Dreamship Icarus – The World
With the success of my xmas parlor larp, I’ve talked with Jesse. I’m starting the development of something we can run in our home every few months. This is the first step.
2022 – First mention of “global heat spiral” is made by a U.S. President. Global warming takes a previously unimagined spike, increasing global mean temperatures by 10 degrees over the next decade. The UN previously considered a 3 degrees to be catastrophic, and expected that to occur over several decades, if at all.
Many island nations are lost, and coastlines fall into the sea. Massive deforestation and skyrocket food costs ensue.
2033 – Dr. Rica Leon of NASA first discovers the first applications of dream-drive dislocation while performing experiments on Skylab 9. The dream-drives enable biotic-intelligence enhanced individuals to fold space-time within their enhanced subsconscious. A new space race ensues.
2044 – First manned round-trip expedition to another solar system by the Bhaozhai 15. [The Bhaozhai 1-14 missions were never heard from again.] This success makes the WuXing corporation the highest valued company in the world by a factor of ten.
2055 – Sky elevators are now common throughout Earth. These elevators drastically lower the cost to break orbit, creating a new opportunity for dream-shuttles to reach other planets. The WuXing corporation controls most of the mass exodus from the dying earth. This results in many planetary colonies being nothing but indentured servants. They work only to mine ore and grow food for sale at enormous markup to more affluent planets. All of this results in WuXing becoming the defacto galactic government.
2066 – A great revolution of the “slave planets” rises, and then falls in but the span of a year. The final blow, the Battle of Hasting’s World, crushes the leadership of the rebellion.
2077 – The current year. Earth is almost entirely abandoned except to scrap crews and a few subsistence indigents.