WING COMMANDER TIMELINE



COLONIZATION Mining operations conducted on asteroid belt within Sol System. Humans undertake colonization and terraforming efforts on the other worlds in the Sol System, including Mars and Venus. 21st - 23rd Century JUMP DRIVE Superluminal Flight / Akwende Drive (the Jump Drive) technology discovered, developed, and placed into use. Exploration into areas previously believed unreachable begins. 2416 UNIFICATION The Terran Confederation, a loose alliance of colonies, planets, and systems, each with their own autonomous government, is formed. Significantly military in nature, Confed is designed to provide economic support and a common defense between interstellar outposts of humankind. It becomes the mediator -- and sometimes enforcer -- in disagreements and conflicts. 2427 THE GREAT EXPANSION Humanity spreads out rapidly into interstellar space. 25th Century THE IASON INCIDENT Confederation spaceship Iason encounters a spacecraft of unknown origin. Commander Jedora Andropotos on board Iason transmits a wide-band, non-verbal greeting and waits for a response. Less than twenty minutes later, the still-unidentified ship opens fire with full lasers, completely destroying Iason and its crew. Although the identity of the attacking ship is never definitively established, Confederation deep space tracking computers point to a possible point of origin from a previous unexplored planet, soon to be known by its native name, Kilrah. 2629.105 MOUNTING TENSIONS The Terran Confederation receives numerous reports of unwarranted assault, space piracy, kidnapping and interplanetary plundering, all taking place at an increasingly expanding distance from the planet Kilrah. Frequent attempts to meet with Kilrathi High Command are rejected without explanation. In retaliation, the Terran Confederation Congress votes unanimously to enforce a strict non-aggression policy by the Kilrathi. The leaders of Kilrah are warned that their next transgression could lead to military reprisals. 2630 - 2634 THE ANNA MAGDELENA INCIDENT The Anna Magdelena, a refitted transport ship ferrying orphans to their new homes on Dieno, is openly attacked by a pair of Kilrathi fighters. No one survives. In retaliation for this and the five-year string of equally heinous abuses of all known laws of civility, the Terran Confederation officially declares war on the Empire of Kilrah. 2634.186 THE FIRST BATTLE OF McAULIFFE TCN cryptographer Ches M. Penney intercepts and decodes a stray Kilrathi cipher implying that a strike will soon be launched against the planet McAuliffe and its orbiting space station, Alexandria. Confederation High Command orders a counteroffensive twice the size of the anticipated fleet, hoping to reach McAuliffe first and ambush the attackers. After a tense rush to McAuliffe, the Confederation fleet establishes a formidable defensive position around the planet. When the Kilrathi fleet arrives, however, it is quadruple the expected size. Several days of bloody fighting all but obliterate the Confederation's defensive forces. 2634.228 - 2634.235 CUSTER'S CARNIVAL Terran ground forces launch an attack on a fortrified Kilrathi colony, only to be routed by unexpected Kilrathi fighter support. The new Bengal-class carrier Tiger's Claw is detached from its previous station and assigned to intercept the pursuing fighters in a delaying action eventually known as Custer's Carnival. Swarmed and badly damaged by Kilrathi fighters, the carrier distracts Kilrathi forces long enough for the Terran fleet to reach safety. Despite the fact that three-fourths of its engines are destroyed and half its pilots are listed as casualties, the heroic efforts of the Tiger's Claw's crew allows the carrier to make it back into Terran space. Two Gold Stars (one to a young pilot by the name of James "Paladin" Taggert) and numerous other medals - many of them posthumous - are awarded to the ship's personnel. The carrier itself spends six months in spacedock for repairs and refitting. 2644 BATTLE FOR VENICE Terran Intelligence reports that the Kilrathi High Command is directing war efforts from the Venice System. Reconnaissance patrols identify Kilrathi ships and boldly give chase, uncovering an Imperial starbase. The Terran patrols are lost, but not before relaying their coordinates back to HQ. A small Terran fleet of elite fighters is dispatched to the Imperial starbase. The Kilrathi resist strongly against the attack, but are eventually overpowered. Badly beaten, the Kilrathi move their central military command back to their homeworld of Kilrah. (Wing Commander) 2654.287 - 2654.301 THE BATTLE OF REPLEETAH UNFOLDS Following failed attempts by Terran scientists to garner peaceful co-existance with the Kilrathi scientific detachment on the small research planet of Repleetah, the Kilrathi devastate the planet in a surprise attack with biological weapons. The Terran Confederation reinforces the planet with Marines. Fought mostly on planet-side, though a single bombardment from space could end the battle, the Battle of Repleetah becomes the most sustained land-based fighting of the entire war. In trench warfare reminiscent of Earth's ancient World War I, each side fights with dogged determination and in full bio-resistant suits. The bloodshed continues unabated for years. 2654 DESTRUCTION OF GODDARD COLONY Shortly after intelligence reports indicate that the Kilrathi have developed a new weapon against inhabited planets, all contact is lost with the Goddard colony. The Confederation fleet arrives at Goddard only to find that the quarter-million colonists were all killed when the Kilrathi bombarded the colony with their new weapon. (Secret Missions: Operation Thor's Hammer) 2654.326 GODDARD AVENGED Deeply angered by the Goddard tragedy, the Confederation carrier Tiger's Claw pursues the Kilrathi strike force into enemy territory, where it is ambushed by a captured Confederation Exeter-class ship. Reconnaissance ships eventually locate the dreadnought ship suspected of carrying the prototype weapon. The Tiger's Claw follows, and in a stunning display of deep space logistics and fighting skill, eliminates the dreadnought. (Secret Missions: Operation Thor's Hammer) EARLY 2655 BATTLE OF FIREKKA In 2653, the Confederation pledges to protect a newly discovered bird-like race called the Firekkans, who plan to ally with the Confederation. In the interim, a huge Kilrathi battle fleet commanded by Prince Thrakhath and his Drakhrai Imperial Guard moves into the Firekkan System. The fleet's intent is unknown until the Kilrathi defector Ralgha nar Hhallas exposes a plan to use Firekka for a religious ritual in which warriors rededicate themselves to Sivar, the Kilrathi god of war. The Confederation decides to disrupt the religious ceremony in hopes of breaking enemy morale. Marine troopships jump into the system and stage an assault on the Kilrathi priestesses. The mission is successful, and the Tiger's Claw retreats to Terran-controlled space under heavy Kilrathi pursuit. In short order, Firekkan natives revolt and force the remaining Kilrathi forces to withdraw. (Secret Missions: Crusade) (2653 -)2655 THE FIRST ENIGMA CAMPAIGN Confederation forces attempt to remove the Kilrathi from Enigma sector, where strategic jump nodes lead directly to human core colonies. The campaign ends in failure when an attack on the Kilrathi Enigma sector headquarter at K'Tithrak Mang fails, and the renowned Tiger's Claw is ambushed and destroyed by Kilrathi stealth fighters. 2657 THE BATTLE OF REPLEETAH During the years, the focus of the Intergalactic War drifts away from the decade-long Battle of Repleetah. Supply ships and reinforcements have long since ceased to visit the planet. Finally, by late 2664, only a handful of troops remain on either side. The sole surviving Terran officer, Lieutenant Miles D'Arby, leads his men in a last-ditch effort to overrun the Kilrathi position. It is believed that no one lives through this last action. The Battle of Repleetah has finally come to an end. 2664 SECOND ENIGMA CAMPAIGN Following the disaster of the first Enigma Campaign, the Confederation is forced onto the defensive in the Enigma Sector. Finally, in 2664, the Confederation once again goes on the offensive. A daring jump behind enemy lines results in the destruction of the Kilrathi sector headquarter at K'Tithrak Mang. In the meantime, the Confederation forces in the Deneb Sector are annihilated by Kilrathi forces under the direction of Crown Prince Thrakhath. (Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi) 2664 THE GETTYSBURG INCIDENT Mutineers from the TCS Gettysburg take over the Rigel supply depot. The mutiny, it seems, was sparked by the commander of the Gettysburg ordering his crew to fire upon an unarmed Kilrathi civilian transport. The mutineers were divided into two factions: those who wish to continue their new careers of piracy and those who would rather return to the Confederation, if possible. Eventually, the pirate faction is destroyed and the remaining mutineers return to the Confederation under pardon. Meanwhile, several Kilrathi worlds on the front lines of the war, in particular Ghorah Khar, defect, teh first instance of direct insubordination of Kilrathi rule. (Special Operations I) 2665 SOCIETY OF THE MANDARIN The Society of Mandarin seeks for the Confederation to submit to the Kilrathi, in hopes of assimulating the Kilrathi from the bottom up. To achieve their goals, the Society of Mandarin has no compunction about sabotaging the Confederation war efforts. Major Zack "Jazz" Colson, a talented and efficient pilot, is linked to the Society of Mandarin and sentenced to death for treason. Before Colson's sentence is carried out, however, Mandarin agents manage to hijack the transport on which Colson is held. Eventually the Mandarins are traced to their primary base at Ayer's Rock, where they have stolen a prototype of the new Morningstar fighter. Confederation forces launch an attack on Ayer's Rock, destroying the Mandarin base, killing Colson in the process, and breaking the power of the Society of Mandarin. (Special Operations II) 2667 HIT-AND-RUN FADE ATTACKS Terran fleets strike hard against Kilrathi forces behind the front lines, eliminating nine carriers under construction and crippling dozens of transports and four shipyards. As front-line assets dwindle, the Kilrathi were forced to retreat. (Novel End Run) 2667 - 2668 FALSE PEACE As the pendulum of war swings toward the Terrans, a peace accord is unexpectedly offered by Kilrah. All Terran fleets are withdrawn, even those in the midst of combat. In the following months, several frontier colonies refuse to abide by the armistice rulings, investing both ships and men in an attempt to search out suspected active shipyards on the far side of the Kilrathi Empire. Using captured stealth equipment, private forces intercept a HoloVid of the rumored facility, along with a message that the Kilrathi forces are embarking to attack Earth. The armistice is renounced, and a hastily assembled force of still-intact Confederation ships, bolstered with private vessels, prepare to defend against the imminent attack. (Novel Fleet Action) 2668 BATTLE OF TERRA With their fleets back up to full strength, bolstered by the first fleet of Hakaga-class supercarriers, the Kilrathi strike deep into Confederation space. Warsaw, Gilead, and Sirius Prime are bombed with radiation warheads, even as the Kilrathi brush aside Confederation's hastily assembled defenses and reach Earth. Despite the suicidal bravery of Earth's defenders, the Kilrathi are able to bombard crucial defense centers on the planet - Chicago, Pittsburgh, Boston, Miami, Quebec, Berlin, Paris, Kiev, and others - before they are finally forced to withdraw to friendly space as a result of daring Marines, who land aboard several Kilrathi vessels, including the Kilrathi flagship, and destroy them with thermonuclear mines. (Novel Fleet Action) 2668 COVERT INFILTRATION A new secret carrier, the TCS Lexington departs from the Goddard Transfer Station. Its mission: destroy the enemy system by system. A self-sustaining, powerful vessel, carrying among its crew a special unit of 62 Covert Operatives, the carrier passes through a secret jump point into Kilrathi space. The Lexington is not heard from thereafter, and is presumed lost with all hands. (Wing Commander: Armada) 2669.018 ON THE DEFENSIVE Confederation forces battle the Kilrathi in a series of defensive campaigns. Tired of the decades-long war, the Kilrathi Emperor orders the use of biological weapons. In a last-ditch effort to win the war outright, Admiral Geoffrey Tolwyn activates the Behemoth, a huge energy gun capable of destroying a planet. However, the Kilrathi agent Ralgha nar Hhallas alerts the Kilrathi High Command, and the Behemoth is ambushed and destroyed. (Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger) (2668 -) 2669 THE FINAL OPTION A small band of Covert Operatives, including Colonel Jeanette Devereaux and under the command of General James Taggert, slip into the Kilrah System and set up a series of hidden supply bases carved in asteroids. The group is captured and ritually executed, but not before sending information back to the Confederation vital data showing that Kilrah itself suffers from tectonic instability. A tectonic weapon, the Temblor bomb, is developed. The bomb, if delivered with absolute accuracy, could cause a series of oscillations under the surface of Kilrah which would literally shake the planet apart. A small group of elite Confederation pilots under the command of Colonel Christopher Blair, and flying prototype Excalibur fighters with experimental cloaking technology, manages to penetrate the Kilrathi defenses via the secret asteroid depots, and attack Kilrah directly. Crown Prince Thrakhath is shot down and killed by Blair, who then proceeds to deliver the Temblor bomb and destroy Kilrah, bringing the long conflict to an end. (Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger) 2670 UNREST A general period of unrest erupts along the perimeter of core Confederation space. Border World planets, long underrepresented in the Confederation Assembly, begin to break away, establishing independent governments. 2671 - 2673 THE BLACK LANCE INCIDENT Admiral Geoffrey Tolwyn, in an effort to maintain Confederation military strength, unleashes a secret plan to cause all-out war between the Confederation and the Border Worlds. Utilizing biogenetically-enhanced soldiers, an array of secret warcraft and materials, and biological weapons, the Black Lance instigate attacks on Confederation civilian targets under the guise of Border Worlds militia. Confederation officers, led by Kilrathi War hero Colonel Christopher Blair and Captain William Eisen, in conjunction with Border Worlds freedom fighters, discover the deep-rooted plans. Operating from the Border Worlds carrier BWS Intrepid, they manage to disrupt the operation long enough for Blair to force Tolwyn into revealing the truth in front of the Terran Assembly. Tolwyn is found guilty of crimes against humanity, and hangs himself while awaiting execution. (Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom) 2673 KILRATHI PIRATE MENACE Remnants of the Kilrathi military carry out quick strikes against Confederation and mainstream Kilrathi forces in and around the Kilrah System. The new megacarrier TCS Midway is dispatched to eliminate the larger threats, which she succeeds in doing. 2681 UNKNOWN CONTACT Confederation vessels mining ore near the remains of the planet Kilrah send out distress calls, which cease abruptly. Additionally, contact is lost with a small Kilrathi fleet in the same system, which is later found obliterated, the ships' crews torn apart. The megacarrier TCS Midway moves to investigate the situation, with orders to then report back to High Command. Currently, contact with the Midway has been lost... (Wing Commander: Prophecy)


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