THE END OF THE 21ST CENTURY
2089: The Marduk attack Earth. At length, the power of Emperor Ingues is broken and the Earth is saved. The Marduk sign a nonhostility agreement with the U.N. Spacy government before leaving under the leadership of Feff.
2090: The Sentinel probes are dispatched. Small automated sensor devices, the Sentinels are designed to provide early warning of alien presence near Earth.
2091: Rumour leaks out of Marduk space of war as Feff struggles to unite his people in the wake of the death of Ingues. A growing colonization movement on Earth results in a colony planned and launched for Estersen.
2093: U.N. Spacy military command redesigns the tactical orientation of the terran military. As more colonizing missions are planned, the old Macross SDF ships are assigned to orbital defence; Gloria class Command Ships are given refits to serve as Heavy Cruisers. A new vessel type, the Illustrious Class Dreadnought, begins design.
2094:The 300,000 colonist reaches Estersen Colony. New colonies are founded on Seppia and Azteirn. The Metal Siren Valkyrie enters regular service; the Metal Wraith Heavy Valkyrie prototype enters final testing.
2096: The Terran military forces are reorganized. The Terran Expeditionary Fleet is founded, organized into armadas built around an Illustrious Class Dreadnought. The first of these ships enters service later in the year. The Colonial Defence Force is founded to protect the three established colonies, staffed largely with Colonial recruits and veterans of the Marduk War.
2097: A brief communication signal is recieved from a Sentinel probe in
The signals from the Sentinel probe ended abruptly.
Later in this year, the Musashi joined the Illustrious, the Ark Royal and the Constitution as the fourth Dreadnought.
January 2098: A civilian commercial research vessel vanishes beyond the limits of settled human space. SSN reporters suggest that there are a great number of ways for a ship to vanish in deep space. The report of the Sentinel probe was never released to the media. Miarnos and Cannar Colonies are founded.
March 2098: the Ark Royal battlegroup, on patrol, encounters an alien
fleet and attacks. A burst transmission is recieved shortly thereafter.
>DZ3491032...1429Z...123.412.239...U.N.S.S. ARK ROYAL
>CONTACTED ALIEN FLEET...ESTIMATE TOTAL FORCE 1.4 MILLION VESSELS
>VALKYRIES SUFFERING SEVERE CASUALTIES...U.N.S.S. AZERMAIN, KABUL, EXCELSIOR, TRIESTE, HANNIBAL, CATREIMIN, VAN SOLAR DESTROYED
>FOLD ENGINES LOST...ATTEMPTING TO DISENGAGE LESSER VESSELS FOR WITHDRAWL
>TRANSMITTING IMAGE OF ALIEN CRAFT
The burning hull of a Gloria class vessel can be seen beyond one of the purple alien vessels. U.N. Spacy government officials ordered this image subjected to repeated computer analysis and photointerpretation, but little more could be derived.
Six days later two Gloria class vessels, six Anderson Class gunships and 213 Valkyries reach Cannar. Estimations of casualties stagger the U.N. Spacy high command. Two days after this, the death of the Ark Royal and its transmitted image, but not the associated text, are leaked to SNN. Panic grips the people of Earth.
May 2099: The U.N. Spacy prepares to meet the threat of a new alien