It is the year 3100 A.D. Humanity has colonized the furthest reaches of the galaxy through decades of intense research and improvisation. Soon the Milky Way became overburdened as population figures rose and living space did not. Various proposals to solve this problem came about, but one stood out among all others. Intergalactic colonization had been, at most, a dream project for scientists. With interstellar travel a routine, few had bothered to look beyond the edges of the known galaxy. As the population skyrocketed, a colonization initiative was passed by the Human Federation. Galaxy "2122F" would become the new frontier for billions, and action was rapid. A fleet compromising thousands of ships departed, leaving behind the past for a future in the unknown. As time went on, the "colonials", as they came to refer themselves, soon realized that their destination was much further from their reach than they had previously thought. The fleet, isolated from the Federation, took note of a nearby solar system wedged along their planned route. The grand majority came to accept their situation, and so the solar system of "Foundation" was settled. The estranged people of stars long forgotten built a thriving civilization, echoing the grandeur of their homeworlds. You live in the world of the Commerce Union, a conglomerate of powerful corporations acting in the interests of political and financial stability. Recent events have threatened the status quo, but amid all this you have been selected for duties in a perilous time full of assassinations, intrigue, corporate espionage and gang warfare. You don't remember what happened during your abduction, but it is obvious you are not in familiar surroundings. Alone in a cold cell with sterile clothing, you await for a response from outside.
Protests erupt across the globe, political turmoil and economic uncertainty plague the globe. "Virtus", a shadow faction composed of leading scientists and military leaders, begins infiltration operations into the world's most prominent nations.
In a coordinated attack, gunmen use state-of-the-art weaponry and vehicles to assault the National Mall. Congressional and Presidential security forces are noted absent. Dozens of legislators and executive officials are killed in the incident. The suspects are never caught.
More attacks follow, the U.S faces a leadership crisis as a result. With most executive and legislative officials deceased or missing, the acting director of the CIA enacts marshal law. The continued wave of assassinations empties the final remnants of the civilian government. The public becomes only more agitated.
Acting director of the CIA is assassinated during a news conference. Elements within the CIA suspect a mole created the security gap. Various federal organizations begin a power struggle as the military authorizes a civilian transitional government. Distrust between the CIA and the military further tensions.
The U.S is firmly within the grasp of Virtus. The leadership of the military begins stabilization of the country in an effort to control crime. Germany, two months prior falling into Virtus control, enacts similar policies. Discontent is toned down as civilian representatives wait for the next course of action.
The governments of China and Russia prove far more cooperative, as does those of France and Italy. Criminal or otherwise corrupt elements are purged nonetheless. The global influence of Virtus allows for easier infiltration of foreign governments. Much of the Middle East, and by extension North Africa, is under Virtus control.
The first manned ship to Mars is deployed. Provisions include the materials necessary for a small settlement.
The U.N is officially dissolved, Virtus unites the governments of Earth into the Sol Confederacy. Settlement to Mars is encouraged, leading to the creation of ethnic enclaves and city-states that service the excess populace of Earth. Plans are made for orbital penal colonies on Neptune. Problematic elements of subservient governments are purged, plans are drafted for future legislation.
In an effort to eliminate violent crime, the confederacy enacts a series of laws that mandate the death penalty for any significant violent crime, regardless of age. Various variations of crime are also included. An ordinance is also passed for moral conduct, with dozens of "moral deviations" punishable with life imprisonment. The construction of temporary penal stations across the globe are met with protests from those directly affected by the new laws.
Purges begin. Mars achieves a population of 22,000.
The purges are finished. Using a behemoth array of personal surveys and analytic software, millions are executed for moral deviations and violent criminal activity. Prostitutes, their clients, gang members, corrupt business owners, unfaithful mothers/fathers and other elements of society disappear. "Moral" criminals flee to settlements on Mars, the government anticipates this. Estimates place the number of people purged around 1,332,000,000.
Mars is burdened with thousands of refugees from purges on Earth. Since many are legitimate violent criminals, the inhabitants meet the newcomers coldly. Mars reaches a population of 2,350,000.
The last of the refugees reach Mars. Colonial administration begins settling them in penal colonies isolated from the main settlements. Population of Mars reaches 3,012,000.
Clearances of suburban zones commence. Displaced persons are given free housing in major cities. In the vision of restoring homogeneous ethnic and cultural societies, millions of mixed-ethnicity individuals are transported to the United States, described as "the destination for a global multicultural society". Crime is officially declared "extinct", both due to purges and various social programs aimed at educating and assisting impoverished families. Construction of orbital penal colonies begin on Neptune. Tensions surface on Mars as refugees and colonials argue over land usage.
The last of the refugees on Mars are delivered to the penal colonies. The "moral" deviants die rapidly, unable to cope with the conditions on the prisons. The hardened convicts, however, thrive. Earth and Mars experience an unprecedented golden age in academic progress and cultural revival. All religions on Earth manage to coexist in relative harmony under the eyes of the confederacy, whilst persecution of individuals based on ethnicity, religion or sexuality disappear. While the moral codes are heavy-handed, they are lax enough to satisfy discontent, although news coverage of the purges damages the credibility of the confederacy.
Continued expansion into the Sol system leads to the development of the first F.T.L-capable starships. A boom in industry follows, creating the economic drive to settle the stars.
The Sol Confederacy peacefully dissolves as member nations request independence. The advent of F.T.L travel allows for regions of space to be claimed by nations, leading to difficult management and legislation. While the confederacy dissolves, the laws it held are still enforced in all former member countries. Maps of space become more cluttered as countries cluster to create "continental blocs".
Space settlement slows down as the logistics of administration hamper further expeditions. While F.T.L technology enabled for expedient travel, it did not solve the issues of governance necessary to produce stable economies on developing worlds. The galaxy becomes quiet for the next seven decades.
Rumors of a radical change in interstellar travel drive heavy investment once more into the slumbering industries of humanity.
Zhang Wei and Hans Visser, physicists collaborating on interstellar propulsion at the Mars Research Institute, realize a practical star drive based on Lorentzian traversable wormholes. Starship production reaches a new peak.
Colonization of the galaxy becomes a realistic goal for humanity. Over the course of a century and sixty years of rapid expansion, humanity begins to reach the edges of the galaxy. Human populations explode, cities holding tens of billions of people, while agrarian worlds hold freshly introduced specimens of Earth fauna to accommodate the environmental and dietary conditions of their culture.
The last pockets of space see a slow trickle of settlers as borders are defined by colonial governments. Humanity reaches a population exceeding 1,000,000,000,000. Growth is still tremendously high as the abundance of minerals is enough to sustain the voracious industries of humanity for centuries.
The Sol System is declared a heritage site and nature preserve in a pact of friendship between continental blocs. Most traces of modern human activity are demolished, decontamination of the oceans also begins. Rural villages and ancient segments of cities such as Paris, Berlin and New York are preserved. Monuments and other non-intrusive structures are maintained by an international committee. Humanity now numbers 3,080,000,000,000. Population growth is still soaring.
With administration becoming more burdensome, the nations of Earth reconvene for discussions on a unification of all humanity. Humans, still an incredibly growing demographic, now number 9,002,000,000,000.
The Human Federation is born.
The unforeseen demographic growth has gained the attention of the Human Federation. Humanity numbers approximately 24,343,221,089,022. Estimates place human growth to continue well beyond 3500.
Proposals emerge on how to stem a population crisis the economy is not ready to handle.
Prior interest in the exploration of foreign galaxies introduced a series of proposals oriented around colonial ventures. Eventually the Intergalactic Colonial Program is created. Individuals between ages 18 and 25 are recruited. Promises of free land and space to settle garner the attention of billions.
The I.C.P launches, with it departing are 81,034,000,000 people.
Annual reports indicate the progress of the fleet. The expedition reports steady progress.
Last known contact with the expedition. The Federation, discouraged, discontinues active monitoring of the program. Fringe outposts are ordered to be on alert for potential transmissions from the fleet. Humanity numbers 43,230,289,000,230.
The expedition is rapidly depleting it's resources. The convenience of a star system located along the route of the fleet creates an alternative. A fleet-wide vote is held, majority rules in favor of aborting the mission and settling the nearby system.
The expedition reaches the star system. In celebration of their journey, they name the system "Foundation". Progress immediately begins on settling the only terrestrial planet in the system.
The planet is successfully colonized. It is named "Advent". Boers decide to settle on one of the moons of Advent, preferring isolation from the other cultures. Humanity numbers 87,900,890,003,889.
The Baltic cultures begin development of the second moon of Advent, emulating the Boers desire for solitude.
A large group of Italian colonials opt for the settlement of Foundation's only other planet, a large gas giant. Plans for orbital cities and resource refineries gain attention from investors looking to capitalize on the potential of the colony.
The Boers successfully colonize the first moon of Advent. They name it "Toekoms".
Baltic colonists celebrate the finalization of their colony on the second moon of Advent. It is named "Baltia" in honor of the shared heritage between the colonists. Humans number 133,883,445,332.
The first floating city is completed on the gas giant of Foundation. The people name the planet "Fortuna".
The Human Federation gives up on the colonial expedition, coming to the grim conclusion that the fleet ran out of supplies and starved on the journey. Humanity, however, thrives in both the Milky Way and Foundation. The outer fringes of Foundation see large scale colonization of it's asteroids. Rich in resources, an industry is built on the mineral trade to Fortuna. Advent, supplied by Fortuna's gas and minerals, grows immensely. Toekoms and Baltia experience high levels of growth, seeing industries built within the span of months. Over time the asteroid colonies come to bear 1,323,034,000 inhabitants. Organized crime takes a foothold on the asteroid settlements, as does piracy.
Toekoms and Baltia construct underground farms, achieving self-sufficiency from the other colonies. Advent continues to see high growth as domestic consumption seems boundless, fed only by the constant mineral and gas shipments. Fortuna is the third colony to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Trade with Advent grows as Fortuna looks to keep the monopoly on resources firmly in their hands. Approaching 2823 A.D Advent achieves self-sufficiency. Agricultural facilities are completed, allowing for Advent to be liberated from the produce monopoly of Baltia and Toekoms. The 3rd of September in 2839 A.D sees the consolidation of power on Advent by Pinnacle Corp. The race for control of the colonies begins between the corporations. Toekoms is taken by Theron, Baltia by Vytenis, and Fortuna by Prato. The colonies, now formally under the control of their respective corporations, congregate to form the Commerce Union on the 5th of September in 2844 A.D. The asteroid colonies remain fragmented, separated by dozens of corporations outside the authority of the Commerce Union. On the 13th of September the Zulu National Front is formed, the result of long-standing grievances between the Boer and Zulu peoples. Crime soars in the Underworld district of Prospect, leading to the formation of the Pinnacle Corp. funded militia known as "The Ordinators".
The long process of developing and colonizing Foundation is over. Millions gather to appreciate the society they have built from scratch. Celebrations are extravagant. The Human Federation has long forgotten the colonials, more interested in maintaining it's long-standing domestic stability. Population has reached 437,899,565,032,900 individuals. The system of Foundation contains 987,045,000,000 people.
Advent sees the last underground spires constructed within what was formerly the crust of the planet. On Fortuna, Prato Corp. chief financial officer Vincent Arborea is assassinated, with rumors that Theron Corp. is launching a corporate war.
Riots and fighting erupt in the asteroid colonies of Eden, New Comoros and Corrida. Casualties number in the hundreds.