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

-350,000

Most common date for the appearance of the Ancients.

-312,000

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

-310,000

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

-302,000

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

-302,000

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

-300,000

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.

-300,000

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

-22,000

Oldest preserved written records on Vland (Vland 1717).

-20,000

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

-11,078

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

-10,011

First Vilani space explorations in the Vland system.

-9800

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

-9502

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

-9500

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

-9310

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

-9309

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

The Rise of the Vilani

-9235

The Vilani discover the Jump-1 drive.

-9225

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

-9000

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

-8900

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

-8715

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.

-8600

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

-8500

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

-8500

Zhodani develop elementary psionics on Zhdant.

-7945

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

-7071

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

-6800

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

-6731

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

-6600

Hiver recorded history begins on Guaran.

-6400

The Zhodani reacquire space travel on Zhdant.

-6000

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

-5849

Chinese Shang Dynasty begins on Terra.

-5823

Zhodani Consulate (Driantia Zhdantia) established on Zhdant.

-5430

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

-5421

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.

-5415

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

-5402

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.

-5400

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.

-5273

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

-5273

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

-5272

Traditional beginning of the period of Vilani ascendance.

-5200

Period of colonial expansion by the Vilani begins.

-5000

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.

-5000

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

-4698

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

-4582

Luriani Consolidation War begins.

-4547

Luriani Consolidation War ends.

-4521

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

-4520

Fixed point of 1 AD in the calendar on Terra.

-4450

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).

-4445

Vegan Consolidation War begins.

-4404

Dacian culture on Terra absorbed by the Roman Empire.

-4404

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

-4212

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

-4212

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

-4210

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

-4142

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

-4089

First Vargr space travel on Lair.

-4045

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

-4038

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

-4035

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

-4000

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

-4000

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.

-3810

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

-3810

Mayan civlization at its height on Terra.

-3790

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

-3700

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.

-3610

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

-3570

The Ziru Sirka cracks down on the dissident kimashargur movement.

-3500

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

-3500

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).

-3400

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

The Interstellar Wars

-3000

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

-2800

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.

-2800

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

-2750

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

-2737

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

-2559

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

-2551

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

-2546

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

-2508

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

-2431

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.

-2422

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

-2408

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.

-2400

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.

-2398

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

-2398

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

-2397

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.

-2389

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).

-2378

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

-2366

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

-2360

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

-2349

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.

-2346

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

-2343

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.

-2335

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

-2327

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.

-2321

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.

-2316

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

-2308

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.

-2294

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

-2285

Terrans develop J-3 drive and early meson weapons.

-2284

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.

-2277

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.

-2276

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.

-2266

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

-2250

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

-2235

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

-2224

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.

-2219

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

-2204

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.

-2204

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.

-2200

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”.

-2182

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

-2170

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

-2100

Vargr-K’kree contact.

-2083

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

-2045

First contact between K’kree and Hiver.

-2029

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.

-2018

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

-2013

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.

-2008

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.

-2000

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

-1999

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

-1980

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

-1955

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

-1900

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

The Long Night

-1850

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

-1850

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.

-1849

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

-1802

First Terran contact with the Hivers.

-1799

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

-1776

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).

-1776

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

-1695

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

-1600

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

-1530

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.

-1526

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

-1520

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

-1520

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

-1512

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

-1511

Darrian at TL3 when contacted by Terran traders.

-1500

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

-1410

Darrian begins space exploration.

-1400

Lack of interstellar commerce effectively ends piracy.

-1395

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

-1270

Darrian exploration reaches 20 parsecs out from Darrian.

-1120

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.

-1000

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

-1000

Zhodani Consulate reaches present size.

-1000

Darrian solar experiments begin at Darrian.

-950

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.

-924

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

-924

Effects of the Maghiz felt throughout Darrian space.

-907

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

-860

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

-650

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

-650

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

-292

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

-290

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

-265

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.

-245

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

-242

Aslan Era of Expansion ends.

-238

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

-187

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

-112

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

-100

Sylean Federation Scout Service founded.

-100

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

-57

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

-57

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

The Third Imperium — Dawn

-50

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

-49

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

-45

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

-44

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

-40

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.

-40

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.

-34

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

-33

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

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The Third Imperium — The Antebellum Years

The Third Imperium — The Second Frontier War

The Third Imperium — Recovery

The Third Imperium — Modern Day




Acknowledgements

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.

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