Speaker of the Council and Commander Sirovoska was appointed Commandant of what would become the United Nations Marine Corps. While some questions were raised to the legitimacy of a United Nations with no national affiliations, General Pek was quick to cite that each officer and enlisted person present swore an oath to protect their respective nation from threats both foreign and domestic. Their leaders had failed to seize the opportunity presented in the Sol Summit to stand up to the Corporations, which if not already a clear and present danger, would soon become one. In their lack of action, it was the duty of every soldier to do their part to protect their homeland, even if this time that stood as Earth itself.
– The following day, the assembled body, still hesitant to call themselves by any official designation, disbanded to their respective nations, each with mission specific packets of potential high level recruits who could help back their initiative. In six months they would return to Spain to see what progress had been made.
– By spring, after numerous sudden resignations from high ranking military officials and several prominent diplomats, it was evident that something was going on. While many national leaders were growing suspicious of the new nationless so called diplomatic entity, effectively run by retired military officers, no one nations was willing to openly question their motives.
– Secretary General Pek knew remaining silent forever would defeat their very purpose and as soon as the necessary representatives were secured, a new meeting was scheduled and made public to anyone wishing to witness the talks.
– The new United Nations met in Spain in early February, with several thousand support staff. The UNMC was cited at Battalion level numbers, though equipment, logistics, and a proper definition of intent and infrastructure were all but nonexistent.
– Attending this meeting, were representatives from nations of the first three UN members, Great Britain, India, and Russia. While initial involvement in what many saw as a potential military coup waiting to happen was hesitant at best, Secretary General Pek was able to convince the three nations of their sincerity to abide by the letter of the law. The enactment and resolution of the former UN charter was soon ratified with some changes and the UN gained its first official member nations. Some arguments of allowing the military so much control of the UN were brought up, however they were quickly squashed as it was pointed out that the military had succeeded were the politicians had failed.
– Mimicking their original meets, the group dismissed with the mandate to meet again in six months. This time however the three member nations were required to each bring another national representative.
– On January 1, 2106, the New UN called for a meeting of nations in New York, now occupying the formerly abandoned UN building. Representatives from over fifty nations participated in sending some from of representation.
– The meeting stressed economic freedom from Corporate monopoly on Helium 3 production over any military objectives. While no one was willing to sign the charter, a schedule of regular meetings were agreed upon and a protocol for formal representatives were established.
– The growing UNMC had not been sitting still either. Training a standing force marines had commenced from day one and by the end of 2109, Commander Sirovoska had two battalion strength units and an unknown number of special operation capable forces under her command.
– As fast as the resources could be secured and the logistics defined, advanced training and recruitment across the globe was pushed forward.
– The Comet-II Transport carrying Helium 3, suffers a catastrophic engine failure and begins an uncontrolled descent into Earths lower atmosphere. Marine Detachment-3, a nine manned squad on zero-g training maneuvers in low Earth orbit were tasked to intercept the transport, after no one would claim responsibility for the transport.
– After some tense moments, the transport was recovered intact and landed safely, avoiding disaster. Later that summer, SG Pek called for a new session, inviting every nation on Earth to send representatives to New york. Over one hundred nations responded.
– The United States of America was the only holdout of the among the space fairing nations.
– In early March, over seventy-five nations ratified the new UN charter. Secretary General Nikhita Pek offered to step down and allow a special election to submit candidates for a new Secretary General. As a tribute to her first election, a simple show of hands vote was taken. With an overwhelming majority, Nikhita Pek was reelected as Secretary General.
– Many found it convenient that Marine Detachment-147 happened to be near by when the accident occurred, suspecting that a covert branch of the UNMC may have caused the very problem that secured their future. While this claim was made publicly, it was never proven.
– The Velos Corporation opens The Tangiers Armory, specializing in advanced combat equipment. While their debut into the market of combat technology is limited to aftermarket parts, a number of high profile original projects are also under development.
– The UN enacts the United Space Initiative, a means to allow people from any nation not capable of space travel the means to live and work in space. The USI bypasses the Space Conglomerate restrictions completely and is seen as the first step towards their eventual demise.
– The Carter Act is enacted by the United Nations; named after its sponsor in the General Assembly, the official Representative from Canada, Richard Aileen Carter. The Carter Act empowers the UN to create a standing military force, through first unit production and the procurement of military personnel and equipment from member nations.
– To this end, the Joint Services Logistical Group is formed and given a blank check to do whatever is necessary to create the foundation for a United Nations combat force. Their initial report outlines a three step process, creating a coalition of forces from member nations until a proper UN military can be created, the procurement and upgrade of current military resources from member nations, and the intimidate creation of multiple military agencies.
– For the first time Commander Sirovoska begins to receive the help he needs to build an actual military force.
– Prentice Brymmer is born on Earth.
– The Pax Corporation announces the Pathfinder mission, a long term project to begin terraforming Mars. While the Terraforming project is a massively long term project which will not be finished for several generations, the Pax Corporation is also planning to build a number of domed colonies.
– The Pax Corporation puts forth a proposal to several other corporations, outlining a set of regulations which would define the use of resources and territory within the solar system. The proposal would define those entities capable of operating in space as Solar Corporations, and require a strict set of requirements for any organization wishing to become a Solar Corporation. The proposal all but locks away the frontier of space from everyone but the corporations already operating there. In the first round of recognition, only seven corporations are certified as Solar Corporations. These include:
– The Pax: Chief proprietor of all fusion based technology
– The Velos Corporation: Chief Proprietor of advanced Aerospace technology and a growing developer of advanced weapons technology.
– The S&E Interplanetary Security Firm: A Private military contractor, closely allied to the Pax Corporation.
– The Mil-Loh Corporation: An Orbital Habitats construction and management firm.
– The Gen-Fin Corporation: A Helium-3 mining and refinement firm with close ties to Earth.
– The Acari Corporation: An augmented agriculture firm, dedicated towards creating advanced food production techniques to feed the masses.
– Salva Industries: A Helium-3 mining and refinement firm with close ties to the Pax Corporation.
– Following the declaration of intent to define Solar Corporation as the only legitimate proprietors of space based technology and resources, the UN was quick to hold talks to discuss the development of a members only club dictating the use of space based resources. All seven Solar Corporations are invited to the summit, however only the Pax send representatives.
– While initial discussions prove all but useless, the Pax ultimately admit a willingness to allow multinational Space Conglomerates to request qualification as Solar Corporate status. This does little to appease the United Nations as it sees the measure as a mere delaying tactic, meant to divide the assembled power of the UN into smaller manageable pieces. While some Conglomerates consider the possibility of petitioning for Solar Corporate status, Secretary General Pek is ultimately able to prevent the Conglomerates from wavering.
– The assembled nations and Conglomerates refuse to agree to any Corporate led organization that would restrict their operation in space. While the Pax attempt to assure the Conglomerates that no such restrictions would be placed upon them, the Conglomerates continue to refuse participation. It doesn’t help matters greatly that most of the Conglomerates fail to meet the requirements outlined in the Solar Corporation status proposal.
– Facing an unflinching opposition, the Pax declare that if the Conglomerates don’t join the commission, the Pax will act to enforce the requirements without them. The Conglomerates call their bluff and the Pax announce the ratification of the Solar Corporate Commission, declaring that only agencies with Solar Corporation status may operate in space and do business with one another. Earth will effectively stand alone.
– The UN decides this is unacceptable and openly challenges the Pax, refusing to acknowledge the legitimacy of the commission. The Pax Corporation is fined 7.6 billion credits and is ordered to submit their entire space program to the UN for inspection.
– The Pax Corporation board of directors refuses to comply, stating the UN has no jurisdiction over privately owned and operated corporations.
– Citing a new precedent under the newly adopted addition to UN resolution 134, the UN Security Council declares that the Pax Tecum Corporation has Twenty-Four (24) hours to stand down its entire space program for inspection, or a face unilateral action from a joint task force of nations which will secure and occupy the corporate headquarters on New Haven and the New Hope space Port.
– In what becomes known as the Exodus, the majority of the Pax Corporation leaves New Haven, utilizing the various medium and heavy transport craft they have been building for several decades. The Pax relocate the bulk of their industrial base to the surface and orbital habitats on Luna, however the actual move is much smaller in scale then its played by many news sources. Seven Solar Corporations make the move with them, however the S&E Interplanetary Security Firm remains on Earth, stating publicly they have severed all ties with the Pax.
– UN forces move swiftly to occupy New Haven and after facing little resistance, declare they have secured the island intact
– The Chief Financial Officer of the Pax Corporation holds a press conference, transmitted openly across the DataCom network, declaring the desire for economic and diplomatic independence from Earth and the United Nations. The Solar Corporate Commission will not hinder any Corporation from doing business with Earth, if the United Nations allows the Corporations to operate independently within the solar system.
– While the UN makes no formal acceptance of this deal, it is generally believed by most that the UN plans to honor the agreement. Many are quick to point out that even if the UN did want to enforce some sort of regulations upon the Solar Corporations, they have no means of doing so.
– The Pathfinder probe reaches mars. While making a low orbit pass, the probe begins the first steps of the Pathfinder Mission, the Terraforming of Mars. This multi-generational project is not expected to pay off any time soon, however the Pax are committed to the long term development of human habitation beyond Earth.
– S&E Interplanetary LLC fire the JR-1 space born missile system, a multi-warhead weapon capable of tracking and engaging up to twelve (six) targets simultaneously. Each warhead is fully NBC compatible and capable of engaging targets in space, air, and on a planetoids surface.
– The Pathfinder missions begins construction of a lander base on the Martian surface.
– The Pathfinder Mission second phase construction begins, house over two hundred colonists. The Pax begin wide scale construction of multiple orbital habitats in orbit of Mars.
– UN headquarters is relocated to its permanent location in the city of Tangiers Morocco.
– With the help of the Pax Corporation, S&E Securities purchase the Gander military base from the Canadian government. The Pax sink a sizable fortune in renovating and expanding the base, particularly the air fields.
– Seeing a need to form a strong front against the growing independence of the United Nations, the Pax Corporation suggests forming an official political, economic, and defensive alliance to combat the growing independence of the United Nations. The new Corporate Alliance would allow all present and future Corporate entities to benefit from the contributions of other members, before those benefits are passed on to Earth proper.
– First meeting of twelve. The Chief Financial Officers of the twelve most powerful Solar corporations are invited to Luna. The trip is difficult for many and while the Corporations have not always gotten along in the past, they all remain committed to maintaining Corporate superiority over the United Nations. Terms for an unified mutual defense and economic partnership are proposed. Each Corporation would be free to run their own affairs, while contributing resources and financing to the partnership. The meeting lasts over three weeks as details of the Alliance are hammered out, chief among them the development of an single cohesive combat force capable of enforcing the will of the Alliance by any means necessary.
– While representatives from the S&E Interplanetary Security Firm are unable to attend due to their agreement to separate operations with the Pax, representatives from the other Corporations are able to get word to S&E regarding their role in the new Alliance.
– Aurelia Ramalho is born on Luna.
– After several years of relatively safe use, the orbital Solar Homestead Treaty is enacted, allowing the nearly unrestricted development of orbital habitats in Earth orbit. The Mil-Loh corporation hands over jurisdiction of earth orbit to the UN.
– Interplanetary Services Group buys several other smaller shipping company’s, quickly becoming the largest shipping consortium in operation. By the end of the year, they are incorporated and approved as a Solar Corporation.
– The corporations begin pulling away from Earth, relying more and more on each other for survival. Interaction with Earth and the United Nations becomes limited to negotiated trade deals through third party negotiators and Helium-3 shipments via the Gen-Fin Corporation.