Monday, 7 January 2013

Day Seven: Timeline, Take One

Today I dedicated myself to some basic world details and working out a rough timeline leading from today on through to Kerensky’s death. It’s the kind of thing that will eventually go in a development document or bible, and be updated several times as I flesh out more events and bits and pieces of tech data. Consider this the first, and roughest, of what will likely be several iterations that get posted here:

  • 2013: Present day.
  • 2019: Israeli/Iranian nuclear conflict. Much of the Middle East is put under forced UN evacuation as the result of fallout and other spill-over from the conflict.
  • 2021: Continued pressure for political and religious reform in the region—exacerbated by the need to develop greater infrastructure for long-term refugee support—culminates in much of North Africa signing the charter of the proposed Muslim Cooperative; an EU-like organization dedicated to the mutual development and prosperity of member states.
  • 2022: A long-promised, but much pared down, Chinese mission puts the first man on the moon since Apollo 17.
  • 2024: A heavily improvised, NASA-led international effort places Armstrong Station on the lunar surface at Shackleton Crater. Constructed from heavily modified replacement ISS modules, the research station has an on-site staff of three and is intended to serve as the first “permanent” habitation on the moon.
  • 2025: Facing pressure from the public and from multinational corporations, the UN revisits its existing legislation regarding lunar development and land rights. Public opinion drives them to keep the corporations off of the moon for the time being, but provisions are made to allow them to develop habitable facilities in Earth orbit.
  • 2026: The first corporate space station is put into orbit. It will not be the last.
  • 2028: Pressed for viable agricultural space, India and China both lease large tracts of the the North African desert for the development and cultivation of high-yield, low requirement bio-engineered crops.
  • 2030: Establishment of UN Lunar Research Hub McMurdo (I’ve named this here for the similar facility in Antarctica. Might change it, but it’s kind of growing on me); a landing and supply-port facility geared towards lending support to the various research stations and deep-space listening posts that the UN has sanctioned the construction of. McMurdo is also designed to serve as the public face of lunar development and space exploration, and is the first facility designed with anything like comfort in mind.
  • 2031: An accidental laboratory explosion at the newly expanded Armstrong Station kills six. The station is abandoned in the aftermath.
  • 2035: Pressures on the UN lead to changes in legislation which allow corporate entities to lease approved lunar sites for mineral exploitation. The Dennison-Holt Lunar Historical Preservation Society, already operating from McMurdo, is selected by the UN to survey all proposed corporate lease sites and determine if they are of sufficiently historic, geographic, or scenic value to allow for development. The public and scientific communities are wildly supportive of one of these moves.
  • 2037: North Korea’s first orbital mining platform, upon returning to orbit with a captured asteroid, begins broadcasting threats that it will use the rock as a missile against one of several national capitals unless demands are met. A thirty-six hour stand-off concludes with the platform backing down, following Kim Jong-un’s public disavowal of the miners’ actions. When the crew is removed and the station is examined, evidence is found to suggest that the miners were independently acting out hypothetical provisions that their government trained them for. UN sanctions are placed on North Korea, barring them from any and all future space flight.
  • 2040: A string of progressive uprisings, UN-backed and in the vein of the Arab Spring, bring about a series of cease-fires and begin the process of reform in several nations across South America and the lower half of Africa.
  • 2041: Technology powerhouse Google begins funding a number of organizations interested in making a concentrated effort to deal with the Pacific Garbage Patch.
  • 2042: Many South African nations begin to discuss the establishment of a single, unified state.
  • 2043: The lunar population hits two-thousand for the first time.
  • 2045: Population pressures across Asia lead to heightened tensions and several small skirmishes as nomad and bandit groups attempt illegal border crossings.
  • 2045: The international space agencies formally announce their intentions to put a crew on Mars within the next decade.
  • 2046: The death of Miles Kerensky.

Pretty good, no? It seems a little vague and overly optimistic right now…but that will change as I begin to fill in the little things. Despite several specific points that I’ve had in my head for a while now, these are the broad strokes.

 

-Sean

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