History and Timescales
Time in Arcatia is currently measured in cycles after the establishment of planetwide communication between peoples. This is called the Era of Communication (technically, the Standardized Era of Communication). The global order has changed very little since then, and despite dozens of wars, border conflicts, insurrections, the most significant, relevant, and well-known global event in recent memory is The Reformation War. So significant, in fact, that some scholars believed the term A.G.R., or After Global Reformation, would soon take root as the name for the current era.
The time before global communication is commonly called the Era of Silence, though it is sometimes translated as Era of Solitude. As one might guess, this is where history gets a little hazy. Supercities existed in some places, but the vast majority of the human population was forced to make due with taking shelter in ancient ruins or constructing temporary settlements doomed to fall in a few years’ time. While some inter-settlement communication and even organization had taken root, it was not until the Era of Communication that true nation-states became the vessels of society once more.
The vast majority of the scientific community agrees that another globalized human civilization existed before the Era of Silence. Only traces of its history are known, mostly through supercities which survived alone until the Era of Communication and the stories of extinct cultures. All evidence suggests that this civilization ended about 1,000 cycles ago in an event commonly referred to as The Collapse. Seemingly a combination of natural cataclysm and massive thermonuclear conflict, The Collapse began geological and meteorological processes which have reshaped Arcatia into the dangerous world it is today. Debris retrieved from meteor impacts and other events indicates that pre-collapse society was a spacefaring civilization. The belief that an element of this civilization survived in an orbital structure or on another world still has some adherents in both scientific and civil circles, but over time a continued lack of evidence, coupled with the inability of Arcatians to ever look for themselves, have driven most away from this line of thought.
A Timeline of Notable Historical Events, from the Present to Past:
-472 S.E.C.: Destruction of Protectorate Enclaves in Vision and Zenith by the terrorist Sam Hunter, which combined with a catastrophic homeland security situation justified the Protectorate forcing de facto executive adoption of The Azis Mandate.
-471: New Midstream Crisis (a land so rich in crises runs out of nomenclature fast) leads to massive destruction of ESIS resources, Rebirth acquisition of fourteen Serican warships, and regime change in Ratago. Supercell Judgment is born.
-439-442.: The Reformation War. War may never change, but sometimes it changes everything.
-421: Ratago voluntarily joins The Rastakgan Hierarchy
-391-395: Midstream War.
-395: Advance Agriculture Famine. International response thereto leads to warming of relations with the Pax and cooling of relations with the Unity that remains relevant to this day.
-350: Midstream declares independence and is allowed to peacefully secede from the Commerce Republic…largely for economic reasons.
-301-304: The Arcos Crusade claims just over a hundred thousand lives and trillions of credits of infrastructure. The difficult, brutal campaign to end it brings an unprecedented level of cooperation between Serican and Unity security forces, resulting in a renaissance of training and technology at the low, low cost of personal rights and freedom.
-275: Second Midstream Crisis ‘forces’ Serican seizure of the island. An ESIS blockade cripples trade and prevents international intervention while a temporary Serican administration is installed to end the chaos. This ‘temporary’ government remains in place for over 75 cycles.
-269-283: The Shurassa movement, inspired by Jahangi activism, sends a wave of unrest and later violence breaking across Kharak and the Unity. The insurgency is considered the model (and in many cases, progenitor) of all future Kharaki liberation movements, claiming a vast base of support and great stretches of territory despite extreme opposition. Similarly used as an exemplar by Unity military personnel, who suffered incredible losses of life, materiel, and morale before the movement’s expanse was halted.
251: Jah issues Vow of Coalition in ‘response’ to First Midstream Crisis, a great symbolic gesture of brotherhood soon joined by humble donations of shipping assets and provisions. Despite strong words and earnest support, the newly formed Coalition remains distant enough (politically and geographically) to avoid a violent Republic or Unity response, and is soon riven with internal difficulties.
248-250: First Midstream Crisis prompts Commerce Republic to install ESIS ‘advisors’ and peacekeeping personnel on the island. The results are not, in fact, peaceful.
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