Spaceflight until the World War

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This article begins with the year 2018. This was when the private Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems Corporation delivered advances in Ion-drives, making solar-system missions possible.


Yoyodyne began on working on the DY-spacecraft, a vessel that was supposed to be assembled in orbit around Earth, being able to deliver large numbers of equipment and personnel to other planets of the solar system. Initially, the DY was intended as a carrier for wealthy passengers and corporations reaching out for other planets.


When the financial system collapsed once again, neither Yoyodyne nor other space flight organizations were able to maintain their efforts on their own. When the nation states allowed their space flight organizations to reach out for partners, the NASA, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Russian Roskosmos formed the half private, International Space Agency (ISA) in order to combine their resources. They were partially funded by Russian investors. ISA relaunched the Constellation Program with the goal to establish permanent human settlements within the solar system. The Yoyodyne Corporation also entered cooperation with ISA. Despite the difficult financial circumstances, they managed to construct Ares I and launched it into space by 2028. It served as a testing bed for the Ares-series and the DY-technologies and was equipped with multiple docking possibilities. Once in space, Ares I was combined with the abandoned space station ISS, which had not been used since 2019. Until 2024, the DY-Facility was upgraded with building capabilities and increased radiation protection and then was moved to the second Lagrange-point by Ares II and Ares III. Ares III was the last Ares-type spacecraft to be launched from Earth. Later variants would be assembled by the DY-Facility to test her construction capabilities.


In 2030, Ares II was send to set-up a research complex on the moon, while Ares III had to stay back from its planned Mars Mission due to technical difficulties with the rotation-system that was supposed to establish limited gravity. Instead, Ares IV was sent to Mars and established a research complex in an area called Utopia Planitia in 2032. When Ares IV vanished in what later was found out to be a graviton ellipse and commanding Lt. John Kelly was reported missing, the public was horrified. It was believed that Ares IV had malfunctioned due to the fact that it was built in space in only two years. Yoyodyne reacted confident and used the DY-prototype Aurora to rescue the two stranded astronauts from Mars in order to prove that the DY-program was a step in the right direction.


2035 saw the Ares V under command of Captain Shaun Geoffrey Christopher reaching the Saturn moon Titan and conducting many experiments as well as launching a relay-satellite (Einstein-One) that stayed in orbit around Titan and was supposed to help keeping a connection to Earth for future missions.


In 2037, Colonel Alexei Poljakow commanded the ISA spacecraft Ares III, now repaired, to Jupiter and its moon Europe. Ares III launched a series of specially sterilized probes to gather samples from Europe’s surface. However, no life was found on Europe.

The same year saw the completion of the S.S. Odysseus (DY 01), the S.S. Scylla (DY 02) and the S.S. Charybdis (DY 03). The DY class was the first manned Earth vessel to not be propelled or equipped by a rocket engine. After some tests up to 2040, Odysseus and Scylla were supposed to travel beyond the solar system but had to return to the DY-Facility in 2045 because of problems with life support. However, Charybdis had stayed behind and while her two sister ships returned, she was re-equipped with better technology. Charybdis left the Solar System in 2048 under command of Colonel Steven Rickey. It was the first ship to transport humans beyond the solar system.

Sadly, Einstein-One reported a loss of telemetry from Charybdis in 2049, just a few days before the beginning of World War III.


2048 also saw the construction of the first DY-100 class vessel, the Botany Bay.


Being essentially a more advanced variant of the DY class, the DY-100 was designed to be equipped with exchangeable modules and carried a more powerful ion drive. One of the module designs included cryo-stasis chambers. If approved, the S.S. Botany Bay would have been able to carry out a sleeper-ship mission to Terra Nova, an inhabitable planet discovered around 20 light-years away.


In China, civil war broke out, when the augments gained control over the northern districts. While parts of the Chinese army defected to the augments, most of them remained under control of the Chinese Communist Party. In order to help their augment friends in the surrounded Peking, India and Pakistan declared war against China, sending troops into the adjacent Chinese districts.


This triggered a chain reaction. Eugenic leaders in Algeria felt encouraged to send troops into Morocco and Egypt in September 2049, helping their struggling eugenic allies who hadn’t had that much success in gaining control. This provoked France and Great Britain to declare war on Algeria. When the first battalions of French soldiers arrived in Morocco to support Moroccan military, Mirza Iqbal decided to launch an ICBM against Paris in order to force Europe to stay out of the war. The missile was, however, intercepted by the joint US-European-Israeli-missile-defence-system and provoked almost all former NATO-members to declare war on India and its allies until Christmas 2049.


Europe and Asia saw the most severe fighting of the whole war. In January 2050, combined troops of China, India, Kazakhstan and Pakistan overran Siberia, Mongolia, Kirgizia, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Afterwards, they proclaimed the Eastern Coalition. Khan’s battalions saw their first defeat when they tried to invade Afghanistan. There, they met heavy resistance from fighters with support from Arabia and Iran. By the end of 2052, Eugenic advances had almost come to a halt. With the support of European troops, the Russian army was able to stop Kazakhstani military before they could occupy Novosibirsk. When the Eastern Coalition realized that they would not be able to take Novosibirsk, Iqbal again launched a nuclear missile and eradicated Novosibirsk. As this led to the forming of the Republic of Great-Iran and an alliance that should later become the Confraternity of Caucasus, tensions between the leaders of the Eastern Coalition arose. Khan and his brethren felt, that using excessive violence rather than skilled tactics would only unite their enemies. Iqbal argued that Russia had started the nuclear conflict and deserved to be punished. As Khan considered Iqbal more and more a threat to augment interests, he had him killed by those operatives that were once supposed to save Iqbal should it ever be necessary. The death of Iqbal in 2052 caused a civil war in India as democratic movements tried to use the chance of the dictator’s death to regain control. Adjacent Chinese districts and parts of Kazakhstan joined the war and began fighting their eugenic leaders. In January 2053, a combined army of German, Turkish, Polish, Russian and Israeli troops joined an Iranian army engaged at the border to Pakistan. Together, they managed to break resistance and were able to set foot on the territory of Khan’s empire. Realizing the bad development, Khan gathered his most loyal augments around him and headed for the launching sites of the Indian ISA-division. They boarded a rocket and reached the DY-complex in space despite two attempts to intercept the rocket. There they managed to get the S.S. Botany Bay working and left the Solar System.


With most of their eugenic leaders gone and civil wars spreading, the dictatorships crumbled within weeks. The joint forces reached the Chinese Sea in September 2053 and the war effectively ended by then.


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