Interstellar Wars

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The Interstellar wars were a series of wars fought between the Terrans and the First Imperium.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Interstellar Wars were a series of conflicts between the Vilani Ziru Sirka and various Terran governments (initially various Terran nations, then the United Nations, United Worlds, and Terran Confederation governments) between -2408 and -2219. Over two centuries, Terran social and technological dynamism led to conquest of Vilani territory and the eventual collapse of central authority in the Ziru Sirka, to be replaced by the Rule of Man (which would itself last only a few centuries before the Long Night).

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Fortunately for the existence of Terra as an independent world, Vilani expansion to rimward stopped several parsecs from Terra before the Vilani era of cultural stagnation began. Terrans discovered a Vilani outpost at Barnard in -2422 as part of their first interstellar voyage using the jump drive. The discovery of a huge interstellar state ruled by humans not from Earth caused panic and indignation among the people and nations of Terra.

The First Interstellar War began when a Vilani merchant convoy ignored Terran traffic control signals from the Terran base in the Barnard system; the Terrans believed an attack was imminent and destroyed some of the convoy's ships. It and the early subsequent wars tended to be limited affairs in which a few systems changed hands. Since the area near Terra was a remote province of the Ziru Sirka, the governors there generally had limited resources with which to prosecute actions agains the Terrans, although occasionally reinforcements would be granted and gains would be made at the Terrans' expense (including an occasion when a Vilani fleet reached the Sol system and bombarded Terran cities from orbit with fusion bombs). Vilani governors were quite willing to "buy off" the Terrans by granting them control over a few Imperial systems in exchange for a brief peace. (Judged in terms of territorial gains, all of the Interstellar Wars were Terran victories except for the Fourth, where the Ziru Sirka recaptured Nusku.)

During this period, the Terrans not only formed a unified world government and colonized systems in directions away from the Ziru Sirka, but also advanced their technological level, first by reverse-engineering Vilani devices, then conducting original research (which was anathema in the stagnant Vilani social system). Eventually this led, between the Eighth and Ninth Interstellar Wars, to the development of jump-3 and the meson gun. Jump-3 allowed the Terrans to outmaneuver the Vilani on the strategic level, as the latter were still using jump-2; meson guns allowed them to outgun the Vilani on the tactical level, as the Vilani had no defenses (meson screens) against them. In addition, penetration of the outer regions of the Ziru Sirka by Terran merchants selling innovative products disrupted the Vilani social order there, lowering their willingness to resist the Terrans. As a result of these developments, the Terrans destroyed major Vilani fleets and captured large areas of territory.

The Ninth Interstellar War was a decisive victory for the Confederation, which remained on the offensive for the remainder of the conflict. In the final years of the wars, truces would be declared but then end before news of them could reach the central governments of the combatants, and precise numbering of the wars became impossible; this era (-2235 to -2219) is known as the "Nth Interstellar War".

The wars ended in -2219 with a collapse of the Vilani central authority, to be replaced by the Rule of Man in -2204.


Event Timeline[edit]

Imperial	  Solomani                                                 Results
-2404	-2396	2114	2122	First Interstellar War                     Barnard to TC
-2396	-2393	2122	2125	Pause and regroup 
-2393	-2384	2125	2134	Second  Interstellar War                   Agidda to TC, Procyon/Sirius
                                                                           border formalized
-2384	-2373	2134	2145	Preparations 
-2373	-2370	2145	2148	Third Interstellar War: Siege of Terra     Terra attacked
-2370	-2362	2148	2156	Third Interstellar War: Terran Offensive   Nusku to TC
-2362	-2357	2156	2161	Terran Colonial Expansion 
-2357	-2348	2161	2170	Challenges to Imperial Rule 
-2348	-2345	2170	2173	Imperial Response 
-2343	-2339	2173	2176	Fourth Interstellar War                    Nusku to ZS
-2342	-2332	2176	2186	Fifth Interstellar War                     Nusku, Markhashi to TC
-2332	-2323	2186	2195	Initiative shifts 
-2323	-2317	2195	2201	Sixth Interstellar War                     Shuruppak, Shulimik,
                                                                           Iilike to TC
-2317	-2304	2201	2214	Seventh Interstellar War                   Meshan, Karkhar, Shulgiili,
                                                                           Enki Kalamma to TC;
                                                                           unrestricted TC commerce in ZS
-2304	-2290	2214	2228	Preparing for the Endgame 
-2290	-2280	2228	2238	Eighth Interstellar War                    Albadawi's campaign
                                                                           Space rimward of Vega to TC
                                                                           Vegan Polity independent,
                                                                           allies with TC
-2280	-2273	2238	2245	Final Gambits
-2273	-2262	2245	2256	Ninth Interstellar War                     Remainder of Kushuggi
                                                                           (Solomani Rim) to TC
-2262	-2238	2256	2280	Wars on the Frontier 
-2238	-2228	2280	2290	Great Schism
-2230	-2220	2288	2298	Last Offensive                             Darmine, Geonee, Suerrat
                                                                           revolt and ally with TC
-2220	-2215	2298	2303	Imperial Surrender                         ZS surrenders and
                                                                           central authority collapses
-2215		2303		Challenge of Victory
  • Note: The dates of the various wars vary depending on the source.

Worlds & Sectors (Astrography)[edit]

The battles and greater conflict mostly took place in the Solomani Rim Sector (at the time called Kushuggi Sector by the Vilani), expanding into Diaspora Sector (Vilani Nakulakak) in the later wars.

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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