A Timeline of Charted Space

What follows is a brief timeline of important events throughout the history of Charted Space. Each of the headers also links to a significantly more thorough timeline of that particular period of history. The information in these timelines, even the more detailed ones, is somewhat abbreviated and may not contain all known information about the history of Charted Space, but it highlights most of the events that concern the Major Races.

The Long Silence


Most common date for the appearance of the Ancients.


The Ancients transport humans to Darrian (Spinward Marches 0627) and Zhdant (Zhdant 2719) from Terra.


Vargr transplanted from Terra to Lair (Provence 2402) by the Ancients.


Beginning of the Final War, a titanic, 2000 year conflict involving the Ancients that presumably ends in their complete eradication.


Planetary bombardment of Darrian and Victoria (Spinward Marches 1817) occurs.


The Final War ends, leaving only ruined cities, crumbling installations and shattered and scarred planets as evidence of its occurrence. The Ancients vanish from the record after this point.


Eskayloyt (unknown Droyne homeworld) is believed destroyed at the end of the Final War.


Oldest preserved written records on Vland (Vland 1717).


Last of the Ancient automatons on Vland run down, finally allowing trade and communication between city-states.


Vilani Great Conclave. The tripartite government of merchants, shulgiilis and nobles is formally recognized on pre-industrial Vland.


First Vilani space explorations in the Vland system.


First Vilani sublight colonization mission. A 44-year round-trip connects Vland and Tauri (Vland 1817).


Vilani launch two long sublight explorations from Vland, at 190 years for their round trip.


Vilani sublight community comprises six systems in and around Vland, each with their own colonies and scientific stations.


Vilani sublight explorers contact Tahavi manta-forms on Tahaver (Vland 2017), the first Alien civilization the Vilani encounter.


Vilani expedition returns from Khula (Vland 1919) with evidence of a previous human civilization there thousands of years before.

The Rise of the Vilani


The Vilani discover the Jump-1 drive.


Vilani jump-drive craft have visited every world within 20 parsecs of Vland (Vland 1717).


Vilani explorers contact the Geonee, a minor human race with jump technology of other than Vilani origin, centered on Shiwonee (Massilia 1430).


Vilani sphere reaches about 10 parsecs in size centered on Vland. Vilani sphere at TL 10.


Establishment of the Bureaux. The three Vilani bureaux are formed and each is assigned a unique interstellar territory. The Igsiirdi, a coordinating body, nominally rules Vland itself.


Vilani discover that Geonee jump technology was copied from an Ancient derelict found in the Shiwonee system.


Spaceflight has gone beyond a novelty, but a starship landing is still “quite an event” on many worlds off the star lanes.


Zhodani develop elementary psionics on Zhdant.


Plague from Viepchakl destroys Zhodani civlization and starts Zhdant’s Second Dark Age.


Egyptian civilization on Terra (Solomani Rim 1827) constructs the Great Pyramids.


Nobles of western Dleqiats on Zhdant establish colonies and expand territories in easter Dleqiats and Qiknavra; Zhodani recovery strengthened by ascendance of psionics.


Zhodani dating begins with the first Psionic Games on Zhdant, held in Dlolprikl at the start of Atkazdlevl.


Hiver recorded history begins on Guaran.


The Zhodani reacquire space travel on Zhdant.


Vilani sphere of influence is 60 parsecs in radius centered on Vland.


Chinese Shang Dynasty begins on Terra.


Zhodani Consulate (Driantia Zhdantia) established on Zhdant.


Vilani scientists develop jump-2 drives, but keep the technology secret from non-Vilani trading partners.


The first J-2 capable Vilani battle fleet arrives in Ley Sector, aweing the local Luriani before moving further to trailing. Over the next few years, mangled remnants of the Vilani fleet limp back through the region.


Zhodani discover jump-1 drive technology on Zhdant while working on fusion power sources in the asteroid belt.


The last remnants of the Ley Sector J-2 battle fleet return to Vland. This defeat prompts the Vilani leadership to integrate and subjugate all potential rivals.


The Consolidation Wars begin. Vilani fleets go far beyond Vilani borders, creating a cleared zone. Civilizations refusing to surrender and to limit their military power and technology are exterminated.


Continued tightening of trade controls by the Vilani leads to the establishment of a centralized state based on Vland, founding the First Imperium, albeit with no Emperor yet.

The Ziru Sirka


The Igsiirdi is formalized as the governing council of the entire Vilani trade sphere.


Traditional beginning of the period of Vilani ascendance.


Period of colonial expansion by the Vilani begins.


Vilani establish their first base in the Solomani Rim at Lakish (now Karpaty, Solomani Rim 3001). Intelligence indicates that the Vegans are the last independent civilization to rimward, with nothing beyond.


Beginning of the age of “Outward Expansion” for the Zhodani Consulate.


Hivers develop inferior jump-1 drive on Guaran (Ricenden 0827), which would melt down to slag after a few uses (no more than ten).


Luriani Consolidation War begins.


Luriani Consolidation War ends.


Fixed point of 1 BC in the calendar on Terra (Solomani Rim 1827).


Fixed point of 1 AD in the calendar on Terra.


Vilani-Vegan contact. After 500 years of methodical expansion down the Rim Main, the Vilani come into direct contact with the Vegan Polity. Construction begins on an advance base at Shulgiasu (Solomani Rim 2319).


Vegan Consolidation War begins.


Dacian culture on Terra absorbed by the Roman Empire.


Vegan Consolidation War ends. Vegan minor race, centered on Muan Gwi (Solomani Rim 1717), forcibly absorbed by the Vilani.


Hiver scientists develop the standard jump-1 drive on Guaran.


China in the midst of the “Three Kingdoms” Era on Terra.


The Battle of the Dwarf Sun, a notable battle during the Vilani Consolidation Wars, is fought at Lianma (Zarushagar 1727).


K’kree begin experimenting with jump-1 capable starships in the Kirur system.


First Vargr space travel on Lair.


Vilani Consolidation Wars end with the imposition of Vilani government and culture on all contacted cultures, establishing the Pax Vilanica. Vilani dating begins.


Kushuggi (now Solomani Rim) Province is organized, with its capital at Shulgiasu (Solomani Rim 2319).


The chairman of the Igsiirdi, elected for life by the Council, becomes recognized as the Ishimkarun, the “Shadow Emperor”.


Exploration beyond current Ziru Sirka borders is stopped. Scientific research is controlled and stopped soon after.


All further Vilani exploration of the Solomani Rim sector ceases. Other than a few worlds in Albadawi subsector, no colonization efforts have been made since the Vegan Consolidation War 400 years previously.


Vargr discover jump-1 drive on Lair during the Colonial Rebellion.


Mayan civlization at its height on Terra.


Vargr Colonial Rebellion ends as the various Vargr nations on Lair begin spreading to the stars; Vargr Diaspora, or “gzokdae” begins.


The kimashargur movement, advocating a partial relaxation of restrictions on exploration and innovation, begins to become influential in the rimward portions of the Ziru Sirka.


Ishimkarum (“Shadow Emperor”) formalized as the Emperor of the Stars, absolute monarch of the Vilani Grand Empire.


The Ziru Sirka cracks down on the dissident kimashargur movement.


The height of the Vilani Ziru Sirka – 27 sectors and more than 15,000 star systems.


A group of Vilani kimashargur dissidents flee the Ziru Sirka and set up a minor state centered on Dingir (Solomani Rim 1222) and Gashidda (Solomani Rim 1127).


The Ziru Sirka conquers the dissident state centered on Dingir. Vilani expansion ends a mere 3 parsecs from medieval Terra.

The Interstellar Wars


The Ziru Sirka in decline as technology begins to leak past its borders.


Insurrections, mutinies and small border wars become increasingly common on the peripheries of the Ziru Sirka. Compromises or defeats of local forces are reported to superiors as victories.


Pax Vilanica ends as Vilani technology continues leaking across the First Imperium’s borders, helping new interstellar states develop outside Vilani control.


British Empire of Terra (Solomani Rim 1827) begins using native soldiers known as Sepoys in their colonial wars.


Discovery of Delta Cephei, first Cepheid variable, by Terran astronomers.


First space flight begins a century of national rivalries on Terra.


First Terran manned landing on the surface of Luna, Terra’s moon.


The first Terran spacecraft to visit the planet Mercury in the Terra system, Mariner 10, is launched by the United States of America.


Formation of the United Nations Space Coordinating Agency (UNSCA) on Terra.


Terrans develop jump drive. While researching new thruster plate designs, a lab in the asteroid belt of the Terra system discovers jump drive. Terra at TL9.


Terran-Vilani contact. Starleaper One, the first American interstellar mission, discovers a small Vilani prospecting base at Barnard.


First Interstellar War breaks out in the Solomani Rim sector between national squadrons under UNSCA command and Vilani border forces after the Barnard Incident; Terrans at TL10.


The Vilani unofficially agree to recognize the Terran claim to Barnard in exchange for a promise that Solomani forces stay out of Ziru Sirka space, ending the first Interstellar War.


The United Worlds, centered on Terra, formally changes its name to the Terran Confederation with the signing of the Beijing Treaty.


Terrans develop jump-2 drives; Terran Confederation overall at TL11.


Second Interstellar War begins. A Terran screening force deployed at Agidda (Solomani Rim 1824) intercepts a Vilani punitive expedition. Boht fleets are damaged, but the Terrans hold the system.


Second Interstellar War ends. The Terran Confederation becomes an official ally of the Ziru Sirka, and gains nominal control of everything between Agidda and Procyon (now Fenris, Solomani Rim 1830).


Third Interstellar War begins. Governor Erasharshi takes personal control of surprise attacks on the Terran outposts at Agidda and Procyon.


Third Interstellar War ends. The Terrans offer a ceasefire, which Governor Erasharshi is forced to accept.


Terran technology has matched Vilani standard (TL11) in all areas, and has surpassed it noticeably (TL12) in the fields of computers and medicine.


Fourth Interstellar War begins. After years of planning, Vilani forces raid Fenris (Solomani Rim 1830), destroy the naval base there, and retreat before the Terrans can respond.


Fourth Interstellar War ends. Terran envoys beg for peace on meek terms.


Fifth Interstellar War begins. A brand-new Terran fleet launches an attack on Nusku and commerce raiders operate across Dingir subsector in the Solomani Rim.


Fifth Interstellar War ends. Governor Yangila is forced to stand down. Her successor, Kidarneri Dumushir, offers a ceasefire in the present positions.


Sixth Interstellar War begins. A Vilani raid on Markhashi (Solomani Rim 1529) results in a Terran trade embargo on the Ziru Sirka and a large-scale invasion aimed at Gashidda.


Sixth Interstellar War ends. Unable to rebuild the provincial fleet, the Kushuggi (Solomani Rim) Province sues for peace with the Terrans. A delegation is sent to Vland (Vland 1717) to ask for Imperial assistance.


Seventh Interstellar War begins. The Vilani capital ship division launches an attack on Shuruppak. After an inconclusive naval battle, the Terrans withdraw.


Seventh Interstellar War ends. Governor Dumushir assassinated, Vilani organized resistance collapses. The acting provincial governor, Sharikkamur Dumushir, cedes the trailing half of Dingir subsector to the Terrans.


Eighth Interstellar War begins. Disorganized Vilani forces make an attack on Karkhar (Solomani Rim 1424) and are soundly defeated.


Terrans develop J-3 drive and early meson weapons.


Eighth Interstellar War ends. The Treaty of Ensulur (now Oudh) cedes all territory rimward of Vega (roughly 4 subsectors) to the Terrans, and recognizes the Vegan Polity.


Ninth Interstellar War begins. The Vilani Core Fleet reaches the depot at Shulgiasu and a formal declaration of war is issued against the Terran Confederation.


Destruction of the Vilani Core Fleet. After having its supply lines cut by J-3 raiders, the Vilani Core Fleet is devastated by the meson-equipped, but numerically much smaller, Terran main fleet.


Ninth Interstellar War ends. Terran forces arrive at Arkiikii (Solomani Rim 2905), completing the conquest of the Solomani Rim sector.


Terrans are a mature TL12 society. No major advancements are made before the fall of the Long Night.


Tenth Interstellar War begins between the First Imperium and the Terran Confederation; Terran offensives ultimately reach Massilia sector before the First Imperium collapses.


Battle of the Three Suns. Fleet Admiral Leon Gerasimov killed by a lucky hit on the bridge of the flagship “Temujin”. The ship’s captain, Hiroshi Estigarribia, saves the ship, takes command of the fleet and wins the battle.


The Tenth Insterstellar War ends in the collapse of the Vilani Empire, with Terran Confederation forces having reached as deep as Massilia sector.

The Rule of Man


Admiral Hiroshi Estigarribia, commander in chief of the Terran Nave, initiates a coup proclaiming himself Regent of the Vilani Imperium and Protector of Terra, united in the Rule of Man.


Terran Fleet Headquarters on Dingir (Solomani Rim 1222) serves as first capital of the Rule of Man; Anglic becomes the standard language of interstellar trade.


In a Vilani language holocrystal recorded by Admiral Estigarribia, he first uses the word Solomani; although in context he may have meant “all men”, popular usage quickly rendered it “humans from Terra”.


Admiral Hirsho Estigarribia dies and is succeeded by his chief of staff, who crowns himself Emperor Hiroshi II.


Large numbers of Terrans emigrate throughout the former Vilani Imperium, becoming industrialists and administrators. Many Vilani assimilate Terran culture.


Vargr-K’kree contact.


29 largest Aslan clans form the Tlaukhu on Kusyu; Aslan calendar begins.


First contact between K’kree and Hiver.


Hiver-K’kree War breaks out when K’kree discover Hiver cultural teams aiding a world of omnivore/hunters the K’kree were planning to exterminate.


Member races of the Hive Federation ratify the “Treaty of Eternal Alliance”.


The Hiver-K’kree War ends with the withdrawal of K’kree forces to pre-war borders after the Hiver demonstrate a plan to use psycho-historical techniques to radically alter the K’kree social order.


Terran-K’kree contact. A number of sharp engagements are fought between Terran exploratory scouts and K’kree forces. This reinforces the increasingly introspective worldview of the Steppelords.


First Zhodani contact with Vilani traders in Provence and Corridor sectors.


Yerlyaruiwo and Khaukheairl clans cooperate to develop jump-1 drive for Aslan on Kusyu; beginning of Aslan Era of Expansion.


First Aslan-Terran contact; a Yerlyaruiwo survey vessel encounters a Terran colony ship.


Rule of Man ordinances abolish the last remnants of the Vilani caste system, but fail to replace it with a new social order.


It is clear that the Rule of Man is in slow decline.

The Long Night


Lack of cooperation between member worlds of the Rule of Man becomes more common.


Last contact between the Rule of Man and the Solomani Rim sector. The government at Dingir (Solomani Rim 1222) continues to rule in the Emperor’s name.


For the next 320 years, anywhere up to a dozen individuals are claiming the throne of the Rule of Man at any one time.


First Terran contact with the Hivers.


Several border worlds of the Rule of Man refuse to honor offworld currency.


The Central Treasury of the Rule of Man at Hub/Ershur (now Kaggushus, Massilia 0402) refuses to honor a monetary issue of the branch treasury at Antares (Antares 2421).


Twilight begins as the resulting financial collapse and destruction of large-scale trade causes the collapse of the Rule of Man.


Collapse of the Solomani Rim provincial government. Years of deficit budgets leave the government at Dingir unable to maintain the provincial fleet.


One of the last claimants to the throne of the Rule of Man makes Sylea his capital.


Dingir is clinging to TL12 technology. The Itzin corporation decides to move en masse to a new world, and begins recruiting employees and transport starships.


9 PM: Twilight ends and the Long Night begins as the last governmental body claiming to be the Rule of Man ceases to exist.


The Itzin Fleet, 35 transports, 10 armed escorts and about 30,000 people, leaves Dingir bound for the far side of the Great Rift.


Negative net growth of interstellar output. The average trading ship is now attacked more frequently than once a year.


The Itzin Fleet arrives at Darrian, building a secret base high in the mountains.


Darrian at TL3 when contacted by Terran traders.


Beginning of the Solomani Period on Darrian; scientific research remains a Darrian passion.


Darrian begins space exploration.


Lack of interstellar commerce effectively ends piracy.


Darrians develop jump drive. A fleet of prototypes begin exploring the worlds of the Darrian Group.


Darrian exploration reaches 20 parsecs out from Darrian.


Aslan Border Wars begin. A myriad of Terran splinter states and Aslan clans struggle amongst themselves in a confused morass of intrigue and combat lasting more than 1000 years.


Interest in Psionics arises during the Long Night, as it becomes recognized as a teachable, learnable science.


Zhodani Consulate reaches present size.


Darrian solar experiments begin at Darrian.


Establishment of the Abh and Udh Projects to better define the expected lifespan of Tarnis, the sun of Darrian. End of the Solomani Period on Darrian.


Darrian’s sun destabilizes; huge flares erupt, killing 80% of the world’s population and many in the system, and destroying its interstellar civilization.


Effects of the Maghiz felt throughout Darrian space.


Maghiz effects pass out of Darrian space in the Spinward Marches.


Darrian worlds abandon space to concentrate on recovery efforts; all contact between Darrian worlds in the Spinward Marches lost.


Queen Rowena of Sylea abdicates under pressure from a number of senior Solomani nobles, paving the way for the transformation into the Sylean Federation.


Sylean Federation founded on Sylea (now Capital); Sylean federation at TL11.


Zhodani-Sword Worlder contact. Because of the distance between their realms, and Sword Worlder wariness, trading never amounts to much.


Gram builds the first jump-capable Sword Worlds ship — the Genfoedsel (“Rebirth”).


Darrian-Sword Worlder contact. A Mirean exploration ship arrives at Tizon (Spinward Marches 0922). As the Sword Worlds population is less than the population of Mire alone, they do not encourage trade.


Colonel Meke Noore of the Interstellar Confederacy writes his “Principles of Defensive Warfare”, which remains required reading at many Imperial Military Academies.


Aslan Era of Expansion ends.


Foundation of the Darrian Community. Treaty of mutual friendship and cooperation signed between Mire and the recently reunified Darrian.


First Zhodani/Darrian contact; an exploratory Zhodani trade mission meets the Darrians.


Ensuing diplomatic fallout over the terrorist attack at Fornol almost starts a civil war within the Sylean Federation.


Sylean Federation Scout Service founded.


Sylean Expansion Wars end with Sylean dominance of the Sylean Main.


Grand Duke Felix Zhunastu of Sylea succeeds his father to the hereditary position of President of the Sylean Federation Grand Senate.


Cleon Zhunastu, son of Grand Duke Felix Zhunastu of Sylea and his Vilani consort Denkhumi is born.

The Third Imperium — Dawn


A number of Sylean nobles have taken sabbaticals along the Vilani main rather than within the Sylean Federation.


Professor Aldin Zhunastu, a cousin of Felix Zhunastu, is appointed head of the Technological Redevelopment Division of Zhunastu Industrial Laboratories.


The Sylean Fair Negotiations Act is amended to allow both sides to have their own psionic expert available during negotiations if access is equal.


The Chanestin Kingdom and the Sylean Federation, worn out over their 63-year-old war, agree on a peace treaty.


The Igah Hipodile, contests of psionic strength on Sylea, is started as a competition between the Psionics Department of the Unviersity of Sylea and the Sylean College of Psionics.


Zhunastu Industries is gradually formed from the buyout and merger of several smaller companies over the next ten years; Zhunastu Shipbuilding becomes its principal subsidiary.


Cleon Zhunasty begins a sabbatical tour of the rimward frontier, from Vland to Amdukan and Antares sectors and back to Sylea.


Cleon Zhunastu spends almost a year on Vland studying a variety of topics at the AAB and Vilani Imperial Library.


The Third Imperium — The Antebellum Years

The Third Imperium — The Second Frontier War

The Third Imperium — Recovery

The Third Imperium — Modern Day


Information on this page is excerpted primarily from Donald McKinney’s Integrated Timeline of Traveller, a work of staggering completeness that vastly dwarfs the contents of these pages. Seriously, this was such an asset. Thank you, Don.

A Timeline of Charted Space

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