2116 to 2132
Timeline - Years 2116 through 2132
2116 – New Asia Refugee Incident: Gabriel, while delivering relief materiel and hardware to New Europa, is beset is with a multitude of refugees, citing their right as Federation citizens. The captain of the Gabriel decides that the humanitarian concerns of the Europan colony trump the financial interests of the Federation.
On return to the Solar System, the Europan Refugees are refused. Martian Carrier Command revokes the commission of the captain of the Gabriel . The Federation concurs. In response, the Gabriel mutinies, threatening to go rogue. To send a message of defiance, the Gabriel positions herself above the docks above Mars, ostensibly threatening to rain debris down on vital Carrier docks and construction facilities. Mars, in response, aims her planetary defense weaponry, left over from the Martian Revolts, squarely on Gabriel . The largest Mexican standoff if human history would last for an entire month, to be concluded by the arrival of Yamato and Endeavor within days of each other.
The three captains of the interstellar carriers parley, and produce their manifesto: The captains of Carriers are entrusted with an impossible task by the accords: They are expected to enact the will of the Federation, absent guidance and oversight in far-flung colonies. Further, captains, and, by extensions, their vessels and crews are answerable to no one while they are absent from the Solar System, and the current situation and martian revolts shows that they are not answerable to anyone while in the system either. Therefore, they reason, the accords have to be adjusted to allow for the newfound power structure in the Federation.
Carriers, and their crews, are to be considered independent, sovereign entities. While they are encouraged to follow the direction and the guidance of the Federation, they are not subject to Federation directions or orders. While “abroad”, captains have the last word on whatever situation they may encounter, and censure cannot be brought against a carrier or her crew for their judgment.
Martian Carrier Command only serves to commission, crew, and coordinate the Carrier fleet of the Federation. They may not, under any circumstance, remove a crew from their vessel after commissioning.
The Europan Colony is a failure, and all effort should be made to evacuate the colony to a more favorable location.
To prevent Colonies to be used as economic tools, each system must be assigned at least one district, with the right to petition for more districts as the Colony grows.
The Federation, deprived of any choice, bitterly accepted the revised accords. The Carrier Fleet is officially recognized as a political entity for the first time, and Delegates from New America and Europa are elected to represent the interests of their people within the Assembly. The Board of Colonial Relations is expanded to allow for the arrival of the new Delegates.
The New Asia Refugee Incident is the first of many such cases where Carriers and the Federation find themselves at odds. The Federation quietly suspends future Carrier projects until a better solution can be found to control rogue carriers. The Federation also slows down the planning of future colonies.
2120 – Engorged with capital from the Colony bonds, the Fairweather investment group requests to charter a Carrier from the MCC to establish a private colony in a prospective system. MCC refuses this request, stating that all Colonies must be overseen by the Federation if they are to be granted the rights and protections afforded by the revised Deliverance Accords. The Fairweather group is directed towards a more favorable Colony Bond.
2120 – Agents of the Fairweather Group make their way on board the Yamato during a routine refueling stop aboard the Helios installation. The two representatives present their case to the Captain directly, and offer monetary compensation for his service, citing the Accords as his right to private business.
2120 – Two weeks later, Yamato declares a deviation from MCC scheduling, citing the financial responsibility of the captain to her crew. Citing the last revision of the Accords, the Yamato begins loading colony materials from Earth to set for the Fairweather colony. MCC, lacking choice in the matter, is locked in a 5 hour meeting of all the top brass to respond to the situation. Absent choice, the toothless agency accedes to the Yamato's demand.
2121 – With the departure of the Yamato, and the dawn of a new decade, the Federation notes the political landscape: Private firms, now emboldened by Yamato and Fairweather's actions and engorged by the Colony Bond, are clamoring to set up their own private colonies in every corner of the Galaxy. The Federation no longer has the last word on the development of human civilization. Presented with this threat, MCC commissions an additional Carrier – armed with a massive internal hangar, missile bays tipped with atomic and fragmentation warheads, bristling with PACs and an excess of bubble shielding, and built in relative secret over Titan, this vessel would be the mailed fist of the Federation if it became necessary. The Board of Internal Affairs is consulted in secret meetings to ensure that the important Delegates of the Federation are made aware of the project.
2121 – The same year, the Federation announces the Kuiper Observatory Project: an astronomy station placed in deep space, orbiting the solar system. Commissioned with the intention of better observing far away stars for better discovering potential colony systems. In reality, Discovery is commissioned to build the prototype military carrier in secret, using public funds.
2122 – Yamato returns from the Fairweather colony – hailing the private colony to be a massive success. For the next eight years, the Fairweather would only be serviced by Yamato with Fairweather funding.
2123 – Yamato's disregard for the scheduling of the MCC causes water and nitrogen shortages in New Europa. While Endeavor is eventually sent to deal with the problem, the damage to the New Europan Colony Bond is evident.
2125 – The Colony Bond plummets in value as private firms move to directly establish colonies of their own, Yamato, Gabriel, and Endeavor are badgered with requests from private concerns to help them establish their own private fiefdoms.
2128 – The second wave of expansion is in full swing as over a dozen new and enterprising colonies are established. The Federation publicly commissions the construction of 3 additional Carriers to serve the demand.
2130 – Among the clamor of wealthy interests attempting to buy a piece of the carrier action, the secretly constructed military Carrier Olympus is finished. For her shakedown run, the highly loyal captain and crew are sent to secretly investigate the industrious Fairweather colony, from which news only travels via the Yamato.
2131 – Olympus returns, causing massive public upheaval. The issue compounds when she delivers her news and cargo: upon arrival on Fairweather, they had found an improvised, suppressed populace trapped on a volcanic planet. Almost all the colonists in the labor force had suffered from one way or another from exposure to radiation due to insufficient shielding, and the planet itself had been ravaged by the attempted construction of warp drives. Olympus further reports that after arrival and assessment, the Carrier made planet-fall with her invasion fleet, subdued the local authorities, and liberated the colonists. Of the Fairweather hardware, nothing remained after the bombardment following the evacuation.
2131 – A month later, Yamato arrives back in the solar system, returning from a run between New America and the second wave expansion. Immediately upon arrival, Yamato is greeted by a hostile Olympus, demanding compliance. Her Warp Drive capacitors lacking charge, and lacking military defenses, Yamato caves.
2131 – The Fairweather Trial: The entirety of the Yamato crew, her captain, and the upper echelons of the Fairweather Group are brought to trial on Mars. The prosecution presents a case of crimes against humanity, lying to federation authorities, illegal warp drive construction attempts, and directly causing the deaths of over 40% of the colonists. The defense states that while the situation is regrettable, the colonies were not established under the Accords, and thus, any argument that pertains to the Accords was inadmissible.
In the end, the Fairweather Group could not be held liable for criminal actions. The Federation, doing the best they could, seized all assets related to the Fairweather Colony. The Group was blacklisted from purchasing any further Colony Bonds, and, effectively, contained to the Solar system for future business. The MCC, with the Assembly's blessing, declares the latest revision of the Accords out-of-date, and brings the apprehended captain and crew of the of the Yamato to court-martial.
At the conclusion of the Trial, with Olympus still looming over the re-crewing process of Yamato, MCC issued a directive: As Carriers from the rest of the second wave colonies arrive, each would be detained by Olympus for the renegotiation of the Deliverance accords.
2132 – With representatives of the entirety of the Federation Carrier fleet, Federation proper, MCC, and private entities responsible for the second wave colonies gathered aboard the Olympus, the final major change to the Deliverance accords are formed:
It is a reality that privately funded colonies will continue to exist and form. To ensure that Carrier Captains are not encouraged to owe loyalties to any individual private entity, the MCC is entrusted with the formation and scheduling of private colonies. Requests denied by the MCC cannot be entertained by captains that wish to make use of the MCC's services of coordinating carrier travel.
Carriers retain their independence while traveling abroad, but are no longer immune to censor for actions that are taken outside the solar system. Specifically, Olympus and other future military Carriers are charged with maintaining reports from colonies that receive infrequent mercantile Carrier visits.
The Colony Bond will remain the primary institute by which future Colonies are funded. However, the system for issuing the bonds would have to be overhauled to allow for private colony formations. A new, private colony bond is issued, to be issued by a conglomeration of private entities that have expressed interest in the formation of future colonies. The Private Colony Bond, in essence, would be a means for an individual or a collection of individuals to purchase the creation and administration of a colony. The conglomerate that would issue these bonds would be called the [insert name here].
The Federation hold the final word on the fate of a colony. If a military carrier discovers a colony that is in a state of debt, disrepair, or mismanagement, they hold the legal right to seize the colony for the benefit of the colonists.
With the final changes to the accords, the expansion resumed. All carriers returned the mercantile functions, with Olympus beginning her patrol between the stars.