The Neo-Social War
In the first decade of the 23rd century, life has never been better, except for the war in the first decade that claimed nearly a million lives; problems remain. Earth, in its eternal wisdom, decided that for humanitarian reasons, would take a greater hand in the control of the colonies; the conflict that erupted, seeing the formation and fall of the Colonial Alliance, ended with the ascension of Executive Director Ming (Empress Joaninha), and little else for a measure of victory. The Colonial Fleet, broken, fled to become the "Ghost Fleet" acting as privateers or outright pirates. The Colonial Army, retreating to become insurgent forces; this all has ended officially, the Director wishing to mend the broken fences. Except signatories on documents often carry little force, vows of loyalty, as worthless as the electrons that carry them. Now, two years later, it is a new day, and those who have served on either side, and those that tried to avoid the conflagration, can all happily view the cotillions on video, of what some call the "Celestial Imperium", Earth's fractured rule across the Human continuum.
2203: Neo-Social War begins. Colonial Alliance forms.
2205: Joaninha Ming rises to Executive Director of the Republic Council.
2207: Navy proclaims the Human continuum is the “Celestial Imperium” some admin zones of Earth and the Sol system protest.
2208: Planetary bombardment of Alliance HQ, prompts bombing of Aceh Tether.
2209: Treaty of Tau Ceti ends Neo-Social War.
The tensions that led to the war smoldered in old first wave star systems of Epsilon Indi and Tau Ceti, then while the Republic Navy moved to intervene with disturbances in the Zone 3 and the Tau Ceti system, Epsilon Indi, AX Microscopii, and Gliese 832 declared independence from the Republic of Earth as the Colonial Alliance. Soon enough Zones 1, 2, and 3 were engulfed in the flames of war, major battles were fought in the UV Ceti (Luyten 726-8) system which stood as gateway to Sol. Eventually the Sol system, still the most populous and powerful of star systems in the Human sphere, with over 50% of Humanity residing there, sent forces to stabilize and reinforce the Procyon sector (Zone 4) home to Apollo Corporation, a major mega-corp, starship and weapons builder. This helped the erstwhile Commerce Minister, Joan Akira, former CEO of Apollo Corp, as Joananha Ming, rise to Executive Director of the Republic Council, formally placing herself above the Prime Minister of the People’s Congress. After consolidation, Earth struck back with all it’s might towards Epsilon Indi and Zone 2, to prevent the participation of both the Centaurs of Delta Pavonis and the combined Human Vegan polities in the war.
After the victories in Zone 2, Sol, now calling itself the Imperium, began a drive on Tau Ceti in Zone 3, ferocious battles erupted there, where then the Colonial Alliance Navy (CAN) fleet was broken driving it off into further out frontier zones. Imperial intelligence pointed to the Alliance HQ being at Stein 2051 in Zone 5, Eta Cassiopeiae sector. This prompted the campaign aimed at EV Lacertae, the Allied retreat from Kruger 60 (DO Cephei), and culminating in the planetary bombardment of Stein 2051. The war burned like a wildfire across the Eta Cassiopeiae sector; frustration being for Imperial forces that no matter how powerful Earth is, that the people could simply retreat into the darkness of the farther outer reaches of the frontier, and continue the fight. Eventually colonial fanatics bombed the Aceh Tether (Space Elevator) on Earth, damaging it and frightening the Imperium into cessation of hostilities, in what had devolved into a widespread insurgency across the frontier.
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