Post Earth Saga
Datafile - Sol System
Last Updated: 2008-09-29

The Sol System was the birthplace of mankind and is the home of the Sol Alliance.

1.  Earth-Era History
2.  Post-Earth Era History

Earth-Era History

Human life first originated on Earth, the third orbital body of the system. The first human to walk on another planet to Earth was Neil Armstrong in 1969AD (-363PE). 101 years later the first Luna base was completed. It was built on the site of the first landing and named Tranquility Base. From there construction teams were based that built the first habitable domes of any planet. 10 years after that both the EarthStation project and the first Luna dome were completed.

With EarthStation complete, plans to repeat the Luna construction on both Mars and Venus were launched. Constructed at the EarthStation the Mars and Venus base launchers were designed to take a crew, materials and supplies to their relevant destinations. The bases were launched simultaneously on August 1st 2100AD (-232PE). The Venusian base landed four months later, while the Martian base took eight months to land. To save the difficulty of taking off from another planet, a non-atmospheric supply shuttle based at EarthStation was used to ferry supplies to the bases where they were deployed from orbit.

While the lack of atmosphere was a hindrance to the construction of the first Luna dome, the lack of gravity helped greatly, reducing the need for heavy lifting machinery. With gravity so similar to Earth's the Venusian dome's deployment suffered numerous delays. The Mars dome faired better, being completed after only 47 years. The Venusian dome wasn't completed until 2173AD (-159PE). By this time the Luna colony had completed a second larger hydroponics dome in order to carry out experiments on the growth of crops on a large scale in zero gravity.

The Venusian colony was the first to receive a permanent population, with its gravity so close to Earth's it was deemed suitable for permanent habitation. EarthStation and the Moon being both zero gravity required all colonists to perform regular exercise to prevent muscle atrophy, as did the Martian colony to a lesser extent. As the people working on the various bases were mostly scientists and maintenance workers, they were regularly rotated back to Earth for health purposes. Construction and expansion work was scaled back as unimportant while scientists spent the next century analysing the planets they were now on.

The discovery of the Michaeli Composite in 2287AD (-45PE) led to artificial gravity systems being installed on the Luna colony and Mars. EarthStation was left zero gravity as plans to replace it with a larger EarthStation2 were already underway. Construction of EarthStation2 began in 2290AD (-42PE) with a planned completion date of 2330AD (-2PE). Following the artificial gravity system installations the Luna and Martian colonies gained permanent residents in 2314AD (-18PE). In the year 2332AD (0PE) EarthStation2 came online, 2 years behind schedule. With its population in place it brought man's extra-terrestrial population to over 5 million.

Three months after the completion of EarthStation2 the Earth was destroyed, at a loss of almost 20 billion lives, leaving the colonies alone in space.

Post-Earth Era History

Before the destruction of Earth plans had already been made to attempt to terraform Mars and Venus to give them both breathable atmospheres. Early tests showed that Mars was more receptive to the methods used so it was the first planet on which full terraforming was attempted. The whole project took fifty years to get to the stage where plants could begin to be planted outside of the domes. Attempts at a similar process on Venus failed and rather than waste resources trying to terraform it, the dome structures were further enlarged and the world became industrialised.

Due to the length of time it seemed that the complete terraforming process would take on Mars it was decided to start the Exodus project which would seek ways to colonise star systems apart from Sol. Self sufficient bio-domes were created and mated with large drive systems that would power the domes to high speeds at which they would attempt to cross the gaps between stars. Two ships left before the completion of the Mars terraforming, after that later ships were built relatively infrequently.

Further to the industrial centres on the planet, Venus began manufacture of an orbital shipyard facility which would take on the manufacture of the interplanetary shuttles which ferried goods around the system. With the completion of the terraforming of Mars it was declared a non-industrial world in order to save the somewhat fragile atmosphere from damage with a lot of the land being established as farmland, with the remainder used for cities to house an expanding human population.

With the creation of the first FTL drive system, what became subsequently known as the First Exodus was started with a view to spreading man further round the galaxy than before. The first and only coloniser of the First Exodus not to use FTL travelled to Jupiter's moon of Ganymede, where the fledgeling colony managed to surpass expectations with its success and the colonists' fast work erecting further habitation and hydroponics domes. With the success of the first colonisation the Exodus project was a slow and ongoing process that involved sending hundreds of thousands of colonists across space at a time. As such the project was managed so that the population levels within the Sol System expanded slowly with a large gap between the colonisation flights.

In the year 4493PE at the height of the Vommellian War it was decided to create a facility on the outer planet of Neptune, this facility consisted mostly of a military barracks and training ground. The Sol Shipyards followed up this development by placing an orbital facility there with a view to maintaining the new warships being produced back in the Venusian yards.

Following the end of the second Exodus in 5800PE the general population of the Sol System has been consistently increasing.
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