TIMELINE OF THE POLARISVERSE
Points to be considered
"Starship Polaris" takes place in the mainstream Star Trek universe. It features one main line and one "pocket universe", the latter incorporating the ENT era. I say "pocket universe" because I see ENT that way, being created by Picard's time jump in "First Contact". As "canon" for the past, I accept Masao Okazaki's timeline and starship designs.
In the following timeline, I reckon with the "sliding timeline" used by Trek, that is, modifying dates and events to fit real-world historical occurrenses. Star Trek is fiction, thus creating a fictional historical background different from ours is completely acceptable by me. I try not to contradict elements from the Trek history by creating the "past" of the Polaris-Trekverse. I might make deliberate errors to correct some canonical, though ambigous elements. Also, I attempt to create a history that can explain events such as World War III and the Eugenics Wars, as well as the rapid space exploration of the late 20th century, as said in TOS.
Time, the final frontier…
1942: Nazi Germany launches the V2 missile, reaching the boundary of space.
1945: World War II ends, leaving Europe in ruins. The United tates of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics remain the only superpowers. Following the general elections in the United Kingdom, Sir Stafford Cripps is elected Prime Minister. (point of divergence from our timeline)
1946: The UK adapts a centralized system of planned economy and other social measures, tilting heavily toward the Soviet Union, accepted and aided by the large working class. Land is confiscated from the aristocrats and large collective farms are formed on them, allowing a moderate but not austere standard of living. The Cold War begins.
1953: Death of Joseph Stalin. Two years later, the reformer Nikita Khrushschev seizes power in the USSR.
1955: The Vietnam War starts.
1957: The USSR launches Sputnik 1, Earth's first artificial satellite. Sputnik 2 is launched, sending the dog Laika to Earth's orbit.
1958-61: The USA and the USSR conduct unmanned and secret manned spaceflights. All manned flights end in disaster and are smothered up by the authorities.
1961: First succesful human spaceflight, conducted by the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
1965: The USA begins its Human Augmentation Project, located in a secret laboratory in Haiti. The Soviet Union learns about this through espionage and starts its own project in Yugoslavia.
1968: India and China also begin their Augment projects.
1969: First succesful Moon landing, conducted by the American astronaut Neill Armstrong.
1970: The first Augments are born, among them is Khan Noonien Singh.
1975: Saigon is held by the American and South Vietnamese forces. Although almost a pyrrhic one, the Vietnam War ends with an American victory.
1986: The Chernobyl Disaster shakes the Soviet Union, urging premier Mikhail Gorbachev to speed up his reforms. Transparent Aluminum is invented in the USA. Metlesits Dávid László, ancestor of David Metlesits is born in Budapest, Hungary.
1987-90: Gorbachev and his aides plan the re-structuring of the USSR, based upon the Democratic Socialist system of the United Kingdom, also known as Crippsism. Other Eastern Block countries follow in the upcoming decade.
1991: The Union of Soviet Sovereign Republics is created, allowing free enterprise and a multi-party system. The Progressive Party wins the general elections with a landslide majority. Sergei Kiriyenko succeeds Gorbachev as the leader of the reconstructed USSR.
1992: The government of the USA allows the deployment of the Augments to topple the re-emerging USSR. They are stopped by an ambitious independent Augment leader of Indian origin: Khan Noonien Singh.
1992-1996: The Eugenics Wars. Independent Augments turn against those in service of Human governents but later they join forces for world conquest. In a bloody war that sparks Human nationalism and xenophobia, the Augments are defeated. Khan and his followers escape on a prototype spaceship, the SS Botany Bay.
1995: German Re-Unification under Augment rule.
1996: The space probe Voyager 6 is launched.
1998: Construction begins on Goddard Moonbase, the token of Human co-operation.
1999: The space probe NOMAD is launched.
2000: The ion propulsion drive is invented by a pan-Eastern-block science team.
2008: Fusion power is invented by US scientists.
2012: The Soviet ion propulsion ship "Korolyov" reaches Mars in two and a half months. The first man to land on another planet is Colonel Vadim Maksimovich Tikhonov. Stepping upon the alien soil, he says: "This is for all who has ever believed in this happening".
2018: The first manned Saturn mission is led by veteran astronaut Shaun Geoffrey Christopher.
2020: The United States and Canada merge after decades of strenghtening cordial relationship. The United States of Northern America is formed.
2020: The USSR and the USNA leaves the United Nations, claiming that it has become nothing more than the playground for third-world "midget states".
2025: The UK grants Northern Ireland independence after long-running violence and terrorism and the threat of civil war. Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland merge, forming the state United Ireland.
2033: Puerto Rico is admitted as a member state of the USNA.
2052: The United Nations Organization is dissolved after decades of bitter international political conflicts.
2053: World War III breaks out, between the Western Alliance (USNA, ANZAC countries NATO countries and the Eastern Coalition (USSR, Great Britain, China and Warshaw Pact countries).
2053-2060: World War III rages on the whole of Earth and her colonies throughout the Solar System. Nuclear bombardments are everyday occurrences and most major cities, including Washington, D.C. and Moscow are destroyed. Drugged soldiers march and die in thousands. Governments and judicial systems collapse throughout Earth. The War ends with status quo ante bellum, for no-one remains to claim victory over the other.
2060-73: The Post-Atomic Horror. More than half of Earth sinks into warlordism and anarchy. Harmful mutations and radiation sickness kill more than the War did. Former ECON countries suffer more than Western Alliance countries.
2063: Zefram Cochrane's historical Warp flight. First contact with the Vulcans.
2064: The United States of Northern America is restored with Vulcan aid. San Francisco is the new capital.
2065: The United Kingdom is dissolved. England ratifies a new Constitution. The Republic of England is formed.
2067: The USNA begins to contact surviving and restored governments throughout Earth to unify the planet into a superstate. The term "United Earth" is used for the first time.
2070: The global information system is largely restored throughout Earth. New York is re-built following the almost complete devastation it recieved in World War III.
2073: The European Hegemony is formed, encompassing former Socialist and Capitalist countries. The remnant state of the USSR loses its satellites.
2080: The USSR is restored after a bitter civil war. The new capital is Leningrad.
2103: The colonization of Mars begins. Dome cities are constructed and inhabited by non-conformists who are entirely disillusioned with Humankind. The first attempts at terraforming also begin this year.
2103: The Gundersdottir's Dome Rebellion starts the Martian War of Independence. After major strikes that almost cripple the still-frail economy of post-war Earth, the masters of the colonies grant independence to Mars in the Fundamental Declarations of the Martian Colonies.
Around 2110: Earth finally overcomes the effects of World War III. The New United Nations is formed.
2112: After more than half a century of lying in ruins, the re-construction of Moscow is finished. The capital of the USSR remains Leningrad.
2130: The United Earth is formed after the last few countries join the alliance. The first few decades is characterized by the dominance of the Progressive Party, of Anglo-Russian origin. Section 31 is formed by the combination of several old secret services.
2132: The International Space Settlement Act is ratified. Hundreds of UE starships leave the Sol system in the upcoming decades to colonize uninhabited worlds throughout the quadrant.
2150: Elizabethtown, Franzstadt and Csepel, three planets in neighboring solar systems are colonized by the Hungarian Aerospace Agency, a member of the UESPA.
2152: UESPA and United Earth Stellar Navy reports indicate an expansive, presumably hostile race in the East.
2153: A joint UESPA/UESN mission is seant to the East to investigate the possible threat and find a race originating from twin worlds, never showing themselves. After being detected, the Terran ships are immediately destroyed.
2154: Defence outposts are set up in a haste in the Eastern frontier.
2155: The outbreak of the Earth-Romulan War after the Romulans attack multiple Earth Outposts.
2156: The Battle of Thieurrull. The Romulan fleet massacres the Terran ships.
2157: The Battle of Earth. The Romulans reach Earth and are repelled by a flock of UESN starships led by crews of destroyed cargo ships. One of them is a Powhatan class light cruiser, the UES Polaris. The Battle of Earth turns the tide of the war and Earth ships start to push the Romulans back Eastward.
2158: The Leningrad class tactical dreadnought enters service, each vessel armed with six Chapayev system-to-planet boosted fusion missiles, commonly known as Sunbombs. One such missile is tested on an asteroid, destroying it completely.
2159: The Battle of Vrag'Narod. The UES Voronezh launches a Sunbomb upon the planet, glassing a wshole continent. After this incident, the deployment of the Sunbombs are banned.
2160: The Battle of Cheron. The UESN deals a deciesive blow upon the Romulans. Though many in the UESN Command want to visit Romulus with utter devastation, the majority of Admirals and Generals opt for preserving the Romulan dignity to avoid a future war of revanchism. Also, the UESN is too weakened to continue the war. The Terran-Rihannsu Non-Agression Treaty is signed.
2161: The United Federation of Planets is formed. Its common navy is Starfleet, based upon the UESN. All member planets are allowed to keep their own small Member Fleets. On Earth, veteran Captains form the United Earth First Fleet. One of these early First Fleet ships is the Powhatan class Polaris, now labelled NCC-82.
2165: Terran first contact with the Kzinti. The Kzinti raid Earth cargo ships moving between the three border colonies and the core worlds. The First Fleet is sent out to investigate the case and hostilities start first with a few skirmishes, escalating into a full-blown war, known as the First Man-Kzin War. After the Startide of the Century, a grand burst of solar wind, cripples the defences of the Sol system, the Kzinti almost succeed in invading Mars.
2166: The Killkeny Cat Run. After Starfleet strenghtens the First Fleet with advanced starships, the Kzinti are defeated, but many Terran lives are lost in the battles.
2175: The USS Polaris NCC-82 is decommissioned.
2180: In the height of the Eastbound Expansion Programme, the First Fleet makes first contact with the Tholians.
2220: Terran first contact with the Caitians after the Kzinti attack the planet. The Kzinti slaughter all nearby First Fleet ships in the Bloodbath of Cait, than start to advance forward into Federation space, stopping at Chi Draconis.
2221: Abigail Kelley is born in Holly Pond, USNA.
2220-25: The Second Man-Kzin War. Humankind once again shows their might by not accepting Federation help in defeating the Kzinti. The birth of true Terran Nationalism. The First Fleet destroys the main Kzin fleet at Chi Draconis with suicidal fanatism, forcing the Kzinti to return beyond Federation borders.
2228: Jerome White Eagle is born in Presque Isle, USNA.
2231: Vasily Nussbaum is born in Leningrad, USSR.
2234: David Metlesits is born on Elizabethtown Colony.
2235: Ludmila Nussbaum is born in Leningrad, USSR. Rochus Heimann is born in Altena, Germany.
2240: After all too many Terran officer candidates fail the entry to Starfleet due to their xenophobic tendencies and join the First Fleet instead, the Command in Chief of the Federation Armed Forces cuts the First Fleet back to a flottilla of twenty vessels in order of the prevention of a formation of a strong nationalist star navy.
2243: The Pallada class USS Polaris NCC-782 is launched under the command of Captain Maria Boccioni. Ramón Jésus Jiménez is born in Madrid, Spain.
2245: The starship USS Enterprise is launched under the command of Commodore Robert April. Her long and illustrious service will define Federation space navies up to the distant future.
2248: Charlotte Ainsworth is born in London, Republic of England.
2250: Captain Spencer Culpepper takes over the command of the USS Polaris.
2258: Captain Tomislav Tvrtko takes over the command of the USS Polaris.
2267: After the Patriarch of Kzin orders the invasion of Cait, the Caitians ask for help. The transmission is intercepted by a group of First Fleet starships who respond with a counter-attach against the Kzinti. Out of the ten ships sent for the relief of Cait, seven were destroyed during the first week of the fighting. The remaining three, the flagship Rebecca, the Spaun and the Polaris used guerilla tactics to harrass the Kzinti till reinforcements arrived. To get the reinforcements, Captain Tvrtko returned to Earth, leaving the command of the Polaris to the newly-promoted Captain David Metlesits.
2268: Three nearby Earth colonies of Elizabethtown, Franzstadt and Csepel feel to Kzinti hands without a fight, as organized by Section 31. This marked the outbreak of the Third Man-Kzin War. Metlesits uncovered the plot behind the loss of the colonies and organized a mass evacuation effort, while Tvrtko managed to get the support of the Andorian Home Guard, which sent out seventy-six starships but agreed only to push the Kzinti out of Caitian space. After the liberation of Cait, the remnants of the First Fleet didn't succeed in continuing the war and liberate the three colonies, with most of the population still not evacuated. With the First Fleet being essentially annihillated in the conflict, the remaining Terran ships are handed over to Starfleet. Re-classified as a planetary exploration craft, the Polaris is sent out on a new three-year mission and is joined by Ensign Charlotte Ainsworth.