WORK IN PROGRES, DO NOT EDIT PLEASEThe planet of Simfone, located in the Terraparce system on the Luso galactic arm, is the birthplace of humans and the "center of the galaxy" for most of its years. It was the heart of the Simfonese Empire in its prime, and the home to billions. It is also called the Mother World.
Life on Simfone formed late when compared to other planets in the galaxy. Its origin was always a subject of dispute among scientists of all species who studied it. Humans evolved from lines of primates in the Manesia planes, and seeded civilization here as well with small packs and eventually nomadic tribes.
Simfone's history began in the Age of Innocence (AI), when civilization was just emerging with primitive humans and tribes. They learned and evolved, the southern continent a bit faster than the northern.
There was much small tribe activity, especially around the Brithine Gulf, but no large documented empire was established until about 150 years prior to the Age of Expedition, at which time the Manesh Empire was emerging in the Manesia Planes and the Offet Empire in the heart of the later state of Treemian. Both empires expanded slightly, populations rising steadily, trade routes flourishing, until a conflict occured with religion and a war occured. This reduced them both to wreckages and small settlements 28 years before AE, but not before permanently affecting future culture and lifestyle. Both of their mythological beliefs largely affected their way of life, and would continue to exist in culture for the rest of human existence. They also created human language that would much later become the Galactic Common dialect.
The Age of Expedition came with the creation of Darkism in the north, in what would later be known as the state of Trimula. Darkism was founded by a relatively large tribe on the Brithine Gulf led by the Trimulus Dynasty, and would be the only significant religious power in Simfone's history. This tribe went on to spread their religion by force, uniting much of the north into the nation of Matrador by conquest. Meanwhile, the south was largely at peace, uniting many tribes into cities and steadily becoming more connected in a nation-like fashion.
By 112 AE, Matrodor had expanded to almost all the north, including a small portion of The Etherlands, and had a grand army. Trimulus III now called for a truce in Brithe, which was a very unstable area due to the integration of northern and southern peoples. After much failed atttempts to unite the two lands, the whole southern continent united as one unit for the first time and made Mastos their representitive to negotiate an official treaty with the north. This negotiation took place in Brithe. While in Brithe, however, Mastos was killed in a commotion by a Matrodorian soldier without order.
This was mistaken to the whole of the south as a diliberate action, and brought the continent to an uproar. A small military was made on the southern side of the Brithine Gulf just one year later to combat Matrodorian forces that were now trying to push into the south. This military was called The Grothen. The Grothen did not officially unite all of southern Simfone, but were a group of people made up of men and women voluntarilly fighting for the south's way of life and culture. By just 120 AE, they had managed to recruit a significantly larger military than that of Matrodor (due to the south's considerably higher population.) They attacked Brithe in the same year, taking the whole isthmus.
From Brithe they proceeded to steadily push Matrodorian forces north over the course of the next 36 years, despite the Ruby Plague that gripped both continents at this time. First along the Brithine Gulf, then spreading up north when the Grothen had a firm hold along the gulf. Matrador fell - still a very young nation - in 156 AE with the raid on the Trimulus Manor and the killing of Trimulus III. This united the planet of Simfone.
The Advancement Era started immediately after the war for global unity ended, but still in the Age of Expedition.
The Grothen Army was changed to simply "The Simfonese Armed Forces", and split into two branches: domestic and military. Brithe was named the official capitol of Simfone, and democracy was born. Former Matrodorians kept their belief in Darkism and slowly adopted southern culture. All their rebellions were quickly stopped after their government fell.
Industrial Revolution was occuring at this point. The Grand Simfonese Steam Fleet was being made to conquer the sea on newly-made steam boats, and production of goods increased greatly.
The first planetary presidential election took place in 158 AE, resulting in Simfone's first president: a previous high-ranking military official by the name of Albion. He was in office for 15 years over 3 terms (elections would take place every five years.)
In his time as president, he abolished Matradorian currency and implemented the standard Simfonese credit, established hundreds of schools, but perhaps most noteably established the Cartography Corps. The Cartography Corps, thousands strong, utilized the Grand Simfonese Steam Fleet and embarked on a mission to sail and map all of Simfone's oceans by 163 AE, as well as accurately map the land. In this journey, the Corps discovered Vosk, Juva and Sairren (the three great islands of Simfone.) The end of this journey marked the end of the Age of Expedition, opening to the Age of Advancement.
The Age of Advancement (AA) was ushered in with the creation of sanform; Simfone's main building material. Hundreds of factories sprung up around the world. Most all new buildings made were being made of sanform. Roads were paved over with it.
In the first year of the Age of Advancement, construction began on the Brithine Palace. It was the largest sanform structure to date and it would be the center of Simfonese government for centuries, democracy or otherwise. The palace was completed in 15 AA. Previous presidents had lived in a remodeled Trimulus Manor after the Trimulus Dynasty was destroyed.
Electricity became widespread in early Age of Advancement. Electricity was experiemeted with by several different people and groups before this, often without recorded results. It became common in wealthy families' houses in 20 AA. It was more common in large cities such as Brithe, Treemian, Wrike and Mordonne than it was in smaller cities or villages.
Darkism, though dying, still had thousands of followers. The Darkist Conflict occured in 126 AA when the Simfonese Government prohibited a society of Darkists from creating a Darkist city-state on the Vincinian Mountains. This caused much unrest as followers of Darkism around the world accused the Simfonese Government of having a prejudice toward their people. Thousands of followers, many not even associated with the proposed state, attacked Simfone. Many went for electricity plants, successfully blacking out Treemian (Simfone's leading city in technological advances and research) for a short period of time. The Darkist Conflict was fully resolved in 128 AA.
Shortly after, in 140 AA, the Flight Experimentation Corps (FEC) was established. It was heavily funded by the government and through donations. It caused the human's first successful flight in 142 and went on to make flight common place for commercial and military means by the following century.
In 168, the computing machine was made. It greatly helped the commercialization of the airplane, as well as countless other advancements in health, science and engineering.
In the same year, humans harnessed the power of the atom for the first time, entering the nuclear age. This would open up many possibilities for energy production, as well as for destruction (its destructive potential being demonstrated in 174 AA in the Problo Incident when the city in southern Simfone was accidentally decimated.)
By the middle of second century AA, computers were widespread in places of work and homes. Commercial and private airplanes could be often be seen overhead in densely populated areas. Electricity was almost essential to daily life. At this time, the FEC (who now controlled development of planes and management of airports) established a new branch; the Aerospace Experimentation Corps. Also funded heavily, the AEC hired thousands of engineers to develop a safe way vessel that can bring man to Simfone's closest moon of Ethios and back.
They did this through the Mastos project; a series of ships that were tested and launched in the Wrikan desert off the city of Wrike's outskirts. The first successful mission (after two failed attempts) took place in 298 AA with Mastos III. The ship landed on Ethios; the first moon of Simfone. Upon their return, a large rock from the moon was placed on top of the Brithine Palace.
This sprung a world-wide rush to space. Hundreds of satellites and space missions (manned and probed) to all of Simfone's moons, as well as some neighboring planets in the Terraparce system would come in the century to follow.
A permanent and nearly self-sufficient colony was established on Ethios in 371 AA, centered around the Great Eye Space Telescope established in the middle of the colony in the same year. This telescope looked over neighboring solar systems for inhabitable planets. This began the Expansion Era.
More colonies were established around the Terraparce system with the Dome paraterraformation program, launched in 39 AEx (Age of Expansion) which provided a safe and relatively easy-to establish living space in an otherwise unbreathable planet or moon. This was launched by the still-functioning AEC, who would in the coming years be simply integrated into the government instead of being a government-funded organization By the end of first century AEx, almost self-sufficient colonies were established on the moons of Simfone, Allima (Simfone's neighboring planet), and the moon of Letow orbiting the gas giant Eurow.
But space travel was still slow and expensive, though much more reliable and affordable than it was in its beginnings. At the dawn of the second century AEx, shortly after the discovery of hyperspace in 196 AEx, heavy research began on the possibilitiy of hyperspace travel. This would be a long endeavour. Whilst this happened, the Letow conflict occured in 127 AEx, in which the moon was literally held hostage and nearly commited mass-murder before being stopped by citizens on the moon.
At this time, humans on Simfone travelled largely by personal aircraft, but also by ground vehicles and hover-speeders. Humans in other colonies traveled almost solely by ground vehicles. Fields of solar panels could be found wherever there were humans, with tidal and geothermal energy being popular as well on Simfone. Simfone's government applied to all its daughter civilizations, although there were democratically elected governors for each Dome settlement. Population overflow was a vague problem, and a strict two-child-per-family law applied to all humans (established in 75 AEx.) Astroid mining was becoming a booming industry. Manned missions to other planets in the terraparce system such as Calderion and its moons were commonplace, and bases existed on them, although permanent settlements still only existed on Letow, Allima, Hiatis, Trident and Ethios. It would stay like this for a long time, because it was no longer a priority to spread humans out so quickly. Also, it was very expensive to Simfone's resources to sustain a total of six civilizations, including itself, and communication between the places were tedious.
In 130 AEx, after a bit less than a hundred years of exploration and study of the planet, a permanent terraformation operation of Allima was given the go-ahead from the president of the time, Cadence Frittly. It would take nearly a century and a half to be completed, and would endure much controversy. It was finished in 224 AEx.
An interstellar mission was debated for much of the second century AEx. The hyperdrive was making progress, and engineers believed they were close to a revolutionary breakthrough; breaking lightspeed. At this time, the best (and very most expensive) ship technologically possible to AEx humans could travel at only roughly 75% the speed of light. Even that was not practical.
In 157, the first signs of conflict in the Human Cold War were noticeable on Hiatis when the moon was in a food supply crisis. A group of astronauts, by governor's order, were sent to Simfone to demand a shipment of food. Turned down on the grounds that the moon could not receive "special treatment" over other colonies, the Hiatites demanded it again, threatening attack this time. They were issued higher amounts of supplies to keep them quiet and not provoke the other colonies to fighting.
This, however, did not keep other starving colonies quiet (it perhaps even enraged them.) Ethios was next to demand resources. Their requests were fulfilled as well, after intense debates with the Simfonese government. This was very costly, and would be followed in the 160 AEx decade by Letow and Trident (Allima's resources were not a problem, as they were given priority as the largest colony of the time.) Simfone could only provide enough to make it just adequate, not luxurious or favorable in any way to Simfone itself. This angered citizens of all the colonies; even Allima. They demanded more and more resources that Simfone could not give.
The three moons of Simfone made an alliance in 166 AEx, with Letow joining them in the following year. Their goal was to raise the standard of living in their Dome colonies, and if this could not be done, to succeed their mother planet and become independent, allied states. In short, by this time, humans had spread further than their one mother planet could reasonably provide for. Tensions and negotiations in this time nearly led the colonies to war on multiple occasions. It was finally settled in 167 AEx, much to the detriment of Simfone, for the moon colonies to all be issued appropriate amounts of resources and equipment to be entirely self-sufficient. Letow, Ethios, Hiatis and Trident became their own states, now with very little ties to their mother planet. Allima stayed with Simfone, having never had much conflict with the planet throughout the whole cold war.
Simfone was now in an economical depression, having sacrificed nearly countless credits in order to avoid an otherwise imminent war. They would stay this way for a long while, strongly affecting the planet's government, law-enforcement and population among other things.
Through the depression, though, the unlikely invention of faster-than-light communication was achieved in 185 AEx. This would have been the revolutionary, iconic invention of its time, had it not been out-done 16 years later with an even more significant invention.
In 201 AEx, aerospace engineers finally produced an antimatter-fueled hyperdrive that exceeded the speed of light by a considerable amount. Almost immediately after, two immensely important unmanned voyages to two neighboring star systems were funded and executed. Anabasis Bi was en route to Terraparce's closest neighboring system; a binary system named Billantar. Its counterpart, Anabasis Tu was en route to the Tupolo system, which was slightly further away and harbored an important planet - Tupoli III - observed in a potentially livable zone. It would take 5 years for Bi to reach its mark, and 11 for Tu to reach its mark. Results from Anabasis Bi concluded that the system was suitable for bases or Dome settlements in multiple places, and Anabasis Tu concluded that the same, as well as confirmed the existence of much-suspected and sought alien bacterial life on the planet of Tupoli III. This caused revolution in philosophy and science for humans.
The lightspeed engine was expensive and only used by the elite organizations, but lowered in cost gradually and rose in numbers. It also rose in efficiency and speed. They only started becoming commonplace in the middle of 4th century AEx. In 243 AEx, they began to be sold commercially. The owners were very few, and there were strict laws in place as to how they could use them, but this growth in light speed travelers brought on a goldrush of expansion outside the Terraparce system. Several new life forms were found in the neighboring system, many of which were on Erassee; a planet not unlike Simfone itself.
In 249 AEx, Erassee was the first planet to be discovered with plants and animals as humans knew them, as well as a nearly breathable atmosphere. It was a young planet, without complex life, though much of the life it harbored was multicellular. This was now the third known habitable planet (by the discovery of Erassee, Allima had a quickly growing population of nearly 15 million and quickly growing.) During a 53 year period of time in which the atmosphere was being enriched wtih oxygen for better breathing conditions, humans rushed to harvest, map, and populate the ripe new planet. They all wore breathing masks until it became finally liveable in It was controlled by Simfone, thought to be a potentially valuable area. Humans, however, from all of Simfone's moons as well as Letow gathered at Erassee. Simfonese Peace-Keeping-Officers were in control of the area, as well as a local government.
Erassee was one of the moderately few Simfone-controlled planets found shortly after the light speed revolution. Simfone did not want to spread its influence and control too far, so as to not risk another resource crisis like their previous one in the Human Cold War (especially in their weakened state, still recovering.) This did not stop the newly-independent moons from spreading out across the neighboring systems, and becoming more networks of settlements than singular moon nations. Private corporations, many mining, also spread humans around the star systems. Many settlements were simply small bases, established for a specific purpose. Others were Domes, created just because humans longed to populate.
At this time (mid third century AEx,) all the previously owned moon colonies of Simfone had become small clusters of territories and celestial bodies; Letow became the Letowan Republic, Trident became the United Bodies of Trident, Hiatis became the Interstellar Empire of Hiatis and Ethios became the Ethiosian Republic. Only 43 years into its existence, the Interstellar Empire of Hiatis had had a civil war and separated, making the Commonwealth of South Hiatis. Both governing bodies of Hiatis controlled a hemisphere, as well as their separate territories. Allima was still controlled by Simfone. Simfone remained a democratic republic, but its official title remained simply Simfone, referring to all its territories as well as the planet itself.
These new governing bodies, after about a century of existence (with the exception of Hiatis,) had or were developing fleets of ships for trade, exploration, commerce and especially military. Simfone and its territories were in control of a starfleet rivaled only by the Ethiosian Republic, though relations between the two (as well as relations to all of Simfones formerly owned colonies) was good. Trade routes webbed between all the human factions.
In third century AEx, life on Simfone and her colonies was largely controlled by technology, as were commerce and military affairs though humans were still very much involved. Most complex AI were complete with their own personalities and demonstrated human-like behavior. An interstellar internet of vast amounts of knowledge was at the disposal of most any civilian in any governing body that wanted it through implants in their brains, augmented reality visors or a mobile or body-mounted miniature computer (most of which also complete with their own personal AI.) Arts and sciences were a part of the Simfonese citizen's everyday life, and mandatory education. Roads were mostly a thing of the past, and air travel was the most common form of transportation for all the human colonies. Cities rose high into the clouds many times, and artificial biomes and vast decorative bodies of water were often created by humans to make their places of living more comfortable. Outside the cities, nature was still very much alive on Simfone, Allima and Erassee, and very important to humans. Huge swaths of the three fertile planets were off limits to building and detrimental human contact, reserved only as wildlife parks. Simfone also controlled a strong trading advantage by having access to the resources of the only fertile worlds of the time (though many, many more would soon be settled or terraformed.) The moderately wealthy who owned domestic spaceships would also flock to the worlds on vacations. For those unable to own spaceships, commercial interstellar tourism businesses were available for use of the public. Tourism was a huge money-making industry for Simfone.
In 289 AEx, the fourth fertile world of Pherodeen in the Benopas System was seized and settled by the United Bodies of Trident. This caused Simfone to greatly strengthen their relationship with Trident and her other cellestial bodies, even setting up several integrated and neutral Simfonese and Tridentian Dome colonies on the single large moon of Pherodeen. Simfone was granted half the landmass of Pherodeen as a gift from Trident at the turn of the fourth century AEx. Fertile worlds continued to be found and settled along the Luso arm at a steady pace. Simfone gained partial control over a large continent of Verion in 314, and full control over Ceilodeen and Urota in 330 and 355.
Notable events of fourth century AEx for Simfone and her people were mainly the reception of Ceilodeen and Urota, as well as Pherodeen, Verion and several new Dome colonies on moons (though the centuries-old Dome design had changed greatly over time and was often not even in a "dome" shape.) Human population in this century also hit a quarter hundred billion in an estimate, but would rise much more in the years to come. As Trident had replaced their capital to their newly-discovered fertile planet of Trident, Simfone's moon of Trident was changed to Old Trident. Simfone briefly used their military in the first official war in hundreds of years from 357-362 with the Empire of Faria (formerly named the Interstellar Empire of Hiatis.) The nation had started an interplanetary war that midway through would cause its own empire to erupt in a civil war. Their gradually failing efforts to bring down the nations of Ethios, Simfone and the Commonwealth of Opallita (formerly the Commonwealth of South Hiatis) coupled with their additional internal war crumbled the Empire of Faria in 362 AEx. After its fall, Simfone withdrew from the conflict but the bodies formerly controlled by Faria would be fought over in a conflict between the rebels that internally brought down Faria and the nation of Opallita for decades to come.
At this point, the democratic republic of Simfone fully controlled five fertile worlds, partially controlled two more, and controlled dozens of loosely inhabited infertile planets, moons and asteroids. All the powerful governing bodies controlled at least one of their own fertile worlds. Several more were partially controlled by humans of many nations. The government had been hardly challenged or changed and maintained a democracy for 3 quarters of a millenium. On all her colonies, the state of living could generally be considered good or exceptionally good when compared to other nations. Simfone controlled superior military fleet capable of holding off any outside threat known at the time, provided the fleet was controlled by a good and efficient commander-in-chief. The whole civilization, as well as every human civilization, would be profoundly changed by the discovery to come.
The discovery of extraterrestrial, sentient life in 404 AEx came as a jarring surprise to man. It was them who made first contact. Their message came in the form of motion picture, hologram, pictoral and text messages on a designated probe. It was en route to Pherodeen, and was intercepted 100 kilometers away from the planet. Upon its landing and investigation, it was discovered that humans were certainly not alone in the galaxy, or even the galactic arm; the Rasqan Empire was located in the Luso arm, however much closer to the galactic core than Simfone. The courier probe gave extensive information as to the wherabouts, anatomy, governmental systems and lifestyle of not only the Rasqs, but also two sentient alien races they had come in contact with prior to the humans (the fetosins and the seeves,) both of which were inferior to the peaceful but gargantuan power of the Rasqs. The messages were pictoral, but tried to describe the Rasq's native language that the fetosins and seeves also shared. The probe was made by and represented not just Rasqs, but all three races.
It also gave extensive information on a substance they called Boktul, and included a small sample of it. In later years, it would simply be called the Substance commonly. This substance was officially declared the fifth form of matter upon further inspetion. The floating, low density material was an absolute scientific oddity. Most notably, it stably contained amounts of energy so incredibly high that it proved several times more efficient than antimatter when harnasssed correctly in a laboratory. This apparantly floated in such high quantities that it rivaled the clouds in skies of the Rasqan worlds. Boktul was respected by the Rasqs in a manner not too different from worship.
Officials from all human colony groups met and discussed the matter. The historic meeting ended with a unanimous vote to send a similar courier probe to the location detailed on the alien probe, and to keep the public uninformed of the matter until the alien species responded with another probe. They did just this, and soon received a second courier proposing a peaceful meetup followed by a request to have a group of Rasqs permanently inhabit a human world to learn about culture. They also welcomed humans to inhabit one of their own worlds should they so choose. The colonies tentatively agreed to this with a message in their second vessel, and also informed the public of their finding. This was declared the most significant discovery in all of human history. It caused an all-time high morale in the colonies, and even was a major factor in the ending of a war between Trident and Opallita. It also caused a surge of theism in human culture; something that was uncommon in previous centuries.
In 406 AEx, the human meeting ships Emissary and Reverence docked aboard the Rasqan ship Welcoming of the New Dawn (roughly translated from Rasqan to Galactic Common.) Aboard these ships there were minimal but necessary military personnel, scientists of all sorts, at least two ambassodors from all human nations and tonnes of equipment and objects to be used to explain human life and history as best as possible. These things included much vegetation, various animals, vehicles, air, water and soil samples from every inhabited human world, the most advanced robots and artificial intelligence available, and of course petabytes of stored knowledge on every aspect of humans imaginable. Welcoming of a New Dawn had many similar things aboard, explaining in equal detail the history and knowledge of the Rasqs, fetosins and seeves. The ship also harbored huge amounts of the Boktul substance.
The meeting went smoothly, and was followed by many more almost regular meetings in the years proceeding first contact. It was not long before the Rasqs took permanent housing among humans on a secluded island in Mariados, a fertile planet in the United Bodies of Trident. Men and women did the same with the Rasqs on the terraformed Rasqan planet of Barra Min (most fertile Rasqan planets were terraformed.)
There was more and more careful interaction with the three species in the first half of fifth century AEx. More and more humans were migrating to more and more Rasqan worlds, and likewise. Also very significant, Opallita, Trident and Ethios formed the Grand Human Alliance in 437 AEx. This stated that resources would be largely shared and a new starship fleet was to be constructed for the Alliance. (This was in addition to each individual nation's own fleet, which were kept.)
It soon could not be ignored that humans greatly desired the Boktul substance that the Rasqs were so reluctant to hand over. Little debate was had between man and Rasq in the first few decades on the matter so as to make sure of a strong relationship from the beginning, but around 450 serious discussion was had between the species as to how (if at all) the Boktul would be distributed. It was heavily disputed by both species; much of the human public and government wanted it, and many others thought it was innapropriate to ask this of the Rasqs. The Rasqan Alliance as a whole voted no, but as requests slowly turned to demands, the Rasqan planetary state of Demennatar gave in and began a trade route with the Grand Human Alliance to thunderous denouncement from all other Rasqan states, especially their capital of Vence.
It was at this time that one of the most significant events in man's history occured. The Legion made itself visible in 457 AEx. They claimed to be thousands strong, and in high places of authority, waiting for years and monitoring governmental proceedings to see if they go to their liking. A set of ideals was shared by the many members of the legion, stating many things that mainly consist of the common belief that any good nation needs a strong and hard rule and that military strength and action is more effective than verbal negotiation.
The Legion proposed the idea that the current reigning governments needed to be more aggresive if humanity was to thrive. They spread word of their campaign by utilizing the internets and mass holovision broadcasts. They heavily criticized the actions of the Grand Human Alliance and called for them to demand the substance or take it by force. They slowly gathered attention, especially after exploiting the people's fear of war. They did this by falsely criminalizing the Rasqs and making them appear more threatening, and also making very public a growing between Ethios and Trident.
After only two years, the Legion unexpectadly had amassed a decent albeit small following. The group then did something very unexpected and sudden; they attacked the Alliance directly using violent force. Several hundreds of underground members of the Legion aboard the Alliance's fleet commited mutiny on the flagship Unity in 459 AEx. This was done quickly and effectively, with minimum casualties, but it officially began the Human Civil War. Simfone was once again at war, this time alongside the rest of the Grand Human Alliance, fighting the Legion.
The Legion quickly proved that its first attack was not at all spontaneous (in fact, it was brilliantly thought out by some of humanity's most historic strategists) when they proceeded to gradually take control of most of the Alliance's fleet while raiding and destroying several shipyards. By 463, almost the entirety of the Grand Human Alliance's prestigious starship fleet had been hijacked by the growing armies of the Legion. They used the huge amount of vessels to fend off battleships that were now not coming from the Alliance, but from the individual fleets of Opallita, Trident, Ethios and Simfone. Their temporary base of operations was established on the Unity while the fleet evaded the constant barrage of enemy vessels.
The Legion's success could largely be attributed to the huge amounts of members inside the opposing nations' militaries and governments. The largest moon of Rovon, the secondmost valuable Opallitan fertile planet, was overtaken by Legion forces in 467. The planet of Rovon itself was seized only months later, along with a large amount of Opallitan vessels that were grounded at the time of the invasion. This was a turning point in the war to the Legion's immense benefit, and Opallita was left severely weakened. The Legion began to target Opallita in the following years, while also instigating Trident and Ethios to fight (as their relations still remained on unstable ground.)
Legion-controlled Rovon was sacked in the early months of 468 when nearly all areas of military operation were hit with nuclear bombs. This was a huge setback for the campaign, but hundreds of vessels remained. The base of operations was simply moved back to the Unity. After their failed settlement on Rovon, the Legion began running and hiding once more while they prepared and planned. There was another short-lived settlement in the asteroid belt of the Bessivil Prime system before the Legion launched a fatal series of attacks on the capital planet of Opallita. It took place over almost a year and a half, but the planet was taken in early 470.
This event was later regarded as the climax point in the war. It sparked tens of millions more deaths and widespread panic in the populations. The Rasqs called for the Legion to stand down several times with the threat of sending Rasqan forces, but never intervened for the entirety of the war.
Though the planet of Opallita had fallen, the nation held on weakly and directed nearly all military forces at the defence of their remaining lands. Ethios, Simfone and the United Bodies also bulked up their defenses (Ethios resorted to military draft) and attacked furiously. Their attempts proved all but useless as nearly all Legion fighters were piled at Opallita for years. It was only at 475 that opposing forces began steadily inflicting damage on the Legion-controlled planet, at which time the governments of both Ethios and Simfone were attacked from the inside, assassinating presidents of both nations and damaging the Brithine Palace greatly. This caused great disorder and even chaos, and was a major factor in finally putting Ethios and Trident to military conflict. In this time of transition, Legion's fleets (ever growing, even while holding out on Opallita) began the final blow to the nation of Opallita, taking it completely in 484 - a move that severely damaged the human way of life and served as a catalyst in their enormous conquest.
Now with a total of six fertile planets (excluding Rovon, now mostly useless) and a starfleet to rival that of Trident, they shifted their attacks predominantly to Ethios. Ethios was in command of the least powerful human fleet at this time, depite their largely opposed draft. Even with constant attacks on all areas of operation and the destruction of 2 of their main hidden shipyards, Ethios's three planets were conquered in 490.
Neither Simfone nor any of her daughter empires had had long histories with war or military strategy. Historians later regarded this fact as the chief reason for their brutal downfalls.
All Simfone's colonies were in constant fear. Many were in economic depression from the high cost of the war. Destruction of their ancient democracy and lifestyle as a whole seemed likely with the gradual breaking down of the United Bodies of Trident and the fall of Ethios and Opallita. For six years the war stood almost at a standstill as the Legion targeted Trident. Both factions were very equally matched. The Legion took the Tridentian planet of Mariadon in 496, but in the same year, Legion-controlled Opallita was destroyed in the first planet-wide icing in human history - an action that Simfone greatly supported. This was not enough to offset their conquest for long, and Trident fell officially in 503 AEx. Their planet of Vermeya was almost destroyed as well, and was rendered largely uninhabitable in the last battle.
The first Simfonese fertile world to Legion forces in 496 - Urota. Other damages had already been sustained with the losses of all partially owned worlds (Verion in particular) and many infertile settlements. What was once the grandest starfleet now paled in comparison to the only four-decades-old Legion, who had already gone about their first orders of business and fulfilled many of their most urgent desires of which the humongous war was started over; these included demanding more Boktul substance, reinventing the government and revoking many rights of the people. The empire had even discovered and seized the planet of Astrallion. They had long since become a fully-functioning monarchy whose population more than doubled that of the Simfonese settlements, and were the largest known empire at the time.
Next to go was Ceilodeen. Hundreds of millions of deaths occured on this planet alone due to its large population. Forces established themselves and moved up from the southwest and took over the whole planet in four years by 504. The conquest spread to Erassee in 500, and that too was taken in 504 as well. Simfone and Allima faced inevitable fall, but held the advantage of being the only two human-inhabited fertile planets in the same system.
Allima fell after the bloodiest battle the war had yet seen on the turn of 505 to 506, but the death counts would skyrocket in the battle to come. Nearly all that remained of Simfone's fleets was placed in orbit around the planet in preparation for the fight that would end the nearly 900-year-old grand democratic republic of Simfone. Over half of the Legion's forces arrived gradually out of hyperspace, after months of preparation and several attacks preceeding this one.
The skies were illuminated all around Simfone for the duration of the battle. It lasted 56 hours before orbital defences were compromised and hundreds of thousands Legion troops poured onto the land in Brithe. The land-side battle lasted an additional 23 hours. Over half remaining troops in the Simfonese Army guarded their palace until countless lay dead around the palace. The palace stood through the whole endeavour. The democratic republic of Simfone fell on the 2nd day of the 10th month of 506 AEx, and in its place rose the Grand Simfonese Empire, after billions of human souls and nearly half a century of constant war.
So ended the Age of Expansion.
Grand Simfonese EmpireEdit
There were rebels who still stood in cities around the planet, still desperately trying to fight, just as there were in every planet that had fallen in the Human Civil War. Most all of them were swiftly dealt with by the end of year 1 of the Grand Simfonese Empire (GSE.)
Also in 1 GSE, states were established in every planet to give regions more independence. All states were separated into smaller districts within the states. On Simfone, the nine Indivisible States of the Simfonese Monarchy were established. All planets were separated into some number of states depending on their land area. Each state was represented by a triumvirate of state governors who served as the executives and legislature of their state, though the Decisive Legislature was kept in the capital (which still remained to be Brithe) and decided all major, empire-wide laws. Every planet had one planetary governor who was of higher authority than all its state governors and answered to the royalty on Simfone.
A new and much stricter judicial system was established. Each district had a court for small matters that concerned just the district, each state had a higher council for harsher crimes, each planet had a planetary council for huge-scale disputes and people whose crimes were directed at the Empire as a whole were prosecuted by the High Council of Man in Brithe.
Even less than a decade into his new rule, King Rodimund intensely pressured the Rasqs to ship more Substance. Demennatar's supply to the Empire had only made the Empire grow reliant on the Substance, and was not nearly enough to supply for the whole human fleet. As demands continued to not be met, the threat of yet more military conflict loomed. Quite a dillema was presented to the new Empire; the suppliers of their fuel would cut off all trade and cripple Simfone if they resorted to violence, but little other option was apparant as the humans' fuel crisis gripped them harder and harder. Antimatter drives slowly returned to portions of the Empire, but only for a last resort.
When military conflict first occured in 8 GSE, it was within the Empire instead of between the species. Substance was distributed terribly unevenly. The minor attacks claimed relatively few lives and resources and were resolved after no more than 5 years, but left no one satisfied.
Organised rebellions became more frequent at this time, though none caused significant damage. The mysterious and secretive Dimnesses had established their nomadic space-cities in this time and were much involved in criminal human affairs, mainly serving as a hub for men and women who escaped the Empire.
King Rodimund's brief rule ended with his demise in 23. He was succeeded by his son, who now took on the title of King Domari. Domari took on the challenge of warming up to the Rasqs - an entirely different approach than his father. His rule would see further integration of Rasqan culture and population in the Empire, and likewise. This was done in an another effort to obtain more Boktul, and did have a small amount of success.
Domari rule lasted until 80 GSE. Though still upholding the harsh and almost totalitarian laws, he was the most docile of the Empire's kings, and his rule saw little violence and much more freedoms. Millions of humans found their way out of the Empire at this time as well, but of course tens of billions stayed trapped in their districts. He was succeeded by King Atmoren.
By second century GSE, much nature on the planet of Simfone as well as on all other human planets was being or in the process of being destroyed. Food crises became common place on the planets with small landmass for cultivating food, or the most highly populated planets. Simfone was not spared from food shortages. Aside from this and all the other significant negative affects that come with the destruction of nature, it further estranged the Empire from their Rasqan neighbors.
The second century included the relatively short rule of the Empires only queen in history, and the economic Enduron conflict in 167-177 GSE which ended in the controversial purchase of the first planetary utility world, Enduron. Enduron was not governed, and used only to sustain the Empire - mainly through cultivation, mining and water distribution. Its official population was 100% work force, however many undocumented citizens snuck onto the planet to live in secret.
Lord Scorn was crowned in 213 GSE, the first king to prefer the title of "Lord." The Substance crisis was at its peak. The Grand Simfonese Fleets were all but crippled, even though partially running on the centuries-old antimatter engine. Inheriting the aggravated relationship with the rasqs caused by his father, King Demia, Lord Scorn finally did what had been debated since the dawn of the Empire; demanded Boktul under threat of military action. Mostly all that this accomplished was Demennatar promptly cutting off Substance supply with the Empire.
The starved military went officially to war with the Rasqan state of Demennatar in 215 GSE - the first interspecies war in the Luso Arm. Though weak, Simfonese forces out numbered the lone planet's military by more than a hundred times.
The planet to be later known as Equalibria was discovered in 215 as well.
Even having shunned Demennatar and removing them from the Rasqan Alliance, this outraged the Rasqs. No more than 3 Simfonese months of the conflict passed before the entire Rasqan Alliance intervened. This was not unpredictable, though it was devastating to the Empire. So began the Rasq and Human War.
The Grand Simfonese Empire took Demennatar in early 217 GSE - another utility planet, used only to farm for Substance and to serve as a headquarters in the many upcoming battles. The rest of the year consisted of much negotiating between the two species. Hired watchers (mostly humans, specifically Dimnesses) had been secretly stationed all of the Empire's planets and territories since 214 GSE, and now more than tripled their numbers. Most Rasqans in the Empire were executed or banished.
Battle continued for nearly nine years before much notable victory on either side, though Demennatar was nearly lost in 220 - the species were very equally matched in military. In 226 GSE, the Rasqs had now begun successfully putting large numbers of troops on the ground in and made frequent evacuation runs, saving millions from the colonies. In the same year, two Rasqan Baseships were destroyed. In 227, humans managed to get on Cellesver in an unorthodox and unexpected attack. Many cities were nuclear bombed. Millions died, but humans were pushed off the planet after the bloodiest week of the war.
Rasqans retaliated by destroying the the Governor's Palace on the planet of Jada in 228. Rasqs destroyed four more Governor's Palaces on the planets of Astrallion, Urota, Verion and Sterling before 245. The damage done in Cellesver was more than repaid in these attacks.
Simfone continued the constant attack on Rasqan forces and their steady occupation of Demennatar. Too much forces were put into planetary defense, especially after the invasions and destruction of government buildings, and offenses were spread relatively thin. In 245 GSE, the Rasqan Alliance partially ceased fire for a short period of time to try once more to negotiate peace. Through the end of 245 and mid-246, fighting was at a minimum in the almost thirty-year-long war before the infamous Operation Tandem was executed. The series of surprise attacks on the inside and outside of Vence was not schocking, but nearly crippling to the Rasqs as their capital city of Banna Seruk was nearly destroyed.
Operation Tandem almost immediately sprung the Rasqan counter-attack that iced hundreds of miles of Allima, ended the reign of Lord Scorn and took the first steps in disentegrating the Grand Simfonese Empire. The first combat use of the Substance Bomb destroyed a large portion of Allima's surface while Simfonese refugee and human member of the Rasqan Army, Aiden Rugo, assassinated the King while he had fled to the Allimanian Palace.
Nearly all willing humans were evacuated from Allima and held on Rasqan moons. King Beadour was appointed. Allima was briefly occupied by Rasqan forces and a growing anti-Empire human military faction known as the Defiants. The planet was reclaimed by the Empire in 256 GSE. Fighting continued around the Luso Arm. The Empire had noticeably withered with the loss of Scorn and the fairly poor rulership of his son. While Rasqs started consistently finding more victories across the lands, a conflict between the royal government and several interstellar corporations became a struggle for dominance on many worlds; planets of the Empire now stood with either the corporations or the monarchy. Beadour struggled to officially keep hold of all planets, regardless of their stance, and eventually by his (somewhat questionable) demise and appointment of King Reliya in 272 GSE, it had largely subsided.
As the Empire slowly weakened, fighting slowed and proposals to end the war were offered many tens of times by the Rasqs. All were denied and fighting did still continue. In 279 GSE, the Empire's forces were pushed back to only their most powerful worlds, and were finally presented by the Rasqs the option of having Simfone be Substance bombed at Brithe or surrender. They chose the latter, and the Rasq and Human War was officially ended. Though Simfone would hold on to many of its colonies and aspects of culture and government, it had become no more than a shadow of the Grand Simfonese Empire.
The Rasqs all but took control of the former Grand Simfonese Empire. The royal family, as well as those close to them who aided them in their brutal rule, were all put into exile in an undisclosed Dome colony. Not one descendent of the family was known to have escaped.
The very first order of business (carried out by the Rasqs) after the official disbandment of the Empire was to officially accept all human colonies, despite their injustices toward them, into the newly constructed Luso Alliance. Several documents were published within the first year to serve as guidelines for the birthing nations, including the Galactic Legislation. This detailed (among other things) that any sentient species of the galaxy would hold no superiority over another.
Somewhat disorderly elections were held on every human planet to appoint a representitive. All colonies had an elected representative by year 4 of the Luso Alliance (LA). These representatives were appointed almost solely to give a sense of order and provide comfort to the people. Then, plans were formed to determine if and how each colony would secede from Simfone. Negotiations would take years, but in the end the Empire was split into many different nations once more.
Simfone kept the planets Urota, Ceilodeen, Allima, Erassee and Enduron (which had had its utility status revoked and was now being domestically settled.) Verion, due to its several continents, was again split into several countries. Simfone controlled the largest of the continents in the north western hemisphere. Simfone also received, after aggresive negotiation, the equatorial continent of Virgiland on Pherodeen. Initially, other planets or portions of planets were disputed, but these planets remained after negotiations were complete.
The shaping of Simfone's new governmental structure, as well as the shaping of all new governments, was overseen by the Rasqs, who succesfully prevented several wars that almost definitely would have occured between the birthing nations if left untended to. As the Rasqs played such an integral part in the shaping of human nations post-Grand-Simfonese-Empire, the population of Rasqs on human colonies greatly increased. Cultures merged everywhere. They were generally far more accepted, and the first (legal, though controversial) interspecies marriage occured in 6 LA.
Many aspects were kept from the Grand Empire, but more were changed. After years of negotiating, Simfone was again a Democratic Republic, taking the title "New Republic of Simfone." A similar but less biased judicial system was kept,
Freedom was again given to all citizens, and billions upon billions left their respective worlds for the first time. Revolution immediately occured. Immigrants flooded into planets and rocked economies. Looking for income, certain industries and cities boomed, namely Baymouth on Astrallion and the developing city-region of Neo on Trident.
Again, people were educated. Few colleges had remained during the Grand Simfonese Empire due to the lack of access to off-world students and discouragement from the government. University-regions became common and prestigious. Scientific advancements skyrocketed and several engineering masterpieces began construction within only ten years of the Luso Alliance, before countries had even completely formed.
Perhaps the most significant of these massive engineering projects for Simfone was the building of the new starfleet. Many Empire frigates were renovated, but more still were built to fit the newest technological standards at shipyards orbiting the colonies. Also significant was the 128 kilometer Rosia-Helo Megabridge, started in 8 LA, which connected the peninsula subcontinent of Rosia to the densely populated city-island of Helo in the Brithine Gulf. A similar project started construction on Astrallion, connecting central Baymouth to the island of Centurion.
Perhaps the most prominent of the newly formed nations was the Federation of Prosperita. Prosperita's capital planet of Trident instantly gave them great power and superiority over all other nations seceding from their mother world. They also controlled a total of five planets at their creation. At the dawn of the Luso Alliance, they were the greatest human ally to Simfone. That quickly changed.
The galaxy had four new and promising human civilizations: New Simfone, the Federation of Prosperita, Meldovia and Phoenix. Many other political entities rose, but only controlling a single planet or part of one. The Defiants were given the planet of Equilibria as a headquarters, and they shaped themselves into not only an exceptionally enormous and hardy military but also a domestically settled nation.
The struggle for Substance had all but drawn to a close immediately after the war, as the human nations were under such an influence of the Rasqs. With time, morals had also changed subtly for the Rasqs. This can be attributed to human influence over the Rasq with their ever-increasing occupation of Rasqan colonies, as well as radical change in Rasqan leadership after the war.