History of the Archaean People
2200 AD Sudden rise in global temperature. Sun begins producing more energy, causing the Earth’s temperature to get hotter by 10 degrees over the course of 5 years. Polar ice caps begin to melt, sea levels rise by 3 meters. Studies predict further rises before 2320, with projected temperatures to reach 104-108°C (219-226°F).
2300 AD Final portions of polar ice caps melt, devastating cities worldwide and covering ¾ of the landmass in a shallow sea. There is a mass exodus to Mars, leaving behind only a few thousand unfortunate people.
2310 AD Shallow sea begins to evaporate. A secret council meets on Mars, discussing the fact that in the next 30 years, they will run out of fuel. Even though Mars is slowly being terraformed within its numerous domed settlements, it is not self-sufficient. Stores of fuel and other resources are only enough to last them for 40 years, but this does not account for increases in consumption by a growing population.
2340 AD A solution for the fuel crisis is discovered. Solar fuel-cell technology will allow for an inexhaustible power supply. Mars, however, is not suited to producing such fuel cells, as they are not as close to the sun as Earth. The global government decides that Earth is perfect for this kind of thing. After all, there isn’t much left there. Communications and scanning drones sent to Earth reveal sparsely populated areas, near the north and south poles, as well as nearly-dried lakebeds in South America and Africa. Groundwater is surely the only thing keeping these lakes from being completely desolate.
2345 AD A manned mission to Earth. 450 of the Mars Alliance’s most elite troops spend 2 years in special training while on the way to the home world. These men and women have only one goal: capture and subdue as many young, healthy human specimens as possible. After an overwhelming show of force, and the destruction of the Lake Titicaca settlement, Earth’s remaining population is cowed. All 90,000 residents are captured, sedated, and placed in stasis for the 2-year return trip.
2347 AD 10,000 workmen are dispatched to Earth from Mars, along with numerous shipments of materials and construction machinery. These workmen create housing in the most feasible spots, near water and other resources. Settlements are to run on wind and geothermal power. In the flat, desolate areas, there are constructed the first five of what will become 54 primary power plants. Mines in remote areas are also begun. In the first six months, 900 workmen die from sunstroke. After that, they only work at night.
2350 AD The Mars Alliance reveals their top-secret project: the creation of a new species. Because of the total government necessary for living in such a controlled system as the Mars colony, the Archaen Project was kept absolutely secret. Working from old theories of gene splicing and the late twentieth-century discovery of extreme thermophilic bacteria, the Department of Genetic Diversity created a breed of humanity that would be ultimately more suited for life in the harsh Earth climate. These people would have several characteristics common to the bacteria Pyrolobus fumarii. Tolerance of temperatures up to 113°C (235°F), the ability to survive in low-oxygen environments, the ability to survive in times of extreme rationing by means of a chlorophyll derivative in the skin, among others were all taken from P. fumarii.
2400 AD All power plants, mines, transportation systems and infrastructure are complete, thanks to the new workforce of Archaeans. The Archaeans were raised in special thermal training facilities on Mars, and kept in peak condition. They were also encouraged to reproduce. Early experimentation revealed that splicing with P. fumarii did not affect the reproductive systems of the human body, though halfway through the first generation of Archaeans, it was found that there was a tendency toward multiple births and low birth weight. This did not, however, have any effect on the health of the babies.
2420 AD Archaeans on Earth number 3.5 million. Settlements are swelling in population, and some minor farming is being experimented with in underground caverns. Here, there is an ample supply of groundwater, and the Archaeans have created a system to bring sunlight in. Bundles of fiber-optic cables feed in all wavelengths, and are amplified with mirrors. In this way, as well as with a forced-air circulation system, crops such as corn, beans, squash, and soybeans are grown. Fish are grown in laboratories, and stocked in underground lakes. Leafy vegetables are grown underground in cooler polar regions. No crops grow on the surface. It is either too hot in the lower latitudes, or there is no sun for half of the year in the polar zones.
2468 AD Population growth reaches a plateau, seeming to even out at 5.7 million. Specialization in function among Archaeans has begun to develop. By the age of 14, it is decided—based upon talents and observations of teachers and supervisors—what job a child will have for the remainder of its lifespan. Religion is a foreign concept to the Archaean people, but there is a growing movement toward intellectualism. Any research, however, is done on a part-time basis. Every Archaean has his or her duty to the power plants, mines, and factories.
2500 AD The Archaeans begin exporting more than power cells. Fresh protein from fish, as well as other sources, is refined and shipped to Mars. However, since the Mars Alliance has nothing more than a nominal presence on Earth, they are unaware of exactly how extensive the Archaean resources, population, and control is.
2591 AD November 11, a Mars Alliance official is found dead in his housing unit in the Mariana Trench Settlement. The local Archaean union is blamed. Dissent is instant, restlessness permeates Mariana Trench. Rebellion seems imminent. Joshua Borass, a 35-year-old Archaean machinist, mediates between the Alliance and the 32nd Chapter Archaean Workman’s Association. The ensuing investigation leads to a single individual. The official’s mistress, a human secretary, was the killer. Once she was shipped back to Mars to be tried, peace returned. The Archaeans, however, did not forget the incident.
2630 AD Mars Alliance officially recognizes the Archaean government as a provincial power, allowing them rights and privileges such as “no taxation without representation”, among others. No official defense force is allowed. Unofficial militia have been created, however. There is a growing feeling of unease. The general feeling is that the Mars Alliance views the Archaean people as a threat, and that provincial status was awarded as a way to shut them up.
2676 AD Archaean scientist Marcus Castillo creates the first solar-cell fuel core vehicle capable of exiting Earth’s orbit. News reaches Mars the next day. No radio communication comes from the Mars Alliance for three weeks. After this period, the Mars Alliance requests that Mr. Castillo bring the vehicle, as well as any notes and plans he has for future adaptations, to the Mars colony. Castillo is a cautious man, but knows he cannot disobey orders from the Alliance without bringing down the full force of their military on the heads of the Archaean people. He leaves a copy of his work with his son, Ambrose, and takes the prototype and original plans with him. Castillo is never heard from again.
2719 AD Charissa Lamont, Marcus Castillo’s great granddaughter, creates the first Archaean military fighter. A vast improvement on her ancestor’s design, the small, maneuverable ship has enough power to allow it to exit orbit, and a range of 250,000 miles on a single fuel cell. The Mars Alliance demands that Lamont hand over the fighter. The Archaean government intervenes, claiming that the Alliance is oppressing their intellectual rights. There is no official response from the Alliance, but the Archaean representative on Mars manages to get a distressing message back home. The Mars Alliance was massing a full-scale operation to subdue the Archaean population.
2721 AD The Mars Alliance arrives, seemingly fully prepared to deal with any resistance force from the Archaean natives. Unexpectedly, they find a hastily built fleet of fighters, as well as six large gunships. While still outnumbered, the Archaean fleet repels the Mars Alliance. A tentative truce is reached six weeks later, via a volley of communications between Mars and Earth. Greater rights and freedoms are given to the Archaeans as a result. This is still seen by some as pacification. A tense peace settles in once more.