THE KRONIAN LEGACY CHRONOLOGY
Compiled by Attila Torkos
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B.P. = Before Present
A.P. = After Present
Present = the beginning of the events described in The Anguished Dawn, set in the second half of the 21st century
Earth is a tidelocked satellite of the proto-sun Saturn, with its single land mass Pangea facing Saturn. Life develops on Earth. Saturn’s IR radiation provides enough heat for life to emerge to the land.
A giant planetoid crashes into the far side of tidelocked Earth considerably rising its surface gravity. The stronger gravity causes the dying off of giant dinosaurs, whereas the rest of the dinosaurs are wiped out by the planetwide catastrophe. The gradual assimilation of the planetoid’s mass into the mass of Earth (the combined pear-shape slowly changing into a sphere) breaks up Pangea into several continents.
The culture of giant hominids (later named the Joktanians) rises on Earth.
Another planetoid strikes the surface of Earth, making the Earth break away from Saturn and propelling fragments of the Joktanian culture to space. Some of the relics eventually land on the moon Rhea. The loss of IR radiation from Saturn brings about an ice age on Earth. As Earth leaves the vicinity of Saturn, surface gravity grows further, causing the disappearance of giant mammals and the Joktanians.
Earth consolidates on its present course around the Sun with its axis at right angles to the plane of elliptic. The Sun’s warmth ends the ice age, bringing about a temporary warm paradise. Human civilization rises.
Venus is born as a planetoid ejected from the core of Jupiter.
5300 B.P. – 5100 B.P.
Venus flies by close to Earth twice, tilting its axis causing the change of climate and worldwide catastrophe, killing off mammoths. Afterwards, it knocks Mars from its original course, and consolidates on its present course around the Sun.
3500 B.P. – 2700 B.P.
The tumbling Mars gets to very close proximity with Earth for several 12-year periods. During these encounters Earth’s stronger gravity gradually steals most of the hydrosphere and atmosphere of the red planet. Sea level rises on Earth.
Mars consolidates on its present course around the Sun.
Birth of Landen Keene.
Birth of Kurt Ziegler.
Thomas Mondel and Clement Waltz establish a colony near Saturn. The colony, named Kronia is built on a system of new economical principles called mondelism. The populace of the colony grows steadily as people valueing the development of pure science unhindered by political and financial influence migrate from Earth to Kronia.
Birth of Robin Delucey.
The relationship of Earth and Kronia becomes strained. Kronia starts developing advanced weapons. Later the disputes are solved peacefully.
A few years B.P.
Traces of the Joktanian culture are discovered in Arabia dating back to the time before the earliest known Terran civilizations.
A giant planetoid named Athena is ejected from the core of Jupiter and departs on a course toward the Sun. Witnessing the birth of Athena, the Kronians develop a new view of the Solar System in which sudden and dramatic catastrophes may influence the place and course of planets as opposed to the classical model of a stable, unchanging Solar System. They also propose that Earth was once a satellite of Saturn. Their revolutionary ideas are backed by the discovery of traces of a civilization on the moon Rhea identical in every aspect with the Joktanian culture.
A delegation of Kronians arrive to Earth to convince Terran scientist that Athena and other such events threaten the existence of civilization. The majority of Terran scientists, however, find the Kronian view of the evolution of the Solar System ridiculous. Athena circles the Sun, unexpectedly brakes and sets directly for an intercept course with Earth. It flies by close to Earth bombarding the surface with meteors, hydrocarbons and sulfur dust, causing tides, earthquakes and fires, destroying civilization and the majority of Earth’s flora and fauna. Some Terrans including Landen Keene manage to leave the surface and escape with the Kronian ship to Saturn. Athena breaks up the Moon, dragging it along as it leaves Earth.
PRESENT (second half of the 21st century)
Kronian scientist develop artificial gravity. A group of Terran refugees form the Pragmatist movement with the aim of changing Kronian society and economy to suit the original Terran values and political power structure.
A Kronian base is set up on Earth with the aim of rebuilding civilization based on Kronian values. The Pragmatist try to gain command of the Earth facility and of advanced Kronian technologies to rebuild civilization their own way, but are eventually knocked out of power. The Pragmatist movement is abolished. The rebuilding of Terran civilization is begun.
Compiled by Attila Torkos, 2003