1943 – The Manhattan Project, after struggling with the gun type bomb named “Thin Man,” has a sudden break through, completing the aforementioned project ahead of time far before “Fat Man’s” completion. The bombs begin to be massed produced and demonstrated on testing grounds hoping to intimidate Axis forces.
1944 – Sudden gains by the Germans prompt the American military to make a mass retaliation. The stealth mission, “Godhead” successfully drops the “Thin Man” bomb on Berlin leading to an immediately surrender of German forces shortly before a conditional surrender by the Japanese. The world immediately enters a competitive Cold War state with Japan cooperating closely with America during post-war reconstruction.
1946 – During the technological developments during the Cold War, the United States of America form the Space Force branch of the military.
1950 – Europe and America begin planning the Daedalus Project planetary exploration program. The plan is to progress from an orbital station, to lunar development, to a permanent lunar base, and finally to interplanetary exploration. While it initially starts as a secret project between NASA and the ESA it is later expanded to all western nations. Large multi-stage rockets, orbital vehicles, space stations, and MMUs are implemented in succession. Officially, it is progressively announced as Project Mercury, Project Gemini, and the Apollo program. The final extrasolar planetary exploration stage will eventually be announced to have failed due to loss of communication with the Icarus I probe engineered by Japan. The Soviet Union develops similar plans with the Eastern Bloc countries and initially holds the lead in the development race, but after losing the Moon race shifts to unmanned probe and low orbit deployment technology.
The United States-Japan Security Treaty is signed. American occupation forces officially become the United States Armed Forces Japan under this agreement. The U.S. strengthens its influence in the far east while the Empire of Japan is content to rebuild its power under America’s watch.
1955 – Development of a larger version of the MMU (Manned Mobile Unit) as a means for more efficient construction work is approved due to the delay of the “Icarus I” deep space exploration craft. The enlarged MMU is essentially a powered exoskeleton.
Japan enters the Prometheus Project, a subsidiary under the umbrella of the Daedalus Project. Mainly responsible for Icarus I orbital construction, material development, and debris processing.
1956 – US Space Station “Hope II” is built in orbit by MMU units, used to facilitate construction of space-borne assets.
1958 – The Viking 1 spacecraft, after reaching Mars and transmitting images of a hitherto unknown lifeform, loses contact with Earth. This would later be recorded as the first BETA encounter.
1959 – The discovery sends waves across the scientific community. The United Nations begins a plan to facilite cross-species communication and forms the special duty research organization “Dignified 12.”
1961 – The large unmanned space craft “Icarus I”, equipped with a nuclear pulse propulsion/ram scoop drive, is launched from Earth orbit. Other than scientific data collection, it’s largest designated task is finding a planet suitable for human habitation. Communication with Icarus I would be lost. Control of Project Prometheus is transferred from NASDA to Japan’s newly established Imperial Space Force.
1966 – Dignified 12 transitions to the Alternative Plan, becoming a global large-scale project. The BETA are not identified as hostile yet as this time. The Alternative Plan is never revealed to the public in full detail, but is promised to begin the next evolution of humans.
1967 – The Sacrobosco Incident. While surveying the interior of the Sacrobosco Crater, a geological exploration team from the international permanent lunar base “Plato 1” encounters existences the same as the Mars life-forms, and thereafter contact with them is lost. They are never heard from again. The First Lunar War breaks out. The first contact with extraterrestrials in human history begins with the first war against extraterrestrials in human history. The start of the BETA Wars. Upon examining the Sacrobosco Incident and the outcome of subsequent combat, The United States Department of Defense questions the combat effectiveness of pre-existing conventional arms. Government-sponsored fundamental research into anti-BETA space weaponry by the military-industrial complex results in many development projects in all fields from advanced materials to electronic engineering. The four United States Armed Forces branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, and Space Force) begin the joint development project, the ISDP. (International Space Defense Plan)
1968 – With the emergence of a state of war, the Alternative Plan is announced to have shifted to a second stage, the plan is again announced with little detail and is unspoken of until it fades again into obscurity. Thereafter, the previous stage is referred to as Alternative I, and this stage referred to as Alternative II. The only resulting discovery made about the BETA in coming months is that they are carbon based life forms. As such the plan is considered a failure because of its low returns, but is spoken little of despite this. The Soviet proposes ideas in the UN that are said to have soured relations within the community. The Soviet Academy of Sciences begins UN-sponsored research.
1970 – The first mechanized infantry units based on the MMU construction units are deployed on the Moon to fight the BETA.
1971 – Based on the military gains in the First Lunar War, Japan decides to introduce and develop weaponized domestically produced MMU based units.
1972 – Reorganization of NATO forces and the realization that a war with aliens is rapidly becoming a reality causes the European community to form the European Union.
The United States of America officially discloses the existence of the prototype Tactical Surface Fighter developed by McDaell, and begins marketing it to allied nations. Japan immediately decides to adopt the new F-4 Phantom. (This unit would become the basis for the GZR-57 low cost units.) Japan is the first nation to adopt Melee Halberds, physical weapons for use after ammunition depletion, as mandatory in military grade units.
1973 – April 19th: A BETA landing unit launched from the Moon lands on Earth in the Kashgar Autonomous Area near western China. War between China and the BETA commences. Construction of H01 (the Original Hive) begins in the Kashgar region of western China. With the aim of monopolizing alien technology, and with the military situation in their favor, China refuses the deployment of UN Military forces. Approximately nineteen days after the initial fighting starts, the Laser Class are deployed. They turn the battles into slaughters as the human armies are denied the important advantage of aerial power through use of highly accurate and long ranged high energy lasers. They form the most powerful and efficient air defense system ever encountered. Unable to resist the sheer number of BETA while deprived of air superiority, the Chinese and Soviet armies employ tactical nuclear warheads in their scorched earth withdrawal to deny the BETA their advance across the land, to little substantial effect. BETA begin their westward push. With the arrival of BETA on Earth, the United Nations Space Command declares the abandonment of the permanent lunar base Plato 1 and the complete withdrawal from the Moon. The Moon is left under total BETA control.
1974 – July 6th: A second BETA landing unit impacts at Athabasca, Saskatchewan, Canada. Making use of the lessons learned from the Kashgar landing, the Athabasca landing unit is destroyed by the United States Military through concentrated copious use of strategic nuclear weapons. This has the side effect of turning half of Canada into an uninhabitable irradiated wasteland. This is later referred to as the Athabasca Incident. The UN Statistics Division announces that the world population has fallen by approximately 30% as a result of the BETA Wars. Appreciating their results and fundamental technology research in the Prometheus Project, the United States requests Japanese participation in the Strategic Defense Initiative. Though the Imperial Diet perceives the true intention to be economic cooperation, because they have to rely on U.S. military power to resist a BETA emergency (landing on the mainland), they declare their immediate entry.
October: Investigation by satellite discovers a ground structure similar to the one in Kashgar in the former Iranian territory of Masshad. After further enquiry confirms the presence of Gates and the Stab, it is named H02, the Mashhad Hive. Accordingly, the Kashgar Hive is designated H01. Just as the landing unit space interception system plan was advanced, the shocking truth that Hives differentiate was confirmed.
1975 – A BETA group moving north along the coast of the Black Sea invades the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic. Construction of H03, the Uralsk Hive, begins in Kazakhstan.
In the face of mounting pressure by the BETA invasion, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union government relocates the capital to Khabarovsk in the far east, near the border with China. Evacuation of major domestic industries and the defense industry begins. The United Nations begins the construction of Spaceward Hardwares for All-Round Defensive Ordnances and Warheads, SHADOW, comprising three components: a lunar orbit surveillance network, an early stage nuclear launch platform at Lagrange 1, and a final interception line made up of a group of nuclear attack satellites in Earth orbit.
Japan dissolves its Air Force and reorganizes it into the Army, Navy, and Space Force branches of the military.
1976 – Having achieved dominance over Eastern Europe, the BETA group moving west from Kashgar proceeds north. Construction of H04 (Velsk Hive) begins in Russia. Construction of H05 (Minsk Hive) begins in the Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic.
To combat the worldwide Tactical Surface Fighter shortage, the United States of America encourages allied nations to develop their own Tactical Surface Fighters, and begins accepting TSF engineering training teams from many nations.
1977 – A BETA group from Kashgar reaches the southern part of the Urals and invades Soviet territory. Construction of H06 (Ekibastuz Hive) begins to the north of Lake Balkhash in Kazakhstan.
1978 – Construction of H07 (Surgut Hive) begins in Russia.
1979 – With the shortage of TSFs on the front lines beginning to end thanks to many nations’ technical acquisitions progressing domestic production, the United States Congress passes a bill restricting foreign transfer of next-generation Tactical Surface Fighter production technology. Japan revises its Fundamental Law of Education. In the interests of cultivating superior BETA-fighting pilots, a special educational environment for the gifted and an aptitude-based selection system are set up.
1980 – Europe begins the ECTSF (European Combat Tactical Surface Fighter) Program. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, the Federal Republic of Germany, the French Republic and other European NATO nations agree to the plan. With the goal of practical implementation in 1985, collaborative development begins. United Nations begins mediating negotiations for acceptance of governments and refugees from Europe and Asia. United States of America refuses to sell Alaska to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Negotiations proceed in the direction of a lease.
1981 – BETA invade the Nordic region. Weakened by the major BETA offensive of 1978, the Sino-Soviet and European Union allied forces retreat to the last bastion in Northern Europe, the Scandinavian Peninsula. The Scandinavian front would continue to intensify and last for over a decade. BETA group that invaded the Scandinavian Peninsula begins construction of H08 (Rovaniemi Hive) in Finland.
1982 – The United States Congress approves a 50-year lease of Alaska to the Soviet Union. Transportation of local residents begins. Preparations for relocation commence in various parts of the Soviet Union. At the same time, as a military insurance measure, Yukon Base and its surrounding area that straddles the US-Soviet border is leased to the United Nations free of charge for the next 50 years.
1983 – With the westward BETA advance from Kashgar, Western Europe becomes the main battlefield. Despite European military defenses making full use of the rivers to delay, the struggle is in vain. Berlin falls. European Union head institutions are moved from Brussels to London as a temporary measure until headquarters in Belfast are complete.
1984 – ETA begin an all-out southward push. A large BETA group from Kashgar detours around the Himalayas and invades the Indian subcontinent. The armies of the Indian subcontinent nations invaded from the direction of the Middle East will hold out for about ten years while maintaining close cooperation with South-East Asian nations shielded by the Himalayas, but in the end, overwhelmed by numbers, will relocate alliance headquarters to Sri Lanka and continue their defensive fight. Construction of H09, (Anbar Hive) begins in Iraq. As a result, there is a forced large-scale withdrawal from the Middle Eastern Front along with a serious oil shortage. Construction of H10 (Noginsk Hive) begins in Russia.
1985 – Construction of H11 (Budapest Hive) begins in Hungary. As a result, the BETA invasion on the European front gains momentum. Japan forms an economic agreement with the Oceanian nations. The Imperial government, assuming that the west of Japan will eventually become a battlefield, decides to establish new overseas production bases for major domestic industries, various heavy industries and manufacturing industries and so on. Industrial plants are constructed one after another in Oceanian nations such as Australia and New Zealand. The Soviet Union finishes moving core state functions to Alaska. West Germany and France fall to the BETA invasion. Following the battle in Paris and the evacuation at Dunkerque, the battle in Great Britain begins.
1986 – Construction of H12 (Lyons Hive) begins in France. Following the invasion of the British mainland, the BETA begin their invasion of the Iberian Peninsula.
1987 – Unable to resist the full-scale westward BETA advance, the governments of various nations holding out in Portuguese territory to support refugees escaping from the European continent relocate capital functions to the United Kingdom, Greenland, and Canada. Military forces belonging to nations that have lost their territories are afterwards incorporated under UN Military command.
1989 – In response to an object suspected to be a BETA landing unit coming flying from the Moon’s surface, SHADOW successfully executes its first interception. However, arguments are divided over whether this object was actually a landing unit.
1990 – Construction of H13, the Bhopal Hive, begins in India. Following the evacuation of Europe, humanity focuses towards India to prepare to capture the Kashgar Hive and begins a do-or-die resistance in the area. BETA from Kashgar begin an all-out eastward push. A large BETA group from the Kashgar Hive begins moving east. Northeast Eurasia, East Asia and Southeast Asia become the main battlefields. The Unified Front of China, Soviet Union, and Southeast Asian nations wage a furious defensive war, but the front is gradually pushed back by overwhelming numbers.
1991 – Judging the eastward BETA advance to be a national crisis for Japan, the Imperial Diet decides to deploy the Imperial Army to the East Asian front. The Imperial Army forms the Continental Expeditionary Force, and sends a large force of armored units with a focus on TSFs to the front.
1992 – Construction of H14 (Dunhuang Hive) begins in China. Afterwards beginning with Chongqing it becomes a large threat to Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia. Construction of H15 (Krasnoyarsk Hive) begins in Russia. A sense of impending crisis rises in the Far East, with the overly rapid BETA advance towards the east.
1993 – Construction of H16 (Chongqing Hive) begins in China. After the collapse of the Jialing Front, the Unified Front of China attempts to improve the situation by making use of nuclear scorched earth withdrawal e.g. in the 9-6 Operation, to little success. BETA gain total control over the European continent. With the collapse of the Northern European front that continued to resist to the last, the European Union military headquarters declares a complete withdrawal and the abandonment of Europe. After this, establishing forward bases on the islands off the coast of the continent, the European nations continue culling operations in preparation for a future campaign to reclaim Eurasia.
1994 – The BETA group proceeding south from Kashgar gains complete control of the Indian subcontinent. As a result, the eastward BETA momentum increases, and the Unified Front of China is caught in an inescapable dire situation. Military forces from the lost countries are later incorporated under UN Military command. The Imperial Diet of Japan passes a bill to lower conscription age. Mobilization of student volunteer soldiers restricted to duties in the rear begins.
1996 – Asian nations that have become war zones appeal to Australia and other Oceanian nations for assistance, and relocation of state functions begins. As of 2001, Malaysia and Singapore still maintain their own territories. The Consolidation of Southeast Asian Nations, COSEAN, is established. Many countries that have lost their territories that object to being incorporated under the direct control of the UN choose to form COSEAN and cooperate indirectly. This is due to distrust from being forced to participate in Operation Swaraj for the sake of a secret UN plan. Christian fundamentalist sects rapidly expand, increasing their protest and demonstration activities. As an insurance measure in response to unease over the UN’s forced status elevation and the excessively absurd contents of the Japanese plan, the United States proposes the call for a fifth, backup plan. With the backing of South American and African nations, it is approved.
1997 – The Arabian Peninsula front that had withstood the BETA invasion for over ten years collapses. The African Union and Middle East Coalition forces rebuild the front across the Suez and barely hold back the invasion of the African continent. Europe and United States receive signal from the Daedalus Project’s Icarus I probe. A terrestrial exo-planet of AA grade habitability is found in the Barnard’s Star system in the constellation of Ophiuchus. In response, considering the insistence of various Eurasian nations, the United States presents a proposed amendment to the next Alternative Plan that adds evacuation to an exo-planet. Pointing out the excessively good timing, some call it a hoax to push through their own Plan through.
1998 – June: BETA proceeding east from the Chongqing Hive land in Japan. Landing on the coast of the Sea of Japan, beginning with Kitakyushu, in just one week they invade the Kyushu, Chuugoku and Shikoku regions, resulting in 36 million victims. 30% of the Japanese population is wiped out. Evacuation directive is issued in the Kinki and Tokai regions. Mass movement of 25 million people begins (A portion migrate to Australia). August 10: Kyoto falls at the end of a fierce one-month long defense. The capital is moved from Kyoto to Tokyo. The BETA invasion stagnates in the vicinity of the Nagano prefecture with the construction of H21, the Sadogashima Hive. Around this time, the US armed forces unilaterally break the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan and withdraw US forces stationed in Japan. Preparations to relocate capital functions to the second Imperial Capital in Sendai begin. BETA resume their eastward advance. Invading the Greater Tokyo Area, they gain complete control of West Kanto, and the Imperial Army Hakuryou Base is destroyed. The BETA group mysteriously changes direction just before reaching the Imperial capital. The advance stagnates after passing south of the Izu peninsula, then becomes a stalemate at the Tama River. Round-the-clock culling operations continue. Reconnaissance satellite intelligence confirms the construction of H22, the Yokohama Hive.
1999 – Squad 108 is formed at the London Naval Academy.