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Quick Reference of Major Years:

Foundation of the Free Worlds League -- 2271

The Age of War -- 2398

The BattleMech is Invented -- 2439

Star League Established -- 2556

Stephen Amaris the Usurper -- 2766-2767

Kerensky's Exodus -- 2784

First Succession War -- 2786

Second Succession War -- 2830-2864

Third Succession War -- 2866-3022

Wolf's Dragoons Arrive -- 3005

The Fourth Succession War -- 3028-3030

End of the Succession Wars -- 3040

The Clans Invade -- 3049

Second Soviet Civil War.
End of Soviet Civil War as combined American and Western European troops intervene to end hostilities.
Alliance scientists build the first fusion reactor. Kearny and Fuchida release their initial findings on physics and are ridiculed.
The Western Alliance, composed of forces involved in the war, includes Japan, Eastern European nations recently liberated, and the now separate seven Russian States. The Alliance begins vigorous support of scientific and space exploration efforts.
First fusion driven spacecraft travels from Earth to Mars in 14 days. Myomer fiber research begins.
Alliance has established scientific outposts throughout the solar system. Private corporations begin establishing commercial colonies in space, resulting in research for better materials and smaller portable fusion reactors. Long range space probes launched to nearby stars. Several habitable worlds are discovered.
Western Alliance becomes the Terran Alliance, with 120 member states.
Faster than light stardrives developed based on Kearny/Fuchida research. The JumpShip is invented but the cost of the project causes civil unrest.
Maiden voyage of a JumpShip to Tau Alpha Ceti.
Following commercial production of FTL spacecraft, the first permanent colony is established on Tau Alpha Ceti.
At this time there are more than 100 colonized worlds.
Rudolph Ryan invents the Iceship to solve water shortage problems.
More than 600 worlds settled. A group of colonies declares its independence. After an 18 month war it is clear that the Terran government lacks the resources necessary to crush the rebellion.
Terran government grants independence to all of its colony worlds. Soon the boundary of Terran space shrinks to a 30 light year radius. People begin migrating to escape the unrest on Earth.
Foundation of the Free Worlds league.
Civil war on Terra causes the collapse of the Terran Alliance. McKenna intervenes with the space-borne forces to stop the fighting and founds the Terran Hegemony under his leadership. He successfully reunites many of the Alliance worlds.
Starting with the Crucis Pact, several mutual defense leagues similar to the Treaty of Marik begin to take shape.
McKenna Dies.
Michael Cameron replaces McKenna as Director General. During his term in office, the Work Mech is invented using Myomer technology.
10 separate states with strong central governments have been formed.
The Age of War begins as forces of the Capellan Confederation and the Free Worlds League clash in the Andurien system. A number of short, bloody conflicts follow.
After the battle of Tintavel results in thousands of civilian casualties, representatives of the states meet to formulate and sign the Ares Conventions, a set of rules for warfare. Though the Ares Conventions reduce the damages of war, they also cement war as a way of life, and a method of settling even the smallest disputes.
Numerous border conflicts. No conclusive wins or losses occur, though the Terran Hegemony maintains superiority with the invention of the BattleMech in 2439.
BattleMech invented, creating a vehicle with greater mobility and firepower than previous vehicles.
Lyran Commonwealth raid on Hegemony Mech production facility on Hesperus II. BattleMech technology begins to spread throughout the various states.
The Age of War ends in another battle between Houses Marik and Liao over Andurien.
Clasped Hands Treaty and Treaty of Geneva establish Ian Cameron of the Terran Hegemony, Terrence Liao of the Capellan Confederation, and Albert Marik of the Free Worlds League as the founders of the Star League. Further agreements with the Federated Suns, the Lyran Commonwealth, and the Draconis Combine unites the Inner Sphere. Ian Cameron becomes First Lord, with the other rulers holding seats on the high council.
With the Taurian Concordat, the Rim Worlds Republic, and the Magistracy of Canopus resisting all efforts to be brought into the league by diplomatic means, war is declares between the Star League and the Periphery States. Reunification War begins.
Reunification complete, the Periphery States surrender, becoming territories ruled by the Star League.
Hyperpulse Generator invented, capable of speedy transmissions. In following years the Star League Establishes a network of stations tying the many systems of the Star League together efficiently for the first time. At the same time, a cheap water purification system is invented, rendering Iceships obsolete.
When intelligence reports indicate that the Rim Worlds are building their army at an alarming rate, Michael Cameron and the Council issue an edict limiting the size of private forces in the states. Though obvious buildups are halted, secret armies are built and small wars occasionally fought despite the apparent unity of the Star League.
Simon Cameron, fifth First Lord of the Star League, is accidentally killed in mining colony inspection, leaving 8-year-old Richard as his sole heir. The Council appoints Alexandr Kerensky as Regent, but with little Council support, thus limiting his power. During the ten year regency, the 2650 edict of Michael Cameron is canceled, allowing the member states to double their private military assets. An increase in allowable tax revenue followed.
First Lord Richard Cameron reaches his Majority, and issues an order to disband all independent armies. His proposal is struck down. In response, he dissolves the council, vowing to rule by decree.
Richard Cameron's tax edict rejected by the Periphery nations. Kerensky sent to cow the revolt brewing there.
Stefan Amaris signs secret pact with Richard to protect Terra. When Cameron House units are sent to the Periphery as well, Amaris forces are the only ones left to guard Terra.
Stephan Amaris kills Richard Cameron and every man, woman and child with a drop of Cameron blood. At the same time, his troops move against Terra and other planets of the Terran Hegemony.
Amaris declares himself First Lord of the Star League. Kerensky declares a cease fire with all Periphery States except the Rim Worlds and declares full war with the Usurper and his realms. He takes the Rim Worlds Republic, then returns to the Terran Hegemony.
Kerensky liberates Terra, and executes the Usurper and his entire family in retribution for his actions. Kerensky proclaims himself Protector of the Realm and invites the Star League Council to reconvene on Terra. The Council Lords convene and remove Kerensky, while they each pursue their own claim to the office of First Lord. Jerome Blake appointed Minister of Communications and placed in charge of repairing the Star League Communications network.
The Council dissolves itself, and the Lords return to their separate realms to prepare for war.
When the leaders of the great houses call for Kerensky's resignation, he gathers a huge fleet of the Star League Army together at New Earth. He and his troops leave Star League Territory and pass beyond the Periphery. 80% of the Army goes with him.
Kerensky and his followers, vowing to return one day to restore the Star League, form colonies on a series of worlds known as The Pentagon. Eventually, the trials of life beyond the Periphery cause a rebellion. Kerensky's son and successor, Nicholas, leads his own troops to the planet Strana Mechty. There, he forms the basis of a society which will be created when he returns to retake the Pentagon Worlds. The Clans are formed, based on a clan governmental structure which uses genetic engineering to create the best warriors the Human Worlds have ever seen. By the time the Clans prepare to return to the Inner Sphere, new races of perfect troops for infantry, aerospace and Mech piloting have been created and placed behind the most advanced weapons technology ever created, surpassing the Inner Sphere by a wide margin. [For more information, see the Clan History section.]
Starting with Minoru Kurita, the Lords of the Inner Sphere each declare themselves First Lord of the Star League. The Succession Wars begin. The major States are the Draconis Combine ruled by House Kurita, the Free Worlds League ruled by House Marik, the Federated Suns ruled by House Davion, the Capellan Confederation led by House Liao, and the Lyran Commonwealth led by House Steiner. Blake obtains agreements that the Lords of the Inner Sphere will not attempt to damage the communications network. The Communications Authority arises as a neutral power in control of the communications network, in the hopes of saving it and the rapidly disappearing technologies of the Star League.
First Succession War. Ares conventions cast aside in a brutal war. Facilities for producing technology and knowledge of how to produce them are destroyed at an alarming rate. After such a brutal war a lasting peace is neither expected nor wanted. Instead, the short peace is used to build for the next great war. Because of losses of trade for spare parts for purification equipment, many worlds are abandoned, and water-rich worlds become extremely valuable strategic targets.
Hastily recruiting several regiments, Blake takes control of Terra, declaring it a neutral world under protection of the Communications Authority. The organization soon takes the name ComStar.
ComStar becomes an institute for the preservation of technology and knowledge, so that it may reveal it to the people of the Inner Sphere when the fighting is over. Unfortunately, in an effort to prevent this preserved technology from adding further years to the conflicts, measures are taken to maintain a monopoly on Star League technical data. This eventually is perverted into an organization which uses its technology in an attempt to dominate the Inner Sphere.
ROM, the intelligence directorate of ComStar, is formed to prevent the spread of technology and defection of ComStar personnel.
Blake dies. He is replaced by Conrad Toyama. Approached by several representatives of a faction seeking to use ComStar's technological advantage to conquer the Inner Sphere, he instead initiates a purge of the faction, using ROM to wipe out all its members before any resistance can be organized. Toyama initiates the reorganization that will turn ComStar into a religious organization bent on the isolation of ComStar's knowledge and power until the rest of society collapses, at which point ComStar will return to save the human race.
Second Succession War. As destructive as the last war, it accelerates the process of technological decline. By the end of the war, technology has sunk overall to 21st century levels, with the great houses just barely maintaining the technology to fight the war. Though BattleMechs are still built, they can be produced only in small numbers, and spare parts become scarce, as do people capable of doing the repairs. Repair and supply bases become as valuable as water if not more.
By the time Karpov becomes Primus of ComStar, ComStar has begun subtle manipulations of the Inner Sphere, in order to facilitate ComStar's eventual success. To further aid this effort, he opens a number of positions in ComStar to members of Great House and MechWarrior families, allowing them access to information on events and what little technological innovation was occurring.
Third Succession War. As the Lords' resources become more depleted, the violence begins to decline. Unwritten rules similar to the Ares Conventions are put into force by the warriors themselves, causing much less destruction and slowing, but not stopping, Mankind's slide into barbarism.
Wolf's Dragoons enter the Inner Sphere on a recon mission for the Clans. They begin to take work as mercenaries in order to gather information about the Successor Houses. They become known as a top line mercenary unit.
Hanse Davion sets up the New Avalon Institute of Science, as a semi-military academy and research center for old and new technologies.
House Davion and House Steiner sign the Federated Commonwealth Treaty, creating an alliance between the two houses, and betrothing Archon-Designate Melissa Steiner to Hanse Davion to unite the two nations. In response, the other three Houses form their own alliance in the Concord of Kapteyn. Several attempts are made on Davion's life.
Agents of House Liao attempt to replace Hanse Davion with a cloned replacement. Hanse vows revenge.
At his wedding, Hanse Davion offers Melissa Steiner-Davion the Capellan Confederation as a wedding gift. The Fourth Succession War begins.
The Fourth Succession War. Steiner and Davion forces attack the Capellan Confederation and the Draconis Combine. They declare victory and a cease fire, ending the war.
ComStar removes a communications interdiction imposed on House Davion for an alleged attack on a ComStar station. In exchange, ComStar gains the right to garrison its facilities with its own BattleMech troops, gaining 50 regiments by 3050. Precentor Myndo Waterly becomes Primus. She begins taking a more active role in the affairs of the Inner Sphere.
After making their reports to the Clans, Wolf's Dragoons return to the Inner Sphere with orders from a faction within the clans (known as the Wardens) to prepare the Inner Sphere for the Clan invasion (being led by the opposing faction, known as the Crusaders). Wolf's Dragoons' decision to take this course of action is technically viewed as a defection and/or treason by people on both sides in the conflict to come.
Maximilian Liao, having gone mad during the war, kills himself. Romano Liao takes the throne. The St. Ives Compact secedes from the Capellan Confederation. At about the same time the Free Rasalhague Republic is allowed to secede from the Draconis Combine.
The Federated Commonwealth launches a war against the Draconis Combine. Newly outfitted with Star League-era BattleMechs provided by ComStar as part of a deal for garrisoning rights, Theodore Kurita forces back the assault.
End of the Succession Wars.
3049 - 3050
The Clans invade. Clans Wolf, Ghost Bear, Jade Falcon, Smoke Jaguar, Nova Cat, and Steel Viper leading. Many worlds are lost as the clans press toward Terra. Primus Waterly establishes diplomatic relations with the clans in an attempt to play the two sides against each other, weakening both.
Comstar, which had been cooperating with the Clan conquerors up until this point, draws a line at Tukayyid. The battle results in a defeat for the Clans as more than 50 Com Guard BattleMech Regiments meet 25 Galaxies of Clan Troops. Comstar retains possession of Terra, in addition to a 15 year truce, during which neither side will attack enemy held worlds on the opposing side of the truce line. The fate of Enemy worlds on the friendly side of the line is uncertain, leading to a reduced, but still present amount of fighting. At the same time, Comstar launches Operation Scorpion as hundreds of Comstar personnel, formerly aiding in the administration of conquered worlds, rise up in (futile) rebellion. In an attempt to subvert the authority of the leaders of the Inner Sphere, Comstar attempted to interdict communications in all the Houses. However, the Houses had already seized many of the Comstar facilities and had developed alternative communications systems besides. Soon after this decision, Primus Myndo Waterly is killed by Precentor Martial Focht. A schism develops between Comstar and a faction known as Word Of Blake, as Comstar begins to release technological knowledge to the masses.
[Note that although the "official" universe is now well on into 3060 and beyond, this timeline will not continue any further. It is intended to represent Adrian's knowledge of the universe, and he will likely never progress beyond 3052.]

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