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The year is 2183 and humanity is at the breaking point. It has been hundred years since the governments of Earth finally accepted that their actions over decades and, in some circumstances, centuries had stripped Mother Earth of her fertility, her resources and her longevity. Industrialisation, Urbanisation, Globalisation and Overpopulation were four words that humanity had celebrated as a sign of humanities strength. Humanity had conquered the Earth from the animals that they had hunted to near extinction or enslaved for humanities gain. The governments of the world, united in a central body named the Earthen Space Force, announced that the Earth was no longer sustainable or salvageable. The oceans were dying, the temperature was rising and overpopulation was causing diseases to rapidly spread and mutate beyond medical control.
It has been eighty years since the largest Atlantic hurricane in living memory destroyed New York City in its entirety and ushered in a new wave of ecological and environmental disasters that pillaged the land and murdered millions. It had been seventy-five years since the behemoth Lazarus Space Station had been constructed and inhabited for the sole focus of the Earthen Space Force’s colonial program. It had been sixty years since Lian Shu Bei had perfected a faster than light warp drive to allow exploration and colonisation beyond the meagre boarders of the solar system. Humanity, during this period, began to flock to the common goal of seeing that Earth would not become just another graveyard in a vast, empty galactic void. Conversely those who though that humanity had blown it’s chance, religious and environmental zealots especially, began to protest the ESF and it’s ‘grand’ mission stating that humanity cannot be allowed to spread its failure across worlds not destined for humanity.
It has been thirty years since the three sister colony ships had been laid down, culminating in the largest engineering project ever endeavoured upon by humanity. ESF Conatus ‘Endeavour’, ESF Spera ‘Hope’ and ESF Prosperitas ‘Prosperity’ were to be three, concurrent, missions to nearest habitable stars by a renown collective of scientific minds. It had been twenty years since the last major war between the factions of Earth as the United Americas, and their allies the Eurasian Federation and African Incorporation battled with the Pan-Asian Collective and Oceanic Conclave for control of dwindling resources and deep reservations about the funding and mission of the Earthen Space Force. The war lasted five years, killed millions and changed virtually nothing about the Earthen Space Force or its mission merely adding fuel to the fire of distrust around the ESF and humanities right to the galaxy.
It has been ten years since the Hygleon Pandemic of 2173 that nearly killed two billion of Earth’s dwindling population. A fast-acting, particularly virulent strain of tuberculosis that could not be treated with traditional methods that threatened to end life on Earth before the intervention of ESF researchers with an emergency vaccine. Some accused the ESF of creating the Pandemic to fuel panic and investment in the colonisation program but it was never proved. It is now one week before departure aboard the ESF Conatus and some of the best and brightest, Commanders, Scientists, Doctors, Engineers, Media Experts and Security Specialists have been allocated to the first ship to leave Sol Space. The air is thick with tension as many threats from the Oceanic Conclave that an attack is imminent on the Conatus have the colonists and ESF spooked. Will the Conatus make its way into the unknown only those aboard will be able to tell…
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George Harry (Resolute)
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