Terran Confederation (-2398 to -2204)
Interstellar government consisting of Terra and its colony worlds. The
Terran Confederation has its roots in the formation of the United Nations
Space Coordination Agency (UNSCA) in -2499. In addition to handling
mundane responsibilities that helped avoid conflict, UNSCA soon became a
clearing house for space operations.
One of UNSCA's natural directions was research. In 2087, UNSCA researchers
in the system's asteroid belt who were looking
for better drives to transport ores discovered jump drive. The first jump drives were
used only in the solar system - they were too weak to be used for interstellar
travel. In 2096, for various reasons, the first interstellar jump expedition
travelled to Barnard's Star rather than Alpha Centauri.
Upon their return in 2097, the expedition members were hurried into a hushed
meeting with UNSCA. The expedition had encountered alien intelligent
life - humans no less! The expedition
members had encountered a Vilani prospecting
outpost, an outpost on the very fringe of a vast, advanced empire controlled by alien humans. It came
as quite a shock to the Terrans that many of the worlds only a few parsecs
away were already claimed. Politicians echoed the popular sentiment
that it was unfair for alien humans from several hundred light-years away
to claim worlds near Terra. Individual nations began expanding
their armed forces and building starships.
Over the course of the next three decades, UNSCA and the United Nations transformed
itself into a true world government, which administered the defense of Terra
against the Vilani Empire. Terran
colonies formed on other worlds were granted membership into the United Nations.
In -2400, the UN officially changed its name to the United Worlds.
Two years later, the name was changed again to the Terran Confederation.
Modern historians, for simplicity, use this term exclusively.
The Terran Confederation fought a series of interstellar wars with the Vilani Imperium over the period -2408
to -2219. These wars ultimately resulted in the fall of the Vilani Grand
Imperium. The Confederation was
dissolved in -2204 upon the proclamation of the Rule of Man to replace the Vilani Imperium.
See also Nth Interstellar War,