Earth Alliance History
LOCATION: 3rd Planet
SYSTEM: 10 total - 6 solid, 4 Gas
SATELLITES: 1 - Luna
AGE: 4.5 billion years
TEMPERATURE:14 degrees Celsius
MASS: 1.0 gravity
ROTATION: 23 hours, 56.409 minutes
REVOLUTION 365.25 DAYS
Founded in 2085 as an economic/political conglomerate committed to the goal of colonizing the planet Mars, the Earth Alliance quickly proved to be an extremely practical replacement to the dismal failure that was the United Nations. Originally consisting of Australia, Great Britain, Canada, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States of America, the Alliance proved that through the use of a common language and integrated culture, mankind could achieve any goal they set forth.
The founding countries of the Earth Alliance made a strong drive to explore the stars, setting up stations and outposts on the lunar surface and, finally, a colonial settlement on Mars in the year 2090. Although the first Martian colony would be destroyed a decade later by a terrorist bombing, the success of the Alliance proved all too well that if mankind was to move beyond Earth’s cradle, humanity could not allow its self to be separated by language or social/political boundaries.
In 2107, a few years after the second Mars Colony was created, the United Nations was disbanded, leading to hard-liners who opposed to Earth Alliance to be elected in France, 2112. In the year 2122 the Earth Alliance became the official governing body of humanity and the planet Earth. This sparked several global conflicts, primarily from nations who refused to be a part of the Alliance. Combined with resources stretching thin, as the Alliance had settled and explored every planetoid in its home solar system, it looked as if a global military crisis was about to engulf the Earth. This crisis came to a head in 2150 with the terrorist bombing of San Diego, which lead to a rather short lived war resulting in the Alliance crushing all of the dissident nations.
By this time humanity had grown too big for its home solar system and, unfortunately, all attempts to find a way to travel beyond the speed of light had failed. Earth scientists had discovered hyperspace and proven the existence of tachyons, but still could not find the mathematical know-how to send anything larger than a particle through the barrier between real space and hyperspace. Thus, in an effort to curb civil unrest, the Alliance began launching sleeper ships out into deep space, in the hopes of making contact with alien life. Amazingly enough however, the aliens humanity was trying so desperately to contact, found Earth first.
In 2156 the question of whether or not Mankind was alone in the universe was answered, when a Centauri patrol fleet detected the use of intense radio and low level tachyon communications being sent via hyperspace by Earth stations in the Sol system. The Centauri, who looked amazingly similar to humans, greeted humanity with open arms and quickly engaged in extensive trade relations with the Earth people. Thus the Earth Alliance found the universe opened up before them. The dream that had inspired the creation of the Alliance had finally become a reality.
For nearly a century the Earth Alliance saw massive growth, technology purchased from the Centauri allowing Earth to leap ahead two centuries in only two years. Humanity quickly began setting up colonies and staking claim to every world surrounding the Sol system, becoming an active participant in the galactic community. Still the Alliance was dependent upon the Centauri for galactic space travel, a fact that did not sit well with many in the Alliance. With the Lockheed-Mitchell Corporations creation of the first Alliance Jump-Gates of Terran design, humanity was no longer dependent upon the Centauri and quickly began working towards the goal of becoming a major galactic power.
After several boarder skirmishes with races in what would later become the League of Non-Aligned Worlds, the Earth Alliance formed a large and powerful Star-Navy under the authority of the governments military branch Earthforce. Through innovation and the valuable knowledge gained through years of internal strife, humanity quickly proved its self to be a military force to be reckoned with and many of the more aggressive races opted to leave the Alliance in peace.
In it's first 75 years, the Earth Alliance set up colonies and staked out territory on every planet and solar system within 8,000 cubic light-years of Sol. Colonies on Proxima Centauri, Wolf 359, the Luyten stars, Cygni Alpha and the Ross stars. In only a few short years Earth become the undisputed power with controlling interest on every world within 20 light-years of Sol, from Ross 128 out to Sirus, with additional holdings stretching out as far as Deneb, Orion and other systems as far as 2,000 light-years of Sol in every direction. Then on November 3, 2231 the Earth Alliance finally took its place as a Galactic Superpower, when Humanity declared war on the brutal Dilgar Empire. The League and,
to a lesser extent the Narn Regime, had been at war with the Dilgar for nearly a year before the Alliances entrance into the conflict. The war was going badly for the League and the Dilgars victory seemed assured until the Earth Alliance lent its might to the battle. Though humanity had joined in the war primarily to flex their galactic muscles, the war quickly became a moral crusade as stories of heinous atrocities made their way back to Earth Dome. Within less than a year the Earth Alliance, along with its allies, succeeded in defeating the Dilgar Empire and halting their reign of terror across the quadrant.
Riding high on their victory and the new found respect from many of the other races, the Earth Alliance began to fortify its defences and once again invested more resources to colonization and exploration. The future of the Alliance looked to be a bright one in the golden years after the victory over the Dilgar. Unfortunately the Alliance, believing themselves to be one of the most powerful empires in the known galaxy, were about to get a harsh introduction to reality.
In July of 2245 a fleet of Earth Alliance ships sent on a standard exploration mission into Minbari territory, accidentally came upon a Minbari fleet in rout to Z'Ha'Dum. Upon entering the Minbari held star system, the small fleet of Alliance ships found themselves face to face with a Minbari War Cruisers, approaching with gun ports open. Captain of the commanding ship, fearing they were about to be attacked, gave his crew the order to open fire on the Minbari fleet.
In a devastating opening volley of plasma weapon fire, the Alliance ships succeeded in damaging the Minbari Cruiser and destroying a support craft before escaping into hyperspace and back to Alliance territory. Among those killed in the battle was Dukhat, leader of the Gray Council, the ruling body of the Minbari Federation. Thus, do to a simple misunderstanding, a bloody three year war ensued that would forever change the quadrant.
Earthforce, facing an enemy that was thousands of years technologically superior, found its self to be ill equipped to face the onslaught of the Minbari's military machine. Many of the League worlds that pledged themselves to assist the Alliance quickly withdrew their support, leaving only the Narn who offered weapons but no direct military assistance. Victories were far a few between, the Alliance loosing an average of five ships for every Minbari ship destroyed. Even those battles which were won by the Alliance were not true victories, as the cost in ships and manpower always averaged a 3 to 1 loss in the Minbari's favour.. and this was just to drive the Minbari attackers off.
The Earth Alliance only achieved one true victory during the course of the war, when Lieutenant Commander John Sheridan, who had been thrust into command of the Earth Alliance Heavy Cruiser Lexington following the death of his captain, laid a trap for an attacking Minbari warship.
John Sheridan, knowing the Minbari vessel would return to finish the crippled Lexington ass oon as they radioed for assistance, ordered his crew to dispatch the ships last threefusion bomb warheads, hiding them in an asteroid belt. Once the bombs had been laid in place the Lexington called for assistance, knowing full well that the Minbari ship would return.
Thinking they were about to engage a helpless target the Minbari ship made a bee line for the distress signal, looking for a quick kill. Upon entering the belt Lieutenant CommanderSheridan detonated the mines, heavily damaging the Black Star. Crippled and attempting to escape, Sheridan succeeded in destroying the Black Star with the detonation of the second mine. It is important to note however that the mine its self did not cause the BlackStar to explode. The second nuclear detonation disrupted the ships reactor containment system causing a core breech, and it was this breech in the ships fusion reactor system that destroyed the Black Star. This was the first and last major space victory of the war. Despite this one victory, the war continued to go badly for the Earth Alliance. By 2248,with most of Earth’s forces destroyed or off engaging the Minbari in other systems, the Earth found its self directly in the path of a Minbari attack fleet nearly three thousand capital ships strong.
In a final effort to protect the Earth, 20,000 of the bravest soldiers the Alliance had to offer formed a line just behind lunar orbit, swearing to whatever fates or gods existed that it would be a line the Minbari would not cross! The move was a desperate one, as Earth hadno hope of defeating the advancing Minbari forces. Over 20,000 men and woman formed the line... only 207 survived. The Battle of the Line was the bloodiest space battle of the entire war, and not a single Minbari ship was brought down.
After the Battle of the Line had concluded, the Minbari Federation surrendered to theEarth Alliance. For reasons of their own, reasons that are still not fully understood by thegeneral public, the Minbari Federation surrendered on the verge of total victory, a victory that would have included the annihilation of the human race.
With a new lease on life, the Earth Alliance set in motion a long forgotten proposal of Earth Alliance senator Calvin Natawe and the Babylon Project was born, dedicated to creating a place where humans and aliens could work out their differences peacefully.Under the leadership of President Santiago and support from throughout the Alliance, the Babylon Project became a reality with the completion of space station Babylon 5.Though the Alliance has been through a great deal of strife in recent years, ranging fromintergalactic conflicts, the assassination of President Santiago and a devastating Civil War to over through Santiago's killer, then president Morgan Clark, the Earth Alliancecontinues to be one of the largest and most influential powers in the quadrant. Consisting of sixteen colonies, eight major military outposts and eleven research stations*,the Alliance is one of the largest empires in this part of the known galaxy, larger in size than either the Narn, Centauri, and even the Minbari empires and boasts a military some20,000 capital ships strong.
With the defeat of the Shadows, freedom having been restored to the Alliance following President Clark’s suicide and a new found sense of purpose, the Earth Alliance once again has set its sights to the stars and the ideals to which the Earth Alliance was founded upon... Freedom, justice and liberty for all.