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The official timeline of the Sixteenth Watch RP.


The era of space privatization begins with the launching of two privately owned space stations: Venture Star Orbital (US-backed) and Xīngqiú One (The People's Republic Of China-backed). The clearing of space debris begins in earnest as more private enterprises launch into low and high Earth orbit.


Rising sea levels and climate diaspora lead to widespread political turmoil on Earth. Coastal cities around the world withdraw inland, resulting in widespread refugee populations and a lack of local government intervention. The next 20 years are recorded as The Troubles as the world copes.


Practical fusion reaction achieved for a protracted 5 minute and 40 seconds at the Institute Of Psychics, Brazil. The findings and design specs are leaked online. Within the year General Electric had fast prototyped the first commercially available fusion reactor.


Construction finishes on the world's first space elevator. Built in Montana, the massive structure reaches high orbit where it is connected to the Freedom Tether Station. Easy access to space is now assured, with China beginning to work on the Shanghai Tower in the late 30’s.


Shackleton Crater Station established by Selene Mining Consortium. Helium 3 mining for fusion fuels begins. The first use of beam powered space flight through maser ablation was tested on the Luna Surface. Widespread Mazer Beaming becomes an energy-efficient mode of propulsion. The colonization of the Moon begins.


USS Barrett, DD-21, launched from the Freedom Tether Station. It is officially the first military vessel built in orbit, though this dubious honour is contested with rumours of the PLANS Nanchang, 121. Both the US and PRC begin a rapid arms race in orbit over the following decades.


Construction finished on the Millennium Tower, the civilian space elevator anchored in San Antonio. Most major US industries are space based, with fusion plants in orbit. The ESA leases construction space at the Millenium Tower to build their Mars exploration ship Pegasus.


EASS Pegasus lands on Mars, followed quickly by the privately-owned Airbus Consortium lander. Whilst both land at the same time, the Airbus Crew gain worldwide fame by being able to return home after the Pegasus explodes on takeoff from the Martian surface. The crash site later became the foundation for Port Mobius, the first permanent settlement on Mars.


Following 8 years of brutal civil war, the United Russian Bloc States emerges as a unified power. Having missed out on the Second Space Race due to internal strife. The URBS leverages its oil and gas supplies, sold to Africa and South America, to help build its space economy. The Gagarin Solar Chandelier is launched into the L1 Lagrange point, providing the poorer nations of Earth easy access to cheap solar energy. Whilst the two superpowers of America and China have been focusing on securing the helium three stockpiles of the moon, the URBS has been networking with the less fortunate or tech-savvy countries of Earth. As of 2065, the URBS expands from its Eurasian roots into the continent of Africa and Near Asia. Construction of a space elevator is started in these URBS territories closest to the equator.
(United Russian Bloc States: Russia, Black Sea States, Turkey, North Syria, Sub Saharan Africa.)


The last coal-fired power plant in the Western Hemisphere is decommissioned in England.


Boarding Action becomes the number one sporting event broadcast on or near Earth, with over two billion subscriptions and trillions of dollars in advertising revenue. Multiple countries compete in the yearly event, though the more space-savvy nations gain more traction.


The Pan-Pacific Alliance Treaty is signed in Sydney, formalising the loose trade and military treaties unifying Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Samoa, Japan, Korea, the Independent Californian State.


The first murder in space is committed aboard the Near-Earth Asteroid Mine Saving Grace.


The Sea Of Sorrows Incident, where elements of the United States Coast Guard, the United States Navy and the People's Liberation Navy narrowly avoided conflict during the Helium Mining Riots. This incident highlights the need globally for a de-escalation of military posturing in Near and Far Earth Space. The United States Coast Guard is chosen by the United States Congress to be the premier tactical and law enforcement agency in space.


The Virtue class High Endurance Cutter design submitted by Advanced Orbital Systems is greenlit by the United States Coast Guard for production. An initial production order of 12 ships is placed.


A radical climate group (The November Faction) is able to launch a black market nuclear device aimed at the G10 Summit being held on the Freedom Tether Station. Successful deployment of the Oculus Missile Defense System ensures the safety of the summit and showcases the Oculus’s ability to strike ground-based targets with kinetic impactors.


URBS launch two ships from their tether station: Korolev and Vodyanoy. The first of these is publicly showcased as a symbol of national pride for the URBS, a grand freighter designed for the bulk transport of cargo and freight from Mars to Earth. The second is only known because its drive plume lit up the night sky when its flight plan only detailed its name and registry number. USN SigInt and NSA analysis of the available data suggest a high likelihood that the Vodyanoy is a warship, type unknown.

2081 - Present Day

Tensions between the United States and China remain high following the Sea of Sorrows Incident. And now that Russia has entered the world stage, all eyes turn to Mars as the next high frontier up for grabs. USCGC Diligent is launched and assigned as an Area Unit of the USCG Space Area and will have its homeport on Luna at Perry Crater.

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