Guardians of the Stars
A brief history of the Humanity and the Systems Alliance
Near Future, the Early Space Era
The world was in decline in the beginning of the 21st century. Massive geopolitical issues and violence in the middle east, global warming, out of control capitalism ruining the world economy to the benefit of the few. Things looked decidedly unpleasant and it was not looking like it would ever change.
As the middle of the century came nearer there was increasing rebellion to the status quo. However those in power were writing off the earth and looking to space. Hydroponics looked like a solid means of providing food in space, life support technologies had long since been proven in their capability, recycling was also highly efficient.
The first of a new series of space stations was placed in orbit with a primitive shipyard that could build more impressive ships than had been in use so far. To ease moving materials up and down the gravity well they invested in the first orbital tether connecting the city of Singapore to the Singapore Orbital Space Station (SOSS) in geosynchronous orbit.
Political conditions on earth however had become unstable at best and so a need for alternative resources was becoming critical. Those in power built the first ‘long distance’ reusable freighter spacecraft, known as the Ikhtiar (Initiative/Endeavor), capable of reaching the moon. It helped establish the first Lunar colony site. Soon after a new ship, the Penemuan (Discovery), was constructed with much larger engines capable of reaching Mars and returning. Both of these ships would travel back and forth between the Earth and the moon and Earth and Mars over the next decade. They would also be joined by more vessels of their type during that period and the first missions into the asteroid belt would occur.
All this would come to an end however when group of rebels from Earth hijacked the Penemuan (and renaming it Discovery in English) and transported hundreds of people away from Earth to Ceres which was under construction as the gateway to the asteroid belt. The miners and construction workers were swayed by their cause and were not going to force them to leave anyways.
Those in charge on Earth were incensed at this rebellious behavior and ordered the governments to eliminate the rebels on Ceres and all the ships they had. No one had ever armed any ships in the solar system, so this seemed very impractical. Regardless a joint US and European task force was created and sent toward Ceres. An armed Discovery and it’s intrepid crew managed to turn the task force back after destroying the command ship of the task force. However later near Earth, to pick up more colonists for Ceres, the Discovery and another ship from the Ceres fleet would be attacked by the first Chinese/Corporate Collective Kongju Frigate. In the end the Discovery managed to flee when Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Thompson captaining the Panther rammed the Kongju, crippling both ships. Both ships were then attacked and destroyed by a squadron of corporate space fighters on their way to attack the damaged Discovery. However the Discovery had managed to get to far away for the fighters to engage it.
These events would lead into the Corporate Wars, which would last the next two decades and reshape the Earth’s political ecosystem. Several multinational super corporations would form the Corporate Collective and decide that having indirect control through the governments of the world was ineffective and they would take matters into their own hands. Private security forces seized key assets around the world sparking conflicts with the governments that claimed those assets.
Conflicts would rage back and forth until few nations remained from the beginning of the century. In the mean time Mars and Ceres had been left basically alone with Ceres coming to supply the needs of Mars while Earth was in conflict. Even the lunar colony would sometimes get supplies from Ceres. Because of this the now independent colonies on the moon, Mars, and Ceres would be the ones leading the way as the Earth came out of the Corporate Wars. Mars had established their own shipyards that dwarfed the orbital facilities near Earth and with the help of the Ceres fleet had kept ownership of them, they had also started a process of terraforming Mars to be more habitable and had developed the first true Martian cities.
Before the turn of the next century the lunar colonies would join the new United Earth Government (UEG) as a nation. Mars and Ceres would remain small independent nations that traded with members of the UEG and missions would expand outwards in the system to research and explore.
The Interstellar Era
The next Century would reshape things once more when the first prototypes of a true FTL drive system were tested at the edge of the solar system. The Paionia Experimental Vessel was used to test FTL capability, though with limited ship capabilities it never made any truly long distance journeys. Instead it lead to the construction of the Nanxing Exploration Cruisers, the first of which would be the first vessel to travel to another solar system after several months at FTL speeds. Of course due to the time involved it took over a year before the Nanxing would return to the Sol system to report it’s success.
Making use of the Nanxing class vessels the UEG/Mars/Ceres joint exploration effort would begin with system surveys of dozens of systems and hundreds of planets being performed. Each system survey would last a year and including transit times these missions would take two or three years to perform. While the first system surveys did not detect any naturally habitable worlds, the biggest discovery was the Ares System with t’s abundance of rarer minerals and the Tantalus system with it’s abundance of asteroids and easily mined resources.
Due to the abundant resources Ares and Tantalus were soon sent colony missions. At the same time the Nanxing ships were sent further out looking for even more worlds. Within twenty years the Victoria System, Arcadia System, Harmony System, and Hargut System had been discovered and initial colonization had begun.
Things went well with the new colonies for about two decades. New ships had been constructed during this period, mostly for the UEG, that were warships however. The UEG governments of a majority of member nations had decided that they needed to be careful of another Ceres style rebellion and had begun producing the Hammer Corvettes initially and then larger ships like the Vanguard Heavy Frigates, Ranger Frigates, and Defender Cruisers. This fleet started small and many of them were built by Mars for the UEG, however Mars later refused to produce more war materials and this fleet worried Colony system populations and when the UEG started to tax trade coming and going between themselves and the colonies things started to get ugly. The colonies had no warships of their own with which to defend themselves.
This lead to the first interstellar rebellion. The UEG feared the Colonies would eventually declare their independence from Earth based on the Ceres principle from the early space era. So the UEG demanded that Mars make warships again for them as they readied all their existing forces to subdue these ‘uppity’ colony worlds before they could become a threat. Mars however refused and became the first victim of the war with the EUG seizing their shipyards after a fairly spectacular battle. Mars had armed themselves with a number of small warships after having produced some for the EUG, almost all of which were Hammer Corvettes since they had no desire to project their power beyond their own space. Mars lost and the UEG quickly landed troops on both Mars itself and the moon with the original colony. The orbital dockyards would be used to create Cruisers, as well as the Ceres developed Rakshasa Frigates and eventually later on the Alamo Destroyers.
The primary colony worlds reacted to the news of Mars first by declaring their independence before the UEG had their forces ready. They claimed various freighters and transports working in the colonies as their own, including many Venture Freighters and Nanxing Exploration Cruisers. They sent these to Ares where they were then armed as Q-ships. They also began work on various designs including large quantities of essentially obsolete fighters. Victoria, Arcadia, Harmony, and Hargut however had limited industry, being far less developed, and instead they supplied men and basic goods like food and water to those in the Ares and Tantalus systems who in turn built the majority of larger craft in use by the colonies.
Ceres decided to stay neutral, they had militarized when the UEG built up there forces, but had far less ships than the UEG did and after the fall of Mars they specifically avoided taking sides openly. However hundreds of ‘Ceres Mercenaries’ with time spent in the Ceres Homeguard would join colonial forces in the defense of those worlds. They also operated clandestine freight to the Mars resistance. The UEG had bigger fish to fry than Ceres though and left them alone as long as they did not openly harass or attack their forces. The Ceres government was also responsible for creating a variety of Corsairs that would harass the UEG fleet and lots of media that would be transmitted to the people within the UEG. Researches on Ceres also would go on to develop the jump drive FTL system as an alternative to traditional FTL systems. Ironically they would use mothballed Paionia Experimental Vessels as the testbed just like the first FTL system had used.
The Colonies with their Ceres Mercenaries as advisers would try to disable rather than destroy UEG ships using creative asynchronous warfare tactics and then repair those ships to use within their own forces. They ended up being so successful along with the efforts of Ceres and the Mars resistance that the UEG eventually lost. Travel times however caused around two decades to go by during the conflict. One of the UEG member governments would even go and try to construct the Zero Battleship, but it was never completed during the conflict. Their was no assault on Earth to end the war, instead many governments were overhauled once again and the UEG was disbanded.
In it’s place the Systems Alliance would be born. This body would give each colony in the core it’s own rights and membership as the colony developed and could fulfill the requirements for membership, which includes supplying materials for the Systems Alliance Navy (SAN) and Systems Alliance Marines (SAM).