Time Line for The Dryden Experiment

2037-2054     1st Resource War

2056    1st permanent lunar colony founded by Chinese.  The base is named "Qin."

2099  1st Mars Landing China.

2106  First Venus Landing "New American Federation"

2110  1st Mars Colony "The European Union"

2108 - 2117  2nd resource war.  Original "Qin" moon base destroyed.  Rebuilt, named "Er Qin"

2118 - 2175   Period of global depression following 2nd resource war.   Referred to as "Earth Twilight" because Earth's resources past peak.

2175 Gravity well generators invented.  They make inexpensive ground based space launches possible as well as providing gravity for long distance space flight.  Trade across planets within the solar system commercially feasible for the first time.  Dawn of regular spaceflight.

2180 - 2210  Period of rapid expansion within the solar system.  Venus settled 2184, 1st Europa Colony 2188, many asteroids settled,  Jupiter Cloud colony founded 2210.

2184  University of Antarctica Grad Student Lachmi Bhuta publishes Doctoral Thesis titled "The Effects of Natural State Frame Fluctuations on Massed Objects." which outlines the principles for moving an object from one point in space to another without passing through the points in between, effectively allowing faster than light travel without violating e=mc2.  The paper receives little attention.

2211  Er Qin purchases a majority of Mars, Venus, and several asteroids, becomes first extra-terran mega corp.

2212  Terra Corp formed joining Earth the majority of Terra's economy, Europa, several asteroids, Mercury, and the Jupiter Cloud Colony.  Earth is effectively one economy.

2215  Er Qin tests framing drive in deep space.  While the engine's failure is visible across the solar system, results indicate that the device "jumped" between points 2.3 light seconds apart before destroying itself.  Media invents term "Insanity Crystal" to describe the diamond and nano tube lattice at the heart of the device.

2216 - 2223  Terra Corp. and Er Qin race to develop stable framing drives.  Both claim success in 2223.

2240  Captain Othall of Er Qin successfully pilots the Hai ou (Sea gull) from Mars to Earth and back using the Framing Drive.  While his average "frame to frame" jump is only 3.6 light seconds, he completes the journey in 84 hours hundreds of times faster than conventional ships.

2243  Threat of war forces Er Qin off of the moon.  They reorganize on Mars as Lin Corp.

2247  Undersea Ocean on Europa reached for the first time.  Intense pressure and extreme temps. slow exploration.

2250 - 2296  Intense competition between Terra Corp and Lin Corp. occasionally boils over to open combat.

2297  Lin Corp stuns solar system by announcing that it has colonized 4th planet in Proxima Centari system and has explored 3 other system.  They reveal a secret base on "1st Stone" a 100 km wide object in the Oort cloud from which they have built and launched ships capable of travels at speeds up to one light year per 500 hours.

2305  Seli Dryden born, in the city of New Paris on Mars, to Derrik Manyon and Patricia Dryden.  Manyon is a hydroponics engineer.  Dryden is a classical musician.  The young Dryden is trained as a musician.  However she is captivated by the discovery of life on Ninus 7 and enters the Sea of Tranquility University on the moon as a biologist with a specialization in Exobiology.

2315  Lin Corp. announces the discovery of a life bearing planet in the Ninus system.  There have been  three previous life bearing planets found.  Ninus 7 is the first bearing complex mulit-cellular life.

2317  Terra Corp.  announces colonization of Tennus Star system.

2320  A series of nuclear "accidents" on Mars, Earth, and the Ingus asteroid result in Lin Corp. relocating to newly colonized Romeo, second planet in the Lingmi System.  This change effectively gives Terra Corp. control of the Sol system.

2325  Tennus system declares independence.

2328  Young exobiologist Seli Dryden travels to Europa for undersea exploration.  Meets the European.  the first clearly sentient exo-species.

2341 - Contact lost with colony Olive i -4.  Later investigation reveals that a form of Terran Flu virus usually carried by canines infected the local environment.  The virus was able to infect all organisms on the planet destroying the ecosystem and the atmosphere.

2341 - Seli Dryden and others form the IDF.  Initially, the goals of the IDF are entirely peaceful.  They establish protocols for the identification and protection of life bearing worlds.

2503  Start date of our story.  Seli 199

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