A Capsule History of the Ages of Modern Man

Nine hundred years have passed since mankind nearly destroyed itself through war and ecotastrophe; the best part of a millennium in which all aspects of human life changed beyond recognition. The following is a concise guide to modern human history, divided into rough and overlapping eras, based on the predominant political, cultural, technological, and social characteristics of each period. These divisions are imposed by the historian, and the reader should take note that the realities of history are never so clear-cut.

All years are in VSY, Viridian Standard Years (identical with ‘City Years’ for those who prefer the older chronology).

The Great Rebuilding (2160-2300)

As the waters of the Great Melting receded humanity launched an energetic and carefully planned terraformation project that turned flood-ruined Viridia into an arboreal paradise in little over a century. The clean energy, bioorganic, and terraformation technologies that were perfected at this time were to be indispensable once mankind took to the stars and applied them to the colonization of other worlds.

Politically, the scant and homogeneous survivors of the flood established a world government based on the Karian ideals of corporatism and universal rights, and it was at this time that the remnants of Karas’ old rival, the Empire of Myrhin, were incorporated into the world state. Amongst the Myrhin survivors was a community of brilliant engineers and physicists who were to form the nucleus of the new Viridian Aeronautics and Space Agency.

The Early Space Age (2272-2600)

The era that saw mankind’s triumphant return to space really began with the founding of VASA in 2272. Bursting with new energy and confidence, humanity explored the Viridia-Solaris and Leviathan Systems and colonized the new worlds of Ironglass, Vacillus, and Prime. This age was one of rapid technological growth coupled with the breakdown of central authority, and from it emerged the dominant schisms that would characterize human history right down to the present century.

The end of this era saw dramatic innovations in the field of fifth dimensional physics that led to the discovery of gravwells and their exploitation for quick transport between systems. The unified mankind that took to the stars at the beginning of this era was little more than a memory to the competing explorers and colonizers that would use grav-shunting technology to move humanity onto the galactic stage.