Headline:Timeline of Iliad 07
Date:Sunday, December 29, 2019
Posted By:Plaid Hatter Games

This entry continues on with my thoughts in Pencils down, Technology Freeze, only instead of technical details, this will cover historical events and the timeline of this specific mission prior to the start of the game.

Historical Events

The story takes place in an alternate timeline where nuclear power was discovered in the 19th century. The first world war included nuclear powered battleships and nuclear weapons.

  • The "Great War" in this timeline happened earlier and lasted longer.
  • The Prussian Empire managed to conquer the Russian Empire. The massive empire collapsed after the war, and reorganized into the military socialist state known as Kraznovia.
  • There was no WWII, and instead the world found itself involved in a centuries long Cold War.
  • The automobile was not a commercial success.
  • Commercial flight never quite took off.

Mission Timeline Events

Iliad-01 (EV Ovid)

Iliad-01 was a technology demonstrator, adapted from a Gilgamesh class deep space mining vessel. It never left the Sol system, and had only enough agriculture and manufacturing infrastructure to conduct feasibility studies. The ship continues to serve as a fuel mining/processing vessel, with most of the facilties reverted back to its Gilgamesh class designs.


Block 1 had sufficient space to take 300 crew several light years and back. It had farms on board, but lacked the room to accommodate population growth and genetic diversity for an indefinte mission. It was designed with a return trip in mind.

  • Iliad-02 (EV Aristophanes) - a mission to Alpha Centauri and back. Distance: 4.36 ly. Mission length: 16.4 yr (ship), 26.0 yr (Earth)
  • Iliad-03 (EV Lucian) - a mission to Bernard's Star and back. Distance: 5.95 ly. Mission length: 18.2 yr (ship), 32.6 yr (Earth)


Block 2 was the first attempt to make a vessel that could handle longer range missions. The Krasnovian empire asserted control over any star system within 10 ly of Sol. Vessels had to target systems outside of that range. Block 2 started as an enlarged design of Block 1. Two ships were planned and laid down. By the end of the construction of the first vessel, it was apparent they would be uneconomical to produce in bulk. The supersized bearings between the habitat ring and the could withstand prolong rotation, but not prolonged thrust, thus limiting the vessel's operating life to less than 30 years.

These vessels were equipped with fuel processing facilities, and thus could scavenge the outer Sol system (or a remote star system) for their own fuel supplies instead of becoming a strain on ISTO logistics.

  • Iliad-04 (SCV Herbert George Wells) - a mission to Xi Boötis and back. Distance: 21.89 ly. Mission length: 26.8 yr (ship), 97.0 yr (Earth)
  • Iliad-05 (SCV Jules Verne) - a mission to Beta Hydri and back. Distance: 24.32 ly. Mission length: 27.6 yr (ship), 106.8 yr (Earth)


Block 3 was fresh design incorporating all of the lessons learned in Block 2. These craft, with missions lasting hundreds of Earth years, had to be able to operate indefinitely. The entire craft would spin, instead of having a central spine and rings that operated at independent speeds. Two counter-rotating flywheels provided stability and lateral control. Rather than being built with a return trip in mind, these vessels are designed to act as the foundation for a colony. While a return trip was possible, it was intended that these ships would go out, establish an industrial base, and build a new ship for the return trip.

To save on weight of structure, these vessels only accelerate at 0.8g instead 1.0g. A third graving dock was opened by ISTO in 2068 allowing three of the massive ships to be under construction at the same time.

These vessels also rely on the engines from its support fleet for part of the propulsion. The specially developed support vessels (designed with extended storage and limited operating hours) were replaced with off-the-shelf Cantos class support vessels. The block-2 support ships suffered reliability issues after decades in storage. A design oversight in the placement of block-2's engines prevented the firing of support craft engines in transit.

Like block-2, it was expected for these vessels to spend some time in the outer solar system collecting their own fuel. The collection and processing system was redesigned to utilize the ship's accelleration rather than a centrifuge during processing. This eliminated yet another ring, while also simplifying the mechanics. The side effect is that the vessels always need some already processed seed fuel after engorging on a comet tail in order to processes new fuel.

  • Iliad-06 (SCV Isaac Asimov) - sent to Mu Cassiopeiae. Distance: 24.63 ly. Travel Time: 15.0 yr (ship), 53.9 yr (Earth)
  • Iliad-07 (SCV Arthur Charles Clarke)- sent to 18 Scorpii. Distance: 45.3 ly. Travel Time: 17.8 yr (ship), 95.3 yr (Earth)
  • Iliad-08 (SCV Robert Anson Heinlein)- sent to 47 Ursae Majoris. Distance: 45.9 ly. Travel Time: 17.9 yr (ship), 96.5 yr (Earth)
  • Iliad-09 (SCV Ursula Kroeber Le Guin)- Under Construction TBD
  • Iliad-10 (SCV Frank Herbert) - Under Construction TBD
  • Iliad-11 (SCV Ray Bradbury) - Under Construction TBD
  • Iliad-12 (SCV Octavia Estelle Butler) - Under Construction TBD

Iliad-07 Vessel History

  • 2069 - Construction begins
  • 2072 - Core structure and propulsion completed
  • 2073 - Builder's trials
  • 2074 - Agriculture and Cattle established
  • 2075 - Crew Introduced, Training begins
  • 2076 - Fuel Gathering Mission - Departure
  • 2078 - Character Born (colonist)
  • 2079 - Fuel Gathering Mission - Arrival
  • 2080 - Mission departure
  • 2088 - Incept Date (Specialist)
  • 2089 - Deceleration Phase Begins
  • 2096 - Start of the story
  • 2098 - Estimated Arrival time

Historical Technology Timeline

September 11, 1777 - Battle of Brandywine

General George Washington shot by British sniper Patrick Ferguson.

October 4, 1777 - Battle of Germantown

Nathaniel Green leads the American Army in beating the British at Germantown, and retaking Philadelphia.

October 7, 1777 - Battle of Saratoga

Horatio Gates and Benedict Arnold defeat General John Burgoyne at Saratoga. This victory, combined with the actions in Germantown secure French support in the war.

February, 1778 - Treaty of Paris

With both armies defeated, and still embroiled in wars overseas, the British Empire sues for peace.

March 1, 1781 - Article of Confederation

All 13 states ratify the Articles of Confederation

1787 - American Fissure

A second Constitutional Convention to address the shortcomings of the Articles of Confederation falls apart. The thirteen colonies break into the USA and CSA.

1803 - Louisiana Purchase

CSA Purchases Lousiana from France

1812-1814 - War of 1812

The USA and the British Empire go to war over trade and the impressment of Sailors. The British enlisted the CSA as an ally. The USA invades and occupies Delaware to secure control of the Delaware Bay, after the British sail up the river and shell the Capital.

1818-1850 - Wars of American Unification

Border disputes between the First Nations, USA, CSA, French Holdings, British holding, Spanish Holdings, and newly emergent states result in a series of wars for territorial control. A collection of independent states that worked to repell European influence form, under the auspices of the Federation of American States (FAS).

1847 - Radiation Discovered

Abel Niépce de Saint-Victor discovers radiation after observing uranium salts fogging film.

1850 - Radium Discovered

1862 - Radium Isolated

1867 - Seward's Folly

FAS Purchases Alaska from Russia

1863 - Radioactive Isotopes Discovered

1880 - Neutron Discovered

1885 - Main Cycle of Nuclear Fusion

1886 - Energy Release from Nuclear Decay

1890 - Plutonium Discovered

1895 - Nuclear Naval Reactors

1897 - Commercial Nuclear Reactors

1898 - First Nuclear Bombs

1901 - Outbreak of The Great War

1903 - Prussia conquers Russia

1917 - Prussia/Russia collapse into the Union of Krasnovian States.

1918 - End of The Great War

1920 - Start of the Cold War

1934 - Start of the space race

1938 - First man in Orbit

1940 - First Hydrogen Bomb

1945 - Krasnovia lands on the moon

1946 - American Federation lands on the moon

1949-1955 - Proxy wars to control Uranium reserves

1950 - Krasnovia establishes permanent moon colony

1951 - American Federation establishes permanent moon colony

1954 - The Grimaldi Crater Incident

Krasnovia asserts territorial rights on an area claimed by the American Federation. The issue comes to voilence. The Krasnovians come out on top, mainly through attacking civilian installations with military units.

1955 - Lunar Proclimation

Krasnovia asserts military control over the entire surface of the Moon.

1955 - ISTO Formed.

European Coalition and American Federation form a unified space agency: the International Space Treaty Organization (ISTO), as a direct answer to the Lunar Proclimation.

1962 - Fusion Engines

ISTO scientists develop fusion engines, opening asteroid belt to colonization.

1964 - Ceres Colony

ISTO establishes colony on Ceres.

1965 - Psyche Colony

ISTO establishes colony on Psyche.

1966 - Battle of Psyche

Krasnovia attempts to launch invasion force from Luna to take over ISTO interests in the newly founded Psyche asteroid. The Battle exposed the difficulty of massive fleet actions over massive distances.

1970 - First Commercial Fusion Plant

1996 - G-Drive invented

Krasnovian Scientists perfect the G-Drive. Allowing vessels to undergo constant acceleration.

1971-1998 - The Planetoid Rush

Corporations and other independent parties leveral commercial fusion propulsion to explode human settlements around the asteroid belt.

1999 - Ceres Incident

Krasnovians utilizing G-Drive technology attempt to blockade Ceres and other key travel points between Earth and Space. The assumption was that cut off from supplies the colonies would starve and sue for peace. Instead, the colonies outlasted the invading fleet. Fusion powered agriculture demonstrated that colonies could maintain themselves virtually indefinitely.

2002 - Krasnovia Expands to Outer Solar System

Krasnovia begins dispatching large scale mining missions to the outer solar System, utilizing the G-Drive.

1999-2010 - ISTO Consolidation

Colonies recognizing the risk that a newly organized Krasnovia posed, began to form a central government with a unified defense network.

2001 - Graf Zeppelin Incident

A Kraznovian Frigate, "Graf Zeppelin", collides with an ISTO transport, the Hakudo Maru, after a series of threatening (and highly unprofessional) manuevers. The crew of the Zeppelin died nearly instantly, with the ship itself ending up embedded in the side of the Hakudo Maru. The Verne returned to port. The Graf Zeppelin was eventually returned to Krasnovia. In shipping crates. ISTO reverse engineered their own G-Drive from the wreckage.

2014 - Project Gilgamesh

ISTO develops the Gilgamesh class vessel to open up bodies in the Oort cloud for harvest. The Gilgamesh paired an ISTO G-Drive with essentially a small self-contained colony habitat.

2016-2035 - Krasnovian Mission to Alpha Centauri

Krasnovian vessel "Jormungand" departs Luna for Proxima Centauri.

2020-2041 - Iliad Block 1 Missions

2040-2061 - Iliad Block 2 Missions

2062-2067 - Analysis of Block 2 Performance, Design of Block 3