From the Earth to the Stars...
The Apollo program went on for nearly another decade and included another thirty manned space flights. There was no shuttle program with the accompanying vast waste of funds and NASA increased its share of the United States Federal Budget until, by 1988, it had overtaken the Department of Defense. Several space stations were built, a permanent moon base established, and in 1982 NASA launched the first manned mission to Mars.
It was supposed to be a one-way trip.
But we never leave a man behind and almost as soon as they left the public was clamoring for their safe return or - better still - the creation of a permanent settlement. By 2002 the population of that tiny outpost on the Red Planet had turned into a sprawling community of nearly 5 million. On December 31st, 2002, that outpost declared itself a new nation and the Republic of Sunset was born.
By this time Sunset was not the only Martian nation. Eniqcir, a nation of inveterate terraformers, had established its own colony in the Kasei Valles nearby. Further to the east, Mangala had been established in the region of the Hellas Basin. Between these three major nations and nearly a score of others Mars would slowly turn from red to green. Just as notable were the Republic's first contact with an extra-solar sentient species, the ArAreBee of New ararebee. Along with the Snel, they would help paint a broadly diverse portrait of sapient life across the Martian experience just as the world itself turned from rusty red to blue, green, and yes - still red here and there.
While the population of the Republic has diversified rapidly since the discovery of other sentient species, Sunset's ethnic heritage before that point consisted of two main groups; Americans from the Western United States and Japanese. Much of the settlement of the early colony was done by NASA with a substantial contribution from ISAS and members of these two agencies formed much of the core settlement population. This first diversified out to North America and the East Pacific, but has since begun to homogenize until most of the human population is multi-ethnic in background. Thanks to both lax immigration policies and a welcoming environment the Republic now boasts over a hundred different species among its population and with understandable advancements in bio-engineering there are many thousands of sub-species as these begin to establish relationships and procreate together.
It was also during this time that the government embarked on two projects that would have an enormous impact on the future of Sunset. The first was the construction of the Aurora Transit Gate Network. This network, which now links all of the major Republic worlds, was originally only a pair of stations that would link Mars with the other major project; The colonization of the remote Ares System. This colony system - initially envisioned as a refuge in case of total war with the vanished adversary of the Triumvirate of Yut - would eventually grow to be the largest population center and focus of its extra-solar activities. This has set it as the center of the Ares Cluster, a region of stars packed with both densely populated worlds and sleepy colonies as well as the outposts and endeavors of both allies and friends. All of these are secured from trouble within and aggression without by the brave officers of the Republic Defense Force.
Which brings us to now. For many years the Republic has been in a slow period. A stable government, contented population, and lack of outside threat had lulled the nation to sleep. But something poked the slumbering giant into wakefulness and now it is stretching out again to find both new friends and potential enemies near and far. But is that the end of the story?
Dec. 31st, 2002 - The Republic
The Ardan Wars begin between the Triumvirate of Yut and the Five Kingdoms of Melkor Unchained.
Eric Thorgardson is elected as the first President.
First outside contact with the nascent Triumvirate of Yut via the Federated Segments of Scolopendra.
Martian terraforming begins in earnest, largely driven by Eniqcir and later Zero-One.
First contact with a non-Terran civilization; the ArAreBee.
The Republic joins the Triumvirate of Yut.
Edwin Smytheson elected as the second President.
The Mangalan Accords establish the Martian Duma with the Republic as a founding member.
The first polymorphic computer cores are created and the first evolved digital sentients arise, sparking debate about just 'what' and 'who' a person is.
Fidelo Villanova elected as the third President.
President Villanova Launches the Ares Colonization Initiative (ACI).
The early Sunset Defense Force (SDF) begins a series of skirmishes with pirates and raiders near the fledgling Ares colony.
Colonization of what will become known as the Ares system begins.
Construction begins on the first Mega-Project; The VLEMA Dyson Swarm in the Ares System.
Atef Al-Zeif elected as the fourth President.
The Ardan Wars; The events of 'Operation Roundhammer' unfold on Mars.
The skirmishes end with the conquest of what will become the core system of Docri.
Jon Thorgardson elected as the fifth and last President.
SDF-White Nile discovers (what will someday be known to be Druth'Haari) Leviathans feasting on a planetary system near the galactic core.
Mangalan colonists settle the Discouri system in the Ares Cluster.
The 'Wilson's Wallet Scandal' results in the resignation of the President and the reorganization of the government.
Erika Silaco confirmed as the first Secretary-General.
The Quickbronze Event spells the end of the Vascilian League on Mars.
Secretary-General Silaco re-launches the expanded Ares Cluster Colonization Initiative (ACCI) with a focus on colonizing the worlds and systems of the Ares Cluster.
The Ardan Wars transition into a Cold War.
The Ardan Cold War ends in the fractal event known as the 'Break'.
The 'Quiet Years' end.
The VLEMA in the Ares system is completed.
The 'Boardroom Wars' result in a radical reorganization of corporations across the nation.
The ExoCortex is introduced to the Republic from the Phoenix Domain.
The government is reorganized into a Federal Republic alongside Mangala, Khenala, and numerous other Federal States.
The Senate authorizes the Coreward Expansion Initiative (CEI) to replace the ACCI in an attempt to bring as many civilized worlds as possible into the Republic.
The Sunset Defense Force (SDF) is reorganized into the Republic Defense Force (RDF).
A Druth'Haari Leviathan is destroyed attacking the Parson's Shoal system.
The Ver'Lithil trigger a war between the Chosen Dominion of Ynij and the Republic, using the distraction to cover their own departure from our universe.
The Ares and New Latin VLEMAs are transferred to the Phoenix Domain.
The Republic signs the Hyades Accord.
The fractal 'Reorganization' results in the political map of Mars shifting once again.
The Martian Forum replaces the long-idle Martian Duma and is immediately a hotbed of vicious politicking.
Operations in Triangulum end with the Krȃng detonation of approximately 2000 stars and the creation of the Multinovae Sector.
The YUT Rings are constructed under the aegis of the Second Triumvirate and placed in orbit around Jupiter.
Some Notes on the Date Or 'Hey, Why Is This All Screwed Up..!?'
The previous is a (mostly) sincere effort to (mostly) accurately list important dates and events in the history of the Republic. This effort is complicated by the fact that many of the events now only exist in memory. Worse, those that are still recorded were done so under several different dating methodologies - including 'none'! Thus some of the dates are 'as best I can figure' or 'this looks good' while others are based on a crafted agreement between various conflicting sources. Still, once you start writing things down they have a habit of becoming canon so if you've got a problem best be raising your objections now!
Here a certain amount of insight into the date format is useful. Republic Date Format is laid out in three 'thousandths' - YYY.MWD.HMS - and is often shortened to 'XXX where 'XXX' is the most relevant thousandth to the conversation. Since it is based on a 'thousandth' system, the first 'year' is actually year '0' or more properly '000'. For those further interested in the nomenclature, the date format can (very) roughly be divided up like so: Years.Month/Week/Day.Hour/Minute/Second. These are in no way equal to our years, hours, or seconds. For those interested, Republic Date Format is essentially logarithmic to our own with the first Republic Year equal to 1.05 of our own and extending out from that. Sorta.