Timeline for Alliance/Union Universe

T I M E L I N E of C.J. Cherryh's Alliance/Union Universe

Version 1.2 (I've added the Cyteen data - O.M.)

Special thanks to Jo Grant, Lesley Grant, Martin Koehling, Nancy Ott, Nancy Silberstein, Markus Stumptner and Dani Zweig (I hope I got that right).

Please note that some events are covered because they're dated, and that important events are missing since they're impossible to date.

Sol Station launches the first interstellar probe (DS7).

Between 2005 and 2125
The first manned interstellar mission: _Gaia_ send to Barnards Star to build Alpha station (DS8,CI2). _Gaia_s crew refuses to surrender their ship to another crew (CI2). 8 stations built (DS9)? Extraterrestrial life on Pell's world (Tau Ceti) discovered (DS9,CI3). Pell station built, two other stations abandoned (DS10,CI3).

_Gaia_'s last visit on earth (CI4).

Between 2125 and 2201
Mariner and Viking built beyond Pell (DS10, CI4). Russel's and Esperance built beyond Pell (DS10). Nonsentient life on Cyteen discovered (DS11).

Cyteen station built (CI4).

Between 2201 and 2234
Fargone, Paradise and Wyatt's built (DS11). Earth tries to tax the Beyond (DS11).

2223 (The date is given, but highly unlikely. See 2623)
First contact with the Majat (SR).

Bok developes the jumpdrive on Cyteen (DS12,CI5).

Olga Strassen is born (CII66).

Leonid Gorodin is born. (CI171)

Prior to 2283
Rejuv is available in AE1' "mother's generation" (CIII23).

April 12 2283
Ariane Emory senior (AE1) is born (CII185).<

Olga Emory dies (CII185).

Cyteen declares independency (CI5). Union founded, Company Wars (formally?) begin (CIII21).

Union Constitution enacted (DS12, CI8, CII1). This is a federal constitution affording maximum independence at the local level. Unionwide representation is provided by nine guilds and the Council of Worlds (CII1-3). CII60 mentions the "...original thirteen star stations".

Paul Dekker is born on Sol station (HT313). AE1 is working on psychgenesis (CIII2).

AE1 is "on the right track" for her psychgenesis research (CIII2).

(Emigration?) riots at EC HQ (HT87).

About two decades after 2300
Begin of the construction of the Fleet (DS13).

AE1 sits Proxy Councillor of Science (DS13).

Union: Special Status bill passed (CIII21).

   Draft riots at Sol station (HT87).

Mar 12 2323
   _1-84-z_ damaged, Corazon Salazar dead (HT45).

May 20 2323
   _2-29-t_ reaches _1-84-z_ (HT45).

Jun 26 2323
   _2-29-t_ arrives at R2 (HT63).

Aug 01 2323
   The accident of _1-84-z_ is blamed at a technical error (HT150).

Aug 15 2323
   Dekker released from Hospital (HT155).

Sep 02 2323
   The body of Salazar is found adrift (HT286).

Sep 17 2323
   CDC exercise at R2 announced (HT274). ASTEX assets are transfered
   to EcoCorp under UDC control (HT285). Riots at R2; death of M. Bird
   (HT296). _2-29-t_ and _2-210-c_ escape from R2 (HT 299).

Sep 18 2323
   ASTEX CEO (Towney) arrested (HT306). The carrier ECS5 rescues
   _Hamilton_ (HT326). Dekker and Pollard are drafted (HT330).

Jun 2324   
   Hellburner trainig accident with four dead, probably due to crew
   substitution (HB26).

Jun 14 2324
   Pollard send to Sol Two (HB6).

Jun 19 2324
   Pollard arrives at Sol Two, visits Dekker (HB19).

Jun 20 2324
   Hearing about the Hellburner accident (HB51).

Jun 20 2324
   Pollard is assigned to the Hellburner project (HB71).

Jun 24 2324
   Sol B command is transferred to FleetOps (HB172).

2324 Successful Hellburner test run. Earth now has carriers and riders (HB26).

2331 AE1 becomes director of Wing One at Reseune (CIII21). AE1 gets her psychgenesis research funded. Poley researched "in this decade", too (CIII2).

2333 (perhaps a decade more or less) Reseune researchers fail at an azi tape variation Justin Warrick will try 80 years later => Azi production is well in progress (CI313). A lot of these azi are manipulated in their deep-sets to become Expansionists (CIII41). 2345 EC Fleet controls the space between Earth and Mariner. AE1 becomes administrator of Reseune (CIII21). "During the last years of the war" The Centrists demand peace and a border at Mariner (CII61).

2351 Union stops/slows its expansion (CII60). 2352 Last Union offensive (CIII22): Mariner destroyed by sabotage (DS17). Russel's destroyed (DS18). May 2352 The preparations for the Gehenna project are proceeding (CIII29). May 05 2352 ECS5 _Norway_ arrives at Pell with refugees from Mariner and Russel's (DS15). May 22 2352 ECS _Pacific_ arrives at Pell with refugees from Esperance (DS56). Between May and June ECS _Atlantic_ arrives at Pell with refugees from Pan-Paris (DS57). Jun 05 2352 Company delegation arrives at Viking; first(?) indication of a new fleet buildup on Earth (DS81). Sep 09 2352 Union agent Jessad arrives at Pell (DS136). Sep 10 2352 Fleet assembles at Omicron point, prepares to attack Viking (DS165). late Sep or early Oct Earth orders Fleet to stop operations (DS176). Oct 04 2352 _Lybia_and two of _India_s riders lost; Fleet returns from Viking, takes Pell (DS178). Oct 10 2352 Union strike against Pell, coup at Pell, Angelo Konstantin murdered, merchanters bolt, _Tibet_ and _North Pole_ lost, Fleet retakes Pell (DS258).

2353 Reseune produces azi routinely. This date is given, production started probably half a century earlier (CI40). Jan 01 2353 Merchanters meet in deep space to form Alliance (DS357). Jan 08 2353 _Norway_ deserts Fleet, the Fleet attempts to destroy Pell (DS400). Jan 09 2353 _Norway_ and the Union fleet attack the Fleet at Pell, the Alliance takes Pell (DS412). Shortly after the battle at Pell Union warships enter Sol System (RR1). Alliance warships enter Sol system (RR1). Probably between 2353 and 2357 Mazianni return to Sol system and are driven back into deep space (RR2).

2354 Since 2340, Reseune grew over 400% (CIII21). Company War formally ends with the Treaty of Pell (CIII22): Pell claims Hinder Stars for Alliance (RR1), Union claims Mariner and Pan-paris (RR2). About 2354 The Konstantin administration of Pell is replaced by the Dees (CII62).

2354 (55?) The Gehenna colony is founded by Union (CI265,40G78,CIII22). The military intended to abandon the settlers to "contaminate" the planet with humans and make it useless for Alliance or Earth (CI268). Probably between 2354 and 2356 Discovery of point of mass off Bryant's Star that made four of the Hinder Stars obsolete (Thule, Venture, Glory, Beta) (RR3). After 2354 and probably before 2356 (but perhaps much later) _LeCygne_, _Norway_, _Dublin Again_, Finity's End_ and _Liberty_ attack _Australia_ and one unnamed Mazianni merchanter, the merchanter is lost ("Battle for Venture") (ML). After 2354 and before 2389 (probably early in this period) The new Earth fleet (CV154, DS81, CI8) (_Ulysses_ and others) contact a group of alien species known as the "Compact" (Hani, Mahendo'sat, Kif, Stsho, Knnn, Tc'a, Chi). This causes a major imbalance of power and forces the earth ships to retreat (CI15, CI261). One human is left behind (Tully). (CII62, Chanur books) This leads to a rapprochement between Earth, Alliance and Union (CII62). The Compact (there is no verified date, but some events are covered above) The Compact is the loose organisation of four oxygen-breathing species and (probably (CV168)) three sentient methane breathers. The Stsho were the first starfaring oxygen species (CV306). They shaped the whole Compact economy (CV306, CH51). The Kif are rumored to have attempted a starship assault on their homeworld while they contested themselves into space (PC197, CV307). They got the FTL- drive from the Tc'a after they developed spacecraft (PC46), and the Hani got all their technology (that is, everything more advanced than bows and spears) from the Mahendo'sat (CV44, CV295, KSB161) who attempted to balance the Kif influence (CV299) by forcing the Hani into the Compact (KSB211) and shaped the Hani world government(CV298). Jik calls the humans "long time problem" (CH93), that could indicate a first contact much earlier than _Ulysses_ (compare CH216). "Recent Events" (All within a few Hani years, whatever that is): Every Kif will grab as much power as he or she can get away with. Fortunately, they mostly prey on each other. But now the Kif have more and more powerful pirate princes (hakkiktun). Each of them adds his power base to the power of his predecessor he toppled (CH93). The Mahendo'sat counter this with a secret shipbuilding program (PC156,), technical support for the Hani (PC218) and an attempt to locate sapients on the other side of Kif space (KSB99). The Mahendo'sat prepare emergency plans (CV14): They plan, supported by Tc'a (KSB203) who want to calm the Knnn (CH72), to force the different kifish factions to fight in Hani space (CH170, CH216). (That would leave them as the strongest oxygen-breather in the Compact (CH119).) The hakkikt Akukkakk captures four humans who investigated a Knnn transmission (PC78). The last survivor (Tully) manages to escape onto the Meetpoint docks (PC77) and boards the Hani merchanter _Pride of Chanur_. Pyanfar Chanur refuses to surrender the human and is chased all the way to Anuurn. In the resulting space battle, the Hani and two mahen hunterships defeat the Kif and a Knnn ship abducts Akkukkak, leaving the human craft _Ulysses_ behind. The intrusion of aliens strenghtens xenophobic elements in the Han who ally themselves with both the Stsho, who want to hire Hani guards (CV284, KSB68, KSB115, KSB131, KSB211), and the Mahendo'sat (CV280). The Hani are temporarily excluded from Meetpoint (CV5). Humans and Mahendo'sat negotiate trade agreements (CV164). Several human traders are lost (CV164) to Kif and/or Knnn(CV166). Humans send a fleet in response (CV120, CV158, CV166). A mahen hunter carries a human delegation to the compact (CV163) and is lost (CV63, CV155) after the transfer of Tully onto the mahen hunter _Mahijiru_ (CV5). The Mahendo'sat could have enaced their anit-kif plans (CV14) at this moment. Tully is smuggled onto the _Pride_ (CV73) and Pyanfar Chanur is forced to act as courier for the Mahendo'sat (CV10). The hakkikt Akkhtimakt forces Pyanfar to evade toward Kif space (CV140, CV142), and she is blackmailed to follow Sikkukkut (CV247), who is attempting to become a new hakkikt (KSB141). Pyanfar Chanur helps Sikkukkut to conquer Kefk station (KSB136) to retrieve hostages Sikkukut had taken (KSB67). Akkhtimakt allies himself with the Stsho and thus with the Han (KSB212). From Kefk, she goes to Meetpoint (CH124) where she gathers other Hani merchanters (CH177) (Hani have only three warships (KSB202)) to defend Anuurn against the Kif (CH201) who would be forced to enter Hani space (CH158) in an operation of mahen and human fleets (the humans wanted to fight _all_ Kif (KSB218)). At Anuurn, Pyanfar conquers a group of Kif through superior bluff and position (CH288) and uses them to mediate an uneasy balance or power that excludes the Humans from Compact space (CH385). This may or may not be the peace treaty mentioned later (CL3). The hakkikt Vikktakkht (aka Skkukuk), a vassal of Pyanfar Chanur, establishes control over the Kif. Hilfy Chanur is hired as a courier by No'shto-sthi-stlen in the successful attempt to counter the powergrab by Paehisna-ma-to. (CL) 2355 E. Yeager aboard Merchanter _Ernestine_ (Kato family) (RR15?). 2355 Gehenna colony abandoned by Union, but the colony survives (CIII3). 2356 E. Yeager aboard Merchanter _Ernestine_ (RR15). 2357 E. Yeager (age 37) hired on _Loki_ (Wolfe commanding) (RR56). 2358 AS _Loki_, AS _Norway_ and several Alliance merchanters track and attack ECS _India_ (Keu commanding). ECS _India_ probably destroyed. Thule Station scheduled for destruction (RR275). 2362 AE1 Councillor of Science (CIII22). 2377 Less than half of the Union population lives on Cyteen (CII3). 2384 A lot of azi get CIT papers at Fargone (CIII41). 2387 Justin Warrick born (CI88). 2389 The Abolitionists formally join the Cenrists (CII62). Latest possible date for the Human-Compact first contact. Prior to 2396 Exchange of genetic data between Earth and Union (CI43). Between 2396 and 2404 Union distributes "genetic arks" to document the humen gen-pool (CI127, dated by CI156, CI39). 2404 The Centrists try to stop the Hope colonisation project and the Rubin project supported by the Expansionists, but abort in exchange for a release of Warrick from Reseune (CI17). AE1 dies under mysterious circumstances (CIII211). Giraud Nye becomes acting Councillor of science (CI157). Jordan Warrick is accused of the murder of AE1 (CI141). The recreation of AE begins (Rubin-Project) (CI187). Jan 12 2406 AE2 is born (CI195, dated with CII127). 2412 Alliance rediscovers Gehenna colony; Jin 1 dies (Gehenna year 53). (CI260,40G184) 2413 For the first time in history, there is a Centrist majority at Viking and Mariner (CII63). 2413 AE2 is legally recognized as PR of AE1 in a move of Reseune to prevent the disclosure of the files of AE1 (CII78). Jan 24 2415 AE2 has access to the B1 computer system (CII122). 2418 AE2 gets Special status (CII182, CII220) and moves into the old apartment (CII190). 2420 For the first time on an alien world, someone is riding a horse (CII241). 2421 Khalid becomes Councillor of Defense (CII244). AE2 gains her legal majority (CIII20). She testifies in the council on the Gehenna files (CIII28). Centrists and Expansionists conspire to replace Khalid with Jacques (CIII37). By last count, Earth had 5000 governments. 2422 Jacques new Councillor of Defense (CIII121). Giraud Nye is conspiring to link Jordan Warrick to terrorists (CIII120). 2423 AE1s archived notes, the unclassified part, are published as IN PRINCIPIO (CIII141). AE2 and Denys Nye agree to replicate Giraud Nye in the case of his death (CIII183). Giraud Nye dies (CIII229). Jordan Warrick declares he's innocent of the Emory murder and was forced to confess (CIII237). An attempt is made on AE2s life (CIII275). Denys Nye killed in powergrab, Yanni Schwartz becomes new Reseune Administrator (CIII308) 2443 Calibans attack hill village and main Alliance base on Gehenna; Styx Towers founded; some Gehennans flee to found Cloud Towers. (Gehenna year 89) (40G246) 2530 "Gehenna Doctrine" agreed to by Union and Alliance : [The Gehenna Doctrine] declared as a matter of policy that no Terran genetic material should be introduced into any compatible alien ecology. Humanity should not contace any alien species onworld, and should not land on any planet unless invited by a dominant sapient species. The idea was that humanity should keep to space and leave developing worlds free to develop without contamination travelling in either direction, and that humanity would contact no species that had not developed spaceflight. (AWS253) 2532 Elai of Cloud Tower born (Gehenna year 178). (40G266) 2542 Elizabeth MaGee goes to Gehenna; saves Elai's life (Gehenna year 188). (40G278) 2558 Elai becomes leader of Cloud Tower (Gehenna year 204). (40G327) 2559 Battle between Cloud and Styx towers; Styx falls and Jin 12 dies (Gehenna year 205). (40G413) 2559 Union (re-)contacts Gehennans (Gehenna year 205). (40G425) 2608 Merovin colony is founded by Union. (AWS257) 2623 (The dates given in SR are probably impossible) First Alliance/Union contact with the majat of alpha Hydri II (Cerdin). Crew eaten. (AWS257) 2652 Sharrh demand removal of Merovin colony. (AWS257) 2653 Union/sharrh treaty cedes Merovin (AWS257) 2654 Union removes most colonists from Merovin (AWS257) 2657 Sharrh attack Merovin, unsuccessfully trying to eradicate human survivors. (AWS257) 2658 Sharrh withdraw (AWS257) 2658 First Gehennan to leave his planet reaches Fargone station (Gehenna year 305) (40G444,AWS257) 2701 First Alliance contact with Regul and Mri (40G444,AWS257) 2703 Mri wars begin (Alliance vs. Mri and Regul): Generally throughout this period, since the regul/mri attacks came from a side of Alliance not involving Union, the Alliance fought alone. The Alliance, moreover, in its long distrust of Union, feared an attack on its flank from Union. The Alliance Security organization (AlSec) founded 300 years previously by Signy Mallory proved all too powerful against the constitution framed by Damon Konstantin. Alliance became a police state on the home front, repressive and suspicious. Union, while worried, was not able to intervene across Alliance space until the war worsened. (FSI,AWS258) 2722 Alliance government center removed to Haven from Pell to bring the government center closer to the war zone and improve reaction time. Pell is reduced to a regional capital, but remains the cultural, if not the administrative, center of the Alliance. (FSI,AWS259) 2730 Fall of Haven to the mri; Alliance finally appeals for Union help. The help is debated in the Union Council while Haven falls, and Union forces when they do arrive are met with distrust and anger by Alliance forces who do not understand what restraints have operated on the home front. It had been AlSec policy to keep the war out of the home territory of Pell; but there is now intense economic suffering and the loss of life can no longer be concealed. (FSI,AWS259) 2743 Haven retaken; end of Mri Wars. (FSI,AWS260) 2744? Sten Duncan reaches Kesrith (FSI) 2744? Regul destroy last mri ship (FSI) 2748 Regul reach internal crisis due to human contact and go totally xenophobic (FSIII,AWS260) 2749 Revolution in Alliance; AlSec curtailed and the Konstantin constitution resotred. (AWS260) 3141 Meth-Marens of the Hydri stars massacred (SR,AWS260) 3187 The Hanan break from the Alliance in a minor fracas limited to a narrow string of stars, but the struggle will last a thousand years. Union is not involved. (BE,AWS260) SOURCES: HT = Heavy Time, pages from questar paperback HB = Hellburner, pages from questar hardcover DS = Downbelow Station, pages from DAW paperback PC = The Pride of Chanur, pages from DAW paperback CV = Chanur's Venture, pages from DAW paperback KSB = The Kif Strike Back, pages from DAW paperback CH = Chanur's Homecoming, pages from DAW paperback 40G = 40,000 in Gehenna, pages from DAW paperback RR = Rimrunners, pages from Warner Books, hb. C[I/II/III]= Cyteen, book [one/two/three], pages from Questar ed. SR = Serpent's Reach, pages from DAW paperback AWS = Angel With the Sword, pages from DAW paperback FS[I/II/III]= Faded Sun trilogy, pages from DAW paperback [I] and SF bookclub hardbacks [II and III] BE = Brothers of Earth, pages from SF book club hardback Revisions: v0.? This thing started on the mailing list with additions from a lot of people. v1.0 The first one on FTP. v1.1 Some Compact history added: October 1993. v1.2 Cyteen events added: November 1993