DISCOVERY

In 2078, astronomers discovered an anomalous body beyond the orbit of Pluto. During the following years, a series of probes revealed the anomaly to be a rift in space, an example of the hypothetical, astronomical construct known as a wormhole. Further exploration eventually demonstrated that this phenomenon was, in fact, a traversable passage to another region of space.

Humanity looked to the stars with collective awe when it was discovered that an Earth-like planet waited beyond the wormhole: a planet covered by blue oceans and teeming with life; a pristine world, unexplored and unravaged; a waterworld that would become known as Poseidon.

COLONIZATION

As part of a long-term plan to ease the heavy burden on the Earth’s vanishing resources, the UN member nations began an intensive colony effort, seeding Poseidon with genetically altered human colonists. The Athena Project did much to aid the Earth’s failing economies and social morale. Unfortunately, the Blight struck soon after the colony ships were launched but before the planned resupply ships could be built. Desperate for resources to fight the Blight, the UN was forced to abandon the project and the colonists.

DESPERATION

The Blight began in 2090 as what many claim to have been a premature and uncontrolled field test by Fischer Foods testing a virus genetically engineered to attack a parasitic fungus damaging rice crops released into the environment. The virus began to infect the rice it was intended to protect. Starvation grew widespread throughout most of the Earth due to rapid spread and mutation of the Fischer Virus.

The chaos caused by the Blight could not have been contained without the heroic efforts of the Global Ecology Organization, created by an executive order from the Secretary General. The GEO was designed to monitor and enforce compliance of the UN member states and corporations with the emergency regulations enacted in response to the Blight. As nations rose and fell, and violence grew, the GEO passed a resolution granting formal sovereignty to any Incorporated city-state capable of satisfying the obligations of government in regions where traditional national governments have failed to do so. The desperation grew greater, until the UN suborned its authority to the GEO through a monumental vote by the majority of its member nations.

By the time the FIscher Virus was finally eradicated in 2116, the death toll on Earth had reached 50% of the population. The GEO Peacekeepers had grown into a force to be reckoned with, establishing a peace and stability on Earth through both military and economic measures. And Poseidon had been forgotten by most.

RECONTACT

Decades passed before the World Space Agency announced an attempt to once again traverse the wormhole. With the Blight, and the breakdown of the Poseidon colony’s communications equipment long ago, it was largely assumed that the original Athena Project efforts had been a failure. The announcement was not met with a great deal of enthusiasm.

Dundalk Shipbuilding completed the construction of the UNSS Admiral Robert Perry in 2162. The ship arrived and surveyed Poseidon over the course the next five years, detecting to the crew’s surprise that the failure of the colonization that had been widely accepted on Earth was not true at all. The colony’s population had exploded in the years of Earth’s abandonment of the colony to over 40,000 inhabitants spread across the water world. The ship, in return, was detected by a small village where the descendants of the original Athena Project colonists had never stopped watching the night sky for a resupply effort from Earth.

With the news of the Blight, and the chaos that had nearly overtaken the Earth, the colonists that had survived and prospered by adopting a low-tech lifestyle akin to that of ancient Polynesians met Recontact with mixed emotions. Some were ecstatic, while many others were apprehensive. Reactions on Earth were much more positive with the discovery that Poseidon could not only host human life but provide a new beginning upon a world that was untouched by war and disease.

The settlement of Poseidon began with the arrival of GEO scientists and technicians, and tons of supplies, in 2172. For next thirteen years, the trickle to Poseidon was lead by the GEO and incorporate states as colonization and commercial interest in the planet began to build. But a discovery of monumental portents in 2085 lead to an unprecedented rush to cross the distance between Earth and Poseidon.

THE RUSH

The accidental discovery of the xenosilicate known as Longevity Ore (or “Long John”) began a rush to colonize the planet similar to but far surpassing that of the Old West’s Gold Rush. These xenosilicates can be used to specifically manipulate biochemistry more accurately and efficiently than has ever before been possible. More specific experimentation lead to the discovery that xenosilicate templates can be used to manufacture precisely tailored, programmable retroviruses. The introduction of these “smart viruses” in living cells appears to prevent cancer, fortify metabolism, and stop degradation of genetic expression, essentially arresting the aging process.

In the fourteen years since this incredible discovery, the population of Poseidon has exploded upwards of two million. The mining of Long John has become a major industry, and the science and application of bioengineering technology has reached undreamed of heights. The natives are restless as their way of life is displaced by that of the newcomers from Earth. And signs that humankind is not alone on Poseidon are growing more and more prevalent.

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